Editorials

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
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
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
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)
The Crofton fire department headquarters and the adjoining hall that’s become quite dated. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Editorial: Planning for future infrastructure needs vital

There continue to be breakdowns of the CVRD’s curbside collection trucks — all of them

  • Sep 15, 2022
The Crofton fire department headquarters and the adjoining hall that’s become quite dated. (File photo by Don Bodger)
The Cowichan Valley school district has made a video to explain the “Washrooms for Everybody” concept at the new Cowichan Secondary School. (Screen shot)

Editorial: Gender neutral washrooms are the future

We can only hope that more public washrooms in all scenarios start to be built in this manner

  • Sep 8, 2022
The Cowichan Valley school district has made a video to explain the “Washrooms for Everybody” concept at the new Cowichan Secondary School. (Screen shot)
(File photo)

Editorial: Childhood vaccinations vital to continued health

These are not benign diseases

  • Sep 1, 2022
(File photo)
Make sure you know what you’re doing before you dive into water. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Think twice before jumping off a cliff

Not like in the movies where people can jump from the top of waterfalls and make it out unscathed

  • Aug 25, 2022
Make sure you know what you’re doing before you dive into water. (Citizen file)
Do not drop your cigarette butts into dried grass along the sides of the road. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Editorial: Don’t cause a fire with a tossed cigarette butt

Too many brushfires started by the careless disgarding of a cigarette butt into dry grass or bushes

  • Aug 18, 2022
Do not drop your cigarette butts into dried grass along the sides of the road. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Allenby Road and the Trans-Canada Highway just outside of Duncan is an intersection that needs a protected left turn light. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Editorial: Protected left turn lights at Cowichan intersections will save lives

No more of this playing chicken with traffic

  • Aug 11, 2022
Allenby Road and the Trans-Canada Highway just outside of Duncan is an intersection that needs a protected left turn light. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
House prices in the Cowichan Valley have skyrocketed in recent years. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Need to prioritize a first home for everyone

The province is expanding the speculation and vacancy tax into the Cowichan Valley

  • Aug 4, 2022
House prices in the Cowichan Valley have skyrocketed in recent years. (Citizen file)
An overpass for students from the new high school in Duncan to the other side of the highway is a must. (File photo)

Editorial: Overpass for students from new high school a must

You’re not going to convince teenagers to walk further to use the crosswalk

  • Jul 28, 2022
An overpass for students from the new high school in Duncan to the other side of the highway is a must. (File photo)