Columnists

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

“As the 10th publisher at The Progress, I was honoured to be its steward for a 10-year stretch and during that time we continued to change the way we do business,” writes former Progress publisher Andrew Franklin.

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS 130th: A place for ‘accurate and trustworthy news,’ says former publisher

‘So much storytelling, so much history,’ at The Progress, writes Andrew Franklin

  • Jul 23, 2021
“We were ahead of the curve – even the venerable New York Times had only been online for just 18 months,” writes former Progress editor Paul Bucci. (Dawn Gibson/ Black Press Media)

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS 130th: ‘We were ahead of the curve’ in technology, says former editor

Chilliwack Progress one of the first community newspapers to adopt online technology: Paul Bucci

  • Jul 23, 2021
Former Chilliwack Progress editor (1975 to 1980) Lloyd Mackey pictured here in a photo from The Progress in 1970 when he was a reporter (left) and also in 2019. (Left: Chilliwack Progress archives; right: submitted)

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS 130th: Former editor recalls time in newsroom

Merging city and township into what Chilliwack is today a highlight for former editor Lloyd Mackey

  • Jul 23, 2021
Former Chilliwack Progress editor (1975 to 1980) Lloyd Mackey pictured here in a photo from The Progress in 1970 when he was a reporter (left) and also in 2019. (Left: Chilliwack Progress archives; right: submitted)
Andy Holota stands in front of a building alongside a road in the Kuwait desert. On the building is a warning spray-painted by American combat engineers, advising of air-dropped American mines in the area beside the road. BLU-91 and 92 designate anti-tank and anti-personnel air-dropped mines. (Submitted)

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS 130th: Former editor on assignment in Persian Gulf War

Venturing into war zone was a ‘profoundly life-changing experience,’ writes former editor Andy Holota

  • Jul 23, 2021
Andy Holota stands in front of a building alongside a road in the Kuwait desert. On the building is a warning spray-painted by American combat engineers, advising of air-dropped American mines in the area beside the road. BLU-91 and 92 designate anti-tank and anti-personnel air-dropped mines. (Submitted)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Page 1 of the Oct. 22, 1924 edition of The Chilliwack Progress depicts the newly opened $200,000 Coqualeetza Residential School on Vedder Road. (Chilliwack Progress archives - theprogress.newspapers.com)

OPINION w/ VIDEOS: Moving past Canada Day while reflecting on the Chilliwack’s residential school

Editor’s vignettes touch on 130 years of Chilliwack Progress coverage of Indigenous issues

Page 1 of the Oct. 22, 1924 edition of The Chilliwack Progress depicts the newly opened $200,000 Coqualeetza Residential School on Vedder Road. (Chilliwack Progress archives - theprogress.newspapers.com)
Dozens of pairs of shoes and toys and teddy bears were placed on the Chilliwack Law Court steps on May 31, 2021 in support of the 215 bodies of children found last week in an unmarked grave at the site of an old Kamloops residential school. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Calling residential schools ‘cultural genocide’ is not hyperbole

‘I want to get rid of the Indian problem’ - deputy superintendent of Indian Affairs in 1920

Dozens of pairs of shoes and toys and teddy bears were placed on the Chilliwack Law Court steps on May 31, 2021 in support of the 215 bodies of children found last week in an unmarked grave at the site of an old Kamloops residential school. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Richard White, pictured here on May 12, 2021 had his CRA account hacked and now he cannot access government programs he desperately needs. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Chilliwack man caught in bureaucratic black hole

Richard White’s series of unfortunate circumstances plunged him into a Kafkaesque reality

Richard White, pictured here on May 12, 2021 had his CRA account hacked and now he cannot access government programs he desperately needs. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Screenshot from the Chilliwack Board of Education meeting held via Zoom on May 11, 2021. (Zoom)

OPINION: Enough is enough with regressive Chilliwack school trustees

No more: Heather Maahs, Darrell Furgason, Barry Neufeld need to do what they’ve been ordered to do

Screenshot from the Chilliwack Board of Education meeting held via Zoom on May 11, 2021. (Zoom)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)

Column: Let’s uplift the heroes in India’s battle against COVID-19

India reported over 360,000 infections on Monday, May 3

Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)
Freshly arrived from Mexico, two-year-old Max led his new owners on an epic chase through the streets and trails of Promontory Friday morning.

OPINION: A Chilliwack dog chase story on the streets and trails of Promontory

From the streets of Mexico comes Max, a rescue dog on the run from a loving family

Freshly arrived from Mexico, two-year-old Max led his new owners on an epic chase through the streets and trails of Promontory Friday morning.
Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)

Schisler: Try actually walking a mile in an elder’s shoes

Workday spent with artificially aged senses a real eye-opener

Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)
“Although I’m sure some of these incidents were a result of bad luck, I’m also sure some were completely preventable,” writes Jenna Hauck.

OPINION: Pushing the limits of our emergency responders in Chilliwack

Number of emergency calls we heard on the scanner radio in the newsroom over 4 days was staggering

“Although I’m sure some of these incidents were a result of bad luck, I’m also sure some were completely preventable,” writes Jenna Hauck.
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: Freedom, yes, but don’t forget about responsibility

‘Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being’

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)
Hundreds of people march along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Have COVIDiots fallen prey to conspiracy theories or are they just selfish?

Conspiracy theories often help people explain tumultuous events when the truth is too hard to accept

Hundreds of people march along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend Sunday service, in Chilliwack, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. British Columbia’s top doctor says she is thankful a petition challenging her COVID-19 orders in B.C. Supreme Court has been dismissed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OPINION: B.C.’s COVID rules suppress the practices of religious minorities

‘We are witnessing a profound intrusion of the state into the sphere of the church’

  • Apr 8, 2021
Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend Sunday service, in Chilliwack, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. British Columbia’s top doctor says she is thankful a petition challenging her COVID-19 orders in B.C. Supreme Court has been dismissed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck