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Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Quality Foods offers two-hour access, Shoppers Drug Mart offers one hour

Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
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
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Picking chanterelles near Ucluelet
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Low-cost airline Swoop launches in Canada
Pacific Coastal Airlines has launched a new direct flight between Victoria and Long Beach Airport. (Pacific Coastal photo)
Pacific Coastal Airlines has launched a new direct flight between Victoria and Long Beach Airport. (Pacific Coastal photo)
ANAF executive board members Kasia Kromka, left, and Bronwyn Kelleher, fly the Unit 293 flags outside the veterans hall on Peninsula. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet’s ANAF pays off debt, looking to hire

“Friday night drank us out of debt.”

ANAF executive board members Kasia Kromka, left, and Bronwyn Kelleher, fly the Unit 293 flags outside the veterans hall on Peninsula. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Westerly News is one of three finalists in its circulation size for a 2020 BCYCNA Newspaper Excellence Award.

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News nominated for Newspaper Excellence Award

The Westerly is joined on the nomination list by the Revelstoke Review and Keremeos Review.

  • Mar 3, 2020
The Westerly News is one of three finalists in its circulation size for a 2020 BCYCNA Newspaper Excellence Award.
Ucluelet Co-op general manager Laurie Gehrke points to the friendly reminder that her shop is under construction. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Major renovations underway at Ucluelet Co-op

“People are going to be really pleased with what they see.”

Ucluelet Co-op general manager Laurie Gehrke points to the friendly reminder that her shop is under construction. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Fish for the Future event host and ambassador Matt Dawson cheers alongside the tournament’s winner Cohen Ingalls on Sept. 22. Participants radio in their fish as they reel it in so a professional can zip over and release it for them the proper way. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino Resort + Marina establishes Fish for the Future Fund for Clayoquot Sound salmon

“I see us being a conduit to all the great organizations doing awesome work in the community.”

Fish for the Future event host and ambassador Matt Dawson cheers alongside the tournament’s winner Cohen Ingalls on Sept. 22. Participants radio in their fish as they reel it in so a professional can zip over and release it for them the proper way. (Westerly file photo)
President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)

Dylan Green set to launch B.C.’s first ride-hailing app in Tofino

The Whistle! app will be available in Tofino on Feb.1 and in Whistler Feb. 6.

President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)
Business partners Kyle Meagher and Mike Holekamp share a laugh inside Tofino’s first dispensary, Daylight Cannabis. Holekamp said opening the business gave them a “heightened awareness of wanting to be entrepreneurs.” (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino’s first cannabis dispensary opens

“I don’t know where it’s going, but happy how it’s gone so far.”

Business partners Kyle Meagher and Mike Holekamp share a laugh inside Tofino’s first dispensary, Daylight Cannabis. Holekamp said opening the business gave them a “heightened awareness of wanting to be entrepreneurs.” (Nora O’Malley photo)
One more step toward ride-hailing in B.C. (Black Press Media file)

Tofino company gets B.C.’s first ride-hailing licence

Green Coast Ventures approved to operate in Lower Mainland, Whistler and parts of Vancouver Island

One more step toward ride-hailing in B.C. (Black Press Media file)
Tofino jeweller Lisa Fletcher meticulously crafts a new one-of-a-kind ring at her workspace in The Factory on Nov. 29. The unique Tofino store offers patrons opportunities to watch wares being made as they shop and it will be open late into the night on Dec. 6 as the community celebrates its annual Jingle Into Christmas holiday shopping celebration. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tofino shops set to sparkle during weekend’s Jingle Into Christmas celebration

“It’s like a family reunion. It’s nice to see the locals’ faces.”

Tofino jeweller Lisa Fletcher meticulously crafts a new one-of-a-kind ring at her workspace in The Factory on Nov. 29. The unique Tofino store offers patrons opportunities to watch wares being made as they shop and it will be open late into the night on Dec. 6 as the community celebrates its annual Jingle Into Christmas holiday shopping celebration. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Kristen O’Keefe is excited to welcome holiday shoppers to her third Midnight Madness celebration at The Den in Ucluelet. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Midnight Madness shopping celebration arrives in Ucluelet

“Midnight Madness to me is so awesome because it’s locals supporting locals.”

Kristen O’Keefe is excited to welcome holiday shoppers to her third Midnight Madness celebration at The Den in Ucluelet. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino and Ucluelet open zero-waste refill stations

“We wanted to have a thoughtful impact on the community.”

Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tsimka Martin, 35, poses with a traditional First Nations paddle in front of a foggy Lone Cone Mountain. Martin said her main motivation and pride after seven years of operating T’ashii Paddle School was mentoring other young guides. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tsimka Martin, 35, poses with a traditional First Nations paddle in front of a foggy Lone Cone Mountain. Martin said her main motivation and pride after seven years of operating T’ashii Paddle School was mentoring other young guides. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
The Hotel Zed location in Victoria can be recognized by its bright colours. PHOTO COURTESY HOTELZED.COM

Hotel Zed coming to Tofino

Vancouver Island community gets its first female hotelier

The Hotel Zed location in Victoria can be recognized by its bright colours. PHOTO COURTESY HOTELZED.COM
Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet

Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust releases Living Wage calculation.

Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet
Grace Lore, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, is one of the panelists on the discussion regarding gender equity at the upcoming Vancouver Island Economic Summit. (File Contributed)

Vancouver Island Economic Summit panel to address gender equity

Last month the Canadian government proposed amendments to regulations under the federal…

  • Sep 25, 2019
Grace Lore, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, is one of the panelists on the discussion regarding gender equity at the upcoming Vancouver Island Economic Summit. (File Contributed)
Green Soul Organics team members Katrina Peters, left, and Melody Jerome share warm memories of their time spent at Tofino’s health food store. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino health food store Green Soul Organics shuts down

“It was more than just a job. It was a lifestyle.”

Green Soul Organics team members Katrina Peters, left, and Melody Jerome share warm memories of their time spent at Tofino’s health food store. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
After 24 years of making customers smile, Billy and Sue Payne hand over the keys of Murray’s Grocery over to new owner Alison Dahlie. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Longtime owners sell popular convenience store in Ucluelet

“I’ve been here 24 years. I grew up next door. I’ll turn 55 this year. It’s time for a change.”

After 24 years of making customers smile, Billy and Sue Payne hand over the keys of Murray’s Grocery over to new owner Alison Dahlie. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)