Editorials

Editorial: Not helping the homeless costs money in the long run

Editorial: Not helping the homeless costs money in the long run

Study determined that homeless people with mental illness generate high costs for society

Editorial: Not helping the homeless costs money in the long run
A black bear rambles along the side of the Barkerville Highway near Wells on Saturday, June 13. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Editorial: Feeding wild animals a terrible idea

It’s hard to believe there are people who still don’t understand you’re not helping it by feeding it

  • Jul 19, 2020
A black bear rambles along the side of the Barkerville Highway near Wells on Saturday, June 13. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Washing your hands frequently when you’re out and about is one of the ways you should be protecting yourself from COVID-19. (file photo)

Now is not the time to slack off on virus prevention

Now is not the time to be less careful, now is the…

  • Jul 18, 2020
Washing your hands frequently when you’re out and about is one of the ways you should be protecting yourself from COVID-19. (file photo)
The Class of 2020 can create a new normal – one that’s fairer and gives everybody opportunity. (Pixabay photo)

EDITORIAL: Class of 2020 faces many challenges

But Island graduates can create a new normal – one that’s fairer and gives everybody opportunity

  • Jun 26, 2020
The Class of 2020 can create a new normal – one that’s fairer and gives everybody opportunity. (Pixabay photo)
Editorial: Why we should pay attention to year of water firsts

Editorial: Why we should pay attention to year of water firsts

We need to pay attention, because these are not one-off events.

  • Jun 19, 2020
Editorial: Why we should pay attention to year of water firsts
EDITORIAL: Side effect of reopening economy may be more reckless driving incidents

EDITORIAL: Side effect of reopening economy may be more reckless driving incidents

More kids are out on bikes and more drivers are speeding on our roads

  • Jun 13, 2020
EDITORIAL: Side effect of reopening economy may be more reckless driving incidents
EDITORIAL: Don’t let COVID-19 fears keep you from seeking medical help

EDITORIAL: Don’t let COVID-19 fears keep you from seeking medical help

Hospitals, clinics cleaned regularly, maintain strict protocols

  • May 31, 2020
EDITORIAL: Don’t let COVID-19 fears keep you from seeking medical help
Parents must decide whether to send their children back to school come June 1. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Minimal risk in sending kids back to school

Time to poke our heads out of our comfortable nests and venture out into the world again.

  • May 29, 2020
Parents must decide whether to send their children back to school come June 1. (Citizen file)
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EDITORIAL: Kindness does wonders for mental health

Who can honestly say this pandemic hasn’t messed with their head? But there are ways to fight the malaise

  • May 27, 2020
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Editorial: Paid sick leave a must going forward

Editorial: Paid sick leave a must going forward

The chickens are coming home to roost, so to speak, on this issue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 22, 2020
Editorial: Paid sick leave a must going forward
EDITORIAL: Handguns seem like a bigger problem than rifles

EDITORIAL: Handguns seem like a bigger problem than rifles

Assault rifle ban seems to be missing the point in improving public safety

  • May 14, 2020
EDITORIAL: Handguns seem like a bigger problem than rifles
EDITORIAL: Easing of restrictions brings cautious optimism

EDITORIAL: Easing of restrictions brings cautious optimism

COVID-19 directives will not be lifted all at once

  • May 13, 2020
EDITORIAL: Easing of restrictions brings cautious optimism
Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again

Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again

We have long been proponents of getting the Island Rail Corridor back up and running

  • May 11, 2020
Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again
Tubing has been banned on the Cowichan River this summer due to COVID-19. (file photo)

Editorial: Ban on tubing Cowichan River may be impossible to enforce

Impossible to enforce social distancing on many of Vancouver Island’s beaches

  • May 9, 2020
Tubing has been banned on the Cowichan River this summer due to COVID-19. (file photo)
Our View: COVID should inspire court reform

Our View: COVID should inspire court reform

Courts could be made more efficient with technology

  • May 5, 2020
Our View: COVID should inspire court reform
Last summer, officials were forced to pump water over the weir at Cowichan Lake to maintain water flow in the Cowichan River, due to drought conditions. (Photo by Lexi Bainas/Lake Cowichan Gazette)

Editorial: Start of work on new weir at Cowichan Lake overdue

The problem is that the weir currently in place can only do so much.

  • May 2, 2020
Last summer, officials were forced to pump water over the weir at Cowichan Lake to maintain water flow in the Cowichan River, due to drought conditions. (Photo by Lexi Bainas/Lake Cowichan Gazette)
First responders signed up to save lives, as in this fire in Langley City last year. Now they’re dealing with a new kind of threat to their safety. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Coronavirus reveals new kind of bravery in first responders

Even those who signed up to save lives and risk their own weren’t expecting this

First responders signed up to save lives, as in this fire in Langley City last year. Now they’re dealing with a new kind of threat to their safety. (Langley Advance Times files)
Editorial: More help needed for mortgage, rent payments

Editorial: More help needed for mortgage, rent payments

If you are a residential tenant, were you able to pay rent for April 1?

  • Apr 20, 2020
Editorial: More help needed for mortgage, rent payments
A sign of the times. Messages everywhere warn people to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. (Cheryl Trudell photo)

Editorial: COVID-19: we’re not out of the woods yet

Now is the time to be hopeful, absolutely. But it’s not yet the time to go out and have a big party

  • Apr 18, 2020
A sign of the times. Messages everywhere warn people to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. (Cheryl Trudell photo)
EDITORIAL: Legislate an end to non-essential travel

EDITORIAL: Legislate an end to non-essential travel

It should have come as little surprise that many people chose to…

  • Apr 14, 2020
EDITORIAL: Legislate an end to non-essential travel