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NIC Early Childhood Care and Education students are working toward their ECCE certification on the West Coast. Back row, left to right: Maureen Tom, Freda Thomas, Rae Frank, Arlene Touchie, Donna Louie, Sky Touchie Patrick. Front, left to right: Justine Frank, Joey David and Chris Jack. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Tla-o-qui-aht and NIC bring early childhood care and education to the West Coast

North Island College works with communities to offer accessible education options

  • Nov 9, 2018
NIC Early Childhood Care and Education students are working toward their ECCE certification on the West Coast. Back row, left to right: Maureen Tom, Freda Thomas, Rae Frank, Arlene Touchie, Donna Louie, Sky Touchie Patrick. Front, left to right: Justine Frank, Joey David and Chris Jack. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Castaways owners Lise Saurette and John Wynne reflect on the happy memories they had in their thrift store. They said in the first year of business, they were the witnesses to a wedding that took place in the courtyard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino loses beloved second-hand shop

Castaways Value Store owners bid farewell to Campbell Street location.

Castaways owners Lise Saurette and John Wynne reflect on the happy memories they had in their thrift store. They said in the first year of business, they were the witnesses to a wedding that took place in the courtyard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
The 2017 Torch Awards at The Union Club in Victoria. (Courtesy BBB Vancouver Island)

Local businesses that go above and beyond honoured at annual gala

Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island Torch Awards go Nov. 2 at the Union Club

The 2017 Torch Awards at The Union Club in Victoria. (Courtesy BBB Vancouver Island)
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Goodbye Greyhound, Aloha Box by Bus. (Tofino Bus Photo)

Tofino Bus launches shipping service to replace Greyhound across Vancouver Island

Affordable, same day and next day freight options are available as Greyhoubd Package Express ends

Goodbye Greyhound, Aloha Box by Bus. (Tofino Bus Photo)
Day shift workers Daniel Suarez, Joseva Raiwako, and Mukesh Prakash sort Hake at the Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods (UHS) fish plant. UHS processes roughly 500,000 pounds of hake per day, and according to management, could process more if they had the labourers. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

West Coast sailing rough employment seas to help fish processing thrive

Big Read: Fish processors casting a wide net to overcome employment challenges

Day shift workers Daniel Suarez, Joseva Raiwako, and Mukesh Prakash sort Hake at the Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods (UHS) fish plant. UHS processes roughly 500,000 pounds of hake per day, and according to management, could process more if they had the labourers. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Ed Hudson, right, and the barge re-construction crew Paul Simon, Brandea Picketts, and Brenda Chaplin take five. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Purchase of barge brings total to five for Wichito Marine Services in Tofino

Local crew spent countless hours restoring the old piece of infrastructure.

Ed Hudson, right, and the barge re-construction crew Paul Simon, Brandea Picketts, and Brenda Chaplin take five. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Making a pitch for Patricia Guzman worked out well for Jose Luis Munoz. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Love affair blossoms from Cuban baseball tour for Island woman

Trucker Guzman ties the knot with Union de Reyes coach

Making a pitch for Patricia Guzman worked out well for Jose Luis Munoz. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tom Harris passed away on June 29, 2017. (News Bulletin file)

Tom Harris memorial fundraiser supports kids camps

Tom Harris Legacy Fund sends over 200 underpriviledged local kids to camp this summer.

Tom Harris passed away on June 29, 2017. (News Bulletin file)
Zoe Jordan of Zoe’s Bakery and Cafe proudly holds up a certificate from the Surfrider Foundation’s Pacific Rim chapter congratulating her business for eliminating plastic straws. (Photo - Surfrider Pacific Rim)

Ucluelet businesses pour into Straws Suck movement

“We ultimately want to create an Ocean Friendly Corridor between Tofino and Ucluelet.”

Zoe Jordan of Zoe’s Bakery and Cafe proudly holds up a certificate from the Surfrider Foundation’s Pacific Rim chapter congratulating her business for eliminating plastic straws. (Photo - Surfrider Pacific Rim)
Young patrons check out a sea star during the Ucluelet Aquarium’s Plastic Free Market event held in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Ucluelet Aquarium hosts plastic-free market

“A lot of people feel like they can’t make a difference.”

