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EMS Parade

The annual EMS Parade rolls through Port McNeill

Families came outside and lined the streets to watch the parade.

EMS Parade
Staff and volunteers hand out oodles of frozen chicken, bread and more on Loaves and Fishes last delivery of the year. Services will continue into 2021. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Loaves and Fishes handed out around 300,000 pounds of food on the North Island

COVID-19 and the logging strike have made this year particularly difficult

Staff and volunteers hand out oodles of frozen chicken, bread and more on Loaves and Fishes last delivery of the year. Services will continue into 2021. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)
Singing Jingle Bells in Kwak’wala out of the school bus. (Zoe Ducklow / Gazette)

VIDEO: Wagalus Elementary students won $1,000 and immediately donated half

The intermediate class bought sleeping bags and made food to give away

Singing Jingle Bells in Kwak’wala out of the school bus. (Zoe Ducklow / Gazette)
Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Impaired driving survivor implores people to not drink and drive this holiday season

Campbell River man looks back on 37th anniversary of life-changing incident

Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund volunteers stop for a photo at the Civic Centre before the doors officially opened. See page 5 for more photos from the day and other donations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

SLIDESHOW: North Island Gazette Hamper Fund 2020

Brian Welchman and Roland Shanks started the Gazette Hamper Fund in 1980.

Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund volunteers stop for a photo at the Civic Centre before the doors officially opened. See page 5 for more photos from the day and other donations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy Rotary president Janet Dorward presents a big cheque to hamper fund president Sandy Grenier. (Submitted photo)

Port Hardy Rotary donates big cheque to Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund

The club challenged its members to donate to the North Island Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund.

Port Hardy Rotary president Janet Dorward presents a big cheque to hamper fund president Sandy Grenier. (Submitted photo)
The Port McNeill RCMP’s annual Cram the Cruiser event. Bill McQuarrie photo)

Port McNeill RCMP’s Cram the Cruiser fundraiser results are in

‘Last weekend, we collected over 2,500 pounds of food for the Harvest Food Bank’

The Port McNeill RCMP’s annual Cram the Cruiser event. Bill McQuarrie photo)
RCMP officer loads presents into cruiser. (Rebekah Draht photo)
RCMP officer loads presents into cruiser. (Rebekah Draht photo)
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)
Hamper fund president Sandy Grenier holds up the $10,000 cheque from WFP along with operations manager Randy Boas and Gazette publisher Natasha Griffiths. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

WFP spreads holiday cheer with generous donations

Western Forest Products (Western) announced it will be donating $100,000 to help…

Hamper fund president Sandy Grenier holds up the $10,000 cheque from WFP along with operations manager Randy Boas and Gazette publisher Natasha Griffiths. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Down time at the cabins in Coal Harbour, 1942. (Roland Guertin photo)

New collection of Coal Harbour RCAF base photos found

Stationed in 1942, Roland Guertin took dozens of photos during his time

Down time at the cabins in Coal Harbour, 1942. (Roland Guertin photo)
Humpback whales seen frolicking near Comox, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy Peter Hamilton/Lifeforce Ocean Friends

VIDEO: Half a dozen humpback whales have play day near Vancouver Island shoreline

Peter Hamilton, founder of Life Force Ocean Friends, submitted this video of…

Humpback whales seen frolicking near Comox, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy Peter Hamilton/Lifeforce Ocean Friends
You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Visiting hours set for socially-distanced Santa greetings in Chemainus

Walkers and drive-bys welcome at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus until Dec. 20

You can wave back to Santa at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus on weekday afternoons and weekends from late morning until early afternoon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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)
Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.

B.C. man’s book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients throughout the province

Gogs Gagnon’s book to be included in Prostate Cancer Foundation BC’s kits

Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.
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)
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)
12-year-old Ella Smiley captured some video of orcas on a sea lion hunt on Nov. 28 at Kitty Coleman Park, just north of Courtenay. Photo by Ella Smiley

VIDEO: Orcas hunt sea lion near Vancouver Island shoreline

Twelve-year-old Ella Smiley, of Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings, caught up with a…

12-year-old Ella Smiley captured some video of orcas on a sea lion hunt on Nov. 28 at Kitty Coleman Park, just north of Courtenay. Photo by Ella Smiley
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