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POLL: Are you planning to travel internationally this year?

COVID-19 travel restrictions are easing, will you be flying out of the Tofino and Ucluelet region

  • Aug 1, 2021
Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

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POLL: Do you still choose to wear a mask inside public spaces?

COVID-19 restrictions easing

  • Jul 25, 2021
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We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

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A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
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POLL: Do you think Ucluelet residents should have to pay to park at Tofino’s beaches?

Tofino set to launch pay parking plan next month

  • Jul 15, 2021
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
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POLL: Do you make an effort to limit your water usage in the summer?

Tofino and Ucluelet’s dryest months come when the towns are at their busiest

  • Jun 27, 2021
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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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POLL: Have you registered for your second COVID-19 vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are back in Tofino and Ucluelet

  • Jun 13, 2021
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Ucluelet’s Recreation department, from left: Abby Fortune, Bri Walker, Judy Bloedorn and Barb Gudbranson, are calling on the residents to join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge that kicks off on June 1 to help win funding for outdoor lighting at the skatepark. (Nora O’Malley photo)

POLL: Do you plan to participate in the ParticipACTION challenge this month?

Ucluelet hopes to wain $100,000 to put towards local amenities

  • Jun 6, 2021
Ucluelet’s Recreation department, from left: Abby Fortune, Bri Walker, Judy Bloedorn and Barb Gudbranson, are calling on the residents to join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge that kicks off on June 1 to help win funding for outdoor lighting at the skatepark. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The ‘Locks of Love’ fence, which had become a controversial litter magnet at Wally Creek along Hwy. 4 has been removed. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

POLL: Are you happy to see the ‘Locks of Love’ fence removed from Hwy. 4?

Chain link fence had become a litter magnet at Wally Creek.

  • May 30, 2021
The ‘Locks of Love’ fence, which had become a controversial litter magnet at Wally Creek along Hwy. 4 has been removed. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

POLL: Do you support charging a fee for parking at Tofino’s beaches?

Tofino set to charge a fee to park at public beaches.

  • May 23, 2021
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OPINION: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan

Pandemic’s trickle-down impact is particularly large and insidious at a local and community level

  • May 18, 2021
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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POLL: Did you complete your 2021 census form on time?

Have you completed your 2021 census form yet? READ MORE: 2021 census…

  • May 16, 2021
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Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)

Wolf: Parksville’s Tagen Marshall inspires others, aims to invest in himself

VIU honour student with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy seeks help achieving big dreams

Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito