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Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Submitted photo)

LETTER: Gov’t needs to listen to people when it comes to old growth forests

While the government delays, irreplaceable old growth forests are being logged and permanently lost

  • Mar 10, 2021
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Submitted photo)
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
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
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LETTER: The City of Port Alberni’s tax proposal is out of touch with reality

Residents have too much financial hardship for a tax increase, says letter writer

  • Mar 3, 2021
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Raegan Elford of Victoria discovers ‘Hope’ in the woods and holds it in her pocket. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

LETTER: Hope is found

Keep fighting…

  • Mar 3, 2021
Raegan Elford of Victoria discovers ‘Hope’ in the woods and holds it in her pocket. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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LETTER: Port Alberni needs to straighten financial priorities

I’m writing to express my utter frustration with the City of Port Alberni’s financial priorities…

  • Mar 3, 2021
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A mantle of smoke overhangs the city of Port Alberni, indicating a thermal inversion of the sort that commonly traps harmful smoke particulate in winter. (MIKE YOUDS PHOTO)

LETTER: Time to ‘clear the air’ in Port Alberni

Over the past five years we have had two surveys done on the air quality in the Alberni Valley…

  • Mar 3, 2021
A mantle of smoke overhangs the city of Port Alberni, indicating a thermal inversion of the sort that commonly traps harmful smoke particulate in winter. (MIKE YOUDS PHOTO)
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

OP-ED: 1 year into pandemic, B.C.’s tourism sector hopes for a light at the end of the tunnel

Only about 17 per cent of businesses have been operating as usual in B.C.

  • Feb 26, 2021
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
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LETTER: Port Alberni’s pool is a valuable asset to all

I wish to say how grateful I am to access the pool on a regular basis…

  • Feb 24, 2021
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Echo Pool has been around for 53 years, and is the only pool that age that has not been replaced in B.C. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

LETTER: Reduced hours at Echo Aquatic Centre is detrimental to good health

It has been my good fortune to be able to use our Echo Aquatic Centre for many years…

  • Feb 24, 2021
Echo Pool has been around for 53 years, and is the only pool that age that has not been replaced in B.C. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
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LETTER: New cardlock in Alberni will encourage trucks to take main drag

Road maintenance would then fall to province, not city tax coffers

  • Feb 24, 2021
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LETTER: Build the pool already, says former City of Port Alberni worker

With each passing year the risk of a failure to our 54-year-old pool increases…

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Pink shirt day (Unsplash)

EDITORIAL: Fight bullying every day

Pink Shirt Day is Feb. 24

  • Feb 24, 2021
Pink shirt day (Unsplash)
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)

EDITORIAL: Opt-out organ donation makes sense

In most places in Canada, including British Columbia, you have to sign up to be an organ donor…

Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)

OP-ED: B.C. tourism needs a boost from 2026 Commonwealth Games

‘Far more profitable’ than 1994 event hosted by Victoria

  • Feb 17, 2021
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.

If you think Black history isn’t Canadian history, think again

‘In a community with a relatively small number of Black residents, it would be easy to let Black History Month pass without pausing’

  • Feb 10, 2021
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.
The Rogers Creek Trail system has multiple trails and not all of them are well marked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Alberni Valley park trails need better signage now

Alberni Valley boasts some of the most stunning hiking, biking and multi-use trails on the Island

The Rogers Creek Trail system has multiple trails and not all of them are well marked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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LETTER: Logging companies need to be held accountable in watersheds

Beaver Creek had a good and clean water system until Timberwest logged the Beaufort mountain range..

  • Feb 10, 2021
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