The clicks don’t lie!
Yes, it’s that time of year again, when all your secrets are laid bare and we find out what you are really into.
This is the list of the most-viewed stories of the year on the nsnews.com website, a fascinating look at what articles grabbed the most attention. Rarely will you find election results or climate change updates here, but you certainly could find something about a woman who got an absolutely bonkers bill from a rental car company (No. 3 this year), or a profile of a North Van “cowboy” who made it big by serving steak and lobster for the masses (No. 9).
Most viewed doesn’t necessarily mean most important, but it does mean that the story captured a lot of eyeballs and got people talking and sharing. And so, let’s discuss these high-flying posts once more, as we run down the top-10 most-viewed stories of 2022.Mina Kerr-Lazenby about a BC Hydro electric vehicle charging station in Horseshoe Bay that somehow damaged a couple of cars so much that they had to be towed away. You could say the performance of that particular charging station was … shocking!Prest scored a lot of clicks with an interesting tale about George Tidball, the “visionary and cowboy” who opened the Keg ‘n Cleaver restaurant in 1971 at 132 Esplanade West in North Vancouver. Or maybe it was the photo of Tidball holding a rather large handgun that caught the public’s attention. Whatever the case, The Keg is now an international powerhouse brand, a restaurant synonymous with big steak dinners and milestone celebrations at more than 100 locations across Canada and the United States. As the story shows, steak king Tidball certainly was a rare breed.Seyd. A North Vancouver development company was dinged $200,000 by a judge for demolishing a heritage home by West Coast Modern architect Fred Hollingsworth, in contravention of a heritage revitalization agreement. This story, sadly, will not be featured in a Canadian Heritage Minute.Prest story had two things going for it. First of all, people love to read about the comings and goings of stores, and this was a big, prominent space in a big, prominent mall. And secondly, the North Shore is nuts about mountain biking. The founder of the indoor bike park says he is hoping to have the facility ready to roll in early 2023. We’ll keep you updated on all the ups and downs.
Emily Yu has been in the headlines for years as the illegal backpacker hostel she operated out of her former condo unit angered neighbours and became the subject of years of court battles. People read with interest as Yu faced sentencing for disobeying a court order, as reported by Brent Richter. This wasn’t even the latest story in the saga: a month later a North Vancouver provincial court judge handed down a 30-day jail sentence for Yu. This is how that story ended: “After the judge left the courtroom, two court sheriffs placed Yu in handcuffs and led her to cells. Multiple times on the way, she had to be told to stop resisting.”Mina Kerr-Lazenby. A statement released by Cypress Mountain Resort said the emergency release occurred when a fog bank moved “quickly and unexpectedly” into the work zone, causing a helicopter pilot to exit the fog and jettison the load so it was able to safely reposition to an area with greater visibility. Luckily no one was injured in the incident. A chairlift is a common thing, but a chair drop, it seems, is something that will really get those clicks.Alanna Kelly describes why three Ukrainians fleeing the war will be staying in Poland after trying to find a place in B.C. It wasn’t for lack of help from B.C. residents – the family received an outpouring of support once their story went public over here – but the numbers didn’t add up, and so they stayed in Poland. They are away from home, but safe.
This story was certainly an odd one, and it’s no surprise that it generated a lot of clicks. A North Vancouver woman nearly got taken for an expensive ride by her car rental company, which claimed she drove more than 36,000 kilometres in three days. Reporter Richter crunched the numbers and found that if the driver were to skip all washroom and fuel stops, she’d have to maintain a speed of 536.5 kilometres per hour to go the distance Avis’s bill claims she did. That would be roughly the top speed of the fastest drag racer, and significantly more than 176 km/h the SUV is capable of. Avis initially denied her requests for a refund, but after receiving a request for comment on the story from the North Shore News, Avis contacted her with an apology and a promise that she would have the extra charges refunded in three to five business days.
This incident certainly garnered a lot of attention, as violent crimes often do. Richter followed this story through several updates after we received reports of a brazen daylight shooting in the parking lot of the Real Canadian Superstore in North Vancouver. The victim later died. He was a well-known figure in the organized crime world with both local and international connections, according to police, who believe it was a targeted shooting. No arrests have been made.
Chalk this one up under the category of not the most important story, but certainly one of the most interesting. This is another one that Richter has been following for years, and it was a runaway winner as our most-viewed story of the year, nearly doubling the second-place finisher.
It’s a tale full of twists and turns, and it ends with a house that was less than five years old getting knocked to the ground. Building a new house won’t get you in the headlines, but knocking one down, it seems, is a whole different story.
There you have it, the most-viewed stories of 2022. Not every story was earth-shattering, but you've got to admit, they all clicked.