Editorials

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)
Facebook (Courtesy photo)

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)
A huge amount of food is wasted each year in Canadian households. (Citizen file)

Editorial: UN report on food waste a lot to chew on

The average Canadian wastes 79 kilograms of food each year

  • Mar 16, 2021
A huge amount of food is wasted each year in Canadian households. (Citizen file)
Memorial set up at the site where Kim McGregor was killed in a hit-and-run incident. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Opinion: Tragedy is when community shines through

Tough times can be a reminder we really are in this together

Memorial set up at the site where Kim McGregor was killed in a hit-and-run incident. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)

Opinion: vaccinations finally ramping up with questions about what we did wrong

There is light at the end of the COVID tunnel, but what can we do better next time?

  • Mar 13, 2021
Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
The Beban Park social centre in Nanaimo will serve as a mass community clinic for immunizations. (News Bulletin photo)

Editorial: Every vaccine dose helps the cause for all of us

Enthusiasm indicates a lot of people want to be immunized, a lot of people will get immunized

The Beban Park social centre in Nanaimo will serve as a mass community clinic for immunizations. (News Bulletin photo)
Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women's Day 2021 (Unsplash)

Opinion: Pandemic offers another opportunity for equality

COVID-19 has amplified inequalities faced by women; the recovery can be a step forward

  • Mar 7, 2021
Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women's Day 2021 (Unsplash)
Texting and driving seems like it’s a habit many people are never going to break. (Photo by Boaz Joseph/The Leader)

Opinion: Distracted driving still a big issue

Campaign in March aimed at getting people to leave their phones alone

Texting and driving seems like it’s a habit many people are never going to break. (Photo by Boaz Joseph/The Leader)
March 8 is International Women’s Day. (Stock photo)

Editorial: International Women’s Day can inspire us to recommit to equality

Let’s call out sexism, amplify feminism and keep working toward equality

March 8 is International Women’s Day. (Stock photo)
This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communites across Vanccouver Island.

EDITORIAL: COVIDiocy has reached another level

Fake posters claiming end of restrictions cowardly and irresponsible

  • Mar 3, 2021
This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communites across Vanccouver Island.
Vandals damaged a picnic table at Spectacle Lake Park with a chainsaw earlier this month. (Linda Mills photo)

Editorial: Vandals make victims of us all

People targeting public property for vandalism never fails to infuriate

  • Mar 1, 2021
Vandals damaged a picnic table at Spectacle Lake Park with a chainsaw earlier this month. (Linda Mills photo)
Views of Nanaimo, Newcastle Channel and the Strait of Georgia from the Nanaimo Parkway. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Editorial: Each resident has a say in how this city of 100,000 grows

City of Nanaimo wants to hear from residents as transition from small town to big city continues

Views of Nanaimo, Newcastle Channel and the Strait of Georgia from the Nanaimo Parkway. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)

Our view: Regular rescues should not be required

Still far too many incidents of people putting themselves at risk

  • Feb 25, 2021
SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)
Travis Price, whose random act of kindness started the Pink Shirt Day movement, was in Royston to speak to schoolchildren on Friday, Feb. 28. Many of the students from Royston Elementary wore pink shirts to school specifically for the presentation. Photo by Terry Farrell

EDITORIAL: Fight bullying every day

Pink Shirt Day is Feb. 24 this year

  • Feb 23, 2021
Travis Price, whose random act of kindness started the Pink Shirt Day movement, was in Royston to speak to schoolchildren on Friday, Feb. 28. Many of the students from Royston Elementary wore pink shirts to school specifically for the presentation. Photo by Terry Farrell
Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe speaks during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Our View: The other epidemic in B.C. has claimed too many lives

New measures beyond simple enforcement have to change the playing field

  • Feb 22, 2021
Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe speaks during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito