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As part of Earth Week, Ucluelet Rotary Club member Ryan Wackett will be handing out free Clean Up Packages with grabber picker up tools at his shop Westcoast Connect from April 10 to 23. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet Rotary honours Earth Day with week long community clean up

“Let’s spring into action and clean up our beautiful communities!”

 

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Five 10-hour closures coming to Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

 

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s Green Point Campground saw an unprecedented flurry of reservations last week. (Pacific Rim National Park Reserve photo)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s campground sees ‘unprecedented’ interest as reservations open

Green Point Campground is scheduled to open from May 1 – Oct. 12 this year.

 

Kale is a classic in West Coast gardens.

COLUMN: Kale reigns supreme in West Coast gardens

In Tofino and Ucluelet, kale is a classic.

  • Apr 11, 2021
Kale is a classic in West Coast gardens.
Pickleball is a favourite recreation for older adults on the West Coast. (Westerly file photo)

Pacific Rim Hospice releases older adult survey report

One key theme unearthed during the research process was the need for companionship

Pickleball is a favourite recreation for older adults on the West Coast. (Westerly file photo)
Theatre manager Sophie L’Homme is ecstatic to share the news that Tofino’s aging Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre is finally getting upgrades. (Nora O’Malley photo)

BC Arts grant funding breathes new life into Tofino’s community theatre

“Once it’s done, it’s going to be a pride of the town.”

Theatre manager Sophie L’Homme is ecstatic to share the news that Tofino’s aging Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre is finally getting upgrades. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A rock bluff was blasted off Hwy. 4 on March 23 as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

WATCH: Planned Pacific Rim Highway explosion deemed a success

Work continues to improve access to Tofino and Ucluelet via Highway 4

A rock bluff was blasted off Hwy. 4 on March 23 as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry thanks an Island Health nurse after joining front-line staff for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)

COVID-19: Community-wide vaccination clinics to begin next week in Tofino-Ucluelet

Clinics for Tofino and Ucluelet residents 18 years of age or older start April 12.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry thanks an Island Health nurse after joining front-line staff for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
Tofino’s municipal council is back to seven members as the town’s CAO Bob McPherson swore in new mayor Dan Law and new councillors Cathy Thicke and Jacky Challenger on March 23. Immediately following their oaths of office, the three new members joined councillors Al Anderson, Tom Stere, Britt Chalmers and Duncan McMaster for their first council meeting since being elected in Tofino’s March 6 byelection. (Screenshot from March 23 council meeting via Zoom)

Tofino’s new mayor, councillors sworn in

Dan Law, Cathy Thicke and Jacky Challenger officially join council.

Tofino’s municipal council is back to seven members as the town’s CAO Bob McPherson swore in new mayor Dan Law and new councillors Cathy Thicke and Jacky Challenger on March 23. Immediately following their oaths of office, the three new members joined councillors Al Anderson, Tom Stere, Britt Chalmers and Duncan McMaster for their first council meeting since being elected in Tofino’s March 6 byelection. (Screenshot from March 23 council meeting via Zoom)
Jeanne Keith-Ferris smiles over a handful of ‘gardening gold.’ (Submitted photo)

COLUMN: Worm poop is gardening gold

Worm composting is the perfect solution in Tofino-Ucluelet.

  • Apr 4, 2021
Jeanne Keith-Ferris smiles over a handful of ‘gardening gold.’ (Submitted photo)
From left, Food Bank on the Edge volunteers Barbara Millar, Laurie Bird and Annie Goertzen celebrated a heartwarming donation of 20 Easter baskets put together by local kids Percy Udell, Daphne Hurwitz and Kesler Taron alongside the food bank’s executive director Cris Martin. (Andrew Bailey photo)

POLL QUESTION: Are you doing something special for Easter?

Easter has arrived in Tofino-Ucluelet.

  • Apr 4, 2021
From left, Food Bank on the Edge volunteers Barbara Millar, Laurie Bird and Annie Goertzen celebrated a heartwarming donation of 20 Easter baskets put together by local kids Percy Udell, Daphne Hurwitz and Kesler Taron alongside the food bank’s executive director Cris Martin. (Andrew Bailey photo)
(DFO photo)

MP Gord Johns urges Fed to declare wild salmon emergency

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns calls situation desperate.

(DFO photo)
Cermaq’s Ronja Islander well-boat is used to combat sea lice outbreaks on fish farms. (Clayoquot Action photo)

Cermaq Canada’s latest pesticide permit application intensifies fish farm debate

Tofino aquaculture company wants to use hydrogen peroxide to treat sea lice on farmed salmon

Cermaq’s Ronja Islander well-boat is used to combat sea lice outbreaks on fish farms. (Clayoquot Action photo)
Ruby and Whitey Bernard joyously breathe a breath of fresh air after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on March 17 in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley photo)

POLL QUESTION: Do you plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you?

Vaccination clinics were held for seniors in Tofino and Ucluelet this month.

  • Mar 28, 2021
Ruby and Whitey Bernard joyously breathe a breath of fresh air after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on March 17 in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley photo)
BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT: Ruby and Whitey Bernard joyously breathe a breath of fresh air after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on March 17 in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Vaccinations arrive for Tofino and Ucluelet elderly

“I’ve been waiting for this day for over a year since the pandemic was announced.”

BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT: Ruby and Whitey Bernard joyously breathe a breath of fresh air after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on March 17 in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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Long Beach Airport receives $431K grant

Tofino-Ucluelet’s regional airport looks ahead to upgrades.

(Westerly file photo)
Food Bank on the Edge executive director Cris Martin happily hands a $1,400 cheque to Fish and Loaves president John Enns outside the Tofino BC Liquor Store on March 10. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet food initiatives share support

Local groups share $3,800 windfall collected by local BC Liquor Stores.

Food Bank on the Edge executive director Cris Martin happily hands a $1,400 cheque to Fish and Loaves president John Enns outside the Tofino BC Liquor Store on March 10. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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Tofino council condemns ‘racist’ responses to proposed ecosystem service fee

1 per cent fee would have supported Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s Tribal Park Allies program.

(Westerly News file photo)
Airport manager Mark Fortune points at the site of a future local food production facility by Dion Olin and Louise Rodgers of The Coastal Hive. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Upgrades coming to Long Beach Airport near Tofino and Ucluelet

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District approves agriculture project

Airport manager Mark Fortune points at the site of a future local food production facility by Dion Olin and Louise Rodgers of The Coastal Hive. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Cathy Thicke, left, and Jacky Challenger, right, were both elected to Tofino’s council on March 6. (Photos submitted)

Tackling tourism impacts a top priority for Tofino’s two new councillors

Cathy Thicke and Jacky Challenger look to address tourism concerns.

Cathy Thicke, left, and Jacky Challenger, right, were both elected to Tofino’s council on March 6. (Photos submitted)