Editorials

House prices have risen significantly in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (File photo)

Editorial: Assessment increases in Cowichan Valley made our jaws drop

It is bad news for those just trying to get into the market (who aren’t independently wealthy)

  • Jan 13, 2022
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Editorial: Another communal COVID-fighting effort needed in 2022

Even a small percentage of a large number, is a large number

  • Jan 6, 2022
If you need to take a break during the holidays, do it. (Metro Creative photo)

Editorial: You can skip some holiday traditions if you’ve had enough cheer

We can take on too much, especially this time of year, leading to us barely remembering the holidays

  • Dec 23, 2021
If you need to take a break during the holidays, do it. (Metro Creative photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Editorial: Opioid crisis the worst it has ever been; action needed now

In October more people died of overdoses than any month ever

  • Dec 16, 2021
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The new Cowichan District Hospital will replace the existing one on Gibbins Road. (Submitted photo)

Editorial: Can’t turn back the clock on hospital decision

New hospital will result in area development; get ahead of it

  • Dec 9, 2021
The new Cowichan District Hospital will replace the existing one on Gibbins Road. (Submitted photo)
Look for local gifts this year for the holidays. (Metro Creative photo)

Editorial: Support local businesses this holiday season

It’s very appropriate that this is B.C. Buy Local Week.

  • Dec 2, 2021
Look for local gifts this year for the holidays. (Metro Creative photo)
Panic buying at grocery stores and hoarding of some products, notably toilet paper, was one of the more bizarre things people did when COVID-19 hit in 2020. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Editorial: Stop hoarding, people! You’re creating a problem

We hoped that people would have learned from 2020

  • Nov 25, 2021
Panic buying at grocery stores and hoarding of some products, notably toilet paper, was one of the more bizarre things people did when COVID-19 hit in 2020. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The street behind Warmland House shelter in Duncan has been an epicentre of addictions, homelessness, and mental health problems in the community. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Drug situation dire, but some hope on horizon

It is not an easy problem to deal with, or an easy momentum to slow and reverse.

  • Nov 18, 2021
The street behind Warmland House shelter in Duncan has been an epicentre of addictions, homelessness, and mental health problems in the community. (Citizen file)
Directly after Armistice, there was a proposal to create the Duncan Cenotaph. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Nov. 11 a time to take stock

Have we learned anything?

  • Nov 11, 2021
Directly after Armistice, there was a proposal to create the Duncan Cenotaph. (Citizen file)
COVID-19 rules for parts of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre are inconsistent. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Steam room, sauna exemptions don’t make sense

The rules are inconsistent with our other public health orders.

  • Nov 4, 2021
COVID-19 rules for parts of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre are inconsistent. (Citizen file)
Smoke can travel a long distance in Cowichan, but also get trapped by our valley. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Backyard burning should be left in the past

Your lungs and the lungs of all of us here in Cowichan, will thank you for it

  • Oct 28, 2021
Smoke can travel a long distance in Cowichan, but also get trapped by our valley. (Citizen file)
At the traffic circle in Lake Cowichan. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Traffic circles improve our communities

These circles effectively slow people down through danger zones, but don’t back up vehicles

  • Oct 21, 2021
At the traffic circle in Lake Cowichan. (Gazette file)
CCTV surveillance camera. (Black Press file photo)

Editorial: Surveillance and security vs privacy

These are thorny, and increasingly urgent issues

  • Oct 14, 2021
CCTV surveillance camera. (Black Press file photo)
Municipalities should consider plastic bag bans pronto. (Citizen file)

Editorial: On environment, doing something better than nothing

There is no one perfect, shining thing that is going to fix our myriad problems

  • Oct 7, 2021
Municipalities should consider plastic bag bans pronto. (Citizen file)
Alistair MacGregor. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Editorial: Time for federal government to get to work

Housing identified as the area’s biggest priority

  • Sep 30, 2021
Alistair MacGregor. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
(Metro Creative image)

Editorial: How we talk to each other could use some work

We’ve been contacted by a lot of people lately who seem really, really angry

  • Sep 23, 2021
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It is our responsibility as Canadians to get out and vote on Sept. 20, 2021. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Editorial: Like it or not, it’s time to vote

Voting is a responsibility

  • Sep 16, 2021
It is our responsibility as Canadians to get out and vote on Sept. 20, 2021. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Sleeping cabins for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Editorial: Strides being made to help the homeless, but hurdles continue

People don’t want it in their neighbourhoods

  • Sep 9, 2021
Sleeping cabins for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine card program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Editorial: Mask mandate, vaccine card are the right moves

Had our officials not done something they would have been negligent

  • Sep 2, 2021
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine card program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)