Editorials

It is our responsibility as Canadians to get out and vote on Sept. 20, 2021. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Editorial: Like it or not, it’s time to vote

Voting is a responsibility

  • Sep 16, 2021

 

Sleeping cabins for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Editorial: Strides being made to help the homeless, but hurdles continue

People don’t want it in their neighbourhoods

  • Sep 9, 2021

 

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine card program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Editorial: Mask mandate, vaccine card are the right moves

Had our officials not done something they would have been negligent

  • Sep 2, 2021

 

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Editorial: Some things should be out of smelling distance

Some facilities are necessary to our lives, but, well, they stink

  • Aug 26, 2021
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A number of property owners with riverside homes along the Cowichan River are raising concerns about the growth of tubing on the water. Pictured, from left, are Joe Saysell, Rosemary Danaher, and Chris Morley. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: Tubers must behave like guests in someone’s yard

Riverfront property owners shouldn’t have to clean up after hooligans

  • Aug 19, 2021
A number of property owners with riverside homes along the Cowichan River are raising concerns about the growth of tubing on the water. Pictured, from left, are Joe Saysell, Rosemary Danaher, and Chris Morley. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
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Editorial: Water restrictions: every drop in the bucket counts

It should be seen as only the smallest of sacrifices not to be able to wash your car or house

  • Aug 12, 2021
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Editorial: Olympics the chance for all of us to share in success

Why? Because we love to watch them and dream

  • Aug 5, 2021
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Japanese knotweed plants are pretty, like broom, but are just as relentlessly invasive. (Contributed)

Editorial: Forethought vital in our future fight against invaders

Nowhere is that more evident than when we look at the problems we’re having with invasive species

  • Jul 29, 2021
Japanese knotweed plants are pretty, like broom, but are just as relentlessly invasive. (Contributed)
The Cowichan Lake weir. (File photo)

Editorial: We must adapt to summer drought conditions

Increasingly, when it comes to water, we are feast or famine

  • Jul 22, 2021
The Cowichan Lake weir. (File photo)
Real estate prices in the Cowichan Valley are increasingly unaffordable. (File photo)

Editorial: Real estate rising out of reach

The pandemic has exacerbated the problem almost beyond imagination

  • Jul 15, 2021
Real estate prices in the Cowichan Valley are increasingly unaffordable. (File photo)
Temperatures broke records in the Cowichan Valley in June 2021. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Editorial: Old growth logging, heat waves, climate change all connected

It’s time to face the future and take real steps to make sure it’s one we can live with

  • Jul 8, 2021
Temperatures broke records in the Cowichan Valley in June 2021. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)

Editorial: Put away the fireworks: fire danger rising

Last week an open burning ban came into effect for the Coastal Fire Centre

  • Jul 1, 2021
Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)
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Editorial: Time to brush up on recycling do and don’ts

Most people are genuinely trying to do their best to separate the metaphorical wheat from the chaff

  • Jun 24, 2021
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This electric school bus is the newest addition to the Cowichan Valley School District’s fleet. (Submitted)

Editorial: New electric school bus good place to start

Changing public transit like buses to electric really is important.

  • Jun 17, 2021
This electric school bus is the newest addition to the Cowichan Valley School District’s fleet. (Submitted)
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
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
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
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)
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
BC Conservation Officer Stuart Bates loads a tranquilized five-year-old female black bear into a trailer for relocation. (Kara Olson photo)
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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