Opinion

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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LETTER: Maple Ridge council piecemeal planning a disservice to community

Mega developments mean more stress on infrastructure and amenities, letter writer argues

  • May 31, 2021
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LETTER: Canadian drinking laws are antiquated

What? It’s okay to shoot up in a Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows park, but not to consume any alcohol

  • May 30, 2021
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LETTER: Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge councils wrong to dismiss drinking in parks

Responsible adults want to enjoy beverages. Irresponsible ones already act like fools: letter writer

  • May 30, 2021
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LETTER: Monster homes must be stopped

Maple Ridge woman can’t be silent on issue any longer

  • May 29, 2021
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LETTER: Maple Ridge resident has many memories of downtown restaurant

COVID-19 claimed the Bella Vita restaurant which had been in operation almost 50 years

  • May 29, 2021
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LETTER: Still very few Maple Ridge restaurants have patios

City needs to be more progressive, according to one letter writer

  • May 25, 2021
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LETTER: Young couple picked up the tab for Maple Ridge grandmother’s groceries

Letter writer wanted young woman and man to know how much their kindness is appreciated

  • May 23, 2021
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Norm Jacobsen was a former mayor of Maple Ridge. A former resident is sharing his memories of the late local politician who passed away about two years ago. (Contributed)

LETTER: 102-year-old shares encounter with late Maple Ridge MLA

Norm Jacobsen was an alderman, mayor and MLA.

  • May 23, 2021
Norm Jacobsen was a former mayor of Maple Ridge. A former resident is sharing his memories of the late local politician who passed away about two years ago. (Contributed)
This sign was posted in a neighbouring community a couple of years ago. Many people are frustrated by dog owners that either don’t pick up after their pets or don’t properly dispose of the bags of poop. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Doggy doo but owners don’t

Maple Ridge resident questions why dog owners don’t property dispose of poop bags

  • May 22, 2021
This sign was posted in a neighbouring community a couple of years ago. Many people are frustrated by dog owners that either don’t pick up after their pets or don’t properly dispose of the bags of poop. (Black Press Media files)
Port of Vancouver map outlines changes proposed through Pitt Meadows.

LETTER: Port clarifies noise mitigation steps for rail upgrades

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority explains it will ‘go above and beyond’ required efforts

  • May 22, 2021
Port of Vancouver map outlines changes proposed through Pitt Meadows.
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LETTER: Maple Ridge man says wine would go great with that park picnic

Allowing people to drink alcohol in parks could help local eateries, a letter writer says.

  • May 21, 2021
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In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OPINION: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan

Pandemic’s trickle-down impact is particularly large and insidious at a local and community level

  • May 18, 2021
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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LETTER: Upset by being called an ‘idiot’

Maple Ridge writer disagrees with majority on COVID safety protocols and their impacts

  • May 17, 2021
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LETTER: Pandemic fight in stark contrast to Second World War unity, Maple Ridge man says

What if people of the Allied nations thought only of themselves during battle to defeat Hitler?

  • May 15, 2021
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Maple Ridge vape store owner is fighting back against negative comments from city council about his industry. (Vape360 photo)

LETTER: Store owner critical of Maple Ridge mayor and council limit on new vape stores

City would be better to tackle bigger social ills, letter writer says

  • May 14, 2021
Maple Ridge vape store owner is fighting back against negative comments from city council about his industry. (Vape360 photo)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Osprey Village round-about is being worked on at a popular Pitt Meadows intersection, drawing the ire of one local resident. (Kerwin Maude/Special to The News)

LETTER: Osprey round-about redo a waste of dollars?

Pitt Meadows resident critical of council for spending taxpayer money on beautification

  • May 10, 2021
Osprey Village round-about is being worked on at a popular Pitt Meadows intersection, drawing the ire of one local resident. (Kerwin Maude/Special to The News)
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LETTER: Maple Ridge man suggests those who flout COVID rules forego taxpayer health-care

People following rules to help end pandemic frustrated by those who don’t, letter writer says

  • May 9, 2021
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Conservative MP Marc Dalton (The News files)

LETTER: Recovery is best solution for solving opioid crisis

During mental health week, MP draws attention to support needed for those addicted to illicit drugs

  • May 8, 2021
Conservative MP Marc Dalton (The News files)