Editorials

The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)

Editorial: Prevention of wildfires depends on all of us

The wildfire season has started on Vancouver Island

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Editorial: Time to roll up our sleeves and pitch in

They’re just not quite sure they want to get a vaccine — yet

  • May 7, 2021
Passengers from Air India flight 187 from New Delhi wait for their transportation to quarantine after arriving at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ketkar: India shows how now is not the time to let up on restrictions

Every single person I know back home, has either contracted COVID, or someone in their family has

(Black Press files)

EDITORIAL: Piper will have to be paid for Canada’s $1 trillion national debt

But in the face of COVID-19, doing nothing was not an option

  • May 4, 2021
(Black Press files)
The cherry trees on Canada Avenue in Duncan are in full bloom this April, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Editorial: Time to put more trees on the agenda

Trees make communities better across Vancouver Island

  • May 2, 2021
The cherry trees on Canada Avenue in Duncan are in full bloom this April, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Christine Beevis Trickett in a long-forgotten, much-loved sweater. (Photo credit: Nature Conservancy of Canada)

Beevis Trickett: Finding hope for the planet in an old sweater

A chance rediscovery is a reminder to reflect on what we want our new normal to look like

  • May 1, 2021
Christine Beevis Trickett in a long-forgotten, much-loved sweater. (Photo credit: Nature Conservancy of Canada)
Public health restrictions on non-essential travel are in effect. (B.C. government)

EDITORIAL: Stop looking for loopholes in travel restrictions

Restrictions aren’t puzzles to find ways around, if you don’t have to travel, don’t

  • Apr 27, 2021
Public health restrictions on non-essential travel are in effect. (B.C. government)
Surrey Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Cadieux: Removing barriers should be a provincial priority

When it comes to reducing barriers, B.C. has made progress, but still has a long way to go

  • Apr 25, 2021
Surrey Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Bike events like the 2018 Valley Granfondo in Fort Langley drew thousands of cyclists. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Cycling boom will have long-term implications for Canada

All the people who took to two wheels in the last year will change our views on transportation

  • Apr 25, 2021
Bike events like the 2018 Valley Granfondo in Fort Langley drew thousands of cyclists. (Langley Advance Times files)
Nichole Lowther plays with her son in their living room. She wasn’t diagnosed with autism until Matthew, now six, was diagnosed a few years ago. (David Swanson | Philadelphia Inquirer)

EDITORIAL: April is World Autism Month

‘Its prevalence in Canada has increased by more than 100 per cent in the past 10 years’

  • Apr 23, 2021
Nichole Lowther plays with her son in their living room. She wasn’t diagnosed with autism until Matthew, now six, was diagnosed a few years ago. (David Swanson | Philadelphia Inquirer)
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EDITORIAL: High job numbers seem overly rosy

Hard to believe there’s so much more employment in hardest hit sectors

  • Apr 21, 2021
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The Town of Lake Cowichan wants to get more people out of their cars. That should be the goal of all of the transportation plans currently under review in the Cowichan Valley. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Time to dream up better transportation options

Vancouver Island needs to ask ‘how are we going to get there from here?’

  • Apr 10, 2021
The Town of Lake Cowichan wants to get more people out of their cars. That should be the goal of all of the transportation plans currently under review in the Cowichan Valley. (Gazette file)
A server clears a table on a patio at a restaurant, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 2, 2021. B.C. has banned indoor dining at restaurants and bars as part of a three-week measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 variants. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

EDITORIAL: Consistent COVID-19 messaging needed from B.C. leaders

Stay diligent, despite the wishy-washy words from B.C.’s powers-that-be

  • Apr 8, 2021
A server clears a table on a patio at a restaurant, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 2, 2021. B.C. has banned indoor dining at restaurants and bars as part of a three-week measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 variants. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
There’s a reason that the phrase tells us to stop and smell the roses. A boom in gardening is one benefit that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Growing gardening trend has many benefits

We hope it’s an interest that people will stick with through the other side of the pandemic

  • Apr 7, 2021
There’s a reason that the phrase tells us to stop and smell the roses. A boom in gardening is one benefit that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Patricia Berry of the Chemainus Public Market. Outdoor seating will be available for eating and coffee during the current restrictions. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Opinion: Regional approach to restrictions would be the best solution

Restrictions must be implemented more harshly in the areas with the most COVID cases

Patricia Berry of the Chemainus Public Market. Outdoor seating will be available for eating and coffee during the current restrictions. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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Barker: It pays to have a thoughtful social media presence

Not having one is bad, having a sketchy one is worse

  • Apr 1, 2021
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Colourful costumes were part of the Pioneer Days setting for The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Our view: Moviemaking generates appeal for more visitors

Exposure on the big and small screen a good thing for Vancouver Island

Colourful costumes were part of the Pioneer Days setting for The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Approximately 93 per cent of B.C. residents say time’s up for bi-annual clock changes. Black Press file

OUR VIEW: It’s time to stop the madness of changing our clocks

It’s time to pick one and keep it, because this twice-per-year change is nonsensical

Approximately 93 per cent of B.C. residents say time’s up for bi-annual clock changes. Black Press file
Farms are a vital part of Vancouver Island. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Farming degraded municipal land is a community win-win

Almost all municipalities own chunks that could be converted for such a purpose

  • Mar 21, 2021
Farms are a vital part of Vancouver Island. (Citizen file)
The District of Lake Country saw its number of overdose calls double in 2020 over the previous year. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Addressing our ongoing opioid crisis

It must not become British Columbia’s forgotten health crisis…

  • Mar 20, 2021
The District of Lake Country saw its number of overdose calls double in 2020 over the previous year. (Black Press file photo)