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The exterior of infamous Port Hardy apartment building Highland Manor. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Draft rental standards bylaw a hot topic at District of Port Hardy meeting

Mayor Dennis Dugas wants the bylaw to pass so they can “protect the people.”

A driver stopped by Saanich police following a road rage incident on April 15 was found to be impaired, in violation of a license restriction and in a damaged vehicle. They received a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Road rager fails breathalyzer on busy B.C. highway in vehicle he shouldn’t be driving

Saanich police say man was operating vehicle without required ignition lock

North Island Gazette file photo of Port McNeill council

Port McNeill council roundup: SD85, tourism and zoning discussed

More news from Port McNeill’s April 13 council meeting.

  • Apr 16, 2021
B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)

Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

Greater Victoria had more new cases than any other Island area: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
The Port McNeill waterfront on a beautiful sunny day. (Bill McQuarrie photo)

Waterfront Playground Proposal receives backing from Port McNeill council

In favour of the motion were Wickstrom, Baron and Coun. Shelley Downey.

  • Apr 15, 2021
The Port McNeill waterfront on a beautiful sunny day. (Bill McQuarrie photo)
Port Hardy Fire Rescue getting ready Friday night for a big weekend of training. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue photo)

Port Hardy Fire Rescue holds controlled burn on Highland Drive

The burning activities included nondestructive training fire scenarios on the Saturday.

Port Hardy Fire Rescue getting ready Friday night for a big weekend of training. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue photo)
RCMP on scene yesterday at the altercation at the trailer park. (James McLaughlin photo)

Violent altercation at Port Hardy trailer park

The suspect has been remanded in custody until their next court appearance on April 19.

RCMP on scene yesterday at the altercation at the trailer park. (James McLaughlin photo)
Heavy rains are forecast for most of Vancouver Island but a rain-snow mix could fall at higher elevations. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island may see snow in higher elevations Friday

Above-normal temperatures on the way for early next week

Heavy rains are forecast for most of Vancouver Island but a rain-snow mix could fall at higher elevations. (Black Press file photo)
House fire on Thursday night in Port Hardy. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue Facebook photo)

Structure fire in Port Hardy caused by barbecue on back deck

Crews were sent to the roof to “attack from the top-down and into the attic to fully stop the spread.”

House fire on Thursday night in Port Hardy. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue Facebook photo)
Port Hardy Fire Rescue map of controlled burning.

Controlled burn happening this weekend on Highland Drive

No unauthorized persons, including media, will be permitted within the “Hot Zone”.

Port Hardy Fire Rescue map of controlled burning.
Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)

Penticton business owner apologizes for throwing poop

“I simply snapped after once again finding human feces near my restaurant,” the apology letter reads

Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)
Two towns in the Regional District of Mount Waddington are getting funding for tourism infrastructure development. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Port Alice and Port Hardy get funds for tourism infrastructure development

Two North Island towns are receiving funds to help support tourism infrastructure…

Two towns in the Regional District of Mount Waddington are getting funding for tourism infrastructure development. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Exterior of Highland Manor shows at least one broken window, covered with a blanket. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Improvements at Highland Manor slow, stuck in red tape

Occupants wondering when things will get better

Exterior of Highland Manor shows at least one broken window, covered with a blanket. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
(Bill McQuarrie photo)

80-foot barge resurfaced in Port McNeill

Environment Canada brought in private contractors to refloat the barge.

(Bill McQuarrie photo)
North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. (Submitted photo)

New economic development, environmental investments will put people at the centre of recovery

Significant investments in the North Island were announced today (March 30) from…

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. (Submitted photo)
Wounded Warrior runner Mike Bowen, with the Canadian Coast Guard, runs the Hump—the Alberni Summit—on Highway 4 on the way to Port Alberni on Feb. 27, 2020. (JOHN W. PENNER/ John’s Photography)

Wounded Warriors run cancelled for 2021

Team had already rescheduled February event to mid-April

Wounded Warrior runner Mike Bowen, with the Canadian Coast Guard, runs the Hump—the Alberni Summit—on Highway 4 on the way to Port Alberni on Feb. 27, 2020. (JOHN W. PENNER/ John’s Photography)
British Columbia’s overdose Mobile Response Team has provided critical incident support and training to more than 6000 individuals who are working on the front lines combating the province’s overdose crisis. (Black Press files)

Two North Island Indigenous organizations receive grants to address overdose

Communities and organizations in the Vancouver Island Health region now have extra…

  • Apr 1, 2021
British Columbia’s overdose Mobile Response Team has provided critical incident support and training to more than 6000 individuals who are working on the front lines combating the province’s overdose crisis. (Black Press files)
(Waivin Flags Taxi photo)
(Waivin Flags Taxi photo)
North Island MLA Michele Babcuk. Photo contributed

North Island MLA welcomes 24 projects helping workers impacted by COVID-19

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk is welcoming 24 investments in small, land-based…

North Island MLA Michele Babcuk. Photo contributed
Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island contact tracing doubles due to COVID variants, more socializing

Island’s top public health officer calling for return to practices that achieved a flat curve

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)