Jessica Peters

There are no official numbers on how many Chilliwack youth have tested positive for COVID-19, but several youth organizations have closed temporarily out of precaution for their groups' safety. (File photo)

List of Chilliwack youth groups closing due to COVID-19 growing quickly

Dance, sports and arts organizations all announcing temporary closures for community safety

There are no official numbers on how many Chilliwack youth have tested positive for COVID-19, but several youth organizations have closed temporarily out of precaution for their groups' safety. (File photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

BREAKING: COVID-19 exposures in at least a dozen Chilliwack schools

Parents at the schools received letters on Sunday night advising them of the exposure risks

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
In this photo illustration, a provincial election mail-in ballot sealed in an Elections B.C. return envelope is seen before being deposited in a Canada Post mailbox, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The final result of British Columbia’s provincial election won’t be known until at least Nov. 6, because at least 618,000 mail-in ballots have to be counted by hand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Thousands of votes waiting to be counted in Chilliwack ridings

More than 10,000 voting packages between Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent have been returned so far

In this photo illustration, a provincial election mail-in ballot sealed in an Elections B.C. return envelope is seen before being deposited in a Canada Post mailbox, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The final result of British Columbia’s provincial election won’t be known until at least Nov. 6, because at least 618,000 mail-in ballots have to be counted by hand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Chilliwack women’s organization among those lobbying for free contraception

Ann Davis Society says while it’s a women’s issue, all of society would benefit from program

A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
The voting station mimicked a real voting station in Nicole Choi’s classroom at Chilliwack middle school on Oct. 22, 2020, where students had to show their ID (student cards), be checked off a list, and mark a secret ballot behind a screen. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. students choose NDP majority in mock election

More than 90,000 youth took part in school-based election process

The voting station mimicked a real voting station in Nicole Choi’s classroom at Chilliwack middle school on Oct. 22, 2020, where students had to show their ID (student cards), be checked off a list, and mark a secret ballot behind a screen. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Mount Cheam closes for COVID-19 isolation measures, moving to online learning

School principal confirms coronavirus exposure led to staffing reduction and need to close

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government photo)

Unnamed school in Fraser Health region closed due to COVID-19

Closure announced by Dr. Bonnie Henry during daily briefing

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government photo)
The chair and vice chair of Chilliwack’s School Board, Dan Coulter and Willow Reichelt, at a Jan. 29, 2019 meeting. (Sarah Gawdin/ Chilliwack Progress)

Coulter confirms plan to resign from Chilliwack school board if elected

Dan Coulter says ‘it’s a little early’ to call the election, as mail-in votes wait to be counted

The chair and vice chair of Chilliwack’s School Board, Dan Coulter and Willow Reichelt, at a Jan. 29, 2019 meeting. (Sarah Gawdin/ Chilliwack Progress)
Leonard Golanowski captured Sunday night’s colourful sunset on the Fraser River. (Oct. 25, 2020)

Record lows, and even a touch of snow, for Chilliwack over weekend

Chilliwack breaks two October records for cold so far, with a wet week ahead

Leonard Golanowski captured Sunday night’s colourful sunset on the Fraser River. (Oct. 25, 2020)
Clint Hames, former mayor of Chilliwack, has kept his finger on the pulse of politics for decades. He spoke with The Progress on election day, Oct. 24, 2020 about his predictions and for a run down of how this election has played out. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Predictions for tonight’s election results from former Chilliwack mayor

All eyes on Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent ridings as BC Liberal safe seats now in question

Clint Hames, former mayor of Chilliwack, has kept his finger on the pulse of politics for decades. He spoke with The Progress on election day, Oct. 24, 2020 about his predictions and for a run down of how this election has played out. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
There were no lines or just minimal waits at most polling stations in Chilliwack throughout the day, Oct. 24, 2020, including this one at First Avenue Church in the Chilliwack riding. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Polling stations quiet in Chilliwack on voting day

Unprecedented number of voters chose to vote early or mail in their ballots, says Elections BC

There were no lines or just minimal waits at most polling stations in Chilliwack throughout the day, Oct. 24, 2020, including this one at First Avenue Church in the Chilliwack riding. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sunset Manor, an assisted living facility in Chilliwack, is among five such facilities in the Fraser Health region to have confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff members, on Oct. 21, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Progress)

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Chilliwack assisted living facility

Staff members at five Fraser Health care homes have tested positively for coronavirus

Sunset Manor, an assisted living facility in Chilliwack, is among five such facilities in the Fraser Health region to have confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff members, on Oct. 21, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Progress)
There have been several reports to the Chilliwack RCMP recently regarding a phone scam where the caller impersonates a local police officer and asks for money, they said on Oct. 19. 2020. (Miryam Leon/ Unsplash)

