Tyson Whitney

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

DFO set begin public consultation on B.C. fish farming transition plan

First Nations and other stakeholder meetings scheduled to begin this month for North Island

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
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Convicted sex offender charged with indecent acts in Port Hardy

Richard Overton has been charged with three counts of indecent act

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Port McNeill Hospital. (Gazette file photo)

2 North Island hospital ERs temporarily closed over the weekend

Island Health acknowledged that this is not an ideal situation for the communities

Port McNeill Hospital. (Gazette file photo)
Aerial view of the Village of Zeballos. (Village of Zeballos Facebook photo)

Zeballos temporarily suspends volunteer fire department due to liability concerns

Residents told to continue to call 911, consultants will be brought in to revamp local fire services

Aerial view of the Village of Zeballos. (Village of Zeballos Facebook photo)
Signage warning about the bear on the loose in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

UPDATED: Two black bears euthanized after man aggressively pursued in Port Hardy

Two bears matching description of the aggressive bear trapped and destroyed by conservation officers

Signage warning about the bear on the loose in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The eagle that was rescued from inside the house in Port Hardy. (Jill Laviolette photo)

B.C. eagle recovering after crashing through window

Rescuer hopes the eagle can be rehabilitated and released after recovering at wildlife rescue centre

The eagle that was rescued from inside the house in Port Hardy. (Jill Laviolette photo)
Lonnie Hryhroka passed away after a workplace logging accident severely injured him on April 13. (Barbara Paige Labbey photo)

Man severely injured logging on northern Vancouver Island dies 2 weeks later

Lonnie Hryhroka was 46-years-old when the accident happened near Nimpkish Lake

Lonnie Hryhroka passed away after a workplace logging accident severely injured him on April 13. (Barbara Paige Labbey photo)
An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

DFO handling of 10-year-old fish virus study disappoints North Island First Nations

DFO says report unreleased due to inconclusive science, Nations say valuable information suppressed

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
Nineteen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands were given 18 months to vacate, causing shock and uncertainty in the industry. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)

DFO reconfirms Canada’s commitment to transitioning from open-net pen salmon farming

Government responds after B.C. First Nations announce intent to assert control over fisheries

Nineteen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands were given 18 months to vacate, causing shock and uncertainty in the industry. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)
Thomas Wamiss will be walking from Port Hardy to Victoria starting June 18 to raise funds for cancer research. (Supplied photo)

North Islander to walk from Port Hardy to Victoria to raise funds for cancer research

Thomas Wamiss is aiming to create awareness and to help ‘battle this terrible disease’

Thomas Wamiss will be walking from Port Hardy to Victoria starting June 18 to raise funds for cancer research. (Supplied photo)
Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw’s former elected chief Paddy Walkus speaks to the crowd. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

North Island First Nations declare intent to take control fisheries in traditional waters

Former elected chief Paddy Walkus asserted the nations will now be instating their traditional laws

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw’s former elected chief Paddy Walkus speaks to the crowd. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Oakey’s health continues to improve daily after being attacked by a cougar on a remote North Island trail. (Jessica Shaw photo)

Go Fund Me raises nearly $7,000 for puppy attacked by cougar on remote North Island trail

Oakey’s health has continued to improve daily since the Feb. 24 attack.

Oakey’s health continues to improve daily after being attacked by a cougar on a remote North Island trail. (Jessica Shaw photo)
Oakey before the cougar attack. (Jessica Shaw photo)

Owner’s noisy charge saves 14-pound dog from B.C. cougar attack

Oakey recovering from surgery to remove left eye following emergency surgery hours away from home

Oakey before the cougar attack. (Jessica Shaw photo)
North Island Gazette file photo

Doctor shortage causes the Port McNeill Hospital to shut down for the weekend

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911

North Island Gazette file photo
The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run team, various North Island emergency personnel, and Mayor Dennis Dugas and Kwakiutl First Nation chief Calvin Hunt, all stopped for a group photo bright and early in Port Hardy on Sunday, Feb. 27 before the runners left Carrot Park. (David Grainger photo)

600 kilometres: The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy bright and early

The 600 kilometre run is held annually to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warriors Canada

The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run team, various North Island emergency personnel, and Mayor Dennis Dugas and Kwakiutl First Nation chief Calvin Hunt, all stopped for a group photo bright and early in Port Hardy on Sunday, Feb. 27 before the runners left Carrot Park. (David Grainger photo)
St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)

Another B.C. First Nation plans to probe grounds of former residential school

St. Michael’s was active in Alert Bay off Vancouver Island from 1894 to 1974, was torn down in 2015

St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)
A 58-foot vessel caught fire between Malcolm Island and Port McNeill. (Deb Waslewski / Sointula, Malcolm Island Sharing Community & Area Information Facebook photo)

58-foot vessel catches fire and sinks between Malcolm Island and Port McNeill

One person aboard was rescued by coast guard’s emergency fast rescue craft

A 58-foot vessel caught fire between Malcolm Island and Port McNeill. (Deb Waslewski / Sointula, Malcolm Island Sharing Community & Area Information Facebook photo)
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10 unique and romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

This list goes out to all of you who are homebound on Valentine’s Day

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A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)

Bear cub rescued in Port Alice a good candidate for rehabilitation

Little Alice is in the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre and is expected to return to the wild

A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)
North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)

Northern Vancouver Island high school announces ‘functional closure’

‘This closure is due to the shortage of staff and the inability to cover these staff shortages’

North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)