Here’s a look back at the online stories that drew the largest readership (starting with the most-read) on the Abbotsford News website in 2020, according to statistics from Google Analytics:
COVID-19 dominated the headlines, and changing advice and rules about the wearing of face masks was one of the most-discussed topics.
In late March, COVID-19 started spreading across the globe at an alarming rate and governments began telling businesses to close or change how they did business. As the world turned on its head, governments and people tried to figure out what it all meant.
People were angry that while they tried to abide by distancing orders, others looked for loopholes or just plain ignored the guidance.
From businesses that hiked prices to those who hoarded and then sold scarce goods to this fellow, not everyone has behaved admirably in 2020.
The revelation that Abbotsford middle school students were asked to list positive stories about residential schools drew condemnation by the public and elicited a promise to do better by the school board.
A local doctor pleaded with his fellow Fraser Valley residents to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously while revealing the stress health care workers were under.
Several local health care institutions experienced COVID-19 outbreaks this year, including Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
8. New snow warning issued for Abbotsford (Jan. 14)
January often brings with it winter weather. Some love it, some hate it, everyone endures it.
9. Apparent UFO spotted in Abbotsford (Aug. 4)
Unidentified flying objects are frequently seen in the Fraser Valley. Beyond the pandemic, 2020 also brought revelations that the United States military was seriously considering whether recent reports of UFOs might actually be evidence of alien aircraft – and not just optical illusions.
Readers were outraged when a vehicle dashcam caught two grocery shoppers stealthily emptying a trunk full of trash into the parking lot of Save-On-Foods on Fraser Highway in Langley.