Editorials

Two men were clearing a sidewalk in Langley’s Walnut Grove neighbourhood on Wednesday, Dec. 21. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

IN OUR VIEW: Clear the snow off those sidewalks!

Yes, the civic governments should take a more active hand in keeping sidewalks open

  • Jan 21, 2023
A mixed-use housing building under construction in Langley City on Dec. 5, 2023. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

IN OUR VIEW: A house is a home, not a bank

Seeing housing as an investment first isn’t good for our economy

  • Jan 9, 2023
Keep some of that holiday spirit going this year. (Langley Advance Times files)

IN OUR VIEW: This year, resolve to be kind

Peel back a layer of cynicism for 2023

  • Jan 1, 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
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)
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
Mayor Eric Woodward was officially sworn in on Monday, Nov. 7 in the Langley Township council chambers. (Langley Advance Times files)
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)
The 2021 floods immersed Sumas Prairie properties. (Abbotsford News file photo)

IN OUR VIEW: Flood’s lessons is to prepare for tomorrow

Would we be ready today for another natural disaster?

  • Nov 19, 2022
The 2021 floods immersed Sumas Prairie properties. (Abbotsford News file photo)
John Swityk at age 97 in 2018 at a Langley Remembrance Day event. The D-Day veteran turned 100 last year. (Langley Advance Times files)

In Our View: From memory into history

We need new ways to mark the great wars as many veterans die of old age

  • Nov 10, 2022
John Swityk at age 97 in 2018 at a Langley Remembrance Day event. The D-Day veteran turned 100 last year. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley Township’s new mayor, Eric Woodward, and Langley City’s new mayor, Nathan Pachal, along with their councils will be sworn in on Monday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

OUR VIEW: Welcome to Langley’s new leaders!

Now the hard work begins for civic officials elected on Oct. 15

Langley Township’s new mayor, Eric Woodward, and Langley City’s new mayor, Nathan Pachal, along with their councils will be sworn in on Monday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
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)
The Peace tower is seen on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Ottawa. MPs unanimously passed legislation to temporarily double GST rebates to help low- and modest-income Canadians, and the bill will now be sent to the Senate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OUR VIEW: Less electoral chicken, more governing

We should have a few years before the next election. Maybe.

  • Oct 22, 2022
The Peace tower is seen on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Ottawa. MPs unanimously passed legislation to temporarily double GST rebates to help low- and modest-income Canadians, and the bill will now be sent to the Senate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections. (File photo)

IN OUR VIEW: Mark a ballot, even if you don’t vote in every category

Pick someone you want as an elected official, even one

  • Oct 15, 2022
Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections. (File photo)
(Black Press Media files)

OUR VIEW: Newspapers still vital

Reliable local news is more necessary than ever

  • Oct 8, 2022
(Black Press Media files)
A woman holds an eagle feather and red dress as she listens to speakers during National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremonies on Parliament Hill, Thursday, September 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

In Our View: Truth comes before reconciliation

Understanding harms done has to come first to make real change

  • Oct 1, 2022
A woman holds an eagle feather and red dress as she listens to speakers during National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremonies on Parliament Hill, Thursday, September 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Protesters and counter-protestors shared their polarizing views on the contentious SOGI 123 curriculum at the B.C. Legislature in 2018. (Keri Coles/News Staff)

OUR VIEW: Compassion core of SOGI

Wild claims about the education program are likley during school board elections

  • Sep 25, 2022
Protesters and counter-protestors shared their polarizing views on the contentious SOGI 123 curriculum at the B.C. Legislature in 2018. (Keri Coles/News Staff)
Condos under construction in Langley City in August, 2022. (Langley Advance Times files)

OUR VIEW: Civic governments can’t tackle housing affordability alone

That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try – or that housing won’t be on the ballot this fall

  • Sep 17, 2022
Condos under construction in Langley City in August, 2022. (Langley Advance Times files)
Huge crowds of cars and people are once again expected at the 2022 Cruise-In on Sept. 10 in Aldergrove. (Langley Advance Times files)

OUR VIEW: Cruise-In one of our great community gatherings

Langley’s communities are showcased by our town centre festivals

Huge crowds of cars and people are once again expected at the 2022 Cruise-In on Sept. 10 in Aldergrove. (Langley Advance Times files)
Money. (Black Press Media files)

OUR VIEW: Inflation also biting at cost of schools, health care

Not all bad news as economy recovers from COVID wobble

Money. (Black Press Media files)