Editorials

Nurses at Langley Memorial Hospital were treated to big boxes of popcorn by organ recipients who stopped by to say thank you. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Nurses never faltered during pandemic

The people at the forefront of the pandemic deserve thanks

Kelsey Yates is the new editor of the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Aaron Hemens)

Hello from the new editor

“I’m excited to grow roots in this community.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Editor’s Note: My final issue at the Advance

“Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way.”

Soldiers walk along a path in the Lower Kootenay Band’s wetlands on Feb. 20. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: Setting the record straight

“To reiterate, the military was not blowing holes in the ground for laughs and giggles … This was an event designed to further the development and growth of both parties.”

Soldiers walk along a path in the Lower Kootenay Band’s wetlands on Feb. 20. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Column: 6 months already?

“Moving to a small town in the midst of a global pandemic to serve at the helm of a community newspaper has been an interesting experience, to say the least.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28, 2020. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: We Can Do Better

“Residents in town who detest provincial COVID-19 health measures have stayed true to their word in hosting weekly protests against such orders. The RCMP have also stayed true to their word in issuing consequences to anyone who breaks the law.”

A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28, 2020. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Column: Thank you, Creston

“Through the countless efforts and initiatives to bring cheer to the town, I want to thank the community for reminding me that there is still good in this world.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
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Note to the Editor: In my day, we were the “peace generation”

“And you want to protest being made to wear a mask to protect your health and MINE? Wow!”

  • Dec 1, 2020
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A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: A Divisive Demonstration

“Protesting public health measures isn’t going to solve anything. In fact, that’s exactly why we’re still in this pandemic. We are stuck in this pandemic because we refuse to work together to pull ourselves out of it.”

A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: A Great Wake-up Call

“When the COVID-19 letter was shared on our Facebook page, the regular virus deniers and conspiracy theorists who constantly flood the comment section with nonsense didn’t say a word.”

A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Quantum Cannabis had its grand opening in Creston on Nov. 5. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: New business is better than no business

“You may not indulge in cannabis, but what’s more of an eyesore: a business that is operating within its legal rights? Or a vacant building?”

Quantum Cannabis had its grand opening in Creston on Nov. 5. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Column: The importance of remembering

For me, Remembrance Day is an opportunity for me to reflect and preserve the memories of my grandfather and my great grandfather. They were two men who dedicated their lives to serving Canada and the Commonwealth so that I — along with the rest of the nation — could live a peaceful and prosperous life.

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Column: Reflecting on my three months in Creston

“My big takeaway from my time here is the great sense of community that exists in Creston. Community is at the heart of this town, and what I’ve noticed is that residents are always thinking and acting for the benefit of their neighbours”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Editorial: Challenge your biases

“It requires a lot of courage and strength for someone like Mary Jayne to write her own story about her life as a woman in the Blackmore family. No matter your stance on the Blackmores, it’s important to listen.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Rame Kader)

Editorial: Reconciliation starts with education

“Education was used as a weapon against these children, and while we can’t change what happened, we can certainly educate people to make sure they know what happened”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Rame Kader)
Editorial: More LKB neighbours leads to more understanding

Editorial: More LKB neighbours leads to more understanding

“Both proposals for Kinsmen Park serve each party’s stakeholders well. Each has the intention of strengthening and growing community. But only one truly offers a chance to heal the past and change the narrative for the future.”

Editorial: More LKB neighbours leads to more understanding
Editorial: Preserving the knowledge of an Indigenous cultural carrier is vital

Editorial: Preserving the knowledge of an Indigenous cultural carrier is vital

“Not only are we keeping their memory and their heritage alive, but it opens the door for non-Indigenous peoples to truly learn about who they are”

Editorial: Preserving the knowledge of an Indigenous cultural carrier is vital
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Rame Kader)

Trust is lacking in Creston’s Emergency Services building project

“I am slowly learning about all of the project’s major talking points, and my biggest takeaway so far — after all that I’ve heard, read and witnessed — is that there seems to be a great sense of mistrust between residents and the town”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Rame Kader)
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Rame Kader)

A word from the new editor

Aaron Hemens is editor for the Creston Valley Advance

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. (Photo by Rame Kader)
COLUMN: The People’s Party of Canada arrives in the Kootenays

COLUMN: The People’s Party of Canada arrives in the Kootenays

‘The Conservative Party of Canada walked away from us,’ says organizer of Kootenay-Columbia and South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding associations

COLUMN: The People’s Party of Canada arrives in the Kootenays