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Nanaimo Airport (YCD) handled 435,349 passengers in 2018, surpassing Comox Airport (YQQ) to become Vancouver Island’s second busiest airport based on passenger numbers. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

Nanaimo Airport soars past Comox to become second-busiest airport on the Island

Air Canada Rouge to resume seasonal non-stop service between Nanaimo and Toronto this summer

Nanaimo Airport (YCD) handled 435,349 passengers in 2018, surpassing Comox Airport (YQQ) to become Vancouver Island’s second busiest airport based on passenger numbers. (NEWS BULLETIN file)
Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)

TODAY: Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives at Florence Filberg Centre

Campbell River business one of many vendors at Hitched wedding event

Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)
The next Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair is coming up Feb. 7 in the Comox Valley. BLACK PRESS file photo

Vancouver Island career fair will help serve a job-seekers’ market

Black Press Media Extreme Education and Career Fair slated for Feb. 7 in Comox Valley

The next Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair is coming up Feb. 7 in the Comox Valley. BLACK PRESS file photo
The power outage inspired the gang at Riot Brewing Co. in Chemainus to concoct a new sour outage beverage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sour outage beverage commemorates power outage

Island Brewery finds a unique way to make the powerful wind storm memorable

The power outage inspired the gang at Riot Brewing Co. in Chemainus to concoct a new sour outage beverage. (Photo by Don Bodger)
THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO                                Derek Koel, Port McNeill councillor, brought cannabis samples to Business of Cannabis in an effort to destigmatize cannabis-use now that it is legal.

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce clears the smoke on cannabis companies

Luke Biles talks on the business landscape of cannabis regulation, businesses after legalization.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO                                Derek Koel, Port McNeill councillor, brought cannabis samples to Business of Cannabis in an effort to destigmatize cannabis-use now that it is legal.
Winterfestival a hit for Sointula

Winterfestival a hit for Sointula

Sointula Winterfestival is the North Island’s full-ferry destination ​to a weekend of…

Winterfestival a hit for Sointula
Debra Lynn photo                                Little Picassos pupils learn how to make a spider using playdough, wires and buttons.

Debra Lynn instills creativity in North Island children from her art classes

“It’s supposed to be self-expression,” said Debra Lynn, art instructor.

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Debra Lynn photo                                Little Picassos pupils learn how to make a spider using playdough, wires and buttons.
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS                                31st Rotary Auction held in Port Hardy’s Thunderbird Mall.

32nd Port Hardy Rotary Auction to be held next month

Dale Dorward said that the event will have a variety of items to be sold on Nov. 3-4 over the radio.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS                                31st Rotary Auction held in Port Hardy’s Thunderbird Mall.
The 2017 Torch Awards at The Union Club in Victoria. (Courtesy BBB Vancouver Island)

Local businesses that go above and beyond honoured at annual gala

Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island Torch Awards go Nov. 2 at the Union Club

The 2017 Torch Awards at The Union Club in Victoria. (Courtesy BBB Vancouver Island)
North Island Mall revitalizes as new stores open

North Island Mall revitalizes as new stores open

Dirom wants to “create a vibrant new space in the community by working together” with new business.

North Island Mall revitalizes as new stores open
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                Kirstin Baron, sole proprietor of Green Baron Landscaping, shows off the Green Baron Landscaping truck.

Green thumbs run in Kirstin Baron’s family tree

By 2017, Green Baron Landscaping was so busy Baron started hiring employees.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                Kirstin Baron, sole proprietor of Green Baron Landscaping, shows off the Green Baron Landscaping truck.
THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO                                Bottles ready to be recycled at the newly renovated bottle depot in Port McNeill.

Island Foods renovates bottle depot and cans old bottle return system

“I don’t want people to spend the whole day here,” said Angela Taylor on Port McNeill’s bottle depot.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO                                Bottles ready to be recycled at the newly renovated bottle depot in Port McNeill.
Goodbye Greyhound, Aloha Box by Bus. (Tofino Bus Photo)

Tofino Bus launches shipping service to replace Greyhound across Vancouver Island

Affordable, same day and next day freight options are available as Greyhoubd Package Express ends

Goodbye Greyhound, Aloha Box by Bus. (Tofino Bus Photo)
Day shift workers Daniel Suarez, Joseva Raiwako, and Mukesh Prakash sort Hake at the Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods (UHS) fish plant. UHS processes roughly 500,000 pounds of hake per day, and according to management, could process more if they had the labourers. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

West Coast sailing rough employment seas to help fish processing thrive

Big Read: Fish processors casting a wide net to overcome employment challenges

Day shift workers Daniel Suarez, Joseva Raiwako, and Mukesh Prakash sort Hake at the Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods (UHS) fish plant. UHS processes roughly 500,000 pounds of hake per day, and according to management, could process more if they had the labourers. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Couple plans to open cannabis shop in Port Hardy

Couple plans to open cannabis shop in Port Hardy

What do you think about a cannabis shop opening in Port Hardy?

Couple plans to open cannabis shop in Port Hardy
Making a pitch for Patricia Guzman worked out well for Jose Luis Munoz. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Love affair blossoms from Cuban baseball tour for Island woman

Trucker Guzman ties the knot with Union de Reyes coach

Making a pitch for Patricia Guzman worked out well for Jose Luis Munoz. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Port Alice Community Market open for business

Port Alice Community Market open for business

The community market has been a draw to members of the community, as well as to tourists.

Port Alice Community Market open for business
SUBMITTED PHOTO                                Two sea otters swim together in the waters near Port Alice.

Sea otter tours offer unique opportunity to explore Neroutsos Inlet

“We saw sea otters, seals, eagles, some deer, and some history.”

SUBMITTED PHOTO                                Two sea otters swim together in the waters near Port Alice.
Tom Harris passed away on June 29, 2017. (News Bulletin file)

Tom Harris memorial fundraiser supports kids camps

Tom Harris Legacy Fund sends over 200 underpriviledged local kids to camp this summer.

Tom Harris passed away on June 29, 2017. (News Bulletin file)
FACEBOOK PHOTOS/OCEANCONSERVANCY                                Sea otters tourism was the topic of discussion at a recent Port Alice council meeting.

Sea otter watching business starts up in Port Alice

“It’s in calm water and this really appeals to families”

FACEBOOK PHOTOS/OCEANCONSERVANCY                                Sea otters tourism was the topic of discussion at a recent Port Alice council meeting.