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Man faces child luring, child porn charges linked to Hope, Vancouver Island

Man faces child luring, child porn charges linked to Hope, Vancouver Island

Jason Thomas Graff was in Chilliwack court on March 5 to face multiple charges

Man faces child luring, child porn charges linked to Hope, Vancouver Island
Gathering at the behest of the Hope Search and Rescue team, members of SAR teams from across the Fraser Valley gathered on Saturday to help locate a backcountry skier who’d become separated from their party. (Facebook)

Backcountry skier rescued after getting lost near Coquihalla Summit

The skier was reported missing Saturday afternoon and was located early Sunday morning

Gathering at the behest of the Hope Search and Rescue team, members of SAR teams from across the Fraser Valley gathered on Saturday to help locate a backcountry skier who’d become separated from their party. (Facebook)
At the school board’s Jan. 29 meeting, trustee Darrell Furgason put forth a motion to give trustees a 29.6-per-cent increase in salaries. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

Chilliwack school trustee wants 30% raise

Trustee Darrell Furgason asked the board to raise their salaries from $19,293 to $25,000

At the school board’s Jan. 29 meeting, trustee Darrell Furgason put forth a motion to give trustees a 29.6-per-cent increase in salaries. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)
Chilliwack anti-SOGI trustee says he is victim of workplace discrimination

Chilliwack anti-SOGI trustee says he is victim of workplace discrimination

Left out of liaison duties in the district, Barry Neufeld says he’ll be bringing legal action against the Chilliwack school board

Chilliwack anti-SOGI trustee says he is victim of workplace discrimination
A B.C. attorney specializing in challenging DUI cases says the new impaired laws are unconstitutional and have created different classes of offenders. (file photo)

Impaired driving laws creates different classes of offenders, says B.C. lawyer

Kyla Lee says new impaired laws are unconstitutional and unfair

A B.C. attorney specializing in challenging DUI cases says the new impaired laws are unconstitutional and have created different classes of offenders. (file photo)
Fabio Scaldaferri stands next to piles of mattresses that have been ‘filleted’ as part of the recycling process. Scaldaferri owns Mattress Recycling, one of Hope’s newest businesses, and the largest mattress recycler in western Canada. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Where mattresses go to die

Mattress Recycling opens the largest of its kind mattress-recycling facility in Hope

Fabio Scaldaferri stands next to piles of mattresses that have been ‘filleted’ as part of the recycling process. Scaldaferri owns Mattress Recycling, one of Hope’s newest businesses, and the largest mattress recycler in western Canada. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
14-year-old Jaiden Duncan shows off his hair: the young man grew out his hair for almost four years so he could make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

VIDEO: Chilliwack boy donates more than a foot of hair to Canadian Cancer Society

Jaiden Duncan grew his hair for nearly 4 years to make a donation to the Society’s wig-making program

14-year-old Jaiden Duncan shows off his hair: the young man grew out his hair for almost four years so he could make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)
Cannabis has been legal for six weeks in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped many from feeling shunned or as though their use is still stigmatized. (Thought Catalog/Unsplash)

Cannabis may be legal across Canada, but is it publicly accepted in B.C.?

Local cannabis user speaks out about the lingering stigma surrounding cannabis

Cannabis has been legal for six weeks in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped many from feeling shunned or as though their use is still stigmatized. (Thought Catalog/Unsplash)
Kayla Penney, winner of the 2018 Canadian Junior Dog Handler Championships, poses with GCh Brio’s Hotsicle (a.k.a. “Chick”), the CKC’s golden retriever of the year for 2017. (Submitted)

Chilliwack teen to take on the world after winning Canadian junior dog-handling national championship

Chilliwack’s Kayla Penney is heading to Crufts to compete for her first international title

Kayla Penney, winner of the 2018 Canadian Junior Dog Handler Championships, poses with GCh Brio’s Hotsicle (a.k.a. “Chick”), the CKC’s golden retriever of the year for 2017. (Submitted)
Chilliwack residents are fuming over the cost of local gas prices in relation to nearby communities. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

