Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)

Canada’s best tippers and most polite takeout customers found in one B.C. town

Uber Eats reports on driver experiences, picky eaters, popular dishes and more

Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)
Canada Post continues its tradition of releasing new holiday-themed stamps in 2021. (Photo by Canada Post)

‘Tis the Season: Canada Post unveils latest holiday-themed stamps

The holiday stamps feature three recognizable characters — Santa, a reindeer and an elf

Canada Post continues its tradition of releasing new holiday-themed stamps in 2021. (Photo by Canada Post)
It was a wet day as the Kaiyalis huddle on the doorstep of their Crofton home after last Thursday’s citizenship ceremony. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Citizenship becomes icing on the cake for Vancouver Island Syrian refugee family

New life for Crofton residents continues to emerge with each experience

It was a wet day as the Kaiyalis huddle on the doorstep of their Crofton home after last Thursday’s citizenship ceremony. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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Halloween may be over, but the witches’ new year is just beginning

The harvest festival of Samhain coincides with Halloween and marks the beginning of the year for witches

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The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. (Black Press Media file photo)

Where to see spawning salmon on Vancouver Island this year

The top spots for fall fish viewing, from Goldstream to Campbell River

The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021, file photo, traffic moves towards a police car by the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Biden administration’s decision to allow nonessential travel by vaccinated people to enter the U.S. by land starting Nov. 8 has many Canadians packing up their campers and making reservations at their favorite vacation condos and mobile home parks in warmer climes like Arizona, Florida and even Mexico. (Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Canadian snowbirds ready to head south as US land borders reopen

Vaccinated people can enter the U.S. by land for any reason starting Nov. 8

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021, file photo, traffic moves towards a police car by the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Biden administration’s decision to allow nonessential travel by vaccinated people to enter the U.S. by land starting Nov. 8 has many Canadians packing up their campers and making reservations at their favorite vacation condos and mobile home parks in warmer climes like Arizona, Florida and even Mexico. (Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Thomas and Bentley look up as the Meraki sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. (Kate Coles/Cruising Meraki)

B.C. sailing family survives stormy seas off California coast on epic voyage

Coles family heads for Mexico aiming to grant son’s birthday wish

Thomas and Bentley look up as the Meraki sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. (Kate Coles/Cruising Meraki)
Jane Bradley told The Gazette that she’s sure to keep the kittens’ feet warm whenever she cuddles them. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

VIDEO: Abandoned kittens recovering thanks to love from B.C. seniors

Kitty hour has become a Saturday mainstay at Grand Forks’ Phoenix Manor

Jane Bradley told The Gazette that she’s sure to keep the kittens’ feet warm whenever she cuddles them. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Vampires are part of the imagery of Halloween. Do you know who wrote the classic vampire novel, Dracula? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: Are you ready for Halloween thrills?

How much do you know about Halloween-themed chills and thrills?

Vampires are part of the imagery of Halloween. Do you know who wrote the classic vampire novel, Dracula? (Pixabay.com)
Former NHL player Jordin Tootoo spoke to a group of Indigenous youth about mental health and addictions on Oct. 28. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Former NHL player Jordin Tootoo inspires Indigenous youth in Campbell River

Tootoo spoke about mental health and suicide prevention on Thursday night

Former NHL player Jordin Tootoo spoke to a group of Indigenous youth about mental health and addictions on Oct. 28. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Chilcotin grizzly bears feast on salmon in the Chilko River recently as they prepared for winter. (Monika Petersen photo)

Grizzly bears in B.C.’s Chilcotin feast on salmon, prepare for hibernation

Photographer Monika Petersen shares images from her trip to Chilko River

Chilcotin grizzly bears feast on salmon in the Chilko River recently as they prepared for winter. (Monika Petersen photo)
FILE - A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown does a somersault during a performance Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Four years after the “Greatest Show On Earth” shut down, officials are planning to bring back the The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. But animals will no longer be featured in their shows. A spokesperson for Florida-based Feld Entertainment says an announcement is expected sometime next year. The three-ring circus shut down in May 2017 after a 146-year run. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, file)

‘Greatest Show On Earth’ circus may return without animals

Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus has been absent for four years

FILE - A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown does a somersault during a performance Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Four years after the “Greatest Show On Earth” shut down, officials are planning to bring back the The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. But animals will no longer be featured in their shows. A spokesperson for Florida-based Feld Entertainment says an announcement is expected sometime next year. The three-ring circus shut down in May 2017 after a 146-year run. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, file)
The photocopy of the Soviet era textbook used to teach English which contains a letter from a group of Terrace students. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Professor seeks B.C. students who wrote letter to Soviet school in the ’70s

Letter from Terrace students seeking Soviet pen-pals appeared in 1978 Soviet textbook

The photocopy of the Soviet era textbook used to teach English which contains a letter from a group of Terrace students. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Is it safe to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic?

There are ways to minimize the risk of infection this Halloween

Is it safe to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
The West Shore Parks and Recreation preschool got a lasting makeover after the Netflix show Maid used it for filming in February. (Courtesy Alexandra Matthew)

PHOTOS: Netflix crew leaves Island preschool with a permanent makeover

Maid film crew transformed site into ‘Island Kids’ daycare

The West Shore Parks and Recreation preschool got a lasting makeover after the Netflix show Maid used it for filming in February. (Courtesy Alexandra Matthew)
FILE – A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Switching to LEDs could prevent frightening bills for Halloween mega displays: BC Hydro

More and more British Columbians are putting up ‘mega displays’ to make up for last year’s lacklustre holidays

FILE – A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay

Scary secrets: counting down 10 ‘hidden gem’ horror movies to watch on Halloween

Quite a few of these are terrifying films that will scare the living daylights out of you

Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay
Patrons walking up the Malahat Skywalk. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Spirit Loop aims to boost tourism on southern Vancouver Island

Tourism partnership highlights destinations in Langford, Sooke, Port Renfrew and Malahat Nation

Patrons walking up the Malahat Skywalk. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, Royal Canadian Legion BC and Yukon commander Angus Stanfield and temporary aide-de-camp to the Lt.-Gov. Glen Greenhill at Rockland Avenue’s Government House, Oct. 26. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

VIDEO: First pin presented as Legion kicks off 100th poppy campaign

Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin presented the first poppy of BC and Yukon Legion’s remembrance fundraiser

Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, Royal Canadian Legion BC and Yukon commander Angus Stanfield and temporary aide-de-camp to the Lt.-Gov. Glen Greenhill at Rockland Avenue’s Government House, Oct. 26. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Canadian Olympians and Paralympians gather on stage at the Team Canada x Lululemon Athlete Kit Reveal in Toronto on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Lululemon will outfit Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes starting with the upcoming Winter Games in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

Team Canada unveils kit from Lululemon for 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Sleek and simple with a look that was sporty carried the day for new Olympic designs

Canadian Olympians and Paralympians gather on stage at the Team Canada x Lululemon Athlete Kit Reveal in Toronto on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Lululemon will outfit Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes starting with the upcoming Winter Games in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler