Editorials

Vandals damaged a picnic table at Spectacle Lake Park with a chainsaw earlier this month. (Linda Mills photo)

Editorial: Vandals make victims of us all

It is infuriating when people target public property for vandalism.

  • Feb 25, 2021
The Cowichan Valley will need an additional 5,000 housing units by 2025 to keep up with demand, according to a new report. (File photo)

Editorial: Cowichan Valley facing big housing shortage

o concludes a report for the Cowichan Valley Regional District released recently.

  • Feb 18, 2021
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: Visitor centres provide vital services

Ongoing tension between the Chambers of Commerce that run them and the municipalities they serve

  • Feb 11, 2021
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)

Editorial: Cowichan house prices increasingly unaffordable

Younger people have had no choice but to purchase ordinary homes at extraordinary prices

  • Feb 4, 2021
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)

Editorial: Opt-out organ donation the way to go

In most places in Canada, including British Columbia, you have to sign up to be an organ donor.

  • Jan 28, 2021
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
Handwashing is one of the important COVID-19 precautions. (File photo)

Editorial: Time to knuckle down on COVID precautions

It would be foolish to think that we have not had any COVID cases in Cowichan until now

  • Jan 21, 2021
Handwashing is one of the important COVID-19 precautions. (File photo)
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Snow storm in the Cowichan Valley Feb. 13, 2021
Steelhead rescue on the Cowichan River
Keno the dog found on Mount Prevost
Rally against racism

Editorial: On the right path to address homelessness

This housing first model can only help.

  • Jan 14, 2021
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Editorial: Speeding through other people’s neighbhourhoods

We’ll call this driver amnesia.

  • Jan 7, 2021
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Editorial: 2020 was the year of COVID-19

Never before have we found ourselves in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

  • Dec 31, 2020
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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is looking at how to tighten up fireworks rules after numerous complaints came in around Halloween, 2020. (Citizen file)

Editorial: You can’t just set off fireworks whenever you want

People should think carefully about where and when to host fireworks displays

  • Dec 24, 2020
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is looking at how to tighten up fireworks rules after numerous complaints came in around Halloween, 2020. (Citizen file)
Non-food vendors have been banned from the Duncan Farmers Market for now as a COVID-19 measure. (Nicholas Miller photos)

Editorial: Allow non-food vendors at farmers markets

We agree with restrictions that the government has brought in to help curb the spread of COVID-19

  • Dec 17, 2020
Non-food vendors have been banned from the Duncan Farmers Market for now as a COVID-19 measure. (Nicholas Miller photos)
Strings of purple lights mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Editorial: Stand in solidarity against gender-based violence

Ordinarily a number of events mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

  • Dec 10, 2020
Strings of purple lights mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Shopping locally for the holidays has never been so important. (Submitted)

Editorial: Buying local for holidays never so important

It’s an important thing to consider when you go to do both your in person and online shopping

  • Dec 3, 2020
Shopping locally for the holidays has never been so important. (Submitted)
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (file photo)

Editorial: Holiday season will be different this year

We’ll have to adjust our Christmas plans this year.

  • Nov 26, 2020
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (file photo)
Pumping over the weir in Cowichan Lake has been required when summer droughts threatened to run the Cowichan River dry. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Editorial: Funding for watershed projects, including weir, welcome

Any and all grants from senior levels of government to help with this vital project are welcome.

  • Nov 19, 2020
Pumping over the weir in Cowichan Lake has been required when summer droughts threatened to run the Cowichan River dry. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The City of Duncan is hoping for a grant to help pay for a solar-energy project, similar to the one pictured that GreenCoast installed on the roof of the Hilltop Building in Duncan last year, that is planned for the roof of the Duncan fire hall. (File photo)

Editorial: Solar panels on municipal buildings a good idea

Our municipal buildings are an untapped resource when it comes to solar power generation.

  • Nov 12, 2020
The City of Duncan is hoping for a grant to help pay for a solar-energy project, similar to the one pictured that GreenCoast installed on the roof of the Hilltop Building in Duncan last year, that is planned for the roof of the Duncan fire hall. (File photo)
Air cadets take a quiet moment at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph after laying their wreath Nov. 11, 2019. This year, residents are asked not to go to the cenotaph, but rather to take part in the Remembrance Day ceremony online. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)

Editorial: COVID changing face of Remembrance Day this year

We are being asked to stay away from the traditional ceremonies at our cenotaphs.

  • Nov 5, 2020
Air cadets take a quiet moment at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph after laying their wreath Nov. 11, 2019. This year, residents are asked not to go to the cenotaph, but rather to take part in the Remembrance Day ceremony online. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)
John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca, and will head back to the legislature at premier following the Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 election. (File-Black Press)

Editorial: Majority government doesn’t mean smooth sailing as pandemic presents big challenges

Even with a majority, the NDP has a difficult road ahead.

  • Oct 29, 2020
John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca, and will head back to the legislature at premier following the Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 election. (File-Black Press)
Make sure to get out and vote this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (KARI MEDIG/TRI-CITY NEWS)

Editorial: Whose promises do you believe? Cast your ballot

COVID-19 has also shaped a great many of the major issues being discussed in the street.

  • Oct 22, 2020
Make sure to get out and vote this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (KARI MEDIG/TRI-CITY NEWS)
Single use checkout bags are one of the plastic items on the list that will be banned in Canada starting in 2021. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Federal plastic ban a good start — but just a start

Canadians toss out 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.

  • Oct 15, 2020
Single use checkout bags are one of the plastic items on the list that will be banned in Canada starting in 2021. (Citizen file)