Opinion

Nichole Lowther plays with her son in their living room. She wasn’t diagnosed with autism until Matthew, now six, was diagnosed a few years ago. (David Swanson | Philadelphia Inquirer)

EDITORIAL: April is World Autism Month

‘Its prevalence in Canada has increased by more than 100 per cent in the past 10 years’

  • Apr 17, 2021
A protester holds a sign on Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Freedom, yes, but don’t forget about responsibility

‘Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being’

Chilliwack School District Trustee Heather Maahs (right) and board chair Trustee Willow Reichelt. (YouTube/ Chilliwack School District)

LETTER: Trustee questions if board has lost its way

‘Perhaps it’s not Barry’s fault after all’

  • Apr 16, 2021
Around 150 people came out to rally against Asian racism at a protest at Gyro Park on Sunday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

LETTER: Pandemic has brought anti-Asian racism to the surface

‘I do not understand why the COVID-19 virus has divided people when it should be uniting people’

  • Apr 16, 2021
Around 150 people came out to rally against Asian racism at a protest at Gyro Park on Sunday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Letters

LETTER: A psychologically sound future is every child’s right

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month but it’s a year-round concern

  • Apr 16, 2021
Letters
Letter to the editor

LETTER: Time to eliminate health benefits for politicians and bureaucrats

Too many are taking them for granted

  • Apr 16, 2021
Letter to the editor
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

GUEST COLUMN: A strategy for forests that benefits all British Columbians

Industry, union leaders seek balance on old-growth preservation

  • Apr 15, 2021
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)
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)

OPINION: Have COVIDiots fallen prey to conspiracy theories or are they just selfish?

Conspiracy theories often help people explain tumultuous events when the truth is too hard to accept

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)
Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend Sunday service, in Chilliwack, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. British Columbia’s top doctor says she is thankful a petition challenging her COVID-19 orders in B.C. Supreme Court has been dismissed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OPINION: B.C.’s COVID rules suppress the practices of religious minorities

‘We are witnessing a profound intrusion of the state into the sphere of the church’

  • Apr 8, 2021
Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend Sunday service, in Chilliwack, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. British Columbia’s top doctor says she is thankful a petition challenging her COVID-19 orders in B.C. Supreme Court has been dismissed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nick Greenizan

REVERSE ANGLE: Premier’s pot-shot at young people aging poorly

Yes, some are breaking the rules, but most 20- to 39-year-olds just trying to get by

Nick Greenizan
(Black Press file photo)

FINLAYSON: Where does the money come from? The B.C. government’s top revenue sources

Governments around the world have taken on mountains of debt during the pandemic to support the economy

  • Apr 1, 2021
(Black Press file photo)
The Cultus Lake Park Board is considering raising the public parking rates at the two main lots to $5 an hour for 2019. That compares to $3.50 an hour at Stanley Park or Granville Island. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

LETTER: Disappointed to see trees cut down at Cultus Lake

‘Shame on the Cultus Lake Park Board for issuing permits to destroy these trees’

  • Mar 26, 2021
The Cultus Lake Park Board is considering raising the public parking rates at the two main lots to $5 an hour for 2019. That compares to $3.50 an hour at Stanley Park or Granville Island. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack Law Courts.

LETTER: Alternative justice programs are underutilized

‘Our revolving courts are a failure’

  • Mar 26, 2021
Chilliwack Law Courts.
FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows oil pump jacks in McKenzie County in western North Dakota. President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation's vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. Now his administration has to figure out what do with the multi-billion dollar program without crushing a significant sector of the U.S. economy, while fending off sharp criticism from congressional Republicans and the oil industry. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

LETTER: We need to strengthen our commitment to fighting climate change

‘Now is the time so don’t fail us’

  • Mar 26, 2021
FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows oil pump jacks in McKenzie County in western North Dakota. President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation's vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. Now his administration has to figure out what do with the multi-billion dollar program without crushing a significant sector of the U.S. economy, while fending off sharp criticism from congressional Republicans and the oil industry. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO of Fraser Valley East detachment confirmed new signage is coming to Gill Road bar. (Facebook)

LETTER: Don’t restrict access to Gill bar in Chilliwack

Actions of a few doing damage is not typical

  • Mar 26, 2021
Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO of Fraser Valley East detachment confirmed new signage is coming to Gill Road bar. (Facebook)
A social media scam has been targeting Keremeos residents, say police. In one case, the scammer even created a fake profile of a relative. (File photo)

OPINION: Leaving the world of the online tarring and feathering

Social media shaming as justice democratized is destroying lives and improving nothing

A social media scam has been targeting Keremeos residents, say police. In one case, the scammer even created a fake profile of a relative. (File photo)
According to the BC & Yukon branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, a kidney transplant is often a kidney patient’s best hope for a better quality of life. (Dreamstime Photo)

LETTER: Please register to become kidney donor

‘It could change the life of a person’

  • Mar 20, 2021
According to the BC & Yukon branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, a kidney transplant is often a kidney patient’s best hope for a better quality of life. (Dreamstime Photo)
“I would rather have the cash here than south of the border, paying dividends to the U.S. share holders,” writes Michael O’Cain. (Submitted)

LETTER: ICBC budget issues long-running

‘I would rather have the cash here than south of the border, paying dividends to the U.S. share holders’

  • Mar 20, 2021
“I would rather have the cash here than south of the border, paying dividends to the U.S. share holders,” writes Michael O’Cain. (Submitted)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

LETTER: Make vaccine a priority for first responders

‘Neither our (firefighter) son nor the members of his crew have been vaccinated’

  • Mar 20, 2021
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Photo by Brett Williams)

LETTER: Upset over #buttergate scandal

‘Since when do you feed cows palm oil?’

  • Mar 12, 2021
Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Photo by Brett Williams)