Opinion

Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Compulsory trades training for B.C. apprentices makes sense

B.C. Building Trades women’s group endorses NDP’s move

  • Jan 7, 2021
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)
Free Grace Baptist Church on Wellington Avenue – seen here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 – was one of three churches in Chilliwack receiving a total of $18,400 in fines for repeatedly violating provincial public health orders. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Right to practise religion is not unlimited

If doing so infringes on the rights of others there may be limits

  • Jan 5, 2021
Free Grace Baptist Church on Wellington Avenue – seen here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 – was one of three churches in Chilliwack receiving a total of $18,400 in fines for repeatedly violating provincial public health orders. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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LETTER: Protecting others is honouring God

Rebecca Stirling voices her agreement with retired pastor

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So long, 2020. (Chilliwack Progress illustration, COVID-19 Image courtesy CDC))

TOP STORIES 2020: A look back at an unforgettable year in Chilliwack

‘All we can do is hope for something better and that the community stays strong together’

So long, 2020. (Chilliwack Progress illustration, COVID-19 Image courtesy CDC))
Students outside Chilliwack Secondary School on Sept. 15, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2020: Parents spent 2020 worrying about school transmission

OPINION: Chilliwack schools saw a drop in enrolment as case numbers and fears rose in the fall

Students outside Chilliwack Secondary School on Sept. 15, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

OPINION: Looking back on a life filled with learning about my grandma

‘She had left out so much of the good stuff, likely for the sake of my young ears’

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.
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LETTER: Restrictions placed on church gatherings are ‘beyond unreasonable’

‘Sorry Dr. Bonnie Henry, you and the government of B.C. have over reached into ecclesiastical affairs’

  • Dec 28, 2020
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(Canada Mink Breeders Association photo)

LETTER: Infectious disease doctor has serious concerns about fur industry and COVID-19 risks

‘The risk to the public may be low but it is not zero and is potentially catastrophic’

  • Dec 28, 2020
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A tree adorned with Christmas lights over looks a valley near Copper Ridge Trail in Whitehorse. (Crystal Schick/ Black Press)

OPINION: Christmas isn’t a day, it’s an idea to embrace

However you celebrate the season, please do it with a cup half full and let’s aim for better in 2021

A tree adorned with Christmas lights over looks a valley near Copper Ridge Trail in Whitehorse. (Crystal Schick/ Black Press)
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LETTER: Retired Mountie says interfering with church services is a criminal offence

‘It’s concerning that the public health officials are escaping prosecution’

  • Dec 23, 2020
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Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)

LETTER: Middle ground for defiant church-goers could have been to protest in law-abiding ways

Illegal activity stems from prevalent message that nothing matters more than my rights and feelings

  • Dec 23, 2020
Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020), along with Free Grace Baptist Church, held in-person services despite the Nov. 19 public health order banning indoor gatherings. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Can we not collectively do what is needed in a time of crisis?

‘Do they really think that Dr. Bonnie Henry is fabricating all of this, reported all over the world?’

  • Dec 23, 2020
Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020), along with Free Grace Baptist Church, held in-person services despite the Nov. 19 public health order banning indoor gatherings. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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LETTER: Stretching our good will for peace in 2021

‘In 2021, let us climb the stairway of loving our neighbours’

  • Dec 23, 2020
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LETTER: Sad to see some churches forgetting to love thy neighbour

‘I have found that online church services available and options have grown tremendously’

  • Dec 23, 2020
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(Canada Mink Breeders Association photo)

OPINION: With precautions in place B.C. mink farms do not pose COVID risk

Fur industry says animal activists are misleading the public and fear-mongering

  • Dec 23, 2020
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LETTER: Kudos to retired pastor for calling out churches that defy health orders

‘The vast majority of people of faith are making the sacrifice to stay home and protect others’

  • Dec 23, 2020
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EDITORIAL: No, Christmas isn’t cancelled

COVID-19 vaccine is the start of a long road back to a version of normal

  • Dec 23, 2020
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A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC

OPINION: Hoping for broader support and better days ahead for tourism sector

Now as we turn the page on 2020, there is room for optimism

  • Dec 22, 2020
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chilliwack on Dec. 10, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: St. Mary’s parishioner not happy Father Santos was barred from coming to Chilliwack

‘With its sad history of sexual abuse, the leaders of the Catholic church are twitchy about accusations of cover up’

  • Dec 21, 2020
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chilliwack on Dec. 10, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
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LETTER: Retired pastor says faith leaders need to be role models

‘Most of us can see that we have a crisis when it comes to leadership within the faith community’

  • Dec 21, 2020
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