Opinion

The Art Infiniti Hotel caught fire on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31, 2020) in Maple Ridge. Seven people were evacuated safely. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)

LETTER: Headline about Maple Ridge fire victim insensitive

Senior lost everything in Dec. 31 fire and letter writer felt denture reference inappropriate

  • Jan 17, 2021
The intersection at Harris Road and Lougheed Highway (Google)

LETTER: Pitt Meadows resident wonders why traffic signals not updated

A local man has contacted the city and road contractor with concerns to no avail

  • Jan 16, 2021
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LETTER: Resident sad to see worsening Maple Ridge litter problem

A local letter writer said her concerns have fallen on deaf ears

  • Jan 17, 2021
Citizen science on a small Vancouver island Coho stream. (Public Fishery Alliance)

LETTER: Public Fishery Alliance clarifies stance on ways to restore B.C.’s salmon population

‘Fishing is enjoyable, but that’s not why the public fishery supports adipose fin clipping all chinook production’

  • Jan 14, 2021
Citizen science on a small Vancouver island Coho stream. (Public Fishery Alliance)
Food For The Soul is offering support for the homeless population from its store on the Lougheed Highway in downtown Maple Ridge. (The News files)

LETTER: Maple Ridge’s Food For The Soul Project doing great work

Society working with homeless population in the community

  • Jan 15, 2021
Food For The Soul is offering support for the homeless population from its store on the Lougheed Highway in downtown Maple Ridge. (The News files)
Charles Forlier found a pile of construction debris while walking on the Ridge Meadows diking system on Jan. 10, 2021.

LETTER: Tossed debris spoils walk for Pitt Meadows resident

Resident asks bigger questions about how humans treat their environment in light of casual dumping

  • Jan 11, 2021
Charles Forlier found a pile of construction debris while walking on the Ridge Meadows diking system on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Woman sings Christmas song in Golden Ears Provincial Park to delight of onlookers
Downtown Maple Ridge BIA Win Your Wish contest
Archer Reid was the Ridge Meadows Hospital New Year baby
Polar Plunge Alouette Lake
Lillian Ireland and Rob Dramer wrote a song for healthcare workers earlier last year, and ended 2020 with a New Years ditty. (Special to The News)

LETTER: Sharing wishes for a non-COVID New Year

New ditty by Maple Ridge musicians speaks of sacrifice, hope, kindness, and resilience

  • Jan 11, 2021
Lillian Ireland and Rob Dramer wrote a song for healthcare workers earlier last year, and ended 2020 with a New Years ditty. (Special to The News)
Helen Homer gave thanks to the elves who decorated Cottonwood Trail in Maple Ridge this holiday season, saying it brought “people some Christmas cheer.” She shared a picture of Don Lekei and his dog Mabel walking along the decorated trail. (Special to The News)

LETTER: Can elves also clean up Cottonwood Trail?

Letter writer critical of dog owners who don’t pick up after their pooches

  • Jan 12, 2021
Helen Homer gave thanks to the elves who decorated Cottonwood Trail in Maple Ridge this holiday season, saying it brought “people some Christmas cheer.” She shared a picture of Don Lekei and his dog Mabel walking along the decorated trail. (Special to The News)
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LETTER: ‘Maybe it’s time for a long second look’

Good news and more bad news on the Site C project and billions being spent to make it happen

  • Jan 16, 2021
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LETTER: Continuing push to electrify rail service

Amid controversy about a new CP yard in Pitt Meadows, local reader suggests alternative system

  • Jan 15, 2021
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LETTER: Not shutting down this letter writer that easily

Reader retaliates to submission and argues democracy

  • Jan 14, 2021
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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry receives a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria. (Island Health/Special to Black Press Media)

LETTER: Feds should throw everything they have at vaccinating Canadians faster

Reader calls on locals to lobby government to “work harder to make this happen”

  • Jan 13, 2021
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry receives a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria. (Island Health/Special to Black Press Media)
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Compulsory trades training for B.C. apprentices makes sense

B.C. Building Trades women’s group endorses NDP’s move

  • Jan 7, 2021
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)
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.
A Maple Ridge letter writer would be okay with paying more taxes if there were more EV charging stations available in town. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Maple Ridge needs to use taxes to improve infrastructure

Taxpayer irked by lack of road upgrades and EV charging stations

  • Dec 31, 2020
A Maple Ridge letter writer would be okay with paying more taxes if there were more EV charging stations available in town. (Black Press Media files)
Reader speaks to all the good news stories packed into the Christmas 2020 edition of The News.

LETTER: Nice reflection of all that is good in the community

Grateful to find The News’ Christmas edition packed with so many positive news stories

  • Dec 30, 2020
Reader speaks to all the good news stories packed into the Christmas 2020 edition of The News.
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.
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LETTER: Simple truth is masks help slow spread of virus

Calling for fellow letter writer to stop attacking MLA for COVIDIOT stance

  • Dec 29, 2020
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LETTER: Is it time for Mike Farnsworth to retire?

This Maple Ridge letter writer is in complete agreement that MLA should end name calling

  • Dec 27, 2020
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LETTER: Maple Ridge council should be ashamed

Long-time resident irate by decision to hike property taxes for 2021

  • Dec 26, 2020
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