An interesting and challenging 2020 has drawn to a close. Our staff members at the Vancouver Island Free Daily wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2021 and thank you our readers for your clicks, comments and patronage during the past year.
Today, we’ll take a look back at 10 of our most-read stories from 2020 based on our website analytics.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District declared a state of local emergency after widespread flooding forced evacuations and cuts off key transportation corridors in the area.
Matt MacDonald, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said areas on the west coast of the Island could expect as much as 200 millimetres of rain from the system.
BC Parks was getting flak from disgruntled campers being forced to pay full price for double campsites despite occupancy being reduced to half their original capacity. When provincial campsites reopened June 1, double site limits were reduced from two camping parties, each of up to four adults and four children, to one due to revised regulations to accommodate physical distancing.
Another of many stories in a COVID-dominated 2020. As B.C. continues to see a decrease in new daily COVID-19 cases, a recent cluster connected to a family gathering is serving as a reminder to how quickly the novel coronavirus can spread.
“No, I do not think the world is ending. No, I am not being alarmist. No, I am not asking for attention. I’m asking that everyone check their privilege (including myself) and work together to flatten the curve.”
A story from 2019 that continued to draw widespread attention through 2020. Surfer Andrew Paulich was in the water at Wickaninnish Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve when he saw a large, approximately four-metre, shark.
Fewer mammoth old growth trees remain than you imagine, according to authors of provincial study.
“It was quite visible that it was him. He was just untying the boats and watching them float away.”
The youth was not a Ucluelet resident.
An emaciated grizzly was found dead yesterday on the B.C. Central Coast, sparking concern over the rest of the bear population and its food supply.
The CAF identified the victim as Capt. Jennifer Casey of Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to her biography on the Royal Canadian Air Force website, she joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2014 after working as a journalist in Halifax and Belleville.
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