In Our View

A rat. (Black Press Media files)

IN OUR VIEW: Rats are too much like us

Adaptable, tough, clever, stubborn – sound like anyone you know?

  • Jan 28, 2023

 

Patty Lester, Langley Christmas Bureau coordinator, overlooked the main gift sorting area set up in the foyer of Langley City hall. This year, the bureau was short of family sponsors, at a time when demand was high. But when the plea went out earlier this month, the community – like it does – stepped up. (Langley Advance Times files)

IN OUR VIEW: A community that cares all year round

This season highlights the best of Langley – it’s people

  • Dec 24, 2022

 

Mayor Eric Woodward was officially sworn in on Monday, Nov. 7 in the Langley Township council chambers. (Langley Advance Times files)

IN OUR VIEW: High speed government in Langley Township

The new council is operating at a faster pace than anyone’s seen in decades

  • Dec 20, 2022

 

Art was out clearing snow off the sidewalk in front of Kingdom Hall in Aldergrove earlier this month. “I’m a volunteer ” he explained. “After this I’m going home to clear my drive.” (Langley Advance Times files)

IN OUR VIEW: Please buy a snow shovel, and use it

Mobility is about more than having plowed roads

  • Dec 13, 2022
Art was out clearing snow off the sidewalk in front of Kingdom Hall in Aldergrove earlier this month. “I’m a volunteer ” he explained. “After this I’m going home to clear my drive.” (Langley Advance Times files)
A man pushed a cart through downtown Langley City as a heavy snowfall began on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 29. (Langley Advance Times files)

IN OUR VIEW: We have food banks because the government has failed

We should not pretend it’s normal that thousands of people are homeless or hungry

  • Dec 3, 2022
A man pushed a cart through downtown Langley City as a heavy snowfall began on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 29. (Langley Advance Times files)
B.C. Premier David Eby. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

IN OUR VIEW: Premier is in the hot seat

David Eby has a lot of work to do and two years to get going on it

  • Nov 26, 2022
B.C. Premier David Eby. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
A recent month-long initiative by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in the Okanagan led to the seizure of illicit drugs, weapons, firearms, and cash. (Black Press Media files)

In Our View: Handgun ban will be a test case

Pistols are now harder to come by in Canada, but will that impact crime?

  • Oct 29, 2022
A recent month-long initiative by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in the Okanagan led to the seizure of illicit drugs, weapons, firearms, and cash. (Black Press Media files)
Townhouses under construction in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood. (Langley Advance Times files)

In Our View: Many kinds of variety needed for housing

Affordability, size, and type needed for families of the future

  • Jul 29, 2022
Townhouses under construction in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood. (Langley Advance Times files)
Single-use plastic bag ban coming for all of Canada soon. (Canadian Press photo/Paul Chaisson)

In Our View: Beginning of the end for plastic era

We need to wean ourselves off disposable plastic

  • Jun 26, 2022
Single-use plastic bag ban coming for all of Canada soon. (Canadian Press photo/Paul Chaisson)
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new gun control legislation in Ottawa, Ontario, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP)

Our View: No easy fix on gun crime

Laws and enforcement are part of the solution, but so is the U.S.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new gun control legislation in Ottawa, Ontario, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about housing after meeting privately with two families in Kitchener, Ont. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

In Our View: Finally time for federal, provincial politicians to get down to business

There are no elections in the offing for years. Time to govern.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about housing after meeting privately with two families in Kitchener, Ont. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
A homeless couple nap on a Langley City bench in 2018. (Langley Advance Times file)

Our View: Don’t forget the homeless as we get back to ‘normal’

We promised things would be different after the pandemic

A homeless couple nap on a Langley City bench in 2018. (Langley Advance Times file)
Police have announced the arrest in Puerto Rico of Conor D’Monte (inset), who is wanted in connected with the Feb. 6 2009 murder of Kevin LeClair in a Langley shopping mall. (Langley Advance Times file)

Our View: Gangsters run when they can’t hide

Our local investigators have trouble with international gang members

  • Mar 7, 2022
Police have announced the arrest in Puerto Rico of Conor D’Monte (inset), who is wanted in connected with the Feb. 6 2009 murder of Kevin LeClair in a Langley shopping mall. (Langley Advance Times file)
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Celebrate library month by a visit to your local branch

There’s more on offer than books

  • Oct 16, 2021
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Langley Advance Times files)
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)
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

In Our View: Books can fill a quiet summer

Reading has many positive impacts, including being really enjoyable

  • Jul 3, 2021
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry poses with Nisha Yunus, who has been a residential care aide with Vancouver Coastal Health for 41 years. Yunus was one of the first health-care workers in B.C. to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (BC Government photo)

Our View: A vaccine, and brighter days

The vaccination program will begin to pay dividends in the new year

  • Dec 24, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry poses with Nisha Yunus, who has been a residential care aide with Vancouver Coastal Health for 41 years. Yunus was one of the first health-care workers in B.C. to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (BC Government photo)
A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)

Our View: Long winter, but hope for the spring

The coronavirus vaccine is the start of a long road back to a version of normal

A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Our View: Clash over back to school was avoidable

The B.C. government should have forseen a reluctance to return to classrooms

  • Sep 4, 2020
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, left, and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix pause during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Our View: Province needs to crack down on COVID-spreading events

Illicit parties and rule-breaking gatherings need to be stopped

  • Aug 13, 2020
British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, left, and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix pause during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
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