I would like to start by thanking everyone that reached out to me on Sunday after I commented on Dianne Watt’s uninformed statement about using the old base in Chilliwack to house people from the DTES. I appreciated all the supportive texts, emails and social media posts, and wanted to thank everyone for checking the City’s website and social media accounts for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


Today, the City of Chilliwack made the difficult decision to temporarily close our dog parks in order to continue to encourage physical distancing. The closure will be effective at dusk tonight. The Province has asked all local governments to help them flatten the curve by educating the public about health orders and guidelines. One way we can do this is by closing public areas that do not easily facilitate physical distancing. While we know how important it is for dogs to socialize and get exercise, helping protect the health of all residents remains our priority. I hope that local dog owners can continue to make sure their pets get exercise by taking leashed walks through our many parks and trails.


Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s health officer, has told us repeatedly how important it is for us to flatten the curve. Today, she said that the next two weeks are critical. While it’s hard to know what will happen, Dr. Henry feels that the next two weeks will make a big difference as long as we all do our part. I encourage all of you to continue to wash your hands regularly, maintain physical distancing, and stay home as much as possible. Together, we can make a difference.


Mayor Ken Popove

Chilliwack, BC