Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Gold River Health Clinic to resume services that were halted due to COVID-19

Prior appointments will be required for laboratory, x-ray and consultation services

$469 million federal funding for fish harvesters welcomed by MP Rachel Blaney

The funding will be beneficial for commercial fishers in smaller coastal communities on Vancouver Island

Island Health announces new overdose prevention service provider in Campbell River

New provider will look at increasing the number of people utilizing OPS in Campbell River which is one of the lowest on Vancouver Island

Mali, the grizzly shot after an epic relocation, to be buried today on First Nation’s land

Mamalilikulla chief, Richard Sumner said despite unanswered questions, they will not press for further investigation

Zeballos retains tax rates from 2019 to avoid any strain on residents during COVID-19

The council has decided to adopt the 2019 general municipal tax rate for the 2020 tax year

Remote Vancouver Island village reminds visitors to stay away during long weekend

Zeballos asks visitors to keep away to minimize spread of COVID-19 and not add pressure on their limited community services

‘Who’s keeping an eye on Vancouver Island’s forests?’

With no watchdog around during COVID-19, conservationists worry about old-growth logging activities

After grizzly spotted in Sayward, mayor warns not to come searching for the bears

Wildlife warnings have been issued in Sayward, but people are ignoring it and going out in search of the bear to get photographs

Gold River’s first responders turn up the sirens for birthday parades during COVID-19

Firefighters, ambulance services and police celebrate birthdays of people stuck at home

Pre-existing woes might deepen after COVID-19 for remote Vancouver Island schools

Logistics, transportation and a broadened spectrum of vulnerable students are some of the challenges SD 84 schools will have to deal with

Vancouver Island wilderness tourism operator optimistic despite business dip

Strathcona Lodge operator believes people will want to ‘connect’ and come back to nature to ‘heal’

Tahsis to improve transportation service for senior residents

Shuttle might help a remote, predominantly senior population access health facilities out of town

North Island MP calls for a funding program fix for local businesses

MP Rachel Blaney calls on ministers to urgently fix programs that are leaving behind local businesses in remote and rural communities

Ladysmith cartoonist documents loggers’ lives through caricatures

Gordon Barney’s cartoons tell stories of lives inside logging camps along the west coast of the Island

Isolated B.C. First Nation seeks further seclusion in response to COVID-19

Accessible only by air or water, no one can get in or out of Kyuquot without First Nation’s permission

Gold River mail flight connects remote west coast communities with supplies

With tourism slashed, Air Nootka’s floatplanes fly essential supplies to isolated Island residents

Read Island folks might buy a forest for the third time

After ‘Lot 302’, the Surge Narrows Community Association looks ahead to purchase more forest area to conserve

Coast Guard to follow COVID-19 protocols when seasonal operations in Nootka Sound commence

The Inshore Rescue Boat Program will begin search and rescue services between May to September

Zeballos reopens landfill after a month long closure

The landfill will be open for limited hours once a week, on Saturdays

Sayward appoints new acting mayor amidst COVID-19

Councillor Bill Ives takes over as the acting mayor and moves forward with signing off on budget