City of Chilliwack

A woman wears a mask to protect herself against COVID-19 as she walks past trees turning colour in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

City of Chilliwack urging residents to mask up in public places

Council calls it a ‘frightening time for many’ as they ask residents to comply with COVID-19 orders

A woman wears a mask to protect herself against COVID-19 as she walks past trees turning colour in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Renderings for the proposed mixed-use affordable housing proposal for seniors and youth on Yale Road east on the site of the former Paramount Theatre. (City of Chilliwack)

Affordable housing in Chilliwack targets under-served seniors and youth

Proposal for mixed-use affordable housing in DT Chilliwack; goes to public hearing Nov. 17

Renderings for the proposed mixed-use affordable housing proposal for seniors and youth on Yale Road east on the site of the former Paramount Theatre. (City of Chilliwack)
Sadly the annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Get ready for the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Christmas Show will be making its livestream debut for Chilliwack kids Saturday

Rotary Christmas Show will be waving the holiday flag with virtual ‘celebration of Christmas’

Sadly the annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Get ready for the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Road widening work underway from Keith Wilson to Promontory Road, with day work starting on Nov. 9, 2020. (City of Chilliwack)

Road-widening on Vedder Road switched to daytime works Monday

Delays for motorists could result even though two-way traffic will be maintained, say city officials

Road widening work underway from Keith Wilson to Promontory Road, with day work starting on Nov. 9, 2020. (City of Chilliwack)
The section of Princess Avenue from Young Road to Nowell Street, seen here on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, is one of two streets City of Chilliwack council is considering converting to one-way traffic to help increase parking in the area. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Downtown Chilliwack streets could be converted to one-way traffic

It’s part of the City of Chilliwack effort to increase street parking in the downtown core

The section of Princess Avenue from Young Road to Nowell Street, seen here on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, is one of two streets City of Chilliwack council is considering converting to one-way traffic to help increase parking in the area. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Smoke from Washington State fires drifted up to Chilliwack and beyond in early October 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

October weather was slightly warmer than usual in Chilliwack

Temperatures for the month peaked early with a balmy 24.5 C reached on October 2

Smoke from Washington State fires drifted up to Chilliwack and beyond in early October 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
There were 50 calls to RCMP about illegal fireworks set off on Oct. 31, 2020 across Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Busy night for Chilliwack RCMP as fireworks lit up both sides of town

One Chilliwack resident said he saw more fireworks on Halloween than in the last 10 years combined

There were 50 calls to RCMP about illegal fireworks set off on Oct. 31, 2020 across Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ The Chilliwack Progress)
Jeremy Bull, budtender at Dutch Bros. Buds outside the new store on Vedder Road in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Cannabis retail shops in Chilliwack roll through the pandemic

Opening Chilliwack cannabis store in pandemic was ‘interesting’ says a licensed store manager

Jeremy Bull, budtender at Dutch Bros. Buds outside the new store on Vedder Road in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
This plexiglass ticket window pictured on May 19, 2020 is one of four that was installed outside City Hall as a pandemic safety measure. (Jenna Hauck/ The Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack biz sector asked to review safety plans with an eye to improvement

Dr. Henry came out with enhanced recommendations for preventing COVID transmission

This plexiglass ticket window pictured on May 19, 2020 is one of four that was installed outside City Hall as a pandemic safety measure. (Jenna Hauck/ The Chilliwack Progress file)
Cathy Dick and her family will be getting some financial support from a GoFundMe account after their Charles Street house was set on fire Oct. 25, 2020 in Chilliwack. (GoFundMe.Com)

Chilliwack family gets GoFundMe help after arson fire damaged belongings

The family was asleep in their Charles Street rental home when someone lit the porch on fire

Cathy Dick and her family will be getting some financial support from a GoFundMe account after their Charles Street house was set on fire Oct. 25, 2020 in Chilliwack. (GoFundMe.Com)
Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope in the virtual House of Commons Oct. 26, 2020 going to bat for Fraser Valley Speciality Poultry. (Mark Strahl/Facebook)

MP Strahl goes to bat for Chilliwack farmer in the virtual House of Commons

‘Why are the Liberals running roughshod over this hard-working Canadian farmer?’ MP asked

Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope in the virtual House of Commons Oct. 26, 2020 going to bat for Fraser Valley Speciality Poultry. (Mark Strahl/Facebook)
Chilliwack Fire Department say a fire on Charles Street on Oct. 25, 2020 was deliberately set. ( Chilliwack Progress file)

Fire that started on back porch was ‘deliberately set’ in Chilliwack

Family of five managed to safely evacuate Sunday from house on Charles Street

Chilliwack Fire Department say a fire on Charles Street on Oct. 25, 2020 was deliberately set. ( Chilliwack Progress file)
The annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Rotary Christmas Celebration for children will replace downtown Chilliwack parade this year

Parade committee felt it ‘inappropriate’ to host Christmas parade with thousands in the stands

The annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Kosumi Steet will be the name of a new road between Alder and Webb Avenues. (City of Chilliwack Webmap)

New Chilliwack street name will honour Japanese-Canadian family

Kosumi Street was the suggestion for the new north-south road connecting Alder and Webb Avenues

Kosumi Steet will be the name of a new road between Alder and Webb Avenues. (City of Chilliwack Webmap)
A black bear targets a bird feeder by the Rotary Trail along the Vedder River in Chilliwack on Oct. 7, 2020. (William Snow photo)

Public safety of Chilliwack residents cited as young bear euthanized

Human-habituated bear was hanging around residential areas and bird feeders near the Vedder River

A black bear targets a bird feeder by the Rotary Trail along the Vedder River in Chilliwack on Oct. 7, 2020. (William Snow photo)
Plow equipment clearing the roads on Dec. 13, 2016 focused on Priority 1 and 2 roads. (City of Chilliwack)

Dozens of Chilliwack roads could get upgraded for snow removal

But side streets mostly remain as priority 4, rarely if ever plowed based on resources available

Plow equipment clearing the roads on Dec. 13, 2016 focused on Priority 1 and 2 roads. (City of Chilliwack)
Numerous complaints have come into city hall about the “unsightly and unsafe” conditions of the fire-damaged house on Griffin Drive. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Chilliwack council orders demolition of ‘hazardous’ fire-damaged house

Owner who’s been living in a small shed since the fire is ‘unable’ to undertake the work

Numerous complaints have come into city hall about the “unsightly and unsafe” conditions of the fire-damaged house on Griffin Drive. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress)
An aerial shot of the auction equipment sold online Oct. 14-15, 2020 from Ritchie Bros. site in Chilliwack for $34M. (Ritchie Bros.)

Ritchie Bros. $34M equipment auction surpasses record in Chilliwack

‘This auction was built around a fantastic lineup of forestry equipment,’ said Ritchie Bros. official

An aerial shot of the auction equipment sold online Oct. 14-15, 2020 from Ritchie Bros. site in Chilliwack for $34M. (Ritchie Bros.)
Motorist drive through the intersection of First Avenue and Charles Street on Oct. 17, 2020. This crosswalk is one of 20 that will soon be home to a new ‘Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon’ device. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LED street lighting along First Ave, 20 flashing beacon devices at crosswalks coming to Chilliwack

Comes at same time as a petition for pedestrian-controlled downtown crosswalk following hit-and-run

Motorist drive through the intersection of First Avenue and Charles Street on Oct. 17, 2020. This crosswalk is one of 20 that will soon be home to a new ‘Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon’ device. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Emergency crews were on scene of an alleged hit-and-run Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at the corner of First Avenue and Nowell Street in Chilliwack. A local resident has since started a petition to get a well-lit, pedestrian-controlled crosswalk at the intersection. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Woman starts petition for lit, pedestrian-controlled crosswalk after hit-and-run in Chilliwack

Chilliwack resident Fawn Larson started the petition following collision at First and Nowell

Emergency crews were on scene of an alleged hit-and-run Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at the corner of First Avenue and Nowell Street in Chilliwack. A local resident has since started a petition to get a well-lit, pedestrian-controlled crosswalk at the intersection. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)