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Marchers proceed from the bottom of Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Hundreds gather for Island First Nation’s March For The Children

Occasion honours residential school survivors and those who never made it home

 

18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)

2 teens killed after driver flees police in Lower Mainland; fundraisers launched for families

Yasbirat Ytatek and Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali were killed in a collision on July 26

 

Jaime Garcia climbs out of his tub at the beach at Maffeo Sutton Park at the end of the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday, July 24. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Bathtubbing is back as Nanaimo hosts another world championship race

Just six tubbers make it back to beach in rough conditions

Jaime Garcia climbs out of his tub at the beach at Maffeo Sutton Park at the end of the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday, July 24. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Canada has been very good to Oksana Pryshlyak, left, and her children Zlatasvita, front, and Danyla. Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick have been happy to accommodate them at their Chemainus home. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ukrainian family settles into a new routine in Island community

Woman and her two children grateful for the kindness of Canadians

Canada has been very good to Oksana Pryshlyak, left, and her children Zlatasvita, front, and Danyla. Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick have been happy to accommodate them at their Chemainus home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. couple presented with new car after winning Canada-wide contest

‘We thought it was some scam when we found out we won,’ they said

A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Doug Groenendijk is one of six Canadian farmers who will be looking for love on an upcoming CTV reality series. (CTV Farming For Love photo)

Farmer Doug in the right field for TV series, hoping his true love comes out of left field

Island resident will be looking for a soulmate in upcoming reality show

Doug Groenendijk is one of six Canadian farmers who will be looking for love on an upcoming CTV reality series. (CTV Farming For Love photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Okanagan-based group ready for B.C.-wide celebration of collector cars

July 9 is recognized as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province

(Black Press file photo)
Megan Radatzke, an eduction assistant at Ecole Poirier Elementary, says the addition of a sensory room has been well received by all of the students at the school. (Rick Stiebel- Sooke News Mirror)

Special Vancouver Island schoolroom helps kids escape anxiety

Sooke school has sensory room that ‘allows the brain to reboot’

Megan Radatzke, an eduction assistant at Ecole Poirier Elementary, says the addition of a sensory room has been well received by all of the students at the school. (Rick Stiebel- Sooke News Mirror)
Port Hardy Farmers & Artisans Market Facebook logo

District of Port Hardy is prioritizing the community’s recovery from the pandemic

Contact general@porthardy.ca or call (250) 949 – 0409 if you’d like to get involved

Port Hardy Farmers & Artisans Market Facebook logo
Laura Chilson gives a lecture during Ms. Wold’s Science 10 class at North Island Secondary School. (Submitted photo)

VIU grad returns to North Island to inspire science class students at local high schools

Laura Chilson graduated from Port Hardy Secondary School back in 2017

Laura Chilson gives a lecture during Ms. Wold’s Science 10 class at North Island Secondary School. (Submitted photo)
The Moose Hide Campaign was celebrated in Port Hardy on Thursday, May 12, with a crowd walking from North Island Building Blocks to the Wakas Hall in the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations community for a cultural event. (North Island Gazette - Tyson Whitney photo)

Moose Hide Campaign returns to Port Hardy

The campaign is a day of ceremony to take a stand against violence towards women and children

The Moose Hide Campaign was celebrated in Port Hardy on Thursday, May 12, with a crowd walking from North Island Building Blocks to the Wakas Hall in the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations community for a cultural event. (North Island Gazette - Tyson Whitney photo)
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
Eddy Lagrosse is teaming up with Applewood to hold an Autism Awareness walk. (Eddy Lagrosse photo)

Applewood Ford and GM team up to help host Autism Awareness Walk April 30 in Port Hardy

The walk will officially start at 11:00 a.m. from Carrot Park

Eddy Lagrosse is teaming up with Applewood to hold an Autism Awareness walk. (Eddy Lagrosse photo)
UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)

Robots and AI being used to help combat COVID-19 loneliness at UFV

Findings will be shared with government, industry, and community partners to enhance wellness

UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)
Duncan’s Michael Wadsworth won $1 million in the Lotto 6/49 in the Jan. 19 draw. (BCLC photo)

Duncan man wins $1M in Lotto 6/49

In 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $99 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49

Duncan’s Michael Wadsworth won $1 million in the Lotto 6/49 in the Jan. 19 draw. (BCLC photo)
A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)

‘Til the cows come home: Errington’s cruising cows back after adventurous escape

Owners notified animals were kept safe a short distance away; fence now beefed up

A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)
Nicki Ranger. (Submitted photo)

The North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre has a new executive director

On Dec. 1, Nicki Ranger took over as the new executive director for the non-profit

Nicki Ranger. (Submitted photo)
The Sustainable Clothing Project aims to divert clothes that were destined for the landfill and redistribute them to people in the community. (Pixabay)

Sustainable Clothing Project aims to help people, keep clothing out of landfill,

Unsold clothing from thrift stores gets distributed to people and families who need it

The Sustainable Clothing Project aims to divert clothes that were destined for the landfill and redistribute them to people in the community. (Pixabay)
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)