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Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend Sunday service, in Chilliwack, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. British Columbia’s top doctor says she is thankful a petition challenging her COVID-19 orders in B.C. Supreme Court has been dismissed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OPINION: B.C.’s COVID rules suppress the practices of religious minorities

‘We are witnessing a profound intrusion of the state into the sphere of the church’

  • Apr 8, 2021
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LETTER: Why should cafes close while other shops stay open?

Agassiz resident Krystle Jores shares her concerns about the new public health orders

  • Apr 5, 2021
Laurens Van Vliet says he thinks this is a California Scub Jay, photographed on an Agassiz power pole. (Laurens Van Vliet/Contributed)

LETTER: Visiting jay bird in Agassiz

Laurens Van Vliet shared these photos of a scrub jay in Agassiz

  • Apr 4, 2021
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REVERSE ANGLE: Premier’s pot-shot at young people aging poorly

Yes, some are breaking the rules, but most 20- to 39-year-olds just trying to get by

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LETTER: When it comes to scams, we can’t be aware enough

Chilliwack’s Lucill Gainer shares her experience with a scammer who impersonated her grandson

  • Apr 2, 2021
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FINLAYSON: Where does the money come from? The B.C. government’s top revenue sources

Governments around the world have taken on mountains of debt during the pandemic to support the economy

  • Apr 1, 2021
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Final goodbye: Grace Kennedy leaves the editor desk

Editor Grace Kennedy shares why free community papers are so important as she leaves the Observer

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REAL ESTATE: Real estate is the new gold rush

Real Estate columnist Freddy Marks shares his thoughts on this spring for land sales

  • Mar 28, 2021
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A senior citizen receives a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in a hockey arena in Montreal, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. More than half of the residents of First Nations communities in British Columbia have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but most Indigenous people who live outside of these areas are still waiting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

EDITORIAL: Remember what we learned in kindergarten

When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, we need to remember what we learned as kids

A senior citizen receives a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in a hockey arena in Montreal, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. More than half of the residents of First Nations communities in British Columbia have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but most Indigenous people who live outside of these areas are still waiting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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LETTER: Some seniors left behind in vaccine roll-out

Harrison resident Roger Rolfe shares his concerns about the vaccine roll out in B.C.

  • Mar 14, 2021
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LETTER: Best wishes for Harrison Block Watch program

Agassiz resident Harvey Andrew shares his hopes for the Harrison Block Watch program

  • Mar 14, 2021
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LETTER: Meghan Markle not the first Black royal

Local writer Alex Hamilton-Brown shares what he’s found in his research of British history

  • Mar 14, 2021
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PET CARE: Tips for tick prevention

Pet columnist Nicolette Joosting shares her tips for keeping furry friends safe from tick bites

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A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
A sign at the entrance of a dike trail. (Laurens van Vliet/Contributed)

LETTER: Please be respectful to landowners adjacent to Agassiz dikes

Laurens van Vliet asks people on dikes to be respectful of the farms around them

  • Mar 7, 2021
A sign at the entrance of a dike trail. (Laurens van Vliet/Contributed)
Part of Kent’s diking system as it passes through private property off Tramner Road. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

LETTER: Dikes and farms have a long history in Agassiz

Agassiz resident Barbara Key shares her history with dikes and farms in Agassiz

  • Mar 7, 2021
Part of Kent’s diking system as it passes through private property off Tramner Road. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
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LIBRARY: Who decides what makes a good book?

Agassiz librarian Sharie Hertzog shares what she thinks makes a good book in her latest column

  • Mar 7, 2021
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FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Harrison Hot Springs is currently undergoing a housing needs assessment, to see where the community is lacking and what its specific needs are. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer) [Harrison Hot Springs 2019]

REAL ESTATE: Finding the right property in a low inventory market

Real estate columnist Freddy Marks shares how buyers can make the most of a low inventory market

  • Feb 26, 2021
Harrison Hot Springs is currently undergoing a housing needs assessment, to see where the community is lacking and what its specific needs are. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer) [Harrison Hot Springs 2019]
Sasquatch Mountain Resort. (Paul Henderson/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Let’s keep funds from hotel tax in the Hemlock Valley

Accommodation providers Kevin Sass and Wendy Cherry share their thoughts on a possible MRDT

  • Feb 26, 2021
Sasquatch Mountain Resort. (Paul Henderson/Black Press Media)