Chilliwack drivers fuming over inexplicably high gas prices

Costs in Chilliwack are nearly as high as Metro Vancouver

Chilliwack residents are fuming over the cost of local gas prices in relation to nearby communities. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)
Fred Jackson created this year’s Every Child Matters design for Orange Shirt Day (inset), which is held annually on Sept. 30. Here he is posing next to one of his designs that was installed at Vedder Crossing. (File photo/The Progress)

‘Every Child Matters’: Orange Shirt Day spreads awareness across B.C.

Fred Jackson’s design, The Bonding, is the image on this year’s T-shirt for Orange Shirt Day

Fred Jackson created this year’s Every Child Matters design for Orange Shirt Day (inset), which is held annually on Sept. 30. Here he is posing next to one of his designs that was installed at Vedder Crossing. (File photo/The Progress)
New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for shelter and local municipal election

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter
Fraser Valley artist puts her talent to fabric and lands on Vancouver’s fashion runway

Fraser Valley artist puts her talent to fabric and lands on Vancouver’s fashion runway

Anelia Basson will be showcasing her original clothing line at this year’s Vancouver Fashion Week

Fraser Valley artist puts her talent to fabric and lands on Vancouver’s fashion runway
The Chilliwack YMCA is one of 10 B.C. communities offering the latest pilot program offered by the Childhood Obesity Foundation to deal with overweight children and youth: the Healthy Family Living Program is due to start in late September. (Submitted photo)

10 B.C. cities to pilot new program against childhood obesity

Healthy Family Living program being tested in 10 communities, including Chilliwack

The Chilliwack YMCA is one of 10 B.C. communities offering the latest pilot program offered by the Childhood Obesity Foundation to deal with overweight children and youth: the Healthy Family Living Program is due to start in late September. (Submitted photo)
Avonlea Collins (centre) tries seal for the first time. Collins, along with five others, spent 28 days travelling across Canada with a camera crew meeting Indigenous people from a variety of different cultures. APTN’s “First Contact” airs Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. (Submitted)

B.C. residents featured on reality TV show challenging Indigenous stereotypes

First Contact follows six Canadians as they learn the truth behind many racial stereotypes

Avonlea Collins (centre) tries seal for the first time. Collins, along with five others, spent 28 days travelling across Canada with a camera crew meeting Indigenous people from a variety of different cultures. APTN’s “First Contact” airs Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. (Submitted)
Carol Todd speaks to Pink Shirt Day rally at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 28, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Carol Todd to speak at anti-bullying event in Fraser Valley

Amanda Todd’s mother wants parents to reconsider the amount of screen time their families have

Carol Todd speaks to Pink Shirt Day rally at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 28, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
At least 14 illegal fires set in Fraser Valley this month

At least 14 illegal fires set in Fraser Valley this month

Conservation officers are fed up with people not listening to the province-wide fire ban

At least 14 illegal fires set in Fraser Valley this month
Documentary filmed in B.C. nominated in ‘Wildlife Oscars’’

Documentary filmed in B.C. nominated in ‘Wildlife Oscars’’

Toad People is the only Canadian film to be nominated in this year’s Panda Wilderness Awards

Documentary filmed in B.C. nominated in ‘Wildlife Oscars’’
RCMP nab prolific car thief after month-long, B.C.-wide search

RCMP nab prolific car thief after month-long, B.C.-wide search

A province-wide warrant was issued for Brian Robert Stephan in June for a litany of offences

RCMP nab prolific car thief after month-long, B.C.-wide search
Saquatch hops are the first Canadian designed and patented hops world-wide, and they’re being grown in the Fraser Valley. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

B.C. company patents Sasquatch, the country’s first homegrown hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, Sasquatch hops are being grown commercially for the first time in B.C.

Saquatch hops are the first Canadian designed and patented hops world-wide, and they’re being grown in the Fraser Valley. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)