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The next Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair is coming up Feb. 7 in the Comox Valley. BLACK PRESS file photo

Vancouver Island career fair will help serve a job-seekers’ market

Black Press Media Extreme Education and Career Fair slated for Feb. 7 in Comox Valley

The next Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair is coming up Feb. 7 in the Comox Valley. BLACK PRESS file photo
From left, Kung Shu members guitarist Ian Shu, drummer Wizard and bass player Dave Brown pose for a photo before their set at Officials Sports Lounge on Jan. 12 as part of Officials Sports Lounge’s farewell concert series that will wrap up on Saturday, Jan. 19. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Ucluelet says goodbye to town’s only sports bar

“It started off big and we’re on the backside of the mountain now.”

From left, Kung Shu members guitarist Ian Shu, drummer Wizard and bass player Dave Brown pose for a photo before their set at Officials Sports Lounge on Jan. 12 as part of Officials Sports Lounge’s farewell concert series that will wrap up on Saturday, Jan. 19. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
The staff at Surf Sister were delighted to be nominated for a Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award. Surf Sister is one of four Tofino businesses to be nominated and winners will be announced on Jan. 24. (Photo - Bryanna Bradley Photography)

Four Tofino businesses up for Vancouver Island Excellence Awards

Tofino’s business community is shining with four Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards…

The staff at Surf Sister were delighted to be nominated for a Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award. Surf Sister is one of four Tofino businesses to be nominated and winners will be announced on Jan. 24. (Photo - Bryanna Bradley Photography)
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The power outage inspired the gang at Riot Brewing Co. in Chemainus to concoct a new sour outage beverage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sour outage beverage commemorates power outage

Island Brewery finds a unique way to make the powerful wind storm memorable

The power outage inspired the gang at Riot Brewing Co. in Chemainus to concoct a new sour outage beverage. (Photo by Don Bodger)
DFO declares Swiftsure and LaPerouse Banks critical habitats for killer whales

DFO declares Swiftsure and LaPerouse Banks critical habitats for killer whales

“When it comes to British Columbia’s killer whales, the world is certainly watching.”

DFO declares Swiftsure and LaPerouse Banks critical habitats for killer whales
John Jack of Huu-ay-aht First Nations has been named to the First Nations LNG Alliance for 2018-19. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Port Alberni’s John Jack joins First Nations LNG Alliance

Jack represents Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Kwispaa LNG project

  • Dec 9, 2018
John Jack of Huu-ay-aht First Nations has been named to the First Nations LNG Alliance for 2018-19. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Crystal Cove Beach Resort’s GM J.J. Belanger and Ocean Outfitters GM Ocean Simone Shine proudly display their EcoStar Awards. The trophies were made from recycled chopsticks. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino’s Crystal Cove and Ocean Outfitters win Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards for green steps

“Tourism is a privilege and our organization takes our ecological footprint seriously.”

Crystal Cove Beach Resort’s GM J.J. Belanger and Ocean Outfitters GM Ocean Simone Shine proudly display their EcoStar Awards. The trophies were made from recycled chopsticks. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Monte Clarke, Amanda Pozzobon, Erin Cooke, Aaron Pearson and Bryce McLean of Storm Surf Shop are excited to welcome the West Coast into Tofino’s Jingle into Christmas shopping extravaganza on Nov. 30. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Holiday shopping extravaganzas coming to Tofino and Ucluelet

“It’s like drinking hot chocolate; it makes you feel warm.”

Monte Clarke, Amanda Pozzobon, Erin Cooke, Aaron Pearson and Bryce McLean of Storm Surf Shop are excited to welcome the West Coast into Tofino’s Jingle into Christmas shopping extravaganza on Nov. 30. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
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)
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