Editorials

Joe the cat. Photo: Facebook

DeMeer: Cats and dogs are reigning – and it’s wrong

Princeton editor Andra DeMeer tackles the issue placing pets over people

Joe the cat. Photo: Facebook
Phoebe Ramsay (left), Samantha, and Lucy Gunn came out in support of the removal of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue from the front steps of Victoria’s City Hall, Aug. 11. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

EDITORIAL: The times, they are a-changing

The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald was removed from Victoria’s city…

  • Aug 13, 2018
Phoebe Ramsay (left), Samantha, and Lucy Gunn came out in support of the removal of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue from the front steps of Victoria’s City Hall, Aug. 11. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
EDITORIAL: Statue’s removal stokes divisions

EDITORIAL: Statue’s removal stokes divisions

Removal of John A. Macdonald statue serves as political wedge

EDITORIAL: Statue’s removal stokes divisions
EDITORIAL: Increased communication is a double-edged sword

EDITORIAL: Increased communication is a double-edged sword

Increased opportunities to comment on stories doesn’t change to tenets of journalism

EDITORIAL: Increased communication is a double-edged sword
Vandals spray painted the words Make S.A. Straight Again on Salmon Arm’s rainbow crosswalk on Sunday, July 29. (Photo submitted)

EDITORIAL: Vandalism shows need for rainbow crosswalk

Hateful graffiti shows Salmon Arm’s need for a symbol of inclusion

Vandals spray painted the words Make S.A. Straight Again on Salmon Arm’s rainbow crosswalk on Sunday, July 29. (Photo submitted)
American rapper Dessa signs an autograph for a fan after her Saturday afternoon set at the Phillips Backyard Weekender on Saturday. The attendance of name artists at such events is just one illustration of the growing vibrancy of the city. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

EDITORIAL: Victoria festival fun a Catch-22

City’s secret is out, perhaps even has been for a while now

American rapper Dessa signs an autograph for a fan after her Saturday afternoon set at the Phillips Backyard Weekender on Saturday. The attendance of name artists at such events is just one illustration of the growing vibrancy of the city. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Safety for campers at the tent city in Saanich’s Regina Park has been discussed, but safety for the neighbourhood is also part of the equation. Wolf Depner/News Staff

EDITORIAL: ‘Dislike’ of homeless people a red herring

Negative actions of the few do little to engender empathy for plight of unhoused campers

  • Jul 19, 2018
Safety for campers at the tent city in Saanich’s Regina Park has been discussed, but safety for the neighbourhood is also part of the equation. Wolf Depner/News Staff
EDITORIAL: Bringing suicide into the light, before it happens

EDITORIAL: Bringing suicide into the light, before it happens

Recent public incidents a reminder for all of us to reach out when people are troubled

  • Jul 12, 2018
EDITORIAL: Bringing suicide into the light, before it happens
Public’s voice muted on fishing

Public’s voice muted on fishing

If we want to have chinook salmon and killer whales around for…

  • Jul 10, 2018
Public’s voice muted on fishing
Rachael Montgomery, left, chair of the Surfrider Foundation’s Victoria chapter, is joined by a counterpart in a plastic bag dress that was officially retired last week at a gathering to honour winners of the City of Victoria’s BYOBag video contest. The new City bylaw banning single-use plastic bags is now in effect, but merchants have a six-month grace period to use up what bags they have in stock before risking fines for providing plastic bags to customers. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

EDITORIAL: Get ready for the new plastics reality in Victoria

Plastic bags not gone yet from store checkouts, but consumers should make alternative choices now

  • Jul 5, 2018
Rachael Montgomery, left, chair of the Surfrider Foundation’s Victoria chapter, is joined by a counterpart in a plastic bag dress that was officially retired last week at a gathering to honour winners of the City of Victoria’s BYOBag video contest. The new City bylaw banning single-use plastic bags is now in effect, but merchants have a six-month grace period to use up what bags they have in stock before risking fines for providing plastic bags to customers. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

EDITORIAL: Maryland journalists killed in pursuit of truth

Five people were gunned down in the Capital Gazette newsroom

People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
EDITORIAL: True, north, strong and free

EDITORIAL: True, north, strong and free

Freedom. That’s the recurring theme the News team heard when we hit…

  • Jul 1, 2018
EDITORIAL: True, north, strong and free
Victoria fire crews battle a blaze engulfing a home on McClure Street earlier this year. The long-term health risks of the job have become more apparent with the deaths of two former fire chiefs. Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS

EDITORIAL: Improvements in firefighter safety can’t come quickly enough

The death of two former Victoria fire chiefs in 13 months a stark reminder of the job’s hazards

  • Jun 30, 2018
Victoria fire crews battle a blaze engulfing a home on McClure Street earlier this year. The long-term health risks of the job have become more apparent with the deaths of two former fire chiefs. Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS
Council will still have to ratify the temporary referendum question about a citizens’ assembly studying the pros and cons of amalgamation that will appear on the 2018 municipal election ballot.

Saanich, Victoria need clarity in wording of referendum question

Historic meeting of two councils on referendum question for amalgamation

  • Jun 28, 2018
Council will still have to ratify the temporary referendum question about a citizens’ assembly studying the pros and cons of amalgamation that will appear on the 2018 municipal election ballot.
Hey Saanich, get real with pot

Hey Saanich, get real with pot

The approach of Saanich towards the pending legalization of recreational cannabis appears…

  • Jun 27, 2018
Hey Saanich, get real with pot
Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?

Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?

Don’t worry, be happy about pot legalization

  • Jun 26, 2018
Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?
EDITORIAL: Images of suffering children reflect new American reality

EDITORIAL: Images of suffering children reflect new American reality

They’re sounds and images that could melt the coldest of hearts. But…

  • Jun 19, 2018
EDITORIAL: Images of suffering children reflect new American reality
Canadian Blood Services is calling for more donors to cover off the traditionally quieter summer donation season. (Black Press files)

EDITORIAL: Blood donation a gift, but more so in summer

Canadian Blood Services calling for donors during traditionally quieter vacation season

  • Jun 11, 2018
Canadian Blood Services is calling for more donors to cover off the traditionally quieter summer donation season. (Black Press files)
The operators of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours and Victoria Carriage Tours may face additional scrutiny and major changes with Victoria council considering BC SPCA recommendations further regulating the industry. Arnold Lim/Black Press

EDITORIAL: BC SPCA’s horse and carriage recommendations seem extreme

Other options available rather than a blanket removal from Inner Harbour areas

  • Jun 6, 2018
The operators of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours and Victoria Carriage Tours may face additional scrutiny and major changes with Victoria council considering BC SPCA recommendations further regulating the industry. Arnold Lim/Black Press
Students and teachers from Rossland Summit School celebrate the opening of Rossland’s rainbow crosswalk last September. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

EDITORIAL: Minority rules in our colourful culture

Quibbles over symbolic rainbow crossings belie critics’ genuine concerns

  • Jun 6, 2018
Students and teachers from Rossland Summit School celebrate the opening of Rossland’s rainbow crosswalk last September. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)