Opinion

Fraser Health opened several vaccination clinics, including this one in Chilliwack seen here on Sept. 26, 2022, where residents can receive a COVID-19 booster dose this fall, including the Omicron (bivalent) booster. (Paul Henderson/Black Press Media)

WEB POLL: Will you get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster?

Thousands of people are getting the updated shot

  • Oct 6, 2022
About 17 per cent of British Columbians are currently experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. (File photo)

COLUMN: Breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness and PTSD

I always thought only those who were in a war had PTSD. I was wrong.

Cpl. Owen Donovan of the Cape Breton Highlanders removes brush under the direction of Nova Scotia Power officials along Steeles Hill Road in Glace Bay, N.S., Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Defence Minister Anita Anand says there are now 700 military members in Atlantic Canada helping with the cleanup after post-tropical storm Fiona left much of the region in tatters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Vaughan Merchant

WEB POLL: Are we ready for the next weather emergency?

Climate change is driving more extreme weather. Is the government doing enough?

  • Sep 30, 2022
Micheal McGarry shared a snap shot of autumn in 2020 along the Fraser River, from the Edgewater Bar area of Derby Reach Regional Park. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

PAINFUL TRUTH: Fall gets dragged in late this year

Season still moving along, despite dry hot summer

Micheal McGarry shared a snap shot of autumn in 2020 along the Fraser River, from the Edgewater Bar area of Derby Reach Regional Park. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
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
(courtesy B.C. Lions)

THE MOJ: A Rourke return for the Lions? Let’s call it a long shot with a shot

Still a faint hope that B.C.’s quarterback sensation could be back in time for the playoffs

(courtesy B.C. Lions)
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LETTER: Langley counsellor’s death has family thinking about the impact he had

Jim Smith was a founder of Langley Family and Youth Services more than 40 years ago

  • Oct 3, 2022
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Send your letter to the editor via email to news@langleyadvancetimes.com and include your first and last name, address, and phone number. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Langley City senior calls on wealthy, unions, and churches to help solve homelessness

Those owning unused land and all levels of goverment also called to be part of the solution

  • Oct 2, 2022
Send your letter to the editor via email to news@langleyadvancetimes.com and include your first and last name, address, and phone number. (Black Press Media files)
Langley City council held a special meeting Sept. 20, 2022. (Screen grab)

LETTER: Langley City council meeting dynamics eye-opening

Municipality posts its virtual council meetings online for public to watch

  • Oct 1, 2022
Langley City council held a special meeting Sept. 20, 2022. (Screen grab)
Deanna Horn was recently in Langley Memorial Hospital when her husband, Brian, had a medical emergency, and they are impressed with the staff and facility. (Deanna Horn/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Couple impressed with care in Langley’s expanded emergency department

Local residents wanted staff to know they are appreciated

  • Sep 30, 2022
Deanna Horn was recently in Langley Memorial Hospital when her husband, Brian, had a medical emergency, and they are impressed with the staff and facility. (Deanna Horn/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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LETTER: Langley voter has some questions about municipal election slates

Voters encouraged to look closely at ballots when making their choices

  • Sep 29, 2022
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When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)

BUSH: Road trip wrong-turn triggers bungle at the Osoyoos border

Don’t shut off your GPS if you haven’t driven through Osoyoos in 30 years, warns columnist

When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)
Lara Deglan said her grandmother, Vikki, cherishes a photo from 1971 when the Queen visited Fort Langley. Vikki’s son, Gregory Matts, is the boy holding out his hand to the royal visitor. (Lara Deglan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Local boy immortalized in photo during Queen’s 1971 visit to Fort Langley

Monarch was in B.C. for the province’s centennial celebrations

  • Sep 26, 2022
Lara Deglan said her grandmother, Vikki, cherishes a photo from 1971 when the Queen visited Fort Langley. Vikki’s son, Gregory Matts, is the boy holding out his hand to the royal visitor. (Lara Deglan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Fast-growing parts of the community lack playground space, a letter writer argues. (Langley Advance Times files)

LETTER: Langley neighbourhood left behind in playground planning

Yorkson area needs more amenities for kids, local resident says

  • Sep 25, 2022
Fast-growing parts of the community lack playground space, a letter writer argues. (Langley Advance Times files)
A letter writer is concerned about the ability of residents to afford housing as more and more rental units are demolished to make way for higher cost units. (Langley Advance Times files)

LETTER: Langley losing affordable housing units

Housing should be a basic right, letter writer says

  • Sep 24, 2022
A letter writer is concerned about the ability of residents to afford housing as more and more rental units are demolished to make way for higher cost units. (Langley Advance Times files)
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)
Facebook, the world’s most popular social media site. For now. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Painful Truth: What happens after Facebook dies?

Do all social media apps suffer a death spiral after a certain point?

Facebook, the world’s most popular social media site. For now. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett stared in Cyrano, an adaptation of the 1897 French play Cyrano de Bergerac. (Contributed)

PAINFUL TRUTH: End of the flood of sequels in sight?

Are people getting bored with the same five franchises over and over?

Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett stared in Cyrano, an adaptation of the 1897 French play Cyrano de Bergerac. (Contributed)
B.C. health minister Adrian Dix speaks on the healthcare crisis at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler Sept. 13. (Credit: Union of B.C. Municipalities)

WEB POLL: Will you get the Omicron booster shot?

Health authorities say anyone who wants one should be able to get a shot this fall

  • Sep 22, 2022
B.C. health minister Adrian Dix speaks on the healthcare crisis at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler Sept. 13. (Credit: Union of B.C. Municipalities)
One letter writer is more than a little upset and saddened to see several local retail businesses cutting back or eliminating human cashiers in favour of electronic checkouts. (Shirley Sawatsky/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Live cashiers are sorely missed

Langley shopper critical of move to automate checkouts at major retailers

  • Sep 20, 2022
One letter writer is more than a little upset and saddened to see several local retail businesses cutting back or eliminating human cashiers in favour of electronic checkouts. (Shirley Sawatsky/Special to Langley Advance Times)
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