Waffles, famous kisses and smart dogs: There were some great BC stories in 2021

The year 2021 has been a tough year for so many.

As the pandemic drags on, and as parts of BC were hit by heat waves, forest fires, floods and storms, it may at times have seemed as if there was only bad news to report.

But in the midst of loss and destruction, British Colombians rallied to save animals, raise money for charity, and rescue those in need.

Here’s a look at some of the good news from 2021.


Click to play video: 'BC Company comes to the aid of children with special needs who love expired waffles'







BC Company comes to help children with special needs who love discontinued waffles


BC Company comes to help children with special needs who love expired waffles – February 3, 2021

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BC boy with autism who eats only brand of discontinued waffles gets home recipe

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In March, Nature’s Path, a Richmond-based organic food producer, came to the aid of a desperate mother who was looking for their specific waffle brand, which was the only thing her son with special needs would eat.

Nine-year-old Jerico Roman has autism along with extreme oral aversion and complex eating challenges, and will pretty much eat nothing but this particular type of maple cinnamon waffle.

His mother, Jenna, told Global News that the growing boy usually puts away two boxes of waffles a day.

But there had been panic when she found out that the product had expired.

Nature’s Path was able to adapt the waffle recipe – which is usually made in massive batches – for home use and provided it and all the necessary ingredients for the family.


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Spectators rescue a man who slipped in Lynn Canyon water


Spectators rescue man who slipped into Lynn Canyon water – March 26, 2021

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‘A heroic act on the banks of the river’: Good Samaritan rescues drowning man in northern Vancouver

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Also in March, an officer candidate from the Canadian forces was hailed as a hero for saving the life of a man who had fallen in Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver.

Craig Vollweiter enjoyed a day off in the popular park when he was approached by a young girl in distress.

Vollweiter said he followed the girl down to the riverfront promenade, where he found other people calling for help and a woman holding her husband, who was lying face down in the water.

The man had been the victim of a medical incident, slipped, hit his head and fell.

Vollweiter and the man’s wife were able to perform CPR until firefighters arrived.


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Stolen wallet returned on Commercial Drive – June 2, 2021

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BC woman looking for Good Samaritans who helped hunt down the wallet thief

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In June, a woman from BC began. to look for a group of Good Samaritans who came to her aid after a stranger took her purse.

Courtenay Cullen said she was not only grateful for their help, she wanted others to know how the kindness of strangers can make all the difference.

Cullen said she was on Commercial Drive in Vancouver when she donated money to a bushman who played the flute. Shortly after, a man stuck his hand into her purse, grabbed her purse and eased. She dropped her bags and chased after him.

“Other people started chasing him for me,” she said. “It was amazing. People on bikes, people on foot. A man came out of his house to help. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The crowd caught up with the man who handed over the wallet. Then they let him go.


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The story behind the Vancouver riots kissing couple photo – June 20, 2011

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10 years later: The Vancouver riots kiss couple are still together

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In June, we found out that the pair in one of the most popular photos of the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riots were still together.

Vancouver photographer Richard Lam shot thousands of photos of people making riots in the streets after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7.

But one picture stood out.

Known as Vancouver riot-kissing couple, the picture captured a man kissing a woman they were lying on the street with police in riot gear around them.

The couple, Australian Scott Jones and Canadian Alex Thomas, are still together and raising a family together in Perth.


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The SPCA seizes the dog strapped to the back of the RV during the BC heat wave


SPCA seizes dog strapped to the back of the motorhome during the BC heat wave – July 2, 2021

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Dog seen in a box strapped to the back of the motorhome in the BC heat wave seized by SPCA

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In July, a dog that had been seen in a box strapped to the back of a motorhome amid blazing temperatures was seized by the BC SPCA.

The German shepherd was seen on June 28 in a box in the back of the motorhome driving on Highway 1 near Abbotsford.

The SPCA said police were able to track down the dog’s owner and obtain a warrant to seize the animal.

The dog was seized and eventually put up for adoption.


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Hole rescued by dog ​​in Tappen, BC – July 10, 2021

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Dog helps save stallion foal life in early morning rescue in Tappen, BC

Another dog made headlines in July when he helped save the life of a colt that lived on a farm in Tappen.

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“1:50 in the morning, all of a sudden this little girl [Toffee] pushed her nose so hard and made such a big push, just like she meant seriously, so I jumped out of bed and she looked at me and she just took down the stairs and out into the yard, ”said the proud owner Marie Hurley.

The South African Boerboel led Hurley outside to their campfire site, where she saw the emergency.

“I saw that the mare had got her foal, and it made this awful, awful sound – it was a snoring sound … It was just awful, so I run and I can see that the amniotic sac is not broken. So this poor thing little thing was in a bag and you could see the sack sucking into the nostrils and he was suffocating to death, ”Hurley said.

“So I run as fast as I can, tear the sack off his face and clean his nostrils, and I would never have woken up if it were not for Toffee.”


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The BC couple takes a leap of faith with Jamaican patty business under COVID-19


BC couple take a leap of faith with Jamaican patty business during COVID-19 – October 7, 2021

In October, a BC couple shared their story of how they started a brand new business under COVID.

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Casey Simpson and Nicholas Simon both did well in their respective fields until the pandemic caused a major shift in their livelihoods.

They decided to start a manufacture, sale and supply of Jamaican steaks, and The Real Patty Co took off.

The couple went from selling 2,000 steaks a month to 2,000 in a week.


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VPD adds employee wellness dog in BC first


VPD adds employee wellness dog in BC first – November 1, 2021

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‘He’s Definitely Zen’: New VPD dog recruit focused on employee well-being in BC first

In November, we met the Vancouver Police’s newest recruit, Zen, a three-year-old black labrador-golden retriever cross who works in the department’s employee wellness unit.

Zen is the first accredited facility dog ​​from the Pacific Assistance Dog Society, working internally in a police department in BC and providing physical, social and emotional support to its sworn members and civilian employees.

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He is bred to the community and raised and trained to be the guide dog for a person with a physical disability.

He underwent advanced training on the organization’s Burnaby campus before landing in a police building that houses the department’s investigation units, which are very stressed.


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New border rules for Canadians taking short trips to the United States


New border rules for Canadians taking short trips to the United States – November 30, 2021

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Canada will drop the requirement for negative PCR testing for shorter cross-border journeys

When the U.S.-Canada border reopened for unnecessary travel in November, many Canadians were happy to head south to shop or pick up gas.

But the requirement for a negative PCR test to return, no matter how long the trip was, was daunting for many.

That changed, however, in mid-November, when the federal government dropped the requirement for Canadians to return from the United States for any journey of less than 72 hours.

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This Is BC: Floods remind British Colombians that there are helpers and heroes living here


This Is BC: Floods remind British Colombians that there are helpers and heroes living here – November 18, 2021

Three atmospheric rivers that hit the province in November decimated parts of the Fraser Valley and the southern interior.

When residents had to leave their homes and livelihoods, British Columbia received a reminder of how people can still meet in times of need.

Volunteers used their own boats to rescue captured humans and animals and to transport goods between communities using roads that were now rivers.

Others spent long hours setting up cribs, blankets, and food in emergency centers.

Restaurants also provided free food, volunteers helped pull queues to safety using jet skis, and hundreds of people showed up to sandbags around the critical Barrowtown Pump Station in Abbotsford.


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The recipient of CKNW Kids’ Fund Pledge Day meets his hero, Dr. Bonnie Henry


CKNW Kids’ Fund Pledge Day recipient meets his hero, Dr. Bonnie Henry – December 1, 2020

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CKNW Kids’ Fund Pledge Day raises over $ 1.5 million

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December started with a reminder that British Colombians are also generous with their money.

The CKNW Kids’ Fund raised $ 1,512,767 in donations from generous listeners during its annual Radiothon Promise Day.

The fund, which used to be the CKNW Orphans Fund until it was renamed in 2018, was founded in 1944 with the original purpose of raising funds to purchase gifts for the Loyal Protestant Home, an orphanage in New Westminster.

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