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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)
Black Press media file

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

Black Press media file
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)
Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay

Scary secrets: counting down 10 ‘hidden gem’ horror movies to watch on Halloween

Quite a few of these are terrifying films that will scare the living daylights out of you

Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay
Trees down on the Frigon Road to Port Alice after a 2020 windstorm. (David Burnett | Facebook)

Severe windstorm forecast for portions of Vancouver Island

These winds may cause damage to exposed coastal sections

Trees down on the Frigon Road to Port Alice after a 2020 windstorm. (David Burnett | Facebook)
Screenshot of Tri-Port Minor Hockey Association website.

Island hockey organization giving cold shoulder to COVID restriction scofflaws

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association makes volunteer vaccinations mandatory

Screenshot of Tri-Port Minor Hockey Association website.
Port Hardy Fire Rescue on scene at Highland Manor. (PHFR - Adam Harding photo)

Port Hardy Fire Rescue knocks down another late night apartment fire

Damage was limited mostly to the exterior of a single unit at Highland Manor

Port Hardy Fire Rescue on scene at Highland Manor. (PHFR - Adam Harding photo)
Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt working on the 30-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: New Coast Guard station totem making a statement on the North Island

Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt’s latest pole is taking shape outside Port Hardy

Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt working on the 30-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Kwakiutl Chief and Elder Rupert Wilson Sr. (Facebook photo)

Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs honours the passing of Kwakiutl Chief Rupert Wilson Sr.

Wilson remembered as a ‘warrior spirit’ and a strong advocate for Indigenous rights

Kwakiutl Chief and Elder Rupert Wilson Sr. (Facebook photo)
Dr. Prean Armogam has lived and worked in the Town of Port McNeill for the last 15 years. (Dr. Prean Armogam photo)

Veteran doctor says good progress being made in Port McNeill health transition

Dr. Pream Armogam plans to continue working in the community in a reduced role

Dr. Prean Armogam has lived and worked in the Town of Port McNeill for the last 15 years. (Dr. Prean Armogam photo)
The 14-metre vessel fully engulfed in flames. (MARPAC photo)

Vessel catches fire and sinks off northern Vancouver Island, two passengers saved

A 14-metre vessel went up in the flames and sank off northern…

The 14-metre vessel fully engulfed in flames. (MARPAC photo)