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Lynne Smith and her dog Chester pose in this undated handout photo. Smith has applied for a job at a long-term care facility in Abbotsford, B.C., and says she’ll even clean toilets so she can see her husband. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Lynne Smith *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Woman says she’d clean toilets to work at Abbotsford care home and see husband

Menno Place is recruiting residents’ families because so many employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19

Lynne Smith and her dog Chester pose in this undated handout photo. Smith has applied for a job at a long-term care facility in Abbotsford, B.C., and says she’ll even clean toilets so she can see her husband. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Lynne Smith *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Coun. Ken Herar pulled out a foam costume during a council meeting to protest tax increases during the pandemic. Acting Mayor Cal Crawford, immediately told him to put it away, and that council was not a “high school performance.” / Video Image

Heated debate at Mission council over property-tax increase in 2021 budget

Councillor brings out costume, acting mayor tells him this isn’t a ‘high school performance’

Coun. Ken Herar pulled out a foam costume during a council meeting to protest tax increases during the pandemic. Acting Mayor Cal Crawford, immediately told him to put it away, and that council was not a “high school performance.” / Video Image
Mission’s parks, recreation and culture department will be getting a new administrative assistant at a cost of 92,000. The hire was a significant point of debate in council’s budget deliberations on Dec. 3. Mission Record file photo.

Mission’s parks and recreation department to get new hire after 4 years of requests

Director Maureen Sinclair said they’re ‘way behind’ and have had to ‘muddle through’ recent years

Mission’s parks, recreation and culture department will be getting a new administrative assistant at a cost of 92,000. The hire was a significant point of debate in council’s budget deliberations on Dec. 3. Mission Record file photo.
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Hiker rescued from Cascade Falls in Mission by helicopter
Christmas fleet spreads holiday spirit in Mission after annual Candlelight Parade went virtual
Mission principal says he's worried about how parents are talking to kids about COVID-19
More support for Mission Christmas Bureau
Tabor Home in Abbotsford is the site of B.C.’s largest COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Tabor Home in Abbotsford records 24 COVID deaths, on par with Langley Lodge

Two long-term care homes are sites of province’s deadliest outbreaks

Tabor Home in Abbotsford is the site of B.C.’s largest COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Danger tape blocks off driveways at a mink farm in Chilliwack on Dec. 7, 2020 after an outbreak was declared. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Mink on Chilliwack farm test positive for COVID-19 virus

Government sent samples to lab after eight farm workers also tested positive

Danger tape blocks off driveways at a mink farm in Chilliwack on Dec. 7, 2020 after an outbreak was declared. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sunset Manor (shown here) in Chilliwack, and Valleyhaven Care Home have both had recent COVID-19 outbreaks, but those have been declared over. (Paul Henderson/ Progress)

Outbreaks over at two Chilliwack long-term care homes

Valleyhaven and Sunset Manor both cleared by Fraser Health after staff test positive

Sunset Manor (shown here) in Chilliwack, and Valleyhaven Care Home have both had recent COVID-19 outbreaks, but those have been declared over. (Paul Henderson/ Progress)
Police in Abbotsford pulled over a stolen truck on Monday morning (Dec. 7), and found a loaded handgun inside. A man and a woman from Alberta have now been charged. (Abbotsford Police photo)

Alberta couple arrested in Abbotsford with loaded gun in stolen truck

Man, 25, and woman, 24, have extensive criminal histories, police say

Police in Abbotsford pulled over a stolen truck on Monday morning (Dec. 7), and found a loaded handgun inside. A man and a woman from Alberta have now been charged. (Abbotsford Police photo)
Principal Rob Clark posted a video to his Twitter account on Dec. 8, after having a conversation about COVID-19 stigma with one of his students. / Video image

Mission principal says he’s worried about how parents are talking to kids about COVID-19

Silverdale Elementary’s Rob Clark said he spoke with a child who feared death after testing positive

Principal Rob Clark posted a video to his Twitter account on Dec. 8, after having a conversation about COVID-19 stigma with one of his students. / Video image
This is fourth COVID-19 exposure at Hatzic Middle School. File photo.

More COVID-19 exposures at Hatzic Middle School

School had exposures from Dec. 1 to 3, according to Fraser Health

This is fourth COVID-19 exposure at Hatzic Middle School. File photo.
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The pool at Mission’s Leisure Centre re-opens today

Strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place, patrons can pre-register for select aquatic activities

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Christopher Nicholson in an undated photo.

Officer in Abbotsford set up drug deal at target’s home, says OPCC report

Office of Police Complaint Commissioner says information was used to obtain search warrant

Christopher Nicholson in an undated photo.
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Mission woman creates book containing hundreds of dog photos

The Dogs of Heritage Park took five years to create

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The LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot designed by Xenex Disinfection Services is in place at both Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Mission Memorial Hospital. (Submitted photo)
LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot designed by Xenex Disinfection Services. (Contributed photo)

Germ-killing robot in action at Abbotsford and Mission hospitals

Two devices are among 14 deployed to hospitals in Fraser Health region

The LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot designed by Xenex Disinfection Services is in place at both Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Mission Memorial Hospital. (Submitted photo)
LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot designed by Xenex Disinfection Services. (Contributed photo)
Minks look out of a cage at a fur farm in the village of Litusovo, northeast of Minsk, Belarus. Some mink farmers are concerned about COVID-19 spread through their mink. There have been outbreaks in mink farms in Europe and millions of mink had to be culled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Sergei Grits.

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Fraser Valley mink farm

Minks can be naturally infected, and farmed mink can develop clinical illness, according to BCCDC

Minks look out of a cage at a fur farm in the village of Litusovo, northeast of Minsk, Belarus. Some mink farmers are concerned about COVID-19 spread through their mink. There have been outbreaks in mink farms in Europe and millions of mink had to be culled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Sergei Grits.
Mission Senior Secondary. Google Street View image.
Mission Senior Secondary. Google Street View image.
Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020), along with Free Grace Baptist Church, held in-person services despite the Nov. 19 public health order banning indoor gatherings. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack RCMP confirms investigation of in-person church services

Church services go against most recent public health orders for gatherings

Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020), along with Free Grace Baptist Church, held in-person services despite the Nov. 19 public health order banning indoor gatherings. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Fraser Valley Express.

Bus link between Fraser Valley cities and SkyTrain could begin in 2022

Expansion of Fraser Valley Express had originally been planned for 2021

The Fraser Valley Express.
COVID-19 may have indirectly boosted mosquito numbers in one Fraser Valley neighbourhood. (Pixabay photo/File photo)

COVID-19 may have contributed to bad Fraser Valley mosquito season

Restrictions on helicopter occupancy may have resulted in less effective pesticide treatments

COVID-19 may have indirectly boosted mosquito numbers in one Fraser Valley neighbourhood. (Pixabay photo/File photo)
Left: Tabor Home in Abbotsford; right: Menno Home (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News; Google Street View)

Fraser Health appoints officials to ‘provide oversight’ at Abbotsford care homes hard hit by COVID-19

Fraser Health says they have provided ‘additional leadership supports’ at Tabor Home and Menno Home

Left: Tabor Home in Abbotsford; right: Menno Home (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News; Google Street View)
Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver says a recent assignment about residential schools shows the need for better education for teachers on the topic. (File photos)

Sumas First Nation chief ‘dumbstruck’ by residential school assignment, says more education needed

Dalton Silver says school officials are trying to improve understanding, but much work is needed

Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver says a recent assignment about residential schools shows the need for better education for teachers on the topic. (File photos)