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Chilliwack-Kent provincial election NDP candidate Kelli Paddon watching results as they come in on election night Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)

Chilliwack-Kent leaning towards NDP’s Kelli Paddon late Saturday

Upstart New Democrat could unseat incumbent Laurie Throness who won in 2013 and 2017 –results are not final

Chilliwack-Kent provincial election NDP candidate Kelli Paddon watching results as they come in on election night Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)
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. (Submitted)

OPINION: Every vote counts with election uncertainty in Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent

For the first time in a long time there could be very close races in both local ridings

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. (Submitted)
Owen Charpentier, 21, is charged with the Oct. 22, 2019 second-degree murder of Keith Baldwin in Chilliwack. (File)

Pre-trial dates set for Chilliwack man charged with Keith Baldwin’s murder

Owen Dale Charpentier accused in the fourth homicide of 2019 next in court June 2021

Owen Charpentier, 21, is charged with the Oct. 22, 2019 second-degree murder of Keith Baldwin in Chilliwack. (File)
Laurie Throness has resigned from the BC Liberal party for 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding, according to BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson on Oct. 15, 2020.

Widespread reaction to BC Liberal ousting Chilliwack-Kent candidate for controversial comments

If Laurie Throness wins the riding, Andrew Wilkinson says he won’t be invited back: ‘Enough is enough’

Laurie Throness has resigned from the BC Liberal party for 2020 Provincial Election in the Chilliwack-Kent riding, according to BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson on Oct. 15, 2020.
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)
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 (BC Liberal).

Keep track of Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent provincial election candidates on social media

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as websites for all your local candidates

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 (BC Liberal).
The average single family home in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board sold in September 2020 for $678,300. This home on Riverside Drive in Chilliwack was listed for $680,000 as of Oct. 6, 2020. (Realtor.ca)

Record September real estate sales in Chilliwack and surrounding area

Realtors say more buyers than ever are moving in from metropolitan Vancouver

The average single family home in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board sold in September 2020 for $678,300. This home on Riverside Drive in Chilliwack was listed for $680,000 as of Oct. 6, 2020. (Realtor.ca)
Desmond Devnich, former constituency assistant to Chilliwack MLA John Martin, pleaded guilty to two counts of breach of trust in provincial court on Oct. 6, 2020 for stealing thousands of dollars from the constituency office. (LinkedIn)

Chilliwack MLA’s former constituency assistant pleads guilty to breach of trust

Desmond Devnich stole thousands of dollars from John Martin’s constituency office

Desmond Devnich, former constituency assistant to Chilliwack MLA John Martin, pleaded guilty to two counts of breach of trust in provincial court on Oct. 6, 2020 for stealing thousands of dollars from the constituency office. (LinkedIn)
Chilliwack city councillor Jason Lum announced he will run as an Independent in the 2020 provincial election in the riding of Chilliwack-Kent. (Submitted)

Chilliwack-Kent candidate announcement caused Green Party confusion over the weekend

City councillor Independent candidate Jason Lum ‘honoured’ to get Green candidate endorsement

Chilliwack city councillor Jason Lum announced he will run as an Independent in the 2020 provincial election in the riding of Chilliwack-Kent. (Submitted)
BC Election 2020. BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC NDP leader John Horgan, and BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau. (File)

BC VOTES 2020: Roundup of Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent provincial election candidates

6 names on the ballot for Chilliwack, with 3 for Chilliwack-Kent, possibly more coming

BC Election 2020. BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC NDP leader John Horgan, and BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau. (File)
A worker employed by a Chilliwack-based agricultural employer seen throwing a chicken in an undercover video in 2017 filmed by California-base animal rights activists Mercy For Animals.

