Thank you for enduring council

Best wishes to old and new council, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

I would like to thank the outgoing mayor, John Douglas, for his ability to serve this very divided city. Undoubtedly, it was a thankless task.

We have been going through a painful transitional period, and one would hope it is now coming to an end. There is no good reason for our population decrease—when every other town on our beautiful island is growing—except our reputation as a backward, industrial outpost.

If Canal Beach ever becomes firmly established as a recreational site, perhaps we could name it Douglas Park.

I was also pleased to read some comments by our new mayor, who said a coal port does not make any financial sense. Thank you for that thought. I will happily (at the age of a grandmother) go down to Coombs on a speeder to celebrate!

Best wishes to old and new council. May this unique Pacific outpost prosper, and finally get the respect it deserves.

Rayana Erland,

Port Alberni

Just Posted

Port Alberni cyclist collides with passing car

Cyclist received minor injuries

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations receive grants to bring ancestors’ remains home

Grants are part of the Royal B.C. Museum’s new repatriation program

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

North Island Tour De Rock rider Benjamin Leah leads team to Port Hardy

“You don’t have issues and problems when you look at these kids and how much they’re going through.”

Alberni’s McLean Mill Society looking for a new direction

Society held a public input meeting at historic site

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

North Island Midget Eagles bit by Alberni Valley Bulldogs, hammer Nanaimo Clippers

It was a bit of an up and down rollercoaster ride of a weekend for the North Island Midget Eagles.

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Hack sends malicious emails from Alberni School District

Tofino and Ucluelet residents urged not to click on attachment.

B.C. electric vehicle subsidy fund drains faster than expected

Province adds another $10 million to incentive fund

Most Read