The final night the Butchart Gardens Christmas lights display will be open is Friday (Jan. 6.) (Black Press Media Files)
The final night the Butchart Gardens Christmas lights display will be open is Friday (Jan. 6.) (Black Press Media Files)
Avid birder Andrew MacDonald scooped a photo of the puffin while changing the settings on his camera on Wednesday, January 4. (Courtesy Andrew MacDonald)

Windstorm blows oceangoing northern puffin into Victoria for a rare sighting

Birdwatchers in the area said it was likely the bird was blown into the area by recent high winds

Avid birder Andrew MacDonald scooped a photo of the puffin while changing the settings on his camera on Wednesday, January 4. (Courtesy Andrew MacDonald)
The bald eagle that was brought into the Atlantic Veterinary College hospital in Prince Edward Island after being hit by a car in October 2021 is shown in a handout photo. The eagle is doing well and settling in a new home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Atlantic Veterinary College **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Prince Edward Island bald eagle receives rare surgery, heads to new home in Halifax

Bird believed to be only second in the world to receive surgery for a spinal cord compression

The bald eagle that was brought into the Atlantic Veterinary College hospital in Prince Edward Island after being hit by a car in October 2021 is shown in a handout photo. The eagle is doing well and settling in a new home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Atlantic Veterinary College **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Hope RCMP and the District of Hope were both on the scene after a 12 ton rock struck Richmond Hill Road. (Bob Clarke/District of Hope)

PHOTOS: Boulder larger than a car closes Hope road after rockslide

A 12-tonne rock crashing into the road has closed Richmond Hill since yesterday

Hope RCMP and the District of Hope were both on the scene after a 12 ton rock struck Richmond Hill Road. (Bob Clarke/District of Hope)
FILE Britain’s Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2012. Prince Harry alleges in a much-anticipated new memoir that his brother Prince William lashed out and physically attacked him during a furious argument over the brothers’ deteriorating relationship. The book “Spare” also included incendiary revelations about the estranged royal’s drug-taking, first sexual encounter and role in killing people during his military service in Afghanistan, (John Stillwell, Pool Photo via AP, File)

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FILE Britain’s Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2012. Prince Harry alleges in a much-anticipated new memoir that his brother Prince William lashed out and physically attacked him during a furious argument over the brothers’ deteriorating relationship. The book “Spare” also included incendiary revelations about the estranged royal’s drug-taking, first sexual encounter and role in killing people during his military service in Afghanistan, (John Stillwell, Pool Photo via AP, File)
Lucas Philips is pictured outside of his camper and next to his Tesla where he lives in a parking lot in Spanish Banks, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Philips lives in a van but drives a Tesla, as part of Metro Vancouver’s growing camper community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

He sleeps in a van but drives a Tesla: life on wheels in Vancouver’s camper community

People are sleeping in vehicles as a strategy, a lifestyle, or a last resort

Lucas Philips is pictured outside of his camper and next to his Tesla where he lives in a parking lot in Spanish Banks, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Philips lives in a van but drives a Tesla, as part of Metro Vancouver’s growing camper community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An aerial view over downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour. Victoria has been named the 10th friendliest city in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria named the world’s 10th-friendliest city by prestigious travel magazine

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted in the 35th Readers’ Choice awards

An aerial view over downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour. Victoria has been named the 10th friendliest city in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. (Black Press Media file photo)
Damon Langlois, from B.C., hard at work during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville July 17, 2022. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville Beach Festival Society puts out call for professional sand sculptors

Sand sculpting competition set for July 13 to July 16, 2023

Damon Langlois, from B.C., hard at work during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville July 17, 2022. (PQB News file photo)
Exhibitor Toru Yamanaka wears a Loovic augmented reality device during CES Unveiled before the start of the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. The IoT device, worn around the neck, uses tactile notifications and bone conduction audio to help guide the user without having to constantly look at a map app on their phone. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Exhibitor Toru Yamanaka wears a Loovic augmented reality device during CES Unveiled before the start of the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. The IoT device, worn around the neck, uses tactile notifications and bone conduction audio to help guide the user without having to constantly look at a map app on their phone. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada. (Facebook photo)

PODCAST: Elizabeth May back as Green Party of Canada leader

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Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada. (Facebook photo)
This photo by Brandon Guell, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, is one of many on display at the Royal BC Museum during Community Days this week, which allows visitors to enter by admission rather than paying standard admission. (Photo courtesy the Royal BC Museum)

Community Days returns to Vancouver Island’s Royal BC Museum this week

Until Jan. 8, admission to the museum is by donation, rather than standard admission

This photo by Brandon Guell, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, is one of many on display at the Royal BC Museum during Community Days this week, which allows visitors to enter by admission rather than paying standard admission. (Photo courtesy the Royal BC Museum)
A massive overnight fire destroyed Bowser Automotive on Dec. 6, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)

Community steps up in wake of fire that razed Bowser’s only service station

Fundraiser scheduled after blaze destroyed Bowser Automotive in December

A massive overnight fire destroyed Bowser Automotive on Dec. 6, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
Isabella Kulak, then 10 years old, is shown in this undated handout image in Kamsack, Sask., a town about 270 kilometres east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kulak Family *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Wear something that shows who you are, says girl behind National Ribbon Skirt Day

Jan. 4 a day for Canadians to learn more about Indigenous identity and culture

Isabella Kulak, then 10 years old, is shown in this undated handout image in Kamsack, Sask., a town about 270 kilometres east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kulak Family *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Huge blocks of ice line the Fraser River near the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge following a severe cold snap and subsequent winter storms. (Photo/Valerie Pentz)

PHOTOS: Smart car-sized ice blocks build up near Agassiz after severe winter storms

Ice buildup along Agassiz-Harrison stretch of Fraser River captivates nature lovers

Huge blocks of ice line the Fraser River near the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge following a severe cold snap and subsequent winter storms. (Photo/Valerie Pentz)
Falling Canadian dollar coins are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

How to help your money grow in 2023 against a backdrop of economic uncertainty

Experts say it’s a good time to invest in the stock market now that prices have come down

Falling Canadian dollar coins are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Ami McKay, President and Principal Designer at Pure Design. (HAVAN photo)

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Ami McKay, President and Principal Designer at Pure Design. (HAVAN photo)
Geoff de Ruiter organized a Ducknana event in Victoria to help build a sense of community after a couple of difficult years. (Photo courtesy of Geoff de Ruiter)

Censored Sasquatch, Ducknana diehards: Wacky B.C. stories from 2022

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Geoff de Ruiter organized a Ducknana event in Victoria to help build a sense of community after a couple of difficult years. (Photo courtesy of Geoff de Ruiter)
With an abundance of salmon in 2022, Helen Sandy enjoys the process of smoking salmon at her home in Sugar Cane near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
With an abundance of salmon in 2022, Helen Sandy enjoys the process of smoking salmon at her home in Sugar Cane near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Oak Bay police hope to reunite a ring found near Uplands Park on Christmas Day with its rightful owner. (Oak Bay Police/Twitter)

Return of precious family heirloom brightens the holidays for Island woman

Lost family ring found atop the snow in Uplands Park on Christmas Day

Oak Bay police hope to reunite a ring found near Uplands Park on Christmas Day with its rightful owner. (Oak Bay Police/Twitter)
Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates with her gold medal after defeating the United States in women’s hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. How many medals did Canada win in the 2022 Winter Olympics? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates with her gold medal after defeating the United States in women’s hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. How many medals did Canada win in the 2022 Winter Olympics? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz