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LETTER: Editorial on abandoned roosters was foul, says writer

Hen Harbor says chickens and roosters have unfair reputation

  • Sep 1, 2021
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LETTER: Removing kitchen waste from landfill will have positive effect

For a small city and region like ours, those kinds of reductions make a huge difference…

  • Sep 1, 2021
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LETTER: How about a bandshell for Somass Sawmill site?

Writer encourages Port Alberni to think about building an outdoor performance space

  • Sep 1, 2021
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<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

EDITORIAL: Fire demands respect, not disregard

Port Alberni’s fire crews are headed toward a record season, no thanks to bush fires

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

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

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
The very first issue of the Alberni Valley News rolls off the press at our Ladysmith Press plant in time for delivery on Aug. 25, 2006. We were a Friday paper at the time. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: 15 years of Alberni Valley News have flown by

Your community news source is celebrating an anniversary

The very first issue of the Alberni Valley News rolls off the press at our Ladysmith Press plant in time for delivery on Aug. 25, 2006. We were a Friday paper at the time. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn’s cousin, Lianne Cameron, celebrating a birthday with Quinn’s mother Judy in Ottawa a few years ago, died suddenly Aug. 7, 2021. (SUSIE QUINN PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Searching for the right words to express grief

When personal losses pile up, how do you mourn loved ones?

Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn’s cousin, Lianne Cameron, celebrating a birthday with Quinn’s mother Judy in Ottawa a few years ago, died suddenly Aug. 7, 2021. (SUSIE QUINN PHOTO)
Voters head to cast their ballot in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., on October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

EDITORIAL: Consider candidates carefully in federal election

Campaign signs, advertisements, candidates speeches and other messaging will soon be common…

  • Aug 18, 2021
Voters head to cast their ballot in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., on October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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LETTER: Kitchen waste isn’t the CO2 culprit everyone thinks it is

Writer objects to Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s plan for compost bins

  • Aug 18, 2021
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LETTER: Linking high property values to higher taxes is ‘a fallacy’

That is a fallacy that has been used for decades…

  • Aug 18, 2021
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A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)

COLUMN: Does your guilty pleasure involve a captain, a tiger or a cartoon monster?

WOLF: The siren song of sugary breakfast cereals remains hard to resist

A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)
Pat Kokura loves to visit the Somass River at Clutesi Haven Marina. Kokura is home in Port Alberni after spending 20 years as a missionary in Mbarara, Uganda. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Port Alberni missionary’s heart remains in Uganda

Pat Kokura still advocates for Ugandan boys’ home from halfway around the world

Pat Kokura loves to visit the Somass River at Clutesi Haven Marina. Kokura is home in Port Alberni after spending 20 years as a missionary in Mbarara, Uganda. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 still a threat

While many people are tired of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a threat…

  • Aug 11, 2021
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
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LETTER: Port Alberni council hasn’t done enough to warrant pay increase next term

Resident expresses concern over upcoming pay increase

  • Aug 11, 2021
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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)

LETTER: Canadians dealing with hidden charges from cellphone companies

I ran into a bit of a conundrum recently when making a phone call…

  • Aug 11, 2021
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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)

LETTER: Alberni Valley residents need to be invested in watershed issues

Interference needed to keep forestry companies on straight and narrow, says writer

  • Aug 11, 2021
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Purple hay bales are the colour of choice for many area farmers. When you see them you know that the farmer has paid extra to support of BC Children’s Hospital. (Sidney Venier photo)

Column: Cowichan farmers making hay for charity

Have you ever noticed the coloured hay bales?

Purple hay bales are the colour of choice for many area farmers. When you see them you know that the farmer has paid extra to support of BC Children’s Hospital. (Sidney Venier photo)
The Alberni-Clayoquot branch of the BC SPCA has seen an increase in abandoned roosters ever since backyard chicken coops were approved, and people began hatching their own chicken eggs. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Chickens dumped in bush mean fowl play for BC SPCA

Port Alberni branch forced to house unwanted roosters

The Alberni-Clayoquot branch of the BC SPCA has seen an increase in abandoned roosters ever since backyard chicken coops were approved, and people began hatching their own chicken eggs. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)