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The existing unfenced dog park in Port McNeill is shared with playground users, the community hall, and the ball field. (Derek Koel photo)

Koel’s Notes: Deep dive into Port McNeill’s Parks and Recreation funds

The town has not had a recreation strategy or coordinator run programs in decades

A second engineer has lost their licence to practise over structural faults in a Langford apartment building formerly known as Danbrook One. (Black Press Media file photo)

Second engineer loses licence over troubled Vancouver Island apartment building

Theodore Sorensen had his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia cancelled

The emergency room at Port Hardy Hospital will remain closed overnight for the foreseeable future, the province announced Friday. (Island Health Photo)

B.C. confirms ongoing overnight closures for emergency rooms in Port Hardy, Alert Bay

Province announces additional investments without giving a firm time line when ERs will reopen

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks in the House of Commons on Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy YouTube)

MP Blaney pushes government to find solutions to North Island emergency room closures

It’s no secret that emergency rooms in the North Island have been dealing with rotating closures

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks in the House of Commons on Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy YouTube)
Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)

$213K fine issued to Coastal GasLink pipeline for environmental breach in northwest B.C.

Fine is the third for the pipeline project that will move natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat

Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)
Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor closing its Houston mill in April amid weak market; new facility under consideration

Closure being called ‘temporary’ pending decision by Canfor board

Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)

Doctor warns Port Hardy more resignations are coming by June, mayor writes letter to Dix

With health-care services continuing to suffer, Nataros and council back physician assistants

Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)
Campbell River food bank volunteer Bob Naylor helps federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh fill a bag of food for a food bank client during Singh’s visit to Campbell River on Jan. 23. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Federal NDP leader visits Campbell River to discuss affordability, housing and food security

Jagmeet Singh holds roundtable, tours Campbell River Food Bank and visits Comox Valley officials

Campbell River food bank volunteer Bob Naylor helps federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh fill a bag of food for a food bank client during Singh’s visit to Campbell River on Jan. 23. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
The Quarterdeck beer and wine store had this old sign hanging up stating it would not accept Indigenous status cards as ID, and it was promptly taken down by new management after it went viral online. (Jozi Child - Facebook photo)

Sign denying status cards as ‘suitable’ ID at Port Hardy liquor store sparks uproar

Liquor store apologizes and removes sign after photo goes viral on social media

The Quarterdeck beer and wine store had this old sign hanging up stating it would not accept Indigenous status cards as ID, and it was promptly taken down by new management after it went viral online. (Jozi Child - Facebook photo)
DFO rescuing a young humpback whale from a dangerous entanglement. (DFO video screenshot)

VIDEO: Hogtied humpback rescued from dangerous entanglement off northern Vancouver Island

Whale was exhausted, with gear wrapped around its tail, and also going through its mouth

DFO rescuing a young humpback whale from a dangerous entanglement. (DFO video screenshot)
District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Doctor speaks to Port Hardy council about the need for hiring physician assistants

PA’s are very highly skilled medical providers that can independently see and treat patients

District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Muddy debris could be harbouring the larvae of the invasive Zebra Mussel or invasive plant seeds. (East Kootenay Invasive Species Council photo)
Muddy debris could be harbouring the larvae of the invasive Zebra Mussel or invasive plant seeds. (East Kootenay Invasive Species Council photo)
The Town of Port McNeill’s municipal hall. (Derek Koel photo)

Municipal politics: Port McNeill council meets for the first time in the new year

The town of Port McNeill had an agenda full of items to discuss, here are the highlights

  • Jan 16, 2023
The Town of Port McNeill’s municipal hall. (Derek Koel photo)
Dr. Evelyn Voyageur speaks to NIC nursing students taking part in a field school. (Submitted photo)

NIC: ‘Learning Our Way’ means listening to Indigenous communities

‘Learning Our Way is teaching the teachings that we First Nations received all through our lives’

Dr. Evelyn Voyageur speaks to NIC nursing students taking part in a field school. (Submitted photo)
Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: ‘This is a parent’s worst nightmare’; father of missing Bella Coola man

A $10,000 reward offered for information regarding disappearance of Carl Schooner Jr.

Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
BC Hydro file photo

Blown fuse in substation the cause of emergency power outage in the North Island

The emergency power outage started a little after 8 p.m. and lasted until around 1:30 a.m.

BC Hydro file photo
The warming centre in Tahsis, where people were without power in January, 2022. Photo courtesy SRD

Workshops to help build extreme temperature resiliency in North Island

Public invited to join in one of two workshops this month

The warming centre in Tahsis, where people were without power in January, 2022. Photo courtesy SRD
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo

Should B.C. allow cannabis lounges and cafes? Survey gets mixed reviews

Support high for cannabis consumption spaces among users, but police, health experts more cautions

Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo
Bear and Tiger will be up for adoption together as a pair when they are healthy enough. (Jill Laviolette photo)

Mystery solved: Dogs rescued from remote B.C. island will be put up for adoption

The dogs have now been surrendered to Tri-Port Wildlife Response Team

Bear and Tiger will be up for adoption together as a pair when they are healthy enough. (Jill Laviolette photo)
Routes to Tofino will remain suspended until May. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island Connector bus service paused after ridership plummets

Service between Victoria and Tofino, Nanaimo and Campbell River expected to resume in May

Routes to Tofino will remain suspended until May. (Black Press file photo)