Editorials

North-south transit connections and better regional links are the next step for local transportation. (File photo)

Our View: More links needed for future of Langley transit

A Vancouver-suburbs model is increasingly out of date

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

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
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
Tanya Drouillard of the Township of Langley plugs in a Nissan Leaf, one of the all-electric vehicles operated by the Township, a public charging station. A new plan could encourage EV ownership. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Getting up to speed on EV charging not too difficult

Expanding charging stations will be driven by more electric vehicle sales

  • May 29, 2021
Tanya Drouillard of the Township of Langley plugs in a Nissan Leaf, one of the all-electric vehicles operated by the Township, a public charging station. A new plan could encourage EV ownership. (Langley Advance Times files)
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)
Nurses at Langley Memorial Hospital were treated to big boxes of popcorn by organ recipients who stopped by to say thank you. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Nurses never faltered during pandemic

The people at the forefront of the pandemic deserve thanks

  • May 7, 2021
Nurses at Langley Memorial Hospital were treated to big boxes of popcorn by organ recipients who stopped by to say thank you. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)
Langley City Hall oversees a fast-growing community. (Langley Advance Times files)

OUR VIEWS: Langley is a pretty big small town, with growing clout

We’re getting more powerful. What do we do with that?

Langley City Hall oversees a fast-growing community. (Langley Advance Times files)
Bike events like the 2018 Valley Granfondo in Fort Langley drew thousands of cyclists. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Cycling boom will have long-term implications for Canada

All the people who took to two wheels in the last year will change our politics

  • Apr 17, 2021
Bike events like the 2018 Valley Granfondo in Fort Langley drew thousands of cyclists. (Langley Advance Times files)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Our View: ‘Circuit breaker’ was too long coming

The government watched the numbers go up for weeks

  • Apr 1, 2021
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Maple Ridge has banned cycling on sidewalks. (THE NEWS/files)

Our View: Cycling needs big boost to reach its potential

$400 million for bike lanes in Canada is a good start

  • Mar 26, 2021
Maple Ridge has banned cycling on sidewalks. (THE NEWS/files)
Single-family home prices are rising quickly and governments need to get more involved. (Black Press files)

Our View: Province must take lead on keeping housing affordable

It’s in no one’s best interest for house prices to shoot up 20 per cent a year

Single-family home prices are rising quickly and governments need to get more involved. (Black Press files)
Adrian Dix

Our View: FHA, province need to vaccinate 24/7

Are people less in need of vaccinations on Saturdays and Sundays?

  • Mar 11, 2021
Adrian Dix
Langley School District’s board office. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: No vote, no complaining

If you aren’t going to vote in the byelection, we hope you aren’t interested in local politics at all

  • Feb 27, 2021
Langley School District’s board office. (Langley Advance Times files)
(The Canadian Press)

Our View: We still need to deal with the other epidemic

The overdose crisis has only grown worse during COVID-19

  • Feb 19, 2021
(The Canadian Press)
A homeless couple nap on a Langley City bench in 2018. According to new stats, the number of homeless who live outdoors is on the rise in the City and Township.  (Langley Advance Times file)

Our View: Every winter is an emergency for homeless

We could end homelessness if we really wanted to

  • Feb 11, 2021
A homeless couple nap on a Langley City bench in 2018. According to new stats, the number of homeless who live outdoors is on the rise in the City and Township.  (Langley Advance Times file)