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Orford Bay, Bute Inlet. The Homalco First Nations has invested grant money it received from WorkBC to offer tuition-free forestry trades program for Indigenous students at North Island College. (Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours/ Facebook )

Homalco First Nation invests $196,308 WorkBC grant in forestry courses

Tuition-free program at North Island College to combat high unemployment rates says Nation’s chief

Orford Bay, Bute Inlet. The Homalco First Nations has invested grant money it received from WorkBC to offer tuition-free forestry trades program for Indigenous students at North Island College. (Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours/ Facebook )
The Mowachaht/Muchalaht Boat ramp near Muchalat Inlet, British Columbia. (Wikimedia commons)

Vancouver Island First Nations council calls on B.C. to act after first COVID-19 case on reserve

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council representing 14 Nations calls the first case on Mowachaht/Muchalaht reserve a ‘critical situation’

The Mowachaht/Muchalaht Boat ramp near Muchalat Inlet, British Columbia. (Wikimedia commons)
Muchalat Inlet, near Gold River, British Columbia. (Wikimedia commons)

‘It’s scary’: Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation identifies first COVID-19 case

After the First Nation member tested positive in Gold River, the community is being closely monitored for more cases

Muchalat Inlet, near Gold River, British Columbia. (Wikimedia commons)
The free 12-week care kit aims to support educators in easing student’s transition back to school. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. non-profit launches free social, emotional learning program for educators

The 12-week care kit by Calmversation Learning Foundation aims to support educators in easing students’ transition back to school

The free 12-week care kit aims to support educators in easing student’s transition back to school. (Black Press Media files)
Mid-island communities are the most dominant call areas for air ambulance transports this year. (BC Emergency Health Services/Twitter)

Air ambulance calls on Vancouver Island way down so far in 2020

Only 519 transports from Vancouver Island so far, compared to 1,107 total calls in 2019

Mid-island communities are the most dominant call areas for air ambulance transports this year. (BC Emergency Health Services/Twitter)
New roads recently constructed by Teal-Jones reaching the ridge line of the Fairy Creek watershed, the last unlogged, intact valley on southern Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy, T J Watt.

Southern Vancouver Island’s old-growth protest enters fourth week counting three blockades

Provincial government’s silence ‘ominous’ and ‘worrisome’ say Port Renfrew protesters

New roads recently constructed by Teal-Jones reaching the ridge line of the Fairy Creek watershed, the last unlogged, intact valley on southern Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy, T J Watt.
An aerial view of Kyuquot. Photo courtesy Walters Cove Resort

Kyuquot Checleseht First Nations chief Richard Leo dies at age 79

Leo instrumental in the process of leading Island First Nation into self-government

An aerial view of Kyuquot. Photo courtesy Walters Cove Resort
North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. (Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror)

MP Blaney asks feds to pivot funds from student service grant to employment program

Blaney recommends reallocating all of the $900 million from the cancelled Canadian Student Service Grant

North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. (Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror)
Antonius Vollenberg. (Submitted photo)

Campbell River man went to the laundry to get clean socks but came back with $800K

Antonius Vollenberg purchased the winning lottery ticket at the laundromat

Antonius Vollenberg. (Submitted photo)
To improve fish habitat, volunteers will clear garbage from Pandora Slough and adjoining waterways in Zeballos. Photo courtesy, Justin Janisse.

Volunteers to help clean waterways and improve fish habitat in Zeballos

The clean-up is organized by the village of Zeballos and Nootka Sound Watershed Society

To improve fish habitat, volunteers will clear garbage from Pandora Slough and adjoining waterways in Zeballos. Photo courtesy, Justin Janisse.
A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt
Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation

Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation

Protestors outside North Island MLA’s office ask government to stop old-growth logging

Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation
In a picture from April 2018, Wickaninnish (Clifford Atleo) plays the drum while singing the Nuu-chah-nulth song on the court steps in Vancouver after winning aboriginal fishing rights . Photo credit, Melody Charlie.

DFO says the five aggrieved B.C First Nations were consulted on fisheries plan

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations calls response ‘a sham,’ adding DFO never incorporates their views

In a picture from April 2018, Wickaninnish (Clifford Atleo) plays the drum while singing the Nuu-chah-nulth song on the court steps in Vancouver after winning aboriginal fishing rights . Photo credit, Melody Charlie.
A T’aaq-wiihak fisher with his grandson lands Chinook salmon in Tofino. Photo by Melody Charlie.

Five Vancouver Island First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

A T’aaq-wiihak fisher with his grandson lands Chinook salmon in Tofino. Photo by Melody Charlie.
Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

‘Forest Defenders’ occupy road to prevent logging company from reaching Port Renfrew-area watershed

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth
An operator maneuvers a hydro-demolition robot at Discovery Parks. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.

Vancouver Island business using robots to bring down concrete walls

Walco Industries only firm on the Island to use specialized robots for hydro-demolition

An operator maneuvers a hydro-demolition robot at Discovery Parks. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.
Different sections have been allocated for a variety of crops at the food forest which is situated at the northeast side of the hospital’s premises. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror

North Island Hospital Campbell River’s campus has a new food forest

And the hospital staff is encouraging the community to come ‘nibble’ on the produce

Different sections have been allocated for a variety of crops at the food forest which is situated at the northeast side of the hospital’s premises. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror
An operator maneuvers a hydro-demolition robot at Discovery Parks, Campbell River. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.

VIDEO: A B.C business used robots to bring down concrete walls

Walco Industries is the only firm on Vancouver Island to use specialized robots for hydro-demolition

An operator maneuvers a hydro-demolition robot at Discovery Parks, Campbell River. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.
A representational campfire image. An unattended campfire was put out by WFP crew, near Gold River, after a resident reported it. ( Wikimedia common)

Resident averts fire hazard by reporting unattended campfire near Gold River

Western Forest Products responded and put out the unattended fire near Ward Creek Main

A representational campfire image. An unattended campfire was put out by WFP crew, near Gold River, after a resident reported it. ( Wikimedia common)
A delivery van loaded with pet food made a delivery to Port Hardy in May. ( Photo by BC SPCA Campbell River Branch/Facebook)

BC SPCA extends food bank services to remote communities on northern Vancouver Island

The organization’s branch in Campbell River has been coordinating deliveries

A delivery van loaded with pet food made a delivery to Port Hardy in May. ( Photo by BC SPCA Campbell River Branch/Facebook)