Opinion

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)
(ICBC)

LETTER: Time to end ICBC’s monopoly

‘In B.C., you want auto insurance, it’s our way or get out’

  • Mar 12, 2021
(ICBC)
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Nietzsche, the cat who works at The Book Man, has made the cover of Bookstore Cats by New York author Brandon Schultz.

LETTER: So hard to lose Chilliwack’s most famous cat

‘This tiny, unassuming, furry little creature wove his way into so many of our stories’

  • Mar 12, 2021
Jenna Hauck/ The Progress
Nietzsche, the cat who works at The Book Man, has made the cover of Bookstore Cats by New York author Brandon Schultz.
Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

LETTER: Thank you to staff at Eden Care

Kindness and compassion showed

  • Mar 12, 2021
Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: 97-year-old Chilliwack man gets his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
Canadian Reformed Church in Chilliwack. (GoogleMaps)

OPINION: Churches that defy the law and public health orders are in the extreme minority

The nature of news coverage means that aberrations from the norm are what make the headlines

Canadian Reformed Church in Chilliwack. (GoogleMaps)
Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road in Chilliwack on Feb. 19, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Church-goer refuses to adhere to public health orders until restaurants closed too

‘I want to obey the government… but I will not betray my conscience to do so’

  • Mar 5, 2021
Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road in Chilliwack on Feb. 19, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
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LETTER: An ode to the cookie lady

A thank-you to the older woman who has doggie treats for pets out for a walk

  • Mar 5, 2021
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Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LETTER: Responses to pro-church letter is ‘saddening’

‘The lockdown has impacted the mental health of many for a variety of very real reasons’

  • Mar 5, 2021
Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck