Opinion

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LETTER: Kindness prevails, despite COVID

Maple Ridge senior grateful for the generosity of several strangers

  • Mar 13, 2021
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Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Remember benefits to community from CP Rail, Maple Ridge man says

Pitt Meadows council continues its opposition to CP’s expansion plans

  • Mar 12, 2021
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LETTER: CP rail plans give Pitt Meadows resident food for thought

Increasing rail traffic is a concern for residents near rail line, local woman noted

  • Mar 12, 2021
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A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
The Foundry Ridge Meadows offers services for youth ages 12 to 24. (Foundry Ridge Meadows/Special to The News)

Guest column: Foundry Ridge Meadows offers peer supports

Peer support worker can help young people navigate the resources in the community

  • Mar 9, 2021
The Foundry Ridge Meadows offers services for youth ages 12 to 24. (Foundry Ridge Meadows/Special to The News)
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LETTER: Grieving Pitt Meadows mom shares insights into son’s overdose death

The War on Drugs has been a failure and society needs to tackle drug use differently, mother says

  • Mar 8, 2021
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LETTER: Pitt Meadows council off base with RCMP building estimate

Pitt Meadows resident said small community can’t afford new detachment for $18- to $24-million

  • Mar 6, 2021
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FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

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

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
The artwork is by Caitlin Legault who is not the only local person grateful to those who work in health care. A local letter writer recently had to go to hospital and wanted everyone there to know that their efforts are appreciated. (Special to The News)

LETTER: Pitt Meadows letter writer grateful for all those who cared for her at hospital

Staff in every department worthy of praise, local woman says

  • Feb 27, 2021
The artwork is by Caitlin Legault who is not the only local person grateful to those who work in health care. A local letter writer recently had to go to hospital and wanted everyone there to know that their efforts are appreciated. (Special to The News)
Local letter writer said fundraiser might help change social perception about people who are homeless. (Black Press Media file photo)

LETTER: What if society held a telethon to help homeless

Pitt Meadows resident lauds Variety Club for telethon. Would the fundraiser work for other causes?

  • Feb 26, 2021
Local letter writer said fundraiser might help change social perception about people who are homeless. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

OP-ED: 1 year into pandemic, B.C.’s tourism sector hopes for a light at the end of the tunnel

Only about 17 per cent of businesses have been operating as usual in B.C.

  • Feb 26, 2021
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
Foundation Skills Assessment tests are given to Grades 4 and 7 but the teachers’ union is arguing that the results will not be valid due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Teachers’ union head encourages parents to opt out of FSA tests

Teri Mooring said a pandemic is no time for standardized testing and results will be skewed

  • Feb 21, 2021
Foundation Skills Assessment tests are given to Grades 4 and 7 but the teachers’ union is arguing that the results will not be valid due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media files)
A local resident is encouraging others to support changes in harm reduction strategy to benefit people on drugs and the community in general. (Black Press file photo)

LETTER: Maple Ridge businesses should support legalization and regulation of hard drugs

Crime and other social ills in the community stems from drug users having to secure supply.

  • Feb 21, 2021
A local resident is encouraging others to support changes in harm reduction strategy to benefit people on drugs and the community in general. (Black Press file photo)
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)

OP-ED: B.C. tourism needs a boost from 2026 Commonwealth Games

‘Far more profitable’ than 1994 event hosted by Victoria

  • Feb 17, 2021
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)
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LETTER: Albion has been turned into an ugly dumping ground

Maple Ridge residents and developers, please clean up and take pride in our neighbourhood

  • Feb 17, 2021
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Thrifty Foods in Maple Ridge will be closing at the end of May. (Neil Corbett/The News)

LETTER: Long-time resident frustrated by lack of shopping options

After living in Maple Ridge for more than 30 years, disappointed to see Thrifty’s pulling out

  • Feb 16, 2021
Thrifty Foods in Maple Ridge will be closing at the end of May. (Neil Corbett/The News)
White Cane Week took place Feb.7 to 13, 2021. (Special to Black Press Media)

LETTER: Please design Maple Ridge with full accessibility in mind

Longtime resident, who is blind, pleads for moe consideration in city planning

  • Feb 15, 2021
White Cane Week took place Feb.7 to 13, 2021. (Special to Black Press Media)
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LETTER: Shout out to a pair of Good Samaritans

Thanks expressed to an anonymous couple who came to the aid of an elderly man in Maple Ridge

  • Feb 15, 2021
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This section of Highway 7 shows what the proposed widened of Lougheed Highway is going to look like for cycling, with a cyclist between the concrete barrier and a big truck. (Ivan Chow/Special to The News)

LETTER: Deadline to voice opinion on highway upgrades looming

Ministry of transportation needs to hear from locals about dangers along rural Lougheed Highway

  • Feb 14, 2021
This section of Highway 7 shows what the proposed widened of Lougheed Highway is going to look like for cycling, with a cyclist between the concrete barrier and a big truck. (Ivan Chow/Special to The News)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)