Kevin Mills

Malanka: Traditional Ukrainian New Year’s party planned

Jan. 14 marks the Ukrainian New Year and an evening of dancing, entertainment and food has been planned to celebrate the event.

Taxpayers looking at higher costs

The public can expect to take a bigger hit to their wallets in 2012.

2011 and beyond: An interview with Abbotsford MLA Mike de Jong

B.C. Health Minister and MLA for Abbotsford West, Michael de Jong looks at recent issues and upcoming challenges.

Abbotsford council says yes to seniors’ micro-suites

A new low-rise apartment complex that will provide micro-suites for seniors in the downtown area was given swift approval by council

Tradex has $84.6 million economic impact, hoping to expand

Tradex has a total economic impact of $84.6 million, that's according to a study performed for the local trade and exhibition centre.

Medical transcription eyed: 131 employees in region could be out of work

Medical transcription staff in the Lower Mainland are facing an uncertain future. A proposal could displace 131 full- and part-time workers.

Abbotsford mayor swept out with water project

Incumbent George Peary loses seat as P3 proposal soundly rejected

Abbotsford ranks fourth on list of top cities for investment

Abbotsford ranks number four on a list of top cities and towns in B.C. for real estate investment. The result was released by REIN

Stave Lake favoured over other water options

As voters consider the City of Abbotsford’s referendum question on the Stave Lake water project, a common question is

Evaluating Abbotsford candidates: Researcher encourages voters to assess capabilities

When the public casts their ballots on Nov. 19, the choices made will shape the future of Abbotsford for the next three years.

Banman seeking mayor’s chair

Abbotsford chiropractor Dr. Bruce Banman has declared his candidacy for mayor.

Abbotsford’s $30 million airport expansion complete

Politicians, dignitaries and travellers came together Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the Abbotsford International Airport expansion project.

The $30-million overhaul, financed equally by the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Abbotsford Airport Authority, was finished on time and on budget, according to the media release.

Cadets seeking new home in Abbotsford

A proposed new, 10,000 square foot army cadet building took a small step forward on Monday. Council gave its approval in principle to a plan to construct the new facility in Abbotsford's Grant Park (31800 Madiera Place).

Region’s MLAs agree on issue of air quality versus incineration

Abbotsford’s MLAs are united on at least one major issue, none of them believe incineration should be allowed to damage the Fraser Valley’s sensitive air shed.

Metro chair apologizes to Patricia Ross for comments

Lois Jackson has issued a verbal and written apology for comments she made about Fraser Valley Regional District chair Patricia Ross.

Jackson, chair of Metro Vancouver and Mayor of Delta, was speaking on a Vancouver radio show last week.

Waste-to-energy plan fails to win MLA’s support

Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen doesn’t believe incineration is the answer to the Lower Mainland’s garbage problem.

Despite the decision by Minister of Environment Terry Lake to endorse Metro Vancouver’s regional waste plan – which includes incineration – van Dongen maintains his stand.

Incineration fight not over, according to Abbotsford councillor

Disappointed.

That’s the one word Patricia Ross keeps saying when asked about Monday’s decision to allow the burning of garbage.

The chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is a vocal advocate against incineration. When she heard the waste management plan for Metro Vancouver – that includes waste-to-energy incineration – was approved by the B.C. Environment Minister, she was shocked.

Museum Society has a big dream for Abbotsford

The MSA Museum Society presented its vision of the future to council on Monday.

The group is proposing the creation of a discovery centre which will encompass much of the Mill Lake area.

The proposed site would feature a 7,000 square foot discovery centre and a 3,000 square foot outdoor covered staging area to compliment the current Trethewey House location.

Entertainment and Sports Centre has $24 million economic impact on community

The Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) generated an economic impact of $24.3 million in 2010 according to figures released Friday.

The economic impact study, which was presented to council Monday afternoon, was written by the consulting company Grant Thornton International.

Peary seeks second term as Abbotsford mayor

George Peary has announced his intention to run for mayor of Abbotsford in the November municipal election. On Monday morning, Peary told the Abbotsford News that he is looking forward to the opportunity to “stand on stage and debate the issues.”