National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
B.C. communities large and small are suffering devastating losses as deaths from toxic street drugs reached an all-time high with 2,224 people dying from overdoses in the province last year.
Every health authority saw a record loss of lives in 2021 as an average of six people died each day from toxic drugs, said B.C.’s Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe on Wednesday, and communities across Vancouver Island were no exception.
Continue reading Island Health not exempt from B.C.’s record toxic street drug death toll
By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The critical highway between Port Alberni and Tofino currently has limited cellular service, leaving travelers and commuters without any way of contacting family, friends or emergency services in the event of an accident.
That’s about to change, as Rogers announced it will be expanding its coverage along the 85-kilometre stretch of highway by building six new cellular towers, and upgrading two existing towers between the coastal communities.
Continue reading Wireless network expanding along B.C.’s Highway 4
qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
It was a stormy October night in 2014, when a massive flash flood raged over the Tla’amin salmon hatchery.
Logs, leaves and mud clogged the hatchery river fencing. The river overflowed into the protected area. “It was actually very similar to the downpour we received just a few weeks ago,” says Scott Galligos, a Tla’amin hatchery technician. “The flood itself lasted just about 48 hours. There was a lot of salmon escapement.”
Continue reading 2014’s weather was even weirder than 2021’s, in this coastal BC town
A new disaster preparedness app is about to be deployed in seven Vancouver Island communities.
Pilot projects will be launched in the Village of Tahsis, District of Tofino, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and City of Nanaimo next month.
Preparations are underway to bring the project onstream in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.
Continue reading New Disaster preparedness app coming to Vancouver Island
CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Twenty activists from Campbell River, Quadra Island and Comox turned out for “Canada is still on Fire – 350.org day of Action” in Campbell River on Wednesday Sept. 8.
Continue reading Election 2021: Activists gather for climate change event in Campbell River