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Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon (right) and Chilliwack School Trustee David Swankey (left) give students a spin on a piece of playground equipment the kids have creatively dubbed ‘the Spinny Thing.’ (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack-Kent MLA sees the results of playground funding

Kelli Paddon and a group of happy kids explored a recently-built playground at Unsworth Elementary

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon (right) and Chilliwack School Trustee David Swankey (left) give students a spin on a piece of playground equipment the kids have creatively dubbed ‘the Spinny Thing.’ (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dr. Astrid Wells

Chilliwack doctor sounding the alarm over B.C. crisis in family medicine

‘Without support from the health care system, things will only get worse,’ says local family doctor

Dr. Astrid Wells
An adult male gypsy moth. (Government of B.C.)

Lower Mainland locations will see pesticide spraying this spring against lymantria moths

Pesticide permit is for Foray 48B, a non-toxic bacterial agent known as BtK

An adult male gypsy moth. (Government of B.C.)
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (Now-Leader file photo)

Province introduces amendments that will force politicians charged with crimes to take leave

Charged with public mischief, Surrey mayor’s pre-trial conference scheduled for Monday

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (Now-Leader file photo)
Premier John Horgan is flanked by Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon and Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter, at a meeting in Chilliwack to hear about flood recovery on Tuesday, March 22 at Chilliwack City Hall. (NDP photo)

B.C. premier touched down in Chilliwack to hear stories of flood recovery and resilience

Whirlwind tour saw Horgan meet with community leaders at Chilliwack Community Services, city hall

Premier John Horgan is flanked by Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon and Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter, at a meeting in Chilliwack to hear about flood recovery on Tuesday, March 22 at Chilliwack City Hall. (NDP photo)
Surrey-Whalley NDP MLA Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cutting fuel tax won’t reduce high prices at the pumps, Surrey MLA says

Bruce Ralston, B.C.’s minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation, noted in 2019 consumers were already getting ‘ripped off’ at the pumps

Surrey-Whalley NDP MLA Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media photo)

Province of B.C. commits to year-round wildfire service

Permanent year-round service expected by September

(Black Press Media photo)
Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter at the groundbreaking for the Paramount Project on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack businesses received $2.7M in grants to help stay afloat during pandemic

Local grant money came from $530M pool that helped nearly 30,000 ventures across B.C.

Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter at the groundbreaking for the Paramount Project on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous-focused coursework to be a high school graduation requirement in B.C.

New requirement would enhance knowledges of Indigenous Peoples in classrooms, province says

Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Pacific Wild has taken the government of B.C. to court over the legality of contracting civilians to shoot wolves from helicopters. (Black Press file photo)

Animal advocacy group condemns B.C.’s extension of the wolf cull

The cull, which has killed 1,400 wolves since initiated in 2015, has been extended five years

Pacific Wild has taken the government of B.C. to court over the legality of contracting civilians to shoot wolves from helicopters. (Black Press file photo)
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

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

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

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)
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)
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