Opinion

This week's editorial.

EDITORIAL: The necessary pain of challenges helps us grow

Editor Adam Louis expresses the importance of letters to the editor

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LETTER: The Canadian experience

Harvey Andrew offers additional insight into residential school history

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LETTER: Proud of Canada’s fight for justice, equality

Murray McLeod of Harrison Hot Springs applauds Canadians for their sense of justice

Agassiz Elementary Secondary School shows of a display of the class of 2021. (Photo/Greg Lawley)

EDITORIAL: Dear class of 2021

Editor Adam Louis writes an open letter to the graduates

Agassiz Elementary Secondary School shows of a display of the class of 2021. (Photo/Greg Lawley)
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LETTER: Embarrassed to be Canadian

Beattie Stanford of Harrison Mills grieves for the residential school victims

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Yale First Nation Chief speaks about tragedy at Kamloops residential school

‘Use this opportunity to learn about the issues that are currently happening today’

  • Jun 6, 2021
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A sign is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Snucins

EDITORIAL: Buried history comes to light in residential school graves

The shocking deaths reveal how racist Canadian society was and is against indigenous people

A sign is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Snucins
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
This week’s editorial.

EDITORIAL: Wrestling with uncomfortable nostalgia

Adam Louis reflects on the complex emotions of the pandemic’s probable final months

This week’s editorial.
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LETTER: Put up your hand

Connie Lebeau stresses the need for education around the world

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LETTER: Opioid crisis points to much bigger social problem

Frank Sterle, Jr. highlights the marginalization of those struggling with addiction

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LETTER: Gang violence comes to Lower Mainland

Harvey Andrew of Agassiz reflects on life with L.A. gang violence

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EDITORIAL: A restored, more grateful life

Pending his first vaccine appointment, Observer editor Adam Louis looks at what might be ahead

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In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OPINION: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan

Pandemic’s trickle-down impact is particularly large and insidious at a local and community level

  • May 18, 2021
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Coho smolts. (Tanis Grower photo)

OPINION: A giant, invisible problem for Fraser salmon and how to fix it

‘Successful examples of salmon-friendly flood control can already be found throughout the Lower Mainland’

  • May 10, 2021
Coho smolts. (Tanis Grower photo)
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LETTER: The kindness of Agassiz

Olga Bass of Agassiz reflects on a stranger’s kind gesture

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Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)

Column: Let’s uplift the heroes in India’s battle against COVID-19

India reported over 360,000 infections on Monday, May 3

Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)
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REAL ESTATE: Provincial policy changes that would make housing affordable without penalizing buyers or sellers

Real estate columnist Freddy Marks advocates for the release of some Crown lands

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Freshly arrived from Mexico, two-year-old Max led his new owners on an epic chase through the streets and trails of Promontory Friday morning.

OPINION: A Chilliwack dog chase story on the streets and trails of Promontory

From the streets of Mexico comes Max, a rescue dog on the run from a loving family

Freshly arrived from Mexico, two-year-old Max led his new owners on an epic chase through the streets and trails of Promontory Friday morning.