Don Bodger

New photo display at the entrance to the DD memorial site on the Pacific Circle Route. (Photo submitted)

Six years and counting: Family angry fatal Chemainus stabbing still before the courts

Accused in Descoteau death now pursuing not criminally responsible defence despite pleading guilty

New photo display at the entrance to the DD memorial site on the Pacific Circle Route. (Photo submitted)
Three cars were crushed on Duncan Street when a tree crashed down on them during the windstorm on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Nehru Manak photo)

Power back for most of Vancouver Island after November storm arrives in May

About 500 customers on the south Island still affected after unseasonal wind rocks region

Three cars were crushed on Duncan Street when a tree crashed down on them during the windstorm on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Nehru Manak photo)
Debbie Simmonds outside the exp Realty office on Willow Street in Chemainus. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Island realtor urges those needing to sell their houses to act fast

Market conditions changing rapidly with interest rate hikes

Debbie Simmonds outside the exp Realty office on Willow Street in Chemainus. (File photo by Don Bodger)
A beautiful sunset on the water during April. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)

More than a double shot of rain fell on southeast Vancouver Island this April

Cooler temperatures also brought a dusting of snow and hail as spring comes in cool

A beautiful sunset on the water during April. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)
The MV Quinsam is now on the Crofton-Vesuvius ferry route. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Long lineups certain at Crofton-Vesuvius ferry terminals again

With more people travelling and no immediate fix, summer promises traffic gridlock

The MV Quinsam is now on the Crofton-Vesuvius ferry route. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Penelakut Tribe elder August Sylvester and his daughter Marya Luby perform a ceremonial cleansing of the MV Island Responder to rid it of evil, accompanied by captains Chris Mullin and Bob Mollet. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Official ceremony launches Island Responder into a new era

Commemoration of marine ambulance in B.C. community features Penelakut blessing

Penelakut Tribe elder August Sylvester and his daughter Marya Luby perform a ceremonial cleansing of the MV Island Responder to rid it of evil, accompanied by captains Chris Mullin and Bob Mollet. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Brian Francoeur at the Chemainus dock beside the Island Responder that’s been in service for a few months and making such a difference to residents of nearby islands to get medical treatment quickly. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Commissioning of first purpose-built marine ambulance in B.C. waters takes place Thursday

Ceremony postponed from November due to another emergency – the weather

Brian Francoeur at the Chemainus dock beside the Island Responder that’s been in service for a few months and making such a difference to residents of nearby islands to get medical treatment quickly. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Maynard Johnny Jr. looks over the Salish Heron at BC Ferries Fleet Maintenance Unit in Richmond. (Photo by BC Ferries)

Scope of Salish Heron ferry design captivates artist

Seeing the final product for the first time inspiring

Maynard Johnny Jr. looks over the Salish Heron at BC Ferries Fleet Maintenance Unit in Richmond. (Photo by BC Ferries)
The cast of The 39 Steps. Back from left: Aidan deSalaiz and Alexandra Brynn. Front: Felix LeBlanc and Caitlin Driscoll. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Laughter generated from The 39 Steps the best medicine

Cast members prepared to deliver a much-needed respite for the audience

The cast of The 39 Steps. Back from left: Aidan deSalaiz and Alexandra Brynn. Front: Felix LeBlanc and Caitlin Driscoll. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Firefighters and paramedics prepare to transfer a man to an ambulance stretcher at the Crofton docks. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Man with hypothermia brought into shore by Coast Guard vessel

Patient in non-critical condition after incident in Trincomali Channel

Firefighters and paramedics prepare to transfer a man to an ambulance stretcher at the Crofton docks. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Numerous police vehicles converged on Chemainus Monday afternoon. (Black Press file photo)

Police take man with a rifle into custody in Island community

Massive response after report of a firearm being pointed at someone else

Numerous police vehicles converged on Chemainus Monday afternoon. (Black Press file photo)
Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick are awaiting the final approvals to bring a Ukrainian woman and her two children to Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island couple returning the favour to Ukrainian family

Woman and her two children find a comfortable place to take refuge during the war

Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick are awaiting the final approvals to bring a Ukrainian woman and her two children to Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Theatre artistic director Mark DuMez, left, and managing director Randy Huber between the banners for The 39 Steps and Glory that were on the schedule for 2020 before the pandemic and are now again prominent for the 2022 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Smaller casts, but still big performances on Island theatre’s 2022 show schedule

The 39 Steps and Glory return to the lineup from postponed 2020 season

Chemainus Theatre artistic director Mark DuMez, left, and managing director Randy Huber between the banners for The 39 Steps and Glory that were on the schedule for 2020 before the pandemic and are now again prominent for the 2022 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Western Forest Products has announced another production curtailment for the Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Another production curtailment at Island sawmill this week

WFP expects employees could be off the job in Chemainus for up to two weeks this time

Western Forest Products has announced another production curtailment for the Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Happy days are here again for mom Selina and daughter Sophia Taylor after Sophia’s quick recovery from a horrible ordeal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

‘Chasing deer and making friends: B.C. girl running around again after scary fall’

3-year-old Sophia back to being a kid again after 20-foot park fall on to concrete

Happy days are here again for mom Selina and daughter Sophia Taylor after Sophia’s quick recovery from a horrible ordeal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Brian Francoeur, left, and Harman Bootsma inside the Island Responder. (Photo by Don Bodger)

First purpose-built marine ambulance in B.C. waters a valuable commodity

Island Responder operating off Chemainus for island residents features an on/off ramp for stretchers

Brian Francoeur, left, and Harman Bootsma inside the Island Responder. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Sophia Taylor plays it cool on the BC Ferries trip home from the mainland. (Photo by Selina Taylor)

Island girl back at home after remarkable recovery

Initial prognosis following 20-foot fall didn’t seem like hospital release would happen this soon

Sophia Taylor plays it cool on the BC Ferries trip home from the mainland. (Photo by Selina Taylor)
A beautiful sunrise in Chemainus during late February. (Photo by Debbie Simmonds)

Less rain, more sun marks February weather

Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, with a brief cold snap expected later in March

A beautiful sunrise in Chemainus during late February. (Photo by Debbie Simmonds)
Dan Miller on the slopes of snowy Mount Washington. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island volunteers making winter fun through Adaptive Snowsports

Program at Mount Washington always in need of more volunteers

Dan Miller on the slopes of snowy Mount Washington. (Photo submitted)
A unique opportunity is coming up for films to be viewed within the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New film festival shines light on Vancouver Island Indigenous stories

Mini film festival a first for the Chemainus Theatre

A unique opportunity is coming up for films to be viewed within the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)