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A ‘welcome home’ signboard on a trail near the site of the gathering. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)

Inside the undefined world of a Rainbow Family gathering in B.C.

Celebrations are underway to mark the annual gathering of the controversial Rainbow Family of Living Light

A ‘welcome home’ signboard on a trail near the site of the gathering. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)
96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

‘I did as I was told and I enjoyed every minute of it’

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends
From left are Mya Fong, Glen Fong, Tanya Larmour and Selena Fong, with Phillip Fong seated in front. The Fong family have owned the Rosebowl Restaurant for three generations. Photo by Marc Kitteringham - Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River’s Rosebowl Restaurant closes after 50 years

Three generations of the Fong family have worked in the space

From left are Mya Fong, Glen Fong, Tanya Larmour and Selena Fong, with Phillip Fong seated in front. The Fong family have owned the Rosebowl Restaurant for three generations. Photo by Marc Kitteringham - Campbell River Mirror
Hul’q’umi’num language advocates Gary and Adam Manson received the City of Nanaimo’s 2020 Honour in Heritage Award. (Photo courtesy Arlene Deptuck)

City of Nanaimo salutes father and son Hul’q’umi’num language advocates

Gary and Adam Manson receive 2020 Culture and Heritage Award for Honour in Heritage

Hul’q’umi’num language advocates Gary and Adam Manson received the City of Nanaimo’s 2020 Honour in Heritage Award. (Photo courtesy Arlene Deptuck)
Commemorative T-shirts have been keepsakes for Crofton residents celebrating a birthday during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Gina Fairbairn)

Considerations made to keep Island community’s drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

Commemorative T-shirts have been keepsakes for Crofton residents celebrating a birthday during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Gina Fairbairn)
Cathy Schmidt, chair of the board of directors of the local branch of the CMHA, said the organization welcomes the recent independent report and will be working to implement its recommendations. (Citizen file)

Cowichan CMHA officials respond to report, probation order

“there are important improvements needed to ensure greater fairness within our housing program.”

Cathy Schmidt, chair of the board of directors of the local branch of the CMHA, said the organization welcomes the recent independent report and will be working to implement its recommendations. (Citizen file)
The Campbell River Community Foundation raised its fundraising target to $250,000 after passing its previous goal of $100,000. Photo supplied.

Campbell River Community Foundation sets new bar in COVID-19 fundraiser

Group hopes to raise $250,000 for local relief

The Campbell River Community Foundation raised its fundraising target to $250,000 after passing its previous goal of $100,000. Photo supplied.
Gabriola artist Elizabeth Shefrin and some friends sewed 75 nurses’ surgical scrub caps to donate to graduating VIU nursing students. (Photos courtesy Eliabeth Shefrin)
Gabriola artist Elizabeth Shefrin and some friends sewed 75 nurses’ surgical scrub caps to donate to graduating VIU nursing students. (Photos courtesy Eliabeth Shefrin)
Lia VanWassenaar, Marie Rickwood, Mary Lou Nordstrom and Eleanor Langer (clockwise from top left) are collaborating on a chain letter story (Photos supplied)

Nanaimo writers unable to meet in-person compose story via chain letter

Author Marie Rickwood started project with friends from Probus Club memoir writing group

Lia VanWassenaar, Marie Rickwood, Mary Lou Nordstrom and Eleanor Langer (clockwise from top left) are collaborating on a chain letter story (Photos supplied)
Some ideas for dating from a distance, video chats are now your best friend. (Stock photo)

Love from afar: tips for socially-distance dates

Long-distance relationship experience is really coming in handy

Some ideas for dating from a distance, video chats are now your best friend. (Stock photo)
Black Press Media, Save-On-Foods bring groceries to families and food banks

Black Press Media, Save-On-Foods bring groceries to families and food banks

Heart Soul of the Community contest shares $12,000 across Western Canada

Black Press Media, Save-On-Foods bring groceries to families and food banks
Glynis Mullen proposed a simple communication tool to check on neighbours and the community during COVID-19 which has been shared on social media across the country and beyond. Facebook photo/Glynis Mullen

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

Glynis Mullen proposed a simple communication tool to check on neighbours and the community during COVID-19 which has been shared on social media across the country and beyond. Facebook photo/Glynis Mullen
A helpful social distancing infographic gives advice to keep people healthy. Black Press file photo

How to be socially distant

Tips and tricks for social isolation

A helpful social distancing infographic gives advice to keep people healthy. Black Press file photo
Maghen Girard posted laminated hearts with inspiring messages along the Stokes Falls trail on Saturday, March 21, 2020 as part of Port Alberni’s community heart hunt. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Love letters from Port Alberni, the community with a heart

People got creative with their community heart hunt ideas on the weekend

Maghen Girard posted laminated hearts with inspiring messages along the Stokes Falls trail on Saturday, March 21, 2020 as part of Port Alberni’s community heart hunt. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Do you know what this is? Cowichan man looks to identify mystery utensil

Do you know what this is? Cowichan man looks to identify mystery utensil

Man looks to the public for help figuring out what his unusual find is used for

  • Mar 11, 2020
Do you know what this is? Cowichan man looks to identify mystery utensil
Dianna Gibson, left, and Tay Kambeitz, both from Nanaimo, are in the running to advance to the next round of the Inked Cover Girl contest and win a $25,000 cash prize and a photo shoot to be on the cover of the magazine. (Photo submitted/Inked Magazine)

Nanaimo women have a chance of advancing in Inked Cover Girl contest

Dianna Gibson, Tay Kambeitz need votes this week to make it to next round

Dianna Gibson, left, and Tay Kambeitz, both from Nanaimo, are in the running to advance to the next round of the Inked Cover Girl contest and win a $25,000 cash prize and a photo shoot to be on the cover of the magazine. (Photo submitted/Inked Magazine)
Victoria’s Queen City Sisterhood is bestowing “sainthood,” the group’s highest honour, upon Nanaimo drag queen Rick Meyers, a.k.a. Vicki Smudge. (Photo courtesy Froghouse Productions)

Nanaimo drag queen Rick Meyers receives Victoria drag group’s highest honour

Queen City Sisterhood to bestow ‘sainthood’ upon ‘the divine’ Vicki Smudge

Victoria’s Queen City Sisterhood is bestowing “sainthood,” the group’s highest honour, upon Nanaimo drag queen Rick Meyers, a.k.a. Vicki Smudge. (Photo courtesy Froghouse Productions)
Nanaimo’s Curtis Wright won $1 million playing Lotto 6/49. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo man wins lotto, plans to buy $16,000 fridge

Curtis Wright a winner in Lotto 6/49 draw

Nanaimo’s Curtis Wright won $1 million playing Lotto 6/49. (Photo submitted)
Couples can enjoy a morning of bird watching with the Victoria Natural History Society on Valentines Day at the 22nd Annual Valentine Couples Birdathon. (Facebook/Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary)

Love birds take flight at Saanich Valentine’s Day birdathon

Yearly event draws bird-loving couples to Victoria Natural History Society

Couples can enjoy a morning of bird watching with the Victoria Natural History Society on Valentines Day at the 22nd Annual Valentine Couples Birdathon. (Facebook/Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary)