2021 Year in Review

Bhangra dance instructor Gurdeep Pandher leads a group with his 'happy dance' moves at the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 7. (Michael Briones photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: August

Bhangra dancer and social media sensation Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon visits Parksville

 

Sheri Plummer, right, and Sally Soanes hold a freshly donated bouquet of daises for the ‘Our Hearts Are With You, Lytton’ awareness stand on the corner of Wright Road and Sunray Road in Parksville. (Mandy Moraes)

PQB News 2021 year in review: July

Oceanside RCMP investigate pair of sudden deaths in Parksville

 

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre lowered flags to half-mast on Monday, May 31, 2021, in honour of the 215 Indigenous children’s remains uncovered at a former residential school in Kamloops. Donated children’s shoes were also placed at the foot of the Second World War Cenotaph by Edna Howard, in memory of the ‘lost children that didn’t make it home.’ (Mandy Moraes photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: June

Popular Whiskey Creek pit stop for ice cream destroyed by fire

 

A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: May

White raven spotted in Qualicum Beach

A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)
(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

Otter with a toothache, cougar in a pink collar top most ‘unique’ calls for BC COS in 2021

Conservation Officers handle 30,000 calls per year on average

(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
Ed Fergusson is in gold medal-winning form at the virtual 2021 B.C. Masters Weightlifting Championships. (Submitte photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: April

Senior athletes win medals; ‘Chesapeake Shores’ returns

Ed Fergusson is in gold medal-winning form at the virtual 2021 B.C. Masters Weightlifting Championships. (Submitte photo)
Former Kwalikum Secondary student Harrison Houde directed and produced a new series, ‘Stories of Kindness’. (Submitted photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: March

Backyard chickens cause a kerfuffle

Former Kwalikum Secondary student Harrison Houde directed and produced a new series, ‘Stories of Kindness’. (Submitted photo)
A comparison between sodium lights and LED lights, which the Town of Qualicum Beach has chosen for its streetlights to make it safe for motorists. (Submitted photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: February

‘High-beam monsters’ caused nightmares in Qualicum Beach

A comparison between sodium lights and LED lights, which the Town of Qualicum Beach has chosen for its streetlights to make it safe for motorists. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue help residents evacuate from their homes along Martindale Road in Parksville due to flooding on Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)

PQB News 2021 year in review: January

Year began with Parksville floods

Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue help residents evacuate from their homes along Martindale Road in Parksville due to flooding on Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)

Favourite Black Press Media stories of 2021, chosen by our journalists

Our editorial staff share their favourite stories from the year across our 80 local publications

Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)
(PQB News photo compilation)

Top 10: A look back at the most-read PQB News stories from 2021

Another unique and challenging year is in the books

(PQB News photo compilation)
Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)

Cats, grandmas and twins: Here are 7 B.C. stories that brightened 2021

2021 wasn’t the year that most hoped for but there were glimmers of joy nonetheless

Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)
From Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 this year, 40,333 babies were born in the province. (Pixabay photo)

B.C.’s top baby names of 2021 revealed

Olivia and Liam are the most popular baby names once again

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 this year, 40,333 babies were born in the province. (Pixabay photo)
FILE - Fashion designer Virgil Abloh gives a thumbs up after the presentation of Off-White Men's Spring-Summer 2019 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, died Nov. 28, 2021, after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Final Goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over…

FILE - Fashion designer Virgil Abloh gives a thumbs up after the presentation of Off-White Men's Spring-Summer 2019 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, died Nov. 28, 2021, after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Finding unmarked graves put spotlight on reconciliation in 2021

‘It’s important to remind Canadians (not to) let reconciliation become a performance’

A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Governor General Mary Simon speaks during the Presentation of Canadian Honours at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.The governor general said Canadians can be hopeful as they ring in the new year, despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canadians have shown resilience, compassion and adaptability in 2021: Governor General

Mary Simon says Canadians have inspired her to continue to work and find better ways to help communities thrive

Governor General Mary Simon speaks during the Presentation of Canadian Honours at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.The governor general said Canadians can be hopeful as they ring in the new year, despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Videos from throughout 2021 capture Vancouver Island’s top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)

Vancouver Island animal videos we watched in 2021

Look back at a year of adorable, breathtaking and unusual footage

Videos from throughout 2021 capture Vancouver Island’s top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)
Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip

Decathlete Damian Warner wins Lionel Conacher Award as CP’s male athlete of the year

He set an Olympic record and a Canadian record, and became just the 4th man to top the 9,000-point barrier

Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip
Former cabinet minister Kevin Falcon speaks to delegates at a B.C. Liberal leadership debate, November 2021. (B.C. Liberal Party video)

B.C. Liberals heading into 2022 with new leader, financial pressure

Party members choose from 6 candidates in early February

Former cabinet minister Kevin Falcon speaks to delegates at a B.C. Liberal leadership debate, November 2021. (B.C. Liberal Party video)
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, returns a shot to Shelby Rogers at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill

Tennis player Leylah Fernandez named The Canadian Press female athlete of the year

Fernandez finished the year with a 25-17 record and she earned US$1.77 million in prize money

Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, returns a shot to Shelby Rogers at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill