Opinion

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LETTER: Tax and wage numbers were skewed in July 28 letter

Using percentages to your advantage is always a simple way of expressing your point…

  • Aug 4, 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)
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: Writer questions Port Alberni council’s decisions over land

From Somass Sawmill to parkland, city resident has concerns

  • Aug 4, 2021
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Mike Slaco, owner of Electron Metalworks, works on a large-scale piece of Tseshaht First Nation-designed artwork that will be incorporated into the side of the Harbour Quay Clocktower once it is refurbished. Slaco is working with the City of Port Alberni on the project. (RACHEL THEUS PHOTO)

LETTER: City of Port Alberni’s ‘wait and see’ strategy is costing taxpayers money

Obviously costs for repairs go up year over year just like everything else…

  • Aug 4, 2021
Mike Slaco, owner of Electron Metalworks, works on a large-scale piece of Tseshaht First Nation-designed artwork that will be incorporated into the side of the Harbour Quay Clocktower once it is refurbished. Slaco is working with the City of Port Alberni on the project. (RACHEL THEUS PHOTO)
Retired Port Alberni journalist Shayne Morrow’s (left) book The Bulldog and the Helix details the hard work that retired RCMP Staff Sgt. Dale Djos, retired Cpl. Dan Smith, forensic scientist Hiron Poon and a team of general investigation officers put in to solve a pair of historical murders. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Journalist Shayne Morrow’s career comes full circle

Morrow’s book on two high-profile Port Alberni murder cases leads to RCMP awards

Retired Port Alberni journalist Shayne Morrow’s (left) book The Bulldog and the Helix details the hard work that retired RCMP Staff Sgt. Dale Djos, retired Cpl. Dan Smith, forensic scientist Hiron Poon and a team of general investigation officers put in to solve a pair of historical murders. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)
A server delivers food to diners outside Piazza Pellegrini in North Beach on Monday, June 15, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

EDITORIAL: Where have the workers gone?

High unemployment coupled with high job vacancy rates requires innovative solutions

  • Jul 28, 2021
A server delivers food to diners outside Piazza Pellegrini in North Beach on Monday, June 15, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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LETTERS: Port Alberni city council doesn’t deserve a raise

Not a single one of them will get my vote!

  • Jul 28, 2021
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(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
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LETTER: Port Alberni’s mayor, council ‘not worth’ salary increase

Writer says people deliberately leave city due to high taxes

  • Jul 21, 2021
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LETTER: Somass Sawmill not worth expropriation headache for Port Alberni

Writer says city council has poor history with development

  • Jul 21, 2021
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The City of Nanaimo is moving to Stage 3 water restrictions, asking residents to voluntarily conserve water where possible. (File photo)

Editorial: Drought stresses need for water conservation

City of Nanaimo moves to Stage 3 water restrictions, asks residents to be water smart

The City of Nanaimo is moving to Stage 3 water restrictions, asking residents to voluntarily conserve water where possible. (File photo)
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LETTER: Does heat wave portend early winter for Port Alberni?

At this point in time, I wouldn’t be averse to shoveling a little snow…

  • Jul 21, 2021
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A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
“Occupy the Shelter” protesters set up a covered area, propane heaters and some tents in front of Our Home on Eighth, Port Alberni’s multi-service shelter, to protest the way homelessness is being dealt with. Oct. 25, 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Alberni’s homeless housing issue is on mute

Now is the time to talk about housing homeless, not once winter hits

“Occupy the Shelter” protesters set up a covered area, propane heaters and some tents in front of Our Home on Eighth, Port Alberni’s multi-service shelter, to protest the way homelessness is being dealt with. Oct. 25, 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)

EDITORIAL: Wildfire plan can’t come soon enough for Alberni Valley

It’s not like the idea of wildfires in the Alberni Valley is new…

The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)
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LETTER: Fire interface control should start with responsible government

We don’t have any fire interface control on our highways and byways…

  • Jul 14, 2021
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LETTER: Port Alberni’s expropriation plans for Somass mill ill-conceived

Cost would be too great, benefits too little for city, says letter writer

  • Jul 14, 2021
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Contractors continue to work on the low energy housing project being built on Maitland Street at Eighth Avenue in Port Alberni. Feb. 19, 2021 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Who’s buying homes in Port Alberni? You’d be surprised

Housing has many facets in the Alberni Valley, popular with Island buyers

Contractors continue to work on the low energy housing project being built on Maitland Street at Eighth Avenue in Port Alberni. Feb. 19, 2021 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Time for Alberni govt’s to deal with RVs used as housing

Two examples show disadvantages of ‘permanent’ housing on wheels

Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)