Nora O'Malley

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, with two Indigenous neighbourhoods located on Long Beach, has restricted access to residents only. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, with two Indigenous neighbourhoods located on Long Beach, has restricted access to residents only. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Tofino General Hospital on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tofino’s top doctor makes urgent appeal to new visitors

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and City of Port Alberni unite with West Coast communities.

The Tofino General Hospital on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
By order of the Prime Minister, Parks Canada closed beaches and public facilities in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this week in effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Ucluelet calls on visitors to postpone trips to the West Coast

“We recommend you delay your holidays until further notice.”

By order of the Prime Minister, Parks Canada closed beaches and public facilities in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this week in effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Nora O’Malley photo)
This traditional Nuu-chah-nulth totem pole carved by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David can be viewed at Tofino’s Anchor Park. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19: Tofino asks visitors to postpone trips, return home

“For now, please enjoy Tofino vicariously through images and your memories of past visits.”

This traditional Nuu-chah-nulth totem pole carved by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David can be viewed at Tofino’s Anchor Park. (Westerly file photo)
A wave breaks in front of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. (Black Rock photo)

COVID-19: Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort implements full closure

Wickaninnish Inn temporarily closes its doors to new arrivals and The Cabins closes for 30 days.

A wave breaks in front of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. (Black Rock photo)
Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations members stop visitors en route to Tofino and Ucluelet

Group at Sutton Pass not preventing traffic from coming in, but convincing some to turn around

Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Victoria-based demonstrator Abby Maxwell paints the words ‘Respect Wet’suwet’en Law’ on a banner destined for the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction signpost. Local First Nations and supporters occupied the Junction on March 8 for 24-hours. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Victoria-based demonstrator Abby Maxwell paints the words ‘Respect Wet’suwet’en Law’ on a banner destined for the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction signpost. Local First Nations and supporters occupied the Junction on March 8 for 24-hours. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Elected Tla-o-qui-aht councillor Terry Dorward leads a Feb. 10 solidarity march for Wet’suwet’en in Tofino. (Ian Ferreira photo)

Island First Nations councillor says ‘Hereditary chiefs have the ultimate power’

Ahousaht future hereditary chief Jaiden George explains Indigenous governance.

Elected Tla-o-qui-aht councillor Terry Dorward leads a Feb. 10 solidarity march for Wet’suwet’en in Tofino. (Ian Ferreira photo)
Tofino Poet Laureate Joanna Streetly holds a copy of her new historical album ‘Before the Road.’ (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino author’s new book reflects on life before Highway 4 ever existed

Poetry, stories and photos capture the roots of Tofino and Ucluelet

Tofino Poet Laureate Joanna Streetly holds a copy of her new historical album ‘Before the Road.’ (Nora O’Malley photo)
President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)

B.C.’s first ride-hailing app to launch in Tofino, Whistler in February

The Whistle! app will be available in Tofino on Feb.1 and in Whistler Feb. 6.

President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)
President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)

Vancouver Islander set to launch B.C.’s first ride-hailing app in Tofino

The Whistle! app will be available in Tofino on Feb.1 and in Whistler Feb. 6.

President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)
Local windsurfer Jesse Jared Cohen performs an off the lip aerial at South Chesterman Beach on Jan. 1,2020. (Natalie Weeks photo)

Vancouver Island windsurfers ride spectacular wave into the New Year

“I saw the forecast and went to bed well before midnight on New Year’s Eve to be up early.”

Local windsurfer Jesse Jared Cohen performs an off the lip aerial at South Chesterman Beach on Jan. 1,2020. (Natalie Weeks photo)
Jasmine Porter clutches a two tiered trophy in front of the San Clemente pier. Porter earned the prize for winning her first U16 girls shortboard division at a Dec. 8 Western Surfing Association event held in San Clemente. (Keanna Hasz photo)

Island surfer Jasmine Porter wins elite California competition

“People aren’t going to give you waves. You have to be pretty aggressive.”

Jasmine Porter clutches a two tiered trophy in front of the San Clemente pier. Porter earned the prize for winning her first U16 girls shortboard division at a Dec. 8 Western Surfing Association event held in San Clemente. (Keanna Hasz photo)
This Nov. 2019 aerial photo of Cermaq’s Binns fish farm shows the harmful algae bloom occurring. (Clayoquot Action photo)

Algae bloom kills over 200,000 farmed fish near Tofino

Month-long die-off appears to over, DFO and Cermaq confirm

This Nov. 2019 aerial photo of Cermaq’s Binns fish farm shows the harmful algae bloom occurring. (Clayoquot Action photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim’s youth co-ordinator Alys Hoyland, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury pack up the last of the worn out wetsuits with Far West Distributors team Scott Johnson and John De Vries on Nov.27. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Surfrider Pacific Rim hopes unique wetsuit recycling program stays local to the Coast

“We really want to see someone locally or regionally take this on and use this material locally.”

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s youth co-ordinator Alys Hoyland, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury pack up the last of the worn out wetsuits with Far West Distributors team Scott Johnson and John De Vries on Nov.27. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
‘Finding Solitude’ filmmakers Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg, left, and Jaiden George eagerly wait for ticket holders to take their seats at the Nov. 17 Ucluelet premiere of their short environmental film. The young duo held three sold out screenings over the weekend and raised about $1,500 for Ucluelet Secondary School’s Surfrider Youth Club. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

‘Finding Solitude’ film showcases Vancouver Island’s natural beauty

Young filmmakers combine in a dazzling work about protecting our lands

‘Finding Solitude’ filmmakers Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg, left, and Jaiden George eagerly wait for ticket holders to take their seats at the Nov. 17 Ucluelet premiere of their short environmental film. The young duo held three sold out screenings over the weekend and raised about $1,500 for Ucluelet Secondary School’s Surfrider Youth Club. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Four Cermaq Canada fish farm sites near Tofino are experiencing fish mortalities as a result of an algae bloom. (Westerly File Photo)

Algae bloom killing farmed fish on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

DFO says four Cermaq Canada salmon farms affected, fish not infectious

Four Cermaq Canada fish farm sites near Tofino are experiencing fish mortalities as a result of an algae bloom. (Westerly File Photo)
Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino and Ucluelet open zero-waste refill stations

Refilleries: a resource for being able to buy what you need with buying what you don’t

Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Pluvio owners chef Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey pose outside their Best New Restaurant located on Peninsula Road in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Canada’s fourth-best new restaurant found on the Pacific Rim

Ucluelet’s Pluvio Restaurant + Rooms earns a spot on Canada’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants

Pluvio owners chef Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey pose outside their Best New Restaurant located on Peninsula Road in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tofino mayor Josie Osborne, Return-It CEO Allen Langdon and Tofino Co-op GM Michael Tomilin officially open the province’s first Express & Go bottle return facility on Oct. 15. Located on Industrial Way, the small-format system allows residents to drop-off their pre-bagged returnables without sorting them. (Return-It Photo)

Unstaffed, solar-powered Tofino recycling centre one-of-a-kind for B.C.

New facility allows residents to drop-off pre-bagged recyclables without sorting them.

Tofino mayor Josie Osborne, Return-It CEO Allen Langdon and Tofino Co-op GM Michael Tomilin officially open the province’s first Express & Go bottle return facility on Oct. 15. Located on Industrial Way, the small-format system allows residents to drop-off their pre-bagged returnables without sorting them. (Return-It Photo)