Black Press Media’s 25 most read stories of 2021 – Abbotsford News


From dancing cops and golden meteors to floods, fires and COVID, here’s a look at the most popular Black Press stories of 2021.

1. Whales appear at Indigenous ceremony for 215 children in Campbell River

The 7 Generations Steward Society had a surprise during a small ceremony it organized to commemorate the 215 children found buried at Kamloops residential school.

2. Meteor gives the golden woman a shock in the late evening

Ruth Hamilton, a resident of Golden, British Columbia, woke up to a bang and a rock as big as her fist on her pillow.

3. Video of cops dancing in Vanderhoof goes viral

Vanderhoof RCMP entertained thousands after a video of their coordinated dance moves went viral.

4. Abbotsford farmer among the first in British Columbia to grow and harvest “the world’s most expensive spice”

An Abbotsford farm became the first in the Fraser Valley – and one of the few in Canada – to grow and sell the flower that produces the most expensive spice in the world.

5. Oak Bay resident uses notes to claim street parking

A woman who parks her car on the street near her workplace in south Oak Bay has received about half a dozen notes on her car from a resident claiming she is in front of their house.

6. Company suspended its license to operate in British Columbia after truck was caught driving dangerously on Highway 5A

The company behind the commercial truck filmed driving dangerously on Highway 5A last week had its license suspended by the BC government.

seven. Burns Lake man grabs lynx by skin after chicken attack

A Burns Lake man turns heads after he grabs a lynx by the skin after barging in and attacking his chicken coop.

8. 3 separate slides near Coquihalla, highway 1 and 7

Three separate slides closed the Coquihalla and the Hwy. 1 just northeast of the Lower Mainland after an unprecedented atmospheric river on November 14.

9. “Cocaine bananas” arrive in grocery stores in Kelowna after confusion from Colombia: RCMP

The RCMP concluded a nearly two-year international drug investigation after finding nearly two dozen bricks of cocaine in bananas shipped to grocery stores in the central Okanagan in February 2019.

ten. Bikers pay tribute at Maple Ridge funeral for Hells Angels chapter president

Bikers from biker clubs across Canada attended the ceremony in Langley for Hells Angels Chapter President Haney Mike Hadden on Saturday September 4th.

11. ‘Bad guy who faced grizzly bear’ won’t let 2019 BC attack bring him down

It’s been almost two years since Colin Dowler freed himself from the claws and teeth of a grizzly bear with a pocket knife.

12. Dash camera footage captures semi on Highway 1 in Salmon Arm at red light

“We saw him run down the highway and said he wouldn’t stop. I hit the horn for a good 10 seconds and it blew right next to us, ”said Phaedra Idzan, resident of Salmon Arm.

13. South Surrey elder who traveled to the United States to purchase gas fined $ 5,700

A South Surrey grandmother thought she was doing the right thing by going to the United States to buy gasoline after the British Columbia government imposed a 30-liter limit on the amount of fuel that drivers are allowed to buy at the same time.

Instead, Marlane Jones was fined $ 5,700.

14. “Tiger Dam” under construction on Route 1 in Abbotsford to retain flood water

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure built a “Tiger Dam” on Highway 1 on November 28 in an attempt to hold back flood waters from the Sumas River.

15. Illegal pet pig in Chilliwack dies hours after being relocated

A family that owned a pet pig in downtown Chilliwack has received tragic news after being forced to relocate it due to a violation of a Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) bylaw.

16. Chilliwack school board member asked peers to quit and lit a cigarette in a meeting

The Chilliwack School Board has asked Barry Neufeld to resign over a controversial Facebook post. At the same meeting, Neufeld lit a cigarette, drank wine, and appeared to fall asleep.

17. Orca pod returns to the Broughton Archipelago for the first time in over 20 years

After more than 20 years, a famous family of killer whales have ventured into an old lair near the North Island.

18. First Nations teenager prepares to block destructive tourists in the Tofino-Ucluelet wilderness

Frustrated with the amount of destruction and disrespect he saw on his First Nation’s land this summer, Tla-o-qui-aht member Timmy Masso plans to block tourists from accessing West Main Forest Service Road Tuesday.

19. 290 homes in Princeton being evacuated as floods cause chaos

Two hundred and ninety houses were hastily placed on an evacuation order on the night of Sunday, November 14.

20. Paw Patrol to the rescue: dollar store helmet saves two-year-old from eagle attack

It was PAW Patrol to the rescue of a two-year-old, luring for adventure, Loon Lake and Felix the cat, who are presumably only eight lives after a potentially unpleasant encounter with an eagle was avoided by a dollar store helmet.

21. Pictures show houses and buildings ablaze as a wildfire cuts through Lytton

Images taken in Lytton show massive destruction in the aftermath of a rapid fire that swept through the central British Columbia city on Wednesday, amid a provincial heat wave that saw record temperatures across national.

22. Well-known Chilliwack homeless man says “thank you” to firefighters for building him shelter

James has lived on the streets of Chilliwack for years. He sleeps on Vedder Road, on the sidewalk in front of the BC Liquor Store in Sardis.

But Thursday (February 11), James had a new place to sleep.

23. Dozens of vehicles burn at the Abbotsford Recreational Vehicle Detention Center

Hundreds of recreational vehicles were on fire at the site near the flooded Highway 1, just east of Whatcom Road. Plumes of thick black poisonous smoke could be seen from miles away, with firefighters being prevented from approaching the scene due to flooding in the area.

24. Bobcat Frozen On Railroad Track Near Trail Rescued By Train Driver

A little lynx was enjoying his duck breakfast just outside of Trail when he froze on the train tracks he was sitting on. Luckily for the cat, a train crew spotted him and came to the rescue.

25. White Rock Lake wildfire extends to 55,000 hectares

The massive White Rock Lake wildfire in the summer led to the evacuation of entire communities.

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