Tyson Whitney

Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)

Overnight emergency room closures continue to occur at the Port Hardy Hospital

Island Health acknowledged this is not an ideal situation for the community

Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)
District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

3 per cent pay raise approved for Port Hardy mayor and councillors

The mayor of the District of Port Hardy will be paid an annual indemnity of $30,120

District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)
The entrance to the Port Hardy swimming pool. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy awards contract for liner installation at dormant indoor swimming pool

The pool has been closed for much needed repairs since June of 2021

The entrance to the Port Hardy swimming pool. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray tours a Mowi Canada West salmon farm on Oct. 14 where she was hosted by the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations whose territory the farm is located in. (Supplied photo)

Coalition of First Nations for thanks fisheries minister for fish farming consultation

Group believes fish farming is a progressive industry that, when done responsibly, can be beneficial

Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray tours a Mowi Canada West salmon farm on Oct. 14 where she was hosted by the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations whose territory the farm is located in. (Supplied photo)
A young female Humpback whale named ‘Spike’ was found dead off Malcolm Island. (Jared Towers photo)

Young female humpback whale ‘Spike’ found dead off Malcolm Island

MERS said it currently does not know the whale’s cause of death

A young female Humpback whale named ‘Spike’ was found dead off Malcolm Island. (Jared Towers photo)
Keltic Seafoods in Port Hardy. (Keltic Facebook photo)

Employee owned Keltic Seafoods has been bought out by the Pacific Seafood Group

The full leadership team will continue with Mickey Flanagan still serving in the role of CEO

Keltic Seafoods in Port Hardy. (Keltic Facebook photo)
Sammy-Sander/Pixabay photo

10 more ‘Hidden Gem’ horror movies to watch this Halloween

Many great and entertaining horror films often end up flying under the radar, which is a real shame

Sammy-Sander/Pixabay photo
Black Press Media file

North Island emergency rooms continue to face overnight closures

Island Health is working on recruitment and strategies to secure additional nursing coverage

Black Press Media file
James Furney is the new mayor for Port McNeill. (Supplied photo)

Port McNeill elects new mayor and two new councillors

This will be James Furney’s first term as mayor

James Furney is the new mayor for Port McNeill. (Supplied photo)
Kevin Cameron will be back as mayor in Port Alice for his second term. (Supplied photo)

Kevin Cameron voted in for second term as Port Alice mayor

As for Port Alice council, four candidates were already acclaimed to office

Kevin Cameron will be back as mayor in Port Alice for his second term. (Supplied photo)
Ian Hill gives the thumbs up as he gets ready to cast his vote. Candy Nomeland, who had already voted, does the same while Chief Administrative Officer Heather Nelson-Smith welcomes residents. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

‘Smooth sailing’ so far for District of Port Hardy’s municipal office on voting day

Everyone was able to go inside quickly and vote for their favourite local candidates

Ian Hill gives the thumbs up as he gets ready to cast his vote. Candy Nomeland, who had already voted, does the same while Chief Administrative Officer Heather Nelson-Smith welcomes residents. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy raised $16,000 for Tour de Rock this year. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride kicks off in the North Island

RCMP Cst. Kyle Dornan had half of his head shaved and was given a $16,000 cheque

Port Hardy raised $16,000 for Tour de Rock this year. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Quatsino First Nation’s community hall was full on Tuesday evening as BHP made a public apology to the nation regarding the Island Copper Mine’s operations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Global firm apologizes to Quatsino First Nation for damage caused by Island Copper Mine

Decommissioned open pit mine was located in Quatsino First Nation traditional territory

Quatsino First Nation’s community hall was full on Tuesday evening as BHP made a public apology to the nation regarding the Island Copper Mine’s operations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Apprentice carver Rey Dickie and master carver Stan Hunt stand next to the log that will be carved into a monument to remember Indigenous children who died at residential schools. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

North Island carvers creating monument to children found in unmarked graves

The monument will be toured across Vancouver Island before being shipped to Vancouver

Apprentice carver Rey Dickie and master carver Stan Hunt stand next to the log that will be carved into a monument to remember Indigenous children who died at residential schools. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy municipal hall. (North Island Gazette file photo)

More candidates come forward, District of Port Hardy will be holding an election

Port Hardy now has eight people running for six councillor positions

Port Hardy municipal hall. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Gate House Theatre President Gord Oppen at the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards in Victoria. (Submitted photo)

Port McNeill’s Gate House Theatre receives Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award

The Gate House Theatre doesn’t have any paid employees and is run by a volunteer board

Gate House Theatre President Gord Oppen at the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards in Victoria. (Submitted photo)
Black Press Media File

Puppy still missing after boats collide in dense fog off North Island

A four month old Golden Retriever puppy was lost during the collision and has not been found

Black Press Media File
Dr. Prean Armogam is speaking out on the North Island health-care crisis. (Prean Armogam photo)

North Island doctor speaks out on the region’s unfolding health-care crisis

Dr. Armogam acknowledged there is a serious staffing shortage currently going on across Canada

Dr. Prean Armogam is speaking out on the North Island health-care crisis. (Prean Armogam photo)
A black bear caught in a trap in Port Alice near the end of August. (Brian Grover/Port Alice News and Views Facebook photo)

Four bears killed this month in Port Alice, here’s why

Conservation officers euthanize 4 animals habituated to gorging on village’s overflowing dumpsters

A black bear caught in a trap in Port Alice near the end of August. (Brian Grover/Port Alice News and Views Facebook photo)
North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. (Photo supplied)

Provincial funds will help support unhoused people in Campbell River and the North Island

The projects will include services such as outreach and mental health supports

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. (Photo supplied)