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RCMP officer loads presents into cruiser. (Rebekah Draht photo)

RCMP gives back to North Island families in need this season

Local RCMP give back to their community.

RCMP officer loads presents into cruiser. (Rebekah Draht photo)
Port Hardy Minor Hockey

Port Hardy Minor Hockey continues to hit the ice for practices

Port Hardy Minor Hockey (PHMH) is still holding practices at the Don…

Port Hardy Minor Hockey
The entrance to the Port Hardy aquatic centre. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Council approves borrowing 2.3 million from taxpayers for pool revitalization

Now all that’s left is the final bylaw reading, which will happen in January.

The entrance to the Port Hardy aquatic centre. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy Rotary Christmas Float. (North Island Gazette file photo)

The Rotary Christmas Cheer Float has been cancelled due to the pandemic

The float is a festively decorated full-size semi-tractor that drives through Port Hardy.

Port Hardy Rotary Christmas Float. (North Island Gazette file photo)
The Port McNeill Medical Clinic announced they are now able to remain open. (Port McNeill Medical Collaborative Facebook screenshot)

Port McNeill Medical Clinic says it will stay open after closing services

“After discussion with various stakeholders and agencies, we are able to continue with services.”

The Port McNeill Medical Clinic announced they are now able to remain open. (Port McNeill Medical Collaborative Facebook screenshot)
The Port McNeill Medical Clinic has announced it will be closing its services due to a lack of support from Island Health. (Port McNeill Medical Clinic Facebook photo)
The Port McNeill Medical Clinic has announced it will be closing its services due to a lack of support from Island Health. (Port McNeill Medical Clinic Facebook photo)
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10 great Christmas movies everyone needs to see

Some are well known, others are hidden gems.

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The Port McNeill RCMP continued giving back this year with their annual Cram the Cruiser event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are one of only a few detachments in BC holding the event this year. The RCMP were practicing social distancing and were all wearing masks while at the IGA parking lot on Saturday. Donations were on par with last year, keep following the Gazette for more on how much Cram the Cruiser raised for the Harvest Food Bank this year. (Bill McQuarrie photo)

Cram the Cruiser made its return to Port McNeill on Saturday

The annual event raises food and donations for the Harvest Food Bank.

The Port McNeill RCMP continued giving back this year with their annual Cram the Cruiser event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are one of only a few detachments in BC holding the event this year. The RCMP were practicing social distancing and were all wearing masks while at the IGA parking lot on Saturday. Donations were on par with last year, keep following the Gazette for more on how much Cram the Cruiser raised for the Harvest Food Bank this year. (Bill McQuarrie photo)
Black Press file photo

RCMP say one person has died after motor vehicle incident on Highway 19

The female passenger was declared deceased on scene.

Black Press file photo
Port Hardy Museum curator Jane Hutton is looking to find out who is in this photo. (Port Hardy Museum photo)

Port Hardy museum wants to know if you can identify who’s in this photo

If you can help with identifying the photo, please contact 250-949-8143.

Port Hardy Museum curator Jane Hutton is looking to find out who is in this photo. (Port Hardy Museum photo)
The Christmas Tree being put back up in the Thunderbird Mall parking lot. (Thunderbird Mall photo)

Giant Christmas tree returns to Thunderbird Mall Parking lot

At the end of the 2019, extreme winds knocked over the community Christmas tree.

The Christmas Tree being put back up in the Thunderbird Mall parking lot. (Thunderbird Mall photo)
Black Press file photo

Port Hardy RCMP catch shoplifting suspect who allegedly stole over $500 worth of clothing from local store

The suspect was eventually released with multiple conditions and to attend court in February of 2021

Black Press file photo
For over a year Loaves and Fishes Food Bank has been giving 5,000-7,000 pounds of food every week to help address the massive need in the North Island. This year, they have partnered with the North Island Gazette Hamper Fund by providing $15,000 in gift cards to help with their Christmas Hamper Program. “Loaves and Fishes believes that everyone deserves access to a reliable abundance of food barrier free, it’s a real privilege to further serve the amazing people in Port Hardy and Port McNeill by assisting the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund,” explains Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes Executive Director. Loaves and Fishes bi-weekly depot is at Saint Columba’s Anglican-United Church and bi-weekly deliveries to other organizations in Port McNeill will continue through next year. (Natasha Griffiths photo)

It’s been a unique 41st year for the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund

‘This year has been very different than previous years due to the pandemic’

For over a year Loaves and Fishes Food Bank has been giving 5,000-7,000 pounds of food every week to help address the massive need in the North Island. This year, they have partnered with the North Island Gazette Hamper Fund by providing $15,000 in gift cards to help with their Christmas Hamper Program. “Loaves and Fishes believes that everyone deserves access to a reliable abundance of food barrier free, it’s a real privilege to further serve the amazing people in Port Hardy and Port McNeill by assisting the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund,” explains Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes Executive Director. Loaves and Fishes bi-weekly depot is at Saint Columba’s Anglican-United Church and bi-weekly deliveries to other organizations in Port McNeill will continue through next year. (Natasha Griffiths photo)
Christmas decorations at Gus' Pub. (Opal Tesch photo)

Gus’ Bar and Grill gets into the holiday spirit

Gus’ Bar and Grill has been a fixture in Port McNeill since…

Christmas decorations at Gus' Pub. (Opal Tesch photo)
The entrance to the Port Hardy aquatic centre. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy council will decide fate of pool revitalization project at next meeting

The pool revitalization project will be on the agenda at the Dec. 8 meeting for council to vote on.

The entrance to the Port Hardy aquatic centre. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Emma Garriott is releasing her second album titled ‘Sad White Girl Angst.’ (Emma Garriott / Facebook photo)

North Island musician releases second album titled ‘Sad White Girl Angst’

“When you hear it, I want you to feel like your best friend in the whole world is sitting beside you’

Emma Garriott is releasing her second album titled ‘Sad White Girl Angst.’ (Emma Garriott / Facebook photo)
A vehicle stuck in the water off the Coal Harbour Road. (Wade Charlie Facebook screenshot)
A vehicle stuck in the water off the Coal Harbour Road. (Wade Charlie Facebook screenshot)
Broughton Curling Club. (Clint Fiske photo)

Broughton Curling Club might end season by mid-December

The club is weighing the options and will see what the turnout continues to look like week by week.

Broughton Curling Club. (Clint Fiske photo)
Port McNeill councillor Derek Koel busts a rap to help promote the town’s active transportation plan. (Facebook video screenshot)

VIDEO: Port McNeill councillor makes rap video to promote active transportation plan

Active transportation is a personal matter for councillor Derek Koel.

Port McNeill councillor Derek Koel busts a rap to help promote the town’s active transportation plan. (Facebook video screenshot)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th annual Victor’s Secret Fashion Show has been postponed. (Victor’s Secret 2019 - North Island Gazette file photo)

COVID-19: 10th annual Victor’s Secret Fashion Show has been postponed

The fashion show is an annual fundraiser where local men wear bras made by community members.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th annual Victor’s Secret Fashion Show has been postponed. (Victor’s Secret 2019 - North Island Gazette file photo)