Editorials

OPINION SIG

EDITORIAL: High taxes. Low taxes. It’s a question of infrastructure.

Sooke taxpayers have paid low taxes for years. Soon, they’ll have to pay the piper

  • Jan 11, 2021
OPINION SIG

EDITORIAL: A new year brings hope

Happiness is never guaranteed so we have to be prepared for everything

  • Jan 4, 2021
The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit estimates that 175 crashes happen every day in B.C. (File - Black Press Media)

EDITORIAL: Treat vehicle collisions like a pandemic

COVID-19 has shown that public behaviours can influence public health outcomes

  • Dec 30, 2020
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (File - Black Press Media)

EDITORIAL: Christmas’s generous spirit unites us all

Holiday season will be different this year and we’ll have to adjust our plans

  • Dec 23, 2020
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (File - Black Press Media)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)

EDITORIAL: COVID fight not being won by fistfights

Bad behaviour not beneficial to getting the community through pandemic

  • Dec 7, 2020
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that is not impacted by COVID-19. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

EDITORIAL: Holidays will be different this year

COVID-19 pandemic forces cancellation of many beloved Christmas events

  • Nov 30, 2020
Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that is not impacted by COVID-19. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
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As we budget for the season – no matter how much we have to spend – we should give first thought to our local merchants. (123rf.com)

EDITORIAL: Sooke businesses need us this holiday season and beyond

Shopping local, especially now, is an investment in our community’s future

  • Nov 23, 2020
As we budget for the season – no matter how much we have to spend – we should give first thought to our local merchants. (123rf.com)
Trump supporter Jake Contos chants during a protest against the election results outside the central counting board at the tcf Center in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

EDITORIAL: U.S. election chaos puts democracy in doubt

President Donald Trump looks to overturn the will of the American people

  • Nov 14, 2020
Trump supporter Jake Contos chants during a protest against the election results outside the central counting board at the tcf Center in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix addresses British Columbians at a press conference Monday detailing the latest COVID-19 case count and government responses. (B.C. Government image)

EDITORIAL: British Columbians asked to re-commit to COVID-19 fight

Increasing cases must strengthen our resolve

  • Nov 9, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix addresses British Columbians at a press conference Monday detailing the latest COVID-19 case count and government responses. (B.C. Government image)
BC Ferries is experiencing heavy traffic with long weekend travellers heading back to the Lower Mainland. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
BC Ferries is experiencing heavy traffic with long weekend travellers heading back to the Lower Mainland. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Premier John Horgan at the Sooke Remembrance Day ceremony in 2018. (Sooke News Mirror)

EDITORIAL: COVID changing face of Remembrance Day this year

We are being asked to stay away from the traditional ceremony at our cenotaph

  • Nov 4, 2020
Premier John Horgan at the Sooke Remembrance Day ceremony in 2018. (Sooke News Mirror)
OPINION SIG

Majority needs to work for all British Columbians

EDITORIAL: There are different ways to make government work, and voters have entrusted the NDP to make it work

OPINION SIG
A disposable but improperly discarded face mask sits on a wall outside a downtown Salmon Arm business. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

EDITORIAL: Don’t like using disposable masks, go reusable

Others shouldn’t have to pick up improperly discarded face masks

  • Oct 21, 2020
A disposable but improperly discarded face mask sits on a wall outside a downtown Salmon Arm business. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Single use checkout bags are one of the plastic items on the list that will be banned in Canada starting in 2021. (Citizen file)

EDITORIAL: Federal plastic ban a good start — but just a start

Canadians toss out 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.

  • Oct 14, 2020
Single use checkout bags are one of the plastic items on the list that will be banned in Canada starting in 2021. (Citizen file)
EDITORIAL: How about approaching the ballot box for the right reasons this year?

EDITORIAL: How about approaching the ballot box for the right reasons this year?

How about a vote based on your goals and values, not your fears?

  • Oct 6, 2020
EDITORIAL: How about approaching the ballot box for the right reasons this year?
EDITORIAL: B.C. election bid a high-stakes game

EDITORIAL: B.C. election bid a high-stakes game

Horgan is betting it all on a single roll of the dice

  • Sep 30, 2020
EDITORIAL: B.C. election bid a high-stakes game
Acrid, grey smoke from wildfires south of the border hangover Sooke Harbour on Monday. The smoke comes from hundreds of wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and California that have destroyed whole communities and killed at least 35 people. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

EDITORIAL: Clean air can’t be taken for granted

Wildfires are a major concern to our daily lives when conditions don’t clear the smoke

Acrid, grey smoke from wildfires south of the border hangover Sooke Harbour on Monday. The smoke comes from hundreds of wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and California that have destroyed whole communities and killed at least 35 people. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
EDITORIAL: Back-to-school during COVID-19 an all-new lesson

EDITORIAL: Back-to-school during COVID-19 an all-new lesson

Throughout the pandemic, public health officials have tried to manage risk; here’s the next one

  • Sep 9, 2020
EDITORIAL: Back-to-school during COVID-19 an all-new lesson
EDITORIAL: Parents need options in return to school

EDITORIAL: Parents need options in return to school

At home and hybrid options are needed as well as in person

  • Aug 31, 2020
EDITORIAL: Parents need options in return to school
Why has wearing a mask become such a divisive issue? (Citizen file)

Editorial: Mask wearing: innocuous advice has turned into polarizing war

Why have masks become such a divisive subject? During the COVID-19 pandemic,…

  • Aug 24, 2020
Why has wearing a mask become such a divisive issue? (Citizen file)