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ON COOKING: Chef Dez boasts recipe for “best” meatballs

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email in your queries

  • Oct 18, 2021
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The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

Four men dressed up in various joke costumes including sailor, Mountie, cowboy, and fool. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archive #P09012)

LOOKING BACK: Many current Halloween costumes rooted in the past

Staff at Maple Ridge Museum hope people will stop by this month and show of their guise of choice

  • Oct 17, 2021
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)

GOING GREEN: This Thanksgiving, help stem the tide of garbage

Maple Ridge environmentalist talks about Zero Waste October – yes, it’s a thing

  • Oct 10, 2021
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)
A thank you was posted on a decorated pole in downtown Maple Ridge, to express appreciation for the uPlan’s special efforts in recognizing grads. (Special to The News)

COMMUNITY NETWORK: Youth learning the rewards of volunteering

Young people in the community came together to make several kind gestures possible this past year

  • Oct 3, 2021
A thank you was posted on a decorated pole in downtown Maple Ridge, to express appreciation for the uPlan’s special efforts in recognizing grads. (Special to The News)
Nadine Baumann enjoys reading to her grandchildren at the Maple Ridge library. (FVRL/Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Preparing for a busy fall at the library

Maple Ridge librarian Liza Morris invites people to connect with FVRL in person or virtually

  • Oct 2, 2021
Nadine Baumann enjoys reading to her grandchildren at the Maple Ridge library. (FVRL/Special to The News)
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: One man’s take-away from protest

The final instalment of Jack Emberly’s visit to the logging protest on Vancouver Island

  • Oct 1, 2021
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Tension mounts at Fairy Creek while columnist gains insight

Day 2 at protest site: Maple Ridge environmentalist visiting the Vancouver Island action

  • Sep 14, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Three days at Fairy Creek logging blockade

First of three columns from an Maple Ridge environmentalist visiting the Vancouver Island site

  • Sep 9, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

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

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
Jeanne Wiart, and her husband Eugene, pictured on their 25th wedding anniversary. Jeanne was cousin’s with Charles de Gaulle’s wife. (Maple Ridge Museum archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Maple Ridge’s surprising connection to Charles de Gaulle

Family recently shares letters depicting relationship to famous Second World War general

  • Aug 5, 2021
Jeanne Wiart, and her husband Eugene, pictured on their 25th wedding anniversary. Jeanne was cousin’s with Charles de Gaulle’s wife. (Maple Ridge Museum archives/Special to The News)
Birdwatching kits available for loan from the library include binoculars, a pocket guide to local birds, and more to help people explore the pastime. (Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Kit helps makes family birdwatching adventure fun

With national family fun month coming, tools here to help search for birds, bats, stars, and more

  • Jul 25, 2021
Birdwatching kits available for loan from the library include binoculars, a pocket guide to local birds, and more to help people explore the pastime. (Special to The News)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Read, register, and potentially win prizes. (FVRL/Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Libraries give added motivation to pick up a book

Fraser Valley Regional Libraries are all taking part in the Summer Reading Club

  • Jul 2, 2021
Read, register, and potentially win prizes. (FVRL/Special to The News)
John, Martha, and Carl Brandt picked strawberries at the family farm in 1936 (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P06658/Special to The News).

LOOKING BACK: Farmers markets unpopular in historic Maple Ridge

It wasn’t until the third attempt in 2004 that a retail venue focused on produce took hold

  • Jun 27, 2021
John, Martha, and Carl Brandt picked strawberries at the family farm in 1936 (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P06658/Special to The News).