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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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St. Pat’s Grade 1 student letters to Santa

LETTERS: Kids asking Santa to feed and pray for the ‘homelis’

A common thread of compassion for those without comes in letters from Grade 1 Maple Ridge class

  • Dec 26, 2020
St. Pat’s Grade 1 student letters to Santa
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Kenney makes last ditch plea for Keystone XL Expansion
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
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, in the Island Health region. (Adrian Dix/Twitter)

OUR VIEW: A vaccine, and brighter days

The vaccination program will begin to pay dividends in the new year

  • Dec 25, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, in the Island Health region. (Adrian Dix/Twitter)
Ayva is one of the Grade 3 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School. (Special to The News)

LETTERS TO SANTA: From the mouths of babes

A Grade 3 class at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Maple Ridge share letters to Ol’ St. Nick

  • Dec 25, 2020
Ayva is one of the Grade 3 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School. (Special to The News)
One kind gesture in a Starbuck drive-thru sparked another, and made one Maple Ridge woman’s bad day a little brighter. (Screengrab)

Kind gesture by Starbucks customer came at perfect time

A Maple Ridge woman is extremely grateful for and encourage by one person’s act of kindess

  • Dec 24, 2020
One kind gesture in a Starbuck drive-thru sparked another, and made one Maple Ridge woman’s bad day a little brighter. (Screengrab)
Maple Ridge’s Lynell Adams uses song often to spread cheer and merriment. Despite COVID, here’s a Christmas ditty she wrote and performed. (Screengrab)

LETTER: Rejoice for COVID will soon be over

A Maple Ridge woman uses song to lift spirits during the holidays

  • Dec 24, 2020
Maple Ridge’s Lynell Adams uses song often to spread cheer and merriment. Despite COVID, here’s a Christmas ditty she wrote and performed. (Screengrab)
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LETTER: Councillors are a gaggle of grinches

Maple Ridge homeowner saddened by council’s 4.29% tax increase

  • Dec 23, 2020
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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry thanked an Island Health nurse after joining staff for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria on Dec. 22 (B.C. government/Special to Black Press Media)

LETTER: Vaccine – a seasonal gift for one and all

A Maple Ridge poet puts pen to paper on the subject of the coronavirus vaccination rolling out

  • Dec 23, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry thanked an Island Health nurse after joining staff for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria on Dec. 22 (B.C. government/Special to Black Press Media)
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LETTER: Disappointed by Maple Ridge increasing taxes during a pandemic

Reader can’t believe she’s agreeing with Councillor Gordy Robson, but curtail hike during COVID

  • Dec 23, 2020
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A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC

OPINION: Hoping for broader support and better days ahead for tourism sector

Now as we turn the page on 2020, there is room for optimism

  • Dec 22, 2020
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC
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LETTER: Lights will help prevent disasters on Maple Ridge streets

Letter writer throws her support behind the need for more high-traffic roads to be illuminated

  • Dec 22, 2020
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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)
John Johnston shared this picture of a corner in Hammond that continues to be a mess thanks to “yahoo” drivers. (Special to The News)

LETTER: Taxes at work at Hammond intersection

Several years and huge team of workers can’t fix a gravel curb in Maple Ridge

  • Dec 21, 2020
John Johnston shared this picture of a corner in Hammond that continues to be a mess thanks to “yahoo” drivers. (Special to The News)
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LETTER: Council too quick to dismiss Yennadon resident concerns

Maple Ridge mayor and councillors asked to revisit redevelopment plans for eco-sensitive area

  • Dec 18, 2020
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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)
Jenna Hauck is a multimedia journalist with The Chilliwack Progress. (Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Minimalist family Christmas yet again

‘I enjoyed the little things that year… and it turned out to be a pretty great Christmas after all’

Jenna Hauck is a multimedia journalist with The Chilliwack Progress. (Chilliwack Progress file)
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LETTER: Minister should reflect on his own actions, before throwing stones

If Mike Farnsworth had said the same about the BLM protests, he’d be unemployed now: Reader

  • Dec 14, 2020
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LETTER: Council reconsider your plan for Yennadon

If council destroys ecologically sensitive Maple Ridge neighbourhood, there’s no turning back: Reader

  • Dec 13, 2020
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LETTER: Move to electric railroad, instead

In reaction to upset about CP Rail’s expansion plans in Pitt Meadows, this reader has a suggestion

  • Dec 13, 2020
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