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This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)

Cole’s Notes: B.C. could be the main star in films – but we can play any role

Film is a multi-billion dollar industry in B.C., but we rarely play ourselves on-screen

This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)
Anna Chyryvoko and her boys after being evacuated from Chernihiv to Kyiv, Ukraine. (Joti Heir photo)
Anna Chyryvoko and her boys after being evacuated from Chernihiv to Kyiv, Ukraine. (Joti Heir photo)
This oak tree that stands on the front lawn of the Pitt Meadows heritage hall, was nothing more than a sapling when it was planted almost 85 years ago. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: An 85-year-old tree with deeply rooted history

Historic municipal documents tells of how a royal oak tree came to stand in front of heritage hall

  • Apr 3, 2022
This oak tree that stands on the front lawn of the Pitt Meadows heritage hall, was nothing more than a sapling when it was planted almost 85 years ago. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Think local, act global

Will micro and macro changes to the world economy hurt or help B.C. in 2022?

  • Mar 30, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
Visitors to the Pitt Meadows library shared what they love about the local branch, everything from the space and its amenities to the staff. (Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Visitors share love for their library

So much more than books available at the Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge libraries

  • Mar 23, 2022
Visitors to the Pitt Meadows library shared what they love about the local branch, everything from the space and its amenities to the staff. (Special to The News)
A roundabout in Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)

WOLF: Roundabouts and other pet peeves driving B.C. drivers crazy

Column: What habits do other drivers have that bother you on the road?

A roundabout in Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
Residents can access the archives for the Maple Ridge Museum by appointments on Sundays. (Shea Henry/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Looking forward to opening of archive space at Maple Ridge Museum

For first time in the historical society’s history an archival building will be open to the public

  • Mar 20, 2022
Residents can access the archives for the Maple Ridge Museum by appointments on Sundays. (Shea Henry/Special to The News)
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Fond memories of ‘Paddy’s Day’

By mid afternoon, the party started really taking off

Robert’s column
Doreen “Bubbles” Holland at the BC Tel office in 1927. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P1239/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Life as a ‘career girl’ in 1920s Maple Ridge

Archives allow glimpse at one local woman’s job as a telephone operator in Hammond and Haney

  • Mar 8, 2022
Doreen “Bubbles” Holland at the BC Tel office in 1927. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P1239/Special to The News)
Andrey Goncharuk, 68, a member of the territorial defense stands in the backyard of a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

CAMERON: What freedom truly looks like

Canadians are often portrayed as polite, decent, unassuming, and hard to anger.…

  • Mar 2, 2022
Andrey Goncharuk, 68, a member of the territorial defense stands in the backyard of a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows branches are gearing up for spring break. (Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Libraries stocking up for fun this spring break

A virtual Science World experience is among the alternatives being offered for the holiday

  • Feb 26, 2022
Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows branches are gearing up for spring break. (Special to The News)
October 1918 telegram (two sided) regarding provincial board of health influenza regulations. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Drawing parallels to influenza a century ago

Archivist digs up timely document from the District of Pitt Meadows collection

  • Feb 19, 2022
October 1918 telegram (two sided) regarding provincial board of health influenza regulations. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Bleeding hearts, lawlessness and leadership: ‘Just Watch Me’

Scrolling through my social media feed last week, I came across a…

  • Feb 17, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
(Nature Conservancy of Canada photo)

World Wetlands Day: Nature needs us to do more

Canada’s largest land conservation organization says there has never been a more important time for nature conservation

  • Feb 4, 2022
(Nature Conservancy of Canada photo)
Lantern decorations are hung on trees on the Olympic Green near the Olympic Tower at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Beijing. Millions of people in China and beyond are celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

CAMERON: Is it time to get tough with China?

When the torch is lit in Beijing National Stadium February 4, marking…

  • Feb 1, 2022
Lantern decorations are hung on trees on the Olympic Green near the Olympic Tower at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Beijing. Millions of people in China and beyond are celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Thursday is family literacy day, but a local librarian suggests a love of books and storytelling should be a year-round passion. (Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Every day can be family literacy day

A Maple Ridge librarian tells her own story of how she shared her love of reading with her son

  • Jan 24, 2022
Thursday is family literacy day, but a local librarian suggests a love of books and storytelling should be a year-round passion. (Special to The News)
Eila, Ada, and Walter Rauma on the occasion of Ada’s 40th birthday. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives P03869/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: A family’s journey from Finland via Toronto

Maple Ridge Museum curator shares story of Raumas, who settled in Webster’s Corners

  • Jan 23, 2022
Eila, Ada, and Walter Rauma on the occasion of Ada’s 40th birthday. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives P03869/Special to The News)
According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS

FONG: Legal reform needed to protect young women from growing online sexual violence

Liberals promised to rework online harms legislation within 100 days of Parliament’s Nov. 22 return

According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)

Hay: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

‘I have learned the difference between fear and hope is focus’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)
Bill Wild speaks out for need to protect against future flooding. (News files)

ALONG THE FRASER: Pitt Meadows man lobbies for better flood protections

Atmospheric rivers and subsequent flooding bring local pump station issues to surface, again

  • Jan 9, 2022
Bill Wild speaks out for need to protect against future flooding. (News files)