Comox Valley

A take-home test kit for drug users is seen here. Testing a drug supply for fentanyl could potentially save the user’s life. Photo: Vancouver Coastal Health

Island advocates for change as toxic drug-related death toll continues to rise

Courtenay couple pushes for legalization as fatalities mount on the Island and across B.C.

 

Doug Cox is the co-chair of the steering committee for the contemporary roots and traditional roots categories for the 2023 Juno Awards. The finalists for all 47 categories will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Photo by Terry Farrell

Juno committee co-chair one of many hats worn by Vancouver Island’s Doug Cox

Doug Cox is synonymous with the Vancouver Island musical arts community. If…

 

Sydney Doberstein’s grandfather Blake Walton chats with her mom in Our End in Mind. Photo submitted

Vancouver Island filmmaker explores MAiD in six-part documentary series

Our End in Mind received $10,000 through Telus Storyhive Voices

 

An image created more than a decade ago by Northwest Coast artist Andy Everson was given an added touch this week to honour the passing of Vancouber Canucks’ enforcer Gino Odjick. Image by Andy Everson

B.C. Northwest Coast artist honours Canucks’ legend Gino Odjick with image

Comox Valley artist reworks 2011 work in popular late hockey player’s honour

An image created more than a decade ago by Northwest Coast artist Andy Everson was given an added touch this week to honour the passing of Vancouber Canucks’ enforcer Gino Odjick. Image by Andy Everson
Comox Valley basketball coach Larry Street. Photo by Ali Roddam

Meeting a life-saver: Longtime Island coach recalls growing up with Terry Fox

Comox Valley cancer survivor Larry Street says Fox’s efforts might have indirectly saved his life

Comox Valley basketball coach Larry Street. Photo by Ali Roddam
The 40-acre Maris Estates oceanfront property has been gifted to the Comox Valley Regional District through the federal Ecological Gifts Program. Photo supplied

40 acres of oceanfront property donated to Comox Valley Regional District to create a park

The Comox Valley Regional District has received a donation of 40 acres…

The 40-acre Maris Estates oceanfront property has been gifted to the Comox Valley Regional District through the federal Ecological Gifts Program. Photo supplied
10-year-old Ivy Costello and YANA executive director Kelly Barnie show off Ivy’s new diamond ring. Photo supplied

10-year-old all smiles after $5,600 diamond ring pops out of her Christmas cracker

Visitor from New Zealand wins grand prize in annual Comox Valley fundraiser

10-year-old Ivy Costello and YANA executive director Kelly Barnie show off Ivy’s new diamond ring. Photo supplied
Shawnigan Lake student Morgan Jackson has been named to the Canadian hockey team for the 2023 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship this month in Sweden. (Arden Gill photo)

Vancouver Island hockey player named to Canada’s U18 team

Shawnigan Lake School’s Morgan Jackson skates from the Comox Valley to national stage

  • Jan 6, 2023
Shawnigan Lake student Morgan Jackson has been named to the Canadian hockey team for the 2023 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship this month in Sweden. (Arden Gill photo)
Catherine Babault releases Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot, on Dec. 21. Catherine Babault photo

Vancouver Island photographer releases book about Vancouver Island marmot

Books explores efforts to save one of the Island’s high-profile endangered species

Catherine Babault releases Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot, on Dec. 21. Catherine Babault photo
Recent amendments to Bill C-21 propose banning large numbers of hunting and sporting rifles. Photo courtesy Sebastian Pociecha/unsplash

Licensed Vancouver Island gun owners say they’re no threat to public safety

Bill C-21 amendments propose banning hunting, sporting rifles

Recent amendments to Bill C-21 propose banning large numbers of hunting and sporting rifles. Photo courtesy Sebastian Pociecha/unsplash
Werner Karsten shows one of the two turtlepod prototypes he brought with him for display at the Walk With Me event in Courtenay, on Nov. 26. The insulated, mobile  pods are intended to provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Photo by Terry Farrell
Werner Karsten shows one of the two turtlepod prototypes he brought with him for display at the Walk With Me event in Courtenay, on Nov. 26. The insulated, mobile  pods are intended to provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Photo by Terry Farrell
Drone footage shows what appears to be a fluid slick emanating from a vessel precariously docked at the Deep Water Recovery property on the Baynes Sound shoreline.

Oil slick spotted at controversial Vancouver Island shipbreaking dock

MP Gord Johns says federal government is failing in its protection of the coastline

Drone footage shows what appears to be a fluid slick emanating from a vessel precariously docked at the Deep Water Recovery property on the Baynes Sound shoreline.
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$500,000 winning lottery ticket sold on Vancouver Island

Someone matched all four numbers on the Extra

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Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson was among the nearly three dozen participants at Saturday’s (Nov. 26) Walk With Me event in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

Minister of mental health and addictions among participants at Walk With Me event

Comox Valley-Strathcona-North Island Medical Health Officer Dr. Charmaine Enns also participated

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson was among the nearly three dozen participants at Saturday’s (Nov. 26) Walk With Me event in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell
Desmond Day Larson on the set of his YouTube show, Mr. Day. Photo by Terry Farrell

Day dawns with music and imagination as a YouTube children’s performer

Courtenay singer/songwriter gaining an audience with his online children’s show

Desmond Day Larson on the set of his YouTube show, Mr. Day. Photo by Terry Farrell
North Island College students now have more options to the traditional bulletin board, as the college has a new arrangement with a service, Places4Students, that helps find more homes for students. Photo supplied

New housing service connects North Island College students and homeowners

North Island College wants to help connect students with places to live…

North Island College students now have more options to the traditional bulletin board, as the college has a new arrangement with a service, Places4Students, that helps find more homes for students. Photo supplied
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.

Habitat for Humanity survey reveals housing affordability as a top concern for Canadians

A new survey released Nov. 10 by Habitat for Humanity Canada finds…

The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied

Accessible travel guides launched for the Vancouver Island region

The Vancouver Island Region now has a series of accessible travel guides…

The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied
File photo of a bear that wound up in a backyard of a Courtenay home.

What happens when a bear gets between a Vancouver Island man and his clothes

Comox Valley incident a reminder there are bears out there and you should minimize interactions

File photo of a bear that wound up in a backyard of a Courtenay home.
Evelyn Voyageur is an Elder-In-Residence at North Island College Comox Valley campus. Photo courtesy NIC

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is much more than a holiday: Island elder

Statutory holiday a call to action, but Dr. Evelyn Voyageur would like to see it recognized as more

Evelyn Voyageur is an Elder-In-Residence at North Island College Comox Valley campus. Photo courtesy NIC