Opinion

A person receives a tested supply of cocaine after gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. The B.C. Coroners Service announced that 2,224 people died from a suspected illicit drug overdose in 2021. The Drug User Liberation Front (DULF), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and B.C. Association of People on Opiate Maintenance distributed a tested supply of illicit drugs to users after the gathering in a call for a safer drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OUR VIEW: Safer supply is key

Prescription and control of the drug supply is necessary

  • Jun 19, 2022

 

Ridge Meadows RCMP were on scene of a shooting an McDougal Street in Maple Ridge earlier this month. (Neil Corbett/The News)

In Our View: Gun control not a one-off issue

Dealing with our gun violence problem is a thorny isssue with no one simple solution

  • May 27, 2022

 

Fraser Valley Regional Library serves more people than any other library system in B.C. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Libraries could use some more local advocates

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are members of the largest library system in B.C.

  • May 22, 2022

 

Volunteers filling sand bags for flood protection in Maple Ridge Park last year. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Our View: Threat of Fraser River flood is ever-present

It’s just a matter of time until the water rises again

  • May 14, 2022
Volunteers filling sand bags for flood protection in Maple Ridge Park last year. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The proposed new federal riding of Pitt Meadows-Fort Langley. (Special to The News)

Our View: New riding doesn’t pass muster

Strange new riding doesn’t serve its residents

  • May 11, 2022
The proposed new federal riding of Pitt Meadows-Fort Langley. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)

Our View: Biggest cost of property values is indirect

Don’t panic about a swing in property values affecting property taxes

  • Jan 22, 2022
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)
The real estate market in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows continued to be hot through November. (Black Press files)

Our View: Don’t count real estate chickens before they hatch

If you’re expecting house prices to keep going up forever – don’t

  • Jan 7, 2022
The real estate market in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows continued to be hot through November. (Black Press files)
Traffic along Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. (THE NEWS/files)

In Our View: How do we get to a future with less driving?

Province needs a clearer road map for us to follow to meet lofty goals

  • Oct 29, 2021
Traffic along Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. (THE NEWS/files)
Books on the shelves of a Fraser Valley Regional Library branch. (Black Press Media files)

Our View: Celebrate library month by a visit to your local branch

There’s more on offer than books

  • Oct 17, 2021
Books on the shelves of a Fraser Valley Regional Library branch. (Black Press Media files)
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Our View: Democracy doesn’t end at the ballot box

The hard work comes in between elections

  • Sep 19, 2021
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A person is handed a package of heroin, said to be safe from fentanyl, in a Maple Ridge park. (Special to The News)

Our View: Overdose crisis affects all of us

Compassion and an evidence based approach is needed to stem the tide of deaths

A person is handed a package of heroin, said to be safe from fentanyl, in a Maple Ridge park. (Special to The News)
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

In Our View: Books can fill a quiet summer

Reading has many positive impacts, including being really enjoyable

  • Jul 3, 2021
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Tubing down the Alouette River is a popular pastime in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

LETTER: Advice for those who go tubing down the Alouette River

Maple Ridge resident asks those on the river to respect private property, nature

Tubing down the Alouette River is a popular pastime in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Single-family home prices are rising quickly and governments need to get more involved. (Black Press files)

Our View: Province must take lead on keeping housing affordable

It’s in no one’s best interest for house prices to shoot up 20 per cent a year

Single-family home prices are rising quickly and governments need to get more involved. (Black Press files)
COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Models of care have varied greatly between ICBC and WorkSafe

Fighting to prove serious injuries doesn’t help anybody

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.