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Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc. captured this image of the damage at the Othello area near Hope as of Nov. 19. Othello Road is now cut off by the river as seen in the middle left of the image. Highway 5 is cut off in the westbound lanes at the bottom right of the image. Above that is the continuation of Othello Road. (Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc./ Twitter)

OPINION: Flood fingerpointing has already begun

Some are saying that the provincial government dropped the water balloon on this one

Empty produce shelves at the Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing in Chilliwack on Nov. 18, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: In times of crisis, panic buying isn’t inevitable

We all know we shouldn’t panic but why do we do it?

  • Nov 22, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Chilliwack School District school bus. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

OPINION: Some say it’s time to fire the Chilliwack school board, but maybe that’s what some of them want

Neufeld, Maahs and Furgason circumvent the board with outlandish reasons to oppose vaccine mandate

Chilliwack School District school bus. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OPINION: COVID data sharing is slow, incomplete and confusing

It’s hard to know what to do with the information even when teachers and parents get it

FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

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San Francisco Unified signals it will avoid a vaccine requirement for kids even as LAUSD moves forward with the mandate. (Courtesy SFUSD)

OPINION: Blaming religious people for low vaccination rates is wrong-headed

Some in Chilliwack have done just that but most Christian denominations take no position on vaccines

San Francisco Unified signals it will avoid a vaccine requirement for kids even as LAUSD moves forward with the mandate. (Courtesy SFUSD)
Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: School board, union and DPAC in Chilliwack toss hot potato of mandatory vaccinations for teachers

No one taking a firm stance on the issue as NDP government similarly waffles by forming a committee

Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
File photo of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participating in an all-candidates meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the 2018 municipal election. The 2021 federal election all-candidates meeting scheduled for the same location was cancelled after some vaccination requirement confusion. (Darren McDonald photo)

OPINION: Here’s what killed the only in-person election candidates meeting in Chilliwack-Hope

Fraser Health said the unvaccinated PPC candidate was exempt from vaccine passport but not attendees

File photo of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participating in an all-candidates meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the 2018 municipal election. The 2021 federal election all-candidates meeting scheduled for the same location was cancelled after some vaccination requirement confusion. (Darren McDonald photo)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver on March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OPINION: On the death of expertise and the decline of knowledge

‘Never have so many people had access to so much knowledge, and yet been so resistant to learning anything’

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver on March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

OPINION: How to get your B.C. vaccine card without a smartphone or the internet

Not everyone is digitally connected so here’s how to help those who aren’t

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A protester holds a sign on Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Stop paying so much attention to anti-vaxxers spreading conspiracy theories

The attention people with odious views receive should be directly related to their grasp on reality

A protester holds a sign on Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)

OPINION: Fight wildfires by fighting climate change

‘There have been government promises before about change that need to be honoured’

The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.

COLUMN: Change isn’t just constant in life, it’s a necessity

Black Press reporter contemplates change as she moves from Chilliwack to the Abbotsford newsroom

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.