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Romana Pasca, North Island College’s manager of international projects, partnerships and global education, says more than $1 million in new grant funding will mean more NIC students will be able to gain international perspectives through study abroad. Photo supplied

North Island College receives more than $1 million for student study abroad

North Island College students will have access to more than $1 million…

Romana Pasca, North Island College’s manager of international projects, partnerships and global education, says more than $1 million in new grant funding will mean more NIC students will be able to gain international perspectives through study abroad. Photo supplied
The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Island-based group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)

Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign with extra flood donation goal

Divisional secretary Mike Leland says this year’s need is ‘through the roof’

  • Nov 22, 2021
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)
WCRS women’s outreach program co-ordinator Jill McQuaid visits with Shirley’s Tree in Ucluelet’s small craft harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Victims of domestic violence remembered

Nov. 25 is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

WCRS women’s outreach program co-ordinator Jill McQuaid visits with Shirley’s Tree in Ucluelet’s small craft harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)

Salvation Army launches emergency response in support of flood victims

Agency on front lines in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops and Kelowna

The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)
Since 1998, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has worked with the Korea Veterans Association to host an annual event in April to commemorate the 1951 battle of Kapyong. This photo was taken during 2017’s ceremony outside the Kwisitis Visitor Centre overlooking Wickaninnnish Beach. (Parks Canada photo)
Since 1998, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has worked with the Korea Veterans Association to host an annual event in April to commemorate the 1951 battle of Kapyong. This photo was taken during 2017’s ceremony outside the Kwisitis Visitor Centre overlooking Wickaninnnish Beach. (Parks Canada photo)
RCMP gathered at Tofino’s cenotaph after participating in the town’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021. (Andrew Bailey photo)

WATCH: Remembrance Day in Tofino

Tofino gathered at the cenotaph outside the Royal Canadian Legion to honour Remembrance Day.

RCMP gathered at Tofino’s cenotaph after participating in the town’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Von Rywaczuk laughs as he cradles Halo the Swan in his arms after rescuing her from Elliot Lake. (Photo submitted)

Swan gets ‘second-chance at life’ after being rescued near 100 Mile

The swan was unable to migrate south due to an injured wing

Von Rywaczuk laughs as he cradles Halo the Swan in his arms after rescuing her from Elliot Lake. (Photo submitted)
Whitey Bernard pins a poppy on Tofino mayor Dan Law in front of the Claude Dettloff ‘Wait for Me, Daddy’ photograph that transformed the then five-yearold Bernard into an instant war bond drive celebrity in October, 1940. Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held in Tofino and Ucluelet on Nov. 11. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Remembrance Day ceremonies in Tofino and Ucluelet

Tofino mayor Dan Law says Remembrance Day is “one of the most important days of the year”

Whitey Bernard pins a poppy on Tofino mayor Dan Law in front of the Claude Dettloff ‘Wait for Me, Daddy’ photograph that transformed the then five-yearold Bernard into an instant war bond drive celebrity in October, 1940. Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held in Tofino and Ucluelet on Nov. 11. (Andrew Bailey photo)
The Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network has been caring for and housing lost and stray companion animals at its shelter facility for the past two years. (CARE photo)

Tofino fostering partnership to care for lost, abandoned and stray pets

District considering $30K agreement with Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network

The Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network has been caring for and housing lost and stray companion animals at its shelter facility for the past two years. (CARE photo)
CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

CP Holiday Train goes virtual again for 2021, no stops in B.C. or Alberta

The 23rd annual event would have stopped in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)
Bon Ga is a Korean restaurant located in the Glenmore neighbourhood in Kelowna. (Bon Ga/Facebook)

Kelowna residents rally behind Korean restaurant targeted with racist graffiti

Bon Ga was vandalized with racist graffiti on Saturday morning, Oct. 30

Bon Ga is a Korean restaurant located in the Glenmore neighbourhood in Kelowna. (Bon Ga/Facebook)
Clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet got off to a slow start last week as BC Hydro crews worked to repair a transmission line connecting the West Coast to the rest of the Vancouver Island power grid. (Andrew Bailey photo)

BC Hydro work slows clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet

West Coast clocks are back on their usual 60-second-per-minute pace after a slow start last week

Clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet got off to a slow start last week as BC Hydro crews worked to repair a transmission line connecting the West Coast to the rest of the Vancouver Island power grid. (Andrew Bailey photo)
More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
Ucluelet Elementary School’s campus is about to receive a $165,000 boost of fun as the province has announced a new playground is coming. (Andrew Bailey photo)

New $165K playground coming to Ucluelet Elementary School

Port Alberni’s John Howitt Elementary is also receiving a $165,000 playground

Ucluelet Elementary School’s campus is about to receive a $165,000 boost of fun as the province has announced a new playground is coming. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Claire Crimp from Long Beach Auto, right, and friend Beverly Marshall prepare to transport an abandoned car to the West Coast Landfill during the 2020 backroads clean up. (Westerly File photo)

Coast set for annual clean up of Kennedy backroads

The family-friendly event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Junction

Claire Crimp from Long Beach Auto, right, and friend Beverly Marshall prepare to transport an abandoned car to the West Coast Landfill during the 2020 backroads clean up. (Westerly File photo)
Carole Finn’s ‘Napoleon Gulls at Wickaninnish Beach’ is one of 10 works on display at her ‘Trails and Beaches of the Pacific Rim’ exhibition currently showing at Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort. (Image courtesy of Carole Finn)

Artist returns to where journey began in Ucluelet

Carole Finn has returned to Black Rock Resort 12 years after her first exhibition

Carole Finn’s ‘Napoleon Gulls at Wickaninnish Beach’ is one of 10 works on display at her ‘Trails and Beaches of the Pacific Rim’ exhibition currently showing at Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort. (Image courtesy of Carole Finn)
NIC is celebrating Thrive Month throughout October with a range of activities to support mental health and well-being. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

North Island College Thrive Month supports student mental health

Thrive Month is taking place at North Island College through the month…

NIC is celebrating Thrive Month throughout October with a range of activities to support mental health and well-being. Photo by Kim Stallknecht