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Ahousaht Chief Richard George, right, and Ahousaht member Tyler Huebner of TCH Contracting cut a cheque for $12,000 last month for the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society. (Submitted photo)

Ahousaht member donates $12K to Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society

“We are stepping up to the plate knowing that the collapse of wild salmon is real”

Josh Brown beams over his Vancouver Island Tourism Employee of the Year award overlooking the spectacular view from Black Rock Oceanfront Resort’s lounge on April 23. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Ucluelet hospitality champion honoured

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort’s Josh Brown named Employee of the Year at Island Tourism Conference

Toki Doki co-owners Madi Greyson and Kei Lowes stand in front of their food truck on Industrial Way. They recently became a certified Living Wage for Families employer. ((Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino’s first living wage certified restaurant sets the bar

Tofino’s newest takeout spot Toki Doki has upped the ante for West…

Flanked by his parents Cathy and Ronnie Lee, Ron Lee and partner Morgan Coyle clutch Tofino’s Business of the Year starfish trophy in front of his beachside BBQ joint back in November 2021. (TLBCC photo)

Tofino restaurant cracks Small Business BC Awards Top 5

Lil Ronnie’s Beachside BBQ up for Business Impact Award

Flanked by his parents Cathy and Ronnie Lee, Ron Lee and partner Morgan Coyle clutch Tofino’s Business of the Year starfish trophy in front of his beachside BBQ joint back in November 2021. (TLBCC photo)
Jens and Nelly Heyduck, owners and designers at Ahoy Bags, wave special edition sailcloth bags created to show solidarity with Ukraine. (Submitted photo)

West Coast businesses step up to help Ukraine

“Our hearts go out to the Ukrainian people and their suffering”

Jens and Nelly Heyduck, owners and designers at Ahoy Bags, wave special edition sailcloth bags created to show solidarity with Ukraine. (Submitted photo)
West Coast kids learn all about bats during a field trip led by Raincoast Educators to Tonquin Trail. (Raincoast Education Society photo)

Popular Tofino-Ucluelet Field School program in dire need of more funding

Raincoast Education Society says business donations lost due to COVID are not coming back

West Coast kids learn all about bats during a field trip led by Raincoast Educators to Tonquin Trail. (Raincoast Education Society photo)
Bonnie Gurney and Eric Caswell are ready for a relaxing retirement after 35 years operating Pioneer Boatworks shipyard and supply store in Ucluelet. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Pioneer Boatworks owners moving on after 35 years in Ucluelet

A revered local couple is voyaging into the relaxing and well-deserved waters of retirement

Bonnie Gurney and Eric Caswell are ready for a relaxing retirement after 35 years operating Pioneer Boatworks shipyard and supply store in Ucluelet. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
Part of the 2019 Incubator cohort, Tofino residents Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk saw a need for composting in their community so they founded Tofino Urban Farm Co. (Westerly File photo)

New program aims to boost green start-ups

Applications to the 2022 Project Zero Incubator is open to early-stage business ideas across B.C.

Part of the 2019 Incubator cohort, Tofino residents Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk saw a need for composting in their community so they founded Tofino Urban Farm Co. (Westerly File photo)
Tourism Ucluelet is considering an increase in the district’s MRDT from 2 per cent to 3 per cent. (Westerly file photo)

Tourism Ucluelet considering hotel tax increase

Destination marketing organization putting its next MRDT spending strategy together

Tourism Ucluelet is considering an increase in the district’s MRDT from 2 per cent to 3 per cent. (Westerly file photo)
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Tofino council approves business licence fee increase

A significant spike in local business licence fees became official in Tofino last week

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Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island cybersecurity firm ahead of global curve in arming against Log4j bug

aDolus Technology Inc. generates first vulnerability reports to thwart hackers

Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)
Zane Nilson of Ukee Dogs is expecting a busy night of festive revelry during Ucluelet’s Midnight Madness event on Nov. 26. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Holiday season arrives on West Coast as Ucluelet shops prepare for late night shopping spree

The town’s annual Midnight Madness festivities will light up the night on Nov 26

Zane Nilson of Ukee Dogs is expecting a busy night of festive revelry during Ucluelet’s Midnight Madness event on Nov. 26. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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Business licence fees set to rise in Tofino

Town’s council considers 40 per cent increase over next two years

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Arc’teryx athlete Pete Devries and Surfrider Pacific Rim Youth Lead Alys Hoyland are stoked to join forces to pioneer a digital ocean-friendly schools curriculum. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Arc’teryx sponsors Surfrider Pacific Rim youth program

YES Program includes downloadable lesson plans and ocean-friendly schools toolkit

Arc’teryx athlete Pete Devries and Surfrider Pacific Rim Youth Lead Alys Hoyland are stoked to join forces to pioneer a digital ocean-friendly schools curriculum. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
Guests of Hotel Zed Tofino can play with a custom driftwood VW interactive van by Drifted Creations. The engine is even made of driftwood. (Submitted photo)

Hotel Zed Tofino earns spot on ‘Finest Hotels’ list

“We are floored by this. It is a completely unexpected and great honour

Guests of Hotel Zed Tofino can play with a custom driftwood VW interactive van by Drifted Creations. The engine is even made of driftwood. (Submitted photo)
Tourism Tofino is hoping to spread the town’s tourism revenue out beyond the summer months. (Westerly file photo)

Tourism Tofino aims at increasing offseason traffic

Goal to reach a 69 per cent average occupancy between October and May by 2027

Tourism Tofino is hoping to spread the town’s tourism revenue out beyond the summer months. (Westerly file photo)
A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)