Opinion

BC Premier John Horgan called a snap election on Monday (Sept. 21). (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Election forces change, uncertainty for Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding

The Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding is heading into a snap election at a time when we least need it.

BC Premier John Horgan called a snap election on Monday (Sept. 21). (Black Press file photo)
STEM (Pixabay.com)

OPINION: Stop telling students to study STEM over humanities for post-COVID world

‘Humanities play an essential role in aspects of global competence which have not been the focus of the STEM’

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LETTER: B.C. is too impatient

LETTER: B.C. is too impatient

The patient ones are the people that are staying home from travelling this year…

  • Sep 30, 2020
LETTER: B.C. is too impatient
LETTER: Bylaws need more support from the city

LETTER: Bylaws need more support from the city

We have far too many people driving around town with very noisy muffler systems…

  • Sep 30, 2020
LETTER: Bylaws need more support from the city
Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn, left, talks via Zoom with her niece Abby, who is now living in Nova Scotia and attending college. They used to read stories together over the telephone when Abby was a toddler. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: I was raised a reader, and I’m passing it on

Alberni Valley News’ editor shares memories of reading to her niece

Alberni Valley News editor Susie Quinn, left, talks via Zoom with her niece Abby, who is now living in Nova Scotia and attending college. They used to read stories together over the telephone when Abby was a toddler. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: It’s time to move on Bamfield Road project

Residents are tired of their pleas being ignored, like they have been for the past two decades

  • Sep 23, 2020
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
LETTER: More support needed for urban Indigenous people during COVID-19

LETTER: More support needed for urban Indigenous people during COVID-19

The government seems to think that putting more money into Friendship Centres is going to help us…

  • Sep 23, 2020
LETTER: More support needed for urban Indigenous people during COVID-19
LETTER: We must listen to experts on COVID-19 and climate change

LETTER: We must listen to experts on COVID-19 and climate change

We cannot listen to charlatans who would wait for the obituary section to fill…

  • Sep 23, 2020
LETTER: We must listen to experts on COVID-19 and climate change
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Reconciliation is only as strong as its partnerships

Bamfield Road deal is an ideal example of the province working with First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
LETTER: The status quo for Hole-in-the-Wall is not possible

LETTER: The status quo for Hole-in-the-Wall is not possible

Web poll results, negativity over attraction surprise writer

  • Sep 16, 2020
LETTER: The status quo for Hole-in-the-Wall is not possible
The University of Victoria campus. (Black Press Media file photo)

LETTER: Invest in higher education to help Island communities recover from COVID-19

Island faculty, union leaders call on government for more post-secondary funding

  • Sep 11, 2020
The University of Victoria campus. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: A Labour Day snapshot of the B.C. job market

From following health advice and ‘doing no harm,’ to not hiking fees – one business expert has a number of suggestions

  • Sep 10, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Inuksuk building is a popular activity with tourists and residents alike when they visit Hole in the Wall on the east side of Port Alberni. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Time to talk formally about Hole in the Wall

Safety concerns have brought Port Alberni attraction back in the spotlight

Inuksuk building is a popular activity with tourists and residents alike when they visit Hole in the Wall on the east side of Port Alberni. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)
LETTER: Dogs and cats should both be licenced equally in Port Alberni

LETTER: Dogs and cats should both be licenced equally in Port Alberni

Owners need to pick up after their dogs when walking on city property, says writer

  • Sep 9, 2020
LETTER: Dogs and cats should both be licenced equally in Port Alberni
LETTER: One economic shutdown is already too many

LETTER: One economic shutdown is already too many

Paying for climate change would be too high a price, says writer

  • Sep 9, 2020
LETTER: One economic shutdown is already too many
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

EDITORIAL: Clash over back to school was avoidable

The B.C. government should have forseen a reluctance to return to classrooms

  • Sep 9, 2020
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Laird Cronk is the president and Sussanne Skidmore is the secretary-treasurer for the BC Federation of Labour. (File collage)

OPINION: Let’s celebrate working people — and work together for a fairer B.C.

‘This year has reminded us all of just how utterly and completely our province relies on working people’

  • Sep 6, 2020
Laird Cronk is the president and Sussanne Skidmore is the secretary-treasurer for the BC Federation of Labour. (File collage)
The USW went on strike for nearly eight months in a battle against Western Forest Products. (Campbell River Mirror photo)

EDITORIAL: Labour Day takes on bigger meaning in 2020

Labour Day 2020 will be perhaps the most unique Canada has celebrated in modern times.

  • Sep 2, 2020
The USW went on strike for nearly eight months in a battle against Western Forest Products. (Campbell River Mirror photo)
LETTER: Our country is morally bankrupt

LETTER: Our country is morally bankrupt

We have a country which has all the resources that we could use…

  • Sep 2, 2020
LETTER: Our country is morally bankrupt
LETTER: Government’s response to pandemic could be blueprint for climate change

LETTER: Government’s response to pandemic could be blueprint for climate change

We are currently witnessing what may be the most auspicious opportunity for real action…

  • Sep 2, 2020
LETTER: Government’s response to pandemic could be blueprint for climate change