Opinion

Liberal leader and prime minister Justin Trudeau in Iqaluit. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

Hard lessons and awkward truths from Canada’s 44th federal election

By Bruce Cameron, Black Press Political Columnist Now that we are “back…

  • Sep 22, 2021
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

All in the margins: The size of a Liberal victory could depend on B.C. results

Liberals may even have an outside chance of winning a razor-thin majority

  • Sep 19, 2021
Terry Fox ran an average of 42 km a day for 143 days during the Marathon of Hope. (terryfox.org)

EDITORIAL: An everyday hero turned superhero

41 years after Terry Fox ran, his legacy continues to thrive

  • Sep 18, 2021
Terry Fox ran an average of 42 km a day for 143 days during the Marathon of Hope. (terryfox.org)
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh puts on his jacket following a morning announcement in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Monday, September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘Left Coast’ and balance of power: NDP’s B.C. strength could be key to minority government

The NDP won 24 seats in the 2019 federal election, and almost half (11) are in B.C.

  • Sep 17, 2021
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh puts on his jacket following a morning announcement in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Monday, September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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LETTER: New government in Canada must create a seniors strategy

‘Federal election is an opportunity to champion innovative ideas to improve the health-care system’

  • Sep 17, 2021
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A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

LETTER: Compassion needed, not vaccination coercion

Forcing health-care workers to get vaccinated shows complete disregard for constitutional rights

  • Sep 17, 2021
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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/ Progress file)

LETTER: Opinion article on ‘death of expertise’ should be required reading

‘Like Darwin said, ignorance is more comforting than knowledge’

  • Sep 17, 2021
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/ Progress file)
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LETTER: There are good people in Chilliwack

Good Samaritans help man who locked keys in car

  • Sep 17, 2021
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Provincial Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced grants for six communities and organizations on Vancouver Island to address overdose response and awareness efforts. (Black Press file)

MALCOLMSON: Transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.

Two years ago, government launched a 10-year plan called A Pathway to Hope

  • Sep 15, 2021
Provincial Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced grants for six communities and organizations on Vancouver Island to address overdose response and awareness efforts. (Black Press file)
File photo of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participating in an all-candidates meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the 2018 municipal election. The 2021 federal election all-candidates meeting scheduled for the same location was cancelled after some vaccination requirement confusion. (Darren McDonald photo)

OPINION: Here’s what killed the only in-person election candidates meeting in Chilliwack-Hope

Fraser Health said the unvaccinated PPC candidate was exempt from vaccine passport but not attendees

File photo of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participating in an all-candidates meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the 2018 municipal election. The 2021 federal election all-candidates meeting scheduled for the same location was cancelled after some vaccination requirement confusion. (Darren McDonald photo)
An ambulance passes through a crowd of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The protest began outside Vancouver General Hospital and police estimated the crowd gathered to be as many as 5,000 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An ambulance passes through a crowd of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The protest began outside Vancouver General Hospital and police estimated the crowd gathered to be as many as 5,000 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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LETTER: Young lives ruined by child pornography

‘Any child that has been abused will tell you the terror they were put through’

  • Sep 10, 2021
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Variable speed signs on Highway 1, seen here westbound at Yale Road West on Nov. 20, 2020, went into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Variable speed signs are a waste of money

‘What a waste of our tax dollars’

  • Sep 10, 2021
Variable speed signs on Highway 1, seen here westbound at Yale Road West on Nov. 20, 2020, went into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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LETTER: Vaccine passports for the greater good

‘Vaccinations are the only way out of this pandemic’

  • Sep 10, 2021
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LETTER: Free meal a lovely treat for senior couple

‘We hope there is a bright future ahead of you’

  • Sep 10, 2021
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A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver on March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OPINION: On the death of expertise and the decline of knowledge

‘Never have so many people had access to so much knowledge, and yet been so resistant to learning anything’

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver on March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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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)

LETTER: You can’t blame people for being hesitant about vaccinations

‘Most people that don’t have the vaccine are not anti-vaxxers or conspiracy theorists’

  • Sep 4, 2021
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)
Muddy Paws owner and groomer Jen Berrigan gives a Yorkie-cross named Rusty a hair cut. (Black Press file)

LETTER: Family traumatized by death of their dog in the hands of a groomer

‘We believe that negligence causing the death of a pet is akin to manslaughter’

  • Sep 4, 2021
Muddy Paws owner and groomer Jen Berrigan gives a Yorkie-cross named Rusty a hair cut. (Black Press file)