Editorials

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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

 

(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

 

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

 

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)
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)
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)
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EDITORIAL: Early detection the key to treating colorectal cancer

Setting up a screening could save a life

  • Mar 19, 2021
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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)
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)
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)
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
The Cowichan Valley will need an additional 5,000 housing units by 2025 to keep up with demand, according to a new report. (File photo)

Editorial: Vancouver Island facing big housing shortage

New ways of thinking needed as the squeeze seems destined to get worse

  • Feb 19, 2021
The Cowichan Valley will need an additional 5,000 housing units by 2025 to keep up with demand, according to a new report. (File photo)
The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, as lawmakers return to the House of Commons following the winter break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OUR VIEW: Maintaining a strong democracy crucial

Canada has placed fifth worldwide for the level of its democracy

The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, as lawmakers return to the House of Commons following the winter break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)

Editorial: Cowichan house prices increasingly unaffordable

Younger people have had no choice but to purchase ordinary homes at extraordinary prices

  • Feb 8, 2021
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)