Tyson Whitney

The existing unfenced dog park in Port McNeill is shared with playground users, the community hall, and the ball field. (Derek Koel photo)

Koel’s Notes: Deep dive into Port McNeill’s Parks and Recreation funds

The town has not had a recreation strategy or coordinator run programs in decades

The existing unfenced dog park in Port McNeill is shared with playground users, the community hall, and the ball field. (Derek Koel photo)
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks in the House of Commons on Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy YouTube)

MP Blaney pushes government to find solutions to North Island emergency room closures

It’s no secret that emergency rooms in the North Island have been dealing with rotating closures

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks in the House of Commons on Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy YouTube)
Sports Talk with Tyson is a column that covers all things sports related in the North Island. Have some thoughts about Sports Talk with Tyson? Email a letter to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish it online and in print.

Sports Talk: High school wrestling season is definitely a grind

If you don’t know, I coach high school wrestling at Port Hardy Secondary School

Sports Talk with Tyson is a column that covers all things sports related in the North Island. Have some thoughts about Sports Talk with Tyson? Email a letter to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish it online and in print.
Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)

Doctor warns Port Hardy more resignations are coming by June, mayor writes letter to Dix

With health-care services continuing to suffer, Nataros and council back physician assistants

Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)
Anthony Bucci photographed a bald eagle in Blackfish Sound last fall as it swooped down on a herring ball. (Anthony Bucci Photography)

North Island photographer’s bald eagle photo Canada’s choice for international contest

Anthony Bucci lives in the North Island and has his own wildlife touring business

Anthony Bucci photographed a bald eagle in Blackfish Sound last fall as it swooped down on a herring ball. (Anthony Bucci Photography)
The Quarterdeck beer and wine store had this old sign hanging up stating it would not accept Indigenous status cards as ID, and it was promptly taken down by new management after it went viral online. (Jozi Child - Facebook photo)

Sign denying status cards as ‘suitable’ ID at Port Hardy liquor store sparks uproar

Liquor store apologizes and removes sign after photo goes viral on social media

The Quarterdeck beer and wine store had this old sign hanging up stating it would not accept Indigenous status cards as ID, and it was promptly taken down by new management after it went viral online. (Jozi Child - Facebook photo)
DFO rescuing a young humpback whale from a dangerous entanglement. (DFO video screenshot)

VIDEO: Hogtied humpback rescued from dangerous entanglement off northern Vancouver Island

Whale was exhausted, with gear wrapped around its tail, and also going through its mouth

DFO rescuing a young humpback whale from a dangerous entanglement. (DFO video screenshot)
From left to right: PHSS Athletic Director Paul Cagna, Brody Chambers, Carter Chastin, Auzton Shaw, and wrestling coach Tyson Whitney stop for a photo at the end of the tournament. (Submitted photo)

PHSS wrestling team earns medals at Campbell River Invitational

The Port Hardy Secondary School wrestling team competed in its second tournament in two weeks

From left to right: PHSS Athletic Director Paul Cagna, Brody Chambers, Carter Chastin, Auzton Shaw, and wrestling coach Tyson Whitney stop for a photo at the end of the tournament. (Submitted photo)
District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Doctor speaks to Port Hardy council about the need for hiring physician assistants

PA’s are very highly skilled medical providers that can independently see and treat patients

District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)
BC Hydro file photo

Blown fuse in substation the cause of emergency power outage in the North Island

The emergency power outage started a little after 8 p.m. and lasted until around 1:30 a.m.

BC Hydro file photo
From left to right: Brody Chambers came in second place, Auzton Shaw earned a bronze medal, Rylan France won a bronze medal, and Maven Speck-Labree came in second place. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

PHSS wrestling team wins medals at Icebreaker tournament in Nanaimo

Students bring home two silver medals and two bronze medals

From left to right: Brody Chambers came in second place, Auzton Shaw earned a bronze medal, Rylan France won a bronze medal, and Maven Speck-Labree came in second place. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Victor’s Secret Fashion Show is returning to Port McNeill Jan. 28. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Victor’s Secret Fashion Show is returning to Port McNeill for 10th anniversary show

Organizer Cheryl Verbrugge said she’s very excited for Victor’s Secret to finally return

Victor’s Secret Fashion Show is returning to Port McNeill Jan. 28. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Bear and Tiger will be up for adoption together as a pair when they are healthy enough. (Jill Laviolette photo)

Mystery solved: Dogs rescued from remote B.C. island will be put up for adoption

The dogs have now been surrendered to Tri-Port Wildlife Response Team

Bear and Tiger will be up for adoption together as a pair when they are healthy enough. (Jill Laviolette photo)
Bear and Tiger being rescued from Minstrel Island. (Dalynn St Pierre Facebook photo)

MOWI employees rescue 2 emaciated dogs from remote Minstrel Island

The dogs were brought back to a salmon farm camp where they were cared for by the group

Bear and Tiger being rescued from Minstrel Island. (Dalynn St Pierre Facebook photo)
Pictured from left to right: Clint Cadwallader, General Manager, Timberlands, Western Forest Products; Andy Cornell, Manager, Harvest Food Bank; Roger Briscoe, Regional Operations Manager, Western Forest Products. (Submitted photo)

Western Forest Products donates 10k to Harvest Food Bank in Port Hardy this holiday season

Western Forest Products contributed $100,000 to community groups and First Nations partners…

Pictured from left to right: Clint Cadwallader, General Manager, Timberlands, Western Forest Products; Andy Cornell, Manager, Harvest Food Bank; Roger Briscoe, Regional Operations Manager, Western Forest Products. (Submitted photo)
Eight students came out to train wrestling at the Port Hardy Secondary School gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Top row, left to right: Rylan France, Karl Baraceros, Nathaniel Fralic, Brodie Chambers, Auzton Shaw, Finn Nelson. Bottom row, left to right: Athletic director Paul Cagna, Jorden Strussi, and Carter Chaston. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy Secondary School wrestling program continues to grow over 2022-2023 season

High school wrestling starts back up at PHSS on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium

Eight students came out to train wrestling at the Port Hardy Secondary School gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Top row, left to right: Rylan France, Karl Baraceros, Nathaniel Fralic, Brodie Chambers, Auzton Shaw, Finn Nelson. Bottom row, left to right: Athletic director Paul Cagna, Jorden Strussi, and Carter Chaston. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy Hospital will have no overnight emergency department for 18 days. (Island Health photo)

18-day overnight emergency department closure announced for Port Hardy Hospital

Port McNeill Hospital to remain open 24/7, unless otherwise announced as staffing shortages continue

Port Hardy Hospital will have no overnight emergency department for 18 days. (Island Health photo)
Quatsino First Nation photo

Quatsino First Nation enters into agreement with Northisle Copper and Gold Inc.

The agreement covers all North Island Mining Corp. mineral claims within Quatsino Territory

Quatsino First Nation photo
Black Press Media file

MVI at the ‘T’ intersection near Port McNeill caused by driver failing to yield to oncoming traffic

Three people were taken to Port McNeill hospital and treated for undisclosed injuries

Black Press Media file
Port McNeill Hospital will be open 24/7 during the closures. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Island Health announces more North Island emergency department closures

Port McNeill Hospital’s emergency department will remain open 24/7 during both of these closures

Port McNeill Hospital will be open 24/7 during the closures. (North Island Gazette file photo)