Editorials

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Editorial: Best to keep dogs on their leashes

Providing new spaces to let Rover roam free not a good idea

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Alberta premier Jason Kenney announced that Red Deer and other rural locations would soon be getting doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (photography by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)

EDITORIAL: Politicians expected to lead by example

Holidaying politicians not living up to the standards voters expect and demand

  • Jan 7, 2021
Alberta premier Jason Kenney announced that Red Deer and other rural locations would soon be getting doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (photography by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)
The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit estimates that 175 crashes happen every day in B.C. (File - Black Press Media)

EDITORIAL: Treat vehicle collisions like a pandemic

COVID-19 has shown behaviour can influence public health outcomes, so be kind, be calm and slow down

  • Jan 6, 2021
The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit estimates that 175 crashes happen every day in B.C. (File - Black Press Media)
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EDITORIAL: A new year brings hope

Happiness is never guaranteed so we have to be prepared for everything

  • Jan 5, 2021
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This photo was taken at McLean Mill on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the end of the rail line after cleanup of the oil spill. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

EDITORIAL: McLean Mill has turned into a complete train wreck

National Historic Site facing a million-dollar environmental cleanup

This photo was taken at McLean Mill on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the end of the rail line after cleanup of the oil spill. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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Opinion: Let’s step back and be logical about this

With the barrage of opinions out there, it’s more important than ever to be a critical thinker

  • Dec 28, 2020
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Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (File - Black Press Media)

EDITORIAL: Christmas’s generous spirit unites us all

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

  • Dec 25, 2020
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (File - Black Press Media)
Provincial health officials have asked British Columbians not to gather with anyone outside their household or look for loopholes in health orders. (Stock photo)

Editorial: Respect the rest of us, heed holiday restrictions

So many are sacrificing tradition for the greater good

Provincial health officials have asked British Columbians not to gather with anyone outside their household or look for loopholes in health orders. (Stock photo)
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is looking at how to tighten up fireworks rules after numerous complaints came in around Halloween, 2020. (Citizen file)

Editorial: You can’t just set off fireworks whenever you want

People should think carefully about where and when to host fireworks displays

  • Dec 23, 2020
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is looking at how to tighten up fireworks rules after numerous complaints came in around Halloween, 2020. (Citizen file)
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDITORIAL: Listen to the medical experts

Misinformation about COVID-19 could prove deadly

  • Dec 22, 2020
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Paper Excellence Canada will be investing $13 million in its Port Alberni paper mill to streamline production of food-grade paper. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Editorial: As pandemic raged, Port Alberni quietly took an economic step forward

Port Alberni will wrap up 2020 with a $13-million gift from Paper Excellence

Paper Excellence Canada will be investing $13 million in its Port Alberni paper mill to streamline production of food-grade paper. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)

EDITORIAL: Long winter, but hope for the spring

The coronavirus vaccine is the start of a long road back to a version of normal

  • Dec 20, 2020
A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)
Non-food vendors have been banned from the Duncan Farmers Market for now as a COVID-19 measure. (Nicholas Miller photos)

Editorial: Allow non-food vendors at farmers markets

Restrictions are necessary, but there is a clear double standard at play here

  • Dec 19, 2020
Non-food vendors have been banned from the Duncan Farmers Market for now as a COVID-19 measure. (Nicholas Miller photos)
This was the line-up outside the Canada Post in downtown Sidney just before opening at 9 a.m. Monday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Opinion: Santa can’t deliver everything so be kind to postal workers

The pressures of the holiday season are magnified ten-fold for the folks delivering the mail

This was the line-up outside the Canada Post in downtown Sidney just before opening at 9 a.m. Monday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Strings of purple lights mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Editorial: Stand in solidarity against gender-based violence

Ordinarily a number of events mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

  • Dec 12, 2020
Strings of purple lights mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. (Abbotsford News file photo)
A laboratory technician holds a dose of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate that’s ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand. (Mladen Antonov | AFP)

Opinion: We are not out of the COVID-19 woods yet

A COVID-19 vaccine promises a silver bullet, but only in the long-term

A laboratory technician holds a dose of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate that’s ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand. (Mladen Antonov | AFP)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)

Editorial: COVID fight not being won by fistfights

Bad behaviour not beneficial to getting the community through this

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)
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Editorial: Please don’t travel for the holidays

You are in control of what this province will look like come New Year’s Eve

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EDITORIAL: An ongoing need for generosity

Food banks need community support throughout the year

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