The Way I See It

By: Daniela Ginta

Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog.

In defense of home cooking and family meals

April 22, 2019 - 1:49pm Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:25pm

WE HAD TO ADD A FEW SEATS around the table for dinner last night. The kitchen was a bustling place, as it is when we have family and friends over. There were stories and laughter and dinner became tea time which went on for a while longer.

I am one of those people who believes that having people gathered together for a meal is a magical thing. Even with the simplest, rushed meal at times, because life is like that sometimes, the four of us sit down and share that time and the food.

Stories of heartbreak and horror: why domestic violence is an urgent issue

April 15, 2019 - 2:13pm

TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, Elana Fric and Mohammed Shamji were a couple in love, married for over a decade, children and all, each with a great career. But the truth of their relationship was marred by darkness, the kind that makes people shudder when they look closely. Unfortunately, few could, given that their carefully curated (by Shamji) social media profiles displaying a happy-go-lucky family and couple life.

Just give and the rest will take care of itself

April 8, 2019 - 1:41pm

A YEAR AGO, a horrible bus crash claimed sixteen lives and left thirteen others with lifelong injuries and trauma; their loved ones and so many people across the country still carry the heartbreak with them. Humboldt Bronco defenceman Logan Boulet was among those who died. His life ended too soon but he left with giving the gift of life as his parents honoured his wish to be an organ donor. The lives of six people changed forever for the better and so did the lives of those who love them.

The problem that just doesn't go away

April 1, 2019 - 11:27am

A FEW DAYS A WEEK Peterson Creek Park is infused with tiny visitors. In winter they slide down slopes, waddling like adorable penguins bundled up in bright colours and cute hats. On rainy days they jump in puddles with the same level of energy. The outdoor preschool is in session.

In a traditional school, teachers prepare the class in whatever way necessary before the students arrive. For an outdoor school, you’d think the preparations are already done. After all, nature stands at the ready. True, but people mess it up at times. Literally.

For the love of trees

March 25, 2019 - 3:44pm

DID YOU KNOW that March 21st is the International Day of Forests? It was established back in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. Not many people know that because it is not highly publicized; social media is filled with reminders of international days of, cupcakes included, to the point of rendering us nauseated. Forests of all things should not be left aside. We exist because they exist. Coincidentally, March 21st is the first day of spring, so let’s hope the reminder sticks.

Still handling the phone while driving? Don’t

March 18, 2019 - 2:00pm

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I READ a book that could not have a more sobering title: A Deadly Wandering – A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention, by Matt Richtel (William Morrow/Harper Collins 2014). I highly recommend it. Also, I think it should be required reading for anyone who thinks that driving and texting or handling the phone in general while behind the wheel, can be done safely.

'Beyond Climate' supplies reason for hope

March 11, 2019 - 2:42pm

THERE IS AT LEAST ONE REASON why more than 700 people packed the Grand Hall of the Campus Activity Centre at TRU last Friday for the screening of Dr. Ian Mauro’s newest documentary, Beyond Climate: to renew their hope supplies.

The documentary delivered both reasons to be alarmed and hope that there is time to act. Beyond Climate was thought as a bird’s eye view of how climate change affects our province.

The antidote to internet challenges is presence — the real kind

March 4, 2019 - 11:29am

LIKE ALL PARENTS WITH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN, I received the district heads-up letter about the Momo challenge. By now most are familiar with the strange, creepy face of the Momo character and the internet storm it has created. My eldest had heard about it, while my youngest had not. I passed on the heads-up. They shrugged. “There are just so many wacky things out there,” my eldest said.

Search and Rescue funding must be included in provincial budget planning

February 25, 2019 - 2:34pm Updated: February 25, 2019 - 5:08pm

I HAVE NEVER been in a situation where I had to be rescued by one of the SAR groups in our province. But like everyone else, I have been hearing and reading a lot of stories about people needing rescuing from all sorts of sticky situations, including the recent one of the snow-biker near Lumby. While unfortunately not all of them have a happy ending, the fact remains: Search and Rescue volunteers are out doing everything they can.