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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)
Can you dig it? BMX rider and trail builder Dylan King jumps Ucluelet’s new BMX park on a beautiful autumn day. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

Can you dig it? BMX rider and trail builder Dylan King jumps Ucluelet’s new BMX park on a beautiful autumn day. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
PRINCESS OF THE PEAK: Tofino teen Keanna Hasz, 15, gets chaired off the beach by friends Jasmine Porter and Toby Theriault after winning the under-16 division of the tenth annual Queen of Peak. Hasz defeated Aqua Bruhwiler, Serena Porter, and Chloe Platenius to claim her first-ever Princess of the Peak title and a $500 prize purse. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

All-female surf contest has women and girls riding strong wave

Tofino hosts 10th annual Queen of the Peak Women’s Surfing Championships at Cox Bay

PRINCESS OF THE PEAK: Tofino teen Keanna Hasz, 15, gets chaired off the beach by friends Jasmine Porter and Toby Theriault after winning the under-16 division of the tenth annual Queen of Peak. Hasz defeated Aqua Bruhwiler, Serena Porter, and Chloe Platenius to claim her first-ever Princess of the Peak title and a $500 prize purse. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, said mumps is totally preventable with individuals who get vaccinated. (Westerly File Photo)

Mumps cluster on West Coast prompts vaccination reminder

Less than five cases of the mumps virus have been reported in the Tofino-Ucluelet area.

Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, said mumps is totally preventable with individuals who get vaccinated. (Westerly File Photo)
Tofino will be able to proceed with a $55 million wastewater treatment plant thanks to $40 million from the provincial and federal governments. (file photo)

$40 million to stop raw sewage from being pumped into Clayoquot Sound

Tofino receives federal and provincial grant for new sewage treatment plant

Tofino will be able to proceed with a $55 million wastewater treatment plant thanks to $40 million from the provincial and federal governments. (file photo)
Talia Corlazzoli and Matteo Ludlow bond a nameplate to one of the new cement crosses at the Ucluelet Cemetery with help from District staff Wanda McAvoy. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Vancouver Island students won’t let names of the fallen be forgotten

Pair navigate maps and scour archives over three years to give nameplates to nameless deceased

Talia Corlazzoli and Matteo Ludlow bond a nameplate to one of the new cement crosses at the Ucluelet Cemetery with help from District staff Wanda McAvoy. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Land use concept plan for Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods temporary staff housing for 13 Recreational Vehicles on the property at 1970 Harbour Crescent. (IMAGE FROM UCLUELET COUNCIL AGENDA)

Ucluelet approves RVs as temporary housing solution for fish plant workers

“We are hoping for the best. Everybody has to support each other here.”

Land use concept plan for Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods temporary staff housing for 13 Recreational Vehicles on the property at 1970 Harbour Crescent. (IMAGE FROM UCLUELET COUNCIL AGENDA)
Daniel Greenwood and Mathilde Gordon fly the flag ‘Seize Change’ at Ucluelet’s Otter Street dock. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Young Aussie sailors ‘re-framing the face of adventure’

Their single-use plastic free circumnavigation of Vancouver Island began on May 25 in Nanaimo.

Daniel Greenwood and Mathilde Gordon fly the flag ‘Seize Change’ at Ucluelet’s Otter Street dock. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
BRONZED: Tofino surfer Mathea Dempfle-Olin balances on the nose of her longboard during the last day of surf competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dempfle-Olin went on to win a historic bronze medal in the women’s longboard division. Her podium performance marks Canada’s first-ever surfing medal at the Pan Am Games. (Pablo Jiménez Photo)

Island surfer wins historic medal for Canada

Tofino’s Mathea Dempfle-Olin wins bronze at Pan Am Games

BRONZED: Tofino surfer Mathea Dempfle-Olin balances on the nose of her longboard during the last day of surf competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dempfle-Olin went on to win a historic bronze medal in the women’s longboard division. Her podium performance marks Canada’s first-ever surfing medal at the Pan Am Games. (Pablo Jiménez Photo)
A surf school catches white waves at Wickaninnish Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Earlier in July, a surfer said he saw a large shark while enjoying a session way out back past the white waves. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Vancouver Island surfer watches 12-foot shark circle under his board

Sighting comes as salmon sharks gather in unusual numbers off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

A surf school catches white waves at Wickaninnish Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Earlier in July, a surfer said he saw a large shark while enjoying a session way out back past the white waves. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
This cougar was seen on July 31 in the back bay area of Hot Springs Cove near Tofino. B.C. conservation officer Sergeant Stuart Bates said, due to the extreme remoteness of the location, it is quite possible that the cougar has never seen a human before in its life. He said cougar attacks are extremely rare. (Image courtesy of Michael Antonakos)

VIDEO: cougar stalks cabin perimeter on Island’s west coast

Cougar advisory issued for Hot Springs Cove near Tofino after scary incident

This cougar was seen on July 31 in the back bay area of Hot Springs Cove near Tofino. B.C. conservation officer Sergeant Stuart Bates said, due to the extreme remoteness of the location, it is quite possible that the cougar has never seen a human before in its life. He said cougar attacks are extremely rare. (Image courtesy of Michael Antonakos)