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North Island MLA Michele Babchuk and her Constituency Assistant Fred Robertson stopped in at the North Island Gazette building for an interview. Babchuk's North Island office is located at the old Robert Scott School. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

MLA Michele Babchuk talks all things North Island

Babchuk was elected to office in October of last year

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk and her Constituency Assistant Fred Robertson stopped in at the North Island Gazette building for an interview. Babchuk's North Island office is located at the old Robert Scott School. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
An aerial view of Kyuquot. (Photo courtesy, Walters Cove Resort)

RCMP called after decomposed body found by cleanup crew on Vancouver Island

Remains ‘very old’, BC Coroners Service investigating

An aerial view of Kyuquot. (Photo courtesy, Walters Cove Resort)
St. Michael’s residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (File photo)

B.C. First Nation to search for unmarked residential school burial grounds in Alert Bay

On Vancouver Island, there are 202 children known to have died at 5 schools

St. Michael’s residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (File photo)
BC Hydro photo

North Island rides out hottest day of the year with a 21-hour power outage

Heat didn’t cause damage to transmission pole, but it hampered efforts to find the problem

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Town of Port McNeill Community Planning Facebook photo

Port McNeill council apologizes, cancels Canada Day celebrations

Town reverses initial decision to proceed with celebration after community backlash

Town of Port McNeill Community Planning Facebook photo
Port Alice municipal office. (Debra Lynn photo)

Port Alice council votes to cancel Canada Day celebrations

The decision was made out of respect for Indigenous communities across Canada who are grieving

Port Alice municipal office. (Debra Lynn photo)
Alert Bay on a beautiful sunny day. (Alertbay.ca photo)

Alert Bay council cancels Canada Day celebrations

The decision was made in wake of the mass graves being found at former residential schools

Alert Bay on a beautiful sunny day. (Alertbay.ca photo)
Port Hardy council has agreed to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of the discovery of the remains of 215 children being found on the grounds of a former residential school. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Port Hardy cancels Canada Day celebrations in wake of Kamloops mass grave site revelation

Coun. Treena Smith made the motion for the chamber to not host Canada Day celebrations this year

Port Hardy council has agreed to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of the discovery of the remains of 215 children being found on the grounds of a former residential school. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Photo courtesy of Captain Ben Collin, 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron.

Comox rescue squadron flies through poor weather to rescue ill patient near Port Hardy

The fog turned out to be no match for the squadron’s skilled search and rescue technicians

Photo courtesy of Captain Ben Collin, 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron.
The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since shutting down production in 2015. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Abandoned Port Alice pulp mill decommissioning costs double to nearly $40 million

Court approves request for increased funding by Neucel bankruptcy manager PricewaterhouseCoopers

The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since shutting down production in 2015. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
RDMW signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Another all-day power outage scheduled for North Island

Outage tentatively set for July 15 will impact all North Island communities

RDMW signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Video screenshot of Dr. Prean Armogam speaking about Island Health’s new clinic in Port McNeill.

VIDEO: Long-time Port McNeill doctor weighs in on new clinic run by Island Health

Dr. Armogam tells all in 14-minute video interview with Bill McQuarrie

Video screenshot of Dr. Prean Armogam speaking about Island Health’s new clinic in Port McNeill.
Port Alberni police dog 'Jammer' helped catch alleged drug traffickers in Port McNeill. (RCMP supplied photo)

Port Alberni police dog ‘Jammer’ catches alleged drug traffickers in Port McNeill

During the search officers located and seized large quantity of suspected cocaine

Port Alberni police dog 'Jammer' helped catch alleged drug traffickers in Port McNeill. (RCMP supplied photo)
Marzipan the baby seal after being rescued in Coal Harbour. (Alyssa Berube photo)
Marzipan the baby seal after being rescued in Coal Harbour. (Alyssa Berube photo)
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Port Hardy RCMP officers plunge into ocean to save woman from drowning

Pair of Mounties acted quickly to rescue distraught woman

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Quatse, the abandoned sea otter pup who was rescued in Port Hardy. (Marine Mammal Rescue Centre photo)

DFO says Quatse the sea otter pup can’t be released, will now live at aquarium

Quatse has been moved to a habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium

Quatse, the abandoned sea otter pup who was rescued in Port Hardy. (Marine Mammal Rescue Centre photo)
Registered nurse Jessica Hawley-MacLeod and Dr. Molly Marin are currently offering botox and dermal fillers at the Port Hardy medical clinic. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Pair determined to smooth out the wrinkles in Port Hardy with botox and dermal fillers

‘Our true goal is just to help people feel good about themselves’

Registered nurse Jessica Hawley-MacLeod and Dr. Molly Marin are currently offering botox and dermal fillers at the Port Hardy medical clinic. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
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Island Health announces two doctors, new clinic space for Port McNeill

Island Health has leased space to use as an immediate clinic location to avert health crisis

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A boat caught on fire this morning (May 11) in Port Hardy. (Adam Harding/Port Hardy Fire Rescue Facebook photo)

Fishing boat catches fire in Port Hardy, owner’s quick thinking puts out flames

The incident is a good reminder to always have a working fire extinguisher onboard your boat

A boat caught on fire this morning (May 11) in Port Hardy. (Adam Harding/Port Hardy Fire Rescue Facebook photo)
The medical clinic building in Port McNeill. (Bill McQuarrie photo)

Solution pending to Port McNeill health care uncertainty?

The town appears to be ‘closer to a new and sustainable medical model for our town’

The medical clinic building in Port McNeill. (Bill McQuarrie photo)