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A 58-foot vessel caught fire between Malcolm Island and Port McNeill. (Deb Waslewski / Sointula, Malcolm Island Sharing Community & Area Information Facebook photo)

58-foot vessel catches fire and sinks between Malcolm Island and Port McNeill

One person aboard was rescued by coast guard’s emergency fast rescue craft

A 58-foot vessel caught fire between Malcolm Island and Port McNeill. (Deb Waslewski / Sointula, Malcolm Island Sharing Community & Area Information Facebook photo)
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10 unique and romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

This list goes out to all of you who are homebound on Valentine’s Day

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North Island teacher’s union president talks functional closures and why they happen

School District 85 is still struggling to hire teachers in remote and rural areas

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A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)

Bear cub rescued in Port Alice a good candidate for rehabilitation

Little Alice is in the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre and is expected to return to the wild

A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)
North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)

Northern Vancouver Island high school announces ‘functional closure’

‘This closure is due to the shortage of staff and the inability to cover these staff shortages’

North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)
Vancouver Island COVID-19 cases for the week of Jan. 2-8. (BCCDC photo)

North Island’s COVID-19 cases jump from 29 to 54 during first week of January

The BCCDC releases the weekly COVID-19 case numbers every Wednesday

Vancouver Island COVID-19 cases for the week of Jan. 2-8. (BCCDC photo)
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Port McNeill gas station robbed at gunpoint by man in yellow rain gear

The suspect ran from the scene in the direction of the RCMP detachment

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With eggnog only: Terrible Christmas movies you’ll want to avoid this season

North Island Gazette editor Tyson Whitney watched these ‘classics’ so you don’t have to

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More signs at the rally. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: Stand Up For Forestry Rally takes over downtown area of ‘Tree Farming Country’

Tamara Meggitt says old growth deferral will have socio economic impacts on rural communities

More signs at the rally. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
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Pedestrian airlifted in critical condition after being struck by vehicle in Port Hardy

Victim hospitalized down-Island, neither speed nor alcohol considered factors in the incident

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A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)

Black bear cub rescued from tree in Port Alice, taken to wildlife centre

Goal is to release the animal safely back into the wild

A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)
There were 33 COVID-19 cases in the Woss-north health area last week. (BCCDC photo)

North Island’s weekly COVID-19 case numbers drop from 73 to 33

School District 85 has two schools in the health area listed with potential exposure dates

There were 33 COVID-19 cases in the Woss-north health area last week. (BCCDC photo)
Dr. Charmaine Enns, the North Island medical health officer, recently addressed pandemic concerns during an online meeting with parents of schoolchildren. (Comox Valley Record file photo)

Household and family clusters blamed for surge in North Island COVID-19 cases

North Island Medical Health Officer speaks out on ‘uptick,’ urges vaccination

Dr. Charmaine Enns, the North Island medical health officer, recently addressed pandemic concerns during an online meeting with parents of schoolchildren. (Comox Valley Record file photo)
Northern Vancouver Island (Woss-north) has 73 cases of COVID-19 for the week of Nov. 7-13. (BCCDC photo)

Northern Vancouver Island’s weekly COVID-19 cases leap from 32 to 73

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control released new data on Wednesday, Nov. 17

Northern Vancouver Island (Woss-north) has 73 cases of COVID-19 for the week of Nov. 7-13. (BCCDC photo)
VI North region has 32 cases for the week of Oct. 31-Nov.6. (bccdc.ca map)

North Island’s weekly COVID-19 case count skyrockets from 1 to 32

Port Hardy’s Kwa’lilas Hotel suspends operations, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation locks down

VI North region has 32 cases for the week of Oct. 31-Nov.6. (bccdc.ca map)
Takush (Smith Inlet), north of Vancouver Island on the mainland is the traditional homeland of the Gwa’sala Nation.

North Island First Nation blasts DFO for ignoring its herring fishery advice

Fish count confirms concerns Gwa’sala- ‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation launched failed court action over

Takush (Smith Inlet), north of Vancouver Island on the mainland is the traditional homeland of the Gwa’sala Nation.
Bruce Dirom holding up the packaged smoked fish. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Island’s Hardy Buoys fish firm automates part of production line to help meet goals

Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. has been in business in Port Hardy since 1994

Bruce Dirom holding up the packaged smoked fish. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Elementary School will be closed until Monday, Nov. 8 due to most of the students being unvaccinated. (www.gwanaknations.ca photo)

North Island First Nation extends shutdown due to increase in COVID-19 exposures

‘Please avoid gatherings of any kind and spend time only with your immediate household’

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Elementary School will be closed until Monday, Nov. 8 due to most of the students being unvaccinated. (www.gwanaknations.ca photo)
Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Elementary School will be closed until Monday, Nov. 8 due to most of the students being unvaccinated. (www.gwanaknations.ca photo)

North Island First Nation announces 48-hour shutdown due to COVID-19

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation exposure-related services halt begins tonight

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Elementary School will be closed until Monday, Nov. 8 due to most of the students being unvaccinated. (www.gwanaknations.ca photo)
Mervyn Child was busy carving the second 17-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: Kwakiutl artist finishing up ‘retirement’ totem poles for new coast guard depot

Stan Hunt is carving Port Hardy totem poles side by side with Mervyn Child and Ray Dickie

Mervyn Child was busy carving the second 17-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)