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Tofino expands service areas for restaurants to allow social distancing
Tofino expands service areas for restaurants to allow social distancing
Tla-o-qui-aht carver Hjalmer Wenstob has enjoyed spending more time with his wife Annika, daughter Huumiis and son Cinkwa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Hjalmer Wenstob)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht artist finds ‘wonderful moments’ in isolation

Hjalmer Wenstob can’t remember the last time he’s felt so connected to his family or his art.

Tla-o-qui-aht carver Hjalmer Wenstob has enjoyed spending more time with his wife Annika, daughter Huumiis and son Cinkwa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Hjalmer Wenstob)
Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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Tofino plans ‘pop up’ outdoor dining area to support local restaurants

Tofino plans ‘pop up’ outdoor dining area to support local restaurants

Council endorses plan to transform RV parking lot into ‘al fresco’ park.

Tofino plans ‘pop up’ outdoor dining area to support local restaurants
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tofino Hospital Foundation chair Arlene McGinnis and her son Billy enjoy a donut named in their family’s honour at Rhino Coffee House. (Photo courtesy of Rhino)

Tofino restaurateur pays landlord’s generosity forward to Hospital Foundation

Coronavirus pandemic cancels foundation’s largest annual fundraiser

Tofino Hospital Foundation chair Arlene McGinnis and her son Billy enjoy a donut named in their family’s honour at Rhino Coffee House. (Photo courtesy of Rhino)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino businesses grapple with what’s to come

“We are not going to be as busy as we were. People aren’t going to travel like there were.”

Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Chef Dustin Riley nurses a cold can of Lucky Lager in his empty Ucluelet restaurant ‘The Blue Room’ over Easter long weekend. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Chef Dustin Riley nurses a cold can of Lucky Lager in his empty Ucluelet restaurant ‘The Blue Room’ over Easter long weekend. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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

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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
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)