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Former Chilliwack Progress editor (1975 to 1980) Lloyd Mackey pictured here in a photo from The Progress in 1970 when he was a reporter (left) and also in 2019. (Left: Chilliwack Progress archives; right: submitted)

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS 130th: Former editor recalls time in newsroom

Merging city and township into what Chilliwack is today a highlight for former editor Lloyd Mackey

  • Jul 23, 2021
Former Chilliwack Progress editor (1975 to 1980) Lloyd Mackey pictured here in a photo from The Progress in 1970 when he was a reporter (left) and also in 2019. (Left: Chilliwack Progress archives; right: submitted)
Andy Holota stands in front of a building alongside a road in the Kuwait desert. On the building is a warning spray-painted by American combat engineers, advising of air-dropped American mines in the area beside the road. BLU-91 and 92 designate anti-tank and anti-personnel air-dropped mines. (Submitted)

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS 130th: Former editor on assignment in Persian Gulf War

Venturing into war zone was a ‘profoundly life-changing experience,’ writes former editor Andy Holota

  • Jul 23, 2021
Andy Holota stands in front of a building alongside a road in the Kuwait desert. On the building is a warning spray-painted by American combat engineers, advising of air-dropped American mines in the area beside the road. BLU-91 and 92 designate anti-tank and anti-personnel air-dropped mines. (Submitted)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
An Alstom “Coradia iLint” train, touted by the company as the “world’s first hydrogen powered train.” The train is pitched by South Fraser Community Rail group for use from Surrey to Chilliwack along the existing interurban rail line. (Photo: Alstom)

LETTER: SkyTrain announcement condemns Fraser Valley to more congestion

$1.5-billion investment could create communities with a modern 130-kilometre regional railway

  • Jul 16, 2021
An Alstom “Coradia iLint” train, touted by the company as the “world’s first hydrogen powered train.” The train is pitched by South Fraser Community Rail group for use from Surrey to Chilliwack along the existing interurban rail line. (Photo: Alstom)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Dirtbiker on Hope’s Rotary Trail a cause for concern

‘Let’s use commonsense and use these trails safely,’ says Hope resident

  • Jul 11, 2021
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Ambulance system needs an overhaul

‘I live in trepadation of ever needing an ambulance,’ says letter writer

  • Jul 11, 2021
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EDITORIAL: Extreme weather events are here to stay

It will take planning and management to cope in the coming years

  • Jul 9, 2021
A survey of Penticton youth show that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)

LETTER: Community is turning a blind eye to youth homelessness

‘I believe the saying goes “It takes a whole village to raise a child”’

  • Jul 9, 2021
A survey of Penticton youth show that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)
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)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Page 1 of the Oct. 22, 1924 edition of The Chilliwack Progress depicts the newly opened $200,000 Coqualeetza Residential School on Vedder Road. (Chilliwack Progress archives - theprogress.newspapers.com)

OPINION w/ VIDEOS: Moving past Canada Day while reflecting on the Chilliwack’s residential school

Editor’s vignettes touch on 130 years of Chilliwack Progress coverage of Indigenous issues

Page 1 of the Oct. 22, 1924 edition of The Chilliwack Progress depicts the newly opened $200,000 Coqualeetza Residential School on Vedder Road. (Chilliwack Progress archives - theprogress.newspapers.com)
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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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 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)