Editorials

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 Honda with what appeared to be bullet holes in the windshield was being examined by police at the scene of a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Rhetoric can’t halt bullets

It’s just a matter of time before a bystander dies. What is the government’s plan?

  • Feb 6, 2021

 

Dorscie Paterson. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Words of wisdom from a 108-year-old

Don’t wait, just start!

  • Jan 29, 2021

 

The RCMP was called to a condo complex in Langley City in the early hours of Jan. 18, 2021, for a shooting. (Shane Mackichan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Too many shootings as gang war continues

We need to ask what more we could be doing to stop the endless gang wars

The RCMP was called to a condo complex in Langley City in the early hours of Jan. 18, 2021, for a shooting. (Shane Mackichan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry poses with Nisha Yunus, who has been a residential care aide with Vancouver Coastal Health for 41 years. Yunus was one of the first health-care workers in B.C. to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (BC Government photo)

Our View: A vaccine, and brighter days

The vaccination program will begin to pay dividends in the new year

  • Dec 24, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry poses with Nisha Yunus, who has been a residential care aide with Vancouver Coastal Health for 41 years. Yunus was one of the first health-care workers in B.C. to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (BC Government photo)
Carbon Engineering’s pilot project at Squamish B.C. began in 2018, extracting carbon dioxide from air to convert to liquid fuel. (Carbon Engineering)

Our View: Carbon plan a huge deal for Canada

If Ottawa can stick to its guns, things will change, and for the better

  • Dec 17, 2020
Carbon Engineering’s pilot project at Squamish B.C. began in 2018, extracting carbon dioxide from air to convert to liquid fuel. (Carbon Engineering)
A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)

Our View: Long winter, but hope for the spring

The coronavirus vaccine is the start of a long road back to a version of normal

A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)
Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Our View: Heroes all around us in Langley

We highlighted a small fraction of the people going above and beyond in education

  • Dec 5, 2020
Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Aldor Acres is open to the public for pumpkin picking and animal visiting. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

Our View: Caution requires creativity this Halloween in Langley

And remember, no big parties, or you’ll get a trick in the form of a fine!

  • Oct 29, 2020
Aldor Acres is open to the public for pumpkin picking and animal visiting. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
If you didn’t vote by mail, or at the advance polls, we hope you get out Saturday to cast your ballot in the 2020 provincial election. (Black Press Media files)

OUR VIEWS: Get out (or not) to vote

The B.C. election is happening on Saturday, Oct. 24. Please make sure to cast your ballot.

  • Oct 23, 2020
If you didn’t vote by mail, or at the advance polls, we hope you get out Saturday to cast your ballot in the 2020 provincial election. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan, and B.C. Liberal Party leader Andrew Wilkinson. (Canadian Press/Black Press photos)

Our View: Promise, then deliver

Make sure you hold the politicians accountable for the promises they make this month

  • Oct 8, 2020
B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan, and B.C. Liberal Party leader Andrew Wilkinson. (Canadian Press/Black Press photos)
We need elections. They’re coming up, and we can wait. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Our View: No elections yet, please

Can we at least wait until after the coronavirus pandemic is over?

  • Sep 17, 2020
We need elections. They’re coming up, and we can wait. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Our View: Clash over back to school was avoidable

The B.C. government should have forseen a reluctance to return to classrooms

  • Sep 4, 2020
B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming provides an update on part-time return to classes during a press conference at Monterey Middle School in Victoria, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A group of COVID-19 modellers says the British Columbia government should increase physical distancing measures to help it more safely reopen schools next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Langley School District buses in the 64th Avenue storage yard. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Parents need options in return to school

At home and hybrid options are needed as well as in person

  • Aug 20, 2020
Langley School District buses in the 64th Avenue storage yard. (Langley Advance Times files)
British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, left, and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix pause during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Our View: Province needs to crack down on COVID-spreading events

Illicit parties and rule-breaking gatherings need to be stopped

  • Aug 13, 2020
British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, left, and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix pause during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Firefighters dousing a blaze in a wooded area of the Township. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Fire season returns to Langley

More people means more chances that fires will be sparked across the community

  • Jul 31, 2020
Firefighters dousing a blaze in a wooded area of the Township. (Langley Advance Times files)
Canada’s flag. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Our View: Happy DIY Canada Day!

It’s going to be a home-based celebration for most of us

  • Jun 26, 2020
Canada’s flag. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Hundreds of brown-bagged book holds sit ready to be picked up at the Sardis Library in Chilliwack. Starting June 1, the Fraser Valley Regional Library is offering curbside pick up at all 25 of its locations. (Submitted)

Our View: New library needed in growing Langley

Existing libraries could use some growth, too

  • Jun 18, 2020
Hundreds of brown-bagged book holds sit ready to be picked up at the Sardis Library in Chilliwack. Starting June 1, the Fraser Valley Regional Library is offering curbside pick up at all 25 of its locations. (Submitted)
Our View: Strange time for Langley grads

Our View: Strange time for Langley grads

It’s not been an ideal graduation, but better things lie ahead

  • Jun 11, 2020
Our View: Strange time for Langley grads
Our View: Keep the border closed for now

Our View: Keep the border closed for now

Until both the U.S. and Canada have the pandemic under control, travel is unwise

  • May 15, 2020
Our View: Keep the border closed for now