Robert Freeman

Strahl’s absence at candidate meetings draws questions

During every election campaign, a candidate will occasionally bow out of an all-candidates meeting because of scheduling conflicts.

But none have done it so often, and with less explanation, than Conservative candidate Mark Strahl, pushing what would otherwise be a routine occurrence to the level of a campaign issue.

Advance poll numbers slip in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

Voters across Canada are either eager to voice their political preference, or they've got other plans for the May 2 election day, according to preliminary advance poll numbers released Tuesday.

Tories dial up ‘telephone townhall’ in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

After missing an all-candidates meeting last week in Hope, and bowing out of a similar meeting with UFV students in Chilliwack this week, Conservative candidate Mark Strahl is launching a "telephone townhall" Wednesday evening.

Federal election candidates grilled by Rotarians

Candidates running in the federal election for the mainstream political parties in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon weren't cut any slack in their first all-candidates meeting hosted by the Wednesday Rotary Club.

Hapless hitchhiker gets free ride – to jail

Rule number one for criminals fleeing the scene of a crime: Do not ask the police for a ride.

Vets’ issue, Tory nomination opens election campaign here

New Democratic candidate Gwen O'Mahony scored TV airtime last week talking about her Conservative rival's "tainted" nomination, and followed it up with a show of support from military veterans in Chillwack "ignored" by retiring Tory MP Chuck Strahl.

Adamson eyes NDP nomination in Chilliwack-Hope

Dennis Adamson, electoral area director for Yale at the Fraser Valley Regional District, has announced he's seeking the New Democratic Party's nomination in the provincial Chilliwack-Hope riding.

Western separatist candidate a first for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

A Western Block Party candidate is running for election in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, a first for the riding.

Rural residents no ‘free riders,’ says FVRD official

Rural residents of the Fraser Valley Regional District are going to pay more in total tax requisitions than municipal residents in 2011, according to a FVRD financial report.

Candidates jockey for position in federal election race

The federal election campaign got off to a fast start in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding this weekend.

Strahl: ‘We’re a strong, united, Big Blue team’

Conservative candidate Mark Strahl doesn't believe the internal party strife caused by the drastically reduced nomination period here in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding will dog him into the election campaign.

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon Conservatives vote for a candidate Monday in Chilliwack

Conservative Party members in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding will vote for a candidate to replace retiring MP Chuck Strahl tonight at the Coast Hotel in downtown Chilliwack.

Green Party announces candidate for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

Jamie Hoskins, a 31-year-old employment counsellor in Chilliwack, has announced his bid for election as the Green Party candidate in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding.

Son of Strahl earned his own political chops

Using his father's name to kick-start his own political career, is not an unexpected charge to Mark Strahl, who announced his bid for nomination as the Conservative candidate in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon just two days after his father announced his retirement from politics.

Strahl says he won’t seek re-election

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Chuck Strahl brought down the curtain Saturday on a long and remarkable political career.

Critics question Fraser River gravel plan

Gravel removal from the Fraser River is back in the news.After a…

Clark second choice in conservative Chilliwack

BC Liberal Party members in the two Chilliwack ridings remained loyal to…

The Falls resort in debt crisis

The Falls Golf Resort is deep in the financial rough.But unlike other…

Abby could become ‘spinster in the middle,’ mayor says

The City of Abbotsford is being wooed by the Fraser Valley Regional…

Crime spree nets suspect … and an alligator

A Popkum resident has been charged in connection with a day-long crime spree earlier this month that had police in Agassiz and Chilliwack following a trail that included one woman's emergency 911 call, one vehicle burning under the Agassiz/Rosedale bridge, one dust-up with a Chilliwack car dealer, one startled shopper in the Chilliwack Safeway parking lot - and one alligator.