Holidays

Huge haul of cards came into the Chemainus Health Care Centre. (Photo submitted)

Community shows it cares with cards

Health Care Centre among the places inundated with best wishes for its residents

 

Christmas decorations are seen in front of an office building in Montreal, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new survey suggests nearly half of Canadians visited with family or friends over the winter holiday period. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Nearly half of Canadians visited friends, family over holidays, new poll suggests

Public health officials had pleaded with Canadians to sharply limit their contacts

 

Rob Kernachan cartoonist.

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2013

Time for reflection as we head into the New Year

  • Jan 1, 2021

 

The front page of the Courier on March 19 marked the time when everything changed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A new year brings hope

Happiness is never guaranteed so we have to be prepared for everything

The front page of the Courier on March 19 marked the time when everything changed. (Photo by Don Bodger)
With a wave of her magic wand, Crofton’s Danaya Brown, 12, is about to make 2020 disappear. Most people won’t be feeling too sad about the end of the year after all that’s happened. Brown uses her special touch to get it over with and on the path toward a new start in 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Good riddance 2020

Looking on the bright side for 2021

With a wave of her magic wand, Crofton’s Danaya Brown, 12, is about to make 2020 disappear. Most people won’t be feeling too sad about the end of the year after all that’s happened. Brown uses her special touch to get it over with and on the path toward a new start in 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Shoppers take advantage of Boxing Day deals at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Boxing Day’s shot to return to its ‘glory days’ stymied by lockdowns: Retail experts

The spending spree will likely be a ‘sad’ and ‘lacklustre’ shell of its usual self

Shoppers take advantage of Boxing Day deals at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Don Bodger column.

Christmas classics in the age of coronavirus

A famous song and reading reworked for COVID-19

Don Bodger column.
Christmas decorations are displayed at a Lowe’s store Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Northglenn, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Canadians drop average holiday shopping to $200 each as pandemic takes hit on budget

Only one-in-four Canadians said they would be exchanging gifts

  • Dec 24, 2020
Christmas decorations are displayed at a Lowe’s store Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Northglenn, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A young boy, part of several asylum seeking families participating in a Las Posadas event at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, peers into the U.S. from Agua Prieta, Mexico Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, seen from Douglas, Ariz. People on each side of the border celebrate Las Posadas as they have done for decades, a centuries-old tradition practiced in Mexico re-enacts Mary and Joseph's search for refuge in Bethlehem through songs, with several of the families attending stuck south of the border, their lives in limbo with U.S. proceedings suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

People yearn to connect across borders amid pandemic holiday

Families across the world are disconnected, but perhaps none more than those on opposite sides of a border

A young boy, part of several asylum seeking families participating in a Las Posadas event at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, peers into the U.S. from Agua Prieta, Mexico Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, seen from Douglas, Ariz. People on each side of the border celebrate Las Posadas as they have done for decades, a centuries-old tradition practiced in Mexico re-enacts Mary and Joseph's search for refuge in Bethlehem through songs, with several of the families attending stuck south of the border, their lives in limbo with U.S. proceedings suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Merry COVID Christmas from the Grinch, Elf and Frosty the Snowman as they gather at the Maple Lane Cafe. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Merry COVID Christmas

Holiday characters put a brave face on the pandemic

Merry COVID Christmas from the Grinch, Elf and Frosty the Snowman as they gather at the Maple Lane Cafe. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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Virtual concert series Songs for Seniors to bring families separated by COVID together

Songs for Seniors is hoping to bring communities and their families together virtually, no matter where

  • Dec 24, 2020
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Don’t let The Grinch spoil your Christmas this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New memories will be made

Christmas during the pandemic won’t be the same

Don’t let The Grinch spoil your Christmas this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Community In Bloom’s Christmas presence is everywhere around Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Take the Communities In Bloom Christmas quiz

If you know what dioecious means, you’re well on your way to success in these 10 questions

  • Dec 23, 2020
Community In Bloom’s Christmas presence is everywhere around Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Why is Samuel Douglas smiling so much? You would, too, if you just had a visit with Santa. (Photo submitted)

Memorable visit with Santa for boy with Down Syndrome

Face lights up to make Christmas wishes come true

Why is Samuel Douglas smiling so much? You would, too, if you just had a visit with Santa. (Photo submitted)
Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Impaired driving survivor implores people to not drink and drive this holiday season

Campbell River man looks back on 37th anniversary of life-changing incident

Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
A young boy looks through the menorah during a lighting ceremony at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. COVID-19 is prompting Jews to find creative ways to safely celebrate Hanukkah this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A young boy looks through the menorah during a lighting ceremony at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. COVID-19 is prompting Jews to find creative ways to safely celebrate Hanukkah this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Donna Middlemiss’ yard on Cedar Street is decorated with all sorts of festive figures, lights and candles. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Don’t miss this display in the middle of Middlemiss’ yard

Christmas lights, decorations, messages and music blend brilliantly together

Donna Middlemiss’ yard on Cedar Street is decorated with all sorts of festive figures, lights and candles. (Photo by Don Bodger)
You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Visiting hours set for socially-distanced Santa greetings

Walkers and drive-bys welcome at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus until Dec. 20

You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
All modes of transportation were featured in the Crofton parade. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton parade cancellation will leave a huge holiday void

Community Christmas celebration has become quite an attraction

All modes of transportation were featured in the Crofton parade. (File photo by Don Bodger)
An Airbnb logo is shown during an event in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2018. Airbnb says it has a plan to curb New Year’s Eve parties this year in the wake of COVID-19, after a short-term rental was the site of a 60-person party in Mississauga last weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eric Risberg.

Airbnb rolls out restrictions in Canada to prevent New Year’s Eve parties

Airbnb now says guests will need a history of positive reviews on its app to reserve an entire home

An Airbnb logo is shown during an event in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2018. Airbnb says it has a plan to curb New Year’s Eve parties this year in the wake of COVID-19, after a short-term rental was the site of a 60-person party in Mississauga last weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eric Risberg.