Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)

Cats, grandmas and twins: Here are 7 B.C. stories that brightened 2021

2021 wasn’t the year that most hoped for but there were glimmers of joy nonetheless

Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)
From Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 this year, 40,333 babies were born in the province. (Pixabay photo)

B.C.’s top baby names of 2021 revealed

Olivia and Liam are the most popular baby names once again

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 this year, 40,333 babies were born in the province. (Pixabay photo)
Guides delivering supplies L to R: Avery Wilkins, Bruno Pelletier, Jodi Brown, Molly Johnsen, and Caitlin Thomson, and not pictured were Sam Grenier and Dave McBride from Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures. (Suzy Coulter photo)

Christmas Day delivery pulled off by Chilliwack River Rafting guides

‘We were touched and humbled by how willing people were to jump in and help us,’ says CRV resident

Guides delivering supplies L to R: Avery Wilkins, Bruno Pelletier, Jodi Brown, Molly Johnsen, and Caitlin Thomson, and not pictured were Sam Grenier and Dave McBride from Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures. (Suzy Coulter photo)
FILE - Fashion designer Virgil Abloh gives a thumbs up after the presentation of Off-White Men's Spring-Summer 2019 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, died Nov. 28, 2021, after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE - Fashion designer Virgil Abloh gives a thumbs up after the presentation of Off-White Men's Spring-Summer 2019 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, died Nov. 28, 2021, after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a cast member in the upcoming film “Terminator: Dark Fate,” discusses the film during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Schwarzenegger and Shriver divorce final after 10 years

Financial details of the settlement were kept confidential

FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a cast member in the upcoming film “Terminator: Dark Fate,” discusses the film during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
The Yukon territorial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. Yukon is increasing camping fees in parks next year for the first time in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Yukon raises 2022 camping fees for territorial parks, first jump in 20 years

An annual Yukon resident camping permit will increase from $50 to $100

The Yukon territorial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. Yukon is increasing camping fees in parks next year for the first time in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Corinna Wiebe, with daughter Sydney Stenberg, was overwhelmed when she saw the extent of renovations to their Aldergrove home. (LifeApp video image)

VIDEO: Aldergrove woman with cancer gets new home, thanks to local charity

Charity releases video to thank more than 200 volunteers, 80 companies and 130 donors

Corinna Wiebe, with daughter Sydney Stenberg, was overwhelmed when she saw the extent of renovations to their Aldergrove home. (LifeApp video image)
In this promotional image provided by ABC TV, Charlie Brown and Linus appear in a scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas, which ABC will air Dec. 6 and Dec. 16 to commemorate the classic animated cartoon’s 40th anniversary. Do you know when this holiday special first aired? (AP Photo/ABC, 1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc.,File)

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In this promotional image provided by ABC TV, Charlie Brown and Linus appear in a scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas, which ABC will air Dec. 6 and Dec. 16 to commemorate the classic animated cartoon’s 40th anniversary. Do you know when this holiday special first aired? (AP Photo/ABC, 1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc.,File)
The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 11, 2009. The Greek alphabet arrived on the world stage and into every day lexicon riding on waves of the novel coronavirus as the World Health Organization began naming variants in the Glagolitic script. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Anja Niedringhaus

COVID-19 has been a lesson in Greek letters, one variant at a time

Nobody asked permission from the Greeks, who collectively shrugged

The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 11, 2009. The Greek alphabet arrived on the world stage and into every day lexicon riding on waves of the novel coronavirus as the World Health Organization began naming variants in the Glagolitic script. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Anja Niedringhaus
Camel owners chat before competition results are announced at Al Dhafra Festival in Liwa desert area 120 kilometres (75 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Tens of thousands of camels from across the region have descended on the desert of the United Arab Emirates to compete for the title of most beautiful. (AP Photo/Isabel DeBre)

Camels compete for crowns in beauty pageant in the Arabian desert

40,000 of the region’s most beautiful camels gather for the Al Dhafra Festival

Camel owners chat before competition results are announced at Al Dhafra Festival in Liwa desert area 120 kilometres (75 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Tens of thousands of camels from across the region have descended on the desert of the United Arab Emirates to compete for the title of most beautiful. (AP Photo/Isabel DeBre)
In this photo provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a 22 Wing member is seen showing how they track Santa on his sleigh on Christmas evening during a media preview at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay on Dec. 9, 2021. In a Christmas Eve tradition going on its 66th year, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress around the globe — and fielding calls from children who want to know St. Nick’s exact whereabouts. (Sable Brown/NORAD via AP)

