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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
The long-awaited opening of the Foundry took place almost one year ago today. Foundry is a one-stop-shop where young people between the ages of 12 and 24 can access services for mental health, primary care, addiction issues, peer support or employment support. (Special to The News)

NETWORKING: Foundry team onhand to empower local youth

Peer support workers assist and advocate on behalf of young people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

  • Feb 15, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

COLUMN: The American sword of Damocles

Reporter and U.S. citizen Adam Louis reflects on the events of Jan. 6

Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

OPINION: Looking back on a life filled with learning about my grandma

‘She had left out so much of the good stuff, likely for the sake of my young ears’

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.
Crews affixed radio tags to salmon at the Big Bar landslide site 100km north of Lillooet this past summer. Fisheries and Oceans Canada approved the construction of a permanent fishway at the site. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Special to Black Press Media)

ALONG THE FRASER: Fishway at Big Bar slide a step in right direction

Following Alaska’s lead, B.C. should do more to make salmon a real priority

  • Dec 21, 2020
Crews affixed radio tags to salmon at the Big Bar landslide site 100km north of Lillooet this past summer. Fisheries and Oceans Canada approved the construction of a permanent fishway at the site. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Special to Black Press Media)
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Three car accident
Hazmat incident in Maple Ridge
Serious crash shuts down road in rural Maple Ridge
Pitt Meadows business featured in Vogue U.K.
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
Griffith Jones was on the roof, his daughter Joan (below) outside the family home on a winter’s day in 1939. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Sharing memories of winters past

Highlights from memoir of Joan Jones feature some vivid detail of Christmases and winter in Haney

  • Dec 12, 2020
Griffith Jones was on the roof, his daughter Joan (below) outside the family home on a winter’s day in 1939. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Les Haddad shared this picture of Maple Ridge’s Alouette Lake as he saw it recently, looking south from the Florence Lake forestry road. (Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Visiting the ‘jaws of hell’ on the Alouette

A local environmentalist again argues his point that a fish ladder over the dam is a must

  • Dec 5, 2020
Les Haddad shared this picture of Maple Ridge’s Alouette Lake as he saw it recently, looking south from the Florence Lake forestry road. (Special to The News)
Lobbying efforts continue to have a fish ladder added to the Alouette dam. (News files)

ALONG THE FRASER: Habitat behind dam could help reverse salmon declines

VIDEO: Environmentalist keeps lobbying for Hydro to fund a fish ladder to move salmon over the dam

  • Nov 29, 2020
Lobbying efforts continue to have a fish ladder added to the Alouette dam. (News files)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Bouncing back from a brain injury isn’t easy

‘We didn’t know how bad it was until I tried to return to work’

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
Chad Cowles is the manager of the community social safety initiatives for the City of Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

NETWORKING: Community given glimpse into new street outreach services

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Network hears from CSO Chad Cowles and STORM

  • Nov 8, 2020
Chad Cowles is the manager of the community social safety initiatives for the City of Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge’s Thomas Henry Laity in his uniform ready to ship out in 1916. (Image P03316/Maple Ridge Museum Archives)

LOOKING BACK: The enemy they could not see in wartime

Timely retrospective of local soldiers who died of disease during the First World War

  • Nov 2, 2020
Maple Ridge’s Thomas Henry Laity in his uniform ready to ship out in 1916. (Image P03316/Maple Ridge Museum Archives)
Eila Male (circa 1970s) in a Finnish costume, including woven birch bark shoes, sat on front porch of a house. The pleated skirt had belonged to her grandmother and is a deep emerald green in colour. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Eila Male was a historian for her ancestors

When museum needed translations or context about Maple Ridge’s Finnish community, they turned to Eila

  • Oct 10, 2020
Eila Male (circa 1970s) in a Finnish costume, including woven birch bark shoes, sat on front porch of a house. The pleated skirt had belonged to her grandmother and is a deep emerald green in colour. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
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ZYTARUK: Fleecing students at U. of Fees

Students are forced to pay a scandalous heap of mandatory fees on top of their tuition

  • Sep 28, 2020
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ARMS staffer Sophie Sparrow took scale samples to confirm Alouette Lake was the origin of returning sockeye. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Neglected Alouette Lake sockeye could return in the thousands

VIDEO: Environmental columnist Jack Emberly argues again for a fish ladder on the Alouette

  • Sep 1, 2020
ARMS staffer Sophie Sparrow took scale samples to confirm Alouette Lake was the origin of returning sockeye. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village offers a number of quaint, locally owned shops that would all greatly benefit from local support during COVID. (The News files)

OUR VIEW: Putting your money where your heart is

No better way to keep a community strong, than shopping local

Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village offers a number of quaint, locally owned shops that would all greatly benefit from local support during COVID. (The News files)
In the early days on 223rd Street, the CEED Centre’s youth group displays its central message. Identified are Sherry, Dwight, and Michel Milford and Amelia Reamsbottom, captured by photographer Chris Relke, but not which is which. April 16, 1990. (MR TIMES collection-Black Press Media/Maple Ridge Museum)

LOOKING BACK: CEED Centre transforms with Maple Ridge

In most of its incarnations, the original Japanese kindergarten stayed true to its educational roots

  • Aug 23, 2020
In the early days on 223rd Street, the CEED Centre’s youth group displays its central message. Identified are Sherry, Dwight, and Michel Milford and Amelia Reamsbottom, captured by photographer Chris Relke, but not which is which. April 16, 1990. (MR TIMES collection-Black Press Media/Maple Ridge Museum)