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Single family home sales skyrocketed in the summer months of 2020 in Chilliwack as many people from Metro Vancouver look for more space. (Black Press File)

OPINION: Is COVID-19 turning Chilliwack into a bedroom community?

‘Vancouverites are choosing detached homes in more remote communities over apartments in busy areas’

Single family home sales skyrocketed in the summer months of 2020 in Chilliwack as many people from Metro Vancouver look for more space. (Black Press File)
Diane Janzen at Chilliwack City Council in 2011 before she resigned to run for the federal Liberals (left), and John Martin when he was a BC Conservative candidate at an all-candidates meeting beside Gwen O’Mahony of the NDP. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

OPINION: Who exactly is the right ‘right’ in this election?

An explainer on some of the last decade of drama among BC Liberals and Conservatives in Chilliwack

Diane Janzen at Chilliwack City Council in 2011 before she resigned to run for the federal Liberals (left), and John Martin when he was a BC Conservative candidate at an all-candidates meeting beside Gwen O’Mahony of the NDP. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Sept. 30, 2020, the main stage of which was used for a BC Supreme Court jury trial to maintain proper distancing for pandemic protocols. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

OPINION: The theatre of court proceedings on stage at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

BC Supreme Court jury trial held on main stage this week to maintain pandemic distancing protocols

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Sept. 30, 2020, the main stage of which was used for a BC Supreme Court jury trial to maintain proper distancing for pandemic protocols. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
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Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project work underway in Chilliwack
Interview with Brian VanGarderen
Interview with Adam Suleman
Interview with Richard Procee
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ZYTARUK: Fleecing students at U. of Fees

Students are forced to pay a scandalous heap of mandatory fees on top of their tuition

  • Sep 28, 2020
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Students outside Chilliwack Secondary School on Sept. 15, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

COLUMN: Don’t be surprised to see hordes of teenagers gathering during this pandemic

The complexity and nuance of public health warnings look like mixed messaging to minds young and old

Students outside Chilliwack Secondary School on Sept. 15, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
The back side of the Chilliwack River Valley sign. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Beautiful B.C. – Isn’t it great? Shhh… Don’t tell anyone!

Huge numbers flocked to popular Chilliwack River Valley on Labour Day weekend

The back side of the Chilliwack River Valley sign. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
A student walks off the bus at a school in Montreal, on Monday, August 31, 2020. (Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)

OPINION: Parents reminded to stay calm behind wheel as school starts

Stressful pandemic situation could exacerbate traffic issues, says BCAA

A student walks off the bus at a school in Montreal, on Monday, August 31, 2020. (Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)
OPINION: Grade school students don’t have a voice during COVID pandemic

OPINION: Grade school students don’t have a voice during COVID pandemic

As adults weigh pros and cons of returning kids to school, is anyone asking kids what they think?

OPINION: Grade school students don’t have a voice during COVID pandemic
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
Chilliwack Law Courts. (Chilliwack Progress file)

OPINION: Self-reflection forced by pandemic could improve B.C. justice

Reopening the courts bit by bit is illustrating the good, the bad, and what needs to change

Chilliwack Law Courts. (Chilliwack Progress file)
Online scams, phone scams and even hackers getting into online accounts can ruin your financial security, so staying on top of the latest scams is important. (Pixabay photo)

COLUMN: Catching CERB fraud in the act a lesson in staying secure

With new scams and internet fraud constantly a threat, it’s important to stay on top of accounts

Online scams, phone scams and even hackers getting into online accounts can ruin your financial security, so staying on top of the latest scams is important. (Pixabay photo)
OPINION: We’ve reached a Sophie’s Choice decision in COVID-19 pandemic

OPINION: We’ve reached a Sophie’s Choice decision in COVID-19 pandemic

Young people can’t handle much more isolation but the alternative is a terrible second wave

OPINION: We’ve reached a Sophie’s Choice decision in COVID-19 pandemic
Black Lives Matter march in downtown Chilliwack on June 5, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: An open letter to my fellow straight white males

We’ve had one hell of a run these past few thousand years but maybe it’s time to share

Black Lives Matter march in downtown Chilliwack on June 5, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

COLUMN: Some more appropriate names for Washington NFL team

Finally, Washington’s NFL team would have a name everyone could cheer with pride

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)
COLUMN: Canadians looking south can feel proud but let’s not be smug

COLUMN: Canadians looking south can feel proud but let’s not be smug

Sure things are messed up on the pandemic/racism front in the U.S. but we aren’t perfect

COLUMN: Canadians looking south can feel proud but let’s not be smug
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Opinion: Why the fuss about wearing a mask?

Do the non-medical reasons for not wearing masks in a pandemic outweigh potential benefits?

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Empty pews are pictured as assistant pastor Father Felix Min performs a Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s in Vancouver Sunday, April 12, 2020. The Easter service was closed to the congregation and to the public to attend in person at they church but was live streamed to the internet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OPINION: Worship services should be considered essential services

Limiting religious services to 50-or-fewer people is an infringement of Charter rights

  • Jun 29, 2020
Empty pews are pictured as assistant pastor Father Felix Min performs a Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s in Vancouver Sunday, April 12, 2020. The Easter service was closed to the congregation and to the public to attend in person at they church but was live streamed to the internet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
COLUMN: The search for truth in a misinformation age

COLUMN: The search for truth in a misinformation age

We are living amid an epistemological crisis as knowledge is twisted daily

COLUMN: The search for truth in a misinformation age
It’s getting easier to access a swab test for COVID-19, but you still need a referral from a doctor, and a little courage. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

COLUMN: I sneezed, I coughed, so I got tested for COVID-19

Accessing a swab test is easy these days, but the actual test can more than a little daunting

It’s getting easier to access a swab test for COVID-19, but you still need a referral from a doctor, and a little courage. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Chilliwack Law Courts.

COLUMN: Fraser Valley defence lawyers say COVID-19 court delays need to end

Letter to provincial government warns ‘numerous criminal matters dangle on the precipice of oblivion’

Chilliwack Law Courts.