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Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield relaxes before launch, ahead of a past trip to the International Space Station. He spoke to Black Press Media this week about his time at Royal Roads Military College. (Courtesy Cmdr. Chris Hadfield)

B.C. university ‘renames’ stairway after alumni Chris Hadfield

‘For me it all started there, just up the hill from Hatley Castle,’ Canadian astronaut says

Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield relaxes before launch, ahead of a past trip to the International Space Station. He spoke to Black Press Media this week about his time at Royal Roads Military College. (Courtesy Cmdr. Chris Hadfield)
Volunteers from River Wrangler Sportfishing in the Mission Hills community deliver donations by boat after the floods affected dairy farms in Abbotsford in November 2021

BC Dairy thanks the community for over $850,000 flood relief donations, and shines a spotlight on local community heroes

British Columbians have come forward with an incredible show of support for…

  • Jan 10, 2022
Volunteers from River Wrangler Sportfishing in the Mission Hills community deliver donations by boat after the floods affected dairy farms in Abbotsford in November 2021
Videos from throughout 2021 capture Vancouver Island’s top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)

Vancouver Island animal videos we watched in 2021

Look back at a year of adorable, breathtaking and unusual footage

Videos from throughout 2021 capture Vancouver Island’s top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)
Alison Skrepneck, local Coordinator for The Campbell River Shoebox Project. Photo provided.

This year’s Shoebox Project helps over 400 local women in need

Organizer: project gift often only present that many receive

Alison Skrepneck, local Coordinator for The Campbell River Shoebox Project. Photo provided.
Otters can often be spotted in Victoria, but they’re usually playing in the grass – not the snow. (Courtesy of Lisa McPhail)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island otter spotted frolicking in fresh snow

A Victoria resident caught the adorable moment on video

Otters can often be spotted in Victoria, but they’re usually playing in the grass – not the snow. (Courtesy of Lisa McPhail)
Marina Hargrave is the lead for The Campbell River Shoebox Project in the North Island. (Submitted photo)

Another successful season for the Shoebox Project

Hundreds of the most vulnerable women in Campbell River and Port Hardy/North…

Marina Hargrave is the lead for The Campbell River Shoebox Project in the North Island. (Submitted photo)
Ronnie Lee, left, holds three turkey platters ready to be delivered to West Coast homes. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino restaurant serves over 1,300 free takeway turkey dinners in one night

Lil Ronnie’s Beachside BBQ keeps community Christmas tradition alive

Ronnie Lee, left, holds three turkey platters ready to be delivered to West Coast homes. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas and Fire Chief Brent Borg honoured three members of Port Hardy Fire Rescue, Lionel Gunson, Kerry Walsh, and John Tidbury, for their collective 65 years of volunteer service to the department and the District of Port Hardy. (Heather Nelson-Smith photo)

Port Hardy Fire Rescue members honoured for years of service to District of Port Hardy

Collectively, the three firefighters have over 65 years of service to the community

Port Hardy mayor Dennis Dugas and Fire Chief Brent Borg honoured three members of Port Hardy Fire Rescue, Lionel Gunson, Kerry Walsh, and John Tidbury, for their collective 65 years of volunteer service to the department and the District of Port Hardy. (Heather Nelson-Smith photo)
Dora Speck has been fully blind since birth and is looking to raise funds to start a DJ career. (Submitted photo)

Port Hardy resident raising funds to purchase DJ equipment compatible for blind people

Dora Speck has been fully blind since birth and is looking to become a mashup producer

Dora Speck has been fully blind since birth and is looking to raise funds to start a DJ career. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.

Ellie’s journey: Rare condition points to critical research need

BC Children’s Hospital shares need for increased research for childhood cancers

  • Dec 20, 2021
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.
(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Can Can dancers trot out Christmas flash mobs

City residents with amazing Christmas displays were treated to the surprise dances

(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Relatives of Wilson S.C. Lai join care providers, Island Health board chair Leah Hollins, Island Health president and CEO Kathy MacNeil, hospitals foundation board chair Tom Siemens, and executive director Avery Brohman to celebrate a $5-million gift to Victoria hospitals. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)

$5M donation means better care for Island residents at Victoria hospitals

Foundation’s biggest donor, Lai family, donates $8M to date

Relatives of Wilson S.C. Lai join care providers, Island Health board chair Leah Hollins, Island Health president and CEO Kathy MacNeil, hospitals foundation board chair Tom Siemens, and executive director Avery Brohman to celebrate a $5-million gift to Victoria hospitals. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
(BC Movement Arts Society submitted photo)

Contemporary Dance Series coming to the North Island

The BC Movement Arts Society (www.bcmovementarts.com), based in Sointula on Malcolm Island,…

(BC Movement Arts Society submitted photo)
Tickets are now available for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 50/50 draw.(News Bulletin file photo)
Tickets are now available for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 50/50 draw.(News Bulletin file photo)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library mandating vaccines for all employees

The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is adopting a Vaccination Operational Policy…

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia and serves a population of more than 450,000. File photo
Waypoint Insurance donated $2,000 to the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

Donations continue roll in for the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund

For every test drive during the month of November, Applewood donated $25 to the hamper fund

Waypoint Insurance donated $2,000 to the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)
Harvest Food Bank. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Harvest Food Bank gets 10k donation from Western Forest Products

The company’s donations to individual groups vary in amount corresponding to community size or needs

Harvest Food Bank. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Port Hardy’s Director of Recreation, Tanya Kaul (right), shows how to use the new online registration system. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy Recreation launches online registration system

Port Hardy Recreation is excited to announce that it has launched its…

Port Hardy’s Director of Recreation, Tanya Kaul (right), shows how to use the new online registration system. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)

Born to be wild: Goat finds family with herd of deer

Greta the Goat sought freedom from the start

Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)
Raven Barudin (centre), Grade 4-5 teacher at the T’lisalagi’lakw School of the ‘Namgis First Nation, received a 2021 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for her innovative teaching practices in a First Nation cultural environment. Photo contributed

Alert Bay teacher earns Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Cited for merging innovative teaching with traditional culture

Raven Barudin (centre), Grade 4-5 teacher at the T’lisalagi’lakw School of the ‘Namgis First Nation, received a 2021 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for her innovative teaching practices in a First Nation cultural environment. Photo contributed