Opinion

LETTER: More support needed for urban Indigenous people during COVID-19

LETTER: More support needed for urban Indigenous people during COVID-19

The government seems to think that putting more money into Friendship Centres is going to help us…

  • Sep 23, 2020
LETTER: More support needed for urban Indigenous people during COVID-19
LETTER: We must listen to experts on COVID-19 and climate change

LETTER: We must listen to experts on COVID-19 and climate change

We cannot listen to charlatans who would wait for the obituary section to fill…

  • Sep 23, 2020
LETTER: We must listen to experts on COVID-19 and climate change
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)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Reconciliation is only as strong as its partnerships

Bamfield Road deal is an ideal example of the province working with First Nations

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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LETTER: The status quo for Hole-in-the-Wall is not possible

LETTER: The status quo for Hole-in-the-Wall is not possible

Web poll results, negativity over attraction surprise writer

  • Sep 16, 2020
LETTER: The status quo for Hole-in-the-Wall is not possible
The University of Victoria campus. (Black Press Media file photo)

LETTER: Invest in higher education to help Island communities recover from COVID-19

Island faculty, union leaders call on government for more post-secondary funding

  • Sep 11, 2020
The University of Victoria campus. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: A Labour Day snapshot of the B.C. job market

From following health advice and ‘doing no harm,’ to not hiking fees – one business expert has a number of suggestions

  • Sep 10, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Inuksuk building is a popular activity with tourists and residents alike when they visit Hole in the Wall on the east side of Port Alberni. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Time to talk formally about Hole in the Wall

Safety concerns have brought Port Alberni attraction back in the spotlight

Inuksuk building is a popular activity with tourists and residents alike when they visit Hole in the Wall on the east side of Port Alberni. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)
LETTER: Dogs and cats should both be licenced equally in Port Alberni

LETTER: Dogs and cats should both be licenced equally in Port Alberni

Owners need to pick up after their dogs when walking on city property, says writer

  • Sep 9, 2020
LETTER: Dogs and cats should both be licenced equally in Port Alberni
LETTER: One economic shutdown is already too many

LETTER: One economic shutdown is already too many

Paying for climate change would be too high a price, says writer

  • Sep 9, 2020
LETTER: One economic shutdown is already too many
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
Laird Cronk is the president and Sussanne Skidmore is the secretary-treasurer for the BC Federation of Labour. (File collage)

OPINION: Let’s celebrate working people — and work together for a fairer B.C.

‘This year has reminded us all of just how utterly and completely our province relies on working people’

  • Sep 6, 2020
Laird Cronk is the president and Sussanne Skidmore is the secretary-treasurer for the BC Federation of Labour. (File collage)
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)
LETTER: Our country is morally bankrupt

LETTER: Our country is morally bankrupt

We have a country which has all the resources that we could use…

  • Sep 2, 2020
LETTER: Our country is morally bankrupt
LETTER: Government’s response to pandemic could be blueprint for climate change

LETTER: Government’s response to pandemic could be blueprint for climate change

We are currently witnessing what may be the most auspicious opportunity for real action…

  • Sep 2, 2020
LETTER: Government’s response to pandemic could be blueprint for climate change
Victoria Quay offers a short walking path along Port Alberni’s waterfront. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

LETTER: Victoria Quay walkway should not be used as dogs’ toilet, says writer

I want to acknowledge the raw beauty of Port Alberni…

  • Sep 2, 2020
Victoria Quay offers a short walking path along Port Alberni’s waterfront. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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)
LETTER: Plight of old-growth forests more important than forestry industry

LETTER: Plight of old-growth forests more important than forestry industry

It’s ironic, as soon no trees will be standing tall!

  • Aug 26, 2020
LETTER: Plight of old-growth forests more important than forestry industry
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LETTER: Liberal gov’t full of smoke and mirrors these days

On Aug. 18, 2020 Canadians instinctively knew their federal government considered itself in peril

  • Aug 26, 2020
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Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn snapped a photo of herself at Harbour Quay during a break photographing for Day in the Life of Port Alberni. It’s the first year our staff wore masks to take photos. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn snapped a photo of herself at Harbour Quay during a break photographing for Day in the Life of Port Alberni. It’s the first year our staff wore masks to take photos. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)