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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)

Sisiyutl house plank coming home to Kwakwaka’wakw territory after 127 years away

The plank was taken from a big house for the Chicago World Fair in 1893

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

Location of the Big House still needs to be settled on

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)
Parade fun from last year’s OrcaFest (Tyson Whitney)

Port McNeill’s OrcaFest cancelled, but parade still in the works

Summer festival canceled for Port McNeill due to COVID-19 concerns

  • May 4, 2020
Parade fun from last year’s OrcaFest (Tyson Whitney)
Tristan Radzik and Serena Neumerschitsky, owners of the Port Hardy cannabis shop “North Island Cannabis,” are celebrating one year in business as of April! (Submitted photo)

First government licensed cannabis shop on Vancouver Island celebrates one year in business

‘I’m really happy we’re here giving the public what they want’

Tristan Radzik and Serena Neumerschitsky, owners of the Port Hardy cannabis shop “North Island Cannabis,” are celebrating one year in business as of April! (Submitted photo)
The Fire Chefs logo. (Facebook photo)

Fire Chefs give back to community with one free meal a day to those who are in need

Fire Chefs will offer one free meal from 3:30 until 4:30 on the days they are open to those in need.

The Fire Chefs logo. (Facebook photo)
Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Quality Foods offers two-hour access, Shoppers Drug Mart offers one hour

Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
North Island College president John Bowman at one of four Regional Community Forums in November 2019 on NIC’s Strategic Plan. Photo supplied

North Island College draft strategic plan available for feedback

North Island College is inviting the public to provide feedback on its…

  • Feb 28, 2020
North Island College president John Bowman at one of four Regional Community Forums in November 2019 on NIC’s Strategic Plan. Photo supplied