Nora O'Malley

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)
From the bow of a traditional dugout canoe, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Tsimka Martin greets over 30 vessels floating for the protection of wild salmon. “The coho are starting to head up for their migration up the rivers now so send them some good energy,” Martin calls out over the megaphone. Martin says DFO is not doing what is right for wild salmon. She wants the organization to recognize that sea lice and diseases are deadly, and to remove salmon farms. (Nora O’Malley photo)

PHOTOS: Tofino flotilla for salmon

Water demonstration sheds light on controversial fish farming in B.C.

From the bow of a traditional dugout canoe, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Tsimka Martin greets over 30 vessels floating for the protection of wild salmon. “The coho are starting to head up for their migration up the rivers now so send them some good energy,” Martin calls out over the megaphone. Martin says DFO is not doing what is right for wild salmon. She wants the organization to recognize that sea lice and diseases are deadly, and to remove salmon farms. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island Indigenous leaders support B.C. plan for old forest preservation

More than 260,000 hectares in Clayoquot Sound mapped for immediate old growth harvesting deferral

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Submitted photo)
Richmond couple Wilbert Syjuico and Kaman Lai embrace after getting engaged in Ucluelet last week. (Jen McLeod photo)

Extravagant marriage proposal in Ucluelet

“It was such a dream. He brought a dream to life. No one does this anymore.”

Richmond couple Wilbert Syjuico and Kaman Lai embrace after getting engaged in Ucluelet last week. (Jen McLeod photo)
The Western Sandpiper is a pint-sized shorebird that can be seen walking along the mudflats probing for worms or feeding on the delicious layer of green goo that sits on top of the mud. (Catherine Jardine photo)

Offleash dogs put shorebirds resting on Tofino beaches in jeopardy

“It’s a free-for-all. Most of the violators are locals, I believe, but there are visitors as well.”

The Western Sandpiper is a pint-sized shorebird that can be seen walking along the mudflats probing for worms or feeding on the delicious layer of green goo that sits on top of the mud. (Catherine Jardine photo)
Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser won’t seek re-election

Fraser one of two MLAs to announce intentions as election rumours swirl in B.C.

Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
In 2019, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District installed this gate on the gravel road that leads to the West Coast landfill to mitigate illegal dumping. The gate is locked when the landfill closes. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Gates considered as visitors and campers disrupt West Coast watershed

Tofino-Ucluelet residents reflect on solutions to clean up backroads issues around Kennedy Lake

In 2019, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District installed this gate on the gravel road that leads to the West Coast landfill to mitigate illegal dumping. The gate is locked when the landfill closes. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo about a month ago of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet RCMP increase patrol at Kennedy watershed

“There’s no social distancing and there is a lot of drugs; total destruction of the environment.”

A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo about a month ago of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)
Is this the future or the past? Marketing VP Trina Notman and Hotel Zed Tofino GM Britt Chalmers lean on the hood of a 1970s Kingswood Estate Chevy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Hotel Zed opens in Tofino

Tofino’s newest resort is a 1970s time capsule

Is this the future or the past? Marketing VP Trina Notman and Hotel Zed Tofino GM Britt Chalmers lean on the hood of a 1970s Kingswood Estate Chevy. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The view of Cox Bay Beach from the Maltby Road entrance, any given day in August. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Disgruntled Tofino residents say visitors turning town into a free-for-all

Some West Coast residents angered by perceived lack of bylaw enforcement

The view of Cox Bay Beach from the Maltby Road entrance, any given day in August. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tom Stewart palms the first print copy of his book Under Big-Hearted Skies. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino writer releases memoir about adventure and working in Canada’s backcountry

New author’s book tops Amazon’s Best Seller list in its first week

Tom Stewart palms the first print copy of his book Under Big-Hearted Skies. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet councillor and Community Paramedic Rachelle Cole gets a Bhangra lesson from Gurdeep Pandher on Aug. 11. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet councillor and Community Paramedic Rachelle Cole gets a Bhangra lesson from Gurdeep Pandher on Aug. 11. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Owner of Tofino Sea Kayaking Natasha Baert-Hockin stands in front of an array of Tribal Parks souvenirs at her kayak centre. The longtime Tribal Parks supporter says if Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation hadn’t opened their territory to tourism, her business would have had to shut down. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation asks Tofino businesses for support as emergency funding runs dry

“We need to pay for the work they do. It’s such important work.”

Owner of Tofino Sea Kayaking Natasha Baert-Hockin stands in front of an array of Tribal Parks souvenirs at her kayak centre. The longtime Tribal Parks supporter says if Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation hadn’t opened their territory to tourism, her business would have had to shut down. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Meaghen McCord cradles a smoothhound shark (Mustelus mustelus). McCord achieved a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science, where she specialized in the stock assessment and fishery management of commercially fished sharks in South Africa. (Submitted photo)

B.C. marine ecologist wants Canada to sink its teeth into shark protection

Gulf Islands scientist says top predator under shocking threat from human behaviour

Meaghen McCord cradles a smoothhound shark (Mustelus mustelus). McCord achieved a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science, where she specialized in the stock assessment and fishery management of commercially fished sharks in South Africa. (Submitted photo)