Editorials

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EDITORIAL: An ongoing need for generosity

Food banks need community support throughout the year

Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (file photo)

Editorial: Give your loved ones some kindness and some space this year

Holiday season will be different this year and we’ll have to adjust our Christmas plans this year.

  • Nov 29, 2020
Side roads were still snow-covered Saturday late morning while the main highways were wet.

Editorial: Winter is coming, ready or not

Make sure you are adjusting your road habits for weather conditions

The back seat of a car with four bags of Christmas gifts and decor. (123rf.com)

EDITORIAL: Support local business this holiday season

That small business you love may not be around come spring if it’s not supported now

  • Nov 25, 2020
The back seat of a car with four bags of Christmas gifts and decor. (123rf.com)
Although B.C. has not made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces, some business owners are requiring all customers to wear them before entering their store. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Opinion: Show a little respect, we’re all in this together

COVID is going to get worse before it gets better; we can only control how we treat each other

Although B.C. has not made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces, some business owners are requiring all customers to wear them before entering their store. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants, specializing in liquor licensing, addresses city council on Nov. 19, 2019. (City of Chilliwack)
Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants, specializing in liquor licensing, addresses city council on Nov. 19, 2019. (City of Chilliwack)
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Pumping over the weir in Cowichan Lake has been required when summer droughts threatened to run the Cowichan River dry. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Editorial: Funding for watershed projects, including weir, welcome

Any and all grants from senior levels of government to help with this vital project are good news

  • Nov 22, 2020
Pumping over the weir in Cowichan Lake has been required when summer droughts threatened to run the Cowichan River dry. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A group of people watch bears cross the road near Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Sept. 16, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Editorial: Conservation officers don’t kill bears, we do

Four bears – a mother and three cubs – were destroyed recently…

  • Nov 21, 2020
A group of people watch bears cross the road near Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Sept. 16, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)
Protesters and campers who joined the “occupy shelter” tent city in front of Our Home on Eighth (Port Alberni’s shelter) continue to pack their belongings and tents after being told to leave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Editorial: Island politicians need to get vocal about homelessness

No Vancouver Island community is immune as latest Port Alberni issues have shown

Protesters and campers who joined the “occupy shelter” tent city in front of Our Home on Eighth (Port Alberni’s shelter) continue to pack their belongings and tents after being told to leave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Trump supporter Jake Contos chants during a protest against the election results outside the central counting board at the tcf Center in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

EDITORIAL: U.S. election chaos puts democracy in doubt

President Donald Trump looks to overturn the will of the American people

  • Nov 18, 2020
Trump supporter Jake Contos chants during a protest against the election results outside the central counting board at the tcf Center in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Alex Trebek, left, and Howie Meeker. (File photos)

Opinion: Meeker, Trebek were true Canadian icons

Pair of legends remembered fondly by many across the country

Alex Trebek, left, and Howie Meeker. (File photos)
Let’s practice compassion and perhaps the world could be a gentler place amid these trying time. (K-J Millar - The Northern View)

Smith: COVID-19 creating a heartless society?

Kindness and respect, now is not the time to go all ‘should’ on each other

Let’s practice compassion and perhaps the world could be a gentler place amid these trying time. (K-J Millar - The Northern View)
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EDITORIAL: Vaccine is great news, but there’s still a long road ahead

New vaccine will likely be tougher to get than a pack of toilet paper in April

  • Nov 13, 2020
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This item in a Kelowna newspaper from 1918 reflects some of the measures to curb the Spanish flu that are becoming familiar to us in dealing with COVID. (Submitted)

Editorial: Stopping the virus spread has precedence

Newspaper item focuses on ways to curb the Spanish flu in 1918

This item in a Kelowna newspaper from 1918 reflects some of the measures to curb the Spanish flu that are becoming familiar to us in dealing with COVID. (Submitted)
Royal Canadian Legion branches in the Central Okanagan are feeling the pressure of the pandemic. (Victoria Tronina/Unsplash)

Editorial: Today reminds us how electoral complacency is a shame

As Remembrance Day arrives, a reminder of what they fought for

  • Nov 11, 2020
Royal Canadian Legion branches in the Central Okanagan are feeling the pressure of the pandemic. (Victoria Tronina/Unsplash)
The Remembrance Day mural painted by David Goatley in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Editorial: Salute war vets on your doorsteps

Remembrance Day gatherings are out this year, but you can still pay tribute

The Remembrance Day mural painted by David Goatley in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The City of Duncan is hoping for a grant to help pay for a solar-energy project, similar to the one pictured that GreenCoast installed on the roof of the Hilltop Building in Duncan last year, that is planned for the roof of the Duncan fire hall. (File photo)

Editorial: Solar panels on municipal buildings a good idea

Our municipal buildings are an untapped resource when it comes to solar power generation.

  • Nov 7, 2020
The City of Duncan is hoping for a grant to help pay for a solar-energy project, similar to the one pictured that GreenCoast installed on the roof of the Hilltop Building in Duncan last year, that is planned for the roof of the Duncan fire hall. (File photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix addresses British Columbians at a press conference Monday detailing the latest COVID-19 case count and government responses. (B.C. Government image)

Editorial: British Columbians asked to re-commit to COVID-19 fight

More than 1,100 cases over the Halloween weekend should strengthen our resolve

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix addresses British Columbians at a press conference Monday detailing the latest COVID-19 case count and government responses. (B.C. Government image)
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OUR VIEW: Grow up and join the fight against COVID-19

Vancouver Islanders need to ask ourselves if we are on the right side of the fight

  • Nov 3, 2020
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EDITORIAL: Time to re-evaluate Daylight Savings Time

There are effects to switching our clocks twice a year

  • Nov 2, 2020
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