FILE - A gambler makes a sports bet at Bally's casino in Atlantic City N.J., Sept. 5, 2019. A record 31.5 million Americans plan to bet on this year's Super Bowl, according to the gambling industry's national trade group. The American Gaming Association on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, released its annual predictions for wagering on pro football's championship game, forecasting that over $7.6 billion will be bet legally and otherwise. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

Bet on it: a lot of money is going to change hands Super Bowl weekend

31 million Americans to bet on their annual football title game, gambling group estimates

FILE - A gambler makes a sports bet at Bally's casino in Atlantic City N.J., Sept. 5, 2019. A record 31.5 million Americans plan to bet on this year's Super Bowl, according to the gambling industry's national trade group. The American Gaming Association on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, released its annual predictions for wagering on pro football's championship game, forecasting that over $7.6 billion will be bet legally and otherwise. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is selling Valentine’s Day cards to raise awareness about its efforts and promote the Hul’q’umi’num’ language. Pictured are Sharon Hobenshield, foundation executive director, and Kayla Seymour, cultural support worker. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

B.C. non-profit’s Valentine’s Day cards say ‘I love you’ in Indigenous language

Kw’umut Lelum Foundation emphasizes revitalization of Hul’q’umi’num

Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is selling Valentine’s Day cards to raise awareness about its efforts and promote the Hul’q’umi’num’ language. Pictured are Sharon Hobenshield, foundation executive director, and Kayla Seymour, cultural support worker. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Canada’s Sidney Crosby celebrates his game-winning goal with Scott Niedermayer and Drew Doughty during overtime period men’s ice hockey gold medal final at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver on February 28, 2010.The NHL has officially announced that its players won’t be going to the 2022 Beijing Olympics.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

QUIZ: Are you ready for the Winter Olympics?

Athletes from Canada and around the world are competing in Beijing, Chin

Canada’s Sidney Crosby celebrates his game-winning goal with Scott Niedermayer and Drew Doughty during overtime period men’s ice hockey gold medal final at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver on February 28, 2010.The NHL has officially announced that its players won’t be going to the 2022 Beijing Olympics.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Anne Hung, 15, dances to Les Sylphide while competing in the classical ballet solo en-point division of the 67th annual Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival in Chilliwack on Feb. 6, 2014. Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 is World Ballet Day. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 6 to 12

World Ballet Day, Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbour Day, Toothache Day all coming up this week

Anne Hung, 15, dances to Les Sylphide while competing in the classical ballet solo en-point division of the 67th annual Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival in Chilliwack on Feb. 6, 2014. Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 is World Ballet Day. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress file)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Friday Feb. 4, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II will mark 70 years on the throne Sunday Feb. 6, an unprecedented reign that has made her a symbol of stability as the United Kingdom navigated an age of uncertainty. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)

Elizabeth the Steadfast: Queen marks 70 years on throne

In a world of relentless change, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor has been a constant

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Friday Feb. 4, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II will mark 70 years on the throne Sunday Feb. 6, an unprecedented reign that has made her a symbol of stability as the United Kingdom navigated an age of uncertainty. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
Before hibernation, Vancouver Island marmots are nearly twice their springtime weight, averaging about 6.5kg. Photo submitted by NIWRA

VIDEO: Island marmots get a check-up and find their shadow on Groundhog Day

Vancouver Island marmot population rebounds, as Violet calls for 6 more weeks of winter

Before hibernation, Vancouver Island marmots are nearly twice their springtime weight, averaging about 6.5kg. Photo submitted by NIWRA
Hermann Thoene at his net-zero+ energy-efficient home in North Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Hermann Thoene at his net-zero+ energy-efficient home in North Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Erin O'Toole poses with a chocolate bar in this undated handout photo. On the morning of Aug. 24, 2020, the Colorado O'Toole woke up to find a whole lot of new Canadian followers. Turns out, the politician O'Toole had just won the Conservative leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Erin O'Toole *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Twitter twins stay on top of Canadian news one misfired tweet at a time

