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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)
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LETTER: Following rules? That interferes with my personal freedoms!

‘Go ahead and blow as hard as you want’

  • Sep 3, 2021
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Trainer Karly Estey has her COVID-19 QR code scanned by Jonathan Gagne, manager of Orangetheory Fitness in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as the Quebec government’s COVID-19 vaccine passport comes into effect. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

LETTER: Do individual rights really reign supreme?

‘How can revealing that you’ve been vaccinated possibly affect your private life?’

  • Sep 3, 2021
Trainer Karly Estey has her COVID-19 QR code scanned by Jonathan Gagne, manager of Orangetheory Fitness in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as the Quebec government’s COVID-19 vaccine passport comes into effect. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Flood risk assessment for the Vedder River is one of 38 flood planning projects that has been awarded provincial funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund program. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

LETTER: Swimmers on the Vedder River should yield to boats

‘There should be more signage instructing others to yield to boats’

  • Sep 3, 2021
Flood risk assessment for the Vedder River is one of 38 flood planning projects that has been awarded provincial funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund program. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Bonnie Whyte stands near the spot where a motorboat zipped by her, just 10 fet away from her, while she was swimming in the Vedder River on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. “I’m actually very lucky I got out of the way,” she said on Aug. 20. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Another jet boat close call on Vedder River

‘We need more attention before there is a bad story to report’

  • Sep 3, 2021
Bonnie Whyte stands near the spot where a motorboat zipped by her, just 10 fet away from her, while she was swimming in the Vedder River on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. “I’m actually very lucky I got out of the way,” she said on Aug. 20. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The insurance industry is grappling with whether to continue supporting fossil fuels in the face of the climate change threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

LETTER: Climate crisis must be at the forefront of all government policy

‘The coming two decades will not look like the last two’

  • Sep 3, 2021
The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The insurance industry is grappling with whether to continue supporting fossil fuels in the face of the climate change threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

OPINION: How to get your B.C. vaccine card without a smartphone or the internet

Not everyone is digitally connected so here’s how to help those who aren’t

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

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Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives home after a court appearance in Vancouver. (CP)

LETTER: Canadians should stand up to China with product boycotts

The old adage ‘follow the money’ works no matter what type of regime exists

  • Aug 27, 2021
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives home after a court appearance in Vancouver. (CP)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

LETTER: My great $500 election coincidence

A lump sum payment just in time for a federal election

  • Aug 27, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
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LETTER: There are consequences to being an anti-vaxxer

‘It’s important that we work together to combat this deadly disease and this includes vaccination’

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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: Stop paying so much attention to anti-vaxxers spreading conspiracy theories

The attention people with odious views receive should be directly related to their grasp on reality

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)
FILE - In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP, File)

LETTER: Opposed to vaccine passports

‘I prefer to allow everyone to manage their own medical health’

  • Aug 27, 2021
FILE - In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP, File)
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

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First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
Andre De Grasse of Canada reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 200m final during the summer Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on August 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

LETTER: If we accept climate change, we should ditch Olympic Games

‘Think of the environmental costs involved in producing a two-week diversion for the masses to enjoy’

  • Aug 21, 2021
Andre De Grasse of Canada reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 200m final during the summer Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on August 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Tractorgrease owner Jeff Bonner is closing his live music venue in September due to debt incurred during the pandemic, despite it being a “highly successful” business, he said. “I feel like we are losing a great neighbour,” says letter writer David Smith. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

LETTER: Tractorgrease music venue a ‘most unique café, a treasure lost’

‘I feel like we are losing a great neighbour,’ says letter writer

  • Aug 21, 2021
Tractorgrease owner Jeff Bonner is closing his live music venue in September due to debt incurred during the pandemic, despite it being a “highly successful” business, he said. “I feel like we are losing a great neighbour,” says letter writer David Smith. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)