Editorials

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

 

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

 

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

 

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
Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. A group of researchers is looking into how sunscreen is affecting the Cowichan watershed. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Go mineral if you’re dipping into the water this summer

To date we have not been proactive in protecting our aquatic environments

  • Jun 3, 2021
Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. A group of researchers is looking into how sunscreen is affecting the Cowichan watershed. (Gazette file)
BC Conservation Officer Stuart Bates loads a tranquilized five-year-old female black bear into a trailer for relocation. (Kara Olson photo)

Editorial: Don’t feed the bears, deliberately or otherwise

We’d like to beg people not to deliberately feed the bears

  • May 27, 2021
BC Conservation Officer Stuart Bates loads a tranquilized five-year-old female black bear into a trailer for relocation. (Kara Olson photo)
Janet Docherty of Merridale Cider was part of a delegation to the Cowichan Valley Regional District in May of 2021 that described how difficult things have been for the tourist industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Editorial: We can help hard-hit tourist businesses

Tourism-related businesses in Cowichan have seen revenues drop by as much as 40 per cent

  • May 20, 2021
Janet Docherty of Merridale Cider was part of a delegation to the Cowichan Valley Regional District in May of 2021 that described how difficult things have been for the tourist industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Before you take on a pet, make sure you want to have it for life. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Editorial: A pet is a lifetime commitment

Tons of people are getting pets during the pandemic, some for the first time

  • May 13, 2021
Before you take on a pet, make sure you want to have it for life. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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Editorial: Time to roll up our sleeves and pitch in

They’re just not quite sure they want to get a vaccine — yet

  • May 6, 2021
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The cherry trees on Canada Avenue in Duncan are in full bloom this April, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Editorial: Time to put trees on the agenda

Trees make communities better.

  • Apr 29, 2021
The cherry trees on Canada Avenue in Duncan are in full bloom this April, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The old Stanley Gordon school in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)

Editorial: Old school properties represent potential for our areas

There are opportunities, often sitting right in the middle of our small communities.

  • Apr 22, 2021
The old Stanley Gordon school in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)
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Editorial: Rent bank for Cowichan a wise investment

It’s essentially the collective emergency fund

  • Apr 15, 2021
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The Town of Lake Cowichan wants to get more people out of their cars. That should be the goal of all of the transportation plans currently under review in the Cowichan Valley. (Gazette file)

Editorial: Time to dream up better transportation

How are we going to get there from here?

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Town of Lake Cowichan wants to get more people out of their cars. That should be the goal of all of the transportation plans currently under review in the Cowichan Valley. (Gazette file)
There’s a reason that the phrase tells us to stop and smell the roses. A boom in gardening is one benefit that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Gardening trend has many benefits

We sincerely hope it’s an interest that people will stick with through the other side of the pandemic

  • Apr 1, 2021
There’s a reason that the phrase tells us to stop and smell the roses. A boom in gardening is one benefit that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
In January of 2021, 165 people died from overdose in British Columbia. (Paul Henderson/Progress file)

Editorial: Overdoses: the other health crisis

The latest numbers from January of this year tell us that 165 people died from drug overdoses

  • Mar 25, 2021
In January of 2021, 165 people died from overdose in British Columbia. (Paul Henderson/Progress file)
Farms are a vital part of the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file)

Editorial: Farming degraded municipal land a win-win

Almost all municipalities own chunks that could be converted for such a purpose.

  • Mar 18, 2021
Farms are a vital part of the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file)
A huge amount of food is wasted each year in Canadian households. (Citizen file)

Editorial: UN report on food waste a lot to chew on

The average Canadian wastes 79 kilograms of food each year

  • Mar 11, 2021
A huge amount of food is wasted each year in Canadian households. (Citizen file)