Colorado’s Erin O’Toole shares birthday with her Canadian Twitter twin, the now ex-Conservative Leader

Erin O'Toole poses with a chocolate bar in this undated handout photo. On the morning of Aug. 24, 2020, the Colorado O'Toole woke up to find a whole lot of new Canadian followers. Turns out, the politician O'Toole had just won the Conservative leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Erin O'Toole *MANDATORY CREDIT*
The BC SPCA 2023 Calendar Contest is open for submissions.

BC SPCA accepting submissions for 2023 Calendar Contest

The BC SPCA is accepting submissions for its 2023 animal calendar. Entering…

The BC SPCA 2023 Calendar Contest is open for submissions.
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What to stream in February: An Instagram fraudster, Black history and Ben Stiller

Here’s a look at some winning streaming film and TV picks set to debut this month

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A woman and child wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus stand near the enclosure for flamingos at the zoo on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

PHOTOS: On Lunar New Year, Chinese offer prayers at temples

This year’s holiday has seen fewer people return to their hometowns for traditional family gatherings

A woman and child wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus stand near the enclosure for flamingos at the zoo on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)

Robots and AI being used to help combat COVID-19 loneliness at UFV

Findings will be shared with government, industry, and community partners to enhance wellness

UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)
The New York Times has bought the popular online word game Wordle. (New York Times Games/Twitter)

New York Times buys Wordle; online game to remain free at this time

Millions of people play popular online word game each day

The New York Times has bought the popular online word game Wordle. (New York Times Games/Twitter)
Nikki and Jessica Gerson-Neeves (left to right) hold their blender triumphantly over their heads. (Facebook/Temperamental Chucklefuck and Friends)

Greater Victoria cats versus Vitamix chronicles come to an end

46-day standoff with 3 cats ends with margaritas

Nikki and Jessica Gerson-Neeves (left to right) hold their blender triumphantly over their heads. (Facebook/Temperamental Chucklefuck and Friends)
Ducks swim across the water at the Cheam Lake Wetlands on April 3, 2014. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 is World Wetlands Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

World Wetlands Day, Work Naked Day, Ice Cream For Breakfast Day are all coming up this week

Ducks swim across the water at the Cheam Lake Wetlands on April 3, 2014. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 is World Wetlands Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Castle Fun Park is hoping to re-open later this year. (File photo)

VIDEO: Abbotsford’s Castle Fun Park begins rebuilding after flooding

Owners share footage from inside damaged building, announce potential re-opening date

Castle Fun Park is hoping to re-open later this year. (File photo)
A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)

‘Til the cows come home: Errington’s cruising cows back after adventurous escape

Owners notified animals were kept safe a short distance away; fence now beefed up

A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)
Ryan Kehler was hiking north of Harrison Hot Springs when he found this somewhat rare phenomenon known as hair ice or angel hair frost, formed on cold, wet wood under the right circumstances. (Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)

Harrison-area photographer captures rare ‘hair ice’

Ryan Kehler found the strange weather phenomenon on an early morning hike

Ryan Kehler was hiking north of Harrison Hot Springs when he found this somewhat rare phenomenon known as hair ice or angel hair frost, formed on cold, wet wood under the right circumstances. (Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
The development of the printing press in the 1400s led to the creation of books and other printed materials for the public to read. This file photo shows the first edition of the Alberni Valley News rolling through the press at the Black Press printing plant in Ladysmith. (Alberni Valley News file photo)

QUIZ: Celebrating the joy of reading

Family Literacy Day in Canada is held each year on Jan. 27.

The development of the printing press in the 1400s led to the creation of books and other printed materials for the public to read. This file photo shows the first edition of the Alberni Valley News rolling through the press at the Black Press printing plant in Ladysmith. (Alberni Valley News file photo)