Editorials

Single use checkout bags are one of the plastic items on the list that will be banned in Canada starting in 2021. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Federal plastic ban a good start — but just a start

Canadians toss out 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.

  • Oct 15, 2020
Single use checkout bags are one of the plastic items on the list that will be banned in Canada starting in 2021. (Citizen file)
Editorial: Celebrating the hard work of our firefighters

Editorial: Celebrating the hard work of our firefighters

It is the community firefighters who are going to show up and save the day.

  • Oct 8, 2020
Editorial: Celebrating the hard work of our firefighters
Editorial: $6.5 million for health care badly needed

Editorial: $6.5 million for health care badly needed

Help is on the way for people in the Cowichan Valley without a family doctor.

  • Oct 1, 2020
Editorial: $6.5 million for health care badly needed
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Snow storm in the Cowichan Valley Feb. 13, 2021
Steelhead rescue on the Cowichan River
Keno the dog found on Mount Prevost
Rally against racism
Editorial: Pandemic election will be a challenge

Editorial: Pandemic election will be a challenge

We hope our citizens will step up. Voting is both our right and our duty.

  • Sep 24, 2020
Editorial: Pandemic election will be a challenge
Editorial: Tiny houses should be an option in Cowichan

Editorial: Tiny houses should be an option in Cowichan

We are missing the boat by not enabling the building of tiny houses.

  • Sep 17, 2020
Editorial: Tiny houses should be an option in Cowichan
Editorial: Don’t be a deadbeat animal owner

Editorial: Don’t be a deadbeat animal owner

How many cats get left behind when somebody moves?

  • Sep 10, 2020
Editorial: Don’t be a deadbeat animal owner
Fall is on the way for 2020. (Citizen file)

Fall is on its way, and change is in the air

The B.C. Back to School plan was released on July 29

Fall is on the way for 2020. (Citizen file)
Editorial: Housing continuity for Cowichan’s homeless just makes sense

Editorial: Housing continuity for Cowichan’s homeless just makes sense

Doing this in a seamless manner is the best answer

  • Aug 27, 2020
Editorial: Housing continuity for Cowichan’s homeless just makes sense
Pumping over the weir in Cowichan Lake will not be required this summer. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Editorial: 2020 respite doesn’t mean we can take water for granted

It’s not something we can take as a sign of things to come

  • Aug 20, 2020
Pumping over the weir in Cowichan Lake will not be required this summer. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Why has wearing a mask become such a divisive issue? (Citizen file)

Editorial: Mask wearing: innocuous advice has turned into polarizing war

Somehow, this innocuous recommendation has become a polarizing war for some.

  • Aug 13, 2020
Why has wearing a mask become such a divisive issue? (Citizen file)
Editorial: Preventing wildfires more vital than ever in 2020

Editorial: Preventing wildfires more vital than ever in 2020

We are truly our own worst enemies on this file.

  • Aug 6, 2020
Editorial: Preventing wildfires more vital than ever in 2020
Editorial: Inaction on homelessness costs money

Editorial: Inaction on homelessness costs money

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

Editorial: Inaction on homelessness costs money
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

The thing is, you’re not helping it by feeding it.

  • Jul 23, 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)

Editorial: Now is not the time to slack off on virus prevention

Worldwide, the pandemic is worsening.

  • Jul 16, 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)
Editorial: Alternative approval process is not the enemy

Editorial: Alternative approval process is not the enemy

Not everything should go to a referendum.

  • Jul 9, 2020
Editorial: Alternative approval process is not the enemy
This lot on White Road in Duncan will be the site of a new supportive housing development. A similar facility will be built on Drinkwater Road in North Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Editorial: Give supportive housing the chance to work

Housing first is important, because it can help people to get out of survival mode

  • Jul 2, 2020
This lot on White Road in Duncan will be the site of a new supportive housing development. A similar facility will be built on Drinkwater Road in North Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
(Citizen file)

Editorial: Opioid crisis hits us in the face in May; what are we going to do about it?

Thus far, we have largely treated opioid addiction and use as a crime problem

  • Jun 25, 2020
(Citizen file)
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 18, 2020
Editorial: Why we should pay attention to year of water firsts
Plan for summer tubing good news for town

Plan for summer tubing good news for town

Town of Lake Cowichan businesses can sure use a few more people through the doors.

  • Jun 11, 2020
Plan for summer tubing good news for town
Editorial: What comes next for the homeless?

Editorial: What comes next for the homeless?

We hope there is a plan in the works to make this housing-for-all push more permanent.

  • Jun 4, 2020
Editorial: What comes next for the homeless?