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Opinion: Conversation about racism an opportunity to shut up and speak up

Opinion: Conversation about racism an opportunity to shut up and speak up

Speaking from ignorance is no solution, but talking about racism can lead to change

Opinion: Conversation about racism an opportunity to shut up and speak up
Column: Patience and persistence required with green technology

Column: Patience and persistence required with green technology

Solar panels and wind farms aren’t yet where we need them to be, but does that mean we give up?

Column: Patience and persistence required with green technology
Chilliwack Law Courts. (Black Press file)

COLUMN: Chilliwack judge refuses to hear guilty plea and sentencing over the phone

‘The sentencing judge must be in a position to confront the offender, meet his eye’ - Judge Kristen Mundstock

Chilliwack Law Courts. (Black Press file)
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Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project work underway in Chilliwack
Interview with Brian VanGarderen
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A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COLUMN: B.C.’s labour minister should look at COVID-19 financial carnage amid minimum wage increase

The timing couldn’t be worse for any government decision that drives up costs for business, writes Jock Finlayson

  • May 28, 2020
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

GUEST COLUMN: B.C. COVID-19 survey brings answers closer

275,000 responses so far, broader health information helps

  • May 22, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Protestors with an “End The Lockdown$” sign at Science World in Vancouver on May 3, 2020. (Desire Amouzou photo)

COLUMN: The call for full-scale economic reopening is an argument to cull the herd

If you believe the weak and elderly are expendable to save the economy, then please say so

Protestors with an “End The Lockdown$” sign at Science World in Vancouver on May 3, 2020. (Desire Amouzou photo)
COLUMN: A different type of grieving in pandemic

COLUMN: A different type of grieving in pandemic

As pieces of our identity have been stripped away by COVID-19, we’ve experienced that empty feeling.

COLUMN: A different type of grieving in pandemic
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
COLUMN: Maybe decent internet should be a human right

COLUMN: Maybe decent internet should be a human right

Residents of Chilliwack neighbourhood decry terrible connectivity amid a global pandemic

COLUMN: Maybe decent internet should be a human right
George Neufeld holds signs for his wife Nettie outside Chilliwack General Hospital on April 24, 2020. (Facebook)

COLUMN: Relationship challenges amid a global pandemic

Absence is one type of pain but too much presence is leading to spike in domestic abuse

George Neufeld holds signs for his wife Nettie outside Chilliwack General Hospital on April 24, 2020. (Facebook)
A man with a sign that read “Question Every thing” at Vedder Road and Yale Road in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

COLUMN: Fighting an ‘infodemic’ amid a pandemic

Don’t be tricked by the lies, damn lies and nonsense shared on social media

A man with a sign that read “Question Every thing” at Vedder Road and Yale Road in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
It’s difficult to imagine that just 50 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness. Photo: Metro Creative

Earth Day: A new relationship to wildlife is needed for nature and people

Dan Kraus is senior conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

  • Apr 22, 2020
It’s difficult to imagine that just 50 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness. Photo: Metro Creative
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, works on a daily summary at her office in Victoria, April 18, 2020. (B.C. government)

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 modelling useful, but not a crystal ball

B.C.’s chief health officer explains risk of relaxing too soon

  • Apr 19, 2020
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, works on a daily summary at her office in Victoria, April 18, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy speaks to reporters at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 24, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

COLUMN: Helping those who use substances during the COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy talks about both public health emergencies

  • Apr 18, 2020
B.C. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy speaks to reporters at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 24, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
GUEST COLUMN: Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP should be censured for ‘cold-blooded’ tweet

GUEST COLUMN: Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP should be censured for ‘cold-blooded’ tweet

‘Recent thoughtless and insensitive tweet by Marc Dalton did not go unnoticed by Canadian seniors’

  • Apr 16, 2020
GUEST COLUMN: Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP should be censured for ‘cold-blooded’ tweet
Ads bought by Black Press community newspaper readers – Dave Stephen in the the Chilliwack Progress, Chad Skelton in Peace Arch News, and Josh Reynolds in the Abby News – has sparked a discussion about the importance of local journalism in these challenging times amid the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. (Chilliwack Progress, Peace Arch News, Abby News)

COLUMN: Chilliwack citizen’s purchase of a newspaper ad sparks community journalism discussion

‘I see The Progress as the vital link for dependable news and information in our community’

Ads bought by Black Press community newspaper readers – Dave Stephen in the the Chilliwack Progress, Chad Skelton in Peace Arch News, and Josh Reynolds in the Abby News – has sparked a discussion about the importance of local journalism in these challenging times amid the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. (Chilliwack Progress, Peace Arch News, Abby News)
Home-sewn masks help people contain their own droplets, but before going out, ensure a secure fit and don’t fiddle with it or touch your face until you return and remove it. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

GUEST COLUMN: Take care with non-medical cloth masks during COVID-19

If you wear one, don’t touch your face, Dr. Bonnie Henry advises

  • Apr 11, 2020
Home-sewn masks help people contain their own droplets, but before going out, ensure a secure fit and don’t fiddle with it or touch your face until you return and remove it. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Economic impact of COVID-19 will be enormous and difficult to estimate

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • Apr 9, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents B.C. Centre for Disease Control modelling on spread of COVID-19, March 27, 2020. (B.C. government)

COMMENTARY: Knowing where COVID-19 cases are does not protect you

Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why B.C. withholds community names

  • Apr 7, 2020
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents B.C. Centre for Disease Control modelling on spread of COVID-19, March 27, 2020. (B.C. government)
A worker is seen closing the curtains at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Wednesday that the province’s latest death is connected to the Lynn Valley Care Centre, where a majority of deaths in B.C. have taken place. Another 42 residents along with 21 staff members from this care faculty have also been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

A worker is seen closing the curtains at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Wednesday that the province’s latest death is connected to the Lynn Valley Care Centre, where a majority of deaths in B.C. have taken place. Another 42 residents along with 21 staff members from this care faculty have also been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward