Mike Davies

Campbell River’s John Vanderveen heads through the French Alps after winning a contest through Zwift, an interactive cycling trainer app. Photo submitted

Basement e-training sends Vancouver Island cyclist to Europe

John Vanderveen didn’t know what he was signing up for, but he’s glad he clicked the button

Campbell River’s John Vanderveen heads through the French Alps after winning a contest through Zwift, an interactive cycling trainer app. Photo submitted
Mirror reporter Mike Davies has some thoughts on why you should vote in the upcoming federal election and how you should make your decision on which box to check. Black Press File Photo

MIKE’S MUSINGS: Learn the party line, listen to the candidates, and vote

Deciding who to vote for isn’t that hard, here’s how

Mirror reporter Mike Davies has some thoughts on why you should vote in the upcoming federal election and how you should make your decision on which box to check. Black Press File Photo
Alex Witcombe of Drifted Creations works in the newly-opened Walter Morgan Studio on a new work for last weekend’s Art & Earth Festival. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

First Art & Earth Festival an experiment gone terribly, terribly right

Campbell River event ‘turned out fantastically, we’re definitely onto something’

Alex Witcombe of Drifted Creations works in the newly-opened Walter Morgan Studio on a new work for last weekend’s Art & Earth Festival. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Photographer David Ellingson’s exhibition Last Stand, will be a major feature at the upcoming Art & Earth Festival, happening Sept. 20-22 all over Campbell River, culminating in the annual Fall Fair at Haig Brown House. Photo courtesy David Ellingson

Economy and ecology ideals conflict in Island photographer’s work

David Ellingsen’s The Last Stand is part of Campbell River’s Art & Earth Festival

Photographer David Ellingson’s exhibition Last Stand, will be a major feature at the upcoming Art & Earth Festival, happening Sept. 20-22 all over Campbell River, culminating in the annual Fall Fair at Haig Brown House. Photo courtesy David Ellingson
United Steelworkers members on the picket line of the Western Forest Products facility at Menzies Bay, just north of Campbell River, on Aug. 26, 2019. Mirror File Photo

Union says mediated negotiation with WFP has been ‘disappointing’

Striking forestry workers have been on picket lines since Canada Day

United Steelworkers members on the picket line of the Western Forest Products facility at Menzies Bay, just north of Campbell River, on Aug. 26, 2019. Mirror File Photo
Beachfire Brewing and Nosh House server Scotia Siider pours one of her first pints as a new employee this fall. Beachfire will be one of many Island craft breweries featured at the first ever North Island Craft Beer Festival coming this November to the Community Centre. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

First North Island Craft Beer Festival being tapped in November

Organizers hope to turn four-hour Campbell River event into annual weekend-long extravaganza

Beachfire Brewing and Nosh House server Scotia Siider pours one of her first pints as a new employee this fall. Beachfire will be one of many Island craft breweries featured at the first ever North Island Craft Beer Festival coming this November to the Community Centre. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
City of Campbell River programmer Megan Lawley and program coordinator of Strathcona Gardens Craig Robertson hop, skip and jump their way through the new PLAY Campbell River decals on the ground outside the front door of Strathcona Gardens. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

New initiative challenges Islanders: ‘Don’t walk in the hallways’

Hop, skip, dance, sway — anything to keep up your physical literacy skills

City of Campbell River programmer Megan Lawley and program coordinator of Strathcona Gardens Craig Robertson hop, skip and jump their way through the new PLAY Campbell River decals on the ground outside the front door of Strathcona Gardens. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
The first International Overdose Awareness Walk heads out from the longhouse at Robert Ostler Park along the highway, making its way through downtown and back to the park on Saturday, Aug. 31. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Bringing hope to the overdose discussion in Campbell River

‘There are so many out there who don’t reach out and speak to somebody’

The first International Overdose Awareness Walk heads out from the longhouse at Robert Ostler Park along the highway, making its way through downtown and back to the park on Saturday, Aug. 31. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
The City of Campbell River has approved the expenditure of $200,000 to purchase and install a Portland Loo from Madden Fabrication and will now work on deciding where it will go and how it will fit into the washroom offerings downtown. Photo courtesy Portland Loo

Campbell River spending $200,000 on pre-fab downtown washroom

Toilet is designed to discourage vagrancy, withstand and deter vandalism and be easier to maintain

The City of Campbell River has approved the expenditure of $200,000 to purchase and install a Portland Loo from Madden Fabrication and will now work on deciding where it will go and how it will fit into the washroom offerings downtown. Photo courtesy Portland Loo
Dikran Zabunyan, the new general manager of Painter’s Lodge, April Point and Quarterdeck Hotel and Marina in Port Hardy, was recently named to the All Canada Phase 1 Basketball Hall of Fame. Photo submitted

Painter’s Lodge manager inducted into basketball Hall of Fame

Dikran Zabunyan sees running a hotel like building a championship basketball team

Dikran Zabunyan, the new general manager of Painter’s Lodge, April Point and Quarterdeck Hotel and Marina in Port Hardy, was recently named to the All Canada Phase 1 Basketball Hall of Fame. Photo submitted
Look at these two…relaxing and enjoying their summer, while I don’t.

Mike’s Musings: I hereby postpone the end of summer

In which I convince myself there’s still time to do summer-y things before the end of summer

Look at these two…relaxing and enjoying their summer, while I don’t.
Brenda Zwicker adds yet another coat of wax to yet another classroom floor at L’École Phoenix Middle School as she and the other custodians, information technologists and contractors go about the annual business of getting the district facilities whipped into shape over the summer to welcome the students back in September. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Mike’s Musings: The unsung heroes of the school district

Let’s all take a second to think about what ‘cleaning a school’ entails

Brenda Zwicker adds yet another coat of wax to yet another classroom floor at L’École Phoenix Middle School as she and the other custodians, information technologists and contractors go about the annual business of getting the district facilities whipped into shape over the summer to welcome the students back in September. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Daniel Devine celebrates another successful day of removing Scotch broom last year with Greenways Land Trust. A recent report says the city is starting to make headway on the invasive species/noxious weed situation, but more needs to be done on private property if they are truly to get a handle on the problem. Photo courtesy Greenways Land Trust

Uncooperative homeowners dragging down Vancouver Island invasive species battle

Too many Campbell River property owners unresponsive to notifications regarding knotweed

Daniel Devine celebrates another successful day of removing Scotch broom last year with Greenways Land Trust. A recent report says the city is starting to make headway on the invasive species/noxious weed situation, but more needs to be done on private property if they are truly to get a handle on the problem. Photo courtesy Greenways Land Trust
Campbell River City Council will start the process of examining the possibility of every R-1 zoned property in town being allowed to host a secondary suite. Mirror File Photo

Secondary suites could become legal for every single-family home in Campbell River

Council has asked for a bylaw to be prepared that could see a suite allowed in all R-1 zoned homes

Campbell River City Council will start the process of examining the possibility of every R-1 zoned property in town being allowed to host a secondary suite. Mirror File Photo
Georgia Park Elementary Grade 4 students Kendra Mackenzie and Claire Harvey install a new mason bee house on the side of a tree in the wooded area near the school. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Resilient Island students don’t let nature project vandalism keep them down

Bird and bee houses torn off the trees and smashed, but the kids bounced back and put more up

Georgia Park Elementary Grade 4 students Kendra Mackenzie and Claire Harvey install a new mason bee house on the side of a tree in the wooded area near the school. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Helicopters and fire crews were called out to a one hectare fire on Read Island on Friday, which has now grown to approximately 34 hectares in size, according to a report shared by the Strathcona Emergency Program Sunday. BC Wildfire Service map

Read Island fire now over 30 hectares in size

‘It’ll be a while to get this fire under control’

Helicopters and fire crews were called out to a one hectare fire on Read Island on Friday, which has now grown to approximately 34 hectares in size, according to a report shared by the Strathcona Emergency Program Sunday. BC Wildfire Service map
Jennifer Sanchez just picked up fly fishing last year, and is completely hooked, according to Eiko Jones, who is currently working on a documentary examining Campbell River’s relationship with salmon. Sanchez will be just one of the many people featured in the film. Photo by Eiko Jones

Campbell River’s complex relationship with salmon

Eiko Jones looks to examine how salmon helped form Campbell River’s identity over time with new film

Jennifer Sanchez just picked up fly fishing last year, and is completely hooked, according to Eiko Jones, who is currently working on a documentary examining Campbell River’s relationship with salmon. Sanchez will be just one of the many people featured in the film. Photo by Eiko Jones
Ipong Purnama Sidhi will be arriving this week on a month-long residency split between Quadra Island artsts John Schevers and Gordon James. Photo submitted

Indonesian artist coming for Quadra Island residency

Ipong Purnama Sidhi will arrive this week for one month stay with two local artists

Ipong Purnama Sidhi will be arriving this week on a month-long residency split between Quadra Island artsts John Schevers and Gordon James. Photo submitted
A plume of smoke is seen rising from the fire on Frenchman Road in Sayward on Friday. Photo by Shawn Bencze

UPDATE: Sayward wildfire triples in size overnight, but officially ‘being held’

‘We expect to have it under control in the next day or so,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A plume of smoke is seen rising from the fire on Frenchman Road in Sayward on Friday. Photo by Shawn Bencze
Otto Schulte’s RJ Race Cars 2005 Cavalier drag race car has 1,200 h.p. of power in a 598 cubic inch engine. It was the test car for VIMSA’s noise study, which Jim Johnson says represents ‘one of the loudest cars that would come.’ Mirror File Photo

Campbell River drag strip proponents worried facility will be built elsewhere

After the city announced it won’t be at the airport, facility could end up elsewher on the Island

Otto Schulte’s RJ Race Cars 2005 Cavalier drag race car has 1,200 h.p. of power in a 598 cubic inch engine. It was the test car for VIMSA’s noise study, which Jim Johnson says represents ‘one of the loudest cars that would come.’ Mirror File Photo