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‘Be excited’ SD78 superintendent tells families ahead of upcoming 2021-22 school year

Amid pandemic’s fourth wave, some parts of school life getting closer to normal

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Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (File photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (File photo)
A large protest took place along Marshall Road in front of Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 1) in response to COVID-19 health measures. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

More than 200 gather in Abbotsford to protest COVID-19 health measures

Dozens line the sidewalks on Wednesday afternoon outside of hospital

A large protest took place along Marshall Road in front of Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 1) in response to COVID-19 health measures. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A fire has broken out along Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Kristine Beckman/ Facebook image)

Fire affecting traffic on Highway 1 in Abbotsford

Fire is just off the eastbound lanes in a large pile of debris

A fire has broken out along Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Kristine Beckman/ Facebook image)
Charlie Frie stands on his bass while performing alongside Appaloosa band mate Jake Stolz. The group is coming to Hope for the 2021 Brigade Days, Sept. 10-12. (Tobias Frederiksen/Black Press file)

Hope’s Brigade Days is back, and needs your help

Weekend will include rides, live music, motorsports, parade and more

Charlie Frie stands on his bass while performing alongside Appaloosa band mate Jake Stolz. The group is coming to Hope for the 2021 Brigade Days, Sept. 10-12. (Tobias Frederiksen/Black Press file)
Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, speaks during a stop on his Mad Max Summer 2021 Pre-Election Tour at Yarrow Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Maxime Bernier making campaign stop in Abbotsford with Fraser Valley hopefuls

Public event will feature six People’s Party of Canada candidates in federal election

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, speaks during a stop on his Mad Max Summer 2021 Pre-Election Tour at Yarrow Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of four counts of child pornography. His sentencing hearing began in Chilliwack provincial court on Sept. 1, 2021. (File)

Crown counsel calls Chilliwack church pastor an ‘online pedophile’ for his child porn use

Judge asked to hand down 2 consecutive terms of 5 years jail for John Vermeer in sentencing hearing

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of four counts of child pornography. His sentencing hearing began in Chilliwack provincial court on Sept. 1, 2021. (File)
Dr. Adrian Walton is careful about who he sells the drug ivermectin, a livestock dewormer which is not a proven COVID-19 treatment. (Facebook/Dewdney Animal Hospital)

Lower Mainland anti-vaxxers looking for livestock dewormer

Maple Ridge vet warns animal medicine could be dangerous for humans

Dr. Adrian Walton is careful about who he sells the drug ivermectin, a livestock dewormer which is not a proven COVID-19 treatment. (Facebook/Dewdney Animal Hospital)
Kathleen McKay learns how to administer naloxone at an event organized by Abbotsford Drug War Survivors on Aug. 31, 2021 to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Drug War Survivors gather to remember people who died from opioid overdose

Group says government has to take action and involve drug users in finding solutions

Kathleen McKay learns how to administer naloxone at an event organized by Abbotsford Drug War Survivors on Aug. 31, 2021 to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was found guilty of accessing and possessing child pornography in Chilliwack provincial court on April 30, 2021. (File)

Sentencing begins for Chilliwack church pastor guilty of accessing of child pornography

John Vermeer facing a minimum of six months jail, no more than two years

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was found guilty of accessing and possessing child pornography in Chilliwack provincial court on April 30, 2021. (File)
An event in Mission today (Aug. 31, 2021) will offer Naloxone training, as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress file photo)

Overdose awareness events in Abbotsford and Mission offer remembrance ceremonies

Naloxone training, resources, community walks and more offered to the public

An event in Mission today (Aug. 31, 2021) will offer Naloxone training, as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress file photo)
Clayton Eheler was convicted of cocaine trafficking in June 2018 and sentenced to eight years, 144 days jail on Nov. 19, 2019. He was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal. (Facebook)

High-level Chilliwack drug trafficker successful at BC Court of Appeal

Clayton Eheler and co-accused Matthew Thiessen win appeal meaning a new trial to be ordered

Clayton Eheler was convicted of cocaine trafficking in June 2018 and sentenced to eight years, 144 days jail on Nov. 19, 2019. He was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal. (Facebook)
Two Search and Rescue jetskis head out onto the water in this undated photo. (Photo/Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue)

Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue save stranded jetskiers on river

Volunteers bring three men to safety in evening rescue

Two Search and Rescue jetskis head out onto the water in this undated photo. (Photo/Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue)
JJ was spotted by helicopter around the corner from home in what his mom is calling a miracle. (Anna Bonde photo)

Missing Chilliwack teen escorted home by ‘angels’ after helicopter crew spots him

‘To see him walking back home was such a miracle,’ says mom of missing man, 19

JJ was spotted by helicopter around the corner from home in what his mom is calling a miracle. (Anna Bonde photo)
Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon Green Party candidate Nicole Bellay and her supporters rallied on First Avenue in Mission on Monday, Aug. 30. She was joined by former party leader Elizabeth May and former federal candidate John Kidder. / Kevin Mills Photo

Green candidate Nicole Bellay holds rally in Downtown Mission

Former party leader Elizabeth May and former federal candidate John Kidder join in

Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon Green Party candidate Nicole Bellay and her supporters rallied on First Avenue in Mission on Monday, Aug. 30. She was joined by former party leader Elizabeth May and former federal candidate John Kidder. / Kevin Mills Photo
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Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Chilliwack General Hospital

Medicine unit closed to admissions immediately after 3 patients tested positive

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A worker is seen throwing a chicken in an undercover video in 2017 filmed by California-based animal rights activists Mercy For Animals.

Fraser Valley chicken abuse case defendants want charges dropped due to delay

Ontario-based Sofina and Chilliwack chicken catching company in BC Supreme Court this week

A worker is seen throwing a chicken in an undercover video in 2017 filmed by California-based animal rights activists Mercy For Animals.
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Missing Chilliwack man located

Missing 19-year-old located safe and sound

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Fire prevention officer Lieut. Lisa Axelson surveys the damage following a house fire on Amadis Crescent on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. A fundraiser has since been set up to help the family. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fundraiser launched for Chilliwack family with newborn following house fire

‘They didn’t even have time to grab a bottle for the newborn,’ reads fundraiser

Fire prevention officer Lieut. Lisa Axelson surveys the damage following a house fire on Amadis Crescent on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. A fundraiser has since been set up to help the family. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
T-Lane is a company based in Mission which moves goods around North America and internationally through five terminals across Canada. Google Maps screenshot.

Disabled woman wins discrimination lawsuit against Mission trucking company

Karen Hugie was fired the day she returned from medical leave for heart surgery

T-Lane is a company based in Mission which moves goods around North America and internationally through five terminals across Canada. Google Maps screenshot.