Opinion

LETTER: Future of Turkey Head too important to be decided behind closed doors

Last week, the Community Association of Oak Bay (CAOB) wrote to council to express our significant concerns about the extremely limited opportunities for public visioning and engagement in the process to establish the next 30-year lease for the Oak Bay marina and redevelop the Spewhung/Turkey Head site, foreshore and waters.

  • May 8, 2021

Sarah Simpson Column: An ‘imminent arrival’ and how a ballplayer earned my kids a kitten

The news cycle is non stop. One of the ways that we are able to get you breaking news is because of radio scanners like the one in my kitchen. No, we don't chase ambulances and fire trucks, but if there is a major incident (think White Spot burning down in the middle of the night) or if a tree falls on a house and causes major damage or a power outage) even if we are at home we'll be able to hear some early details and get to work.

LETTER: Maple Ridge educator lauds council’s limiting of vape shops

Existing shops will be grandfathered in but no new shops can open, council decided

  • May 8, 2021

LETTER: SD61 deficit called into question

As a music educator and school principal in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) I had the privilege of working in an era (10 years ago) when music programs from K-12 were valued and supported as an integral component of our students' education. Our district was proud to be a leader, recognizing that stable music programs provide a multitude of benefits to our students, to our community, and to our society.

  • May 8, 2021

LETTER: Recovery is best solution for solving opioid crisis

During mental health week, MP draws attention to support needed for those addicted to illicit drugs

  • May 8, 2021

Cariboo region needs help now

Lorne Doerkson MLA column

  • May 8, 2021

LETTER: B.C. mine permitting process needs to change to avoid layoffs

I can't believe a permit to reopen Gib East Pit has been delayed again.

  • May 8, 2021

LETTER: Mask enforcers making things worse

I recently encountered a lady who was struggling to breath through her mask in the drug store. I asked her if she was OK, to which she responded that she had terrible asthma and found it very hard to breath through a mask. I suggested that she not wear one. To which she replied, "It is so hard to cope when people are constantly telling her to 'Wear a mask!'"

  • May 8, 2021

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BIA process wasn’t fair to small business

Mom-and-pop shops will be challenged to pay the levy during hard times, says letter writer

  • May 8, 2021

Mary Lowther column: Early sowing gets a jump on corn season

'I'm planting three batches of corn, two weeks apart for a steady supply'

  • May 8, 2021

LETTER: Time to abolish 55-plus age-restricted buildings

All ages and demographics are feeling the strain of the housing shortage, yet our governments continue to allow age-based discrimination by allowing buildings reserved for only those who are 55-plus.

  • May 8, 2021

Robert Barron column: Cameras on school buses a good idea

"I've seen kids have to run from cars"

A note to the class of 2021

To the Editor,

  • May 8, 2021

Column: Let’s uplift the heroes in India’s battle against COVID-19

India reported over 360,000 infections on Monday, May 3

  • May 8, 2021

COLUMN: It’s time to stop making comparisons to Hitler

The deadliest, most destructive war in human history should not become a metaphor

Letter: Earth Day clean up a big success

Shawnigan, you are truly blessed to have such helpers in your midst

  • May 7, 2021

LETTER: The kindness of Agassiz

Olga Bass of Agassiz reflects on a stranger's kind gesture

  • May 7, 2021

Letter: Climate emergency, not high school emergency

Do we want it to be a carbon spewing dinosaur the day it opens?

  • May 7, 2021

EDITORIAL: Piper will have to be paid for Canada’s $1 trillion national debt

But in the face of COVID-19, doing nothing was not an option

  • May 7, 2021

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Incredible community engagement guiding Sooke forward

Your monthly look at what's happening at municipal hall