A statue of Mother Earth sits at the front of an altar used by a Colombian shaman, healer and traditional medicine man who leads the Hummingbird Church ayahuasca ceremonies, on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, in Hildale, Utah. Like many groups using psychedelics as sacraments, Hummingbird functioned underground for many years, hosting word of mouth ceremonies. But in Feb. 2021, they decided to go public. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

Growing numbers of people turning to ayahuasca in search of spiritual enlightenment

Property tax rates range from 0.24 per cent to more than 0.6 per cent in a list of B.C. municipalities compiled by a Canadian brokerage. (Black Press Media file photo)

Powell River, Whistler, top list of B.C.’s highest and lowest property tax rates

Powell River $1 million homeowner would fork over more than $4k in taxes than in Whistler

The Vancouver Island marmot is an endangered species. Pictured here, a marmot at Mount Washington. (Black Press file)

Violet predicts another six weeks of winter for Vancouver Island

Violet the Vancouver Island marmot is a certified groundhog with a decent track record

Kimberley Alpine Resort won the $50,000 grand prize in the Mackenzie Top Peak contest in 2022. Kimberley Alpine Team photo.

Mackenzie Top Peak ski community contest launches 2023 version

Last year, Kimberley tied for first, and Fernie placed fourth in national contest

Kimberley Alpine Resort won the $50,000 grand prize in the Mackenzie Top Peak contest in 2022. Kimberley Alpine Team photo.
The famous groundhog in Wiarton, Ont., looks skyward in order to give his prognostication on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. What is the name of this famous groundhog? (Frank Gunn/CP)

QUIZ: How much do you know about groundhogs and weather forecasting?

On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, weather lore predicts spring

The famous groundhog in Wiarton, Ont., looks skyward in order to give his prognostication on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. What is the name of this famous groundhog? (Frank Gunn/CP)
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by astronomers using the wide-field survey camera at the Zwicky Transient Facility this year in early March. Since then the new long-period comet has brightened This fine telescopic image from December 19 does show the comet's brighter greenish coma, short broad dust tail, and long faint ion tail stretching across a 2.5 degree wide field-of-view. (Image credit and copyright - Dan Bartlett)
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by astronomers using the wide-field survey camera at the Zwicky Transient Facility this year in early March. Since then the new long-period comet has brightened This fine telescopic image from December 19 does show the comet's brighter greenish coma, short broad dust tail, and long faint ion tail stretching across a 2.5 degree wide field-of-view. (Image credit and copyright - Dan Bartlett)
The B.C. Supreme Court ruled a Sunshine Coast man is not guilty of aggravated assault because he was ‘effectively asleep’ when he stabbed his wife in the back in 2017. (Credit: Pixabay)

Justice says B.C. man who stabbed wife in back was ‘effectively asleep’, not guilty

Man was taking huge dosages of prescription pills to control pain, insomnia

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled a Sunshine Coast man is not guilty of aggravated assault because he was ‘effectively asleep’ when he stabbed his wife in the back in 2017. (Credit: Pixabay)
Confronted with rising competition and slowing subscriber growth, Netflix has invested heavily in foreign-language programming to cater to an increasingly global audience spanning 222 million subscribers. Dreamstime | TNS

VIDEO: Netflix to end free password sharing

Bad news for those who share their streaming passwords: Netflix is clamping…

Confronted with rising competition and slowing subscriber growth, Netflix has invested heavily in foreign-language programming to cater to an increasingly global audience spanning 222 million subscribers. Dreamstime | TNS
Ottawa husband-and-wife duo Fletcher Gailey-Snell and Ashley Faragher, shown in a handout photo, have turned Fletcher’s nature illustrations into a thriving side hustle, selling apparel, wall art, greeting cards and more. With gig work, freelancing and self-employment becoming an increasingly common way for Canadians to earn extra income, experts say be aware of the tax implications of starting a side hustle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Fletch Robbins

Started a side hustle? Seek expert advice to avoid tax season headaches

Taking time to consult a professional can help you access benefits

Ottawa husband-and-wife duo Fletcher Gailey-Snell and Ashley Faragher, shown in a handout photo, have turned Fletcher’s nature illustrations into a thriving side hustle, selling apparel, wall art, greeting cards and more. With gig work, freelancing and self-employment becoming an increasingly common way for Canadians to earn extra income, experts say be aware of the tax implications of starting a side hustle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Fletch Robbins
Wiarton Willie sits in his cage in Wiarton, Ont., on Friday, Feb.2, 2018. Famed and furry forecasters of spring are set to make their predictions this morning. It's Groundhog Day, and as folklore goes, a groundhog will emerge from its burrow and if it does not see its shadow, then spring is just around the corner, while if it does and retreats, then we can expect six more weeks of winter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Groundhog Day: Fred is dead in Quebec, Willie and Sam at odds over spring’s arrival

Tragedy and discord reigns in the world of rodent winter weather forecasting

Wiarton Willie sits in his cage in Wiarton, Ont., on Friday, Feb.2, 2018. Famed and furry forecasters of spring are set to make their predictions this morning. It's Groundhog Day, and as folklore goes, a groundhog will emerge from its burrow and if it does not see its shadow, then spring is just around the corner, while if it does and retreats, then we can expect six more weeks of winter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon
Prince Charles leaves a roundtable event with business leaders in Ottawa, during the Canadian Royal tour, on May 18, 2022. Heritage Canada says an official Canadian portrait of King Charles III will be released “in due course.” (Justin Tang - The Canadian Press)

Coming soon to a public office near you: King Charles III’s face?

Government offices, municipal halls not required to display royal portraits, new one not ready yet

Prince Charles leaves a roundtable event with business leaders in Ottawa, during the Canadian Royal tour, on May 18, 2022. Heritage Canada says an official Canadian portrait of King Charles III will be released “in due course.” (Justin Tang - The Canadian Press)
A bone in the office of Victoria Arbour at the Royal B.C. Museum. (Ella Matte, Black Press Media)

$8.4M ‘Sue the T. rex’ skeleton invades Royal B.C. Museum in pending new dino exhibit

Exhibit on its way later this year will focus on dinosaur discoveries from around the province

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A bone in the office of Victoria Arbour at the Royal B.C. Museum. (Ella Matte, Black Press Media)
Randy Bachman on stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest. (Facebook photo)

PODCAST: Randy Bachman, every song, every guitar has a story

TODAY IN B.C.: New album with son Tal Bachman to be released

Randy Bachman on stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest. (Facebook photo)
Ann Makosinski is currently collecting perspectives to inform her pending book The Inventing Mindset, alongside finishing that degree at UVic and judging a major Samsung STEM competition. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Vancouver Island’s former Google science wonder kid now a modern Renaissance woman

10 years later, Ann Makosinski looks to pen her first book – The Inventing Mindset

Ann Makosinski is currently collecting perspectives to inform her pending book The Inventing Mindset, alongside finishing that degree at UVic and judging a major Samsung STEM competition. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
Wendy Mitchell is meticulous in labelling which species produce which dye. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Magic of mushrooms adding a world of colour for Vancouver Island woman

Metchosin’s Wendy Mitchell is using mushrooms to make dyes, ink and paper

Wendy Mitchell is meticulous in labelling which species produce which dye. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee. (HAVAN photo)

PODCAST: How much space do you need for a home?

TODAY IN BC: HAVAN’s podcast ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’

Co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee. (HAVAN photo)
Campers with a Canadian flag flying on their camp site are shown in Algonquin Park on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Parks Canada says visitors will be able to start booking reservations for camping and other activities at its sites across the country in March. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Parks Canada updating its reservation system to book camping and other activities

All users will be required to create a new user account on the upgraded system after March 3

Campers with a Canadian flag flying on their camp site are shown in Algonquin Park on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Parks Canada says visitors will be able to start booking reservations for camping and other activities at its sites across the country in March. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
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Popular roller-coaster at West Edmonton Mall amusement park to be removed

Mindbender is being replaced by an as-yet-to-be-revealed development

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Jade Berg was hired as part of a pilot project for the Canada Luge team. Photo by Brooke Apshkrum

How do you feed a world cup-level sports team? Vancouver Island man knows

Campbell River chef feeds national luge team as part of pilot project

Jade Berg was hired as part of a pilot project for the Canada Luge team. Photo by Brooke Apshkrum
Former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey. (Photo submitted)

PODCAST: Goaltender turned broadcaster Kelly Hrudey

MOJ on Sports: Hrudey does advocacy work in the field of mental health

Former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey. (Photo submitted)
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