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OPINION: Should British Columbians with criminal records be allowed to run for office?

Province says ‘yes’ – with some exceptions – while UBCM has twice asked government to crack down

 

The real estate market is cooling in Chilliwack and across the region. (File photo)

EDITORIAL: Only some housing solutions can be found at local council tables

Civic leaders will need partners at provincial and federal levels to tackle the affordability crisis

  • Sep 24, 2022

 

LETTER: Sturgeon catch-and-release is cruel

‘The practice of catch and release of sturgeon … is cruel and has no conservation qualities at all’

  • Sep 23, 2022

 

Chilliwack mayor and council after the 2018 election. (City of Chilliwack)

OPINION: Maybe it’s time Chilliwack shifts to 8 city councillors

Section 118 of the community charter says communities over 50,000 should have 8 so why do we have 6?

Chilliwack mayor and council after the 2018 election. (City of Chilliwack)
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LETTER: Trustee looking to ban books obviously hasn’t read them

‘Along with Trustee Willow Reichelt I’m “promoting” well-written books containing sexual content in schools’

  • Sep 16, 2022
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The 2022 municipal election is Oct. 15, 2022. (Ben Hohenstatt / Black Press Media)

OPINION: Low voter turnout isn’t just frustrating, it’s a democracy killer

‘We have been witnessing declining voter turnout at the federal, provincial and municipal level for 3 decades’

The 2022 municipal election is Oct. 15, 2022. (Ben Hohenstatt / Black Press Media)
Students get lunch of homemade pizza and caesar salad at the Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, in Essex Junction, Vt., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

OPINION: Life skills learned in school lunch bartering

Every parent knows the struggle to deal with lunches

Students get lunch of homemade pizza and caesar salad at the Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, in Essex Junction, Vt., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city of Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. The flooding has all the hallmarks of a catastrophe juiced by climate change, but it is too early to formally assign blame to global warming, several scientists tell The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)

EDITORIAL: Coming together in crisis

Even if you don’t believe the science behind climate change, the fixes needed are otherwise beneficial

  • Sep 2, 2022
Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city of Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. The flooding has all the hallmarks of a catastrophe juiced by climate change, but it is too early to formally assign blame to global warming, several scientists tell The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)
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LETTER: Most racist biases are learned and not innate

‘The earliest years are typically the best time to instill and even solidify positive social-interaction life skills’

  • Jun 30, 2022
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(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

LETTER: Youth aren’t choosing phones over a loving family

Reader responds to letter writer opposed to giving cellphones to kids in care

  • Jun 24, 2022
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Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs (right) suggested people within Chilliwack SD33 are “grooming children” during an appearance with fellow trustee Barry Neufeld (middle) on an internet talk show hosted by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson. (Screenshot)

LETTER: School trustee Heather Maahs says some books make children unsafe

‘Their innocence has been violated’

  • Jun 24, 2022
Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs (right) suggested people within Chilliwack SD33 are “grooming children” during an appearance with fellow trustee Barry Neufeld (middle) on an internet talk show hosted by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson. (Screenshot)
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LETTER: Cats are beautiful yet often misunderstood

Boggles the mind how much violent contempt there is out there for homeless/stray and feral cats

  • Jun 17, 2022
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Amateur photographer Morgan Brown captured photos of this Canada Goose with the rare condition ‘leucism’ at Cultus Lake on May 19, 2022. (Morgan Brown photo)

LETTER: Pale-coloured goose is shunned by other geese

‘It appears being nervous or afraid of something or someone different is not just a human quality’

  • Jun 17, 2022
Amateur photographer Morgan Brown captured photos of this Canada Goose with the rare condition ‘leucism’ at Cultus Lake on May 19, 2022. (Morgan Brown photo)
File photo of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participating in an all-candidates meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the 2018 municipal election. The 2021 federal election all-candidates meeting scheduled for the same location was cancelled after some vaccination requirement confusion. (Darren McDonald photo)

EDITORIAL: Time for municipal election candidates to make some decisions

Municipal elections are four months away

  • Jun 17, 2022
File photo of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participating in an all-candidates meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the 2018 municipal election. The 2021 federal election all-candidates meeting scheduled for the same location was cancelled after some vaccination requirement confusion. (Darren McDonald photo)
Activists with Save Old Growth block traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Metro Vancouver in May 2022, calling for an end to old-growth logging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Save Old Growth)

OPINION: Save Old Growth protesters are only disrupting lives and pissing people off

Protest is great but blocking highways is ignorant and shortsighted

Activists with Save Old Growth block traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Metro Vancouver in May 2022, calling for an end to old-growth logging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Save Old Growth)
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LETTER: All police should be wearing body cameras

‘Benefits and cost far outweigh the cost of not using the body cameras in many situations’

  • Apr 22, 2022
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Twitter logo. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OPINION: Controlling the power of a social media platform

‘Reports from the fall of 2021 showed massive troll farms were a growing problem’

  • Apr 22, 2022
Twitter logo. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Homes on Chilliwack mountain in view of the Fraser River. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

OPINION: Living in a work-life balance Goldilocks zone

As more employees desire to work from home, Chilliwack may increasingly be the place to be

Homes on Chilliwack mountain in view of the Fraser River. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
COVID-19 mandatory mask sign in the office of The Chilliwack Progress before the mask mandate was lifted on March 11, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Here’s hoping the awkwardness is behind us

Poll finds only one in four Canadians have not had an awkward moment in the past two years

COVID-19 mandatory mask sign in the office of The Chilliwack Progress before the mask mandate was lifted on March 11, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
FILE - Refugees fleeing conflict from neighboring Ukraine arrive to Zahony, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians seek refuge in neighboring countries, cradling children in one arm and clutching belongings in the other, leaders in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania are offering a hearty welcome. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi, File)

EDITORIAL: Russia-Ukraine conflict affects the whole world

‘Fuel prices in Canada have already jumped dramatically since the invasion began’

  • Mar 4, 2022
FILE - Refugees fleeing conflict from neighboring Ukraine arrive to Zahony, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians seek refuge in neighboring countries, cradling children in one arm and clutching belongings in the other, leaders in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania are offering a hearty welcome. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi, File)
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