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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
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 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.”

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
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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
Busy times

Busy times

The coming months promise to be interesting as the campaigns for the October 20 local government elections and the Fire Hall borrowing referendum get underway.

Busy times
Joe the cat. Photo: Facebook

DeMeer: Cats and dogs are reigning – and it’s wrong

Princeton editor Andra DeMeer tackles the issue placing pets over people

Joe the cat. Photo: Facebook
Vandals spray painted the words Make S.A. Straight Again on Salmon Arm’s rainbow crosswalk on Sunday, July 29. (Photo submitted)

EDITORIAL: Vandalism shows need for rainbow crosswalk

Hateful graffiti shows Salmon Arm’s need for a symbol of inclusion

Vandals spray painted the words Make S.A. Straight Again on Salmon Arm’s rainbow crosswalk on Sunday, July 29. (Photo submitted)
People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

EDITORIAL: Maryland journalists killed in pursuit of truth

Five people were gunned down in the Capital Gazette newsroom

People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?

Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?

Don’t worry, be happy about pot legalization

  • Jun 26, 2018
Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?
The Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

EDITORIAL: All children created equal

There are still some who justify President Donald Trump’s treatment of migrant children

  • Jun 19, 2018
The Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)
Students and teachers from Rossland Summit School celebrate the opening of Rossland’s rainbow crosswalk last September. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

EDITORIAL: Minority rules in our colourful culture

Quibbles over symbolic rainbow crossings belie critics’ genuine concerns

  • Jun 6, 2018
Students and teachers from Rossland Summit School celebrate the opening of Rossland’s rainbow crosswalk last September. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)