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Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Indigenous artist carves own path while honouring past

Beau Dick protege, Cole Speck, makes magnificent masks

Port Hardy Fire Rescue escorted the 2021 North Island Tour de Rock team into Port Hardy on Monday afternoon. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Revamped Tour de Rock kicks off with a ride through the North Island

Organizers hoping next year’s 25th anniversary will be a post-pandemic full ride

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk announced active transportation funds for Port McNeill and Port Hardy. (Michele Babchuk photo)

Two North Island towns will enjoy better infrastructure for walking or cycling

Active transportation infrastructure coming to Port McNeill and Port Hardy

From left to right, Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief David Knox, Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas, and Kwakiutl Chief Councillor Ross Hunt Jr. in front of the District of Port Hardy’s new recreation marquee. (District of Port Hardy photo)

Port Hardy gets funding to help families pay for minor hockey

Jumpstart has now disbursed funding to more than 1,200 organizations across Canada

From left to right, Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief David Knox, Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas, and Kwakiutl Chief Councillor Ross Hunt Jr. in front of the District of Port Hardy’s new recreation marquee. (District of Port Hardy photo)
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch for Indigenous children ready for play

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion on Penelakut Island

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
Star of the award-winning article, Patrick Donaghy, is in charge of the 7 Mile Landfill between Port Hardy and Port McNeill. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Environmental writing award nets donation to local beach cleaners

North Island Gazette’s Ma Murray award came with a $500 donation

Star of the award-winning article, Patrick Donaghy, is in charge of the 7 Mile Landfill between Port Hardy and Port McNeill. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Sandra Boyd cheers on the 2019 Tour de Rock team as they ride into the Port Hardy Civic Centre. (Tyson Whitney photo)

Tour de Rock head shave fundraiser happening this Friday in Port Hardy

For $20, you can sit down in their chairs and give your money and hair to a great cause

Sandra Boyd cheers on the 2019 Tour de Rock team as they ride into the Port Hardy Civic Centre. (Tyson Whitney photo)
Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.

Counter-rally sends messages of thanks to Vancouver Island hospital workers

Residents hold support rally one day after COVID restrictions protest at Comox Valley hospital

Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will ride different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021. (Courtesy Cops for Cancer)

Tour de Rock embraces community teams for annual Vancouver Island cancer fundraiser

Tour starts Sept. 20 in Port Alice, winds up with finale in Sidney on Oct. 1

A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will ride different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021. (Courtesy Cops for Cancer)
Some of the potatoes and kale donated to the Harvest Food Bank. (Jon Liland photo)

Port Alice Community Garden donates locally grown food to Harvest Food Bank

If you want to volunteer at the community garden or make a donation, go to www.pacg.ca

Some of the potatoes and kale donated to the Harvest Food Bank. (Jon Liland photo)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Gate House Theatre gets funding from Town of Port McNeill

Council voted unanimously to approve the request for funding

The Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. (North Island Gazette file photo)
About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Folks step up to raise money for Parkinson Society of B.C. with SuperWalk

Annual event goes virtual for 2nd year in a row, funds go to Parkinson’s research, programming

About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)

Osoyoos boy sells homemade shirts in support of wildfire crews

The shirts will be sold on Saturday (Aug. 21) at Junction 3 Coffeehouse

Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)
The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

SPCA raising funds for injured dog found abandoned in Port Alberni

Toki, a one-year-old Golden Retriever mix, was recently brought into the BC SPCA’s care

The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Terry Fox ran an average of 42 km a day for 143 days during the Marathon of Hope. (terryfox.org)
Terry Fox ran an average of 42 km a day for 143 days during the Marathon of Hope. (terryfox.org)
Elija Saxby, City of Campbell River skatepark leader, at the Willow Point Skatepark on Aug. 12, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River skatepark leaders showing kids park is for everyone

City program has young mentors help with tricks, maintenance and any bumps or scrapes that arise

Elija Saxby, City of Campbell River skatepark leader, at the Willow Point Skatepark on Aug. 12, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror
The Port Hardy Library. (© 2016 HA Photography)

Port Hardy Library is now offering expanded hours and new programs

The Port Hardy branch is extending its operating hours by 40 percent

The Port Hardy Library. (© 2016 HA Photography)
There have been several incidents of overheight vehicles trying to use the Fifth Street Bridge. Due to the ongoing construction, clearance on the bridge has been reduced to 3.6 metres. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Bridge incidents have Courtenay mayor pleading with drivers to be aware of vehicle height

‘Numerous’ overheight vehicles have come in contact with 5th Street Bridge scaffolding

There have been several incidents of overheight vehicles trying to use the Fifth Street Bridge. Due to the ongoing construction, clearance on the bridge has been reduced to 3.6 metres. Photo by Mike Chouinard