Local Journalism Initiative

Fishing boats on the fourth street dock in Tofino sway from side-to-side with the heavy rain and wind after the tsunami warning ends, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick

First Nations seek safety upgrade for B.C. harbour after pair of floatplane crashes

Second Tofino incident in less than three months sparks call to Transport Canada for improvements

Fishing boats on the fourth street dock in Tofino sway from side-to-side with the heavy rain and wind after the tsunami warning ends, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation burn a copy of the Indian Act during a ceremony where they held the first sitting of their legislature and signed a constitution after implementing the historic Maa-nulth Final Agreement in Anacla, B.C., in the early morning hours of Friday April 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

West Coast First Nations’ child care repatriation an early success story

Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Social Services Project makes strides as children in care declines

Members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation burn a copy of the Indian Act during a ceremony where they held the first sitting of their legislature and signed a constitution after implementing the historic Maa-nulth Final Agreement in Anacla, B.C., in the early morning hours of Friday April 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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‘End of the Peace’: Site C documentary opens Toronto film festival

Film features various Indigenous people talking about how the dam theatens their communities

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If chickens are out in the open or covered by weak netting, Northern Goshawks are likely to get a free and easy meal. But the endangered raptors tend to eat their prey in place, leaving them vulnerable to defensive chicken keepers. (Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District photo)

Haida Gwaii’s forest-dwelling hawk: One of the most endangered species on the planet

By Matt Simmons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Narwhal A dense fog…

If chickens are out in the open or covered by weak netting, Northern Goshawks are likely to get a free and easy meal. But the endangered raptors tend to eat their prey in place, leaving them vulnerable to defensive chicken keepers. (Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District photo)
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Judge reserves decision on Prince George homeless camps

Advocates want resolution as cold weather season approaches

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The t-shirts of attendees at Campbell River’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony illustrate the continual effect of Canada’s residential school system on multiple generations. (Ronan O’Doherty, Campbell River Mirror)

West Coast B.C. chief says shadow of residential schools `gets longer and longer’

Homalco Chief Darren Blaney: ‘Before (Kamloops) … nobody took the genocide seriously’

The t-shirts of attendees at Campbell River’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony illustrate the continual effect of Canada’s residential school system on multiple generations. (Ronan O’Doherty, Campbell River Mirror)
The Woodbury Glacier, seen here in 2020. A glaciologist says Kootenay glaciers lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer. Photo: Katelyn Hurley

Summer’s extreme heat wave hit Kootenay icefields hard

Kokanee Glacier’s surface lowered around 2.7 metres from 2020 levels

The Woodbury Glacier, seen here in 2020. A glaciologist says Kootenay glaciers lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer. Photo: Katelyn Hurley
NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says “we are transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld file

Report ‘confirms’ mental health care is improving in B.C.

But observers skeptical of provincial review of its Pathway to Hope program

NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says “we are transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld file
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Program bringing rural nurse training to B.C.’s rural north

University of Northern British Columbia launches first nursing degree program in Fort St. John

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Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Old-growth activists want fewer police powers at Fairy Creek, RCMP asking for more

Teal Cedar Products asks B.C. court for one-year injunction extension at Fairy Creek

Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)

Staffing shortages have businesses in B.C. tourist mecca struggling to stay open

As visitors flood back into Tofino, business owners struggle to find people to serve them

Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)
The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

B.C. wildfires a `wake-up call’ to return to Indigenous-led fire management

The BCWS should be working with and learning from sqilxw Peoples

The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)
The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)

RCMP watchdog gets more than 70 enforcement complaints from Fairy Creek blockades

Protesters’ lawyer says 17 complaints fall under the agency’s mandate and will be investigated

The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)
Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper

Parties pledge support for B.C.’s old-growth forests as RCMP crack down on activists

Candidates address battles over the harvesting of B.C. forests against climate change backdrop

Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper
Village of Kaslo were forced to apologize after raising the Canadian flag back to full mast. File photo

Kootenay village apologizes after flag raised to full mast

Flags are currently half-mast across Canada

Village of Kaslo were forced to apologize after raising the Canadian flag back to full mast. File photo
Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)

Coastal Cleanup stages sequel of bid to rid B.C. coast of garbage

West Coast cleanup nets over 200 tonnes of marine debris

Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)
Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)

Work begins on researching unmarked burials at Alberni residential school site

Funding needed, but tips, ideas and a desire to do something strong

Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)

Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson

A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson