Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

During the dog days of summer, how much do you know about these majestic animals?

Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The 2022 Cultus Lake Day parade rolls along 1st Avenue on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Wednesday, July 27, 2022 is Bagpipe Appreciation Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of July 24 to 30

Bagpipe Appreciation Day, Take Your Pants For A Walk Day, Share A Hug Day all coming up this week

The 2022 Cultus Lake Day parade rolls along 1st Avenue on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Wednesday, July 27, 2022 is Bagpipe Appreciation Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

B.C.’s John Hillman becomes Canada’s oldest newest Canadian at age 103

Oak Bay man takes his official oath in English and in French to earn his citizenship July 21

John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)

Rare white raven grabs the spotlight at Vancouver Island wildlife centre

Iconic bird Blizzard can now be viewed by the public and is soaking up the attention

The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)
According to a report by Women in Capital Markets, 82 per cent of men cited workplace culture as a barrier to their use of leave. (Photo used with permission from CIPHR Connect, ciphr.com)

Non-profit launches pledge to increase use of parental leave by fathers, non-birthing parents

Workplace cultures currently discourage non-birthing parents from taking leave: report

According to a report by Women in Capital Markets, 82 per cent of men cited workplace culture as a barrier to their use of leave. (Photo used with permission from CIPHR Connect, ciphr.com)
Legal cannabis products. (Thomas Kervin photo)
Legal cannabis products. (Thomas Kervin photo)
Kim Letson (left) and Pat Gould will be walking 2,000 kilometres in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for Doctors Without Borders humanitarian programs this summer. Photo supplied

Island seniors aim to raise $1 million by walking 2,000 kilometres across Europe

Kim Letson and Pat Gould are preparing to embark on a 2,000-kilometre walk from Canterbury to Rome

  • Jul 22, 2022
Kim Letson (left) and Pat Gould will be walking 2,000 kilometres in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for Doctors Without Borders humanitarian programs this summer. Photo supplied
The ‘majestic’ banaduck sits calmly, unaware of the shopping frenzy it has unleashed (photo credit: @whit3lighter/Twitter)
The ‘majestic’ banaduck sits calmly, unaware of the shopping frenzy it has unleashed (photo credit: @whit3lighter/Twitter)
Photo: Ron Wilson

No Mothra, just a moth invasion Kootenay-style

Photos: The hatching of millions (maybe billions) of river moths the night of July 16

Photo: Ron Wilson
With gas prices and flight prices skyrocketing, it can be tricky to travel on budget (Unsplash).

Travel on a budget: Tips, tools to find the most cost-effective options for road trips, flying

KAYAK’s new Travel Tool helps travellers decide to fly or drive to their vacation destinations

With gas prices and flight prices skyrocketing, it can be tricky to travel on budget (Unsplash).
A ball python that was found in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Aug. 5, 2015. A teacher in B.C. was publicly reprimended for bringing his own ball python to class in 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP, Jerry Jackson, The Baltimore Sun)

B.C. teacher disciplined for bringing 3-foot snake to middle school as costume prop

One student didn’t know it was real until it was wrapped around his neck and began to slither

A ball python that was found in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Aug. 5, 2015. A teacher in B.C. was publicly reprimended for bringing his own ball python to class in 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP, Jerry Jackson, The Baltimore Sun)
BC Parks expects an increase in campers this Parks Day weekend (file photo).

BC Parks encourages British Columbians to follow Camper’s Code

The Camper’s Code provides ways to stay safe and respect nature during your camping trip

BC Parks expects an increase in campers this Parks Day weekend (file photo).
George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Rub-a-dub-dub: Nanaimo family keeping up 55-year tradition of tub racing

Johnson family’s old racing tub being refurbished to enter Sunday’s Nanaimo bathtub race

George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)

PODCAST: Victoria and Kelowna are Canada’s best small cities

TODAY IN B.C.: Mayors, Chamber CEOs talk amenities, housing, business and more

Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)
Ukrainian flag colours, hands entwined graphic (pixabay photo).

United Way calls on B.C. residents to open their homes to displaced Ukrainians

Applying to be a host home for Ukrainians can provide refuge in a time of need, UWBC said

Ukrainian flag colours, hands entwined graphic (pixabay photo).
The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. Photo contributed

TrailRiders and Accessibility Days opening Strathcona Park up to everyone

Accessibility Days offer those who can’t usually experience park’s meadows and trails that opportunity

  • Jul 19, 2022
The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. Photo contributed
Biting into a Nanaimo bar is one of 101 things that everyone should do in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Rejuvenated Nanaimo Bar Trail beckons for those looking for a sweet treat

Amplified tour offers some options for enjoying signature dessert well off the beaten track

Biting into a Nanaimo bar is one of 101 things that everyone should do in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
This photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service shows the International Space Station on March 30, 2022, photographed by the crew of a Russian Soyuz MS-19 spaceship after undocking from the station. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body _ and potentially be used to make treatments for many diseases. The cells arrived at the space station on a supply ship, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service via AP)

High-flying experiment: Do stem cells grow better in space?

Scientists hoping to mass produce a certain stem cell with potential to treat numerous disease

This photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service shows the International Space Station on March 30, 2022, photographed by the crew of a Russian Soyuz MS-19 spaceship after undocking from the station. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body _ and potentially be used to make treatments for many diseases. The cells arrived at the space station on a supply ship, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service via AP)