Editorials

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

 

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

 

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

 

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)
Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 8. (Pixabay)

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Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 8. (Pixabay)
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)
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)