UPDATE: Defence in Fraser Valley chicken abuse cases asks BC Supreme Court to drop the charges

Sofina Foods and Chilliwack company asking Justice for stay of proceedings in advance of jury trial

A worker employed by a Chilliwack-based agricultural employer seen throwing a chicken in an undercover video in 2017 filmed by California-base animal rights activists Mercy For Animals.
A man on a bike was seen groping a teenager on Williams Street on security video on Sept. 16, 2020 recorded by local resident Rob Iezzi. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Mounties looking to catch Chilliwack bike-riding teen groper

Man caught on video slapping the backside of girl near CSS riding a bicycle

A man on a bike was seen groping a teenager on Williams Street on security video on Sept. 16, 2020 recorded by local resident Rob Iezzi. (YouTube)
Traffic and parked cars on Chilliwack Lake Road near the Lindeman Lake parking lot on Sept. 7, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Beautiful B.C. – Isn’t it great? Shhh… Don’t tell anyone!

Huge numbers flocked to popular Chilliwack River Valley on Labour Day weekend

Traffic and parked cars on Chilliwack Lake Road near the Lindeman Lake parking lot on Sept. 7, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Coquihalla Highway shortly after 4 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2020. (DriveBC footage)

Coquihalla crash victim awarded $9 million in BC Supreme Court

Man who collided with tractor trailer driver who swerved erratically can no longer live independently

Coquihalla Highway shortly after 4 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2020. (DriveBC footage)
A Ballam Road resident in Chilliwack blocks the road at around 11 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2020 after a tree branch fell down knocking wires down on the road. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Wind leads to small power outages in Chilliwack Monday morning

BC Hydro on scene at one with crews en route to Greendale and downtown area

A Ballam Road resident in Chilliwack blocks the road at around 11 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2020 after a tree branch fell down knocking wires down on the road. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
The average price of a single family home sold in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board in August 2020 was $676,099. This home in Chilliwack Proper was listed in early September for $699,000. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Skyrocketing August home sales in Chilliwack and surrounding area

Sales up 62% over August 2019 with prices up 14% year over year

The average price of a single family home sold in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board in August 2020 was $676,099. This home in Chilliwack Proper was listed in early September for $699,000. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Fraser Valley sports anglers are asked to take part in a “demonstration” event on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River where they will use the bar fishing technique to target chinook salmon despite there not being an opening for the species. (Facebook)

Chilliwack sports fishers plan ‘demonstration’ fishery next week

Anglers frustrated officials will not allow an opening for chinook salmon on Fraser River

Fraser Valley sports anglers are asked to take part in a “demonstration” event on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River where they will use the bar fishing technique to target chinook salmon despite there not being an opening for the species. (Facebook)
A 19-year-old man died accidentally after smoking fentanyl in a bong using a blow torch causing this car fire in a Chilliwack parking lot on Dec. 1, 2017. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Death of 19-year-old killed in dramatic Fraser Valley car fire ruled ‘accidental’

Victim found with fentanyl in his system, bong and propane torch in front seat

A 19-year-old man died accidentally after smoking fentanyl in a bong using a blow torch causing this car fire in a Chilliwack parking lot on Dec. 1, 2017. (Chilliwack Progress file)
Still from a video of workers loading birds into crates at an Abbotsford egg farm on July 15, 2020, according to Janice Soranno who provided the video to the media. (Vimeo)

UPDATE: Undercover video shows alleged animal abuse at Abbotsford egg farm

One employee wearing logo of Chilliwack chicken-catching company already facing abuse charges

Still from a video of workers loading birds into crates at an Abbotsford egg farm on July 15, 2020, according to Janice Soranno who provided the video to the media. (Vimeo)
This Sardis house listed for $669,900 as of August 9, 2020 is priced just under the average single family home sale price in Chilliwack for July 2020 at $672,645. (Realtor.ca)

Huge month for Chilliwack real estate in July

Average selling price up 12 per cent with sales numbers not seen since boom of 2017

This Sardis house listed for $669,900 as of August 9, 2020 is priced just under the average single family home sale price in Chilliwack for July 2020 at $672,645. (Realtor.ca)