Skytrain. (Translink photo)

PODCAST: Breaking down the $4-billion Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension

TODAY IN B.C.: Province says project will be delivered two years earlier than first planned

Skytrain. (Translink photo)
Raye is an 18-foot fully-autonomous sailboat designed and constructed entirely by UBC students. It’s set to attempt a solo voyage from B.C. to Hawaii in either September 2022 or the following year. (Courtesy of UBC Sailbot)

B.C. to Hawaii: UBC students launching fully-autonomous sailboat on epic maiden voyage

‘Raye’ will attempt to cross the Pacific without human assistance or feedback

Raye is an 18-foot fully-autonomous sailboat designed and constructed entirely by UBC students. It’s set to attempt a solo voyage from B.C. to Hawaii in either September 2022 or the following year. (Courtesy of UBC Sailbot)
This Aug. 15, 2022, photo shows El Johnson, right, with her girlfriend, Sara Goodie, in Austin, Texas. Johnson has decided not to bear children, though she hasn’t ruled out adoption. The birth rate in the U.S. has dropped dramatically as more young people decide not to have children. (El Johnson via AP)

Gen Z, millennials speak out on reluctance to become parents

‘Having children sounds like a trap to me…financially, socially, emotionally, physically’

This Aug. 15, 2022, photo shows El Johnson, right, with her girlfriend, Sara Goodie, in Austin, Texas. Johnson has decided not to bear children, though she hasn’t ruled out adoption. The birth rate in the U.S. has dropped dramatically as more young people decide not to have children. (El Johnson via AP)
A peacock displays it feathers at the Toronto zoo in Toronto on Thursday, March 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Pete the peacock remains on the lam about two months after escape from N.B. garden

Owners hope proud bird avoiding foxes, can be located strutting somewhere around the countryside

A peacock displays it feathers at the Toronto zoo in Toronto on Thursday, March 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians make up less than 0.5 per cent of the global population but use 1.4 per cent of all plastic produced (Black Press).

Shoreline cleanup planned at English Bay as part of annual event

Communities across Canada will head to the water on Sept. 17 for International Coastal Cleanup Day

  • Aug 29, 2022
Canadians make up less than 0.5 per cent of the global population but use 1.4 per cent of all plastic produced (Black Press).
Study shows that Canadians prefer here over the US on a variety of topics (photo from Google)

American Dream? Poll takes temperature on whether US or Canada is better country to live in

A recent poll that surveyed 1500 adults across the Canada looks at whether they prefer here or the US

  • Aug 29, 2022
Study shows that Canadians prefer here over the US on a variety of topics (photo from Google)
French Emergency Doctor Frederic Maillez, who was first to arrive at the scene of the crash that killed Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales, displays a copy of the letter he received from Diana’s mother, during an interview with The Associate Press, next to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, in Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. It has been nearly 25 years since Princess Diana died in a high-speed car crash in Paris. The French doctor who treated her at the scene has recounted what happened. Dr. Frederic Mailliez told The Associated Press how he tried to save her on that night of Aug. 31, 1997. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

VIDEO: World pays tribute to Princess Diana on 25th anniversary of her death

Frederic Mailliez was one of the last people to see Princess Diana alive

French Emergency Doctor Frederic Maillez, who was first to arrive at the scene of the crash that killed Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales, displays a copy of the letter he received from Diana’s mother, during an interview with The Associate Press, next to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, in Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. It has been nearly 25 years since Princess Diana died in a high-speed car crash in Paris. The French doctor who treated her at the scene has recounted what happened. Dr. Frederic Mailliez told The Associated Press how he tried to save her on that night of Aug. 31, 1997. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Simon Monteith, a.ka. Simon The Scientist, prepares the “Elephant Toothpaste” experiment in his dining room in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2022. In this exciting experiment Monteith combines hydrogen peroxide and yeast and observes the results. Monteith is an award-winning social media personality who uses science to reach children his age and also children from the indigenous community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

‘Sort of who I am’: Cree youth hopes to inspire others with science videos

Simon Monteith has produced roughly 60 educational videos so far

Simon Monteith, a.ka. Simon The Scientist, prepares the “Elephant Toothpaste” experiment in his dining room in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2022. In this exciting experiment Monteith combines hydrogen peroxide and yeast and observes the results. Monteith is an award-winning social media personality who uses science to reach children his age and also children from the indigenous community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Folks take in some warm summer weather at Main Beach in Cultus Lake Park on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 is Beach Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Beach Day, International Bacon Day, Lazy Mom’s Day all coming up this week

Folks take in some warm summer weather at Main Beach in Cultus Lake Park on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 is Beach Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Jared Towers photographed this humpback whale and four others in 2018 near Port McNeill, Alert Bay, and Hanson Island. JARED TOWERS PHOTO

Discovery Islands resurfacing as a B.C. humpback hot spot

Gentle giants returning to waters of northeastern Vancouver Island and not just passing through

Jared Towers photographed this humpback whale and four others in 2018 near Port McNeill, Alert Bay, and Hanson Island. JARED TOWERS PHOTO
Coquitlam’s Tractor Dance is an annual display where public works employees perform a “choreographed equipment ballet”. (City of Coquitlam photo)

VIDEO: Tractor drivers show off ballet skills with heavy equipment dance in Coquitlam

Public works staff operate tractors, excavators, push mowers and leaf blowers in choreographed dance

Coquitlam’s Tractor Dance is an annual display where public works employees perform a “choreographed equipment ballet”. (City of Coquitlam photo)
Seventeen year old Anglo-Belgian pilot, Mack Rutherford, prepares to land at the Buzet airfield in Pont-A-Celles, Belgium, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. Rutherford landed in Belgium before flying on to Slovakia and Sofia, Bulgaria, for the final leg of his Guinness World Record attempt to be the youngest person to the fly around the world solo in a small plane. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Teen pilot sets age record for solo flight around world

Mack Rutherford, who turned 17 during the trip, passed through 52 countries on his 5-month journey

Seventeen year old Anglo-Belgian pilot, Mack Rutherford, prepares to land at the Buzet airfield in Pont-A-Celles, Belgium, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. Rutherford landed in Belgium before flying on to Slovakia and Sofia, Bulgaria, for the final leg of his Guinness World Record attempt to be the youngest person to the fly around the world solo in a small plane. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Porter Family. (submitted photo)

PODCAST UPDATE: The Porter Family – Flying around the world

TODAY IN B.C.: They hope to raise $1 million for charity during the 14 month trip

Porter Family. (submitted photo)
Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver on September 9, 2021. For years, Staples Canada has advertised back-to-school supplies to the tune of the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with parents eager to see their children return to class after a busy summer. But back-to-school supplies can quickly add up, and parents already feeling the crunch from a rising cost of living may need to strategize how they approach this shopping season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Looking to save some money this back-to-school season? Here are some tips

Parents facing increased costs as they get the kids ready to return to class

Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver on September 9, 2021. For years, Staples Canada has advertised back-to-school supplies to the tune of the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with parents eager to see their children return to class after a busy summer. But back-to-school supplies can quickly add up, and parents already feeling the crunch from a rising cost of living may need to strategize how they approach this shopping season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NASA employees and scientists await information from the New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Laurel, Md (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Pluto’s Demotion Day a chance to salute the disinherited dwarf planet

Aug. 24, science nerds celebrate the last day of the planet that was

NASA employees and scientists await information from the New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Laurel, Md (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
This still image provided by SpaceX shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Space Force Station on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. SpaceX has had a busy month and is launching several more satellites into orbit this August.(SpaceX via AP)

VIDEO: Starlink satellite train wows stargazers across Abbotsford and beyond

Elon Musk’s SpaceX communications company launched 53 new satellites into orbit over the weekend

This still image provided by SpaceX shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Space Force Station on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. SpaceX has had a busy month and is launching several more satellites into orbit this August.(SpaceX via AP)
Andrew Weaver explores sustainable aviation fuel for one of his return blog posts in a bid to spur conversation and interest. (Courtesy Andrew Weaver)
Andrew Weaver explores sustainable aviation fuel for one of his return blog posts in a bid to spur conversation and interest. (Courtesy Andrew Weaver)
FILE - Britain’s Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, June 5, 2022. Prince William and his wife, Kate, will relocate their family from central London to more rural dwellings in Windsor, and all three of their children will attend the same private school near their new home, palace officials said Monday Aug. 22, 2022. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP, File)

Prince William, Kate relocate from London to Windsor cottage

Move means that the family will be much closer to Queen Elizabeth II

FILE - Britain’s Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, June 5, 2022. Prince William and his wife, Kate, will relocate their family from central London to more rural dwellings in Windsor, and all three of their children will attend the same private school near their new home, palace officials said Monday Aug. 22, 2022. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP, File)
(Josh Wielinga photo)

Stunning rainbow photo captured in Vernon, B.C.

Josh Wielinga snapped a rainbow reflected in perfect symmetry Friday evening

(Josh Wielinga photo)
It’s time for the new school year to begin. How much do you know about education? (Black Press Media files)

QUIZ: Are you ready to go back to school?

How much do you know about schools and learning?

It’s time for the new school year to begin. How much do you know about education? (Black Press Media files)
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