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The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted file photo)

Chips happening on northern Vancouver Island

‘The acquisition of Atli Chip Plant is a huge win for Atli Resources LP and the North Island’

Nicole Wilson and Grant Cook in front of their Frigon Paddling Trailer. (Debra Lynn photo)

Frigon Paddling kayak rental service open in Port Alice

Frigon Paddling rents sit-on-top kayaks, single composite kayaks, double kayaks and paddle boards

  • Jun 27, 2022
Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
Candice Vanoverschot giving eyelash extensions to her mother, Lonnie Collins. (Debra Lynn photo)

Candi Island Beauty Bar opening in Port Alice

Vanoverschot’s former life is a far cry from the beauty industry

  • May 12, 2022
Candice Vanoverschot giving eyelash extensions to her mother, Lonnie Collins. (Debra Lynn photo)
A map of the North Island Projects. (Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. photo)

North Isle Copper and Gold appoints new vice president project development

Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. (Northisle) has announced the appointment of Ian…

A map of the North Island Projects. (Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. photo)
Mowi’s centralized feed station. (Mowi photo)

Mowi furthers investment in Klemtu with new centralized feed station and staff accommodation

Salmon farming to continue in Klemtu thanks to Mowi Canada West investing in the future

Mowi’s centralized feed station. (Mowi photo)
21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
(Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. photo)

Northisle Copper and Gold drills in new area with potential ‘immense opportunities’

Northisle is currently deciding whether or not to proceed with creating a mine by 2026

(Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. photo)
Oweekeno Lake at the head of Rivers Inlet. (Photo contributed)

Wuikinuxv Nation acquires forest licence from Interfor Corporation

The tenure purchase marks a milestone in the relationship between Wuikinuxv and Interfor

Oweekeno Lake at the head of Rivers Inlet. (Photo contributed)
A Pipe Eye vacuum truck at work in Port Alice in 2021. (Debra Lynn photo)

Pipe Eye Video Inspections: the phone rings every day

Ken Peligren started out his working life in logging and the trades

  • Jan 19, 2022
A Pipe Eye vacuum truck at work in Port Alice in 2021. (Debra Lynn photo)
Marnie Chase (left) and Narda Bradshaw (right) on their first cruise to Alaska. (Submitted photo)

Wizards on the hook: The life of the entrepreneurial crocheter

WRITTEN BY DEBRA LYNN Narda Bradshaw and Marnie Chase are old friends…

Marnie Chase (left) and Narda Bradshaw (right) on their first cruise to Alaska. (Submitted photo)
Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce logo

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce awarded a grant under the shop local initiative

Funded by the Government of Canada and delivered through provincial and territorial…

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce logo
Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island cybersecurity firm ahead of global curve in arming against Log4j bug

aDolus Technology Inc. generates first vulnerability reports to thwart hackers

Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)
Jeremy Conolly in his Conolly Contracting van. (Debra Lynn photo)

Village of Port Alice a great fit for Connolly Contracting

WRITTEN BY DEBRA LYNN Jeremy Connolly of Connolly Contracting did not initially…

  • Dec 8, 2021
Jeremy Conolly in his Conolly Contracting van. (Debra Lynn photo)
Derek Koel and Jordan Altmiks are the proud owners of 100 Percent Cannabis in Port McNeill. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

‘100 Percent Cannabis’ opens in downtown Port McNeill

‘We want to provide the community with a great product’

Derek Koel and Jordan Altmiks are the proud owners of 100 Percent Cannabis in Port McNeill. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
Hardy Buoys new automation machine getting ready to be fired up. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Hardy Buoys automates part of production line to help meet goals

Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. has been in business in Port Hardy since 1994

Hardy Buoys new automation machine getting ready to be fired up. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)
Tammy Lee and her daughter Amanda at Port Alice Pizza. (Debra Lynn photo)

‘Port Alice Pizza’ reopens with new owners

COVID-19 boredom prompted Lee to consider taking on the pizzeria

  • Oct 12, 2021
Tammy Lee and her daughter Amanda at Port Alice Pizza. (Debra Lynn photo)