Opinion

Behest of the West: Engage to make their history interesting

We’re the ones putting their town’s past together.

BC Liberals are bold as brass

Christy Clark runs on economic record

Behest of the West: False perceptions please and plague in Tofino and Ucluelet

We’re getting ornery and it’s way too early in the season for the angst to be this thick.

Behest of the West: Four-day dog ban too short to teach a lesson

The ban was lifted the day after the tourists left.

BC VIEWS: Forest policies need to add up

Log exports to China have surged along with lumber sales, which are far more valuable and keep sawmills going

  • Apr 4th, 2017

Behest of the West: Four-day dog ban too short to teach a lesson

The ban was lifted the day after the tourists left.

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California sea lions in Ucluelet
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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
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Ucluelet local dismayed by path plan
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Surfrider Pacific Rim tackles microplastics near Tofino and Ucluelet
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BC VIEWS: Politicians can’t direct innovation

Ottawa has more than 140 programs to encourage innovation, and B.C. is getting on the bandwagon

  • Mar 28th, 2017

Behest of the West: Tofino and Ucluelet share a serious poop problem

We’re both the cause of it and the solution. Let’s start by thinking personally and acting locally.

BC VIEWS: A graveyard of political visions

BC Liberals as cynical as ever, Greens and NDP target industry with endangered species legislation

  • Mar 21st, 2017

BC VIEWS: Bonus baths for B.C. seniors

Health Minister Terry Lake blames Ottawa for delay in increasing care home staff, but that doesn't add up

Behest of the West: Welcome tourists, please behave yourselves

We want to love you as much as you love our paradise, but love is a two-way street and we’re not your stepping stone.

BC VIEWS: Fake news and the blood system

Labour groups claim paid donations to supply plasma-derived drugs are a health hazard, but BC already uses them from the U.S.

  • Mar 7th, 2017

Behest of the West: Embrace the excellence they expect

The migration is our opportunity to hone our excellence before the sunny season sets in.

BC VIEWS: Making health care ‘free’ again

Premier Christy Clark and Finance Minister Mike de Jong said MSP premiums send an important signal. Not any more

  • Feb 28th, 2017

Behest of the West: How the West wove grey into gold

In her Jan. 7, 1987 column, Westerly News editor Donna Fitzpatrick opined, “The only way to go is up.”

BC VIEWS: Zombie HST and other tax tales

Could some version of the harmonized sales tax return to B.C.? If Christy Clark is re-elected, it's possible

  • Feb 21st, 2017

Behest of the West: Tourism is growing while our population growth is slowing

New locals are wrestling their way in, but not at the rate you might think if you’re looking out your window in August.

BC VIEWS: Election budget sets the stage

Youth in care, hiring teachers, mental health and drug addiction hot topics as legislature resumes

  • Feb 15th, 2017

Behest of the West: Love and be loved by all this Coast

The Feast of Saint Valentine lands next week. I hope you’re ready to dip into the day’s candied romance.

BC VIEWS: Voter’s guide to carbon taxes

NDP's John Horgan has completed his transition to climate warrior, now that Justin Trudeau has made it mandatory

  • Feb 7th, 2017