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Here are the most clicked-on stories on northdeltareporter.com in 2022

Of the thousands of stories published on our site in 2022, these caught people’s attention the most

There were literally thousands of stories published on our website over the past year, coming from both the North Delta Reporter newsroom and from our fellow Black Press Media papers across B.C. Although several articles relating to the COVID-19 pandemic were among this year’s most read (which makes sense since the pandemic is one of — if not, arguably, THE — biggest story of the last three years), we’ve chosen to leave those out of this feature, if for nothing else than the sake of variety. So, without further ado, here are some of our most-read stories of 2022:

Chip Wilson’s pad, a Rock House and an island: Here are the most expensive homes in B.C.

(by Kat Slepian, Jan. 4, 2022)

BC Assessment released their list of the highest valued homes in the province on Jan. 4. There were some real gems on the list, offering something for everyone (or at least, everyone who’s a multimillionaire, anyway).

Investigation continues into death of Tsawwassen teen

(by James Smith, Jan. 28, 2022)

Seventeen-year-old Maaike Blom was found dead on Dec. 7, 2021, in a residence on Tsawwassen First Nation land. Blom had last been seen by family members on Dec. 3 and was reported missing the evening of Dec. 5. Police said Blom’s death was suspicious but believed to be an isolated occurrence. An adult man was arrested in connection with Blom’s death.

In an update on the case provided Jan. 28 of this year, police said the man was interviewed, processed and released from custody pending further investigation, including toxicology and forensic analysis.

A further update on Dec. 2 said an investigation by the DPD’s Major Crime Section determined Blom did not die as a result of a homicide, however evidence gathered over the past year led Crown council to approve 11 charges against Jimmy Eely, a 22-year-old Delta resident who police say was known to Blom.

Eely was arrested on Dec. 1 on charges including interference or indignity to a dead body, as well as multiple firearms and drug offences. Eely made his first appearance in Surrey Provincial Court Dec. 2 and was released on bail pending trial.

Indigenous-focused coursework to be a high school graduation requirement in B.C.

(by Ashley Wadhwani, March 7, 2022)

The B.C. government proposed bringing in a new requirement that all students complete Indigenous-focused coursework in order to graduate. The change was enacted on July 1, allowing First Nations to create and approve language and cultural learning programs to be recognized by the Ministry of Education and Child Care. In an update this month, the new grad requirement will be in effect for the 2023/2024 school year and applies to students in public, independent, First Nations and offshore schools.

— with files from Sarah O’Leary, James Smith

Delta’s Spring Clean-Up program back for 2022

(by James Smith, March 14, 2022)

After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Delta’s popular Spring Clean-Up program was back on for 2022.

In late March for people Tsawwassen and Ladner and early April for those in North Delta, residents who receive weekly garbage collection services from the city were able to place up to a pickup truck-size load of extra garbage and scrap metal curbside for collection.

Fatal North Delta shooting a case of mistaken identity: police

(by James Smith, May 3, 2022)

Delta police say they are confident the shooting death of corrections officer Bikramdeep Randhawa in North Delta last year was a case of mistaken identity.

Randhawa, 29, was shot and killed near the Walmart at Scottsdale Centre mall the afternoon of May 1, 2021 in what police at the time said appeared to be a targeted incident.

In an update provided May 3 of this year, police said investigators believe that Randhawa’s killers mistook him for an individual involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Police say they are confident they have identified the people involved and are working with other partnering agencies to hold those responsible for Randhawa’s murder accountable.

Sister’s victim-impact statement recalls South Surrey mechanic as ‘outgoing, protective’

(by Alex Browne, June. 9, 2022)

Paul Prestbakmo was a charming, outgoing, charismatic man who was “very quick to make everyone laugh” – but also didn’t hesitate to act as a protector for the vulnerable in the community. That’s how his younger sister Angela remembered the South Surrey resident in a victim impact statement read June 8 in Surrey Provincial Court.

Angela’s recollections were among testimony delivered in the opening day of the sentencing hearings for two teens – whose identities cannot be divulged – found guilty of second degree murder in the stabbing death of Prestbakmo in August, 2019.

The youths, who were 15 and 16 at the time of the crime, were handed life sentences on Nov. 4.

Miss Teenager World from South Surrey wants to change perceptions of beauty

(by Peace Arch News staff, Jul. 12, 2022)

Changing society’s beauty standards and creating inclusive spaces in pageant competitions is the ultimate goal of South Surrey’s Jessica MacNeil, who was crowned Miss Teenager World in October of 2021.

Editor’s note: This was NDR’s most-read story of 2022.

Ferries delayed, cancelled today after last night’s police search for passenger

(by Black Press Media staff, Aug. 26, 2022)

A missing ferry passenger led to a police search, and the delays meant a long night for ferry workers and delayed sailings caused by crew shortages the next day.

RCMP were alerted about 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 after BC Ferries staff expressed concern about several people in a vehicle causing a disturbance. Officers were able to locate one man, who was arrested for public intoxication, but were unable to locate the registered owner and driver of the vehicle

RCMP reported at about 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 that the man who had been considered missing was located safe and sound and his vehicle was returned to him.

Cascades Casino Delta scheduled to open Sept. 29 as $99M investment for Gateway company

(by Tom Zillich, Sept. 14, 2022)

The new Cascades Casino Delta opened Sept. 29 with 500 slot machines, multiple restaurants and bars, employment for close to 600 people and a promise to be a landmark venue for entertainment in the South Fraser region.

Open 24 hours a day, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment’s $99-million facility features close to 160,000 square feet of entertainment space in Ladner, just north of the Highway 99/17A interchange and next to Massey Tunnel.

Thursday afternoon’s official opening was delayed two years by the pandemic and supply-chain issues.

Surrey nurse suspended for performing undisclosed ‘religious ritual’ on client

(Tom Zytaruk, Sept. 26, 2022)

A Surrey nurse was suspended by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives for performing an undisclosed “religious ritual” on a client in public without consent and “without consideration of” the client’s Indigenous heritage.

Christopher Villaflor’s nursing registration was suspended for four months, he is prohibited from being the sole nurse on duty for one year, and must undergo a “period of mentorship” in the workplace for one year as well as “remedial education in ethics, trauma informed care, and cultural safety & humility.”

Delta elects its first councillors of colour as Harvie’s slate sweeps race

(James Smith, Oct. 18, 2022)

History was made twice on Oct. 15 as the votes were tallied in Delta’s municipal election.

Not only was George Harvie’s Achieving for Delta slate the first to ever sweep the race for mayor and council, but candidates Jessie Dosanjh and Jennifer Johal became the first people of South Asian descent to be elected to city council.

Harvie led the three-way race for mayor the whole night, finishing with 77 per cent of the vote — 17,050, compared to 3,751 for Peter van der Velden and 1,341 for Joginder Randhawa.

As the last of the city’s 32 polls reported in, Harvie’s Achieving for Delta candidates had also claimed all but one seat on Delta’s school board, giving Harvie a near-perfect win and a strong mandate as he enters his second term in office.

Editor’s note: Put together, our municipal election coverage was our second most-read story in 2022.


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