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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…

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LETTER: Stigma prevents solutions for opioid crisis

I also understand the callous politics involved with this serious social issue…

  • Jun 9, 2021
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LETTER: Cameron Lake trestles need a walkway

There are a number of special interest groups that are fighting to save the railway…

  • Jun 9, 2021
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LETTER: What happened to Port Alberni’s pool funding?

I requested the status of the $30,000 request. I received no answer….

  • Jun 9, 2021
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LETTER: Conversation needed to resolve hospice conflict

What has happened at Ty Watson House has saddened me deeply…

  • Jun 2, 2021
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Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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LETTER: Parting is bittersweet for longtime Alberni Valley resident

I am sad to say that the time has come to say farewell to Port Alberni…

  • Jun 2, 2021
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LETTER: COVID-19 rules affect health

I am 71 and twisted my foot badly…

  • Jun 2, 2021
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LETTER: We are over-regulated in Canada

We have three levels of government—federal, provincial and municipal

  • Jun 2, 2021
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LETTER: Capitalism rules western world, that’s why it’s rampant

Writer responds to complaint about Canadian capitalism

  • Jun 2, 2021
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River Bend Bridge has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: How much does a name matter?

The debate about the Orange Bridge in Port Alberni isn’t new…

River Bend Bridge has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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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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LETTER: Land use, ownership challenging when breaking trails

Former Port Alberni city councillor says don’t write off small trail just yet

  • May 26, 2021
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Trooper Douglas Mar (family name Mah) of Port Alberni, pictured in his Royal Canadian Forces uniform in 1944, is Robinson (Rob) Mah's brother. (PHOTO COURTESY MAH FAMILY)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Second Mah brother known for efforts in Second World War

Douglas Mah was part of secret unit of Chinese Canadian soldiers

Trooper Douglas Mar (family name Mah) of Port Alberni, pictured in his Royal Canadian Forces uniform in 1944, is Robinson (Rob) Mah's brother. (PHOTO COURTESY MAH FAMILY)
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)
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LETTER: Longtime donor at Ty Watson House Hospice questions staff firing

My last time at Ty Watson as a family member of the dying was terribly traumatic…

  • May 19, 2021
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In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OPINION: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan

Pandemic’s trickle-down impact is particularly large and insidious at a local and community level

  • May 18, 2021
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)

Wolf: Parksville’s Tagen Marshall inspires others, aims to invest in himself

VIU honour student with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy seeks help achieving big dreams

Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)
Rob Mah was just 20 when he hosted Strictly Jazz, a radio show on CJAV radio in Port Alberni, B.C. A fan of the Big Band era of music, he spun a lot of Dixieland jazz on his show. (PHOTO COURTESY MAH FAMILY)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Radio station’s 75th brings memories to Mah family

Celebrating the late Rob Mah’s victories timely for national Asian heritage month

Rob Mah was just 20 when he hosted Strictly Jazz, a radio show on CJAV radio in Port Alberni, B.C. A fan of the Big Band era of music, he spun a lot of Dixieland jazz on his show. (PHOTO COURTESY MAH FAMILY)
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)