Andrew Holota

Fatina and her family left Syria after seeing men from her neighbourhood executed.

Syrian refugee crisis: ‘They shoot them all – in front of their mothers’

A Syrian refugee in Jordan describes why she fled from conflict in her home country

Fatina and her family left Syria after seeing men from her neighbourhood executed.
Abdul tells journalists how his family fled fighting in Syria.

Syrian refugee crisis: Life among the stones

Syrian refugees flee conflict in their nation, but find new struggles while living in Jordan

Abdul tells journalists how his family fled fighting in Syria.
Amman

Syrian refugee crisis: Selling a child to feed a family

Basic survival needs for Syrian refugees can also bring chilling choices

Amman
COLUMN: A special connection in the produce aisle

COLUMN: A special connection in the produce aisle

It started over carrots – the really fresh ones with the bushy green bits still attached...

COLUMN: A special connection in the produce aisle
COLUMN: Attention on homeless is an opportunity

COLUMN: Attention on homeless is an opportunity

It’s not that homelessness is necessarily any more acute or complex here than in any other sizable community in Canada, or the U.S. ...

COLUMN: Attention on homeless is an opportunity
COLUMN: Email is a funny thing...

COLUMN: Email is a funny thing…

You can have conversations with people anywhere in the world, and develop a social relationship...

COLUMN: Email is a funny thing...
COLUMN: The costs of a harm reduction ban

COLUMN: The costs of a harm reduction ban

Providing clean needles and crack pipes to addicts doesn’t “encourage” or “help” them to continue their habit...

COLUMN: The costs of a harm reduction ban
COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season

COLUMN: An unsettling exercise in reality

Ever had one of those moments when what you see before you is simply devoid of any immediately identifiable logic?

COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season
COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season

COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season

After grinding out the goods for the past several months, the rumour mill can finally power down and send its hard-working staff home.

COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season
COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season

OPINION: Indefinite Y project still definitely about money

City's statement leaves questions unanswered about the fate of the YMCA

COLUMN: Waiting for a new game next season
COLUMN: Taking the lead on leg-hold traps

COLUMN: Motoring in the land of mariachi music

I’m guessing the lack of windows may have been a cost-cutting measure, if not a sensible nod to the tropical climate.

COLUMN: Taking the lead on leg-hold traps
About 1400 fans were in attendance for the Pink Floyd Experience at AESC on Wednesday night.

Pink Floyd Experience rocks AESC

More than 1,400 fans attended the Pink Floyd Experience at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Wednesday night

About 1400 fans were in attendance for the Pink Floyd Experience at AESC on Wednesday night.
COLUMN: A step beyond tightening medical pot grows

COLUMN: A step beyond tightening medical pot grows

We all know the headaches that illegal pot grow-ops cause for communities, their citizens, and their emergency services.

COLUMN: A step beyond tightening medical pot grows
COLUMN: Getting on board the green bandwagon

COLUMN: Cash control should be the focus in 2013

We’ve gone through a year of significant change at city hall. New mayor, new councillor, and now, a new city manager.

COLUMN: Getting on board the green bandwagon
COLUMN: The eternal (culinary) question

COLUMN: Linked in to the spirit of the season

Some time back, some colleagues convinced me to sign up with LinkedIn, one of the (then) new buzz-wares making the rounds.

COLUMN: The eternal (culinary) question
COLUMN: The eternal (culinary) question

COLUMN: The eternal (culinary) question

As much pleasure as we “chefs” derive from preparing good food, the sheer delight of feeding the hungry wears a bit thin.

COLUMN: The eternal (culinary) question

COLUMN: Sometimes simple trumps high-tech

It occurred to me, as I was zipping up my camo wind jacket, that us outdoorsy types have it pretty good nowadays.

COLUMN: The Locker Scare, and the evil orb

COLUMN: The Locker Scare, and the evil orb

There were a lot of things that scared the kid out of me during my first days of high school.

COLUMN: The Locker Scare, and the evil orb
COLUMN: Ninety years of newspapering, and beyond

COLUMN: The social politics of the clothes closet

There’s an advantage to having a daughter that I had not anticipated years ago, but I’m certainly aware of it now.

COLUMN: Ninety years of newspapering, and beyond
COLUMN: Domestics and the office environment

COLUMN: In the presence of the absence of order

Funny how we all have our own sense of order, or absence thereof.

COLUMN: Domestics and the office environment