Chilliwack RCMP warn phone scammers are impersonating officers

RCMP officers would never solicit money or Bitcoin from someone, they assure the public

There have been several reports to the Chilliwack RCMP recently regarding a phone scam where the caller impersonates a local police officer and asks for money, they said on Oct. 19. 2020. (Miryam Leon/ Unsplash)
Chilliwack-Kent 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from bottom left, Kelli Paddon (NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian), Jeff Hammersmark (Green), Jason Lum (Independent), and Laurie Throness, who began the campaign as a BC Liberal but left the party on Oct. 15.

Chilliwack-Kent Green candidate resumes campaigning but still endorses independent

Hammersmark says he still supports Green party but adds ‘I encourage you to vote for Jason Lum’

Chilliwack-Kent 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from bottom left, Kelli Paddon (NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian), Jeff Hammersmark (Green), Jason Lum (Independent), and Laurie Throness, who began the campaign as a BC Liberal but left the party on Oct. 15.
Many large signs for Laurie Throness’s campaign have had the BC Liberal graphics covered up, while smaller signs have so far been left as is. A large sign in Manuel Park along Vedder Road in Sardis has been altered to reflect Throness is no longer associated with the BC Liberal party, however at least four smaller signs laying on the ground have not been. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

BC Votes 2020: What happens to former BC Liberal Throness’s votes?

Laurie Throness is no longer a part of the party but is still a valid candidate in this election

Many large signs for Laurie Throness’s campaign have had the BC Liberal graphics covered up, while smaller signs have so far been left as is. A large sign in Manuel Park along Vedder Road in Sardis has been altered to reflect Throness is no longer associated with the BC Liberal party, however at least four smaller signs laying on the ground have not been. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Laurie Throness has resigned as a candidate for the 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding, as of Oct. 15, 2020. The announcement came from BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson.

UPDATE: BC Liberals cut ties with Chilliwack-Kent candidate Throness

Fellow candidates speak out on Throness’s departure from the campaign trail as BC Liberal

Laurie Throness has resigned as a candidate for the 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding, as of Oct. 15, 2020. The announcement came from BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson.
Laurie Throness, BC Liberal candidate for Chilliwack-Kent, said free birth control was like eugenics, and he didn’t approve of it. BC Liberal party leader Andrew Wilkinson has shot back on Twitter on Oct. 15, 2020 saying the candidate, and 7-year MLA is wrong for saying this. (Screenshot)

UPDATE: BC Liberal leader rebukes Laurie Throness comparing free birth control to eugenics

NDP’s Selina Robinson calls Chilliwack-Kent candidate’s words ‘so disrespectful to women that I’m outraged’

Laurie Throness, BC Liberal candidate for Chilliwack-Kent, said free birth control was like eugenics, and he didn’t approve of it. BC Liberal party leader Andrew Wilkinson has shot back on Twitter on Oct. 15, 2020 saying the candidate, and 7-year MLA is wrong for saying this. (Screenshot)
Candidates for the 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding met up for an All Candidates Meeting on Oct. 14. The first question for the panel dealt with LGBTQ+ legislation, a hot topic in the riding. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Throness defends himself on conversion therapy during Chilliwack-Kent meeting

BC Liberal candidate: ‘I decry and oppose any course of practice to try to change another’s identity’

Candidates for the 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding met up for an All Candidates Meeting on Oct. 14. The first question for the panel dealt with LGBTQ+ legislation, a hot topic in the riding. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP). They will face off tonight (Oct. 14, 2020) in a virtual All Candidates Meeting at 6 p.m. The Chilliwack-Kent riding meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

LIVE: Watch hopefuls from both Chilliwack ridings face off online

Public invited to participate in online event by viewing, asking questions

Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP). They will face off tonight (Oct. 14, 2020) in a virtual All Candidates Meeting at 6 p.m. The Chilliwack-Kent riding meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
An example of some of the bikes being auctioned off to support Chilliwack Restorative Justice. This year (2020) the sale is being held via Facebook, with new crops of bikes posted on Mondays, and auctions being called each Thursday. (Submitted photos)

Popular Chilliwack bike auction moves to online format

Bidding on a bike as easy as commenting on Facebook this year, due to pandemic

An example of some of the bikes being auctioned off to support Chilliwack Restorative Justice. This year (2020) the sale is being held via Facebook, with new crops of bikes posted on Mondays, and auctions being called each Thursday. (Submitted photos)