Opinion

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

Books on the shelves of a Fraser Valley Regional Library branch. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Celebrate library month by a visit to your local branch

There’s more on offer than books

  • Oct 17, 2021
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)

GOING GREEN: This Thanksgiving, help stem the tide of garbage

Maple Ridge environmentalist talks about Zero Waste October – yes, it’s a thing

  • Oct 10, 2021
The quarry located on Sheridan Hill in the Pitt Polder area of Pitt Meadows. (Gene Cordoni/Special to The News)

LETTER: Wishing to share an often unseen view

Longtime Maple Ridge resident offers a look inside the Pitt River Quarry at a reclaimed mine

  • Oct 6, 2021
The quarry located on Sheridan Hill in the Pitt Polder area of Pitt Meadows. (Gene Cordoni/Special to The News)
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Embattled B.C. forest industry needs government leadership

Industry getting attention ‘for all the wrong reasons’

  • Oct 5, 2021
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)
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: Maple Ridge letter writer backs vaxxing

People who won’t get COVID shot should not have access to health care if they catch it, writer says

  • Oct 2, 2021
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)
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: One man’s take-away from protest

The final instalment of Jack Emberly’s visit to the logging protest on Vancouver Island

  • Oct 1, 2021
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
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LETTER: Maple Ridge man considers term ‘anti-vaxxer’ discriminatory

Local resident concerned about discrimination against unvaccinated people

  • Sep 30, 2021
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The famly of Elizabeth Korstad is pleased with her care as her Alzheimer’s progressed. (Korstad family/Special to The News)

LETTER: Family grateful for care of aging loved-one

Maple Ridge family speak highly of staff at Willow Manor during mother’s final days

  • Sep 30, 2021
The famly of Elizabeth Korstad is pleased with her care as her Alzheimer’s progressed. (Korstad family/Special to The News)
Conservatives Leader Erin O’Toole, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will be among five party leaders vying for power during the federal election on Sept. 20, 2021. (The Canadian Press)

Our View: Election was a mandate for MPs to get to work

Canadians voted for action, not another re-run election in 18 to 24 months

Conservatives Leader Erin O’Toole, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will be among five party leaders vying for power during the federal election on Sept. 20, 2021. (The Canadian Press)
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LETTER: Pitt Meadows petition organizer continues fight against costly detachment

Mayor says it’s a done deal but resident still swinging

  • Sep 26, 2021
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Liberal leader and prime minister Justin Trudeau in Iqaluit. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

Hard lessons and awkward truths from Canada’s 44th federal election

By Bruce Cameron, Black Press Political Columnist Now that we are “back…

  • Sep 22, 2021
Liberal leader and prime minister Justin Trudeau in Iqaluit. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Our View: Democracy doesn’t end at the ballot box

The hard work comes in between elections

  • Sep 19, 2021
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

All in the margins: The size of a Liberal victory could depend on B.C. results

Liberals may even have an outside chance of winning a razor-thin majority

  • Sep 19, 2021
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh puts on his jacket following a morning announcement in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Monday, September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘Left Coast’ and balance of power: NDP’s B.C. strength could be key to minority government

The NDP won 24 seats in the 2019 federal election, and almost half (11) are in B.C.

  • Sep 17, 2021
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh puts on his jacket following a morning announcement in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Monday, September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Provincial Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced grants for six communities and organizations on Vancouver Island to address overdose response and awareness efforts. (Black Press file)

MALCOLMSON: Transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.

Two years ago, government launched a 10-year plan called A Pathway to Hope

  • Sep 15, 2021
Provincial Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced grants for six communities and organizations on Vancouver Island to address overdose response and awareness efforts. (Black Press file)
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LETTER: Truly moved by gesture of kindness

Address sign stolen, then found and returned by caring neighbour

  • Sep 13, 2021
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A mail-in ballot for the 2021 federal election. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is on Sept. 14, 2021, and Elections Canada must receive it by election day on Sept. 20, 2021. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Plenty of ways to exercise right and duty to vote

Advance, by mail, or in person on Sept. 20 are all options

  • Sep 11, 2021
A mail-in ballot for the 2021 federal election. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is on Sept. 14, 2021, and Elections Canada must receive it by election day on Sept. 20, 2021. (Black Press Media files)
Vaccinations started in B.C. in early 2021. A local letter writer says anyone not vaccinated by Nov. 1 should have to pay their own medical costs if they get COVID-19. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)

LETTER: No jab, then foot the medical bills, Maple Ridge man suggests

People who won’t vaccinate to protect themselves and others burdening health system, resident writes

  • Sep 10, 2021
Vaccinations started in B.C. in early 2021. A local letter writer says anyone not vaccinated by Nov. 1 should have to pay their own medical costs if they get COVID-19. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)