Opinion

The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Painful Truth: All governments are fragile

There’s nothing that protects Canada from stress on our democracy

 

WEB POLL: What’s your top priority for MPs heading back to Parliament?

Healthcare, COVID, jobs, or climate?

  • Sep 24, 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

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

The hard work comes in between elections

  • Sep 19, 2021

 

The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Painful Truth: Election no time for odd ideas

But that doesn’t mean that weird ideas aren’t worth talking about

The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Conservatives Leader Erin O’Toole, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. (The Canadian Press)

Painful Truth: Election campaign rocks – literally

Gravel thrown at Trudeau brings up a family legacy he’s hoping to use to stay PM

Conservatives Leader Erin O’Toole, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. (The Canadian Press)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Dix admonished those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have staged protests against the province’s vaccine passport plan, saying it’s both foolish to refuse a vaccination and disrespectful to protest and potentially interfere with the care of hospital patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

WEB POLL: Should vaccinations be mandatory for teachers?

School staff don’t have to be vaccinated, those working with the elderly do

  • Sep 10, 2021
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Dix admonished those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have staged protests against the province’s vaccine passport plan, saying it’s both foolish to refuse a vaccination and disrespectful to protest and potentially interfere with the care of hospital patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canadians will have a chance to vote in a federal election scheduled for Sept. 20, 2021. [Black Press Media]

OUR VIEW: Is this the right time for a federal election?

Most people have a lot on their plates at this time and it only gets busier next month

Canadians will have a chance to vote in a federal election scheduled for Sept. 20, 2021. [Black Press Media]
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)
A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the labour market fared in July as restrictions meant to quell the COVID-19 pandemic were rolled back in many provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy

WEB POLL: Have you changed jobs as a result of the pandemic?

Unemployment in B.C. is down, but many people have left their old job behind

A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the labour market fared in July as restrictions meant to quell the COVID-19 pandemic were rolled back in many provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy
Researchers determined that the extreme summer temperatures during the 2017 British Columbia forest fire season were made over twenty times more likely by human-induced climate change. Extreme high temperatures combined with dry conditions increase the likelihood of wildfire ignition and spread. (Photo BC Wildfire Service)

Painful Truth: Science deniers are martyrs to their own foolishness

The same stubborn refusal to face reality is behind climate change and COVID denial

Researchers determined that the extreme summer temperatures during the 2017 British Columbia forest fire season were made over twenty times more likely by human-induced climate change. Extreme high temperatures combined with dry conditions increase the likelihood of wildfire ignition and spread. (Photo BC Wildfire Service)
Troy Clifford, president of president of the Ambulance Paramedics Of BC hopes recently announced changes help restore province’s “renowned ambulance service.” (File - Black Press Media)

Painful Truth: Our health and emergency systems need more slack

From nurses to social workers, we can’t run lean when it comes to essentials

Troy Clifford, president of president of the Ambulance Paramedics Of BC hopes recently announced changes help restore province’s “renowned ambulance service.” (File - Black Press Media)
A local resident enjoyed reading Aldergrove Star editor Ryan Uytdewilligen’s take on media in his recent opinion column.

LETTER: South Langley resident enjoyed Ryan’s Regards column on media

Do you have an opinion you’d like to share? Send us a letter to the editor.

  • Jul 28, 2021
A local resident enjoyed reading Aldergrove Star editor Ryan Uytdewilligen’s take on media in his recent opinion column.
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)
Workers install solar panels at a photovoltaic power station in Hami in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Monday Aug. 22, 2011. The Biden administration's solar power ambitions are colliding with complaints the global industry depends on Chinese raw materials that might be produced by forced labor. One big hurdle is polysilicon from Xinjiang, commonly used to make photovoltaic cells for solar panels. (Chinatopix via AP)

WEB POLL: Should B.C. mandate more environmentally friendly buildings?

Tightening building codes could cut greenhouse gas and energy use

Workers install solar panels at a photovoltaic power station in Hami in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Monday Aug. 22, 2011. The Biden administration's solar power ambitions are colliding with complaints the global industry depends on Chinese raw materials that might be produced by forced labor. One big hurdle is polysilicon from Xinjiang, commonly used to make photovoltaic cells for solar panels. (Chinatopix via AP)
Members of the band "The Monkeys" peer out from a vinyl record cover at Canada Boy Vinyl, the only vinyl record factory in Canada, at the facility in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Painful Truth: Magic in a record’s spin

Owning recorded music is still a magical thing

Members of the band "The Monkeys" peer out from a vinyl record cover at Canada Boy Vinyl, the only vinyl record factory in Canada, at the facility in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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)
Sunset at Crescent Beach. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Painful Truth: When memory meets money

The nostalgia-industrial complex just doesn’t get it

Sunset at Crescent Beach. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
A Langley City resident takes issue with an opinion piece by reporter Matthew Claxton about vaccination hesitancy. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Langley City resident pokes holes in opinion piece about vaccination hesitancy

A letter writer shares her opinion on why some people may not want the shots

  • May 31, 2021
A Langley City resident takes issue with an opinion piece by reporter Matthew Claxton about vaccination hesitancy. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)
COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)

Painful Truth: End of pandemic means end of roller coaster of punditry

There’s no one cause, one villain, one hero, in this worldwide catastrophe

COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)
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