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Waivin' Flags bus ready and waiting to be able to drive people to Campbell River and back. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Wheels on the bus ready to go ‘round and ‘round from Port Hardy to Campbell River

After a long, busless six months, the Tri-Port area is once again connected to down Island

Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Kuterra’s smolts will come from Cermaq hatcheries. (Whole Oceans image)

Cermaq to supply salmon smolts to land-based farm Kuterra

Emergent Holdings, which operates Kuterra, and Cermaq signed a four-year agreement

Kuterra’s smolts will come from Cermaq hatcheries. (Whole Oceans image)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world, week of April 15th
Five things to watch for in Canadian business, the week of Oct 15th
Low-cost airline Swoop launches in Canada
Morneau: Feds would back new Trans Mountain investors
Fun on the high seas! (Zoë Ducklow)
Fun on the high seas! (Zoë Ducklow)
Northisle signed the joint venture agreement with Freeport-McMoRan Mineral Properties Canada Inc. in relation toto the Pemberton Hills Property. (Northisle Copper and Gold photo)

Northisle announces significant improvement in gold and copper recoveries

‘we are excited about currently underway metallurgical testing on the nearby Red Dog Deposit’

Northisle signed the joint venture agreement with Freeport-McMoRan Mineral Properties Canada Inc. in relation toto the Pemberton Hills Property. (Northisle Copper and Gold photo)
Removing the sisiyutl house plank from the wall at Newberry Library to be sent home to Kwakwaka’wakw territory. (Newberry Library)
Removing the sisiyutl house plank from the wall at Newberry Library to be sent home to Kwakwaka’wakw territory. (Newberry Library)
Totem poles almost complete for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Big House
Totem poles almost complete for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Big House
Data collected at Grieg’s B.C. farms will be merged with public ocean and weather data. (Grieg photo)

New blended data platform at Grieg fish farms help forecast oceanic events

On-site data combined with public oceanography and meteorology will be shared with stakeholders

Data collected at Grieg’s B.C. farms will be merged with public ocean and weather data. (Grieg photo)
Volunteers Isabel Ruiz and Darlene Snowden at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store are happy to have open doors again.
Volunteers Isabel Ruiz and Darlene Snowden at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store are happy to have open doors again.
Partners of the Harvest Food Bank in Port Hardy gathered to receive a $15,000 donation from Western Forest Products. L-R Michael Winter, Garth Holden, Andy Cornell, Guy Hogan, Mark Hogan, Viki Korhonen, Hannah van Varseveld, Roger Briscoe, Cassidy Walkus, Tammy Minihan, Alexa Bisaillon and Cathie Wilson. Between them this group represents the Salvation Army, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw, Vancouver Island Health, North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre, and Better at Home. (Zoë Ducklow photo)

Harvest Food Bank receives $15,000 donation from Western Forest Products

Cash will help the food bank and its’ partners deliver services for at least three months

Partners of the Harvest Food Bank in Port Hardy gathered to receive a $15,000 donation from Western Forest Products. L-R Michael Winter, Garth Holden, Andy Cornell, Guy Hogan, Mark Hogan, Viki Korhonen, Hannah van Varseveld, Roger Briscoe, Cassidy Walkus, Tammy Minihan, Alexa Bisaillon and Cathie Wilson. Between them this group represents the Salvation Army, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw, Vancouver Island Health, North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre, and Better at Home. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
CBD oil has been more popular in the north Island than traditional dried weed. (Pixabay)

Seniors are loving cannabis on northern Vancouver Island

“I never thought in a million years I’d be selling pot to my dad.”

CBD oil has been more popular in the north Island than traditional dried weed. (Pixabay)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Illustration from The Great Grizzlies Go Home. Judy Higlemann image.

Real life grizzly saga turned into children’s book

Two male grizzlies captured the imagination of illustrator Judy Hilgemann

Illustration from The Great Grizzlies Go Home. Judy Higlemann image.
Dzawada’enuxw First Nation Elected Chief and Traditional Leader Okwilagame (Willie Moon) right pictured in Vancouver in June 2018. (Facebook photo/Tania Dick)

Kingcome Inlet to remain on COVID-19 lockdown

The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation will remain in isolation as they monitor the coronavirus pandemic

Dzawada’enuxw First Nation Elected Chief and Traditional Leader Okwilagame (Willie Moon) right pictured in Vancouver in June 2018. (Facebook photo/Tania Dick)
Alert Bay municipal property taxes will not increase for 2020. (alertbay.ca photo)

Alert Bay will not increase municipal property taxes for 2020

Total rate will still increase due to regional district and provincial rate hikes

Alert Bay municipal property taxes will not increase for 2020. (alertbay.ca photo)
Dieter Giselbrecht working hard to get the Port McNeill Rotary Club trail ready to go. (Rick Restell photo)

Rotary club completes trail extension in Port McNeill

Two culturally modified trees from ‘Namgis ancestors found along the path

Dieter Giselbrecht working hard to get the Port McNeill Rotary Club trail ready to go. (Rick Restell photo)