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LETTER: Federal government must act boldly to get society off of fossil fuels

The federal government is in the midst of drafting its long-promised Just Transition legislation…

  • Nov 3, 2021
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. vaccine passport (Black Press Media)

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 restrictions are an inconvenience, and nothing worse

Measures do not remove personal freedoms

  • Oct 27, 2021
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Victoria Quay offers a short walking path along Port Alberni’s waterfront. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

LETTER: Why can’t City of Port Alberni pay for both the pool and Quay to Quay path?

To the Editor, I’m not one who would use the pool, but…

  • Oct 27, 2021
Victoria Quay offers a short walking path along Port Alberni’s waterfront. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
River Bend Bridge, which crosses the Somass River at Falls Street on one side and Tsuma-as Drive at the other, has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

LETTER: The ‘Orange Bridge’ presents perfect path to Truth and Reconciliation

Port Alberni could come together to make symbolic gesture

  • Oct 27, 2021
River Bend Bridge, which crosses the Somass River at Falls Street on one side and Tsuma-as Drive at the other, has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A construction worker on a lift works on one of a series of condo buildings under construction on Langley's 200th Street in June, 2021. Thousands of units of housing are under construction in Langley City and Township. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

EDITORIAL: Housing affordability a no-win situation

Someone is going to get hurt no matter what happens

  • Oct 20, 2021
A construction worker on a lift works on one of a series of condo buildings under construction on Langley's 200th Street in June, 2021. Thousands of units of housing are under construction in Langley City and Township. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
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LETTER: Port Alberni needs a new pool before a quay to quay walkway

Our tax dollars would be better spent on a brand new pool…

  • Oct 20, 2021
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LETTER: People who deal with public should be vaccinated, says writer

I find it very upsetting to read about the number of COVID-19 cases that are arising…

  • Oct 20, 2021
Have an opinion you'd like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
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LETTER: Port Alberni senior in dire straits over dental work, says system is flawed

I have recently started a GoFundMe account to help pay for my dental work…

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The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

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A towering structure of girders marks the spot where Imperial Cannery used to be located along the Steveston Waterfront. Marine industrial machinery and other material have been incorporated into the Lower Mainland community’s boardwalk. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Steveston is a perfect blend of history and trendiness

This is something that could be done here in Port Alberni

A towering structure of girders marks the spot where Imperial Cannery used to be located along the Steveston Waterfront. Marine industrial machinery and other material have been incorporated into the Lower Mainland community’s boardwalk. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: Residents have a say in City of Port Alberni’s vision

The city is going to revamp its Official Community Plan

Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
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LETTER: Yard waste helps fill senior’s green bin in new Port Alberni compost system

Hopefully it will help make better Port Alberni dirt…

  • Oct 13, 2021
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Victoria Quay is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. Also the unceded territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

LETTER: Port Alberni’s quay to quay walkway survey misses the mark

First question should have been ‘do you want a walkway,’ says writer

  • Oct 13, 2021
Victoria Quay is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. Also the unceded territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDITORIAL: Prime Minister’s misstep on Truth and Reconciliation Day could be costly

It is difficult not to perceive this as a snub to the survivors in Kamloops…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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LETTER: The election about nothing had a familiar ring to it

Bernie Smith summons his best musical trivia to describe the 2021 federal election

  • Oct 6, 2021
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Health-care workers outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital are thanked during a car cruise last year. (News Bulletin file photo)

OPINION: This Thanksgiving, let’s thank health-care workers

Island Health launches website encouraging people to leave messages of appreciation

  • Oct 6, 2021
Health-care workers outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital are thanked during a car cruise last year. (News Bulletin file photo)
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LETTER: Different vision could create better community and leave beaver ponds alone

I’m sad to see the excitement generated by San Group’s plans…

  • Oct 6, 2021
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LETTER: Burde Street ponds could be Port Alberni’s nature park

The Burde Street Ponds, surrounding forest trails and beautiful green space are my sanctuary…

  • Oct 6, 2021
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Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Embattled B.C. forest industry needs government leadership

Industry getting attention ‘for all the wrong reasons’

  • Oct 5, 2021
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)