Editorials

OUR VIEW: To improve transit, tackle bad weather issues

Getting more people on buses is about more than just the bus itself

  • Jan 16, 2022

 

Work was underway Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the site of the former Aldergrove Community Arena as it becomes a new seniors housing complex. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Don’t count real estate chickens before they hatch

If you’re expecting house prices to keep going up forever – don’t

 

A commercial truck headed through a flooded section of 208th Street near 102B Avenue north of Walnut Grove on in early December. Rain had stopped but multiple roads were still closed or partly flooded. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Resilience for our communities should be 2022 goal

From local to national, we need to be prepared for the next crisis

  • Dec 31, 2021

 

TransLink’s Mayors Council plans to expand from their pilot electric buses (left) to a fleet of more than 600 in 10 years. On the right is an old-school electric trolley bus. (TransLink)

Our View: BC Hydro needs upgrades for electric vehicle future

We’re going to need more clean power for all those clean powered cars

  • Dec 20, 2021
TransLink’s Mayors Council plans to expand from their pilot electric buses (left) to a fleet of more than 600 in 10 years. On the right is an old-school electric trolley bus. (TransLink)
A longtime gang member was gunned down in broad daylight in March near the Langley Sportsplex. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Starve gangs of new recruits

Keeping young people from joining gangs may be our best tool

  • Dec 14, 2021
A longtime gang member was gunned down in broad daylight in March near the Langley Sportsplex. (Black Press Media files)
A large breach in Abbotsford’s Sumas Dike near No. 3 Road and Marion Road has since been sealed. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Our View: When rebuilding, plan for a stormy century

Upgrading dikes, but also changing how we build is key

A large breach in Abbotsford’s Sumas Dike near No. 3 Road and Marion Road has since been sealed. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
The cenotaph in Murrayville bears the names of locals who died in Canada’s wars. (Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Many never come home from war

From soldiers to civilians, Remembrance Day is about tallying the cost of war

  • Nov 11, 2021
The cenotaph in Murrayville bears the names of locals who died in Canada’s wars. (Langley Advance Times)
Our roads should look less like this, but how do we get there? (Black Press Media files)

Our View: More guidance needed on slashing car trips

How do we get from here to there, especially in the suburbs?

  • Oct 31, 2021
Our roads should look less like this, but how do we get there? (Black Press Media files)
Chamber director and former editor Frank Bucholtz presented a certificate on Monday, Sept. 13, to Langley Advance Times publisher Lisa Farquharson recognizing the long relationship between the association and the paper, one that goes back 90 years. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Local newspapers vital for community news

It’s National Newspaper Week

  • Oct 9, 2021
Chamber director and former editor Frank Bucholtz presented a certificate on Monday, Sept. 13, to Langley Advance Times publisher Lisa Farquharson recognizing the long relationship between the association and the paper, one that goes back 90 years. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A construction worker on a lift works on one of a series of condo buildings under construction on Langley’s 200th Street in June, 2021. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Housing affordability a no-win situation

Someone is going to get hurt no matter what happens

  • Oct 1, 2021
A construction worker on a lift works on one of a series of condo buildings under construction on Langley’s 200th Street in June, 2021. (Langley Advance Times files)
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Our View: Democracy doesn’t end at the ballot box

The hard work comes in between elections

  • Sep 19, 2021
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Hundreds gathered at Sendall Gardens in Langley on Sunday around 7 p.m. to light a candle for Naomi Onotera, who was last seen Aug. 28, 2021. (© JLS Photography/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Community connects us

We find our community when we most need it

Hundreds gathered at Sendall Gardens in Langley on Sunday around 7 p.m. to light a candle for Naomi Onotera, who was last seen Aug. 28, 2021. (© JLS Photography/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
The one-month pilot will begin March 6 on a 60-foot articulated bus and two double-decker buses. (TransLink)

Our View: Making transit free for kids will pay big dividends

Building a new generation of transit riders is good for B.C.

  • Aug 14, 2021
The one-month pilot will begin March 6 on a 60-foot articulated bus and two double-decker buses. (TransLink)
FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, wind turbines line the hillside at First Wind's project in Sheffield, Vt. Government officials in Vermont, Canada and Australia have dismissed concerns about the health effects of noise from wind power turbines, but don’t tell that to people living near them. Now a Vermont home abandoned by a family who said they were made ill by nearby turbines will be used for sound-monitoring research. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Our View: Green jobs hard to find

Mixing economic growth and environmental protection is a challenge, but necessary

FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, wind turbines line the hillside at First Wind's project in Sheffield, Vt. Government officials in Vermont, Canada and Australia have dismissed concerns about the health effects of noise from wind power turbines, but don’t tell that to people living near them. Now a Vermont home abandoned by a family who said they were made ill by nearby turbines will be used for sound-monitoring research. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan votes at Luxton Hall during advance polls for the provincial election in Langford, B.C., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Our View: Get (public) money out of B.C. politics

Ending the public per-vote subsidy should be an easy decision

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan votes at Luxton Hall during advance polls for the provincial election in Langford, B.C., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced a lottery for vaccinated Albertans. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Our View: If a lottery would help promote vaccines, why not hold one?

Getting to 80 per cent vaccinations could be easier with a couple million-dollar prizes

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced a lottery for vaccinated Albertans. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Shail Wolf admires the ancient tree the protesters have dubbed the grandmother. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Our View: B.C. needs long term plans, limits for old growth logging

How do we manage the trade off in jobs versus preservation?

  • Jun 12, 2021
Shail Wolf admires the ancient tree the protesters have dubbed the grandmother. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A sign is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Snucins

Our View: Buried history comes to light in residential school graves

The shocking deaths reveal how racist Canadian society was and is against indigenous people

A sign is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Snucins
Syringes are readied at a COVID-19 mobile vaccination, Friday, April 30, 2021 in Montreal. Canada’s privacy commissioners say respect for laws and principles governing personal information must guide introduction of proof-of-vaccination certificates that could smooth the transition to post-pandemic life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Our View: Optimism, tempered with caution

But it’s definitely time for optimism

  • May 22, 2021
Syringes are readied at a COVID-19 mobile vaccination, Friday, April 30, 2021 in Montreal. Canada’s privacy commissioners say respect for laws and principles governing personal information must guide introduction of proof-of-vaccination certificates that could smooth the transition to post-pandemic life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Langley Memorial Hospital’s new ER was on the verge of opening on May 3 when this photo was taken. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Plan for future of Langley hospitals now

Every expansion in recent years has come long after it was needed

Langley Memorial Hospital’s new ER was on the verge of opening on May 3 when this photo was taken. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)