Local Journalism Initiative

Levi Manson holds a photo of his late brother, Aaron, joined by mom Troylana and dad Bart. This photo was taken in September 2021 at Prince Charles Park in downtown Kamloops. (Michael Potestio/KTW/LJI)

Family reeling after little-known drug Kratom contributes to B.C. man’s fatal overdose

Aaron Manson, 26, died after overdosing in his room in Kamloops

Levi Manson holds a photo of his late brother, Aaron, joined by mom Troylana and dad Bart. This photo was taken in September 2021 at Prince Charles Park in downtown Kamloops. (Michael Potestio/KTW/LJI)
Container ship MV Kingston is being escorted from its anchorage off Victoria to Duke Point in Nanaimo. (Photo: Transport Canada)

Majority of shipping containers that fell off MV Zim Kingston still missing

Vancouver Island clean-up organizers looking for more federal follow-through

Container ship MV Kingston is being escorted from its anchorage off Victoria to Duke Point in Nanaimo. (Photo: Transport Canada)
After kicking off in 2018, the Kennedy Hill project was originally slated for completion in the summer of 2020 (Ministry of Transportation)

B.C. promising summer finish for troubled Tofino/Ucluelet highway project

$54 million Kennedy Hill project should be ‘substantially’ done minus a few fall touches

After kicking off in 2018, the Kennedy Hill project was originally slated for completion in the summer of 2020 (Ministry of Transportation)
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

New report suggests Alaskan fisheries are overharvesting plummeting B.C. salmon stocks

Alaska criticized report, calling it was an “unfair and biased attack on Alaska salmon fisheries

A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
VIU Nanaimo campus Elder-In-Residence Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective outside Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place), the campus hub for Indigenous support in 2016. (John McKinley/file)

Vancouver Island University working to decolonize B.C. classrooms

Plan calls for Indigenizing VIU, rather than have it serve as a tool of colonialism

VIU Nanaimo campus Elder-In-Residence Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective outside Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place), the campus hub for Indigenous support in 2016. (John McKinley/file)
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Evidence suggests B.C.’s Omicron wave may soon fade

However, any current dip in epidemic curve likely artifact of underreporting and under-detection

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A traveller stops to be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre for arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19: Experts weigh in as B.C. prepares to address its rapid test lag

‘In an ideal world, we would distribute them to as many people as possible’

A traveller stops to be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre for arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Island artist Joslyn Williams embraces her Nuu-chah-nulth heritage in her work, which can be seen on her Instagram account, joslyn_williams_art. (courtesy instagram.com/joslyn_williams_art)

Vancouver Island artist connecting to Nuu-chah-nulth heritage in the city

Handful of talented and dedicated people working to keep under-represented aesthetic alive

Vancouver Island artist Joslyn Williams embraces her Nuu-chah-nulth heritage in her work, which can be seen on her Instagram account, joslyn_williams_art. (courtesy instagram.com/joslyn_williams_art)
Elders for Ancient Forests along with people declaring themselves “land defenders” take part in a peace circle along a logging road in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Elders for old growth arrested as Fairy Creek blockade readies for winter

As cold weather arrives, the number of people in the two remaining camps has dwindled

Elders for Ancient Forests along with people declaring themselves “land defenders” take part in a peace circle along a logging road in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lawrence Campbell’s father can be seen five soldiers behind the man reaching for his son. He has a gun strap visible across his chest. Photo: Claude P. Dettlof

A look at B.C.’s connection to a historic wartime picture

Kaslo’s Harry Campbell can be seen in the shot

Lawrence Campbell’s father can be seen five soldiers behind the man reaching for his son. He has a gun strap visible across his chest. Photo: Claude P. Dettlof
Ismalia de Sousa, a nurse and PhD student at the University of British Columbia school of nursing who helped found the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in B.C. (ismaliadesousa.com photo)

Black nurses in B.C. face `entrenched and pervasive’ racism, survey finds

Coalition calling for action to support Black nurses and end anti-Black racism in health care

Ismalia de Sousa, a nurse and PhD student at the University of British Columbia school of nursing who helped found the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in B.C. (ismaliadesousa.com photo)
The first vial of paediatric COVID-19 vaccine used in Toronto. Children who are part of the Hospital for Sick Children family between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age are some of the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Russell, POOL

COVID-19 shots arriving Monday for B.C. 5- to 11-year-olds

About 91,000 of 350,000 eligible children have been registered for vaccination so far

The first vial of paediatric COVID-19 vaccine used in Toronto. Children who are part of the Hospital for Sick Children family between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age are some of the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Russell, POOL
Exit lanes from Point Roberts, Wash., sit empty at the local Canadian border station, which was shut down to all but essential travel during the pandemic. Richard Read | Los Angeles Times

Unvaxxed students face unwelcome reality when considering travel

As borders open there remains fine print that Canadian families should be aware of

Exit lanes from Point Roberts, Wash., sit empty at the local Canadian border station, which was shut down to all but essential travel during the pandemic. Richard Read | Los Angeles Times
Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. File photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography. Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous lawsuit seeks damages from B.C. for disproportionate birth alerts

Suit alleges alerts motivated by discriminatory and harmful stereotypes about parenting capabilities

Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. File photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography. Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Someone onshore documents the position of a load of refrigerators that made it to shore near Cape Scott after more than 100 containers fell off the M/V Zim Kingston container ship in late October. (PHOTO COURTESY CDN. COAST GUARD)

Zim Kingston container spill clean-up continues as coastal concerns question response

Vancouver Island beaches clearing of MV Zim Kingston debris, local resources feel ignored

Someone onshore documents the position of a load of refrigerators that made it to shore near Cape Scott after more than 100 containers fell off the M/V Zim Kingston container ship in late October. (PHOTO COURTESY CDN. COAST GUARD)
Ships work to control a fire onboard the MV Zim Kingston about eight kilometres from the shore in Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, October 24, 2021. The container ship caught fire on Saturday and 16 crew members were evacuated and brought to Ogden Point Pier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Drifting shipping containers leave Vancouver Island communities with many questions

Containers spotted as far north as Cape Scott, as of Wednesday, none had been retrieved

Ships work to control a fire onboard the MV Zim Kingston about eight kilometres from the shore in Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, October 24, 2021. The container ship caught fire on Saturday and 16 crew members were evacuated and brought to Ogden Point Pier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A photo of the construction work taking place around Kennedy Lake. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

One more summer of construction for delayed, over-budget West Coast highway link

Fall 2022 now the expected completion date for the $54 million Kennedy Lake improvement project

A photo of the construction work taking place around Kennedy Lake. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)

Bold bear breaks into West Kootenay family home

The bear was caught, taken away and destroyed by Conservation Officers

Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation burn a copy of the Indian Act during a ceremony where they held the first sitting of their legislature and signed a constitution after implementing the historic Maa-nulth Final Agreement in Anacla, B.C., in the early morning hours of Friday April 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

West Coast First Nations’ child care repatriation an early success story

Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Social Services Project makes strides as children in care declines

Members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation burn a copy of the Indian Act during a ceremony where they held the first sitting of their legislature and signed a constitution after implementing the historic Maa-nulth Final Agreement in Anacla, B.C., in the early morning hours of Friday April 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck