Editorials

Police have been kept busy dealing with a crime spree throughout the pandemic in North Cowichan/Duncan and elsewhere. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Worrisome time amid a pandemic

Huge drain on finances, rising criminal activity among the concerns

Planters are abundant along Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Project response a familiar refrain

Corridor upgrade just like Waterwheel parking lot for concerns

Kernachan's cartoon flashback.

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2008

Cartoonist Rob Kernachan provides another blast from the past. It just goes…

  • May 29, 2021
The former St. Joseph’s School site will remain an art studio at least into early next year. It will take some time before being converted to an addictions recovery community. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Recovery centre the best choice

Other treatments for alcohol and drug problems are band-aid solutions at best

The former St. Joseph’s School site will remain an art studio at least into early next year. It will take some time before being converted to an addictions recovery community. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Boarded up windows at the Crofton Old School Museum, the result of teen vandalism. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Tolerance level low for teen vandals

Solution needs to be found to end the spree of destruction in Crofton

Boarded up windows at the Crofton Old School Museum, the result of teen vandalism. (Photo by Don Bodger)
What would Maple Mountain look like without beautiful trees to line the hiking trails? (Photo by Chris Istace)

Editorial: Time to put trees on the agenda

Trees make communities better

  • May 14, 2021
What would Maple Mountain look like without beautiful trees to line the hiking trails? (Photo by Chris Istace)
If the police are only going to be able to supply a limited amount of security, other options need to be explored to keep residents protected. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Security requires creative solutions

Hiring a company or soliciting volunteers to do patrols among the ideas

If the police are only going to be able to supply a limited amount of security, other options need to be explored to keep residents protected. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Public health restrictions on non-essential travel are in effect. (B.C. government)

Stop looking for loopholes in travel restrictions

The COVID-related non-essential travel restrictions were announced in full on Friday, and…

  • Apr 28, 2021
Public health restrictions on non-essential travel are in effect. (B.C. government)
Crofton Fire Department members on the scene of Twin Gables fire in February of 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton residents make things happen

Action usually the result of persistence

Crofton Fire Department members on the scene of Twin Gables fire in February of 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Restaurant operators like Canteen on the Green’s Julie Stevens are serving up food outside these days or offering takeout. (Photo by Don Bodger)

High job numbers seem overly rosy

Hard to believe there’s so much more employment in hardest hit sectors

Restaurant operators like Canteen on the Green’s Julie Stevens are serving up food outside these days or offering takeout. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The old Chemainus sawmill loading shed being torn down. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

Song reminds us about positives

Subject matter can always be turned around to lift our spirits

The old Chemainus sawmill loading shed being torn down. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)
Patricia Berry of the Chemainus Public Market. Outdoor seating will be available for eating and coffee during the current restrictions. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Regional approach the best solution

Restrictions must be implemented more harshly in the areas with the most COVID cases

Patricia Berry of the Chemainus Public Market. Outdoor seating will be available for eating and coffee during the current restrictions. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Colourful costumes were part of the Pioneer Days setting for The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Movie generates tourist appeal

Exposure of this kind the best for Chemainus during recovery mode

Colourful costumes were part of the Pioneer Days setting for The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Enhancements along Chemainus Road have made the entrance road look much more polished and modern. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Roads smoother with upgrades

Projects getting completed more during than COVID than before

Enhancements along Chemainus Road have made the entrance road look much more polished and modern. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Memorial set up at the site where Kim McGregor was killed in a hit-and-run incident. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community helps in time of need

Tragic losses impact so many people

Memorial set up at the site where Kim McGregor was killed in a hit-and-run incident. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Texting and driving seems like it’s a habit many people are never going to break. (Photo by Boaz Joseph/The Leader)

Distracted driving still a big issue

Campaign in March aimed at getting people to leave their phones alone

Texting and driving seems like it’s a habit many people are never going to break. (Photo by Boaz Joseph/The Leader)
B.C. health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix wore pink shirts to showcase this year’s motto: “Lift each other up.” (Twitter/PinkShirtDay)

Fight bullying every day

Pink Shirt Day happening on Feb. 24

  • Feb 25, 2021
B.C. health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix wore pink shirts to showcase this year’s motto: “Lift each other up.” (Twitter/PinkShirtDay)
Emily Weeks, managing director of the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Chamber of Commerce focus of the week

Networking for businesses will require extra diligence this year

Emily Weeks, managing director of the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Detailed planning as last presented to the community for the Crofton ferry terminal redevelopment. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Projects continue without delays

Only the Crofton ferry terminal redevelopment remains stalled

Detailed planning as last presented to the community for the Crofton ferry terminal redevelopment. (File photo by Don Bodger)
A gas pump at a filling station. (Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Fuel price hikes always baffling

Demand certainly can’t be considered high during the pandemic to warrant big increases

A gas pump at a filling station. (Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)