Opinion

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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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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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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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)