Onward Smithers

Kudos to all the people who make the Bulkley Valley such a great place to live

For the first time, The Interior News has published a “Progress Edition,” the B-Section of this week’s paper.

In the news business, we try to be as fair and balanced as possible.

Some stories are obviously good news all around. The Bulkley Valley District Hospital getting a CT scanner leaps to mind.

Others are bad to the bone. Three murders on northern B.C. Highways, for example.

Most fall into more of a grey area and we try to reflect that.

Progress can be kind of like that too. For example, at first glance, council raising water and sewer rates by 10 per cent per year for the next five years might not seem like progress, but it is one element of addressing a long-term problem that has been ignored for too long.

LAST WEEK: One large act of political will

It is kind of nice sometimes to take off the objectivity hat and look on the bright side of things.

For the “Progress Edition” we tried to look at the area through a wide angle lens and take a snapshot of the positive developments over the past year.

What we found is that Smithers, and the surrounding area, is a very good place to be, indeed.

We really do punch above our weight class politically, economically and culturally.

Do we have our blemishes?

Of course we do.

Are there things we could be doing better?

Of course there are.

MORE EDITORIAL:

If climate is an emergency, act like it

Take care to prevent forest fires

But all in all, we feel like we are moving forward as a community and striving to be better.

For that, we have to offer kudos to our town and village councils. It is often a thankless job and the mayors and councillors are by no means perfect.

But who is?

At least they put themselves forward to do a job that somebody has to do and they work hard at it.

Kudos also to all the business people and entrepreneurs who keep the local economy humming. It is not easy to make a success of a business, more fail than flourish, but they get themselves up every morning and make a go of it to everybody’s benefit.

And, finally, kudos to all the community-spirited organizations and individual volunteers who contribute to a quality of life we believe is unparalleled in the Northwest.



editor@interior-news.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Snowfall warning continues for parts of B.C.’s Interior

First significant snowfall of the season prompts Environment Canada warning

Coastal GasLink receives first delivery of pipe sections

Company expects to begin welding and pipe laying in 2020

Northwest B.C. physician receives Medal of Good Citizenship Award

Dr. Peter Newbery was one of 18 people in B.C. to get provincial recognition

Northern Society for Domestic Peace remembers women killed in Montreal Massacre 30 years ago

Society will hand out 14 red roses, one for each of the victims, to women who stop by office today

Petition calls for appeal of Luke Strimbold’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says the former Burns Lake mayor’s case is under review

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Most Read