Zoe Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Vancouver Island North reported just two new cases last week. (BC CDC)

North Island holding COVID-19 mostly at bay

Just two new cases were confirmed last week

Vancouver Island North reported just two new cases last week. (BC CDC)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)

Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)

Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Hecht Beach cabin in ashes. (Submitted)

Beloved secret cabin lost to fire on the North Island’s west coast

The trappers cabin was shared with locals, but kept mostly secret

Hecht Beach cabin in ashes. (Submitted)
Michelle Lau with donations that have already been contributed for families kept away from home due to the Town Park Apartments fire. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)

Fundraiser started for tenants left hanging after apartment fire

Tenants not allowed back in to get personal items, so in need of clothes, food, gift cards

Michelle Lau with donations that have already been contributed for families kept away from home due to the Town Park Apartments fire. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)
A mattress on fire gutted the second floor hallway at Town Park Apartments C-block Jan. 17. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue images)

‘Suspicious’ Port Hardy apartment fire could keep tenants out of their homes for months

A burning mattress created smoke and heat, causing several tenants to jump from windows

A mattress on fire gutted the second floor hallway at Town Park Apartments C-block Jan. 17. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue images)
District of Port Hardy considering allowing modular homes and short term rentals. (North Island Gazette File Photo)

Port Hardy considering short term vacation rentals and modular homes

Check out the online public hearing on Jan. 26

District of Port Hardy considering allowing modular homes and short term rentals. (North Island Gazette File Photo)
Chris Voller with Gwa’sala First Nation hereditary chief Willie Walkus at a farewell gathering for Voller. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

North Island First Nations nominate RCMP officer for Reconciliation Award

Chris Voller nominated for work in the community over past nine years

Chris Voller with Gwa’sala First Nation hereditary chief Willie Walkus at a farewell gathering for Voller. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Mackenzie Cox representing the first Black Shirt Day at North Island Secondary. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)

Port McNeill Grade 12 student observes Black Shirt Day for anti-racism

‘Wearing that colour T-shirt for that day is a commitment to show that we care.’

Mackenzie Cox representing the first Black Shirt Day at North Island Secondary. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)
Port Alice from the waterfront on a rainy day. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Port Alice from the waterfront on a rainy day. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Quatsino transitions to Red Phase COVID-19 response

‘Our culture teaches that when something happens we are still. Now is the time to be still.’

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby Ne’nakw, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound. (Jared Towers photo)

First orca baby of the year in B.C. named Ne’nakw

Mom and baby looked healthy when spotted this week off northern Vancouver Island

Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby Ne’nakw, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound. (Jared Towers photo)
Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound, for her first time. (Jared Towers photo)

Orca pod returns to the Broughton Archipelago

The A5 pod brought a new calf to their former Broughton Archipelago winter hunting area

Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound, for her first time. (Jared Towers photo)
Mary Cook was the first vaccine recipient in Alert Bay on Jan. 5, administered by ‘Namgis Community Health Nurse Nicole James. (Gina Wadhams photo)

First doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine administered to Alert Bay residents

‘I’m so excited. I almost cried taking these pictures.’

Mary Cook was the first vaccine recipient in Alert Bay on Jan. 5, administered by ‘Namgis Community Health Nurse Nicole James. (Gina Wadhams photo)
Boni Sharpe, Olivia Jorgenson, Kerrigan Sharpe and Caitlyn Porter (formerly of Mugz 1.0) are working hard to meet enthusiastic demand. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Mother-daughter duo perk up Port McNeill with modern coffee shop

Coffee’s on and the cinnamon buns are hot, if you can get ‘em in time

Boni Sharpe, Olivia Jorgenson, Kerrigan Sharpe and Caitlyn Porter (formerly of Mugz 1.0) are working hard to meet enthusiastic demand. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)
The Island Aurora leaving Port McNeill in 2020. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Low tides, power outages, and BC Ferries do not mix well

Ferry turned back from Sointula because ship-to-shore power cord was too short

The Island Aurora leaving Port McNeill in 2020. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)
Crews hope to have power restored by 10 p.m. Dec. 30. (BP file photo)

Power could be back on for the North Island by 10 p.m. Dec. 30

A fallen tree on the transmission line cut power to 7,000+ customers

Crews hope to have power restored by 10 p.m. Dec. 30. (BP file photo)
A fire hose in Highland manor had the glass broken and trash stuffed inside earlier in late November. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Late night fire at Highland Manor caused evacuation, but no injuries

Laundry room fire caused limited damage; manager alleges it was deliberately set

A fire hose in Highland manor had the glass broken and trash stuffed inside earlier in late November. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry thanks an Island Health nurse after joining staff for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)

Vancouver Island records 44 new cases over Christmas, one new outbreak

Dr. Henry asks B.C. to “toast the year to come” quietly, at home

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry thanks an Island Health nurse after joining staff for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
The Alaska Plaza sinking in Port McNeill. (Jared Towers | Facebook)

Barge sinks, releases diesel at Port McNeill marina Christmas Eve

Environmental response used a boom to contain the diesel spill

The Alaska Plaza sinking in Port McNeill. (Jared Towers | Facebook)