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Most-read Island Social Trends news stories in 2023

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Sunday December 31, 2023 | LANGFORD, BC [Updated January 1, 2024]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

The year 2023 has seen continued grinding inflation exacerbating two economic crises — housing and cost of living, world-impact wars in two international locations, and the obvious impact of climate change on the economy and everyday lives of people and communities. There has been political shift and drama.

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Newsmakers of 2023 [Island Social Trends]

Island Social Trends readers are local (west shore), regional (Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island) and national.

Presented below are the top news stories published here at IslandSocialTrends.ca in 2023, based on total page visits and by topic. Again this year, the continued socioeconomic news insights included aspects of politics, education, economy and food security.

More regular coverage of politics at the BC Legislature as well as about the Bank of Canada has joined the long-standing local and regional coverage of communities and the region.

Articles listed below show the rank as to most number of readers in 2023.

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Overall top stories of 2023 by page-visit tally:

The top 10 most-read articles of 2023 show an interesting range of environment, community events, social media, public education, local business, and BC health-care politics:

Other top 2023 articles by category:

Top public education stories:

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Top local business stories:

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Top stories about groceries & food:

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Top stories about the economy and cost of living:

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Top stories about housing:

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BC Housing Minister chatting with Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock ahead of announcing the housing targets for 10 municipalities, Sept 26, 2023 at Saanich municipal hall. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Traffic & transportation:

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Traffic lined up in the left-turn lane on Highway 14 (Sooke Road) awaiting to turn left (south) onto Happy Valley Road, July 12, 2023. [Island Social Trends]

BC lifestyle:

11 – Daylight Savings Time in BC for another year (March 12, 2023)

22 – First baby of 2024 to be announced on X (December 31, 2023)

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West Shore Local:

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Arrival of the AC Lance Caven memorial procession, April 29, 2023 outside Belmont Secondary School. [Island Social Trends]

Sooke Local:

Provincial politics:

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25 – Christine Sinclair’s final CanWNT match to air on TSN & OneSoccer (Dec 1, 2023)

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TV & Entertainment:

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Mary P Brooke, Editor & Publisher of Island Social Trends.

Island Social Trends founder and Editor Mary P Brooke has been covering news of the west shore and south Vancouver Island (with an eye to provincial and federal news) since 2008 through a series of publications: MapleLine Magazine (quarterly 2008-2010), Sooke Voice News (weekly print 2011-2013), West Shore Voice News (weekly print/PDF 2014-2020), and Island Social Trends (online since mid-2020).

Island Social Trends posts news daily at IslandSocialTrends.ca and will launch a biweekly print edition in 2024 (advertisers and subscribers welcome).

News is covered through a socioeconomic lens, always with an eye to the influence of politics on the daily and longer-term impacts on individuals, households, businesses and community.

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Ms Brooke now reports with the BC Legislative Press Gallery. She was nominated for a Jack Webster Foundation journalism award in 2023 for serving her community through journalism.

The delivery of real journalism to Canadian readers has been under siege by social media for over a decade. Newspapers, online news outlets and others are closing down as the business model crumbles. A big part of the solution is business, community and governments at all levels putting their ads where their news is. Advertising keeps the lights on.