Letters

A young new Canadian holds a flag as she takes part in a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. It will be a muted Canada Day in many parts of the country as grief and anger over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has made it hard for many Canadians to stomach the usual patriotic pomp of July 1. Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity, but Indigenous leaders, advocates and scholars say that's just the start of broad efforts needed to reframe Canada Day as a reminder of the country's dark past and present, and what it means to be Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

LETTER: On Canada day, a look back without guilt and shame

‘Let’s all look inwardly as we celebrate outwardly’

  • Jul 9, 2021
A young new Canadian holds a flag as she takes part in a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. It will be a muted Canada Day in many parts of the country as grief and anger over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has made it hard for many Canadians to stomach the usual patriotic pomp of July 1. Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity, but Indigenous leaders, advocates and scholars say that's just the start of broad efforts needed to reframe Canada Day as a reminder of the country's dark past and present, and what it means to be Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The aftermath near the Cheam Centre in Garrison Crossing after yet another all night party by area teenagers in July 2021, a situation causing frustration for some residents. (Submitted)
The aftermath near the Cheam Centre in Garrison Crossing after yet another all night party by area teenagers in July 2021, a situation causing frustration for some residents. (Submitted)
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)

LETTER: CFB Chilliwack could have helped fight fires

‘We could have had … elements on the road and in Lytton within a few hours to help the people there’

  • Jul 9, 2021
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. (Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Richelieu)

LETTER: Maturing as a nation means recognizing our past failures

May the graves of Indigenous children spur us as Canadians to seek the dignity of every individual

  • Jun 25, 2021
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. (Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Richelieu)
Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld (bottom right) lights a cigarette during a public school board meeting held via Zoom on Jan. 12. He was also seen drinking from a wine glass before his video feed cut out. (Screenshot)

LETTER: Petulant Chilliwack school board trustee antics continue

‘I, for one, have had enough of the grandstanding of these three’

  • Jun 25, 2021
Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld (bottom right) lights a cigarette during a public school board meeting held via Zoom on Jan. 12. He was also seen drinking from a wine glass before his video feed cut out. (Screenshot)
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LETTER: Nine-year-old has advice for Chilliwack’s citizens

‘If you could stop littering in our city you will make everyone happy and amazing’

  • Jun 25, 2021
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An e-scooter and a car bumper make for a narrow passthrough on a sidewalk out front of the Kelowna Law Courts on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Michael Rodriguez/Black Press file)

LETTER: Speed restrictions need for e-scooters

‘Reckless and dangerous behaviour’ on Chilliwack trails

  • Jun 18, 2021
An e-scooter and a car bumper make for a narrow passthrough on a sidewalk out front of the Kelowna Law Courts on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Michael Rodriguez/Black Press file)
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LETTER: The church cannot excuse its harms

‘I speak as a committed Christian who served as a Christian pastor’

  • Jun 18, 2021
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Const. Dan Burggraaf writes a Positive Ticket on Thursday, May 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Try the ‘Prince Rupert Hesitation’ for safety

Positive interactions with law enforcement go a long way

  • Jun 18, 2021
Const. Dan Burggraaf writes a Positive Ticket on Thursday, May 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

LETTER: We should support B.C. mink farmers, not attack them

Senior researcher for TruthAboutFur.com responds to anti-fur protester’s poster stunt

  • Jun 18, 2021
A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
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LETTER: Canadians know how to rise against racism, hatred and intolerance

‘As an Ahmadi Muslim we believe in love for all, hatred for none’

  • Jun 11, 2021
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On Monday, May 31, the Town of Creston lowered its flags to half mast in honour of the 215 Indigenous children whose bodies were found at a former residential school near Kamloops, B.C. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
On Monday, May 31, the Town of Creston lowered its flags to half mast in honour of the 215 Indigenous children whose bodies were found at a former residential school near Kamloops, B.C. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Justin and Tayah Lloyd. Tayah was six months pregnant when she was killed in a head-on collision near Bridal Falls east of Chilllwack on May 26, 2018. (GoFundMe)

LETTER: Mother of crash victim thanks officers who helped

Tayah-Marie Bernadette and her unborn baby Rosily Eliana were killed in a head-on collision near Bridal Falls

  • Jun 11, 2021
Justin and Tayah Lloyd. Tayah was six months pregnant when she was killed in a head-on collision near Bridal Falls east of Chilllwack on May 26, 2018. (GoFundMe)
Pope Francis meets migrants at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

LETTER: A papal apology would be an admission of the failure of the church

‘Perhaps we should apologize to the Pope for causing him so much consternation’

  • Jun 11, 2021
Pope Francis meets migrants at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Yale First Nation Chief speaks about tragedy at Kamloops residential school

‘Use this opportunity to learn about the issues that are currently happening today’

  • Jun 6, 2021
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LETTER: Victims of opioid crisis are too often seen as disposable

People may begin perceiving themselves as worthless and consume their addictive substances more haphazardly’

  • May 28, 2021
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LETTER: Support cycling during GoByBikeBC Week

Take two wheels to work next week instead of four

  • May 28, 2021
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LETTER: Better solutions for mental health crisis than a hotline

Political elite have no clue or empathy for those who live their lives in overwhelming depression

  • May 27, 2021
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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

LETTER: Reader distrusts public health officials

‘I also object to a medical community that muzzles its members and distrust its dictates’

  • May 21, 2021
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
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LETTER: A hearty ‘thank you’ to Save On staff

Reader thanks staff after dealing with a dizzy spell

  • May 21, 2021
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