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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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LETTER: Advocacy for Alzheimer’s, dementia more vital than ever

Though Alzheimer’s Awareness Month ends with January, the work isn’t finished…

  • Feb 10, 2021
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LETTER – North Island College Students’ Union calls for the elimination of student loan interest

Dear editor, During this pandemic, it is important to remember that people,…

  • Feb 7, 2021
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John Hinds, CEO of News Media Canada (formerly Newspapers Canada) reads an email from PayPal at his office in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Hinds called it “scary” after PayPal froze his organization’s payments account over a weekly newspaper story about a Syrian refugee family in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

LETTER: It’s time for Canadian politicians to ‘level the digital playing field’ for news

‘Google and Facebook… control the onramp to the internet highway in Canada’

  • Feb 4, 2021
John Hinds, CEO of News Media Canada (formerly Newspapers Canada) reads an email from PayPal at his office in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Hinds called it “scary” after PayPal froze his organization’s payments account over a weekly newspaper story about a Syrian refugee family in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
The 10,000-ton freighter S.S. Sampep can be seen burning in the Alberni Inlet in front of the assembly wharf fire of Aug. 28, 1947. Port Alberni’s waterfront has constantly changed thanks to fire (among other reasons) in the last 100 years. (PHOTO PN05146 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
The 10,000-ton freighter S.S. Sampep can be seen burning in the Alberni Inlet in front of the assembly wharf fire of Aug. 28, 1947. Port Alberni’s waterfront has constantly changed thanks to fire (among other reasons) in the last 100 years. (PHOTO PN05146 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
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LETTER: Traffic in Port Alberni needs better control via police

I would appreciate if our RCMP detachment were to allocate some resources to traffic control…

  • Feb 3, 2021
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LETTER: Port Alberni’s pool is too important to cut hours of operation

I have been a regular patron of the Echo 67 Pool for the last 15-plus years…

  • Feb 3, 2021
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When Janis Joseph of Port Alberni saw a social media post about another community doing a ‘heart hunt’, she thought it was a perfect activity for ‘the Community With a Heart.’ (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Tools exist to help parents stay connected with their kids through pandemic

Community advocate offers tips to help families navigate mental health around COVID-19

  • Jan 28, 2021
When Janis Joseph of Port Alberni saw a social media post about another community doing a ‘heart hunt’, she thought it was a perfect activity for ‘the Community With a Heart.’ (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone questions the NDP government in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 25, 2020. (Hansard TV)

Todd Stone: More action needed to save B.C. businesses

‘This pandemic recovery effort is about people’

  • Jan 27, 2021
Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone questions the NDP government in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 25, 2020. (Hansard TV)
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LETTER: Plastic production must be reduced

We cannot rely on consumers to curtail their use…

  • Jan 27, 2021
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LETTER: Headlight glare the worst culprit on Bamfield Road, says writer

The fatal bus crash on the Bamfield gravel road last spring was a tragic accident…

  • Jan 27, 2021
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LETTER: Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it

January 20, 2021 was greatly anticipated around the world…

  • Jan 27, 2021
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Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Art is more than simple expression in First Nations culture

Indigenous artwork has a connection to its people, and vice versa

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
Alberta premier Jason Kenney announced that Red Deer and other rural locations would soon be getting doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (photography by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)

EDITORIAL: Leading by example

Those in leadership roles need to follow the restrictions they impose on others

  • Jan 20, 2021
Alberta premier Jason Kenney announced that Red Deer and other rural locations would soon be getting doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (photography by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)
McLean Mill Historic Park is a steam-operated sawmill located just north of Port Alberni. In 1989 it was designated as a national historic site of Canada. (Submitted photo)

LETTER: Who will speak out against city if not its citizens?

This coming July 1 will mark the 21st anniversary of the opening of McLean Mill…

  • Jan 20, 2021
McLean Mill Historic Park is a steam-operated sawmill located just north of Port Alberni. In 1989 it was designated as a national historic site of Canada. (Submitted photo)
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LETTER: Owners need to obey leash laws in Port Alberni parks

The parks in Port Alberni are beautiful walking areas…

  • Jan 20, 2021
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Citizen science on a small Vancouver island Coho stream. (Public Fishery Alliance)

LETTER: Public Fishery Alliance clarifies stance on ways to restore B.C.’s salmon population

‘Fishing is enjoyable, but that’s not why the public fishery supports adipose fin clipping all chinook production’

  • Jan 14, 2021
Citizen science on a small Vancouver island Coho stream. (Public Fishery Alliance)