Editorials

Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan as Dr. Penny Ballem and Minister Arian Dix look on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Editorial: COVID toll in B.C. limited because health measures work

To claim that we didn’t need to do anything to combat COVID is absurd nonsense

  • Jun 10, 2021
Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. A group of researchers is looking into how sunscreen is affecting the Cowichan watershed. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Go mineral if you’re dipping into the water this summer

To date we have not been proactive in protecting our aquatic environments

  • Jun 3, 2021
BC Conservation Officer Stuart Bates loads a tranquilized five-year-old female black bear into a trailer for relocation. (Kara Olson photo)

Editorial: Don’t feed the bears, deliberately or otherwise

We’d like to beg people not to deliberately feed the bears

  • May 27, 2021
Janet Docherty of Merridale Cider was part of a delegation to the Cowichan Valley Regional District in May of 2021 that described how difficult things have been for the tourist industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Editorial: We can help hard-hit tourist businesses

Tourism-related businesses in Cowichan have seen revenues drop by as much as 40 per cent

  • May 20, 2021
Janet Docherty of Merridale Cider was part of a delegation to the Cowichan Valley Regional District in May of 2021 that described how difficult things have been for the tourist industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Before you take on a pet, make sure you want to have it for life. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Editorial: A pet is a lifetime commitment

Tons of people are getting pets during the pandemic, some for the first time

  • May 13, 2021
Before you take on a pet, make sure you want to have it for life. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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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 6, 2021
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The cherry trees on Canada Avenue in Duncan are in full bloom this April, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Editorial: Time to put trees on the agenda

Trees make communities better.

  • Apr 29, 2021
The cherry trees on Canada Avenue in Duncan are in full bloom this April, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The old Stanley Gordon school in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)

Editorial: Old school properties represent potential for our areas

There are opportunities, often sitting right in the middle of our small communities.

  • Apr 22, 2021
The old Stanley Gordon school in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)
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Editorial: Rent bank for Cowichan a wise investment

It’s essentially the collective emergency fund

  • Apr 15, 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

How are we going to get there from here?

  • Apr 8, 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)
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: Gardening trend has many benefits

We sincerely hope it’s an interest that people will stick with through the other side of the pandemic

  • Apr 1, 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)
In January of 2021, 165 people died from overdose in British Columbia. (Paul Henderson/Progress file)

Editorial: Overdoses: the other health crisis

The latest numbers from January of this year tell us that 165 people died from drug overdoses

  • Mar 25, 2021
In January of 2021, 165 people died from overdose in British Columbia. (Paul Henderson/Progress file)
Farms are a vital part of the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Farming degraded municipal land a win-win

Almost all municipalities own chunks that could be converted for such a purpose.

  • Mar 18, 2021
Farms are a vital part of the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file)
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 11, 2021
A huge amount of food is wasted each year in Canadian households. (Citizen file)
Smithers Interior News Editorial

Editorial: Opportunity for equality

COVID-19 has amplified inequalities faced by women; the recovery can be a step forward

  • Mar 4, 2021
Smithers Interior News Editorial
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

It is infuriating when people target public property for vandalism.

  • Feb 25, 2021
Vandals damaged a picnic table at Spectacle Lake Park with a chainsaw earlier this month. (Linda Mills photo)
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: Cowichan Valley facing big housing shortage

o concludes a report for the Cowichan Valley Regional District released recently.

  • Feb 18, 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)
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: Visitor centres provide vital services

Ongoing tension between the Chambers of Commerce that run them and the municipalities they serve

  • Feb 11, 2021
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
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 4, 2021
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)

Editorial: Opt-out organ donation the way to go

In most places in Canada, including British Columbia, you have to sign up to be an organ donor.

  • Jan 28, 2021
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)