BC Opinions

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)
Bonnie Ball of Chilliwack, pictured her with her dog Trudy on July 26, 2021, was the victim of a telephone fraud costing her $44,000. Scams targeting seniors and vulnerable people are a perennial problem that seems to be getting worse. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Senior frauds a perennial problem in need of a solution

Chilliwack man’s vulnerable wife falls prey to a new one: the Henry Cavill scam

Bonnie Ball of Chilliwack, pictured her with her dog Trudy on July 26, 2021, was the victim of a telephone fraud costing her $44,000. Scams targeting seniors and vulnerable people are a perennial problem that seems to be getting worse. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
A pro-pipeline convoy travelled down Highway 20 through Sylvan Lake the afternoon of Jan. 12. Over 600 vehicles made the trip from Red Deer and back in support of oil and gas.

EDITORIAL: Let’s focus on the alligators, not the swamp

‘British Columbians need help’

  • Feb 26, 2022
A pro-pipeline convoy travelled down Highway 20 through Sylvan Lake the afternoon of Jan. 12. Over 600 vehicles made the trip from Red Deer and back in support of oil and gas.
Don Stephens, 65, a retired graphic designer, holds a sign on Parliament Hill to support trucks lined up in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

OPINION: Your freedom to swing your fists ends where my nose begins

Pathological libertarians claw against science with fanciful excuses to deny medical reality

Don Stephens, 65, a retired graphic designer, holds a sign on Parliament Hill to support trucks lined up in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
A “Help Wanted” sign is posted beside coronavirus safety guidelines in front of a restaurant in Los Angeles on May 28, 2021. Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images

EDITORIAL: Labour shortages taking a toll

Businesses, health-care sector affected by ongoing staffing challenges

  • Jan 28, 2022
A “Help Wanted” sign is posted beside coronavirus safety guidelines in front of a restaurant in Los Angeles on May 28, 2021. Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images
Still from a video on Twitter showing Khalad Mohammad carrying an elderly woman to his pickup truck on Nov. 16, 2021. The woman and her husband were stranded in rising flood waters in their car on South Parallel Road. (Twitter)

OPINION: Video of man’s rescue of elderly couple on flooded road shows heroism

Most of us are mostly good most of the time, and we could all use a little more Khalad in our life

Still from a video on Twitter showing Khalad Mohammad carrying an elderly woman to his pickup truck on Nov. 16, 2021. The woman and her husband were stranded in rising flood waters in their car on South Parallel Road. (Twitter)
(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

EDITORIAL: Skyrocketing home prices are unsustainable

‘A disruption to housing will affect all of us, directly or indirectly’

  • Jan 14, 2022
(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Still from Chilliwack Realtor Kevin Schroeder’s Instagram video where he explains how BC Assessment increases in property value have no impact on property taxes. (Instagram @kevinschroederrealtor)

OPINION: Chilliwack Realtor explains how property assessment increases do not affect taxes

Kevin Schroeder’s helpful Instagram video explains the math on mill rates and how it all works

Still from Chilliwack Realtor Kevin Schroeder’s Instagram video where he explains how BC Assessment increases in property value have no impact on property taxes. (Instagram @kevinschroederrealtor)
A slide closed the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Transportation BC/Twitter)

OPINION: OK 2021, what in the ever-loving heck was that?

So much bad news indeed last year but we always have hope, we have to

A slide closed the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Transportation BC/Twitter)
San Francisco Unified signals it will avoid a vaccine requirement for kids even as LAUSD moves forward with the mandate. (Courtesy SFUSD)

OPINION: Blaming religious people for low vaccination rates is wrong-headed

Some in Chilliwack have done just that but most Christian denominations take no position on vaccines

San Francisco Unified signals it will avoid a vaccine requirement for kids even as LAUSD moves forward with the mandate. (Courtesy SFUSD)
Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: School board, union and DPAC in Chilliwack toss hot potato of mandatory vaccinations for teachers

No one taking a firm stance on the issue as NDP government similarly waffles by forming a committee

Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver on March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OPINION: On the death of expertise and the decline of knowledge

‘Never have so many people had access to so much knowledge, and yet been so resistant to learning anything’

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver on March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Chilliwack City Hall. (Chilliwack Progress file)

New online portal for offering feedback to city hall about Chilliwack issues

‘Engage Chilliwack’ is a one-stop-shop for giving opinions, ideas, and input to City of Chilliwack

Chilliwack City Hall. (Chilliwack Progress file)