Mike Chouinard

A B.C. Supreme Court justice stayed charges in Nanaimo recently in a fatal driving case that occurred between Union Bay and Fanny Bay in 2014. Black Press file photo

Charges stayed in fatal driving case north of Fanny Bay

Length of time in go to trial was a factor in B.C. Supreme Court decision

A B.C. Supreme Court justice stayed charges in Nanaimo recently in a fatal driving case that occurred between Union Bay and Fanny Bay in 2014. Black Press file photo
The Comox Valley will be getting new EV charging stations. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Island community to add 10 more electric vehicle stations

The installation of the new stations in the Comox Valley should take place in 2021

The Comox Valley will be getting new EV charging stations. Photo by Mike Chouinard
With evident friction among Comox Valley School board of education members, Ian Hargreaves resigned both as chair and as a trustee during a meeting on Sept. 1. Photo, Comox Valley Schools

Island community’s board of education chair resigns

Comox Valley Schools will have to hold byelection to fill trustee spot

With evident friction among Comox Valley School board of education members, Ian Hargreaves resigned both as chair and as a trustee during a meeting on Sept. 1. Photo, Comox Valley Schools
The Baynes Sound Connector leaves Denman Island en route to Buckley Bay. Record file photo

Extra funding for routes for small island communities

Funding will enable ‘pilot’ routes to continue from September through March 2021

The Baynes Sound Connector leaves Denman Island en route to Buckley Bay. Record file photo
Volunteers made a “Plastic Goddess” from some of the debris at last year’s beach clean-up of Baynes Sound and Denman Island. File photo by Gerry Ambury

DFO defends ‘ghost gear’ clean-up grants around Vancouver Island

Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards want more enforcement in region

Volunteers made a “Plastic Goddess” from some of the debris at last year’s beach clean-up of Baynes Sound and Denman Island. File photo by Gerry Ambury
A large crowd gathered at Simms Park in Courtenay in June to hear speakers in support of Black Lives Matter as well as Indigenous people. A Comox Valley youth is now trying to raise funds to support the cause through a run. Record file photo

Island youth starts virtual race against racism

Cailyn Collins says people can take part in the cause from anywhere

A large crowd gathered at Simms Park in Courtenay in June to hear speakers in support of Black Lives Matter as well as Indigenous people. A Comox Valley youth is now trying to raise funds to support the cause through a run. Record file photo
Dennis Renaud (fourth from right) holds the cheque he got from his former colleagues at Courtenay Return-It to help him out since he was diagnosed with cancer. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Island bottle depot holds drive to help former worker

Dennis Renaud was diagnosed with cancer only months after retiring

Dennis Renaud (fourth from right) holds the cheque he got from his former colleagues at Courtenay Return-It to help him out since he was diagnosed with cancer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Shellfish businesses, especially those producing oysters, will get some help for environmental clean-up. File photo

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Shellfish businesses, especially those producing oysters, will get some help for environmental clean-up. File photo
Cha Wa was one of the highlights onstage at last year’s MusicFest. On July 10, organizers are holding an online Facebook celebration to mark the weekend that was supposed to be this year’s festival. Record file photo

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Cha Wa was one of the highlights onstage at last year’s MusicFest. On July 10, organizers are holding an online Facebook celebration to mark the weekend that was supposed to be this year’s festival. Record file photo
Courtenay Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Friends give Vancouver Island veteran a drive-by 99th birthday greeting

Jim Cooper of Courtenay is one of a couple of Second World War veterans in the community

Courtenay Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard
COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers
Shelter Point Distillery has switched to making medical sanitizer to help with pandemic operations. Facebook photo

UPDATED: Island distillery switches production to sanitizers

Oyster River operation Shelter Point expects double shifts in the weeks, months ahead

Shelter Point Distillery has switched to making medical sanitizer to help with pandemic operations. Facebook photo
COVID-19 is also taking a toll on mental healththrough social isolation, among other things, and UBC researchers want to hear how people are coping. - Image: Pixabay

Researchers study how pandemic affecting people’s mental health

Dr. Anita DeLongis, a UBC health psychologist, wants to hear from public online

COVID-19 is also taking a toll on mental healththrough social isolation, among other things, and UBC researchers want to hear how people are coping. - Image: Pixabay
Mount Washington announced Monday morning it is not opening due to COVID-19 concerns. Webcam image file photo

Mount Washington shutting in response to COVID-19

Resort announces it will continue to assess the situation as it develops

Mount Washington announced Monday morning it is not opening due to COVID-19 concerns. Webcam image file photo
Shaw Communications is opening up service to everyone in response to COVID-19. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Shaw opens up web service in response to COVID-19

Moves include additional news and family entertainment channels

Shaw Communications is opening up service to everyone in response to COVID-19. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Firefighters kept the fire from spreading at Mount Washington. Photo by Luke DeBoer

Fire destroys chalet at Mount Washington, as eight escape

Fire department needed UTV to gain access because of Alpine Village location

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading at Mount Washington. Photo by Luke DeBoer
The effort to find missing Courtenay man Michael Gazetas has moved to looking through thousands of images taken from helicopter flights during the search. Photo supplied

Volunteers comb through thousands of photos in search for missing Vancouver Island man

Friends of Michael Gazetas are scouring files for a clue to resume official search

The effort to find missing Courtenay man Michael Gazetas has moved to looking through thousands of images taken from helicopter flights during the search. Photo supplied
Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Highway 19 blockade on Island comes down due to safety concerns

One person arrested in relation to Monday’s incident in Comox Valley, though no charges are expected

Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Wet’suwet’en supporters close down part of Island highway

Entrance, exit closures keep Comox Valley stretch of Highway 19 free of traffic

Exit 117 to the Comox Valley was blocked off as of Monday morning. Photo by Mike Chouinard