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Mimi Kates (left) and Amber Culley (right) were killed by Eric Shestalo in Chilliwack on July 21, 2022. Shestalo was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was due in court facing a domestic abuse assault charge the day he murdered his two ex-partners. (Facebook photos)

OPINION: Double homicide in Chilliwack an example of the epidemic of domestic abuse

Abusive men will tell partners ‘You see? That’s what happens to you if you go to the police’: advocate

Mimi Kates (left) and Amber Culley (right) were killed by Eric Shestalo in Chilliwack on July 21, 2022. Shestalo was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was due in court facing a domestic abuse assault charge the day he murdered his two ex-partners. (Facebook photos)
A sign marking where the Trans Mountain Pipeline crosses Unsworth Road in Chilliwack and underneath a hay field, taken in June 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: 10 years later and TMX pipe is finally going in the ground in Chilliwack

‘The only Kinder Surprise now will be if it doesn’t happen’

A sign marking where the Trans Mountain Pipeline crosses Unsworth Road in Chilliwack and underneath a hay field, taken in June 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Bruce Cameron

CAMERON: What’s in a name? The BC Liberal Party contemplates a name change

‘The name change effort may look trivial, but it is a crucial step on the road to potentially regaining power’

Bruce Cameron
Chilliwack Law Courts. (Progress file)

OPINION: Number of people in jail with mental illness and substance use disorder on a sharp rise

SFU researcher finds that many offenders ‘are affected by acquired brain injury from toxic drugs’

Chilliwack Law Courts. (Progress file)
Activists with Save Old Growth block traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Metro Vancouver in May 2022, calling for an end to old-growth logging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Save Old Growth)

OPINION: Save Old Growth protesters are only disrupting lives and pissing people off

Protest is great but blocking highways is ignorant and shortsighted

Activists with Save Old Growth block traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Metro Vancouver in May 2022, calling for an end to old-growth logging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Save Old Growth)
Alex Hemingway is a Senior Economist and Public Finance Policy Analyst at the CCPA's BC Office. (CCPA)

OPINION: How a massive expansion of public rental homes in B.C. can literally pay for itself

CCPA economist Alex Hemingway says non-market rental housing is a policy option that’s achievable

  • Jun 10, 2022
Alex Hemingway is a Senior Economist and Public Finance Policy Analyst at the CCPA's BC Office. (CCPA)
Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, centre, and his mother, Alie, arrive for the charity premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode Two Attack of the Clones, in Toronto Sunday May 12, 2002. Christensen plays the role of Anakin Skywalker in the film. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)

Cole’s Notes: Hayden Christensen deserves better from Canadians

Christensen hails from Vancouver, a fact too few Canadians celebrate

Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, centre, and his mother, Alie, arrive for the charity premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode Two Attack of the Clones, in Toronto Sunday May 12, 2002. Christensen plays the role of Anakin Skywalker in the film. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)
On one of the hottest days of the summer, June 28, families gathered at Lake of the Woods along Highway 1 for some respite from the heat. And this reporter walked in fully clothed. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

COLUMN: As deadly heat wave anniversary nears, are we any more prepared?

Now is the time for municipalities to inform its residents what to do and where to go in heat waves

On one of the hottest days of the summer, June 28, families gathered at Lake of the Woods along Highway 1 for some respite from the heat. And this reporter walked in fully clothed. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.

FINLAYSON: Taming the inflation monster

‘Canadian policymakers should support the Bank of Canada’s efforts to get inflation back to 2 per cent’

  • Jun 1, 2022
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Keeping the British in British Columbia?

Victoria Day marks the informal start of summer in Canada, but it’s also a celebration of our historic connection

  • May 24, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

BENNETT: Jason Kenney led Alberta through bulldog willpower and work ethic

Kenney resigned after just 51 per cent of party rank-and-file endorsed him in a leadership review

Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.

COLUMN: Nurses provide more to us than medical care

On National Nurses Week, it’s time to think back to the nurses who have cared for us

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Going green in B.C.

‘… the transition to zero-emission transportation will require more than impressive innovations’

  • May 9, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
Across Canada, newspapers face a patchwork of provincial regulations, administrative regimes, and fees. (Pixabay.com)

OP-ED: Newspapers are not packaging

‘The dissemination of news to the public is a necessary element of a vibrant and healthy democracy’

  • May 9, 2022
Across Canada, newspapers face a patchwork of provincial regulations, administrative regimes, and fees. (Pixabay.com)
A sentencing hearing was held May 2, 2022 for a woman convicted of arson for a 2018 fire at The Village supportive housing project on School Street in Chilliwack. (GoogleMaps)

OPINION: Justice system ill-equipped to tackle mental health issues

Self-represented arsonist showed several signs of mental illness during trial and sentencing

A sentencing hearing was held May 2, 2022 for a woman convicted of arson for a 2018 fire at The Village supportive housing project on School Street in Chilliwack. (GoogleMaps)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Cole’s Notes: It’s hard to be young these days

It won’t be easy to solve our problems, but our futures are worth fighting for

FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
“Rosie had been through everything and just kept going, racking up an impressive 445,739 kilometres in her 18 years,” writes Jenna Hauck about her 2004 Honda CR-V. (Justin Mallard)

OPINION: Saying goodbye to trustworthy old friend in Chilliwack

‘She never let me down,’ writes reporter Jenna Hauck about her 2004 Honda CR-V named Rosie

“Rosie had been through everything and just kept going, racking up an impressive 445,739 kilometres in her 18 years,” writes Jenna Hauck about her 2004 Honda CR-V. (Justin Mallard)
Twitter logo. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OPINION: Controlling the power of a social media platform

‘Reports from the fall of 2021 showed massive troll farms were a growing problem’

  • Apr 22, 2022
Twitter logo. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Shifting global food consumption to a primarily plant-based diet is one of the top ways of halting and reversing climate change. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

OPINION: Plant-based diets are highly effective solutions for halting climate change

‘Now is the time to make clear, conscious and decisive choices to shift our behaviours’

  • Apr 15, 2022
Shifting global food consumption to a primarily plant-based diet is one of the top ways of halting and reversing climate change. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE