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EDITORIAL: Class of 2020, you survived a surreal year

EDITORIAL: Class of 2020, you survived a surreal year

You earned every day of this final year of your elementary and secondary schooling

  • Jul 1, 2020
EDITORIAL: Class of 2020, you survived a surreal year
LETTER: More care needed in separating seniors’ care

LETTER: More care needed in separating seniors’ care

Long-term care homes should be run by professionals, says writer

LETTER: More care needed in separating seniors’ care
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

Finlayson: B.C.’s economy devastated by pandemic – and the measures taken to contain it

‘Policy-makers should be acutely sensitive to the financial health of the overall business sector’

  • Jun 24, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
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Christmas in the Alberni Valley
Bergen pushes Liberals for better COVID-19 plan
Elections BC aiming for results on November 16
B.C. election called for Oct. 24
Keith Hunter, respected First Nations leader. (PHOTO COURTESY ANN ROBINSON)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Remembering a man with great respect

Keith Hunter’s voice of reason is missing following his death

Keith Hunter, respected First Nations leader. (PHOTO COURTESY ANN ROBINSON)
Timotheus Hoettges, Chief Executive Officer of Germany’s telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom AG, holds a mobile phone as he attends the presentation of the new contact-tracing smartphone app that will use Bluetooth short-range radio and technology standards from Apple and Google to alert people of the risk of infection from coronavirus, in Berlin, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Germany has launched a coronavirus tracing app that officials say is so secure even government ministers can use it. Smartphone apps have been touted as a high-tech tool in the effort to track down potential COVID-19 infections. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

Police should not have access to data from coronavirus contact tracing apps

‘This is not the first time that public health, privacy and law enforcement have collided’

  • Jun 24, 2020
Timotheus Hoettges, Chief Executive Officer of Germany’s telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom AG, holds a mobile phone as he attends the presentation of the new contact-tracing smartphone app that will use Bluetooth short-range radio and technology standards from Apple and Google to alert people of the risk of infection from coronavirus, in Berlin, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Germany has launched a coronavirus tracing app that officials say is so secure even government ministers can use it. Smartphone apps have been touted as a high-tech tool in the effort to track down potential COVID-19 infections. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)
(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

EDITORIAL: Celebrating Canada despite COVID-19

Canada Day, on July 1, is typically a day for people across…

  • Jun 24, 2020
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A feral cat wanders near a house in Port Alberni. A letter writer says the city should have rules against cats wandering free outdoors. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

LETTER: City of Port Alberni needs a cat bylaw, says writer

To the Editor, I am an animal lover, but I draw the…

  • Jun 24, 2020
A feral cat wanders near a house in Port Alberni. A letter writer says the city should have rules against cats wandering free outdoors. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
It’s getting easier to access a swab test for COVID-19, but you still need a referral from a doctor, and a little courage. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

COLUMN: I sneezed, I coughed, so I got tested for COVID-19

Accessing a swab test is easy these days, but the actual test can more than a little daunting

It’s getting easier to access a swab test for COVID-19, but you still need a referral from a doctor, and a little courage. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
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LETTER: Irony of ‘buy local’ program with outside websites not lost on writer

What a disappointment this program is…

  • Jun 17, 2020
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LETTER: Gov’t has ignored Bamfield Road for too long

On average, 340 vehicles a day dare to travel this hazardous and deplorable logging road…

  • Jun 17, 2020
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LETTER: Pandemic shows need for national pharmacare program

Writer urges Liberal government to get it done in wake of COVID-19

  • Jun 17, 2020
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Send your letter to the editor via email to editor@albernivalleynews.com. Please include your first and last name, address, and phone number. (Black Press Media files)

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
Send your letter to the editor via email to editor@albernivalleynews.com. Please include your first and last name, address, and phone number. (Black Press Media files)
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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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