Editorials

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)
The CVRD’s recycling centres take care of some of our waste, but a whole lot of it still goes to the landfill. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Let’s take long, hard look at the first “R”

It’s no accident that reduce is listed first in the trio

  • Apr 21, 2022
The CVRD’s recycling centres take care of some of our waste, but a whole lot of it still goes to the landfill. (Citizen file)
What we want our communities to look like is something local governments determine. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Local governments must protect the public interest

Government would be utterly foolish to abdicate this role

  • Apr 14, 2022
What we want our communities to look like is something local governments determine. (Citizen file)
Duncan city workers removed the three American sweet gum trees at the north end of City Square along Ingram Street and replaced them with other, more suitable, tree species. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: A little research will save a lot of trouble

The sweet gums certainly provide a lesson

  • Apr 7, 2022
Duncan city workers removed the three American sweet gum trees at the north end of City Square along Ingram Street and replaced them with other, more suitable, tree species. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A heat pump installed at a Victoria supportive housing facility, converted from a seniors home. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Editorial: Heat pumps riding wave of popularity

Demand really began to surge after the extreme heat episodes we lived through last summer

  • Mar 31, 2022
A heat pump installed at a Victoria supportive housing facility, converted from a seniors home. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Gardener Norman Redcliffe and the CVRD are partnering in a new program that will see some plastic containers diverted from Bings Creek recycling centre to be used as plant pots. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: A closer look at the second “R”

This is where we as individuals can make some degree of impact

  • Mar 24, 2022
Gardener Norman Redcliffe and the CVRD are partnering in a new program that will see some plastic containers diverted from Bings Creek recycling centre to be used as plant pots. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
House prices in the Cowichan Valley have skyrocketed in recent years. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Priced out of the market: affordability crisis

Since when is $600,000 not enough to buy a property in the Duncan area?

  • Mar 17, 2022
House prices in the Cowichan Valley have skyrocketed in recent years. (Citizen file)
A huge spike in gas prices changes the zero emission vehicle calculation. (Black Press file)

Editorial: Gas price spike an electric argument

There was a time when drivers could not have imagined gas prices would exceed $1 per litre

  • Mar 10, 2022
A huge spike in gas prices changes the zero emission vehicle calculation. (Black Press file)
The fight against poverty is one worth waging. (News Bulletin file)

Editorial: We must continue the battle against poverty in Cowichan

Doing nothing guarantees that nothing will change

  • Mar 3, 2022
The fight against poverty is one worth waging. (News Bulletin file)
Take your yard waste to the transfer station in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, don’t light it on fire. (file photo)

Editorial: Right to breathe must outweigh right to burn

In the Cowichan Valley, smoke gets trapped between our mountains

  • Feb 24, 2022
Take your yard waste to the transfer station in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, don’t light it on fire. (file photo)
Honeymoon Bay, in Area F, has seen an influx of people since the last Census. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Census highlights quest for affordability

More affordable prices have begun to attract both seniors and young families

  • Feb 17, 2022
Honeymoon Bay, in Area F, has seen an influx of people since the last Census. (Gazette file)
Discarded fireworks set off in Cowichan Bay. (Submitted)

Editorial: Enthusiasm for fireworks fizzling in Cowichan?

Foremost in the discussion at the board table was the effect on animals

  • Feb 10, 2022
Discarded fireworks set off in Cowichan Bay. (Submitted)
Ali Falsafi stands in front of a mudslide on Cowichan Bay Road that pushed the concrete barriers into the middle of the road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: Stormwater and drainage linked to landslides and floods

Getting a report from staff about where problem areas may lie important

  • Feb 3, 2022
Ali Falsafi stands in front of a mudslide on Cowichan Bay Road that pushed the concrete barriers into the middle of the road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Garbage heaps like this left by homeless people on Lewis Street caused complaints from local residents. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: Key Duncan issues not going away quickly

Crime, safety and homelessness

  • Jan 27, 2022
Garbage heaps like this left by homeless people on Lewis Street caused complaints from local residents. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The tender for the retrofit and expansion of Lake Cowichan Town Hall has been awarded to Nanaimo-based CopCan Civil Limited Partnership, the same company that built the Meade Creek Recycling facility in the spring of 2017. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Editorial: Big ticket items make for tough choices for Cowichan’s councils

Councils should be looking into the future since some of these replacements can be anticipated

  • Jan 20, 2022
The tender for the retrofit and expansion of Lake Cowichan Town Hall has been awarded to Nanaimo-based CopCan Civil Limited Partnership, the same company that built the Meade Creek Recycling facility in the spring of 2017. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
House prices have risen significantly in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (File photo)

Editorial: Assessment increases in Cowichan Valley made our jaws drop

It is bad news for those just trying to get into the market (who aren’t independently wealthy)

  • Jan 13, 2022
House prices have risen significantly in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (File photo)
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Editorial: Another communal COVID-fighting effort needed in 2022

Even a small percentage of a large number, is a large number

  • Jan 6, 2022
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Heat records were broken in Cowichan in 2021. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Heat records were broken in Cowichan in 2021. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
If you need to take a break during the holidays, do it. (Metro Creative photo)

Editorial: You can skip some holiday traditions if you’ve had enough cheer

We can take on too much, especially this time of year, leading to us barely remembering the holidays

  • Dec 23, 2021
If you need to take a break during the holidays, do it. (Metro Creative photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Editorial: Opioid crisis the worst it has ever been; action needed now

In October more people died of overdoses than any month ever

  • Dec 16, 2021
(Black Press file photo)
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