Editorials

Protesters and campers who joined the “occupy shelter” tent city in front of Our Home on Eighth (Port Alberni’s shelter) continue to pack their belongings and tents after being told to leave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Port Alberni polticians need to get vocal about homelessness

Homelessness is not a new problem in Port Alberni. It has, however,…

Bill Groeneveld of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 293 places a poppy on the grave of Armand Fournier to mark Remembrance Day. Each year, Groeneveld and Roy Buchanan place poppies on all of the crosses in the Field in of Honour. (SONJA DRINKWATER / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS)

EDITORIAL: A reminder of what veterans fought for

As Remembrance Day approaches, a reminder of what they fought for

  • Nov 11, 2020
The Alberni-Clayoquot Recycling Depot is located on Third Avenue in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

EDITORIAL: It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada. What are you doing to reduce waste?

The ACRD has launched a new ACRD Collects app to assist in diverting more waste from the landfill

One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: No excuse for bad buildings in Port Alberni

It is costing taxpayer dollars to have bylaw, RCMP and firefighters respond to calls

One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)
BC Premier John Horgan called a snap election on Monday (Sept. 21). (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Election forces change, uncertainty for Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding

The Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding is heading into a snap election at a time when we least need it.

BC Premier John Horgan called a snap election on Monday (Sept. 21). (Black Press file photo)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: It’s time to move on Bamfield Road project

Residents are tired of their pleas being ignored, like they have been for the past two decades

  • Sep 23, 2020
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
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B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

EDITORIAL: Clash over back to school was avoidable

The B.C. government should have forseen a reluctance to return to classrooms

  • Sep 9, 2020
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The USW went on strike for nearly eight months in a battle against Western Forest Products. (Campbell River Mirror photo)

EDITORIAL: Labour Day takes on bigger meaning in 2020

Labour Day 2020 will be perhaps the most unique Canada has celebrated in modern times.

  • Sep 2, 2020
The USW went on strike for nearly eight months in a battle against Western Forest Products. (Campbell River Mirror photo)
Why has wearing a mask become such a divisive issue? (Citizen file)

EDITORIAL: Mask wearing: innocuous advice has turned into polarizing war

Why have masks become such a divisive subject?

  • Aug 26, 2020
Why has wearing a mask become such a divisive issue? (Citizen file)
A 2017 study found that average annual costs for a homeless individual living in Vancouver reached $53,144. (Black Press Media file photo)

EDITORIAL: Inaction on homelessness costs money

Study determines that homeless people with mental illness generate high costs for society

  • Aug 19, 2020
A 2017 study found that average annual costs for a homeless individual living in Vancouver reached $53,144. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lineup at Sumas Crossing at 3:58 p.m. DriveBC photo.

EDITORIAL: We need to check our ‘plate hate’

Suspicious border activity can be reported

  • Jul 9, 2020
Lineup at Sumas Crossing at 3:58 p.m. DriveBC photo.
EDITORIAL: Class of 2020, you survived a surreal year

EDITORIAL: Class of 2020, you survived a surreal year

You earned every day of this final year of your elementary and secondary schooling

  • Jul 1, 2020
EDITORIAL: Class of 2020, you survived a surreal year
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EDITORIAL: Celebrating Canada despite COVID-19

Canada Day, on July 1, is typically a day for people across…

  • Jun 24, 2020
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(The Canadian Press)

EDITORIAL: Port Alberni businesses ‘stay the course’ through COVID-19

When we start planning our annual Progress Edition, we begin with a theme…

  • Jun 10, 2020
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Mourners gather to place flowers at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

EDITORIAL: It’s time for Canada to admit to its own racism

Make no mistake, racism exists in Canada.

  • Jun 3, 2020
Mourners gather to place flowers at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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EDITORIAL: Kindness does wonders for mental health

Who can honestly say this pandemic hasn’t messed with their head? But there are ways to fight the malaise

  • May 27, 2020
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EDITORIAL: Port Alberni tax debate will be painful

Tough choices are ahead for municipal politicians

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Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again

Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again

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

  • May 11, 2020
Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again
This carved sign was located outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre until 2011. (JERRY FEVENS PHOTOGRAPHY)

EDITORIAL: Carved sign deserves better fate than becoming another sign

Many people want the City of Port Alberni to put the sign back where it came from…

  • May 6, 2020
This carved sign was located outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre until 2011. (JERRY FEVENS PHOTOGRAPHY)
A mural is planned for the brick wall behind Canadian Maritime Engineering near Harbour Quay. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 shouldn’t stop projects such as Port Alberni’s mural

The swiftly changing face of the world’s coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taken…

  • Apr 8, 2020
A mural is planned for the brick wall behind Canadian Maritime Engineering near Harbour Quay. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)