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Thomas Wamiss will be walking from Port Hardy to Victoria starting June 18 to raise funds for cancer research. (Supplied photo)

North Islander to walk from Port Hardy to Victoria to raise funds for cancer research

Thomas Wamiss is aiming to create awareness and to help ‘battle this terrible disease’

Thomas Wamiss will be walking from Port Hardy to Victoria starting June 18 to raise funds for cancer research. (Supplied photo)
Representatives of Rogers Communications, the BC Search and Rescue Association and others gather around a mock cheque for $1 million, representing a donation to BCSAR from Rogers, on Wednesday at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Search and Rescue receives largest-ever single donation, $1 million from Rogers

Donation will fund search and rescue initiatives across the province, says BCSAR

Representatives of Rogers Communications, the BC Search and Rescue Association and others gather around a mock cheque for $1 million, representing a donation to BCSAR from Rogers, on Wednesday at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The cards made by the Hardy Bay Seniors for Canadian Forces members overseas. (Leslie Driemel photo)

Hardy Bay Seniors makes cards for Canadian Forces members overseas

A total of 200 cards were created and mailed out to support troops in Latvia

The cards made by the Hardy Bay Seniors for Canadian Forces members overseas. (Leslie Driemel photo)
The Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Gate House Theatre aiming to build waterfront bandstand in downtown Port McNeill

Gord Oppen said the next step is to have the architectural drawings created

The Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)

Oak Bay student among those high on aviation possibilities

Greater Victoria School District helps kids fly with aviation and design program

Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
The last official Orcafest was held in 2019, pre-covid. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Orcafest will be returning to the North Island this summer

The summer festival will be running for only one day on Saturday, Aug. 20

The last official Orcafest was held in 2019, pre-covid. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Ava Gambling sold her paintings to raise money to help Ukrainian people through the Canadian Red Cross. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

8-year-old Lower Mainland resident sells paintings to help Ukrainians

Ava Gambling and her brother James, 4, raised more than $1,000

Ava Gambling sold her paintings to raise money to help Ukrainian people through the Canadian Red Cross. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Port Hardy business owner Tristan Radzik pulled seven shopping carts out of the creek near Port Hardy Secondary School. (Submitted photos)

Local business owner gives back to community by salvaging shopping carts from creek

All seven carts took almost an hour to free from the creek and roll back up the bank onto the street

Port Hardy business owner Tristan Radzik pulled seven shopping carts out of the creek near Port Hardy Secondary School. (Submitted photos)
White Rock resident Brita Doubroff says her Fidget Blanket was developed with kids with autism in mind, but it also gaining traction for adults with dementia. (Contributed photo)

B.C. woman creates ‘fidget blanket’ for autism, dementia

Brita Doubroff says product can also benefit caregivers

White Rock resident Brita Doubroff says her Fidget Blanket was developed with kids with autism in mind, but it also gaining traction for adults with dementia. (Contributed photo)
Members of the Port Alice Health Forum and Fire Department with packages containing the chest compression machine. (Debra Lynn photo)

Port Alice Volunteer Fire Department receives chest compression machine

The life-saving device, valued at nearly $20,000, was a gift mainly from anonymous donors

  • Mar 21, 2022
Members of the Port Alice Health Forum and Fire Department with packages containing the chest compression machine. (Debra Lynn photo)
The Langley Cineplex will screen the movie, The Guide to support and raise funds for Ukraine relief efforts. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Special screening of Ukraine movie in Langley to support relief efforts

More than 30 Cineplex theatres across country to participate

The Langley Cineplex will screen the movie, The Guide to support and raise funds for Ukraine relief efforts. (Langley Advance Times Files)
Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford girl raises $2,500 for Ukraine through homemade bracelet, bookmark sales

11-year-old has help from friend to collect donations for UNICEF emergency fund

Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
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Whales back in Tofino-Ucluelet area, Pacific Rim Whale Festival returns with them

Celebration of grey whale migration returns this weekend to the West Coast

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Bear wearing a life jacket to get ready for a kayak ride (Kris Stewart)
Bear wearing a life jacket to get ready for a kayak ride (Kris Stewart)
Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Kraken gig all in a Day’s work for Lake Cowichan mayor

Bob Day the play-by-play voice of jr. B hockey team

Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)

Pot of Gold raffle supports Vancouver Island kids with health challenges

Bear Essentials program bridging the gap for children with complex healthcare needs

Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)
Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas awards Anika Tarata with the 2022 Small Craft Harbours Regional Distinction Award. (video screenshot)

Port Hardy harbour manager wins 2022 regional distinction award

Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas was on hand to present Anika Tarata with the award

Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas awards Anika Tarata with the 2022 Small Craft Harbours Regional Distinction Award. (video screenshot)
The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run concludes at Victoria’s Market Square on March 6. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Wounded Warriors complete 2022’s 600-kilometre Vancouver Island run in Victoria

After a two-year hiatus, the run raised over $150,000 for uniformed first responders

The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run concludes at Victoria’s Market Square on March 6. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Salmon spawn in the Tahsis River. Photo courtesy Nootka Sound Watershed Society

$904,000 riparian and habitat restoration project nears completion in Nootka Sound

A three-year riparian restoration project conducted by the Nootka Sound Watershed Society…

  • Mar 3, 2022
Salmon spawn in the Tahsis River. Photo courtesy Nootka Sound Watershed Society