Zoe Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Dex needs surgery after breaking his paw in the panic caused by an apartment fire. (Submitted)

Dog needs surgery after escaping burning North Island building

Fundraiser started for veterinarian costs after Dex breaks paw dropping from upper floor apartment

Dex needs surgery after breaking his paw in the panic caused by an apartment fire. (Submitted)
Michelle Lau with donations that have already been contributed for families kept away from home due to the Town Park Apartments fire. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)

Fundraiser started for tenants left hanging after Port Hardy apartment fire

Tenants not allowed back in to get personal items, so in need of clothes, food, gift cards

Michelle Lau with donations that have already been contributed for families kept away from home due to the Town Park Apartments fire. (Zoe Ducklow Photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)

Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)

Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Hecht Beach cabin in ashes. (Submitted)

Beloved secret cabin lost to fire on the North Island’s west coast

The trappers cabin was shared with locals, but kept mostly secret

Hecht Beach cabin in ashes. (Submitted)
A mattress on fire gutted the second floor hallway at Town Park Apartments C-block Jan. 17. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue images)

‘Suspicious’ Port Hardy apartment fire could keep tenants out of their homes for months

A burning mattress created smoke and heat, causing several tenants to jump from windows

A mattress on fire gutted the second floor hallway at Town Park Apartments C-block Jan. 17. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue images)
Port Alice from the waterfront on a rainy day. (Zoë Ducklow photo)

Port Alice residents not happy with their cell phone carriers

Bad cell service not okay, locals say

Port Alice from the waterfront on a rainy day. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Quatsino transitions to Red Phase COVID-19 response

‘Our culture teaches that when something happens we are still. Now is the time to be still.’

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby Ne’nakw, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound. (Jared Towers photo)

First orca baby of the year in B.C. named Ne’nakw

Mom and baby looked healthy when spotted this week off northern Vancouver Island

Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby Ne’nakw, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound. (Jared Towers photo)
Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound, for her first time. (Jared Towers photo)

Orca pod returns to the Broughton Archipelago

The A5 pod brought a new calf to their former Broughton Archipelago winter hunting area

Midsummer (A69) with her days-old baby, entering the Broughton Archipelago via Fife Sound, for her first time. (Jared Towers photo)
Mary Cook was the first vaccine recipient in Alert Bay on Jan. 5, administered by ‘Namgis Community Health Nurse Nicole James. (Gina Wadhams photo)

Tears of excitement: COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Alert Bay

First doses administered in remote North Island community

Mary Cook was the first vaccine recipient in Alert Bay on Jan. 5, administered by ‘Namgis Community Health Nurse Nicole James. (Gina Wadhams photo)
The Island Aurora leaving Port McNeill in 2020. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Low tides, power outages pull plug on North Island ferry run

Ferry turned back from Sointula because ship-to-shore power cord was too short

The Island Aurora leaving Port McNeill in 2020. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)
Nineteen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands have been given 18 months to vacate, causing shock and uncertainty in the industry. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)

Canada ‘stole Christmas’ says Vancouver Island’s aquaculture industry

Federal decision to phase out 19 Discovery Island fish farms has sent shivers across northern Vancouver Island

Nineteen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands have been given 18 months to vacate, causing shock and uncertainty in the industry. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)
Pink salmon swimming up the Ahta River, B.C. (Jordan Manely photo)

New report shows river-to-river status of Pacific salmon in the Broughton Archipelago

Population abundance is low, but in many cases capacity to rebound is strong, researchers observe

Pink salmon swimming up the Ahta River, B.C. (Jordan Manely photo)
<em>Ikak’ila </em>means take care of yourselves. (Video still)

VIDEO: First Nations elders on Vancouver Island encourage COVID-19 vigilance

Hearing their voices and language reminds us who we’re keeping safe

<em>Ikak’ila </em>means take care of yourselves. (Video still)
Singing Jingle Bells in Kwak’wala out of the school bus. (Zoe Ducklow / Gazette)

North Island elementary school students win $1,000, give half away

Wagalus intermediate class bought sleeping bags and made food to give away

Singing Jingle Bells in Kwak’wala out of the school bus. (Zoe Ducklow / Gazette)
Strawberry the rooster before he was removed to a more cock-loving neighbourhood. (Sam Cuyler photo)

Chicken act casualty: Rooster bylaw causing a cock-a-doodle-doo in Sointula

Strawberry the rooster facing deportation as other cocks crow and family fights back

Strawberry the rooster before he was removed to a more cock-loving neighbourhood. (Sam Cuyler photo)
COVID-19 cases by Local Health Region from Dec. 6 - 12. (BCCDC map)

Vancouver Island North reporting four new COVID-19 cases last week

The Local Health Area includes Woss and northward

COVID-19 cases by Local Health Region from Dec. 6 - 12. (BCCDC map)
Elected and hereditary chief of the ‘Namgis Nation Don Svanvik announced Dec. 14 there is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. (Submitted)

Leadership confirms one active COVID-19 case in Alert Bay

Contact tracing has been done, and all close contacts are isolating

Elected and hereditary chief of the ‘Namgis Nation Don Svanvik announced Dec. 14 there is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. (Submitted)
Down time at the cabins in Coal Harbour, 1942. (Roland Guertin photo)

PHOTOS: Heritage North Island RCAF base images found

Stationed at Coal Harbour in 1942, Roland Guertin took dozens of photos during his time

Down time at the cabins in Coal Harbour, 1942. (Roland Guertin photo)