Provincial Government

Debris is strewn across the path near the entrance to one of the Othello Tunnels. (Adventures R Us YouTube screenshot)

BC Parks not assessing Othello Tunnels near Hope until conditions improve

The hugely popular park suffered heavy damage during flooding in November

 

A brand new campsite at E.C. Manning Provincial Park provides a winter camping option for outdoor enthusiasts. (Manning Park resort photo)

New year-round campground opens at E.C. Manning Provincial Park

Skyview campground offers 62 winter camping sites and 92 summer camping sites

 

Forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who previously worked with the B.C Government on developing land-use plans beyond logging, speaks about the importance of revenue options for First Nations on Tuesday at the legislature. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. ancient forest advocates call on province to fund alternative revenue streams

$300M required to help First Nations, other forest-dependent communities to transition

 

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart questioning Public Safety Minister Mike Farnsworth in the Legislative Assembly. (video screenshot)

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls on government to start using emergency alerts

Tegart pointed out that other provinces have used the system hundreds of times

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart questioning Public Safety Minister Mike Farnsworth in the Legislative Assembly. (video screenshot)
Provincial officials have been working with cities to streamline development approvals to tackle the housing crisis. Algra Bros. construction at Five Corners pictured from February, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack to consider provincial ideas to speed up development approvals

Forgoing need for public hearings is one idea to expedite affordable housing

Provincial officials have been working with cities to streamline development approvals to tackle the housing crisis. Algra Bros. construction at Five Corners pictured from February, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

BC plans to phase out mink farming industry by 2025

The government is doing this over four years to allow farmers and workers a transition period

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

Letter to deputy minister latest step protesting B.C. Public Service vaccine mandate

Nov. 22 the deadline for all B.C. Public Service workers to get vaccinated

A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

3,400 kilometres of cable bringing high-speed internet to B.C. coast

Connected Coast project officially launched in Campbell River

The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 20, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack MLA Kelli Paddon reads powerful words from bullied 11-year-old in BC Legislature

“They said because I am black, I should go kill myself,” Eevah Macdonald wrote

Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 20, 2021. (Submitted)
Teapot Hill Trail access to be improved with parking lot upgrade at Watt Creek. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Upgrade in Cultus Lake Provincial Park aimed at relieving parking pressure

Less known Watt Creek parking lot to see expansion to improve access to Teapot Hill Trail

Teapot Hill Trail access to be improved with parking lot upgrade at Watt Creek. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. government employees in hot water for sending anti-vaccine emails

Public service agency taking ‘appropriate follow-up’ to messages sent from government computers

The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
A new multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists is coming to Chilliwack River Road through a partnership between the Tzeachten First Nation and the provincial government. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

$1-million in provincial funding for cycling/pedestrian pathway on Chilliwack River Road

The funding is meant to encourage green methods of transportation as part of a climate action plan

A new multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists is coming to Chilliwack River Road through a partnership between the Tzeachten First Nation and the provincial government. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Students at an elementary school in Prince Rupert try out newly-installed accessible playground equipment in May, 2021. East Chilliwack elementary school is slated to get a similar playground installed by early 2022. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Accessible playground coming to East Chilliwack elementary school

The B.C. government is putting $165,000 into the project through the Playground Equipment Program

Students at an elementary school in Prince Rupert try out newly-installed accessible playground equipment in May, 2021. East Chilliwack elementary school is slated to get a similar playground installed by early 2022. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
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Fraser Valley organizations get government funding to provide skills training

Fourteen groups with ties to Chilliwack are sharing in a $6,784,615 federal/provincial investment

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A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Chilliwack included in provincial COVID-19 vaccination push dubbed Walk-In Wednesday

The clinic at Chilliwack Mall welcomes drop-ins on Aug. 4 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
BC Football Conference teams, including Chilliwack’s Valley Huskers (in black) and Victoria’s Westshore Rebels (in white) are sharing in Amateur Sport League Fund money. (Chilliwack Progress file photo)

Chilliwack Chiefs and Valley Huskers receive COVID relief from provincial government

The Amateur Sport League Fund is distributing $11 million to 72 sports organizations

BC Football Conference teams, including Chilliwack’s Valley Huskers (in black) and Victoria’s Westshore Rebels (in white) are sharing in Amateur Sport League Fund money. (Chilliwack Progress file photo)
Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)

B.C. cities will no longer need provincial approval to launch single-use plastic ban

More than 20 municipalities in B.C. are developing bylaws banning single-use plastics

Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)
Cultus Lake, BC’s largest waterpark, has been helping families make amazing memories for 35 years. (Chilliwack Progress Impress photo)

Provincial government provides COVID relief for Cultus Lake Waterpark

Chilliwack’s West Coast Amusements and First Class Concessions also share in the $36.5 million fund

Cultus Lake, BC’s largest waterpark, has been helping families make amazing memories for 35 years. (Chilliwack Progress Impress photo)
Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. says expanding emergency alert for wildfires is a priority, but no timeline set

About 4,300 properties were under evacuation orders Thursday due to wildfires

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)