National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Colleen McDougall feels like she hasn’t slept since Christmas.
The Quadra Island resident works with a local company responsible for clearing snow from many of the public parking lots in the community.
Thursday she was shovelling pathways for the local bank after another storm hit the Vancouver Island region overnight, dumping at least a foot of snow.
Continue reading Vancouver Island prepares to slip and slide after snow dump
By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Tofino, BC – Around two weeks ago, Nicole Gervais said chunks of Styrofoam started washing ashore on the northern end of Long Beach, near the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation community of Esowista on Vancouver Island.
Continue reading Coastal communities ‘raise the alarm’ around marine debris
Windspeaker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
“It’s just frustrating, very maddening, you know, that this is how DFO always operates. We’ve never had a really good fisheries minister response to the work that we’re doing.” — Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
The lack of good faith negotiations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in its dealing with five First Nations on the West Coast could result in the criminalization of Nuu-chah-nulth fishers who exercise their court-affirmed right to a commercial fishery, asserts First Nations leadership.
Continue reading Bad faith, beads and trinkets negotiations by DFO obstructs court-affirmed fishery, says First Nations