Nora O'Malley

West Coast Aquatic Safaris delivers ‘almost live’ footage of a whale tour to a group of Easter Seals campers on July 22. (West Coast Aquatic Safaris photo)

West Coast company brings virtual whale watching experience to youth with disabilities

About 40 Easter Seals BC/Yukon children, youth and adults with disabilities were…

West Coast Aquatic Safaris delivers ‘almost live’ footage of a whale tour to a group of Easter Seals campers on July 22. (West Coast Aquatic Safaris photo)
This photo of the deceased harbour porpoise on Ucluelet’s Big Beach high tide line was taken on July 22, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

DFO reports unusually high whale mortalities in 2020

“It’s so important to have all these eyes and ears in the community reporting these deaths.”

This photo of the deceased harbour porpoise on Ucluelet’s Big Beach high tide line was taken on July 22, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Place co-owners Ada Dougan and Dave Taron celebrate 25 years of service in this photo from 1991. (Submitted photo)

After 43 years, The Place in Ucluelet closing its doors

Dave Taron ending his 43-year run as the West Coast’s furniture and electronics guy

The Place co-owners Ada Dougan and Dave Taron celebrate 25 years of service in this photo from 1991. (Submitted photo)
Health Canada is recalling certain hand sanitizers that may pose a health risks to Canadians. (Pixabay photo)

COVID-19: Health Canada recalls 23 hand sanitizers brands

Multiple types of unauthorized industrial-grade ethanol have been found in hand sanitizer products

Health Canada is recalling certain hand sanitizers that may pose a health risks to Canadians. (Pixabay photo)
Big Beach parties spark concern in Ucluelet

Big Beach parties spark concern in Ucluelet

“You find needles, left over party debris, bottles and still burning fires.”

Big Beach parties spark concern in Ucluelet
The Priestley family has put their resort at Ucluelet’s tranquil Terrace Beach on the market. (Nora O’Malley photo)

TV star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

The Priestley family has put their resort at Ucluelet’s tranquil Terrace Beach on the market. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Cissie the Texas Heeler plays ball with owner Leverne Duckmanton. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet dedicates off-leash dog park

‘Dogs need a space to run’

Cissie the Texas Heeler plays ball with owner Leverne Duckmanton. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jamie’s Whaling Station will not be reopening this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jamie’s)

COVID-19: Jamie’s Whaling Station to remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season

The decision applies to the Tofino and Ucluelet whale watching adventure centres

Jamie’s Whaling Station will not be reopening this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jamie’s)
Tla-o-qui-aht elder Levi Martin says a prayer for the RCMP at the vigil for Chantel Moore in Tofino on June 18. Martin said he hopes the relationship that Indigenous people have with the RCMP can change. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation wants murder charge laid against police officer who shot Chantel Moore

‘No one needs to give up their life on a wellness check’, reads a statement from the First Nation

Tla-o-qui-aht elder Levi Martin says a prayer for the RCMP at the vigil for Chantel Moore in Tofino on June 18. Martin said he hopes the relationship that Indigenous people have with the RCMP can change. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A red-sail skiff in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Westerly File photo)

Mobile app ‘Sailing Plan’ replaces leaving a note

“Time matters when a boat is overdue.”

A red-sail skiff in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Westerly File photo)
Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19 the final cut for longtime Tofino hair studio

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Clinical counsellor Tara Souch stretches before her morning run, a practice she took up when the pandemic closed studios and gyms. (Submitted photo)

Pacific Rim Hospice Society gifting free wellness “check-ins” to all West Coast residents

“This pandemic has led to a lot of isolation and it’s helpful for anybody just to have a soundboard.”

Clinical counsellor Tara Souch stretches before her morning run, a practice she took up when the pandemic closed studios and gyms. (Submitted photo)
In this past and present photo, an interesting seaplane docks near the fishing boats at the Government Wharf as a curious crowd looks on. The Royal Canadian Air Force set up a seaplane base in Ucluelet during the Second World War. (Ucluelet and Area Historical Society & On This Spot Enterprises photo)

Stroll through Ucluelet’s history with the free ‘On This Spot’ app

Educational exercise is split into two unique tours and delivered with stunning ‘now and then’ photos

In this past and present photo, an interesting seaplane docks near the fishing boats at the Government Wharf as a curious crowd looks on. The Royal Canadian Air Force set up a seaplane base in Ucluelet during the Second World War. (Ucluelet and Area Historical Society & On This Spot Enterprises photo)
An artist rendering of the Ucluelet Secondary School from the corner of Peninsula and Matterson. (M3 Architecture Inc. image)

Construction work begins on seismic upgrades at Ucluelet Secondary School

The first phase of the $45 million project involves levelling an area for the new academic block

An artist rendering of the Ucluelet Secondary School from the corner of Peninsula and Matterson. (M3 Architecture Inc. image)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)

Ucluelet fish plant looking to fill 100 jobs

Firm’s first choice is employ locals, but process already underway for foreign workers to fill spots

UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino businesses grapple with what’s to come in a summer without tourists

“We are not going to be as busy as we were. People aren’t going to travel like there were.”

Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet’s major fish processing plant cautiously re-opens

Plant and transport safety precautions established to limit chances of COVID-19

Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Chef Dustin Riley nurses a cold can of Lucky Lager in his empty Ucluelet restaurant ‘The Blue Room’ over Easter long weekend. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Sinking Vancouver Island small businesses say aid package too little, too late

Rent abatement and cash up front is needed, say owners

Chef Dustin Riley nurses a cold can of Lucky Lager in his empty Ucluelet restaurant ‘The Blue Room’ over Easter long weekend. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Toquaht chief Anne Mack addresses the crowd at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Secret Beach Marina last June. (Westerly file photo)

Vancouver Island West Coast First Nations giving emergency cash benefit to members

‘One of the things the government wants to do is ensure the needs of the people are met’

Toquaht chief Anne Mack addresses the crowd at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Secret Beach Marina last June. (Westerly file photo)