Yes, there is a Santa Claus. And no, COVID-19 won’t stop him

NORAD will provide real-time updates on Santa’s progress Dec. 24, pandemic or no pandemic

In this photo provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a 22 Wing member is seen showing how they track Santa on his sleigh on Christmas evening during a media preview at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay on Dec. 9, 2021. In a Christmas Eve tradition going on its 66th year, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress around the globe — and fielding calls from children who want to know St. Nick’s exact whereabouts. (Sable Brown/NORAD via AP)
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Olivia Jackson recounts her adventure with ‘a grinch’ Wednesday, Dec. 22. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks girl finds the Grinch before Christmas

‘The Grinch hates Christmas,’ says six-year-old Olivia Jackson

Olivia Jackson recounts her adventure with ‘a grinch’ Wednesday, Dec. 22. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
A mother miniature pot-bellied pig and her two female piglets (about three months old), seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, are looking for a foster home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: 3 stray pigs at Chilliwack SPCA looking for foster home

Mother pig and 2 piglets need ‘specialized’ foster home, says Chilliwack SPCA branch manager

A mother miniature pot-bellied pig and her two female piglets (about three months old), seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, are looking for a foster home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Scientists say an amazingly well-preserved fossil egg, as shown here in this handout image, adds more evidence to the close links between dinosaurs and modern birds. Darla Zelenitsky from the University of Calgary says the embryo of the therapod dinosaur is curled up inside the egg just like a chicken, curled up with its back against the broad end of the egg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Calgary

Scientist says amazingly preserved fossil egg shows dinosaur, bird links

Embryo of the therapod dinosaur is curled up inside the egg just like a chicken

Scientists say an amazingly well-preserved fossil egg, as shown here in this handout image, adds more evidence to the close links between dinosaurs and modern birds. Darla Zelenitsky from the University of Calgary says the embryo of the therapod dinosaur is curled up inside the egg just like a chicken, curled up with its back against the broad end of the egg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Calgary
The squirrels in Mears Park in St. Paul, Minn, like these on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, are fat, bold, and accustomed to being fed by people. They have been chewing through wires on the Christmas lights, so Mears Park isn’t lit up as usual this holiday season. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

Squirrels force US city to scale back holiday lights in public park

Group responsible for St. Paul display says blame the ‘tree rats’

The squirrels in Mears Park in St. Paul, Minn, like these on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, are fat, bold, and accustomed to being fed by people. They have been chewing through wires on the Christmas lights, so Mears Park isn’t lit up as usual this holiday season. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is shown on June 22, 2019. A British court on Tuesday ordered the ruler of Dubai to pay his ex-wife and their children about 550 million pounds ($730 million), in one of the most expensive divorce settlements in British history. The High Court said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum must pay 251.5 million pounds to his sixth wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, and make ongoing payments for their children Al Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9 underpinned by a bank guarantee of 290 million pounds. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Dubai ruler must pay ex-wife $730M in divorce settlement

Judge says the family needed “water-tight security” of 11 million pounds annually

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is shown on June 22, 2019. A British court on Tuesday ordered the ruler of Dubai to pay his ex-wife and their children about 550 million pounds ($730 million), in one of the most expensive divorce settlements in British history. The High Court said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum must pay 251.5 million pounds to his sixth wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, and make ongoing payments for their children Al Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9 underpinned by a bank guarantee of 290 million pounds. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)

Canadian stem cell recipients share heartwarming letters to anonymous donors

Why We Swab: Correspondence shared in awareness campaign to recruit more donors

Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)
Gary the Cat is a popular instagram celebrity, with the famous adventure cat paying a visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other RCR resorts this past week to mark the start of ski season. (JAmes Eastham photo)

Gary the Cat pays visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

The Rockies favourite adventure cat is doing a tour of RCR resorts this week

Gary the Cat is a popular instagram celebrity, with the famous adventure cat paying a visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other RCR resorts this past week to mark the start of ski season. (JAmes Eastham photo)
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)