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Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

UPDATED: Vancouver Island paddle boarder’s orca encounter brings joy and outrage

Woman’s ‘best day’ criticized for disturbing the whales

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

UPDATED: Vancouver Island paddle boarder’s orca encounter brings joy and outrage

Woman’s ‘best day’ criticized for disturbing the whales

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)

Frustrated family denied access to Chantel Moore police shooting report

Independent investigation into Island woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Ucluelet RCMP are investigating a holiday vessel parade that took place on Dec. 22, 2020. (Westerly file photo)

RCMP investigating spontaneous holiday Sail Past event in Ucluelet

A complaint was filed for possibly breaking Provincial Health Orders

Ucluelet RCMP are investigating a holiday vessel parade that took place on Dec. 22, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
Longtime commercial salmon fisher Doug Kimoto says Trudeau should revamp DFO and move towards a regional management. He says the fisheries department is not working and it hasn’t for decades. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Lifelong Ucluelet fisherman Doug Kimoto shares his thoughts on restoring fisheries

“The government needs to revamp DFO and move towards a regional management program.”

Longtime commercial salmon fisher Doug Kimoto says Trudeau should revamp DFO and move towards a regional management. He says the fisheries department is not working and it hasn’t for decades. (Nora O’Malley photo)
What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)

Nuu-chah-nulth storyteller kicks off virtual 2021 Women’s Winter Yakfest series on Vancouver Island

‘It’s part book club, part hen party, part learning conference — and all fun’

What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)
Photographed pre-pandemic, Lizzie Snow and Roy Henry Vickers unite creative minds to produce a truly unique work of art. (Paul Levy Photo and Casandra Katter photo)

Roy Henry Vickers and Lizzie Snow release second collaborative artwork

“What an honour to be able to hear his stories about First Nations culture, symbolism and rituals.”

Photographed pre-pandemic, Lizzie Snow and Roy Henry Vickers unite creative minds to produce a truly unique work of art. (Paul Levy Photo and Casandra Katter photo)
Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce board president Laurie Gehrke, left, and Chamber ED Laurie Filgiano accept a grant of $9,230 from Coastal Community Credit Union’s Marc Salewski and Cindi Levine on Dec. 1. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce board president Laurie Gehrke, left, and Chamber ED Laurie Filgiano accept a grant of $9,230 from Coastal Community Credit Union’s Marc Salewski and Cindi Levine on Dec. 1. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Nuu-chah-nulth language champion Tim Masso holds his Rainy Coast Arts Award. (Jessie Masso photo)

Vancouver Island brothers receive 2020 Rainy Coast Arts Award

Tla-o-qui-aht’s Masso and Wenstob share Pacific Rim Arts Society honour

Nuu-chah-nulth language champion Tim Masso holds his Rainy Coast Arts Award. (Jessie Masso photo)
The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)

Ahousaht First Nation on lockdown over COVID-19

“Emotions are high. The anxiety is high. We want our community to pull through.”

The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

VIDEO: Radical wave storm hits Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Combined wind and wave swell topped six metres

A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

WATCH: Radical wave storm hits Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Combined wind and wave swell topped six metres

A giant wave crashes into the rocks off Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet on Nov. 17, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
2020 Rip Curl Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)

Canada’s top surfers return to competition on Vancouver Island shores

“It felt so good to be back in a jersey competition and it made me realize how much I miss it.”

2020 Rip Curl Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)
The Tofino General Hospital has 10 in-patient beds and five stretchers. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19: Tofino and Ucluelet kindly ask visitors from Lower Mainland to postpone trips, again

“We thank visitors from these regions for their continued support and understanding.”

The Tofino General Hospital has 10 in-patient beds and five stretchers. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet mayor and council took the unprecedented step of suspending a short-term vacation rental business licence during the Oct. 27 regular meeting. (District of Ucluelet photo)

Ucluelet slaps six-month suspension on short-term rental due to non-compliance

“It’s been a sad case of cat and mouse and see what we can get away with.”

Ucluelet mayor and council took the unprecedented step of suspending a short-term vacation rental business licence during the Oct. 27 regular meeting. (District of Ucluelet photo)
Thaddeus Lenover kisses his mushroom picking partner Teagan Evans on the cheek after a rainy day out in the woods harvesting wild mushrooms. (Nora O'Malley photo)

West Coast mushroom pickers say it’s less busy this year

COVID-19 reduces interest in what has otherwise been a good season

Thaddeus Lenover kisses his mushroom picking partner Teagan Evans on the cheek after a rainy day out in the woods harvesting wild mushrooms. (Nora O'Malley photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury raise their marine debris buckets to eliminating single-use plastics and creating a thriving Canadian circular economy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Canada’s plastic restrictions viewed a win for the West Coast

“This is a victory for the ongoing history of environmental activism on the West Coast.”

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury raise their marine debris buckets to eliminating single-use plastics and creating a thriving Canadian circular economy. (Nora O’Malley photo)
On Sept. 22, 2020, the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed arrest warrants on seven adults from Ucluelet. (Westerly File photo)

Seven Vancouver Island residents face drug, weapons charges after year-long RCMP operation

Ucluelet RCMP, Vancouver Island GIS target opioid drug trade

On Sept. 22, 2020, the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed arrest warrants on seven adults from Ucluelet. (Westerly File photo)
On September 22, 2020, the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed arrest warrants on seven adults from Ucluelet. During their arrest further seizures were made and additional charges are being recommended for two of the suspects. (Westerly File photo)

Ucluelet RCMP and Vancouver Island GIS drug trafficking investigation leads to arrests

Trafficking and weapons charges were approved against seven adults from Ucluelet

On September 22, 2020, the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed arrest warrants on seven adults from Ucluelet. During their arrest further seizures were made and additional charges are being recommended for two of the suspects. (Westerly File photo)
Fish for the Future event host Matt Dawson cheers alongside the tournament’s winner Mikayla Nikiforuk on Sept. 27. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Willie Mitchell’s Fish for the Future catch-and-release derby nets $60,000 for wild salmon

“I liked releasing the fish because I know there are not that many salmon left.”

Fish for the Future event host Matt Dawson cheers alongside the tournament’s winner Mikayla Nikiforuk on Sept. 27. (Nora O’Malley photo)