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A young girl drums during a healing ceremony in town square to honour Chantel Moore in Edmundston, N.B. on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Moore was a 26-year-old Indigenous woman who was fatally shot by police in Edmundston on June 4. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray

Chantel Moore inquest coroner jury says police use-of-force policy needs review

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman shot dead by officer in New Brunswick during a 2020 wellness check

Const. Jeremy Son arrives at the coroner’s inquest into the death of Chantel Moore in Fredericton, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. An expert in Canadian policing says the New Brunswick police officer who fatally shot a 26-year-old Indigenous woman during a wellness check two years ago was following police training and practices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett

Expert says police officer who fatally shot Chantel Moore was right to use lethal force

Inquest testimony: Tla-o-qui-aht woman had the ability to inflict grievous harm or death

An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)

Coastal Restoration Society chooses Port Alberni as Vancouver Island hub

Society calls area ideal for relations with First Nations and it’s central to Vancouver Island

Photos of Chantel Moore are displayed at the coroner’s inquest into her death in Fredericton, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The police officer who fatally shot a 26-year-old Indigenous woman during a wellness check in Edmundston, N.B., two years ago says he doesn't know why things escalated so quickly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett

Officer who killed Chantel Moore during wellness check testifies at inquest

New Brunswick police Const. Jeremy Son doesn’t know why things escalated so quickly

Photos of Chantel Moore are displayed at the coroner’s inquest into her death in Fredericton, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The police officer who fatally shot a 26-year-old Indigenous woman during a wellness check in Edmundston, N.B., two years ago says he doesn't know why things escalated so quickly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett
The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Bear destroys vehicle in Ucluelet after getting trapped inside

A black bear became trapped inside a vehicle and obliterated the interior before being freed

The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Catherine McCarthy-Martin holds a yellow rose in honour of her niece Chantel Moore during a healing gathering at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Thursday, June 18, 2020. A jury of three women and two men has been chosen in the coroner’s inquest into the death of Chantel Moore — a 26-year-old Indigenous woman fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B., during a wellness check on June 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Mother of Chantel Moore tells inquest about night N.B. police shot her daughter

Inquest underway into what happened the 2020 night Tla-o-qui-aht mom was shot and killed by police

Catherine McCarthy-Martin holds a yellow rose in honour of her niece Chantel Moore during a healing gathering at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Thursday, June 18, 2020. A jury of three women and two men has been chosen in the coroner’s inquest into the death of Chantel Moore — a 26-year-old Indigenous woman fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B., during a wellness check on June 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health

Renowned B.C. First Nations therapist recognized for resilience

Dr. Barney Williams receives 2022 Courage To Come Back Award in the Addictions category

Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health
With a sip of scotch John Hillman, 103, celebrates finishing his 103-lap fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

103-year-old Oak Bay veteran hopes for surge of donations to help children of Ukraine

John Hillman finishes 103 laps in walking fundraiser for Save the Children

With a sip of scotch John Hillman, 103, celebrates finishing his 103-lap fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Ucluelet could be on the cusp of losing its local medical clinic. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Island Health seeks solutions as Ucluelet fears losing medical clinic

Officials scrambling to find new clinic space as doctors tire of ‘subsidizing’ current space

Ucluelet could be on the cusp of losing its local medical clinic. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Dontay’s father, Patrick Lucas, speaks with the media outside of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Monday, May 9. Lucas was accompanied by his sister and mother. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Mother, stepfather charged in death of 6-year-old Port Alberni boy

Rykel Frank and Mitchell Frank face 1st-degree murder charges in 2018 death of Dontay-Patrick Lucas

Dontay’s father, Patrick Lucas, speaks with the media outside of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Monday, May 9. Lucas was accompanied by his sister and mother. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Salmon warriors during the May 7 flotilla.

Flotilla pounds drums against fish farm licence renewal across Tofino waters

A flotilla for wild salmon called on the federal government to not renew fish farm licenses for 2022

Salmon warriors during the May 7 flotilla.
Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two people arrested in 2018 death of six-year-old boy from Port Alberni

RCMP lay first-degree murder charges after four-year investigation

Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Trevor Little leads students from Haahuupayak Elementary School in a song at Millstone Park in Port Alberni for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Day of Action on May 5, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

More than 100 walk in Port Alberni to remember murdered, missing Indigenous women

Crowd walked for more than 50 Nuu-chah-nulth women considered murdered or missing

Trevor Little leads students from Haahuupayak Elementary School in a song at Millstone Park in Port Alberni for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Day of Action on May 5, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The front of the Ukee Peninsula Motel. (Booking.com photo)

Ukee Peninsula Motel gets green light for redevelopment

Plans include removing the Sake Sushi building and constructing a 3-storey motel off Larch Road

The front of the Ukee Peninsula Motel. (Booking.com photo)
An aerial perspective facing southeast of the proposed Minato Bay community. (Formosis Architecture rendering)

Minato Bay housing development introduced in Ucluelet

Folks can learn more at an upcoming open house on May 18 at the Ucluelet Community Centre

An aerial perspective facing southeast of the proposed Minato Bay community. (Formosis Architecture rendering)
There were nearly 400 earthquakes recorded in Canada in the month of April 2022. (MAP COURTESY EARTHQUAKES CANADA)

400 and counting: Vancouver Island epicentre of a busy earthquake month in Canada

Few regions in Canada escape Earth’s shake, rattle and roll, says seismologist

There were nearly 400 earthquakes recorded in Canada in the month of April 2022. (MAP COURTESY EARTHQUAKES CANADA)
Smoke is seen coming from the upstairs window of an unoccupied house that sustained damage from a suspicious fire on the weekend. Nanaimo RCMP are investigating. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo RCMP investigating fire set in house next to the one that exploded

Fire burned through kitchen floor at house that’s been boarded up since explosion two months ago

Smoke is seen coming from the upstairs window of an unoccupied house that sustained damage from a suspicious fire on the weekend. Nanaimo RCMP are investigating. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Motorists line up to cross the Confederation Bridge on Friday July 3, 2020. Members of the Prince Edward Island legislature voted unanimously to ask the federal government to change the name of the Confederation Bridge to Epekwitk Crossing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Brian McInnis

P.E.I. asking Ottawa to change name of Confederation Bridge to Epekwitk Crossing

Members of the Prince Edward Island legislature voted unanimously Friday to ask…

Motorists line up to cross the Confederation Bridge on Friday July 3, 2020. Members of the Prince Edward Island legislature voted unanimously to ask the federal government to change the name of the Confederation Bridge to Epekwitk Crossing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Brian McInnis
Tourism Nanaimo anticipates the city could see an overflow of visitors who would have otherwise gone to Victoria or Tofino as those communities see accommodations filling up. (Nanaimo Bulletin photo)

Island expecting overflow tourism as Victoria, Tofino hotels fill up for summer

Tourism Nanaimo reports to council on plans and expectations for coming season

Tourism Nanaimo anticipates the city could see an overflow of visitors who would have otherwise gone to Victoria or Tofino as those communities see accommodations filling up. (Nanaimo Bulletin photo)
The View Royal Surgical Centre will be acquired by Island Health. (Google Maps)

Island Health acquires private surgical centres in View Royal, Nanaimo

Move expected to add 4,600 surgeries, endoscopies annually on the Island

The View Royal Surgical Centre will be acquired by Island Health. (Google Maps)