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Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: ‘Port’ Alberni lives up to its deepsea name

Port Alberni’s harbour is an engaging place to stop and watch the action on the water…

Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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

The Alberni-Clayoquot Recycling Depot is located on Third Avenue in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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LETTER: New operator could make money for Alberni Pacific Railway

City needs to use renewed interest in rail on Vancouver Island to its advantage

  • Oct 21, 2020
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B.C. election called for Oct. 24
NDP candidate for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Bowinn Ma, introduces NDP Leader John Horgan during a campaign stop at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver B.C., on Friday, October 9, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NDP candidate for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Bowinn Ma, introduces NDP Leader John Horgan during a campaign stop at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver B.C., on Friday, October 9, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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LETTER: Cannabis rules are a double whammy for the city

The city has gone ahead with one, two and now three readings during a period of societal stress…

  • Oct 14, 2020
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LETTER: Continued closure of Echo Centre is disappointing, writer says

All activities are important to seniors’ well-being and general health…

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Work continues on the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) trail running through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve despite a rainy September afternoon. The 25-kilometre, $51-million project was launched in 2016. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Quay to Quay pathway concept isn’t an unreasonable one

I was impressed to see the work being done on ?apsciik tašii trail, between Ucluelet and Tofino

Work continues on the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) trail running through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve despite a rainy September afternoon. The 25-kilometre, $51-million project was launched in 2016. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)

OPINION: Why trade restrictions must be eliminated during 2nd wave of COVID-19

Nearly 100 countries enacted temporary restrictions or bans on the export of medical products this year

  • Oct 8, 2020
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)
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)
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LETTER: City has power, gov’t backing to reduce plastic use and it’s time to use it

The only real solution to our plastic pollution crisis is to quit using so much

  • Oct 7, 2020
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LETTER: DFO scheduling shorts sportfishers at derby time

Roland Goehl says things need to change or tourists won’t return

  • Oct 7, 2020
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Ekamjit Ghuman in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley.

GUEST COLUMN: Life with cerebral palsy full of triumph and tribulations

Tuesday, Oct. 6 is World Cerebral Palsy Day

  • Oct 6, 2020
Ekamjit Ghuman in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley.
Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: A poignant farewell to Pot Luck Ceramics

As of Sept. 30 Pot Luck is closing its doors, a victim of COVID-19.

Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

  • Sep 30, 2020
FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver
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)
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OPINION: Stop telling students to study STEM over humanities for post-COVID world

‘Humanities play an essential role in aspects of global competence which have not been the focus of the STEM’

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LETTER: B.C. is too impatient

LETTER: B.C. is too impatient

The patient ones are the people that are staying home from travelling this year…

  • Sep 30, 2020
LETTER: B.C. is too impatient
LETTER: Bylaws need more support from the city

LETTER: Bylaws need more support from the city

We have far too many people driving around town with very noisy muffler systems…

  • Sep 30, 2020
LETTER: Bylaws need more support from the city
Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn, left, talks via Zoom with her niece Abby, who is now living in Nova Scotia and attending college. They used to read stories together over the telephone when Abby was a toddler. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: I was raised a reader, and I’m passing it on

Alberni Valley News’ editor shares memories of reading to her niece

Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn, left, talks via Zoom with her niece Abby, who is now living in Nova Scotia and attending college. They used to read stories together over the telephone when Abby was a toddler. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)