Young patrons check out a sea star during the Ucluelet Aquarium’s Plastic Free Market event held in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Tofitians had a blast at last year’s Business Excellence Awards at the Shore Pier. This year’s gala will be held on May 10 at the same location. (Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Photo)

Nominations are in for 2018 Tofino Business Excellence Awards

Chamber of Commerce excited for May 10 event.

  • May 3, 2018
Tofitians had a blast at last year’s Business Excellence Awards at the Shore Pier. This year’s gala will be held on May 10 at the same location. (Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Photo)
VI Fitness files for bankruptcy

VI Fitness files for bankruptcy

Workout locations across Greater Victoria closed permanently May 1

  • May 2, 2018
VI Fitness files for bankruptcy
Former co-anchors Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart in a CTV News Vancouver promo photo.

Taggart and Killeen depart CTV News Vancouver

Co-anchors exit news outlet amid ‘major refresh’ at station

Former co-anchors Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart in a CTV News Vancouver promo photo.
From left, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Superintendent Karen Haugen smiles alongside Tla-o-qui-aht artist Hjalmer Wenstob, Wenstob’s brother Timothy Masso, Elder Richard Mundy and Ucluelet First Nation executive member Jeneva Touchie behind an orca fin sculpture Wenstob donated to Parks Canada on Sunday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Tla-o-qui-aht artist gifts whale fin sculpture to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

The piece was donated to Parks Canada during the Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s closing ceremonies.

From left, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Superintendent Karen Haugen smiles alongside Tla-o-qui-aht artist Hjalmer Wenstob, Wenstob’s brother Timothy Masso, Elder Richard Mundy and Ucluelet First Nation executive member Jeneva Touchie behind an orca fin sculpture Wenstob donated to Parks Canada on Sunday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
The Toquaht First Nation and the District of Ucluelet split a $1 million profit from their community forest partnership with each receiving $500,000 cheques last week. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Profits rain over community forest partners Ucluelet and Toquaht First Nation

“We’re excited to think about, along with our community, the many ways we can invest it and spend it.”

The Toquaht First Nation and the District of Ucluelet split a $1 million profit from their community forest partnership with each receiving $500,000 cheques last week. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Hjalmer Wenstob’s daughter Huumiis was on hand at her dad’s Grand Opening event at Ucluelet’s Cedar House Gallery on Saturday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Ucluelet gallery owner hopes to connect communities

A Grand Opening event celebrated the arrival of Hjalmer Wenstob’s transformed Cedar House Gallery.

Hjalmer Wenstob’s daughter Huumiis was on hand at her dad’s Grand Opening event at Ucluelet’s Cedar House Gallery on Saturday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort’s Executive Chef Dan Pietrzak and Sous Chef Andreanne Muller were ecstatic to hoist the Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s Chowder Chow Down trophy on behalf of their culinary team on Sunday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s Chowder Chow Down winners announced in Ucluelet

The event serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the Food Bank on the Edge.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort’s Executive Chef Dan Pietrzak and Sous Chef Andreanne Muller were ecstatic to hoist the Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s Chowder Chow Down trophy on behalf of their culinary team on Sunday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Hjalmer Wenstob is excited to welcome the West Coast to the grand opening of his art gallery on March 17. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tla-o-qui-aht artist carving out conversation in Ucluelet

“When you’re creating together and making work together, those conversations really come naturally.”

Hjalmer Wenstob is excited to welcome the West Coast to the grand opening of his art gallery on March 17. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
The Toquaht First Nation is building a new marina that will help showcase its growing Secret Beach destination. (Photo - www.secretbeachcampground.com)

$1.35 million marina in the works for Toquaht First Nation’s Secret Beach near Ucluelet

“It’s always been in our plans to expand and share our beautiful country with recreational tourists.”

The Toquaht First Nation is building a new marina that will help showcase its growing Secret Beach destination. (Photo - www.secretbeachcampground.com)
Robert Ellis happily hands off his resume to Tourism Tofino’s Flynn Saunderson and Jody Kirk at Friday’s West Coast Job Expo. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

West Coast Job Expo connects in Tofino

“The job market, as we all know, gets crazy in the summer.”

Robert Ellis happily hands off his resume to Tourism Tofino’s Flynn Saunderson and Jody Kirk at Friday’s West Coast Job Expo. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)