Opinion

Students sign to pledge their support of ending use of the 'R' word. (Contributed photo)

LETTER: Autistic woman says use of the R-word is a degrading reminder of how cruel the world can be

‘I am a person with autism and I know how it feels to be ridiculed, laughed and even feared’

  • Dec 2, 2020
Students sign to pledge their support of ending use of the 'R' word. (Contributed photo)
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LETTER: Reporting church gatherings reminiscent of the Stasi in East Germany

The secret police had half the population snitching on the other half

  • Dec 2, 2020
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LETTER: Maddening to see grandstanding church pastors

‘There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power’

  • Dec 2, 2020
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Members of Chilliwack FC’s premier women’s team put this patch on their jersey to recognize the LGBTQI2S+ and BIPOC communities. (Submitted photo)

LETTER: Canadian athlete living in Germany responds to Chilliwack FC LGBTQ patch controversy

‘Suspending players for advocating human rights is scandalous’

  • Nov 30, 2020
Members of Chilliwack FC’s premier women’s team put this patch on their jersey to recognize the LGBTQI2S+ and BIPOC communities. (Submitted photo)
Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) speaks as Indigenous nations and supporters gather to show support for the Wet’suwet’en Nation before marching together in solidarity, in Smithers, B.C., on Wednesday January 16, 2019. A hereditary chief with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation says the community is expecting further police action after the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in favour of a natural gas company that wants to build a pipeline through its territory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LETTER: Teenaged letter writer urges government to adhere to UNDRIP

‘I am a Chilliwack high school student writing to show my solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people’

  • Nov 30, 2020
Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) speaks as Indigenous nations and supporters gather to show support for the Wet’suwet’en Nation before marching together in solidarity, in Smithers, B.C., on Wednesday January 16, 2019. A hereditary chief with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation says the community is expecting further police action after the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in favour of a natural gas company that wants to build a pipeline through its territory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Silvia Dyck, retired Chilliwack School Board trustee. (Black Press file)

LETTER: Former Chilliwack school trustee says it’s time to fire the whole board

‘Please act now Minister, the students are watching’ - Silvia Dyck

  • Nov 27, 2020
Silvia Dyck, retired Chilliwack School Board trustee. (Black Press file)
Reverend Lucy Price, centre, wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 as she speaks before blessing pets during a small physically-distanced outdoor service to mark St. Francis Day, at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Vancouver, on Sunday, October 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OPINION: Authoritarian attempt to lockdown churches is unjustifiable and unconstitutional

Faith leaders left to contemplate civil disobedience

  • Nov 27, 2020
Reverend Lucy Price, centre, wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 as she speaks before blessing pets during a small physically-distanced outdoor service to mark St. Francis Day, at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Vancouver, on Sunday, October 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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LETTER: Neufeld’s attack on newspaper staff is reprehensible

‘Equally inexcusable is Trustee Darrell Furgason’s attempt to defend Neufeld’s words’

  • Nov 26, 2020
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Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board's last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)

LETTER: Congratulations to Barry Neufeld on his Community Hero Award

‘We’re blessed to have such a community here in Chilliwack’

  • Nov 26, 2020
Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board's last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)
Trustee Darrell Furgason (right) at a January 2019 Chilliwack School Board meeting. (Chilliwack Progress file)

LETTER: Trustee says he is indeed upholding the Code of Ethics

‘Voters approved the views and positions of the candidates put forward in their campaigns’

  • Nov 26, 2020
Trustee Darrell Furgason (right) at a January 2019 Chilliwack School Board meeting. (Chilliwack Progress file)
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LETTER: Story on trustee harassment was ‘most disappointing’

‘A one-sided account which is not, nor should ever be, the aim of a news story’

  • Nov 26, 2020
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Shawn Vandop at Chilliwack’s Main Street Church in March 2020 as the church went to online services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress file)

LETTER: Gyms are open so why not churches?

‘I have the fundamental constitutional freedom of religion and assembly under the Charter’

  • Nov 26, 2020
Shawn Vandop at Chilliwack’s Main Street Church in March 2020 as the church went to online services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Bouncing back from a brain injury isn’t easy

‘We didn’t know how bad it was until I tried to return to work’

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.
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LETTER: Former Chilliwack mayor says Barry Neufeld must apologize and resign

‘Clearly, Mr. Neufeld, your values are incompatible with the position of trustee’

  • Nov 25, 2020
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BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

  • Nov 24, 2020
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Chilliwack Law Courts.

OPINION: Prison sentence for a Chilliwack home invasion 6 years ago shows how slow justice can be

BC Supreme Court Justice points to dramatic increase in population no similar increase in courts

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A black bear seen at a resident's bird feeder by the Rotary Trail along the Vedder River in Chilliwack on Oct. 7, 2020. (William Snow photo)

EDITORIAL: Conservation officers don’t kill bears – we do

It’s storybook thinking to believe urbanized bears can be relocated to a leafy place in the forest.

  • Nov 20, 2020
A black bear seen at a resident's bird feeder by the Rotary Trail along the Vedder River in Chilliwack on Oct. 7, 2020. (William Snow photo)
BC Hydro crews announced planned outages to hundreds of homeowners all day on Nov. 15, Nov. 16, and Nov. 25 2020 to facilitate moving power poles for road-widening construction. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Planned BC Hydro outages are more than an inconvenience for elderly Chilliwack residents

Several elderly Promontory Lake Estates residents left in perilous situation all day for two days

BC Hydro crews announced planned outages to hundreds of homeowners all day on Nov. 15, Nov. 16, and Nov. 25 2020 to facilitate moving power poles for road-widening construction. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Director of advocacy for ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) Canada Mike Schouten speaking at a 2018 ARPA townhall meeting to discuss euthanasia in hospice facilities. (Twitter)

LETTER: Conversion therapy bill sends a chill over parents and faith leaders

ARPA Canada director says Liberal bill banning the practice criminalizes both the bad and the good

  • Nov 19, 2020
Director of advocacy for ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) Canada Mike Schouten speaking at a 2018 ARPA townhall meeting to discuss euthanasia in hospice facilities. (Twitter)
Part of Canada’s land border with the United States is pictured closed at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday, April 28, 2020. RCMP in British Columbia say four Americans have been fined $500 for violating emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, invoked in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

LETTER: ‘Mr. Trudeau, please close the borders to any flights’

More than two million cases in the U.S. is too dangerous

  • Nov 19, 2020
Part of Canada’s land border with the United States is pictured closed at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday, April 28, 2020. RCMP in British Columbia say four Americans have been fined $500 for violating emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, invoked in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward