Opinion

Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 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: Chilliwack pastor says Christians who act recklessly, unkind and selfish are in the minority

Churches want to be treated like businesses for gathering but not when it comes to paying taxes

  • Dec 21, 2020
Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 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)
Crews work on reconstructing Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Spadina redesign adds to the lustre of Chilliwack

‘I had a birds-eye view to see Phoenix rise from the ashes’

  • Dec 18, 2020
Crews work on reconstructing Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

LETTER: It’s starting to smell like Germany in the 1930s

‘Suddenly no one dies from old age or the flu, it’s all just COVID?’

  • Dec 18, 2020
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alcoholics Anonymous in Chilliwack is being forced to take meetings online in response to the COVID-19 crisis. (Nanaimo AA/John Van Hasselt/Corbis)

LETTER: Criminalizing normal human connections will do irreparable harm

‘Trust in public health by the religious community and many others is already being eroded’

  • Dec 18, 2020
Alcoholics Anonymous in Chilliwack is being forced to take meetings online in response to the COVID-19 crisis. (Nanaimo AA/John Van Hasselt/Corbis)
Free Grace Baptist Church on Wellington Avenue – seen here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 – was one of two churches in Chilliwack that continued to hold in-person services despite public health orders. Chilliwack RCMP announced on Dec. 6 they were investigating. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Church attendee says ban on in-person gathering is inconsistent with government policy

‘I will disobey until the government sorts itself out’

  • Dec 18, 2020
Free Grace Baptist Church on Wellington Avenue – seen here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 – was one of two churches in Chilliwack that continued to hold in-person services despite public health orders. Chilliwack RCMP announced on Dec. 6 they were investigating. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
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LETTER: Use of bad language a double standard

‘Hypocritical pontificating is glaringly transparent and blatantly offensive to many people’

  • Dec 16, 2020
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Jenna Hauck is a multimedia journalist with The Chilliwack Progress. (Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Minimalist family Christmas yet again

‘I enjoyed the little things that year… and it turned out to be a pretty great Christmas after all’

Jenna Hauck is a multimedia journalist with The Chilliwack Progress. (Chilliwack Progress file)
Chilliwack General Hospital. (Progress file)

LETTER: Great treatment at Chilliwack General Hospital

‘You were all extremely amazing especially during these trying times’

  • Dec 14, 2020
Chilliwack General Hospital. (Progress file)
Chilliwack General Hospital. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

LETTER: Hospital is not a safe place for an aggressive psychiatric patient

Not everyone who comes to hospital can be kept safe inside

  • Dec 14, 2020
Chilliwack General Hospital. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
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: Agreement with opinions that church leaders being selfish

Letter writer says God helps those who help themselves

  • Dec 14, 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)
Free Grace Baptist Church on Wellington Avenue – seen here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 – was one of two churches in Chilliwack that continued to hold in-person services despite public health orders. Chilliwack RCMP announced on Dec. 6 they were investigating. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Attending church is thoughtless and irresponsible

‘Do you really think this is what God wants?’

  • Dec 14, 2020
Free Grace Baptist Church on Wellington Avenue – seen here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 – was one of two churches in Chilliwack that continued to hold in-person services despite public health orders. Chilliwack RCMP announced on Dec. 6 they were investigating. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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LETTER: Progress Chilliwack school trustees are doing their job

To say otherwise is to not understand the role of government officials

  • Dec 14, 2020
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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: Retired pastor says church leaders holding in-person services need to publicly apologize

Violating public health orders is not only selfish it violates Biblical teachings

  • Dec 14, 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: Committed citizens can change the world

Activists Harold Bruins, Lauren Mitchell and Judy Barron share their thoughts on the quarry denial

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Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
A program that teaches cognitive behavioural therapy, which aims to give people practical tools to improve their mental health by changing problematic patterns of thinking or behaviour, is being offered in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

OPINION: Pandemic is severely straining our mental health

‘I am afraid that many people are in such despair that they can’t see past it’

A program that teaches cognitive behavioural therapy, which aims to give people practical tools to improve their mental health by changing problematic patterns of thinking or behaviour, is being offered in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
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LETTER: Please, some respect for what you have taken

Abbotsford-raised pastor rails against ‘constant condescension’ of Dr. Henry

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

OPINION: On rights, freedoms, and wearing masks

The Charter guarantees our rights and freedoms ‘only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law’

  • Dec 8, 2020
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LETTER: Christians gathering to worship is not selfishness

‘Health is not only “not having COVID” but there is so much more’

  • Dec 8, 2020
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