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Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island carpenter builds the ultimate tree fort

East Sooke Treehouse takes flight as an Airbnb

  • Apr 19, 2021
Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
Sooke author Beverley Elliott is bringing awareness to autism with her newly published book, Greyson’s Shoes. This is the first book Elliott has published, but she intends to create more in the future. (Photo courtesy of Beverly Elliott)

Sooke author shines light on autism in new children’s book

Beverley Elliott hopes book can be used as tool to bring awareness and understanding around autism

  • Apr 19, 2021
Sooke author Beverley Elliott is bringing awareness to autism with her newly published book, Greyson’s Shoes. This is the first book Elliott has published, but she intends to create more in the future. (Photo courtesy of Beverly Elliott)
The City of Victoria recently opened protected two-way bike lanes on Harbour Road, linking the Galloping Goose Trail with the Johnson Street bridge. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Drivesmart: Bicycle lanes aren’t going away, so know the rules

Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself and others safe

  • Apr 19, 2021
The City of Victoria recently opened protected two-way bike lanes on Harbour Road, linking the Galloping Goose Trail with the Johnson Street bridge. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
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Orcas: Our Shared Future finally surfaces at Royal B.C. Museum

Museum dives into the world of the killer whale as delayed feature exhibition now open

  • Apr 17, 2021
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Valen a student of Coldstream Elementary writes advice for adults amid a pandemic.

‘We can get rid of COVID together’: B.C. kids share heartwarming advice

Elementary students share their wisdom to adults in unprecedented times

  • Apr 17, 2021
Valen a student of Coldstream Elementary writes advice for adults amid a pandemic.
(Police handout/Kamloops RCMP)

B.C. man dies in custody awaiting trial for Valentine’s Day robbery, kidnapping spree

Robert James Rennie, who was on the Kamloops RCMP’s most wanted list, passed away at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Coquitlam

  • Apr 17, 2021
(Police handout/Kamloops RCMP)
Christmas party for the Chemainus Writers at Ma Maison in Saltair in December 2019 was the last before COVID. The group normally does both a Christmas and a summer party. From left: Bernice Ramsdin-Firth, Lois Peterson, Liz Forbes, Tom Masters, Mary Anne Hajer, Mary Nelson, Sylvia Holt. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus Writers — the group — turning 20 years old

New chapter being written after more than a dozen published books and numerous gatherings

  • Apr 17, 2021
Christmas party for the Chemainus Writers at Ma Maison in Saltair in December 2019 was the last before COVID. The group normally does both a Christmas and a summer party. From left: Bernice Ramsdin-Firth, Lois Peterson, Liz Forbes, Tom Masters, Mary Anne Hajer, Mary Nelson, Sylvia Holt. (Photo submitted)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip wave goodbye to the crowd at Vancouver International Airport in October 2002. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam)

Peers: Remembering dinner with the Queen and Prince Philip

Royal couple visited Victoria for Commonwealth Games banquet in 1994

  • Apr 17, 2021
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip wave goodbye to the crowd at Vancouver International Airport in October 2002. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam)
Tyler Turner competes in a Para Snowboard World Cup event in Colere, Italy. Photo contributed

Campbell River snowboarder tops podium in international debut

Tyler Turner wins Gold at his first-ever Para Snowboard World Cup in Colere, ITA

  • Apr 16, 2021
Tyler Turner competes in a Para Snowboard World Cup event in Colere, Italy. Photo contributed
Upstream view of Strathcona Dam taken on April 13. Water flows are being passed downstream through the two turbines with the Strathcona Generating Station. BC Hydro photo

Campbell River has third-lowest BC Hydro watershed levels in the province

Precipitation in February, March and April all notably below average so far

  • Apr 16, 2021
Upstream view of Strathcona Dam taken on April 13. Water flows are being passed downstream through the two turbines with the Strathcona Generating Station. BC Hydro photo
The colourful Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly has been reintroduced on Hornby Island, BC. Photo courtesy the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project.

Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project releases more caterpillars on Hornby Island

Chris Junck Special to Black Press The number of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies…

  • Apr 16, 2021
The colourful Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly has been reintroduced on Hornby Island, BC. Photo courtesy the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project.
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

GUEST COLUMN: A strategy for forests that benefits all British Columbians

Industry, union leaders seek balance on old-growth preservation

  • Apr 15, 2021
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)
A welcoming ceremony was held at the meeting of the SRD board April 14, where gifts were exchanged between KCFN Director Kevin Jules (left) and SRD Chair Brad Unger (right) to mark the historic occasion. Photo Submitted

Vancouver Island First Nation officially joins regional district as full member

Kyuquot Sound-based KCFN becomes part of the Strathcona Regional District

  • Apr 15, 2021
A welcoming ceremony was held at the meeting of the SRD board April 14, where gifts were exchanged between KCFN Director Kevin Jules (left) and SRD Chair Brad Unger (right) to mark the historic occasion. Photo Submitted
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)

Hul’q’umi’num street signs installed in downtown Duncan

Partnership with Cowichan Tribes sees English street names twinned with Indigenous language

  • Apr 14, 2021
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)

Joyce Walton

The sun was just beginning to rise when Joyce left us. Born…

  • Apr 14, 2021
The City of Nanaimo has adopted doughnut economics as a guiding principle in civic decision-making. (News Bulletin/stock photo)

Stewart: Putting ourselves inside the doughnut is the only rational position

Needs of the planet and needs of the people have to be better balanced

  • Apr 13, 2021
The City of Nanaimo has adopted doughnut economics as a guiding principle in civic decision-making. (News Bulletin/stock photo)

Bev (Bevy O’Bears) Kettlewell

Born in Vulcan, Alberta, July 18, 1940, Bev came from a large…

  • Apr 13, 2021

Dennis Joseph Nagy

October 2, 1944 - April 13, 2021In Loving Memory of Dennis Joseph…

  • Apr 13, 2021

Rosaire Parenteau

April 13, 20211929-2021 ~ Mr. Rosaire Maurice Parenteau of Innisfail, Alberta passed…

  • Apr 13, 2021
Author Eden Robinson poses for a portrait during an interview in Toronto, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Trickster trilogy author Eden Robinson hosts online conversation and reading

Haisla and Heiltsuk will join fans in event hosted by Vancouver Island Regional Library

  • Apr 12, 2021
Author Eden Robinson poses for a portrait during an interview in Toronto, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin