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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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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
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)
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LETTER: This new way of life isn’t so bad

People seem to be more cheerful and willing to converse and more apt in helping one another…

  • May 13, 2020
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LETTER: Siren use ‘way overdone’, says writer

Sounding all the sirens and horns and whistles and bells is a lame way to show appreciation…

  • May 13, 2020
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LETTER: Citizens need help before corporations

Writer says Canada should not bail out big corporations over COVID-19

  • May 13, 2020
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Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again

Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again

We have long been proponents of getting the Island Rail Corridor back up and running

  • May 11, 2020
Editorial: Time to get excited about Vancouver Island rail again
Sour dough (Monica Lamb-Yorski/Black Press Media)
Sour dough (Monica Lamb-Yorski/Black Press Media)
The Victory Joy Ride on Nov. 11, 1918 was the Albernis’ spontaneous response to the end of the First World War, and took place despite a ban on public gatherings because of the Spanish Flu epidemic. This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. Many of them can be viewed online. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/ (PN00017/ Alberni Valley Museum)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Another pandemic for the history books

Coronavirus is the third pandemic to hit the Alberni Valley in more than a century

The Victory Joy Ride on Nov. 11, 1918 was the Albernis’ spontaneous response to the end of the First World War, and took place despite a ban on public gatherings because of the Spanish Flu epidemic. This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. Many of them can be viewed online. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/ (PN00017/ Alberni Valley Museum)
This carved sign was located outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre until 2011. (JERRY FEVENS PHOTOGRAPHY)

EDITORIAL: Carved sign deserves better fate than becoming another sign

Many people want the City of Port Alberni to put the sign back where it came from…

  • May 6, 2020
This carved sign was located outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre until 2011. (JERRY FEVENS PHOTOGRAPHY)
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LETTER: Canada should look at Switzerland’s political system

We do not live in a democracy…

  • May 6, 2020
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