Editorials

At the traffic circle in Lake Cowichan. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Traffic circles improve our communities

These circles effectively slow people down through danger zones, but don’t back up vehicles

  • Oct 21, 2021
CCTV surveillance camera. (Black Press file photo)

Editorial: Surveillance and security vs privacy

These are thorny, and increasingly urgent issues

  • Oct 14, 2021
Municipalities should consider plastic bag bans pronto. (Citizen file)

Editorial: On environment, doing something better than nothing

There is no one perfect, shining thing that is going to fix our myriad problems

  • Oct 7, 2021
Alistair MacGregor. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Editorial: Time for federal government to get to work

Housing identified as the area’s biggest priority

  • Sep 30, 2021
Alistair MacGregor. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
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Editorial: How we talk to each other could use some work

We’ve been contacted by a lot of people lately who seem really, really angry

  • Sep 23, 2021
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It is our responsibility as Canadians to get out and vote on Sept. 20, 2021. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Editorial: Like it or not, it’s time to vote

Voting is a responsibility

  • Sep 16, 2021
It is our responsibility as Canadians to get out and vote on Sept. 20, 2021. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Sleeping cabins for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Editorial: Strides being made to help the homeless, but hurdles continue

People don’t want it in their neighbourhoods

  • Sep 9, 2021
Sleeping cabins for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine card program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Editorial: Mask mandate, vaccine card are the right moves

Had our officials not done something they would have been negligent

  • Sep 2, 2021
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine card program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
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Editorial: Some things should be out of smelling distance

Some facilities are necessary to our lives, but, well, they stink

  • Aug 26, 2021
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A number of property owners with riverside homes along the Cowichan River are raising concerns about the growth of tubing on the water. Pictured, from left, are Joe Saysell, Rosemary Danaher, and Chris Morley. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Editorial: Tubers must behave like guests in someone’s yard

Riverfront property owners shouldn’t have to clean up after hooligans

  • Aug 19, 2021
A number of property owners with riverside homes along the Cowichan River are raising concerns about the growth of tubing on the water. Pictured, from left, are Joe Saysell, Rosemary Danaher, and Chris Morley. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
(Citizen file)

Editorial: Water restrictions: every drop in the bucket counts

It should be seen as only the smallest of sacrifices not to be able to wash your car or house

  • Aug 12, 2021
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Editorial: Olympics the chance for all of us to share in success

Why? Because we love to watch them and dream

  • Aug 5, 2021
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Japanese knotweed plants are pretty, like broom, but are just as relentlessly invasive. (Contributed)

Editorial: Forethought vital in our future fight against invaders

Nowhere is that more evident than when we look at the problems we’re having with invasive species

  • Jul 29, 2021
Japanese knotweed plants are pretty, like broom, but are just as relentlessly invasive. (Contributed)
The Cowichan Lake weir. (File photo)

Editorial: We must adapt to summer drought conditions

Increasingly, when it comes to water, we are feast or famine

  • Jul 22, 2021
The Cowichan Lake weir. (File photo)
Real estate prices in the Cowichan Valley are increasingly unaffordable. (File photo)

Editorial: Real estate rising out of reach

The pandemic has exacerbated the problem almost beyond imagination

  • Jul 15, 2021
Real estate prices in the Cowichan Valley are increasingly unaffordable. (File photo)
Temperatures broke records in the Cowichan Valley in June 2021. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Editorial: Old growth logging, heat waves, climate change all connected

It’s time to face the future and take real steps to make sure it’s one we can live with

  • Jul 8, 2021
Temperatures broke records in the Cowichan Valley in June 2021. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)

Editorial: Put away the fireworks: fire danger rising

Last week an open burning ban came into effect for the Coastal Fire Centre

  • Jul 1, 2021
Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)
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Editorial: Time to brush up on recycling do and don’ts

Most people are genuinely trying to do their best to separate the metaphorical wheat from the chaff

  • Jun 24, 2021
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This electric school bus is the newest addition to the Cowichan Valley School District’s fleet. (Submitted)

Editorial: New electric school bus good place to start

Changing public transit like buses to electric really is important.

  • Jun 17, 2021
This electric school bus is the newest addition to the Cowichan Valley School District’s fleet. (Submitted)
Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan as Dr. Penny Ballem and Minister Arian Dix look on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Editorial: COVID toll in B.C. limited because health measures work

To claim that we didn’t need to do anything to combat COVID is absurd nonsense

  • Jun 10, 2021
Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan as Dr. Penny Ballem and Minister Arian Dix look on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito