Jessica Peters

Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)

Fundraiser for plumber following Abbotsford tool theft reaches more than $1,000

Readers and commenters say they can relate to having livelihood stolen by thieves, offer support

Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)
Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford man out nearly $6,000 in plumbing tools after theft from locked truck

Plumber had been grieving his father when thief broke into canopy to take livelihood

Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)
Police are hoping to locate Shaunna-Rae Johnson of Abbotsford, who was last seen on Jan. 4. (Police handout)

Abbotsford Police ask for public’s help to find missing woman Shaunna-Rae Johnson

Police say it’s out of woman’s character and she was last seen on Jan. 4

Police are hoping to locate Shaunna-Rae Johnson of Abbotsford, who was last seen on Jan. 4. (Police handout)
Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Mobile shower ministry gets big boost to continue work in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge

Abbotsford-based group has provided 2,600 showers to people in need since 2019

Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
(From left) Trustee Preet Rai, Sgt. Kevin Murray and district principal David de Wit were the panelists for a virtual discussion on Thursday, Jan. 12 about school liaison officers in Abbotsford.

Panel defends police in Abbotsford schools but hoping to improve SLO program with review

‘We are not roaming the schools with rifles,’ says Abbotsford police officer

(From left) Trustee Preet Rai, Sgt. Kevin Murray and district principal David de Wit were the panelists for a virtual discussion on Thursday, Jan. 12 about school liaison officers in Abbotsford.
Trina Hunt’s remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is offering a $50,000 reward for tips that lead to a charges. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)

Trina Hunt’s death remains unsolved 2 years later; IHIT renews appeal for public’s help

Murdered woman’s brother says family experiencing ‘never-ending waves of grief, anguish and trauma’

Trina Hunt’s remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is offering a $50,000 reward for tips that lead to a charges. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
A pedestrian was struck on Highway 1 just east of Clearbrook Road on Tuesday (Jan. 17) leading to the closure of a portion of the highway. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens at Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford following accident involving pedestrian

Abbotsford Police report that the person hit by a vehicle on the highway is in hospital

A pedestrian was struck on Highway 1 just east of Clearbrook Road on Tuesday (Jan. 17) leading to the closure of a portion of the highway. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Members of the Crystal Gala Foundation, which fundraises to improve access to breast cancer screening in the Fraser Valley. (Submitted)

Crystal Gala Foundation makes donations to improve breast cancer screening in Chilliwack and Abbotsford

Funds from October’s gala event given to Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation for equipment

Members of the Crystal Gala Foundation, which fundraises to improve access to breast cancer screening in the Fraser Valley. (Submitted)
Maureen Keyes with her mom, Ruth Harris, at Vancouver General Hospital. (Maureen Keyes/Submitted)

Questions about care after Abbotsford woman’s burns not taken seriously

Third-degree burns on elderly woman’s legs not given priority at ARH, but they were at Vancouver General Hospital

Maureen Keyes with her mom, Ruth Harris, at Vancouver General Hospital. (Maureen Keyes/Submitted)
Members of staff place the copies of the new book by Prince Harry called “Spare” at a book store in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Prince Harry’s memoir went on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, providing a varied portrait of the Duke of Sussex and the royal family. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

No ‘Spare’ copies lying around Fraser Valley Regional Library branches as demand soars

More than 1,400 holds placed at local libraries already on Prince Harry’s new memoir

Members of staff place the copies of the new book by Prince Harry called “Spare” at a book store in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Prince Harry’s memoir went on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, providing a varied portrait of the Duke of Sussex and the royal family. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Jessica Peters is a reporter with the Abbotsford News, and an invasive cervical cancer survivor.

OPINION: Cervical cancer awareness didn’t seem important to me, until it was

January is cervical awareness month and a time to understand how devastating the disease really is

Jessica Peters is a reporter with the Abbotsford News, and an invasive cervical cancer survivor.
Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man, Mothering Heights was the top pick for kids, and Jurassic World was the top pick for moviegoers at the Fraser Valley Regional Library in 2022. (FVRL images)

Kids and teens reached for humour off Fraser Valley Regional Library shelves in 2022

Dog Man, Wimpy Kid, Baby-sitters Club series all top picks for young Fraser Valley readers

Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man, Mothering Heights was the top pick for kids, and Jurassic World was the top pick for moviegoers at the Fraser Valley Regional Library in 2022. (FVRL images)
A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)

Frustrated travellers turned to Twitter when winter storm slammed Abbotsford airport

Missing luggage, no staff and cancelled flights made travel less than merry this Christmas

A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)
The Abbotsford BC SPCA needs to refill their linen closets, as caring for animals requires a lot of blankets, sheets and rags. When they put out a call to the public, they were immediately given plenty of donations. (BC SPCA photo/Facebook)

Bare linen closet fluffed back up at Abbotsford SPCA shelter after public plea

Donations poured in after SPCA staff showed photos of empty cupboards

The Abbotsford BC SPCA needs to refill their linen closets, as caring for animals requires a lot of blankets, sheets and rags. When they put out a call to the public, they were immediately given plenty of donations. (BC SPCA photo/Facebook)
Johanna deJong of Abbotsford has been collecting Christmas village items for more than 40 years. (Submitted image)

Abbotsford woman continues to raise funds for Alzheimer Society with Christmas village

‘Sparkyville’ includes countless figurines and has been in the works for more than 40 years

Johanna deJong of Abbotsford has been collecting Christmas village items for more than 40 years. (Submitted image)
Needle Peek on Dec. 30, 2018. (Avalanche Canada/Submitted)

Winter storm brings avalanche warning to Highways 1 and 3 out of Hope

Province says crews are monitoring after heavy snowfall and drivers need to be aware of risk

Needle Peek on Dec. 30, 2018. (Avalanche Canada/Submitted)
BC Hydro has tips for what to do if your power goes out. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff file)

More than 1,000 customers without power in Abbotsford/Mission, says BC Hydro

More than 10,000 customers without power across Lower Mainland and north Vancouver Island

BC Hydro has tips for what to do if your power goes out. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff file)
Many people on social assistance won’t get their December cheques until after Christmas. (Pixabay)

Social Services cheques stuck in the mail due to weather; many won’t arrive until after Christmas

Mail delivery of monthly cheques interrupted by erratic winter storm patterns

Many people on social assistance won’t get their December cheques until after Christmas. (Pixabay)
The Abbotsford Police handily caught a known offender with the help of the snow. The U-Haul being driven by a suspected “porch pirate” got stuck in a snow drift on Emerson Street on Dec. 20. (Abbotsford Police/Twitter)

UPDATE: Abbotsford police catch ‘grinch,’ recover Amazon packages with the help of snowdrift

Suspect Russell Mayhew was caught driving stolen U-Haul thanks to tip from the public

The Abbotsford Police handily caught a known offender with the help of the snow. The U-Haul being driven by a suspected “porch pirate” got stuck in a snow drift on Emerson Street on Dec. 20. (Abbotsford Police/Twitter)
Natasha Hill snapped this picture of her pup enjoying some very deep snow in their Abbotsford yard on Dec. 20. (Submitted/Natasha Hill)

VIDEO: Dogs wake up to winter across Lower Mainland after big storm

Big dogs bounding into snowbanks, tiny pups diving into drifts and more

Natasha Hill snapped this picture of her pup enjoying some very deep snow in their Abbotsford yard on Dec. 20. (Submitted/Natasha Hill)