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Mario’s Quarantine Diary, Day 12: Let us eat (ice cream) cake!

Mario’s Quarantine Diary, Day 12: Let us eat (ice cream) cake!

With the end of his family's self-isolation in sight, Tri-City News journalist Mario Bartel looks ahead to its conclusion, and the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
Mario's Quarantine Diary, Day 11: Ode to joy, wherever you can find it

Mario's Quarantine Diary, Day 11: Ode to joy, wherever you can find it

Old routines give way to new ones as The Tri-City News' Mario Bartel are well into Week 2 of their condo quarantine
Opinion: I wore a face mask around Burnaby. It got weird

Opinion: I wore a face mask around Burnaby. It got weird

One thing I’ve noticed people arguing about on social media (yes, I know, it’s a long list) is if “healthy” people should be wearing face masks. Now the word “healthy” is unclear because you can have COVID-19 and not show any symptoms.
Mario’s Quarantine Diary, Day 10: Thanks goodness for doodle time

Mario’s Quarantine Diary, Day 10: Thanks goodness for doodle time

It's not easy keeping a seven-year-old occupied while trying to get some work done. American children's author Mo Willems sure helps
Opinion: This is how you protect vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

Opinion: This is how you protect vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

We all are facing unprecedented challenges during this global healthcare crisis.
Opinion: You could kill someone you love by ignoring this advice

Opinion: You could kill someone you love by ignoring this advice

The COVID-19 pandemic is the single-greatest threat to the health and well-being of you and those you love. And it is at times of crisis that each of us must summon the courage to say and do what is needed.
Mario's Quarantine Diary, Day 9: Cycling through the uncertainty

Mario's Quarantine Diary, Day 9: Cycling through the uncertainty

Quarantined Tri-City News journalist Mario Bartel is working from home due to COVID-19 but the lifelong, dedicated cyclist has also isolated on solo bike rides
Mario’s Quarantine Diary, Day 8: Lessons from the vegetable crisper

Mario’s Quarantine Diary, Day 8: Lessons from the vegetable crisper

There are lessons to be learned from this global pandemic. Some will be huge. Others will come from our refrigerators.
Opinion: Someone slipped me some face masks. What do I do with them?

Opinion: Someone slipped me some face masks. What do I do with them?

Face masks these days are about as elusive as common sense during the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks - along with hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disinfectant wipes - have become as precious as gold.
Vancouver lawyer shares her COVID-19 story

Vancouver lawyer shares her COVID-19 story

Kyla Lee contracted the virus while on a work trip to Ohio