Zoe Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.

The Village of Alert Bay is on a boil water advisory

Coliform levels could indicate the presence of a pathogen

The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.
Kuterra’s smolts will come from Cermaq hatcheries. (Whole Oceans image)

Cermaq to supply salmon smolts to land-based farm Kuterra

Emergent Holdings, which operates Kuterra, and Cermaq signed a four-year agreement

Kuterra’s smolts will come from Cermaq hatcheries. (Whole Oceans image)
Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health chief medical health officer, immunizes Victoria Schmid, Island Health’s vice-president of pandemic planning. (Submitted photo)

Can’t wait for a COVID vaccine? Get the flu vaccine in the meantime, says Dr. Enns

“We’re in a pandemic, and we can’t afford to have dual viral infections.”

Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health chief medical health officer, immunizes Victoria Schmid, Island Health’s vice-president of pandemic planning. (Submitted photo)
Lou Champis showing off his voting sticker. (Zoe Ducklow)

Port Hardy votes!

Checking in with local voters after the ballots have been cast

Lou Champis showing off his voting sticker. (Zoe Ducklow)
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Planned power outage in Port Alice Oct. 27

BC Hydro crews to work from midnight to 4 a.m. replacing substation equipment

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Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
“Keep Christmas local,” said group organizer Tamara Meggitt. (Facebook images)

Coronavirus or no coronavirus, the Christmas markets must go on! Just, differently

Online groups are connecting small vendors with Christmas shoppers

“Keep Christmas local,” said group organizer Tamara Meggitt. (Facebook images)
Flash frozen prawns still sitting in cold storage. (BC Prawns image)

Three million pounds of flash frozen, delicious prawns sitting in cold storage

Global demand for the B.C. specialty plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic grew

Flash frozen prawns still sitting in cold storage. (BC Prawns image)
Mahjong games will be limited to 8 participants. Instructors will be on hand. (Commons)

Port Alice’s Community Centre reopening for the fall

Get your mahjong on — with a mask, pre-registration and a temperature check

Mahjong games will be limited to 8 participants. Instructors will be on hand. (Commons)
“People enjoy seeing the bears, but we’re not a zoo. They’ve got to be relocated before they become habituated,” said Port Alice resident Rose Klein Beekman. (BP file photo)

Bears in Port Alice inspiring online ruckus and munching through garbage

It’s a tale as old as, well, garbage bins

“People enjoy seeing the bears, but we’re not a zoo. They’ve got to be relocated before they become habituated,” said Port Alice resident Rose Klein Beekman. (BP file photo)
Power outages on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast began early Tuesday morning due to a “potent” weather system moving down the Island and towards the mainland. (BC Hydro)

“Potent” low pressure system brings winds, takes power from Vancouver Island

Over 43,000 customers powerless in Vancouver Island after autumn storm rages

Power outages on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast began early Tuesday morning due to a “potent” weather system moving down the Island and towards the mainland. (BC Hydro)

Four thousand without power on the North Island, including schools

Fall windstorm with winds up to 85 km/hour

North Island identified as highly sensitive to oil spills, despite low probabilty

“A little bit of oil in a very sensitive area can have big impact. It’s worth being concerned about.”

Local mom delivers north Island’s first home birth baby in 30 years, in the middle of a pandemic

Midwives have made home birth possible again, and COVID-19 is making them more appealing than ever

North Island First Nations offering harm reduction for severe alcoholism

The Gwa’dzi Managed Alcohol Program aims to help chronic alcoholics recover their lives

Q&A with VIFF’s B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jessie Anthony

Her feature film, Brother, I Cry premiered at VIFF this year

Abandoned mill to cost at least $17 million to decommission

Removing hazardous waste and de-risking the site ratchet up bill to taxpayers

Growing food sovereignty at Klemtu

Greenhouse and grow boxes help create circular food economy for Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations

‘Monkey Beach’ supernatural film adaptation premiers at VIFF

Based on Kitamaat author Eden Robinson’s debut, mystical novel