Holidays

Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive brings cheer to Greater Victoria for 24th year

The convoy passed through Langford as the Langford Light Up event took place

 

The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford lights up for first time since 2019

The annual Langford Light Up event saw hundreds visit a festively decorated Veterans Memorial Park

 

The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers about delivery scams. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid delivery scams

The BBB recommends keeping an eye out for phishing messages this holiday season

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to onlookers as they make their way up Government Street during the 2021 Peninsula Co-Op Santa Light Parade. (Black Press Media file photo)

Event Roundup: Seasonal magic returns to Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria gears up for the holiday season with family-friendly festivities

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to onlookers as they make their way up Government Street during the 2021 Peninsula Co-Op Santa Light Parade. (Black Press Media file photo)
Scientists say cooking food helped fuel our evolution, give us bigger brains — and later down the line, would become the centerpiece of the feasting rituals that brought communities together.

How cooking food and gathering for feasts made us human

‘The story of human evolution has appeared to be the story of what we eat’

Scientists say cooking food helped fuel our evolution, give us bigger brains — and later down the line, would become the centerpiece of the feasting rituals that brought communities together.
CATSA employees perform security checks of passengers and their carry on at a security screening area at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Unions say turnover rate high for airport security officers as holiday season looms

Just 1/3 of those hired under one union in last few months have stayed on

CATSA employees perform security checks of passengers and their carry on at a security screening area at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Tools used for “papel picado”, the traditional manufacture of tissue paper cut-out decorations, long used in altars for the Day of the Dead, lay on top of a stencil in a workshop in Xochimilco, a borough of Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Begun in the 1800s, experts say using tissue paper is probably a continuation of a far older pre-Hispanic tradition of painting ceremonial figures on paper made of fig-bark sheets. Mexican artisans adopted imported tissue paper because it was cheap and thin enough so that, with sharp tools, extreme care and a lot of skill, dozens of sheets can be cut at the same time. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is actually a celebration of life

Holiday rooted in agriculture-related beliefs from Mexico’s pre-Hispanic era

Tools used for “papel picado”, the traditional manufacture of tissue paper cut-out decorations, long used in altars for the Day of the Dead, lay on top of a stencil in a workshop in Xochimilco, a borough of Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Begun in the 1800s, experts say using tissue paper is probably a continuation of a far older pre-Hispanic tradition of painting ceremonial figures on paper made of fig-bark sheets. Mexican artisans adopted imported tissue paper because it was cheap and thin enough so that, with sharp tools, extreme care and a lot of skill, dozens of sheets can be cut at the same time. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
People pass a large Christmas tree as they go shopping on Christmas Eve at a mall in Ottawa on Dec. 24, 2020. A new report from Deloitte Canada says holiday spending in Canada is expected to drop this year as inflation shrinks consumer buying power and economic uncertainty looms over household finances. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

VIDEO: Holiday spending expected to slump amid inflation

Canadian households forecast to spend an average of $1,520 this year

People pass a large Christmas tree as they go shopping on Christmas Eve at a mall in Ottawa on Dec. 24, 2020. A new report from Deloitte Canada says holiday spending in Canada is expected to drop this year as inflation shrinks consumer buying power and economic uncertainty looms over household finances. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A Thanksgiving turkey dinner is shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

VIDEO: Thanksgiving dinner will come with a hefty price tag this year

Homemade turkey dinner now more than $200 for a family of four

A Thanksgiving turkey dinner is shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits 10 Downing Street to meet with British Prime Minister Liz Truss in London on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Trudeau met with his British counterpart Sunday as world leaders converged on London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits 10 Downing Street to meet with British Prime Minister Liz Truss in London on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Trudeau met with his British counterpart Sunday as world leaders converged on London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Tourists stand outside of Westminster Place in London, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, will lay in state at Westminster Palace from Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Markus Schreiber

Schools, Crown Corps. to close as Horgan declares Sept. 19 a holiday to mourn the queen

Businesses scramble to set their own paths, Ontario and Quebec not recognizing federal holiday

Tourists stand outside of Westminster Place in London, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, will lay in state at Westminster Palace from Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Markus Schreiber
Queen Elizabeth II passed away Sept. 8 at the age of 96. (Jonathan Brady/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister says Monday will be federal holiday to mark Queen’s state funeral

Sept. 19 will be a holiday for federal workers, provinces other authorities to decide for the rest

Queen Elizabeth II passed away Sept. 8 at the age of 96. (Jonathan Brady/Pool Photo via AP)
Do you know where the Granny Smith apple originated? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How much do you know about grandparents?

The second Sunday of September is National Grandparents Day in Canada

Do you know where the Granny Smith apple originated? (Pixabay.com)
Today, the city of Victoria, B.C. is a picturesque location and a popular tourist destination. (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: Are you ready for Victoria Day?

The May long weekend is a tribute to British monarch Queen Victoria

Today, the city of Victoria, B.C. is a picturesque location and a popular tourist destination. (Pixabay.com)
Gatka performance during Gurdwara Singh Sabha’s Khalsa Day celebration on May 1. (Courtesy of Manmeet Kaur Gill)

VIDEO: Khalsa Day brings over 3,000 to Sikh temple road, prompts call for larger celebration

The day carries significance for the Sikh harvest and national founding

Gatka performance during Gurdwara Singh Sabha’s Khalsa Day celebration on May 1. (Courtesy of Manmeet Kaur Gill)
Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny hand crafting special chocolate Easter eggs. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny hand crafting special chocolate Easter eggs. (Black Press file photo)
Camosun College anthropology instructor Nicole Kilburn has done a deep-dive to understand the origins of several iconic Easter symbols. (Courtesy of Camosun College)

Greater Victoria anthropologist cracks open origins of Easter eggs, bunnies

Easter bunny may be linked to fertility, Camosun College instructor says

Camosun College anthropology instructor Nicole Kilburn has done a deep-dive to understand the origins of several iconic Easter symbols. (Courtesy of Camosun College)
For some, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for tea, while others will prefer to raise a pint of beer in honour of the day. (Submitted)

QUIZ: How much do you know about St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17 is the day to honour Ireland’s patron saint and Irish culture

For some, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for tea, while others will prefer to raise a pint of beer in honour of the day. (Submitted)
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10 unique and romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

This list goes out to all of you who are homebound on Valentine’s Day

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Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pickleball players compete in holiday tournament in Saanich

Teams competed for gold, silver and bronze honours

Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)