City of Chilliwack

Rendering of proposed homeless shelter and supportive housing facility on Rowat Avenue and Trethewey Avenue in Chilliwack. (BC Housing)

Supportive housing and shelter proposed to replace the Portal in Chilliwack

Province looking to fast-track hybrid proposal for 50 supportive homes and 40 shelter spaces

 

Tourism Chilliwack is asking for feedback on its five-year strategic plan. (Tourism Chilliwack)

Tourism Chilliwack taking feedback on its five-year strategic plan

Goal is to develop and implement ‘responsible and innovative’ destination awareness

 

Chilliwack Fire Department crews attended downtown kitchen fire doused by sprinkler on third floor of apartment. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Kitchen fire in RainCity Housing unit doused quickly Sunday in Chilliwack

Without working sprinkler system ‘extensive’ fire and smoke damage could have resulted, fire official

 

The 2021 city-wide literacy event this year is a reading challenge for Chilliwack. (Chilliwack Literacy Society)

City-wide reading challenge goal for Chilliwack is to create a reading habit

The 2021 city-wide literacy challenge runs March 1 to 21 all for the love of reading

The 2021 city-wide literacy event this year is a reading challenge for Chilliwack. (Chilliwack Literacy Society)
High-speed internet is coming to more rural communities. (Black Press Media)

Ryder Lake one of five of B.C. regions getting connected to high-speed internet

Almost 2,000 rural B.C. households including Ryder Lake to get ‘rapid response’ funding from feds

High-speed internet is coming to more rural communities. (Black Press Media)
Amber Price, who led the effort to get a rainbow crosswalk in Chilliwack, speaks to supporters before the vote to deny the request by council on Sept. 3, 2019. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress file)

Action plan aims to make Chilliwack more inclusive, diverse and accessible

Council voted in 2019 to deny a rainbow crosswalk, now a new action plan is ready to go

Amber Price, who led the effort to get a rainbow crosswalk in Chilliwack, speaks to supporters before the vote to deny the request by council on Sept. 3, 2019. (Jennifer Feinberg/Chilliwack Progress file)
Screenshot from video posted to Facebook in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO said a file is open and new signage is coming. (Facebook)

New signage warns ATVs prohibited in fish streams after truck video shows habitat damage

‘Fish killed and spawning beds damaged’ after trucks repeatedly crossing Fraser channel

Screenshot from video posted to Facebook in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO said a file is open and new signage is coming. (Facebook)
A map showing part of Chilliwack’s new southside elementary and middle school which will open in September 2022.

City and school district sign agreement for $3.75 million turf field

New sports facility will be located at south side school, to be opened September 2022

A map showing part of Chilliwack’s new southside elementary and middle school which will open in September 2022.
Record-breaking cold temperatures in Chilliwack recorded on Feb. 10, 2021. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Record cold blasted Chilliwack with Arctic outflow winds

Yesterday saw record broken in Chilliwack as mercury for Feb. 10, 2021 only climbed to -4.5 C

Record-breaking cold temperatures in Chilliwack recorded on Feb. 10, 2021. (Chilliwack Progress file)
Chilliwack council looking at rezoning proposal to offer wine on the shelves at Superstore. Langford’s Real Canadian Superstore began stocking its shelves with wine on March 17, 2017. (Superstore)

Wine might be coming to the shelves of Chilliwack Superstore

Council will be considering liquor store licence application at rezoning on Feb. 16

Chilliwack council looking at rezoning proposal to offer wine on the shelves at Superstore. Langford’s Real Canadian Superstore began stocking its shelves with wine on March 17, 2017. (Superstore)
Overdose prevention sites have drug checking services and supplies like sterile needles available. (Maple Ridge News file)

Chilliwack council to consider creating special zone to regulate overdose prevention sites

New zone will ensure no one sets up facility here ‘without council and community input,’ says mayor

Overdose prevention sites have drug checking services and supplies like sterile needles available. (Maple Ridge News file)
Sundays starting June 6, 2021 will see the new Downtown Chilliwack Community Market operating in a Mill Street parking lot. Vendors are being sought. (DCCM)

Details being finalized for new Downtown Chilliwack Community Market this summer

‘A space where local growers, crafters, gatherers can connect their products with their community,’

Sundays starting June 6, 2021 will see the new Downtown Chilliwack Community Market operating in a Mill Street parking lot. Vendors are being sought. (DCCM)
The Chilliwack Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) announced Feb. 9, 2021 they had named Trevor McDonald the new executive director of the organization. (Submitted)

Trevor McDonald named new executive director of the Chilliwack downtown BIA

He “has skills to lead downtown forward, building upon many exciting things happening,” says chair

The Chilliwack Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) announced Feb. 9, 2021 they had named Trevor McDonald the new executive director of the organization. (Submitted)
Dr. Marc Greidanus inside Chilliwack General Hospital. (Roxanna Froese photo)

Time to double down on COVID precautions is now: ER doc

View from Chilliwack according to Dr. Marc on COVID-19 vaccines, ventilators, and variants

Dr. Marc Greidanus inside Chilliwack General Hospital. (Roxanna Froese photo)
Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack was established an isolation facility last spring and closed in June. It reopened recently for vulnerable populations to self-isolate. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Isolation site reopened in Chilliwack to help prevent spread of COVID-19

BC Housing and Fraser Health closed the space in June but reopened it recently after local outbreak

Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack was established an isolation facility last spring and closed in June. It reopened recently for vulnerable populations to self-isolate. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Julie Henderson, president with the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association tests out Chilliwack’s new pump track the day it opened on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Chilliwack pump track opens at The Landing with little fanfare but lots of fans

Rec facility expected to attract national interest as largest paved pump track in North America

Julie Henderson, president with the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association tests out Chilliwack’s new pump track the day it opened on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack made changes to its open burning bylaw. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Open burning bylaw gets more restricted in Chilliwack

The bylaw ‘is a step toward protecting our airshed and our respiratory health,’ says mayor

Chilliwack made changes to its open burning bylaw. (Chilliwack Progress file)
This sign on Highway 1 west of Evans Road toppled over during the Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 wind storm. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Weather in January saw winds wallop the ‘Wack

The month included an ‘atmospheric weather bomb’ and three record highs: weather observer

This sign on Highway 1 west of Evans Road toppled over during the Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 wind storm. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Recent RCMP statistics presented to city hall show an overall decrease in calls for service in 2020 compared to 2019, except for domestic violence. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack RCMP calls for service went down during the pandemic but not domestic violence

Crimes against persons saw six-per-cent decrease, but domestic violence calls were up 22 per cent

Recent RCMP statistics presented to city hall show an overall decrease in calls for service in 2020 compared to 2019, except for domestic violence. (Black Press file)
The Province of B.C. is taking over the Home Owner Grant program, which affects Chilliwack residents and other municipalities across B.C. in 2021. This photo is of housing on Chilliwack Mountain near the Fraser River. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack homeowners will no longer apply for homeowner grants through City of Chilliwack

As of 2021, the Province of B.C. has taken over administration of grant program for homeowners

The Province of B.C. is taking over the Home Owner Grant program, which affects Chilliwack residents and other municipalities across B.C. in 2021. This photo is of housing on Chilliwack Mountain near the Fraser River. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)