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Water flowing through the Clore River work area where Coastal GasLink contractors are digging a trench for a pipeline crossing. (Photo courtesy the Suzuki Foundation)

New fish habitat damage allegations levelled at northwest B.C. pipeline project

Coastal GasLink opponents say water overflowed a dam on Clore River due to inadequate safeguards

Penticton resident Doreen Abbott ‘Nana’ failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. Her vehicle was found stuck in snow up Greyback Mountain Rd. on Jan. 28. (Facebook)

Penticton senior missing for 5 days; police call for dash-cam footage

Police are also asking to leave the search to the experts due to difficult terrain, cold weather

The District of Tofino hopes to pave MacKenzie Beach Road in 2023. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino sets 2023 resolution to pave MacKenzie Beach Road

District mulling $2 million project to pave road and build a a Multi-Use Path extension

A second engineer has lost their licence to practise over structural faults in a Langford apartment building formerly known as Danbrook One. (Black Press Media file photo)

Second engineer loses licence over troubled Vancouver Island apartment building

Theodore Sorensen had his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia cancelled

A second engineer has lost their licence to practise over structural faults in a Langford apartment building formerly known as Danbrook One. (Black Press Media file photo)
A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Vancouver Island chasing better strategies for living with bears and cougars

Human behaviour needs to shift for coexistence with wildlife, say specialists

A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Doug Kimoto paddles to his commercial salmon boat ‘La Perouse’. (Jeremy Koreski photo)

MP Johns urges justice for the late Ucluelet fisher Doug Kimoto

“He was a tireless advocate for the salmon trolling industry and for salmon enhancement”

Doug Kimoto paddles to his commercial salmon boat ‘La Perouse’. (Jeremy Koreski photo)
Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)

$213K fine issued to Coastal GasLink pipeline for environmental breach in northwest B.C.

Fine is the third for the pipeline project that will move natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat

Work continues along Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas plant being built at Kitimat. (File photo)
Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor closing its Houston mill in April amid weak market; new facility under consideration

Closure being called ‘temporary’ pending decision by Canfor board

Canfor is closing its Houston sawmill in April, calling the move temporary pending a decision to build a new one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A past Crab Cookout at the Wickaninnish Inn on North Chesterman Beach. (Submitted photo)

Wick Inn’s Tofino beach buy up proposal sparks local concern about precedent

Some concerned Wickaninnish Inn application will limit public access, Inn says that’s not the case

A past Crab Cookout at the Wickaninnish Inn on North Chesterman Beach. (Submitted photo)
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Port Alberni RCMP investigating after man found dead inside vehicle on Highway 4

A ‘minor’ collision took place near the Taylor River rest area

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Muddy debris could be harbouring the larvae of the invasive Zebra Mussel or invasive plant seeds. (East Kootenay Invasive Species Council photo)
Muddy debris could be harbouring the larvae of the invasive Zebra Mussel or invasive plant seeds. (East Kootenay Invasive Species Council photo)
Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: ‘This is a parent’s worst nightmare’; father of missing Bella Coola man

A $10,000 reward offered for information regarding disappearance of Carl Schooner Jr.

Chief Samuel Schooner of Nuxalk Nation speaks at a press conference in Williams Lake Jan. 12, appealing for information regarding the disappearance if Carl Schooner Jr. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Don Buchner is Wheels for Wellness Society executive director. (Black Press photo)
Don Buchner is Wheels for Wellness Society executive director. (Black Press photo)

Wheels for Wellness Society pulls out of Vancouver Island’s west coast communities

Service no longer financially feasible to continue, says executive director

Don Buchner is Wheels for Wellness Society executive director. (Black Press photo)
Don Buchner is Wheels for Wellness Society executive director. (Black Press photo)
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo

Should B.C. allow cannabis lounges and cafes? Survey gets mixed reviews

Support high for cannabis consumption spaces among users, but police, health experts more cautions

Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada on Oct. 17th. The City of Lacombe has spent the last year preparing bylaws to allow for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the community. Black Press File Photo
A GoFundMe campaign launched to help three Tofino residents displaced by a fire on Christmas morning had raised over $8,000 by Jan. 8. (GoFundMe photo)

Tofino rallies around residents displaced in Christmas morning fire

A GoFundMe campaign has more than doubled its $4,000 goal

A GoFundMe campaign launched to help three Tofino residents displaced by a fire on Christmas morning had raised over $8,000 by Jan. 8. (GoFundMe photo)
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Officials scramble for solutions as Tofino-Ucluelet loses bus service

Wilson’s Transportation has cancelled its Tofino Bus service in and out of the West Coast until May

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The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a vessel fire at the outer boat basin around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)

Vessel catches fire before sinking in Ucluelet harbour

Firefighters tackle early morning blaze on Thursday, Jan. 5

The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a vessel fire at the outer boat basin around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)
Routes to Tofino will remain suspended until May. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island Connector bus service paused after ridership plummets

Service between Victoria and Tofino, Nanaimo and Campbell River expected to resume in May

Routes to Tofino will remain suspended until May. (Black Press file photo)
The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade fought a vessel fire at the Hitacu dock on Dec. 29. (Photo courtesy of the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)

Ucluelet firefighters tackle fishing vessel fire in Hitacu

Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade respondS to a vessel fire in Hitacu on Dec. 29

The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade fought a vessel fire at the Hitacu dock on Dec. 29. (Photo courtesy of the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)
Clockwise from top left: Ted Eeftink, a lifelong local and iconic first responder, passed away on Nov. 9. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Eeftink); Fire crews tackle a massive fire that destroyed the Parksville Heritage Centre building on Nov. 9. (Michael Briones photo); The male Pacific white-sided dolphin was still alive when it was first discovered on Nov. 4 in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Karyssa Arnett photo); Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey smile at the bar of their Pluvio Restaurant. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Looking back on the West Coast’s top 10 news stories of 2022

Tofino and Ucluelet’s top headlines of the year

Clockwise from top left: Ted Eeftink, a lifelong local and iconic first responder, passed away on Nov. 9. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Eeftink); Fire crews tackle a massive fire that destroyed the Parksville Heritage Centre building on Nov. 9. (Michael Briones photo); The male Pacific white-sided dolphin was still alive when it was first discovered on Nov. 4 in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Karyssa Arnett photo); Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey smile at the bar of their Pluvio Restaurant. (Andrew Bailey photo)