Favorite Black Press Media stories of 2021, chosen by our reporters – Saanich News


Surrey-raised professional wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made his name on the WWF (now WWE) tour in the early 1990s. (Photo provided)
Robin Sanford's parents Robert and Nadine watch their daughter and new husband Simon Park after their ceremony on June 16 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.  (Photo submitted)Robin Sanford’s parents Robert and Nadine watch their daughter and new husband Simon Park after their June 16 ceremony at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Photo submitted)
Gagandeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Kulinder Singh, Arvindjeet Singh, Ajay Kumar honored by Ridge Meadows RCMP for their efforts to save a hiker by tying their turbans to a rope.  (Priyanka Ketkar / The News)Gagandeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Kulinder Singh, Arvindjeet Singh, Ajay Kumar honored by Ridge Meadows RCMP for their efforts to save a hiker by tying their turbans to a rope. (Priyanka Ketkar / The News)
The Hares, or the fastest runners, begin the 180-kilometer Run Rabbit Run ultramarathon in Colorado on September 18.  Nelson's Dave Stevens is third from right in blue.  Photo: Paul NelsonThe Hares, or the fastest runners, begin the 180-kilometer Run Rabbit Run ultramarathon in Colorado on September 18. Nelson’s Dave Stevens is third from right in blue. Photo: Paul Nelson
The Tree to Sea Loop is a 1,000 km biking route around the north end of Vancouver Island.  Photo courtesy of Miles ArborThe Tree to Sea Loop is a 1,000 km biking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy of Miles Arbor

Throughout 2021, the journalists at Black Press have brought you stories that matter. This year has shown us that local news is essential, especially in these “unprecedented times”.

But there is so much more depth and richness in community news beyond the daily cycle. We asked our journalists in Western Canada what their favorite stories of the year were and we hope you like them as much as we do.

1. LOVE HURTS: Black Press reporter enters romance scam

For seven days, the extraordinary Similkameen Spotlight editor-in-chief Andrea Demeer infiltrated to expose how online romance scams can manipulate people into losing their money. In the first six months of this year, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) received 521 reports of romance scams from across the country, representing losses of $ 19.2 million.

2. A woman from the Comox valley changes her historical name for truth and reconciliation

Award-winning Comox Valley Record reporter Erin Haluschak told the story of a Comox Valley woman who fought against layers of bureaucracy to reclaim her Indigenous name from official government documents after learning that her last name had been incorrectly registered by the government generations ago.

3. Turbans used to rescue a hiker above a waterfall in Golden Ears Park

Langley Advance Times reporter Colleen Flanagan told the story of a group of hikers who tied their turbans together to save a man who slipped and fell into a cascading pool in Golden Ears Park. The five men were later recognized by Prime Minister John Horgan for their efforts.

4. The famous abandoned city of northern British Columbia, preserved in time, awaits its turn

Local Journalism Initiative reporter Binny Paul told us the story of Kitsault, a remote and abandoned town in northwestern British Columbia along the coast of Observatory Inlet. Originally built as a mining town, Kitsault is awaiting construction of a $ 20 billion to $ 30 billion LNG project. Until then, it waits.

5. Secwépemc Elders guide to stories, bless sites for the Shuswap Landmarks project

Martha Wickett of the Salmon Arm Observer has designed a beautiful story of Secwépemc language signage placed in parks around the highly visited parks of Salmon Arm. The emblematic panels were created in partnership with an advisory committee of elders representing the First Nations of the region.

6. Mom dies one day after attending her daughter’s wedding at Abbotsford Hospital

Abbotsford News reporter Vikki Hopes shared the ceremony of an Abbotsford couple who were planning to get married when they held an impromptu ceremony at the hospital – which took place in three hours – to have the dying mother of the bride can attend the milestone event.

seven. John ‘Earthquake’ Tenta wrestled all over the world before death 15 years ago

Surrey Now-Leader reporter Tom Zillich remembers John ‘Earthquake’ Tenta, a Surrey-born professional wrestler who once argued with Hulk Hogan, Dino Bravo, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, Bam Bam Bigelow, Bret Hart and others.

8. Nelson’s Dave Stevens will run forever, and then a little further

This feature film by Nelson Star’s Tyler Harper features 39-year-old ultramarathon runner Dave Stevens, who won the 160km Run Rabbit Run in 18 hours one minute 46.5 seconds.

9. A 1000 km course opens the north of Vancouver Island to “bikepackers”

Marc Kitteringham of the Campbell River Mirror writes about a new 1,000 km bike route between the small communities of northern Vancouver Island that offers a slower, more immersive form of tourism and economic opportunities for the area from the north of the island.

10. Raise the Heroes of India’s Battle Against COVID-19

In May 2021, India grappled with a deadly second wave of COVID-19 which saw the number of daily cases rise to over 400,000. Vanderhoof Omineca Express editor-in-chief Aman Parhar highlights the efforts of volunteers across India to help save their neighbors, friends, family and anyone else who needed help.

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