Air quality advisories are becoming increasingly common during wildfire season
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Nov. 21, 2022 | Today: 🌥 High 9C, Low 5C | 7-day forecast

Good Morning, Reader!

The FIFA World Cup got underway yesterday and Canada plays its first game this week! Canada will kick off against Belgium on Wednesday. Then on Sunday they face off against Croatia, and later Morocco on Dec. 1 before the next round of matches are decided. We're working on a package of helpful links and information about the team as they battle for glory on the international stage. Do you know of a restaurant or pub where those without cable can watch the games? Email us!

(We know not everyone is interested in watching the games. The competition is entangled in controversy and there are calls to boycott the World Cup. We'll have more on that this week too.)

β€”Joti Grewal, reporter
BC's fifth season: smoke
The Fraser Valley was the subject of multiple air quality advisories this year and it wasn't just from locally burning wildfires. 📸 BC Wildfire Service/Facebook

Climate change is creating a depressingly common new season: smoke season.

And governments need to better plan to manage the smoke, says Bob Gray, a Chilliwack-based wildfire ecologist and fire scientist.

Climate change has heavily influenced the behaviour of wildfires. In recent years they have become more frequent and more severeβ€”and the effect of the smoke they generate will continue to worsen as the planet continues to warm.

Need to know

👮🏻‍♂️ Gang activity has declined in Abbotsford, says the city's local gang unit [Vancouver Sun]

😷 People with COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate, the BCCDC says [Capital Daily]Β Β Β 

🚐 More benches and shelters are coming to Mission bus stops [Mission Record]

👩‍🏫 The Chilliwack School District is hiring uncertified substitute teachers to make up for staff shortages [Vancouver Sun]

🆘 An evacuation alert was issued Thursday night for residents living near the Limbert Mountain wildfire near Agassiz [District of Kent]

🍇 A new winery opened in west Abbotsford [Abbotsford News]

🚔 Police arrested one person from a Mission home and seized several firearms and $250,000 of drugs [Mission Record]

🚒 A Sumas couple's home was destroyed in a fire last week while they waited for financial assistance from the province to begin flood repairs [Vancouver Sun]Β Β 

❀️ A Chilliwack teacher who pays out of pocket to help feed and cloth kids at her school [Vancouver Sun]

🛠 A 140-acre industrial project in Abbotsford is set to begin construction [Abbotsford News]

💊 Pharmacists say there options for parents who can't find children's Advil or Tylenol [Vancouver Sun]

👉 A new award for student leaders in queer activism was established by an Abbotsford educator and his husband [UFV]; The Current wrote about James Chamberlain decade-long fight for representation in the classroom [FVC]Β Β 

βš–οΈ A judge found a Chilliwack pastor guilty for breaching COVID-protocols when he held a church service [CBC]

☺ TODAY’S SMILE: A mother chimpanzee was reunited with her baby two days after an emergency C-section [Guardian/Instagram]

A new 69-unit townhome complex in Mission will be developed in three phases. 📸 City of Mission

Mission council approved the construction of a 69-unit townhome complex at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Nottman Street.

The project will be accessed off of Nottman Street and built in three phases.

There were 37 people in the Fraser Health region who lost their lives to illicit drugs in September, the latest data shows. Across the province there were 171 deaths recorded in September, which is roughly 5.7 deaths per day, the BC Coroners Service reported. Most of the deaths recorded so far this year were people between the ages of 30 to 59, the majority of whom were men. In the Fraser Valley, there were seven people in Abbotsford who died in September, three in Chilliwack, and none in Langley. The coroners service says BC is on track to surpass 2,000 deaths by the end of the year for a second consecutive year.

UFV’s 6th annual Town & Gown event raises $210,690 for students

University of the Fraser Valley
For the first time since 2019, the University of the Fraser Valley welcomed community supporters on Nov. 10 for Town & Gown. The fundraiser featured impactful stories of transformation and success from UFV students and alumni.

Read the full story here.

Around town


💡 Light up the Hall is happening at Matsqui Community Hall on Nov. 25 at 7pm.

🎄 McConnell Creek Farmers' Institute in Mission hosts a Christmas Market on Nov. 26 from 10am to 2pm.


🎅🏻 Langley City's Magic of Christmas Festival will be held on Dec. 3 and 4. The event will include workshops for kids and adults, live ice carving, a beer garden, food trucks, and visits from Santa Claus. More online.

🍳 BC chefs are hosting an online cook-along on Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7pm. The chefs will guide participants through two BC-inspired recipes. Register online.
Funding caps leave forests full of fuel

A year after the worst fire season in BC’s history, little has been done to reduce the fuel loads in forests in the Fraser Valley and lower Fraser Canyon. Catch up here.

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