Editorials

The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Editorial: Cannot afford to waste chance for rail

t could be the future backbone of transportation on Vancouver Island

  • Feb 2, 2023
House prices have risen again in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (File photo)

Editorial: A perfect storm of assessments and property taxes

Local politicians deferred bunch of stuff to keep property taxes artificially low from 2020 to 2022

  • Jan 26, 2023
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)

Editorial: Time for minister to step in and bring Ryleigh home

This is all just such nonsense and bureaucracy run amok

  • Jan 19, 2023
A proposal would see a portion of the Cowichan Community Centre parking lot become a semi-permanent warming and cooling centre for those who are homeless. (File photo)

Editorial: Duncan warming centre proposal sure to be controverial

Host of considerations for proposed site in community centre parking lot

  • Jan 12, 2023
A proposal would see a portion of the Cowichan Community Centre parking lot become a semi-permanent warming and cooling centre for those who are homeless. (File photo)
The CVRD is considering reopening its Free Stores at a number of its recycling centres, including including the one at Bings Creek (pictured), which have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)

Editorial: CVRD should bring back free stores

The free stores are an excellent way to recycle a whole host of household items

  • Jan 5, 2023
The CVRD is considering reopening its Free Stores at a number of its recycling centres, including including the one at Bings Creek (pictured), which have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)
House prices in the Cowichan Valley have skyrocketed in recent years. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Affordable housing No. 1 priority

One of the biggest worries people are facing is the cost of a roof over their heads

  • Dec 29, 2022
House prices in the Cowichan Valley have skyrocketed in recent years. (Citizen file)
All residents of the 63-unit Magdalena apartments have been given notice the building managers plan to seek authorization to vacate the damaged five-storey structure for remediation. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Editorial: All municipalities should look at the Magdalena rule

The big looming question: how did this happen?

  • Dec 22, 2022
All residents of the 63-unit Magdalena apartments have been given notice the building managers plan to seek authorization to vacate the damaged five-storey structure for remediation. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Smoke turns the sun orange during wildfire season in B.C. back in 2015. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen file)

Editorial: Smoky chimney? Consider health impacts on others

Consider those with respiratory problems, other health conditions significantly worsened by smoke

  • Dec 15, 2022
Smoke turns the sun orange during wildfire season in B.C. back in 2015. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen file)
A vehicle inches its way down a hill in the 100 block of South Liberty Street in Port Angeles after snow coated much of the North Olympic Peninsula on Thursday morning. Unsettled weather and chilly conditions are forecast into next week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Editorial: Snow-covered reminder to drive for conditions

Snow will blow off of your vehicle as you drive — right into the face of the driver behind you!

  • Dec 8, 2022
A vehicle inches its way down a hill in the 100 block of South Liberty Street in Port Angeles after snow coated much of the North Olympic Peninsula on Thursday morning. Unsettled weather and chilly conditions are forecast into next week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Living Wage BC has calculated that the living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 is $23.53. (Metro Creative photo)

Editorial: Living wage spike raises thoughts of guaranteed basic income

As shocking as the numbers are, they will come as no surprise to low-wage workers

  • Dec 1, 2022
Living Wage BC has calculated that the living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 is $23.53. (Metro Creative photo)
Think about shopping locally for the holidays this year. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Editorial: Shop locally for the holidays this year

It seemed that Christmas paraphernalia went up in stores earlier than ever…

  • Nov 24, 2022
Think about shopping locally for the holidays this year. (Metro Creative Services photo)
Cowichan’s wild places are also at risk, not just the far-flung Amazon rainforest. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Editorial: Biodiversity loss not just about saving the Amazon

How many marshes have we filled in and plopped housing and commercial developments on?

  • Nov 17, 2022
Cowichan’s wild places are also at risk, not just the far-flung Amazon rainforest. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
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Editorial: The world is once again standing on a precipice

There is a disturbing trend towards admiration for autocracy

  • Nov 10, 2022
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Those escaping domestic violence will often need a place to stay. A hotel in their community may or may not take them. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Hotels may turn away those escaping domestic violence

It seems unconscionable to deny someone in such a situation a safe haven

  • Nov 3, 2022
Those escaping domestic violence will often need a place to stay. A hotel in their community may or may not take them. (Citizen file)
(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Editorial: Dismal voter turnout for municipal elections

We get the opportunity to shape our own future

  • Oct 27, 2022
(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Remember to put your headlights on, as it gets dark earlier as fall progresses. (Metro Creative Services photo)
Remember to put your headlights on, as it gets dark earlier as fall progresses. (Metro Creative Services photo)
Your vote can make a big difference during municipal elections. (File photo)

Editorial: Never does your vote count more

Municipal elections decided by a small number of voters

  • Oct 13, 2022
Your vote can make a big difference during municipal elections. (File photo)
The Friendship Trail is a good start on the kind of walking and biking infrastructure that needs to be developed alongside new housing. (Screenshot)

Editorial: Other infrastructure needs to come with housing developments

A large building is going up right now on Garden Street in the heart of Duncan

  • Oct 6, 2022
The Friendship Trail is a good start on the kind of walking and biking infrastructure that needs to be developed alongside new housing. (Screenshot)
Mountainview Cemetery is expanding and North Cowichan is looking for input from the public on what people want to see there. (Courtesy of North Cowichan)

Editorial: The changing business of burial

In the end, that’s what most people want: and acknowledgement of their existence

  • Sep 29, 2022
Mountainview Cemetery is expanding and North Cowichan is looking for input from the public on what people want to see there. (Courtesy of North Cowichan)
The Cowichan Valley is made up of nine electoral areas and four municipalities. Residents will elect representatives to their board or council on Oct. 15, 2022. (CVRD WebMap)

Editorial: What Cowichan area do I vote in come October?

The political landscape in the Cowichan Valley can be quite complicated and seem convoluted

  • Sep 22, 2022
The Cowichan Valley is made up of nine electoral areas and four municipalities. Residents will elect representatives to their board or council on Oct. 15, 2022. (CVRD WebMap)
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