Editorials

Monkeypox virus. (Special to Black Press Media)

IN OUR VIEW: Monkeypox vaccine secrecy is harmful

Why does the federal government have to play games with information about vaccines?

 

Condos under construction in Maple Ridge. (The NEWS files)

IN OUR VIEW: Variety in price, type of housing is key

We have more selection in the suburbs than Vancouver does – but we can still do better

  • Jul 30, 2022

 

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IN OUR VIEW: 9-1-1 system a vital, invisible resource

Supporting our E-Comm system is vital to all emergency response

  • Jul 23, 2022

 

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IN OUR VIEW: Don’t fear tackling health care reform in B.C., across Canada

Reform within the context of a single-payer system is desperately needed

  • Jul 17, 2022
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B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon takes questions from the media after speaking at a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo/Gary Barnes)

In Our View: New leadership heralds new ideas in B.C. politics

Both NDP and Liberals will go into the next election with change at the top

  • Jul 9, 2022
B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon takes questions from the media after speaking at a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo/Gary Barnes)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the media as he make his way to caucus on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Ottawa.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking at using legislation to ensure a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion will be permanently protected in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Our View: U.S. abortion decision will have major impacts in Canada

From the practical to the political, Canada will deal with repercussions

  • Jul 3, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the media as he make his way to caucus on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Ottawa.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking at using legislation to ensure a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion will be permanently protected in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A person receives a tested supply of cocaine after gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. The B.C. Coroners Service announced that 2,224 people died from a suspected illicit drug overdose in 2021. The Drug User Liberation Front (DULF), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and B.C. Association of People on Opiate Maintenance distributed a tested supply of illicit drugs to users after the gathering in a call for a safer drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OUR VIEW: Safer supply is key

Prescription and control of the drug supply is necessary

  • Jun 19, 2022
A person receives a tested supply of cocaine after gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. The B.C. Coroners Service announced that 2,224 people died from a suspected illicit drug overdose in 2021. The Drug User Liberation Front (DULF), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and B.C. Association of People on Opiate Maintenance distributed a tested supply of illicit drugs to users after the gathering in a call for a safer drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ridge Meadows RCMP were on scene of a shooting an McDougal Street in Maple Ridge earlier this month. (Neil Corbett/The News)

In Our View: Gun control not a one-off issue

Dealing with our gun violence problem is a thorny isssue with no one simple solution

  • May 27, 2022
Ridge Meadows RCMP were on scene of a shooting an McDougal Street in Maple Ridge earlier this month. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Fraser Valley Regional Library serves more people than any other library system in B.C. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Libraries could use some more local advocates

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are members of the largest library system in B.C.

  • May 22, 2022
Fraser Valley Regional Library serves more people than any other library system in B.C. (Black Press Media files)
Volunteers filling sand bags for flood protection in Maple Ridge Park last year. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Our View: Threat of Fraser River flood is ever-present

It’s just a matter of time until the water rises again

  • May 14, 2022
Volunteers filling sand bags for flood protection in Maple Ridge Park last year. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The proposed new federal riding of Pitt Meadows-Fort Langley. (Special to The News)

Our View: New riding doesn’t pass muster

Strange new riding doesn’t serve its residents

  • May 11, 2022
The proposed new federal riding of Pitt Meadows-Fort Langley. (Special to The News)
Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 8. (Pixabay)

5 creative ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day last minute

It’s not too late to show mom you care

Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 8. (Pixabay)
Video image from Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Marc Dalton when announced he is running for leader of the Conservative party.

EDITORIAL: Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MP running to lead a very different Conservative Party

The modern day party bears little resemblance to the Tories of previous generations

  • Mar 28, 2022
Video image from Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Marc Dalton when announced he is running for leader of the Conservative party.
The region is growing fast, but housing is getting increasingly unaffordable. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Right housing needed in the right place

Housing for all income levels and family sizes is necessary

  • Feb 13, 2022
The region is growing fast, but housing is getting increasingly unaffordable. (Black Press Media files)
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)

Our View: Biggest cost of property values is indirect

Don’t panic about a swing in property values affecting property taxes

  • Jan 22, 2022
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)
The real estate market in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows continued to be hot through November. (Black Press files)

Our View: Don’t count real estate chickens before they hatch

If you’re expecting house prices to keep going up forever – don’t

  • Jan 7, 2022
The real estate market in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows continued to be hot through November. (Black Press files)
Volunteers filling sand bags for flood protection in Maple Ridge Park. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Our View: Time to make resilience a priority

Building up our ability to respond to the next crisis should be a goal for everyone in 2022

  • Dec 31, 2021
Volunteers filling sand bags for flood protection in Maple Ridge Park. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Ceremonies at the 2019 Remembrance Day in Maple Ridge. (THE NEWS files)

Our View: Many never came home from war

Remembrance Day is about recalling those lost, military and civilian

Ceremonies at the 2019 Remembrance Day in Maple Ridge. (THE NEWS files)
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
A person is handed a package of heroin, said to be safe from fentanyl, in a Maple Ridge park. (Special to The News)

Our View: Overdose crisis affects all of us

Compassion and an evidence based approach is needed to stem the tide of deaths

A person is handed a package of heroin, said to be safe from fentanyl, in a Maple Ridge park. (Special to The News)