Editorials

In 2017, severe spring flooding affected the shore of Okanagan Lake. This year, while the snowpack is lower than normal, the risk of flooding still remains. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Time to plan for weather extremes

Record-breaking heat, flooding, wildfires and other events have caused destruction throughout B.C.

  • May 18, 2022

 

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported a record number of 175 overdose deaths related to illicit drugs in June. Approximately 5,000 people have died due to illicit-drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

EDITORIAL: Drug overdose deaths an ongoing problem in B.C.

Deaths from illicit drug use has been identified as a public health emergency since 2016

  • May 11, 2022

 

A Statistics Canada building and sign is pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

EDITORIAL: Caring for an aging population

Number of Canadians 85 and older expected to triple in next 25 years

  • May 9, 2022

 

Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 8. (Pixabay)

5 creative ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day last minute

It’s not too late to show mom you care

Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 8. (Pixabay)
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)

EDITORIAL: Preparing now for a wildfire season

Three worst wildfire seasons in B.C. were in past five years

  • Apr 20, 2022
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)
A car is fuelled up at a gas station in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

EDITORIAL: Gas tax cuts might not provide relief for motorists

Several provinces have reduced gas taxes in response to rising pump prices

  • Apr 15, 2022
A car is fuelled up at a gas station in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A commercial truck headed through a flooded section of 208th Street near 102B Avenue north of Walnut Grove on Wednesday morning. Rain had stopped but multiple roads were still closed or partly flooded. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

EDITORIAL: Preparing for potential flooding

Unusual weather conditions could affect properties

  • Apr 12, 2022
A commercial truck headed through a flooded section of 208th Street near 102B Avenue north of Walnut Grove on Wednesday morning. Rain had stopped but multiple roads were still closed or partly flooded. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

EDITORIAL: Rising gas prices are here to stay

The sudden rise in fuel prices has prompted some to ask why our fuel prices are so high

  • Apr 4, 2022
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An agreement between the federal Liberals and the federal New Democrats could keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal minority in power until 2025. (CPAC)

EDITORIAL: Agreement changes the political landscape

Agreements between political parties are nothing new in Canadian politics

  • Mar 30, 2022
An agreement between the federal Liberals and the federal New Democrats could keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal minority in power until 2025. (CPAC)
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EDITORIAL: Leave the phone alone

Texting while driving could result in a fatality

  • Mar 10, 2022
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Local residents queue to receive food and humanitarian aid in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

EDITORIAL: Russia-Ukraine conflict affects the whole world

The entire world is uneasily watching as the tensions continue to unfold

  • Mar 5, 2022
Local residents queue to receive food and humanitarian aid in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A public hearing on regulating short term rentals will be held Feb. 14. (File photo)

EDITORIAL: Regulations needed around short-term vacation rentals

Vacation rental units have effects on communities and neighbourhoods

  • Feb 26, 2022
A public hearing on regulating short term rentals will be held Feb. 14. (File photo)
Former Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole.

EDITORIAL: Federal Conservatives have a choice of futures

Party must make choices now that Erin O’Toole is no longer leader

  • Feb 10, 2022
Former Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole.
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EDITORIAL: Pandemic impact goes beyond numbers

Some jurisdictions, including British Columbia, have changed their testing policies

  • Jan 19, 2022
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The Barclay House on Victoria Road South in Summerland is the oldest continuously inhabited home in Summerland. This year, homes across the province saw a dramatic increase in their assessment values. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

EDITORIAL: The impact of rising assessment values

Higher housing assessment figures do not necessarily mean a corresponding tax increase

  • Jan 13, 2022
The Barclay House on Victoria Road South in Summerland is the oldest continuously inhabited home in Summerland. This year, homes across the province saw a dramatic increase in their assessment values. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new variants, difficult conversations may be necessary when planning gatherings with friends or family during the holiday season. (Pixabay.com)

EDITORIAL: Talk safety before celebrating the holidays

As COVID-19 case numbers rise, difficult conversations will be necessary

  • Dec 17, 2021
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new variants, difficult conversations may be necessary when planning gatherings with friends or family during the holiday season. (Pixabay.com)
The Tulameen dike, destroyed by the Nov. 14 flood, received $185,000 in temporary repairs. Photo Nov. 30, Andrea DeMeer

EDITORIAL: A time for generosity

Support is needed for those affected by recent weather disasters

  • Dec 2, 2021
The Tulameen dike, destroyed by the Nov. 14 flood, received $185,000 in temporary repairs. Photo Nov. 30, Andrea DeMeer
From January until the end of September 2021, a total of 1,534 overdose deaths were recorded in British Columbia. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: A health emergency continues to rage

Illicit drug overdose deaths are a serious problem throughout British Columbia

  • Nov 24, 2021
From January until the end of September 2021, a total of 1,534 overdose deaths were recorded in British Columbia. (Black Press file photo)
Remembrance Day services will take place across Greater Victoria on Nov. 11, 2019. (Victoria Tronina/Unsplash)

EDITORIAL: A solemn time of remembrance

The accounts of past wars must not be trivialized or downplayed

Remembrance Day services will take place across Greater Victoria on Nov. 11, 2019. (Victoria Tronina/Unsplash)
Winter driving, no date. Photo credit: ICBC

EDITORIAL: Preparing for winter driving

Precautions are important, especially in snowy and mountainous areas

  • Oct 24, 2021
Winter driving, no date. Photo credit: ICBC