Editorials

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)
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
Parents must decide whether to send their children back to school come June 1. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Minimal risk in sending kids back to school

Time to poke our heads out of our comfortable nests and venture out into the world again.

  • May 28, 2020
Parents must decide whether to send their children back to school come June 1. (Citizen file)
Editorial: Paid sick leave a must going forward

Editorial: Paid sick leave a must going forward

The chickens are coming home to roost, so to speak, on this issue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 21, 2020
Editorial: Paid sick leave a must going forward
Editorial: Time to get excited about rail again

Editorial: Time to get excited about rail again

We have long been proponents of getting the Island Rail Corridor back up and running

  • May 14, 2020
Editorial: Time to get excited about rail again
Tubing has been banned on the Cowichan River this summer due to COVID-19. (file photo)

Editorial: Ban on tubing Cowichan River may be impossible to enforce

There are long stretches of the river that fall outside of the Town of Lake Cowichan’s boundaries

  • May 7, 2020
Tubing has been banned on the Cowichan River this summer due to COVID-19. (file photo)
Last summer, officials were forced to pump water over the weir at Cowichan Lake to maintain water flow in the Cowichan River, due to drought conditions. (Photo by Lexi Bainas/Lake Cowichan Gazette)

Editorial: Start of work on new weir at Cowichan Lake good news

The problem is that the weir that we have can only do so much.

  • Apr 30, 2020
Last summer, officials were forced to pump water over the weir at Cowichan Lake to maintain water flow in the Cowichan River, due to drought conditions. (Photo by Lexi Bainas/Lake Cowichan Gazette)
A sign of the times. Messages everywhere warn people to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. (Cheryl Trudell photo)

Editorial: COVID-19: we’re not out of the woods yet

Now is the time to be hopeful, absolutely. But it’s not yet the time to go out and have a big party

  • Apr 16, 2020
A sign of the times. Messages everywhere warn people to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. (Cheryl Trudell photo)
Editorial: Foregoing backyard burning one small thing we can do for COVID-19 sufferers

Editorial: Foregoing backyard burning one small thing we can do for COVID-19 sufferers

All jurisdictions in the Cowichan Valley are under no-burn orders at this time.

  • Apr 9, 2020
Editorial: Foregoing backyard burning one small thing we can do for COVID-19 sufferers
Editorial: It’s never too early to think about water conservation

Editorial: It’s never too early to think about water conservation

The weir at Cowichan Lake resumed operations for 2020 on March 18.

  • Apr 2, 2020
Editorial: It’s never too early to think about water conservation
Editorial: Farmers Market no more danger to community than grocery store

Editorial: Farmers Market no more danger to community than grocery store

Fortunately, sanity prevailed and the market went ahead on Saturday

  • Mar 26, 2020
Editorial: Farmers Market no more danger to community than grocery store