Editorials

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
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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)
Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. Photo: Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito

In Our View: New leadership heralds new ideas in B.C. politics

Both NDP and Liberals will go into the next election with change at the top

  • Jul 21, 2022
Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. Photo: Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito
At the traffic circle in Lake Cowichan. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Traffic circles best way to govern intersections

All of the traffic circles that have been installed in Cowichan have all been vast improvements

  • Jul 14, 2022
At the traffic circle in Lake Cowichan. (Gazette file)
The City of Duncan has turned off comments on their Facebook page, as it got too toxic. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Reconsider how we talk to each other online

It’s so bad that the City of Duncan has decided to shut off comments on their Facebook page

  • Jul 7, 2022
The City of Duncan has turned off comments on their Facebook page, as it got too toxic. (Citizen file)
The Cowichan Valley Regional District has yet to receive any applications from West Shore Motorsports Park to move its operations to the Shawnigan Lake area. (File photo)

Editorial: New racetrack unlikely to find warm welcome in Shawnigan

There is no doubt this will be a tough facility to find a location for on either side of the Malahat

  • Jun 30, 2022
The Cowichan Valley Regional District has yet to receive any applications from West Shore Motorsports Park to move its operations to the Shawnigan Lake area. (File photo)
(Citizen file)

Editorial: Decision could chill speech among councillors

Councillors need to be able to passionately argue points of view and strongly held beliefs

  • Jun 23, 2022
(Citizen file)
(Citizen file)

Editorial: Long, slow slog for action on overdose crisis

BC Emergency Health Services responded to 84 overdose calls, and 73 in May

  • Jun 16, 2022
(Citizen file)
Broom often lines roadsides in B.C.. (Black Press file)

Editorial: Province needs to do some broombusting

Broom spreading like wildfire along the sides of provincial highways

  • Jun 9, 2022
Broom often lines roadsides in B.C.. (Black Press file)
Insect populations, including bees, are on the decline. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Spring without pollinators a sign of things to come?

Insect populations around the globe have seen an alarming decline in just a few decades

  • Jun 2, 2022
Insect populations, including bees, are on the decline. (Citizen file)
When you take on a pet, you should take it on for its lifetime. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment

Heartbreaking to hear all of the stories about the many pets being turned over to shelters

  • May 26, 2022
When you take on a pet, you should take it on for its lifetime. (Citizen file)
Bylaws for the Town of Lake Cowichan require new buildings downtown be at least two storeys, so that there is space for people to live right in town. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Bigger community vision must stay front and centre

It’s about making sure the community becomes what we want it to be in the future

  • May 19, 2022
Bylaws for the Town of Lake Cowichan require new buildings downtown be at least two storeys, so that there is space for people to live right in town. (Gazette file)
A section of Metral Drive that has received a ‘complete street’ road redesign This is the kind of bike lanes we need to be building. (News Bulletin photo)

Editorial: We must do better for bikes — and people

There is very little accommodation made for people on bikes on our roadways

  • May 12, 2022
A section of Metral Drive that has received a ‘complete street’ road redesign This is the kind of bike lanes we need to be building. (News Bulletin photo)
The yellow flowers of the broom plant are a familiar sight this time of year. (Mike Chouinard photo)

Editorial: Broom busting season is upon us

It’s time for all of us to make sure our own properties and fencelines are broom-free

  • May 5, 2022
The yellow flowers of the broom plant are a familiar sight this time of year. (Mike Chouinard photo)
The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Editorial: Train vital to modern future for our communities

People will use it, if we build it.

  • Apr 28, 2022
The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)