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Ucluelet Fire Rescue (UFR) member Dan Lehr tosses a pancake beside veteran volunteer firefighter Alan Anderson (who came out of retirement to help with the event!) (Jen McLeod Photos)

PHOTOS: Porsche Club tours Ucluelet, raises funds for local Fire Rescue

The Porsche Club of America Vancouver Island Region was zipping around Ucluelet…

Tofino Brownie unit leaders April Thompson, right, and Alabama Chevrier teach youth Sasha, Kira, Bryna, Leni, Ryley, and Raphaele about bees during their regular Monday night sitting circle in the Tofino Legion basement Longstanding Girl Guide volunteer Jeanette Martinolich listens in the back. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino Girl Guides celebrate 100 year milestone

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tofino Girl Guides. Young…

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

Rachelle Cole and Rick Geddes were both thrilled to earn a seat on this year’s 25th annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride. (Photo submitted)

Ucluelet riders ready for life changing Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock experience

Rachelle Cole and Rick Geddes team up to raise funds for paediatric cancer research

Rachelle Cole and Rick Geddes were both thrilled to earn a seat on this year’s 25th annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride. (Photo submitted)
Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)

B.C. man needs votes to build dream motorcycle on Orange County Choppers

Ron MacLeod needs votes to build motorcycle with Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers T.V. fame

Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)
Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)

Facing terminal cancer, BC woman holds ‘Ashes Shower’

‘Even if I’m not here, the memories, I still want them to be fun,’ says Eva Hompoth

Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)
Tofino’s new Poet Laureate Heather Hendry puts pen to paper inside the Wickaninnish Community School library. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino’s new Poet Laureate hopes to inspire youth

Heather Hendry has officially kicked off her two-year tenure as the town’s third literary leader

Tofino’s new Poet Laureate Heather Hendry puts pen to paper inside the Wickaninnish Community School library. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Comedian Johnny Harris checks out The Evelyn May while touring through Ucluelet as part of his CBC Television program Still Standing. (Photo courtesy of the CBC)

Ucluelet to be featured on CBC series Still Standing

Comedian Jonny Harris toured through Ucluelet last month

Comedian Johnny Harris checks out The Evelyn May while touring through Ucluelet as part of his CBC Television program Still Standing. (Photo courtesy of the CBC)
The West Coast Ambassador Program offers residents and visitors a chance to learn about local culture as well as regional flora and fauna. (Tami Belliveau photo)

Ambassador Program boosts local knowledge in Tofino and Ucluelet

Raincoast Education Society teams up with Tofino and Ucluelet Chambers of Commerce

  • May 9, 2022
The West Coast Ambassador Program offers residents and visitors a chance to learn about local culture as well as regional flora and fauna. (Tami Belliveau photo)
North Island College’s CARE² Plan’s goals include the development of academic processes and curriculum that better support student mental health, the creation of more programs focused on de-stigmatizing mental illness and furthering the development of inclusive and effective supports such as counselling and emergency funding for students. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

New North Island College plan supports student mental health and well-being

CARE² Plan commits to creating a culture of care and compassion

North Island College’s CARE² Plan’s goals include the development of academic processes and curriculum that better support student mental health, the creation of more programs focused on de-stigmatizing mental illness and furthering the development of inclusive and effective supports such as counselling and emergency funding for students. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Thomas Ambrose (right) was supported by his nephew and a host of other family and friends during the first annual “Wish You Were Here - Edie Ambrose suicide awareness ride” on April 23. (Submitted by Thomas Ambrose)

Training ride takes on bigger meaning for Cowichan cyclist

From Duncan to Tofino in memory of a daughter lost to suicide

Thomas Ambrose (right) was supported by his nephew and a host of other family and friends during the first annual “Wish You Were Here - Edie Ambrose suicide awareness ride” on April 23. (Submitted by Thomas Ambrose)
David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Downpour doesn’t dampen Oak Bay veteran’s spirit as 103-year-old walks to Save the Children

War in Ukraine adds inspiration for third consecutive fundraiser by John Hillman

David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Members of the 2021 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride through Ladysmith on a practice ride. (Photo by Duck Paterson)

Tour de Rock team unveiling marks start of Vancouver Island cancer fundraiser

Tillicum elementary in Saanich to host naming ceremony for 2022 team riders

Members of the 2021 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride through Ladysmith on a practice ride. (Photo by Duck Paterson)
Participants of the first ever Tofino Chess Open’s adult division gather together for a group photo at the Tofino Community Hall on Saturday, April 23. (Photo submitted)

Organizers cheer first annual Tofino Chess Open

“We wanted to add a new fun event to the community”

Participants of the first ever Tofino Chess Open’s adult division gather together for a group photo at the Tofino Community Hall on Saturday, April 23. (Photo submitted)
A new anthology is set to be launched at a public reading in Tofino on April 30 at 1 p.m and the event will also serve to introduce the town’s new Poet Laureate.

Anthology featuring love letters to trees set for launch in Tofino

Worth More Standing was edited and curated by Tofino’s Poet Laureate Christine Lowther

A new anthology is set to be launched at a public reading in Tofino on April 30 at 1 p.m and the event will also serve to introduce the town’s new Poet Laureate.
Kona was the grand prize winner of the 2022 Vancouver Island Dogs calendar. Photo suppled

Fundraiser for Operation Freedom Paws Canada giving dog owners the chance to showcase their pups

Vancouver Island Dogs Calendar Contest returns for a second year with great prizes up for grabs

Kona was the grand prize winner of the 2022 Vancouver Island Dogs calendar. Photo suppled
The de Havilland Beaver waits at 14th Ave. and Highway 19 Monday, April 25 to be set on a pedestal as part of a 10-year Campbellton Neighbourhood Association project to create a tribute to the city's aviation history. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island city installs tribute to floatplane industry

Beaver floatplane was the Workhorse of the North and a common sight in Island seaplane bases

  • Apr 26, 2022
The de Havilland Beaver waits at 14th Ave. and Highway 19 Monday, April 25 to be set on a pedestal as part of a 10-year Campbellton Neighbourhood Association project to create a tribute to the city's aviation history. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Paula Gross, an educational assistant at Eric Langton elementary, created a display of hobbit houses made primarily from discarded objects, for the front display case at the school. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Hobbit house display created for Earth Day by Lower Mainland educational assistant

Paula Gross created the display using discarded objects and natural items

Paula Gross, an educational assistant at Eric Langton elementary, created a display of hobbit houses made primarily from discarded objects, for the front display case at the school. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Members of the Invasive Species Council of BC, Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds and Redd Fish Restoration Society team up to remove Yellow Flag Iris from Ucluelet’s Big Beach. (Selby Wilkinson photo)

Yellow Flag Iris: beautiful but dangerous

Invasive species attacks Tofino and Ucluelet

  • Apr 25, 2022
Members of the Invasive Species Council of BC, Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds and Redd Fish Restoration Society team up to remove Yellow Flag Iris from Ucluelet’s Big Beach. (Selby Wilkinson photo)
Westcoast Community Resources Society peer support and addictions worker Tristan Godberson invites everyone to the first-ever West Coast Wellness Market at Tofino’s Village Green on Sunday, April 24. (Nora O’Malley photo)

First-ever West Coast Wellness Market coming up this Sunday in Tofino

The theme is ‘Connection’ and the free, interactive event promises to hold something special for all

Westcoast Community Resources Society peer support and addictions worker Tristan Godberson invites everyone to the first-ever West Coast Wellness Market at Tofino’s Village Green on Sunday, April 24. (Nora O’Malley photo)