2021 Year in Review

Saanich South MLA Lana Popham at the B.C. legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)

COLUMN: The word resiliency best sums up 2021, says agriculture minister

MLA grateful to be part of the Saanich community

  • Dec 30, 2021
Saanich South MLA Lana Popham at the B.C. legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)
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
It’s important for all parties in the legislature to work together on shared objectives for the province, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen says. (Photo courtesy of Adam Olsen)

Saanich North/Islands MLA column: Good public policy, not optics, should be government’s goal

NDP have a great opportunity to work collaboratively on shared goals, Green MLA Adam Olsen says

  • Dec 30, 2021
It’s important for all parties in the legislature to work together on shared objectives for the province, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen says. (Photo courtesy of Adam Olsen)
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
Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

PHOTOS: A look back at the year that was 2021

Some of the top photos from around Greater Victoria in 2021

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Randall Garrison is MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. (Courtesy Randall Garrison)

COLUMN: MP set to fight for federal investments in housing in 2022

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, takes a look back at 2021

  • Dec 30, 2021
Randall Garrison is MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. (Courtesy Randall Garrison)
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
Repair work at Bottletop Bridge on the Coquihalla Highway, Dec. 7, 2021. Repairs to dozens of highway sites in B.C.’s southern Interior will be ongoing through next year and beyond, at costs not yet estimated. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation photo)

B.C.’s climate plans battered by extreme weather as 2022 begins

Electric cars, forest offsets, carbon taxes don’t stop damage

Repair work at Bottletop Bridge on the Coquihalla Highway, Dec. 7, 2021. Repairs to dozens of highway sites in B.C.’s southern Interior will be ongoing through next year and beyond, at costs not yet estimated. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation photo)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy listens as professional forester and Tahltan Nation member Garry Merkel explains the province’s old-growth forest preservation plan at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. Indigenous leaders testing new authority in 2022 forestry remake

Horgan’s battle with big forest companies is just beginning

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy listens as professional forester and Tahltan Nation member Garry Merkel explains the province’s old-growth forest preservation plan at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The best of times, the worst of times

During these tumultuous times, it is easy to forget how blessed we truly are

  • Dec 22, 2021
The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jane Kigutaq, a kindergarten teacher from Arctic Bay now living in Ottawa, protests on Parliament Hill at a “Cancel Canada Day” event in response to the discovery of unmarked indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Children who never returned from residential schools newsmaker of the year: CP poll

They were honoured with thousands of tiny shoes lined up in front…

Jane Kigutaq, a kindergarten teacher from Arctic Bay now living in Ottawa, protests on Parliament Hill at a “Cancel Canada Day” event in response to the discovery of unmarked indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle