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Jordan River (John McKinley file)

Summer heat to continue this week across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada forecasting temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal today and tomorrow

Jordan River (John McKinley file)
Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler (23), of Sweden, hauls down St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (90) in front of goalie Jacob Markstrom, back, of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday November 5, 2019. The Canucks meet the Minnesota Wild in 2020 ‘play-in’ series action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Who’s ready for a little NHL action in August?

Podcast: Preview of Stanley Cup ‘play-in’ series amid COVID-19 pandemic

Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler (23), of Sweden, hauls down St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (90) in front of goalie Jacob Markstrom, back, of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday November 5, 2019. The Canucks meet the Minnesota Wild in 2020 ‘play-in’ series action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler (23), of Sweden, hauls down St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (90) in front of goalie Jacob Markstrom, back, of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday November 5, 2019. The Canucks meet the Minnesota Wild in 2020 ‘play-in’ series action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Who’s ready for a little NHL action in August?

Podcast: Preview of Stanley Cup ‘play-in’ series amid COVID-19 pandemic

Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler (23), of Sweden, hauls down St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (90) in front of goalie Jacob Markstrom, back, of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday November 5, 2019. The Canucks meet the Minnesota Wild in 2020 ‘play-in’ series action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canadians rallied in support of George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and efforts to combat racism at weekend marches in Toronto and Montreal, in a June 2, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

OPINION: It’s not a few bad apples, it’s a rotten tree

“It would be tragic to be distracted from the moral grievance being lodged here”

Canadians rallied in support of George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and efforts to combat racism at weekend marches in Toronto and Montreal, in a June 2, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
‘A bottomless well of love for people and communities’

‘A bottomless well of love for people and communities’

Parksville Qualicum Beach News editor JR Rardon dies at age 61

‘A bottomless well of love for people and communities’
B.C. Junior hockey is cancelled across the province in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Katherine Engqvist/News staff)

Crowds vanishing from Vancouver Island theatres

Cancellations and postponements the message of the day for large community entertainment venues

B.C. Junior hockey is cancelled across the province in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Katherine Engqvist/News staff)
Veteran Island journalist battles cancer through pioneering treatment

Veteran Island journalist battles cancer through pioneering treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

Veteran Island journalist battles cancer through pioneering treatment
A plow clears snow from the parking lot at Tyler’s No Frills in Port Alberni on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

UPDATED: Winter storm warning lifted for most of southern Vancouver Island

Schools open in Alberni, capital region, closed Campbell River to Cowichan

A plow clears snow from the parking lot at Tyler’s No Frills in Port Alberni on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island.

2019: Counting down the stories the gripped Vancouver Island

Presenting the most read stories of the past 12 months on vifreedaily.com

Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island.
Elizabeth Chow adds extra poppies to the home-made wreath she made with her younger sister, Catherine, at Veterans Memorial Park in Langford. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Vancouver Island remembers

Remembrance Day images from around the Island

Elizabeth Chow adds extra poppies to the home-made wreath she made with her younger sister, Catherine, at Veterans Memorial Park in Langford. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
In this Aug. 20, 2019 drone photo released by the Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso, brush fires burn in Guaranta do Norte municipality, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year. (Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso via AP)

Brazil prepares to send in the army to battle Amazon wildfires

Country’s leadership under increasing international criticism for its response to burning rain forest

In this Aug. 20, 2019 drone photo released by the Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso, brush fires burn in Guaranta do Norte municipality, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year. (Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso via AP)
PORT ALICE PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAGES BY DOUGLAS BRADSHAW                                Check out Devils Bath and the many other scenic sites along the Alice Lake Loop route.​

Dip your sense of adventure in Vancouver Island’s Devil’s Bath

What’s reputed to be Canada’s largest cenote can be viewed near Port Alice

PORT ALICE PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAGES BY DOUGLAS BRADSHAW                                Check out Devils Bath and the many other scenic sites along the Alice Lake Loop route.​
Man charged after knife waved at 7-Eleven store clerk

Man charged after knife waved at 7-Eleven store clerk

Port Alberni’s Jared Dallen Stein charged after consecutive robberies

Man charged after knife waved at 7-Eleven store clerk
More than 100 people took the plunge in the annual Nude Bungy Jump fundraiser March 12 at Wild Play Nanaimo. (Kelsey McLean photo)

Nude bungy jumpers stretch annual Vancouver Island event to record heights

More than 100 take the plunge for the BC Schizophrenia Society at WildPlay Nanaimo

More than 100 people took the plunge in the annual Nude Bungy Jump fundraiser March 12 at Wild Play Nanaimo. (Kelsey McLean photo)
Ladysmith 49ers player Taka Osuna, right, drives to the basket against Parkland in the final of the Superball tournament at Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo in January. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Vancouver Island boys high school basketball bragging rights on the line

Oak Bay, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Victoria host Island championships this weekend

Ladysmith 49ers player Taka Osuna, right, drives to the basket against Parkland in the final of the Superball tournament at Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo in January. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Don Denton/Victoria News February 12, 2019 - Piles of snow left by snow plows line the side of Broughton StreetTuesday morning following a heavy snowfall.

Vancouver Island Snowmageddon finally over?

Wet flurries possible, but school districts open, last night’s dump probably the last gasp.

Don Denton/Victoria News February 12, 2019 - Piles of snow left by snow plows line the side of Broughton StreetTuesday morning following a heavy snowfall.
Kids enjoying the snow day by building a sculpture, Feb. 11, 2019. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)

Back to school for Vancouver Island’s snow-covered kids, more snow coming

All school districts in business this morning but officials warn another 5-10 centimetres today

Kids enjoying the snow day by building a sculpture, Feb. 11, 2019. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)
Cowichan, Sooke, Nanaimo, Victoria, Saanich schools remain closed

Cowichan, Sooke, Nanaimo, Victoria, Saanich schools remain closed

Snowfall warning over, Comox, Campbell River, Alberni and Qualicum open

Cowichan, Sooke, Nanaimo, Victoria, Saanich schools remain closed
Victoria

And the snowiest community on Vancouver Island is…

Black Press reporters break out their tape measures to determine winter warrior bragging rights

Victoria
Nanaimo school superintendent Scott Saywell announces tomorrow’s school closure in song. (SD68 photo)

UPDATE: Vancouver Island schools and colleges closed Tuesday

WATCH: School superintendent delivers Snow Day message in song

Nanaimo school superintendent Scott Saywell announces tomorrow’s school closure in song. (SD68 photo)