Editorials

Panic buying at grocery stores and hoarding of some products, notably toilet paper, was one of the more bizarre things people did when COVID-19 hit in 2020. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Editorial: Stop hoarding, people! You’re creating a problem

We hoped that people would have learned from 2020

  • Nov 25, 2021

 

The street behind Warmland House shelter in Duncan has been an epicentre of addictions, homelessness, and mental health problems in the community. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Drug situation dire, but some hope on horizon

It is not an easy problem to deal with, or an easy momentum to slow and reverse.

  • Nov 18, 2021

 

Directly after Armistice, there was a proposal to create the Duncan Cenotaph. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Nov. 11 a time to take stock

Have we learned anything?

  • Nov 11, 2021

 

COVID-19 rules for parts of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre are inconsistent. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Steam room, sauna exemptions don’t make sense

The rules are inconsistent with our other public health orders.

  • Nov 4, 2021
COVID-19 rules for parts of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre are inconsistent. (Citizen file)
Smoke can travel a long distance in Cowichan, but also get trapped by our valley. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Backyard burning should be left in the past

Your lungs and the lungs of all of us here in Cowichan, will thank you for it

  • Oct 28, 2021
Smoke can travel a long distance in Cowichan, but also get trapped by our valley. (Citizen file)
CCTV surveillance camera. (Black Press file photo)

Editorial: Surveillance and security vs privacy

These are thorny, and increasingly urgent issues

  • Oct 14, 2021
CCTV surveillance camera. (Black Press file photo)
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
Municipalities should consider plastic bag bans pronto. (Citizen file)
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
(Citizen file)
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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)