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Drivers are advised to leave the width of a car between themselves and horses using public roads. (B.C. transportation ministry)

Physical distancing for vehicles, horses, hikers urged in B.C.

Horse Council B.C. has signs available for rural roads

Drivers are advised to leave the width of a car between themselves and horses using public roads. (B.C. transportation ministry)
There’s no shortage of reading material on the shelves. How much do you know about books, magazines and other printed materials? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: Are you ready for some summer reading?

Put your knowledge to the test with this quiz about books, publications and reading

There’s no shortage of reading material on the shelves. How much do you know about books, magazines and other printed materials? (Black Press file photo)
Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)
Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)
Jassi Sidhu was killed in India in 2000. (THE NEWS/files)
Jassi Sidhu was killed in India in 2000. (THE NEWS/files)
June is a popular month for weddings. How much do you know about famous marriages and wedding traditions? (Stock photo)

QUIZ: A celebration of weddings

How much do you know about wedding traditions and famous marriages?

June is a popular month for weddings. How much do you know about famous marriages and wedding traditions? (Stock photo)
In a release on Saturday, May 30, 2020, the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development recognized Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center staff for keeping in touch with children and families remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center/Submitted photo)

Skidegate daycare staff recognized for creative care during COVID-19

Staff have been using social media to share isolation activities, read stories and sing songs

In a release on Saturday, May 30, 2020, the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development recognized Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center staff for keeping in touch with children and families remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center/Submitted photo)
According to spokesperson Beng Favreau, Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii started the sponsorship application process for Syrian refugee Israa El Isaa (left) and her family in September 2018, and was “just a small step away from receiving the family in March” before their flight from Lebanon to Canada was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Now we have no idea when international flights will resume and when we can expect them here,” Favreau said. (Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii/Submitted photo)
According to spokesperson Beng Favreau, Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii started the sponsorship application process for Syrian refugee Israa El Isaa (left) and her family in September 2018, and was “just a small step away from receiving the family in March” before their flight from Lebanon to Canada was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Now we have no idea when international flights will resume and when we can expect them here,” Favreau said. (Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii/Submitted photo)
Runners compete in the 2018 Giant’s Head Grind, an uphill race held each year in Summerland. (Photo courtesy of Kim Lawton)

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

Runners compete in the 2018 Giant’s Head Grind, an uphill race held each year in Summerland. (Photo courtesy of Kim Lawton)
People take part in the Father’s Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC in Chilliwack on June 21, 2015. This year’s event will be a virtual one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Progress file)

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

People take part in the Father’s Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC in Chilliwack on June 21, 2015. This year’s event will be a virtual one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Progress file)
Green Coast Kayaking held a free community paddle for Haida Gwaii residents on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Queen Charlotte. According to owner Bryce Klee, the free event is expected to continue weekly on Sunday mornings. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

VIDEO: Green Coast offers free kayaking to Haida Gwaii residents

First “pop-up paddle” held Monday, May 25; free community paddles expected to continue weekly

Green Coast Kayaking held a free community paddle for Haida Gwaii residents on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Queen Charlotte. According to owner Bryce Klee, the free event is expected to continue weekly on Sunday mornings. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The UVic Vikes draw a big crowd at CARSA for the preseason Canada West game in this 2017 photo. While the size of public gatherings is still restricted, COVID-19 regulations have been relaxed slightly and some people are longing for the time when they are able to congregate once again. (APShutter.com/UVicVikes)

QUIZ: Crowds and solitude

As COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, here’s a quiz about crowded places and isolation

The UVic Vikes draw a big crowd at CARSA for the preseason Canada West game in this 2017 photo. While the size of public gatherings is still restricted, COVID-19 regulations have been relaxed slightly and some people are longing for the time when they are able to congregate once again. (APShutter.com/UVicVikes)
As of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Gwaii Trust Society had given out 27 grants totalling $410,160 from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)

Gwaii Trust increases COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to half a million dollars

Over 25 grants totalling more than $400,000 already given out for local COVID-19 response

As of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Gwaii Trust Society had given out 27 grants totalling $410,160 from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)
On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Goldie Swanson posted in the Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas Facebook group that she had come home to find a surprise package of dried fish and seaweed. (Goldie Swanson/Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas photo)

Haida Gwaii ‘ninjas’ combat COVID-19 blues with care packages

More than 700 residents have joined ‘Care Ninjas’ Facebook group since May 14

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Goldie Swanson posted in the Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas Facebook group that she had come home to find a surprise package of dried fish and seaweed. (Goldie Swanson/Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas photo)
A non-May Day parade through Fort Langley on Monday, May 18, 2020. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Car collectors come out in droves for drive through Fort Langley

A ‘spontaneous’ drive replaces annual May Day Parade, surprising village residents and shoppers alike

A non-May Day parade through Fort Langley on Monday, May 18, 2020. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Nettie Harder and her daughter-in-law Heather Harder play their accordions in the Queen Charlotte park on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The duo have been playing their accordions in public when there is good weather to spread “good cheer around the neighbourhood.” Nettie also tries to play outside the Bethel Assembly church in Queen Charlotte at 7 p.m. daily, a time when many Canadians have been stepping out to make noise in appreciation of health-care workers.
Nettie Harder and her daughter-in-law Heather Harder play their accordions in the Queen Charlotte park on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The duo have been playing their accordions in public when there is good weather to spread “good cheer around the neighbourhood.” Nettie also tries to play outside the Bethel Assembly church in Queen Charlotte at 7 p.m. daily, a time when many Canadians have been stepping out to make noise in appreciation of health-care workers.
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QUIZ: Exploring gardens

How much do you know about gardening and famous gardens?

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Pastor Wes Harder and his wife Heather have been holding outdoor, drive-in services since Palm Sunday to respect social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pastor Wes Harder and his wife Heather have been holding outdoor, drive-in services since Palm Sunday to respect social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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QUIZ: In honour of mothers

On Mother’s Day, see how much you know about the day and about some famous mothers

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A Grade 7 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School in Abbotsford has created a web page and video called We Are Canada.

B.C. Grade 7 students create ‘We Are Canada’ video and web page

Abbotsford project features voices from across the nation defining what it means to be Canadian

  • May 7, 2020
A Grade 7 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School in Abbotsford has created a web page and video called We Are Canada.
The Port Clements Museum is collecting COVID-19 stories from Haida Gwaii residents. (Port Clements Facebook photo)

Port Clements Museum collecting COVID-19 stories from Haida Gwaii residents

Coordinator Joan Hein wants to archive stories about how pandemic has affected lives of locals

The Port Clements Museum is collecting COVID-19 stories from Haida Gwaii residents. (Port Clements Facebook photo)