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The cover of 'San Josef,' written by Harold Macy. (Submitted photo)

‘San Josef’ now available at bookstores throughout Vancouver Island

‘It was a labour of love that took nearly twenty years to complete’

The cover of 'San Josef,' written by Harold Macy. (Submitted photo)
FILE - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Nanaimo acting coach Jacqui Kaese won her first Leo award for casting the Vancouver Island-made film ‘All-In Madonna.’ (Photo submitted)

Island acting coach wins B.C. film award for casting Island-produced film

Jacqui Kaese receives first Leo Award for work on film ‘All-In Madonna’

Nanaimo acting coach Jacqui Kaese won her first Leo award for casting the Vancouver Island-made film ‘All-In Madonna.’ (Photo submitted)
More than 50 Gabriola Island women over 50 are posing nude for the Faerie Goddess Mothers of Gabriola charity calendar. (Photo courtesy Diane Green)
More than 50 Gabriola Island women over 50 are posing nude for the Faerie Goddess Mothers of Gabriola charity calendar. (Photo courtesy Diane Green)
Margot Robbie in, 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.' (DC Entertainment/TNS)

Opinion: Hollywood’s superheroes not feeling so super

No one is calling on Polka Dot Man, and hopefully Hollywood is taking notice.

Margot Robbie in, 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.' (DC Entertainment/TNS)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles

Mike Richards out as ‘Jeopardy!’ host after past scrutinized

Richards made comments about women, the homeless and others on a 2013-14 podcast

  • Aug 20, 2021
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles
In this Sept. 29, 2003, file photo, Japanese actor Sonny Chiba arrives for the premiere of the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Chiba, known in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, who wowed the world with his martial arts skills, acting in more than 100 films, including “Kill Bill,” has died late Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Japanese martial artist film star Sonny Chiba dies at 82

Chiba gained popularity in the 1970s with the movie “The Street Fighter”

In this Sept. 29, 2003, file photo, Japanese actor Sonny Chiba arrives for the premiere of the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Chiba, known in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, who wowed the world with his martial arts skills, acting in more than 100 films, including “Kill Bill,” has died late Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Currently being refurbished, the Playland Wooden Coaster won’t be giving thrill rides at this year’s PNE Fair in Vancouver. (Photo: pne.ca)

PNE Fair reopens with news about iconic wooden coaster, Challenger Map

Advance tickets are required for the Vancouver fair this year

Currently being refurbished, the Playland Wooden Coaster won’t be giving thrill rides at this year’s PNE Fair in Vancouver. (Photo: pne.ca)
People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Live Nation Canada to require vaccination proof or negative test at concerts

Live concerts are already being held across the country under varying COVID-19 measures

People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a masked family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World is tweaking its face mask policy. Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, the theme park resort in Florida will allow visitors to chose whether or not to wear face coverings in outdoor lines, outdoor theatres and outdoor attractions. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Disney World tweaks face mask policy, optional for outdoors

Theme park loosening restrictions in lineups, outdoor attractions

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a masked family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World is tweaking its face mask policy. Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, the theme park resort in Florida will allow visitors to chose whether or not to wear face coverings in outdoor lines, outdoor theatres and outdoor attractions. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
Royal BC Museum book

What Was Said To Me

The Royal BC Museum has published a book by linguist Ruby Peter, in collaboration with Helene Demers

  • Aug 16, 2021
Royal BC Museum book
Nanoose Bay author Vince Ditrich’s debut novel is ‘The Liquor Vicar.’ (Photo courtesy Alec Watson)

Island author and former Spirit of the West drummer releases first novel

Vince Ditrich’s ‘The Liquor Vicar’ will be available as of Aug. 17

Nanoose Bay author Vince Ditrich’s debut novel is ‘The Liquor Vicar.’ (Photo courtesy Alec Watson)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Eight months after the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, the daily syndicated quiz show chose its executive producer as Trebek’s successor over a field of celebrity candidates. Sony also chose Mayim Bialik as emcee for “Jeopardy!” primetime and spinoff series, including a new college championship. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Eight months after the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, the daily syndicated quiz show chose its executive producer as Trebek’s successor over a field of celebrity candidates. Sony also chose Mayim Bialik as emcee for “Jeopardy!” primetime and spinoff series, including a new college championship. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ryan Reynolds is shown as Guy in 20th Century Studios’ “Free Guy” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Alan Markfield

Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy talk up the Canadianness of ‘Free Guy’ and Alex Trebek’s cameo

Vancouver-born actor taps into “earnest Canadian optimism for role as unwitting video game character

Ryan Reynolds is shown as Guy in 20th Century Studios’ “Free Guy” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Alan Markfield
Get your tickets online at <a href="http://www.northislandmusicfest.ca/" target="_blank">http://www.northislandmusicfest.ca/</a>

North Island Music Festival will hit the stage in Port McNeill in late August

The festival will provide family-friendly, covid-compliant music for North Islanders to enjoy

Get your tickets online at <a href="http://www.northislandmusicfest.ca/" target="_blank">http://www.northislandmusicfest.ca/</a>
FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Britney Spears’ father says ‘no grounds’ for his removal

The fighting between those involved in the conservatorship has grown increasingly heated

FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce holds casting call for new tourism video. (Port Hardy chamber photo)

Port Hardy chamber holds casting call for new tourism video

The tourism video will be filming in late August and through September

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce holds casting call for new tourism video. (Port Hardy chamber photo)
Bif Naked, with Ace, at Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook (Barry Coulter photo)

Rock’s Bif Naked on the return to performance post-COVID and rock as protest music

“Maybe not revolutionary, but evolutionary … bands have had to really shift their thinking”

Bif Naked, with Ace, at Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook (Barry Coulter photo)
Pioneer Boatworks, Ucluelet’s fishing gear and boat maintenance shop, will be part of a Netflix movie set on Aug. 9 and 10. It will be converted into a hardware store. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Netflix thriller ‘Lou’ filming in Ucluelet

Academy Award winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) plays the lead in the Anna Foerster directed film

Pioneer Boatworks, Ucluelet’s fishing gear and boat maintenance shop, will be part of a Netflix movie set on Aug. 9 and 10. It will be converted into a hardware store. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Lauren Spencer-Smith’s first original song became an overnight TikTok sensation after she posted a 45-second clip on the social media site. She released her song in early July and it has already been streamed 1.5 million times. (MICAH SUAREZ PHOTO)

Vancouver Island singer’s new song becomes TikTok sensation

Lauren Spencer-Smith has released her first original song

Lauren Spencer-Smith’s first original song became an overnight TikTok sensation after she posted a 45-second clip on the social media site. She released her song in early July and it has already been streamed 1.5 million times. (MICAH SUAREZ PHOTO)