Editorials

The City of Nanaimo is moving to Stage 3 water restrictions, asking residents to voluntarily conserve water where possible. (File photo)

Editorial: Drought stresses need for water conservation

City of Nanaimo moves to Stage 3 water restrictions, asks residents to be water smart

The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)

EDITORIAL: Wildfire plan can’t come soon enough for Alberni Valley

It’s not like the idea of wildfires in the Alberni Valley is new…

Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Time for Alberni govt’s to deal with RVs used as housing

Two examples show disadvantages of ‘permanent’ housing on wheels

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EDITORIAL: We can’t move forward as a nation without looking back

Never before has a Canada Day been shrouded in such a poignant and emotional mood…

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Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

EDITORIAL: Lifting the COVID-19 travel restrictions

It is important to remember the pandemic is not over…

  • Jun 23, 2021
Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Salmon Arm RCMP have received several calls about another phone scam targeting area residents. (Black Press Files)

EDITORIAL: Watch out for scam attempts

So far this year, scam activity is showing a marked increase…

The Salmon Arm RCMP have received several calls about another phone scam targeting area residents. (Black Press Files)
Alberni Brewing Company co-owner Heather Welsh said seeing restaurant full of people on May 26 was exciting. The craft brewery was open less than a week when B.C.’s provincial health officer imposed ‘circuit-breaker’ closures in late March to try and stop rising COVID-19 case numbers. (PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER WELSH)

EDITORIAL: Business survival takes heart—community heart

There is something to be said about living in a small town…

Alberni Brewing Company co-owner Heather Welsh said seeing restaurant full of people on May 26 was exciting. The craft brewery was open less than a week when B.C.’s provincial health officer imposed ‘circuit-breaker’ closures in late March to try and stop rising COVID-19 case numbers. (PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER WELSH)
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EDITORIAL: Choose jabs, but don’t throw them

The province opened COVID-19 vaccine registration to kids 12 and up…

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Workers on the Douglas Highway repair city water mains on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly voted to put a $15 million bond package on the ballot for the municipal election in October. The bonds would pay for a number of future city repair and maintenance projects like the one seen here. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

EDITORIAL: Obey the Cone Zone; give highway workers a brake

BC Cone Zone campaign asks drivers to slow down and to pay attention to traffic control instructions

  • May 19, 2021
Workers on the Douglas Highway repair city water mains on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly voted to put a $15 million bond package on the ballot for the municipal election in October. The bonds would pay for a number of future city repair and maintenance projects like the one seen here. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Nurses at Langley Memorial Hospital were treated to big boxes of popcorn by organ recipients who stopped by to say thank you. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)

EDITORIAL: Nurses never faltered during pandemic

The people at the forefront of the pandemic deserve thanks

  • May 12, 2021
Nurses at Langley Memorial Hospital were treated to big boxes of popcorn by organ recipients who stopped by to say thank you. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)
The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)

EDITORIAL: Prevention of wildfires depends on all of us

The wildfire season has started early this year…

The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Public health restrictions on non-essential travel are in effect. (B.C. government)

EDITORIAL: Stop looking for loopholes in travel restrictions

Banning this type of travel is not an infringement on any ‘civil liberty’

  • Apr 29, 2021
Public health restrictions on non-essential travel are in effect. (B.C. government)
A tribute to the late Winston Joseph was set up outside the Joseph household on Saturday, April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

EDITORIAL: Late community leader deserves recognition

Petitioners want AW Neill School to carry Winston Joseph’s name instead

  • Apr 21, 2021
A tribute to the late Winston Joseph was set up outside the Joseph household on Saturday, April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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EDITORIAL: April is World Autism Month

With so many worthy official “days” and months it’s hard to keep track…

  • Apr 14, 2021
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“Occupy the Shelter” protesters have set up a covered area, propane heaters and some tents in front of Our Home on Eighth, Port Alberni’s multi-service shelter, to protest the way homelessness is being dealt with. Oct. 25, 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Housing report a chance for change in Port Alberni

The report on the Port Alberni Shelter Society has given the Alberni Valley a golden opportunity…

“Occupy the Shelter” protesters have set up a covered area, propane heaters and some tents in front of Our Home on Eighth, Port Alberni’s multi-service shelter, to protest the way homelessness is being dealt with. Oct. 25, 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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EDITORIAL: Regional approach the best solution for COVID-19

Restrictions must be implemented more harshly in the areas with the most COVID cases

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Farms are a vital part of Vancouver Island. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Farming degraded municipal land is a community win-win

Almost all municipalities own chunks that could be converted for such a purpose

  • Mar 23, 2021
Farms are a vital part of Vancouver Island. (Citizen file)
The District of Lake Country saw its number of overdose calls double in 2020 over the previous year. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Addressing our ongoing opioid crisis

It must not become British Columbia’s forgotten health crisis…

  • Mar 17, 2021
The District of Lake Country saw its number of overdose calls double in 2020 over the previous year. (Black Press file photo)
March 8 is International Women’s Day. (Stock photo)

EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day can inspire us to recommit to equality

Let’s call out sexism, amplify feminism and keep working toward equality

March 8 is International Women’s Day. (Stock photo)
Echo Pool has been around for 54 years, and is the only pool that age that has not been replaced in B.C. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

EDITORIAL: Time for City of Port Alberni to get serious about replacing its pool

The pool is 54 years old, well past its best-before date…

  • Mar 9, 2021
Echo Pool has been around for 54 years, and is the only pool that age that has not been replaced in B.C. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO