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Jessica MacNiel. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Jessica MacNiel – is the reigning Miss Teenager World

TODAY IN B.C.: White Rock teen has made it her mission to separate beauty from appearance

Marion Cumming offers bannock and jam with B.C. cherries for mid-morning tea in June 2021. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Vancouver Island artist, activist remembered for tangible reconciliation actions

Marion Cumming died at home Aug. 1 in Oak Bay, surrounded by friends, loved ones

There is a 60-year reunion on Aug. 27 for all classmates of Courtenay High School in 1962. Photos supplied

Courtenay High School celebrating a 60th anniversary reunion for 1962 classmates

The 60th Courtenay High School Reunion committee is inviting all classmates from…

  • Aug 10, 2022
Donna Brooks is getting set to take on the BC Cancer Foundation’s Tour de Cure bicycle ride on August 27. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Ucluelet cyclist gearing up for Tour de Cure

Donna Brooks raising funds for BC Cancer Foundation in Tofino-Ucluelet

Donna Brooks is getting set to take on the BC Cancer Foundation’s Tour de Cure bicycle ride on August 27. (Andrew Bailey photo)
The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)

QUIZ: A celebration of the fruit harvest

In orchards around British Columbia, fruit pickers are hard at work

The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)
Brittney St. Amant was named one of three winners of Ocean Wise’s Innovator Labs competition and will produce a documentary on ocean plastics to motivate change. (Photo submitted)

Tofino ocean scientist inspiring change through Ocean Wise Innovator Lab

Brittney St. Amant working on plastics documentary dubbed Along the Mountains and the Sea

Brittney St. Amant was named one of three winners of Ocean Wise’s Innovator Labs competition and will produce a documentary on ocean plastics to motivate change. (Photo submitted)
Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Former world figure skating champ Victor Kraatz back coaching in B.C.

TODAY IN B.C.: Skater spent 3 years in Finland teaching hockey players about power and efficiency

Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)
Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)

Missing B.C. dog found after swimming 1 kilometre across Metro Vancouver river

The German shepherd rescue was discovered 10 days after going missing

Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)
Happy dogs and their humans hang out at the refreshed off-leash dog park up Pacific Crescent. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Woof woof hooray: Ucluelet Dog Park gets a makeover

It was all hands on the doggie deck for this community project

Happy dogs and their humans hang out at the refreshed off-leash dog park up Pacific Crescent. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

To celebrate the B.C. Day long weekend, test your knowledge of the province with these 12 questions

The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)
Schooling salmon wait for the right conditions to spawn as they migrate upstream. (Chase White photo)

GIVING BACK COLUMN: Redd Fish Restoration: New name. Same us.

Redd Fish echoes the Nuu-chah-nulth teaching of hiišukʔiš c̓awaak – everything is one

Schooling salmon wait for the right conditions to spawn as they migrate upstream. (Chase White photo)
A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)

PODCAST: 3 dead, 2 wounded – a look at the 5 hours that shook the Langley community

TODAY IN B.C.: Reporters discuss the chain of events, what is known about the shooter and whether the homeless were targeted.

A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)
Pani Ayoubizadeh, centre, beams with gratitude beside her family, dad Niki, mom Mitra, and little sister Parnian on the left side, and Pacific Rim Foundation president Gary Marks and David and Wendy Close on the right. (Submitted photo)

Iranian teen earns $40,000 Pacific Rim Foundation academic scholarship

Ucluelet Secondary grad Pani Ayoubizadeh is the first immigrant to ever receive the honour

Pani Ayoubizadeh, centre, beams with gratitude beside her family, dad Niki, mom Mitra, and little sister Parnian on the left side, and Pacific Rim Foundation president Gary Marks and David and Wendy Close on the right. (Submitted photo)
Canadian Bollywood dance star Karima Essa teaches kids the Bollywood basics during a workshop on July 22. (Nora O’Malley photos)

PHOTOS: Community spirit shines at Ukee Days

With about 3,000 people moseying down to the fairgrounds, Ukee Days was…

Canadian Bollywood dance star Karima Essa teaches kids the Bollywood basics during a workshop on July 22. (Nora O’Malley photos)
The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island’s second largest craft beer and food festival in Chemainus Aug. 13

Large organizational effort already well along in the details

The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Michael Yellowlees – Kilted Scotsman’s second cross Canada tour

TODAY IN B.C.: Musician and dog Luna retrace steps reinforcing climate change message

Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)
Jessie Simpson turned 25 on July 26, 2022, but due to the injuries from a 2016 attack with a metal baseball bat the young man will forever be 18. (Sue Simpson)

25 going on 18: Happy birthday to Kamloops man badly injured in 2016 assault

Jessie’s brain injury has him believing he is forever 18

  • Jul 26, 2022
Jessie Simpson turned 25 on July 26, 2022, but due to the injuries from a 2016 attack with a metal baseball bat the young man will forever be 18. (Sue Simpson)
Kelly Everill’s latest community mural is a spectacular tribute to our veterans. The two-storey design is on the outer wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch 17. Photo by Terry Farrell

B.C. artist’s latest community mural a spectacular tribute to veterans

Courtenay artist Kelly Everill is well known for her community murals. They…

Kelly Everill’s latest community mural is a spectacular tribute to our veterans. The two-storey design is on the outer wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch 17. Photo by Terry Farrell
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The 2012 Leadership Vancouver Island cohort. (Submitted photo)

Leadership Vancouver Island is back in action and looking for participants

CBT is hosting an event for interested applicants at their office on Wed., July 27 from 6-8 p.m.

  • Jul 24, 2022
The 2012 Leadership Vancouver Island cohort. (Submitted photo)