Neil Corbett

Madeleine Hardin

Federal candidates Q&A: Madeleine Hardin, Liberal

Occupation: Communications/Media instructor UFVMarital Status: Married, three adult childrenPolitical Experience: Member of…

Madeleine Hardin
Ed Fast

Federal Candidates Q&A: Ed Fast, Conservative

Occupation: LawyerMarital Status: Married, four adult daughtersPolitical Experience: Five years Abbotsford Board…

Ed Fast
Incumbent MP Ed Fast (Conservative) addresses a question at the all-candidates meeting on Monday night. At left is Daniel Bryce (Green) who was the crowd favourite at UFV.

Candidates clash at UFV

Judging from the volume of the cheers from the audience, Green Party candidate Daniel Bryce was the winner of Monday night's federal election debate.

Incumbent MP Ed Fast (Conservative) addresses a question at the all-candidates meeting on Monday night. At left is Daniel Bryce (Green) who was the crowd favourite at UFV.
A homeless camp under a tree near the Salvation Army (at rear).

Abbotsford and Mission homeless populations cut in half

The number of homeless people in Abbotsford and Mission has been virtually cut in half, according to the one-day snapshot that is the homeless count.

A homeless camp under a tree near the Salvation Army (at rear).
Morning commuters were shocked to find snow in Abbotsford

Rare April snowfall hits Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack

There were large flakes of snow falling in Abbotsford and Mission as drivers got ready for their morning commute on Thursday.

Morning commuters were shocked to find snow in Abbotsford

More housing for Abbotsford’s homeless

Three years after a proposed complex for homeless men was blocked by neighbours, a new site has been announced.

Patrick Giesbrecht is the new president of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.

New Abbotsford chamber president sees opportunity

A winner of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce’s new business of the year Business Excellence Award is the new chamber president.

Patrick Giesbrecht took over the position on Wednesday from outgoing president Pat Sapielak.

Giesbrecht started the business Pacific North Advertising, and for which he won new business of the year in 2005. He sold the business in 2007, and now operates Pacific North Marketing.

Patrick Giesbrecht is the new president of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.
Daniel Bryce

Daniel Bryce to carry Green Party banner in Abbotsford

Daniel Bryce, who carried the Green Party banner in Abbotsford South in the last provincial election, is making his first foray into national politics with the federal Greens in the Abbotsford riding.

Daniel Bryce
Some marijuana being grown in Abbotsford residences is allowed under Health Canada’s Marijuana Medical Access Regulations.

Are legal pot grow-ops a justifiable hazard?

There are houses in Abbotsford where pot is growing with the sanction of the federal government, and neither the Abbotsford Police nor city hall knows where they are.

Some marijuana being grown in Abbotsford residences is allowed under Health Canada’s Marijuana Medical Access Regulations.
Homeless count volunteers Bob Singleton and Laureen Atkinson head under a bridge.

Fewer seeking emergency shelter in Abbotsford

Final numbers are still being tabulated for the Fraser Valley homeless count, but it appears there is some optimistic news in Abbotsford.

Homeless count volunteers Bob Singleton and Laureen Atkinson head under a bridge.
Troy Campbell has had tremendous success as the head coach of the Abbotsford Hawks Bantam AAA team.

High-calibre coach

There is a great future in hockey for many of the kids on the Abbotsford Bantam Tier 1 team, and the upcoming WHL Bantam draft will be the start of these success stories.

Troy Campbell has had tremendous success as the head coach of the Abbotsford Hawks Bantam AAA team.

Federal election campaign begins: Fast to defend riding

“Conservative stronghold” is a term that has often been used to describe the Abbotsford riding during federal elections, but don’t tell that to incumbent MP Ed Fast.

“I’ve never considered Abbotsford a safe seat,” he told the News on Friday afternoon, as he prepared to leave Ottawa and begin an election campaign in his riding.

Madeleine Hardin

Hardin wins Liberal nomination

On Wednesday evening the federal Liberal party chose Madeleine Hardin to run as the party's candidate for the Abbotsford riding in the looming election.

Madeleine Hardin
Abbotsford bantams celebrate their first goal of the B.C. championship game.

Bruins down Abby bantams in B.C. final

The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins beat the Abbotsford Hawks 6-3 in the provincial Bantam Tier 1 championship on Wednesday night at a packed MSA Arena.

Abbotsford bantams celebrate their first goal of the B.C. championship game.

Federal election call expected after budget revealed

The result of Tuesday’s budget could well be a federal election, according to Abbotsford’s Member of Parliament.

“We’ll be on the hustings by Thursday or Friday,” predicted MP Ed Fast, saying the budget is an excuse for the opposition parties to bring down the Conservative minority government and force an election.

Abbotsford courthouse has limitations

Most of the pressures at the Abbotsford courthouse are the result of the physical limitations of the building, say officials in the system.

The current courthouse has five court rooms, four of which are designed to handle prisoners securely.

Richmond Sockeyes goaltender Aaron Oakley makes a stop on Pilot Justin Dorey on Tuesday night.

Pilots season swept away

The Abbotsford Pilots played four close games, outshot their opponent in two of them, but still lost the Pacific International Junior Hockey League best-of-seven championship series in a sweep.

Richmond Sockeyes goaltender Aaron Oakley makes a stop on Pilot Justin Dorey on Tuesday night.
Pilots goaltender Brad Anderson dives on a rebound during Game 1 action at MSA Arena.

Pilots drop first two games of series

The Abbotsford Pilots have dug themselves an 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven junior B championship series against the Richmond Sockeyes.

Pilots goaltender Brad Anderson dives on a rebound during Game 1 action at MSA Arena.
Abbotsford Hawks goalie Nathan Hargrave makes a glove save against Burnaby Winter Club during opening action at MSA Arena on Sunday.

Abby Hawks on target for B.C. gold

The host Abbotsford Hawks opened the Bantam Tier 1 provincial championships on Sunday with one of their biggest games of the tourney.

Abbotsford Hawks goalie Nathan Hargrave makes a glove save against Burnaby Winter Club during opening action at MSA Arena on Sunday.
The late Christine Lamb

Political pioneer Christine Lamb dies

"We have lost a great citizen," Mayor George Peary said with the passing of Christine Lamb.

The late Christine Lamb