Opinion

Earlier this year, Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the Langley-based New Car Dealers Association of B.C. said EV sales are up sharply in Langley and across B.C. (Langley Advance Times files)

WEB POLL: New rebates influence you to buy an EV?

Rebates are going up in B.C. for electric cars and trucks

  • Aug 18, 2022

 

A worker checks on robot arms at a factory in Nanjing in east China’s Jiangsu province, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)

PAINFUL TRUTH: Unemployment and robots

Demographics and a changing economy have flipped how we view automation

 

Cyclists in the Tour de White Rock – cyclists going considerably faster than the author of this column will ever ride. (Scott Robarts/BC Superweek photo)

PAINFUL TRUTH: Hitting the limit on Zero Avenue

Sometimes you push your limits a little bit too far

 

Langley RCMP were at the scene of a shooting Monday, July 25, 2022, in a parking lot on Logan Avenue near the bus loop. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

PAINFUL TRUTH: The dangers of dehumanization

We turn the vulnerable into targets

Langley RCMP were at the scene of a shooting Monday, July 25, 2022, in a parking lot on Logan Avenue near the bus loop. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Police were investigating multiple Langley shootings early Monday, July 25, 2022. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

WEB POLL: Do you feel safe in Langley?

In the wake of shootings, we ask if you feel this is a safe community

  • Jul 28, 2022
Police were investigating multiple Langley shootings early Monday, July 25, 2022. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Where would you draw the municipal lines, if you could start fresh? (Google Maps)

PAINFUL TRUTH: Redrawing lines on municipal maps

It’s time once again to consider messing about with Metro Vancouver’s municipal boundaries

Where would you draw the municipal lines, if you could start fresh? (Google Maps)
FILE - This Tuesday, April 6, 2021 image made available by NASA shows the Perseverance Mars rover, foreground, and the Ingenuity helicopter about 13 feet (3.9 meters) behind. This composite image was made by the WASTON camera on the rover’s robotic arm on the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. On Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, NASA’s newest Mars rover came up empty in its first attempt to pick up a rock sample to eventually be brought back to Earth. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via AP)

PAINFUL TRUTH: Wonder of Mars still remains

Colonization may not be imminent, but travel to Mars is

FILE - This Tuesday, April 6, 2021 image made available by NASA shows the Perseverance Mars rover, foreground, and the Ingenuity helicopter about 13 feet (3.9 meters) behind. This composite image was made by the WASTON camera on the rover’s robotic arm on the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. On Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, NASA’s newest Mars rover came up empty in its first attempt to pick up a rock sample to eventually be brought back to Earth. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via AP)
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IN OUR VIEW: Don’t fear tackling health care reform in B.C., across Canada

Reform within the context of a single-payer system is desperately needed

  • Jul 17, 2022
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B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon takes questions from the media after speaking at a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo/Gary Barnes)

In Our View: New leadership heralds new ideas in B.C. politics

Both NDP and Liberals will go into the next election with change at the top

  • Jul 11, 2022
B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon takes questions from the media after speaking at a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo/Gary Barnes)
Langley RCMP and IHIT at a Langley murder scene earlier this year. (Langley Advance Times files)

Painful Truth: Police culture of secrecy in B.C. is a problem

IHIT kept a murder in Richmond secret for almost six years

Langley RCMP and IHIT at a Langley murder scene earlier this year. (Langley Advance Times files)
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and Prince William watch from the balcony of Buckingham Place after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London, Thursday, June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. (Aaron Chown/Pool Photo via AP)

Painful Truth: Good kings, bad kings, same difference

History has picked out some good guys and bad guys. It’s not true.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and Prince William watch from the balcony of Buckingham Place after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London, Thursday, June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. (Aaron Chown/Pool Photo via AP)
Community institutions are the best things to keep people going in bad times. (Black Press Media files)

In Our View: Unity is the best policy

If bad economic times are coming, we’ll be better off sticking together

  • Jun 17, 2022
Community institutions are the best things to keep people going in bad times. (Black Press Media files)
A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

WEB POLL: Are we headed for a recession?

Or is it different this time?

  • Jun 17, 2022
A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
A person receives a tested supply of cocaine after gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Our View: More safer supply programs needed now

Legalizing small amounts of drugs is only a small step

A person receives a tested supply of cocaine after gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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. Thousands of units of housing are under construction in Langley City and Township. (Matthew Claxton/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. Thousands of units of housing are under construction in Langley City and Township. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
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)
People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, December 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Painful Truth: Reaction to museum plans are out of whack

We don’t get this level of anger for other major projects, including the Olympics

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, December 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Officers with the CFSEU Gang Enforcement Team followed a car with bogus license plates to a Langley home earlier this month, seizing guns, body armour, ammunition, and drugs. (BCCFSEU/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

WEB POLL: Will handgun sales ban cut gun crime?

The ban is part of a new gun control bill

  • Jun 2, 2022
Officers with the CFSEU Gang Enforcement Team followed a car with bogus license plates to a Langley home earlier this month, seizing guns, body armour, ammunition, and drugs. (BCCFSEU/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley MLAs Andrew Mercier and Megan Dykeman. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Does Langley need a third MLA?

Our fast-growing population needs more representation

  • May 23, 2022
Langley MLAs Andrew Mercier and Megan Dykeman. (Black Press Media files)
The Legion Veterans Village project is seen under construction in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday, November 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Painful Truth: The glass is half-empty

Look on the gloomy side, it’ll keep you from falling flat on your face

The Legion Veterans Village project is seen under construction in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday, November 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck