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Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.

B.C. family urges parents to follow gut after toddler contracts E.coli infection

The cause of infection is unknown, but parents suspect it came from deer feces

Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.
B.C. man, 71, builds bike that can glide along unused railroad

B.C. man, 71, builds bike that can glide along unused railroad

Island Corridor Foundation says rail use not permitted on active railroad

B.C. man, 71, builds bike that can glide along unused railroad
Ayaka Takekawa of Nanaimo carries her selection from the pumpkin patch during the 10th annual Harvest Festival at Silver Meadows Farm in Errington Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. ��� J.R. Rardon photo

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

Ayaka Takekawa of Nanaimo carries her selection from the pumpkin patch during the 10th annual Harvest Festival at Silver Meadows Farm in Errington Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. ��� J.R. Rardon photo
Hikers climb a Vancouver Island trail to 50-40 Peak on Oct. 1. Karly Blats/ Vancouver Island Free Daily

Big Read: locked out of the woods

Vancouver Islanders struggle to balance back country public access with private land protection

Hikers climb a Vancouver Island trail to 50-40 Peak on Oct. 1. Karly Blats/ Vancouver Island Free Daily
B.C. school closes after six year old First Nation boy dies in Port Alberni home

B.C. school closes after six year old First Nation boy dies in Port Alberni home

The Port Alberni school will be closed the rest of the week following the death of a six-year-old

B.C. school closes after six year old First Nation boy dies in Port Alberni home
The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation cohosted Aboriginal Day celebrations at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach park last June — an example of how ties have tightened between local governments in the two communities. Mike Gregory/Ladysmith Chronicle

‘I would like to acknowledge we are on the territory of First Nations’

Reconciliation, tradition behind practice now becoming common across Vancouver Island

The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation cohosted Aboriginal Day celebrations at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach park last June — an example of how ties have tightened between local governments in the two communities. Mike Gregory/Ladysmith Chronicle
The proposed Kwispaa LNG facility at Sarita Bay on the Island’s West Coast could be fed by a pipeline travelling across Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island from the northwest corner of the province. Steelhead LNG photo

Potential route examined for pipeline feeding major new West Coast LNG facility

Corridor could travel from Northeastern B.C. across the Island to Sarita Bay facility near Alberni

The proposed Kwispaa LNG facility at Sarita Bay on the Island’s West Coast could be fed by a pipeline travelling across Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island from the northwest corner of the province. Steelhead LNG photo
Good food, fine wine and some intimate conversation: romance is is good for you, according to a Vancouver Island couples’ therapist. Image: Facebook/Quails’ Gate Estate Winery

Romance is more than fun, it’s good for you

Find out not just how to keep those Valentine’s Day fires burning, but why

Good food, fine wine and some intimate conversation: romance is is good for you, according to a Vancouver Island couples’ therapist. Image: Facebook/Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
Teal Harle, left, and his Dad Shane after winning another gold at the Big Air competition in Apex in 2014. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Proud parents cheer on Island-raised athletes at Winter Olympics

Parents remember their kids as young athletes before the Olympics

Teal Harle, left, and his Dad Shane after winning another gold at the Big Air competition in Apex in 2014. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Five Islanders carrying Canadian colours in the Winter Olympics

Five Islanders carrying Canadian colours in the Winter Olympics

Brenneman, Tandy, Harle, O’Brien and Sharpe five names to watch

Five Islanders carrying Canadian colours in the Winter Olympics
The City of Port Alberni posted to their Facebook page at 4:39 a.m. on Tuesday to let the public know the tsunami warning had been cancelled.

City of Port Alberni “dropped the ball” in communicating tsunami warning on social media

Officials will look at how to better communicate emergencies to the public online

The City of Port Alberni posted to their Facebook page at 4:39 a.m. on Tuesday to let the public know the tsunami warning had been cancelled.
Black Press file photo                                All BC Ferries vessels and terminals will be smoke-free environments starting Monday, Jan. 22

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Black Press file photo                                All BC Ferries vessels and terminals will be smoke-free environments starting Monday, Jan. 22
#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t
Women’s changing role in war

Women’s changing role in war

The presence of women in the Canadian military goes back over a century

Women’s changing role in war
The scene through night vision goggles being tested by Coulson Aviation crew members. PHOTO COURTESY WAYNE COULSON

Coulson Aviation tests thermal technology in preparation for Australian fire season

Helicopters were on and around Sproat lake testing NVGs and thermal cameras this week

The scene through night vision goggles being tested by Coulson Aviation crew members. PHOTO COURTESY WAYNE COULSON
The scene through night vision goggles being tested by Coulson Aviation crew members. PHOTO COURTESY WAYNE COULSON

Coulson Aviation tests thermal technology in preparation for Australian fire season

Helicopters were on and around Sproat lake testing NVGs and thermal cameras this week

The scene through night vision goggles being tested by Coulson Aviation crew members. PHOTO COURTESY WAYNE COULSON
Bulldog Ryan Steele takes the puck around Victoria Grizzlies’ Jacson Alexander during the home opener game on Sept. 15. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Bulldogs lose home opener against Victoria Grizzlies

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs lost their home opener against the Victoria Grizzlies…

Bulldog Ryan Steele takes the puck around Victoria Grizzlies’ Jacson Alexander during the home opener game on Sept. 15. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Groundbreaking begins on Beaver Creek Community Hall’s new playground. From left to right: Walter Tarnowsky, Catalyst mill manager, Nicole Steinbach, Beaver Creek Community Club, Dave Hosrst, club president and Mike Kokura, ACRD director. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Beaver Creek club begins work on new playground

The first step towards a new playground at Beaver Creek Community Hall…

Groundbreaking begins on Beaver Creek Community Hall’s new playground. From left to right: Walter Tarnowsky, Catalyst mill manager, Nicole Steinbach, Beaver Creek Community Club, Dave Hosrst, club president and Mike Kokura, ACRD director. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Lisa Marie Young’s family share the missing woman’s story at a gathering in Port Alberni for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. From left to right: Siouxsan Martin, cousin, Carol Frank, aunt, Moses Martin, grandpa, Richard Martin, uncle, Martha Stewart, aunt and Cecilia Arnet, grandma. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Nuu-chah-nulth families share stories of missing and murdered relatives

Stories and recommendations will be added to National Inquiry into MMIWG

Lisa Marie Young’s family share the missing woman’s story at a gathering in Port Alberni for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. From left to right: Siouxsan Martin, cousin, Carol Frank, aunt, Moses Martin, grandpa, Richard Martin, uncle, Martha Stewart, aunt and Cecilia Arnet, grandma. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Small earthquake shakes West Coast of Vancouver Island

Small earthquake shakes West Coast of Vancouver Island

A magnitude 3.5 quake hit eight kilometres northeast of Ucluelet.

Small earthquake shakes West Coast of Vancouver Island