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Teri Westerby after winning a seat on the Chilliwack Board of Education on election night in Chilliwack, Oct. 15, 2022. Westerby is the first trans man to be elected to a school board ever in B.C. and likely the first in Canada. (Reid Clark photo)

OPINION: Dear newly elected Chilliwack trustees, please make school board boring again

Hoping the board focuses on the important work in the job description and skips the salacious nonsense

Teri Westerby after winning a seat on the Chilliwack Board of Education on election night in Chilliwack, Oct. 15, 2022. Westerby is the first trans man to be elected to a school board ever in B.C. and likely the first in Canada. (Reid Clark photo)
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EDITORIAL: Don’t forget to have your say on Election Day

Chilliwack municipal voters go to the polls on Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Oct 14, 2022
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Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections. (File photo)

EDITORIAL: Count the cost of candidates’ election promises

Expanding services costs money and cutting taxes has services implications

  • Oct 7, 2022
Hand of a person casting a vote into the ballot box during elections. (File photo)
Chilliwack Law Courts.

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

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

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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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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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)
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