Literature Review: Issues πŸ“°

Noo-kΓ³-kum (Mill Lake) in Abbotsford, September 13, 2021. Copyright Ross Brown.

An evolving literature review of articles from local journalists highlights current municipal and school district issues.

Index


Housing and Homelessness


For data, refer to housing and short-term rentals indicators on the key-performance page.

"Housing Crisis in the Fraser Valley," by Alyssa Smith, Ashlee Unrau, Andrea Sadowski and Bradley Duncan, Cascade - May 4, 2022

"City decision leads to closure of Abbotsford drop-in centre for unhoused people," by Jessica Peters, Abbotsford News - August 30, 2022

"B.C. posts highest rate of unaffordable housing as ownership declines across Canada," by The Canadian Press, Abbotsford News - September 21, 2022

"Abbotsford’s ‘street mom,’ police officer and others engage in homelessness discussion," by Jessica Peters, Abbotsford News - October 25, 2022

"Interior shelter operators call for change, say winter mat shelters a 'futile' solution," by Jon Manchester, Castanet - November 4, 2022 [Example for Abbotsford]



First Nations - Truth and Reconciliation


"Abbotsford council votes down motion related to truth and reconciliation," by Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News - July 13, 2021


Economy


"How much does each Fraser Valley community make?" By Grace Kennedy, Fraser Valley Current - August 12, 2022

"Fraser Valley low-income earners doing better than five years ago," by Grace Kennedy, Fraser Valley Current - September 16, 2022


Food Prices and Farmland Speculation


"Need for industrial jobs outweighs status quo on rural Abbotsford farm properties: council," by Tyler Olsen, Abbotsford News - August 2, 2017

"Abbotsford farmland has ‘redevelopment’ potential, says seller seeking $20M," by Tyler Olsen, Abbotsford News - July 8, 2018

"Food insecurity in the Fraser Valley," by Andrea Sadowski and Chandy Dancey, Cascade - January 26, 2022


Transportation - Goods and Services Movement - Commercial Truck Parking


"Truck parking in Abbotsford leads to big rig dilemma," by Alex Butler, Abbotsford News - April 26, 2015

"Council won’t budge on two-truck parking limit for Abbotsford farms," by Tyler Olsen, Abbotsford News - October 3, 2019

"Carrot and stick: Abbotsford’s radical strategy to bring order to lawless farm properties," by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - February 28, 2022

"Commercial truck business in B.C. is booming but drivers say they're running out of places to park," by Baneet Braich, CBC News - October 4, 2022


Transportation - People Movement


First Person: "A walkers perspective," by Patrick Oystryk, Manitoba-Matsqui - March 4, 2016

"Multi-million dollar Highway 1 expansion won’t ease congestion, expert says," by Kelvin Gawley, Abbotsford News - June 10, 2017

"Unreliable and infrequent: Abbotsford bus driver says system isn’t good enough," by Kelvin Gawley, Abbotsford News - August 5, 2017 / Remark: A new transit yard has since opened, although outcomes are similar. RB - October 4, 2022

"In need of ‘harambee’: A Kenyan architect thinks Abbotsford’s transit system has room to grow," by Tyler Olsen, Abbotsford News - August 28, 2019

"VIDEO: Abbotsford drivers cut into bike lanes on [a] neighbourhood street," by Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News - October 17, 2019 / Note: Click on the word "VIDEO" to view.

"Fraser Valley transit drivers vote in favour of job action," by Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News - December 21, 2022

Further Reading: Street Safety Literature Review


Urban Development - Major Projects


Cooper Farm (Links) - July 24, 2022

Further Reading: McKee Neighbourhood Plan Literature Review


Recreation Facilities and Fields


"City ends agreement with Abbotsford school district over Mouat Secondary’s turf field," by Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News - January 7, 2022

School District 34 Press Release: "Board restricts the use of artificial turf sports field." - June 21, 2022

"Community groups now restricted from booking Abbotsford Senior turf field," by Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News - June 24, 2022

"Abbotsford’s Valley Attack field lacrosse finds new home after turf turmoil," by Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News - July 26, 2022

Further Reading: Tradex Tender Literature Review


City Operations and Infrastructure Planning


"City of Abbotsford looks at ways to reduce wait times for building permits," by Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News - June 29, 2022

Podcast: "Governments all over Canada keep building infrastructure that is innately harmful to Canadians and the climate. What might better, more sustainable cities look (and sound) like?" Canadaland - August 15, 2022

"Abbotsford firefighters sounding alarm over lack of resources," by Jessica Peters, Abbotsford News - September 22, 2022


Schools


"Abbotsford Senior Art Activism class examines racism," by Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News - June 1, 2021

Ventilation: "Former engineer files regulatory complaint against Vancouver school district over classroom ventilation," by Akshay Kulkarni, CBC News - September 25, 2022

"Elementary and middle school enrolment still on the rise in Abbotsford," by Jessica Peters, Abbotsford News - September 26, 2022

"Emails show Dr. Bonnie Henry knew of concerns over BC’s COVID-19 data and school exposures while publicly downplaying them," by Brishti Basu and Srushti Gangdev, Capital Daily - October 24, 2022



Overdose Crisis


"Abbotsford trustee speaks out about son’s overdose death to help others," by Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News - August 31, 2022

"What people need to know about a health crisis that continues to kill six people a day in B.C.," by Andrea Sadowski, Cascade - October 19, 2022

"Abbotsford sees fifth highest number of overdose and poisoning calls in the province, say paramedics," by Jessica Peters, Abbotsford News - January 27, 2023


Crime


"Abbotsford-Mission records same number of killings as 2008 ‘murder capital’ stats," by Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News - September 8, 2022


Healthcare


"Why are so many people dying in Abbotsford’s hospital?" By Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - November 12, 2021

"Hospital upgrades, property taxes, and a ‘broken system,’" by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - April 26, 2022

Further reading: Abbotsford Healthcare Issues Literature Review


Natural Environment and Climate Change


First Person: "Wetlands Threatened by Expanding Industustrial Developments on Langley and Abbotsford Border," by Brit Gardner, Bradner Barker - May 7, 2019

"Nearly 80 Fraser Valley residents died in the summer’s wave," by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - November 2, 2021

"Sumas Lake, the Nooksack River, and the historic roots of a 21st Century disaster," by Tyler Olsen and Grace Kennedy, Fraser Valley Current - November 17, 2021 [This article won a 2022 Webster Award in the category of Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – Print/Online]

"Sumas First Nation built on higher ground, unaffected by flooding in former lake bed, says chief," by Michelle Gomez, CBC News - November 19, 2021

"US floodway lays out route for floodwaters between Nooksack and Canadian border," by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - January 25, 2022

"Unpacking Abbotsford’s flood risk," by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - June 2, 2022

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Part one of two: "The Life and Times of the Nooksack River," by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - August 29, 2022

Part two of two: "Why stopping Sumas Prairie from flooding is ‘not politically feasible,'" by Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current - October 6, 2022
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"'No country is safe': Major climate study warns extreme heat death has surged 72% in Canada," by Stefan LabbΓ©, Glacier Media - October 26, 2022

"Lots of politics but 'no real plan' to prevent more catastrophic flooding, say B.C. farmers," by Padraig Moran, CBC News - November 1, 2022


"Sumas Prairie flood lawsuit continues to move toward class action," by Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News - January 11, 2023



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