Opinion

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)
Harley Chappell is on the left in this photo which appeared on a Facebook tribute page in August of 2018. Facebook photo

OUR VIEW: Chappell cannot stay on Surrey Police Board

The province should have been on top of this matter during its vetting process

  • Dec 16, 2020
Harley Chappell is on the left in this photo which appeared on a Facebook tribute page in August of 2018. Facebook photo
Continue to look for hopeful pinpricks of light and remember the Christmas story, urges guest columnist Lisa Rumpel. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

COLUMN: Look for true stars in your life this Christmas

Continue to look for hopeful pinpricks of light and remember the Christmas story

  • Dec 13, 2020
Continue to look for hopeful pinpricks of light and remember the Christmas story, urges guest columnist Lisa Rumpel. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A church member prays during a Good Friday service at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LETTER: Churches should be open

Reader says churches should be treated the same as fast-food restaurants

  • Dec 12, 2020
A church member prays during a Good Friday service at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LETTER: Churches spread love

Reader says churches spread love, joy and peace throughout the city

  • Dec 11, 2020
A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Surrey city council chambers. (File photo)

OUR VIEW: Time will tell on what side of history Surrey’s ‘historic’ budget will land

It will only be a matter of time where either the five, or the four, get to say, ‘Told you so’

  • Dec 10, 2020
Surrey city council chambers. (File photo)
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

LETTER: Health-care workers need self care

Registered nurse says she suffers from PTSD

  • Dec 10, 2020
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
People struggling to cope with the pandemic are being inundated with mixed messages and double standards from their public health officials and elected leaders, argues ‘Now-Leader’ editor Beau Simpson. (CP file photos)

SIMPSON: Mixed messaging is amping up COVID-19 fatigue, frustration

Fewer double standards and more coherent messaging will go a long way

  • Dec 10, 2020
People struggling to cope with the pandemic are being inundated with mixed messages and double standards from their public health officials and elected leaders, argues ‘Now-Leader’ editor Beau Simpson. (CP file photos)
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Candy Canes and Coal (Dec. 10, 2020)

A Christmas edition of our weekly collection of compliments and complaints sent in by readers

  • Dec 10, 2020
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A Surrey letter writer wants stores to provide more employment and municipalities to ban self checkouts. (Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett)

LETTER: Women hit hardest economically by coronavirus, Surrey woman argues

Petition calls on area municipalities to ban self-checkouts to boost women’s employment

  • Dec 9, 2020
A Surrey letter writer wants stores to provide more employment and municipalities to ban self checkouts. (Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett)
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

LETTER: Please, some respect for what you have taken

Abbotsford-raised pastor rails against ‘constant condescension’ of Dr. Henry

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum during a meeting in 2019 of the city’s Public Safety Committee, which he has dissolved, instead creating the Police Transition Advisory Committee. (File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: Surrey’s mayor isn’t trustworthy

Reader asks if we should believe the mayor

  • Dec 5, 2020
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum during a meeting in 2019 of the city’s Public Safety Committee, which he has dissolved, instead creating the Police Transition Advisory Committee. (File photo: Amy Reid)
Shortly after he was sworn in, Surrey mayor Doug McCallum and his Safe Surrey Coalition passed a motion to cancel a planned light rail system to Langley. (File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: Vote them all out in 2022

Reader says the next election can’t come soon enough

  • Dec 4, 2020
Shortly after he was sworn in, Surrey mayor Doug McCallum and his Safe Surrey Coalition passed a motion to cancel a planned light rail system to Langley. (File photo: Amy Reid)
Surrey protesters wearing their blue “bubble” suits. (Submitted photo)

OUR VIEW: Shut down strange Surrey protest

Unfortunate neighbourhood under siege for 12 weeks and counting

  • Dec 3, 2020
Surrey protesters wearing their blue “bubble” suits. (Submitted photo)
Ah, the good ol’ days of high school. It turns out in some ways, they never seem to end. (Now-Leader file photo)

SIMPSON: If pettiness of politics around Surrey feels familiar, there’s a good reason why

Name-calling, finger-pointing, bullying, threats – where have we seen all this before?

Ah, the good ol’ days of high school. It turns out in some ways, they never seem to end. (Now-Leader file photo)
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum talks to media on in 2018 after council gave the green light to a controversial five-year budget. (File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: Surrey mayor is fooling with our bank books

Reader asks if residents will be able to pay McCallum’s new tax

  • Dec 3, 2020
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum talks to media on in 2018 after council gave the green light to a controversial five-year budget. (File photo: Amy Reid)
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Candy Canes and Coal (Dec. 3, 2020)

A Christmas edition of our weekly collection of compliments and complaints sent in by readers

  • Dec 3, 2020
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Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum poses with an example of a Surrey Police cruiser after his State of the City Address at Civic Hotel on May 7. (File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER:A referendum is needed for the Surrey police transition

Reader says timing isn’t during the global pandemic

  • Nov 29, 2020
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum poses with an example of a Surrey Police cruiser after his State of the City Address at Civic Hotel on May 7. (File photo: Amy Reid)
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, a nurse at Stormont Vail Health System pushes a hospital bed through hallways in Topeka, Kan. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with non-coronavirus cases ranging from broken bones to heart attacks in states where COVID-19 cases are tying up resources. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

LETTER: COVID-19 deniers are dangerous

Some people are still downplaying the virus

  • Nov 28, 2020
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, a nurse at Stormont Vail Health System pushes a hospital bed through hallways in Topeka, Kan. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with non-coronavirus cases ranging from broken bones to heart attacks in states where COVID-19 cases are tying up resources. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)