April 6 is a somber day in Canada as we remember the young lives lost two years ago in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. It is important, even in the midst of the turmoil caused by COVID-19, that we continue to remember the lives that were lost and the lives that were forever changed by that crash. While there cannot be any in-person remembrances today, I will be visiting humboldt.ca/tribute in order to take time to reflect and remember.


On Saturday, I was glad to hear that Dr. Bonnie Henry was heartened by the declining number of infections. Even as we see the numbers go down, she reminded us that the numbers could surge again. Now is the time to continue doing what we have been doing, even though it is difficult.


As a City, we are committed to helping our residents follow the orders and guidelines issued by the province’s health officer. Unfortunately, we have seen some people are still not getting the message. On Saturday, we put up fencing around all of our skateparks as many youths were not obeying closure signs or practicing physical distancing. Today, we will be closing all of our sports courts to further encourage residents to do the right thing. Sports courts include tennis and pickleball courts, hockey, soccer and basketball courts.


As the weather gets nicer this week, I know it will be harder than ever to stay home, but please, do your part. If a park or trail is crowded, help us keep them open by coming back at a time that is less busy. Exercise is important, but not at the risk of your health and the health of others. Be safe, Chilliwack.


Mayor Ken Popove

Chilliwack, BC