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Dan Coulter. (Submitted)

BC VOTES 2020: An unexpected orange wave hits Chilliwack and Agassiz

NDP’s Dan Coulter preliminary winner in Chilliwack with Kelli Paddon holding a thin margin in Chilliwack-Kent

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

(The Canadian Press)

B.C. VOTES 2020 MAP: Provincial election results, riding by riding

B.C. likely won’t know which party – NDP, Liberals or Greens – will be leading the province for weeks

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)
BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
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)
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)
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-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).

BC VOTES: Chilliwack-Kent provincial election candidates Q&A

Four out of five vying for the Chilliwack-Kent seat talk COVID-19, housing affordability, overdose crisis and more

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).
MAP: See which Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon neighbourhoods were most supportive of each party in 2015

MAP: See which Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon neighbourhoods were most supportive of each party in 2015

Conservatives thrived in rural areas, NDP did well in Lillooet the Liberals won Indo-Canadian areas

MAP: See which Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon neighbourhoods were most supportive of each party in 2015
Control of Parliament could rest on a handful of ridings – including Agassiz and Harrison’s

Control of Parliament could rest on a handful of ridings – including Agassiz and Harrison’s

UFV political science professor says Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon result could play key role

Control of Parliament could rest on a handful of ridings – including Agassiz and Harrison’s
From right to left: Nick Csaszar, John Kidder, Jati Sidhu, Michael Nenn and Brad Vis at the all-candidates meeting in Harrison Mills Thursday (Oct. 3). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon candidates answer questions

The local candidates are running for a seat in the House of Commons

From right to left: Nick Csaszar, John Kidder, Jati Sidhu, Michael Nenn and Brad Vis at the all-candidates meeting in Harrison Mills Thursday (Oct. 3). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
From right to left: Nick Csaszar, John Kidder, Jati Sidhu, Michael Nenn and Brad Vis at the all-candidates meeting in Harrison Mills Thursday, Oct. 3.  (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Harrison Mills meeting questions federal candidates on local issues

Residents asked what candidates would do about drainage, the Kent quarry and the cultural hub

From right to left: Nick Csaszar, John Kidder, Jati Sidhu, Michael Nenn and Brad Vis at the all-candidates meeting in Harrison Mills Thursday, Oct. 3.  (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Markus and Andrea Flukiger, at their goat dairy in Agassiz. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Agassiz farmers talk Fall Fair competition at the milking pail

The Agassiz Goat Dairy will be providing goats for the annual milking competition this year

Markus and Andrea Flukiger, at their goat dairy in Agassiz. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Nancy Barker with three of her four dogs: Gwen (7), Cap (4) and Chip (1.5). The three dogs will be doing sheep herding demonstrations in this year’s Fall Fair. (Grace Kenendy/The Observer)

Agassiz woman to demonstrate stock dog skills at Fall Fair

Nancy Barker and her three border collies will be at the Fall Fair doing demonstrations this year

Nancy Barker with three of her four dogs: Gwen (7), Cap (4) and Chip (1.5). The three dogs will be doing sheep herding demonstrations in this year’s Fall Fair. (Grace Kenendy/The Observer)
Whether a farm dog or a lap dog, all will be honoured at this year’s Fall Fair. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Celebrating man’s best friend at the Agassiz Fall Fair

This year, the fall fair theme is the Year of the Dog

Whether a farm dog or a lap dog, all will be honoured at this year’s Fall Fair. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Spectators waiting along Pioneer Avenue for the start of the Fall Fair Parade, circa 1950s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

Agassiz Fall Fair: A time-honoured tradition

From 1901 to now, the Fall Fair has been an eagerly awaited event each year

Spectators waiting along Pioneer Avenue for the start of the Fall Fair Parade, circa 1950s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
Pat and Mike on horse drawn carriage on Pioneer Avenue during the Fall Fair Parade, circa 1980s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

Agassiz Fall Fair parade the biggest of the year

The parade will start at the high school on Cheam Avenue, and end at the fairgrounds

Pat and Mike on horse drawn carriage on Pioneer Avenue during the Fall Fair Parade, circa 1980s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
1950 Corn King Norman Morrow eating corn with 1949 Corn King Sam Stock. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

Remembering Agassiz’s Corn Kings

Each year, one farmer is named the Corn King or Queen of the district

1950 Corn King Norman Morrow eating corn with 1949 Corn King Sam Stock. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)