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Environment Canada says the Eastern Fraser Valley will enjoy plenty of sunshine this week. (Black Press News File)

Sunny weather to stay around all week in Eastern Fraser Valley

Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope all forecasted for a week free of rainfall

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld has called for the resignation of B.C.’s Minister of Education, Jennifer Whiteside. He made the call during a speech in Vancouver on April 10, 2021, in a rally for a parent embroiled in legal battles surrounding his child’s transition.

Chilliwack school trustee calls for B.C.’s minister of education to resign

Barry Neufeld spoke at rally for jailed father in Vancouver, calling SOGI 123 a ‘dangerous experiment’

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod, seen here on April 9, 2021 with four-year-old sister Elena and mom Vanessa, was born with limb differences. The family, including husband/dad Sean McLeod, is looking for a family puppy that also has a limb difference. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack family looking for puppy with limb difference, just like 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy McLeod born as bilateral amputee, now her family wants to find ‘companion’ puppy for her

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)

PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
People stroll through rows of tulips in bloom during the Tulips of the Valley Festival on May 2, 2017. The colourful spring event, now called Chilliwack Tulips, opens on Sunday, April 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack tulip attraction open this weekend after being closed last year due to COVID-19

More than 6.5 million bulbs in all at this year’s colourful Chilliwack Tulips event

People stroll through rows of tulips in bloom during the Tulips of the Valley Festival on May 2, 2017. The colourful spring event, now called Chilliwack Tulips, opens on Sunday, April 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
John Koopman passed away in May 2020. The current school board is looking into restructuring the board, which means the future of the vacancy left by Koopman is uncertain. (Photo/Barry Stewart)

By-election to fill Koopman’s seat on hold

Fraser-Cascade board to consider restructuring

John Koopman passed away in May 2020. The current school board is looking into restructuring the board, which means the future of the vacancy left by Koopman is uncertain. (Photo/Barry Stewart)
Oregon spotted frog egg masses near Agassiz. (Fraser Valley Conservancy)

Jumping for joy over Oregon spotted frog discovery near Agassiz

Finding six egg masses could be step toward recovery of Canada’s most endangered amphibian

Oregon spotted frog egg masses near Agassiz. (Fraser Valley Conservancy)
Sold decals on real estate signs are commonplace in the red-hot Chilliwack real estate market (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

Chilliwack homes getting offers the first day the for-sale sign goes up

The March report from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board shows the market remains red-hot

Sold decals on real estate signs are commonplace in the red-hot Chilliwack real estate market (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)
Fans of the Indian restaurant Shandhar Hut are excited to have a second location opening soon at the base of Promontory Road, but the project has created a financial burden for the restaurant’s owners at the worst possible time. (Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce photo)

Chilliwack businesses getting financial boost through Circuit Breaker grant

A one-time payment of $10,000 will go to restaurants, bars, breweries, gyms and fitness centres

Fans of the Indian restaurant Shandhar Hut are excited to have a second location opening soon at the base of Promontory Road, but the project has created a financial burden for the restaurant’s owners at the worst possible time. (Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce photo)
Volunteers help put together 340 hampers for school children at the Salvation Army Church on April 8, 2020. It’s just one of many ways locals have stepped up to volunteer during the pandemic. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Face of volunteering changing, but need is still great says Volunteer Fraser Valley

Greatest need is for those who can provide connections for seniors who are shut in due to pandemic

Volunteers help put together 340 hampers for school children at the Salvation Army Church on April 8, 2020. It’s just one of many ways locals have stepped up to volunteer during the pandemic. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Left to right: Bruce van den Brink, John Englund, Private Mason Furdal of Delta Company, The Royal Westminster Regiment and Commanding Officer of The Royal Westminster Regiment, and LCol Chuck MacKinnon. (Submitted)

Employee at Chilliwack’s Canex Building Supplies helps with Operation Laser

Mason Furdal is a military reservist and Canex has given him time off to help with pandemic response

Left to right: Bruce van den Brink, John Englund, Private Mason Furdal of Delta Company, The Royal Westminster Regiment and Commanding Officer of The Royal Westminster Regiment, and LCol Chuck MacKinnon. (Submitted)
Artifacts at the Stólō Interpretive Centre on the Coqualeetza grounds in Chilliwack on Nov. 16, 2017. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress file)

Two provincial grants to help groups fight systemic racism and protect human rights in Chilliwack

‘Nobody deserves to experience racism or prejudice,’ said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent

Artifacts at the Stólō Interpretive Centre on the Coqualeetza grounds in Chilliwack on Nov. 16, 2017. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress file)
Sgt. Frank James provided the name of the victim in front of the Abbotsford crime scene at 11 a.m., April 8. Patrick Penner / Abbotsford News.

IHIT releases name of the homicide victim at Abbotsford homeless camp

No motive or suspects known yet in murder of 35-year-old Robert Nelson

Sgt. Frank James provided the name of the victim in front of the Abbotsford crime scene at 11 a.m., April 8. Patrick Penner / Abbotsford News.
The UFV Food and Agriculture Institute received a grant of $234,859 from the Future Skills Centre (FSC). (UFV photo)

UFV Food and Agriculture Institute receives grant to explore future of food

UFV FAI given grant of close to $235,000 from Future Skills Centre to examine cellular agriculture

The UFV Food and Agriculture Institute received a grant of $234,859 from the Future Skills Centre (FSC). (UFV photo)
BC Centre for Disease Control COVID numbers for local health authorities.

Chilliwack’s COVID case count increases slightly in latest BC Centre for Disease Control report

Chilliwack’s rise isn’t as sharp as Abbotsford, Surrey and other municipalities closer to Vancouver

BC Centre for Disease Control COVID numbers for local health authorities.
Emergency services responded to reports of a stabbing at 10:15 p.m., April 7, according to an Abbotsford Police news release. Shane MacKichan photo.

VIDEO: Homicide at Abbotsford homeless camp

Stabbing victim taken to hospital late Wednesday night, succumbs to injuries

Emergency services responded to reports of a stabbing at 10:15 p.m., April 7, according to an Abbotsford Police news release. Shane MacKichan photo.
Pro-SOGI 123 rally in front of the Chilliwack school board office in January 2018, about the same time the BCTF filed a complaint against Barry Neufeld for his comments against SOGI 123. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Three years later, human rights complaint against Chilliwack trustee still in motion

Human Rights Tribunal moving forward to a hearing against Barry Neufeld

Pro-SOGI 123 rally in front of the Chilliwack school board office in January 2018, about the same time the BCTF filed a complaint against Barry Neufeld for his comments against SOGI 123. (Chilliwack Progress file)
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Hiker discovers human remains in Mission

No indications as to the circumstances that led to the person’s death or the identity of the remains

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Parents and students at Central elementary in Chilliwack on June 1, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack teachers’ union, MLA applaud directive for ‘more inclusive’ school board

Minister orders board into collaboration with First Nations and Office of Human Rights Commissioner

Parents and students at Central elementary in Chilliwack on June 1, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)

Penticton business owner apologizes for throwing poop

“I simply snapped after once again finding human feces near my restaurant,” the apology letter reads

Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)