Opinion

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LETTER: What do I get in return for paying the City of Port Alberni for my tax increase?

My tax bill only went up 110 percent over last year’s bill…

  • Jun 10, 2020
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LETTER: Mosaic must live up to its commitment

LETTER: Mosaic must live up to its commitment

In the Aug. 9, 2018 press release that announced the formation of Mosaic Forest Management…

  • Jun 10, 2020
LETTER: Mosaic must live up to its commitment
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LETTER: COVID-19 taught us we can act now on climate change measures

I write this after two and a half months of working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

  • Jun 10, 2020
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Bergen pushes Liberals for better COVID-19 plan
Elections BC aiming for results on November 16
B.C. election called for Oct. 24
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EDITORIAL: Port Alberni businesses ‘stay the course’ through COVID-19

When we start planning our annual Progress Edition, we begin with a theme…

  • Jun 10, 2020
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LETTER: COVID-19 responses vary, but goal should be the same

LETTER: COVID-19 responses vary, but goal should be the same

My husband has been doing the grocery shopping by himself….

  • Jun 10, 2020
LETTER: COVID-19 responses vary, but goal should be the same
Mourners gather to place flowers at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

EDITORIAL: It’s time for Canada to admit to its own racism

Make no mistake, racism exists in Canada.

  • Jun 3, 2020
Mourners gather to place flowers at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

LETTER: Change needed in long-term care homes

This is not meant to criticize well-run long term care facilities…

  • Jun 3, 2020
Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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LETTER: Swiss governance would never work for Canada

Canada is 24,000 times bigger in size than Switzerland…

  • May 28, 2020
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A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COLUMN: B.C.’s labour minister should look at COVID-19 financial carnage amid minimum wage increase

The timing couldn’t be worse for any government decision that drives up costs for business, writes Jock Finlayson

  • May 28, 2020
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
LETTER: Public deserves access to Sproat Lake Provincial Park
LETTER: Public deserves access to Sproat Lake Provincial Park
A view of Hudson Bay Mountain Resort and surroundings near Smithers, B.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The trail makes for a bracing hike to Crater Lake (unseen). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

COLUMN: Canada needs to remember rural communities as thoughts turn to pandemic recovery

Small towns often rely on tourism, which has been decimated by COVID-19

  • May 28, 2020
A view of Hudson Bay Mountain Resort and surroundings near Smithers, B.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The trail makes for a bracing hike to Crater Lake (unseen). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
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EDITORIAL: Kindness does wonders for mental health

Who can honestly say this pandemic hasn’t messed with their head? But there are ways to fight the malaise

  • May 27, 2020
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B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

GUEST COLUMN: B.C. COVID-19 survey brings answers closer

275,000 responses so far, broader health information helps

  • May 22, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Kayla Aolick and Shadow, her seizure response dog, were a fixture around the Alberni Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY AOLICK FAMILY)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Saying goodbye to Shadow

Kayla Aolick has lost her faithful sidekick

Kayla Aolick and Shadow, her seizure response dog, were a fixture around the Alberni Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY AOLICK FAMILY)
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EDITORIAL: Port Alberni tax debate will be painful

Tough choices are ahead for municipal politicians

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LETTER: Teenagers are our hope for the future

I believe some of our unsung heroes are our community’s pre-teens, teens and young adults…

  • May 20, 2020
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LETTER: COVID-19 pandemic provides opportunities

LETTER: COVID-19 pandemic provides opportunities

“Make lemonade out of lemons…”

  • May 20, 2020
LETTER: COVID-19 pandemic provides opportunities
LETTER: KSM mine underwent ‘comprehensive, transparent peer-reviewed environmental assessment’

LETTER: KSM mine underwent ‘comprehensive, transparent peer-reviewed environmental assessment’

Seabridge Gold’s KSM project did incorporate independent and peer-reviewed science

  • May 19, 2020
LETTER: KSM mine underwent ‘comprehensive, transparent peer-reviewed environmental assessment’
A Blanding’s turtle (Gabrielle Fortin/Contributed)

Our species to save: Use this time to learn more about Canada’s endangered animals

We share our country with about 80,000 known wild species, 800 of them are endangered

  • May 15, 2020
A Blanding’s turtle (Gabrielle Fortin/Contributed)
The Alberni Valley Salvation Army brought in a mobile kitchen unit from Gibson’s, B.C. in order to bring food to residents who don’t have the means to get to the Argyle Street location, or who have no fixed address. (MICHAEL RAMSAY PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Volunteers answer the escalating need to feed people in the Alberni Valley

“Even though the need is really high, this is really the community with heart”

The Alberni Valley Salvation Army brought in a mobile kitchen unit from Gibson’s, B.C. in order to bring food to residents who don’t have the means to get to the Argyle Street location, or who have no fixed address. (MICHAEL RAMSAY PHOTO)