North Island Gazette

Fireworks over the Port Hardy sign during FILOMI days. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

13 fireworks permits issued by the District of Port Hardy for Halloween night

Social media was lit up with numerous complaints about fireworks being set off in the North Island.

Fireworks over the Port Hardy sign during FILOMI days. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Kwakiutl First Nation is hosting a mini business school for up to 20 Indigenous people with the aim of increasing Indigenous led entrepreneurship. (Kimberly Kufaas photo)

New mini Indigenous business school is coming to Port Hardy

Applications for the free business program are being accepted now

  • Nov 5, 2020
Kwakiutl First Nation is hosting a mini business school for up to 20 Indigenous people with the aim of increasing Indigenous led entrepreneurship. (Kimberly Kufaas photo)
Remembrance Day last year in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney photo)

North Island Legions are observing Remembrance Day in small, private ceremonies

Port Hardy's ceremony will be live-streamed and radio broadcast

  • Nov 5, 2020
Remembrance Day last year in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney photo)
The semi-truck laying on its side after the crash. (Port McNeill RCMP photo)

Update: Semi-truck crash near Woss remains under investigation by the Port McNeill RCMP

The vehicle was travelling northbound when it entered the southbound ditch.

The semi-truck laying on its side after the crash. (Port McNeill RCMP photo)
Don Svanvik, chief councillor of the ‘Namgis First Nation. Svanvik is also a hereditary chief. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Four ‘Namgis First Nation councillor terms extended by one year

Campaining not COVID-19 friendly and election by-laws don't allow for local mail-in voting

  • Nov 4, 2020
Don Svanvik, chief councillor of the ‘Namgis First Nation. Svanvik is also a hereditary chief. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Staff Sergeant Andy Phillips is the new top cop in Port Hardy. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Meet Staff Sgt. Andy Phillips, Port Hardy’s new top cop

Phillips was the sergeant in Port McNeill before coming to the top of the Island

  • Nov 4, 2020
Staff Sergeant Andy Phillips is the new top cop in Port Hardy. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Indigenous Court to offer alternative sentencing options

Final approval from the Judicial Council is expected in January

  • Nov 3, 2020
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Highway 19 is closed near Woss. (Rick Meek photo/Road Conditions Northern Vancouver Island Facebook group)

UPDATE: Highway 19 back to regular traffic near Woss

Drive BC says Highway 19 north of Woss is now back to normal.

Highway 19 is closed near Woss. (Rick Meek photo/Road Conditions Northern Vancouver Island Facebook group)
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Wuikinuxv First Nation evacuation to Port Hardy extended to seven days

Rains have not slacked off, keeping landslides a present threat

  • Nov 3, 2020
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Dwayne Buckle on Hightway 1 enroute from Red Deer to Port Hardy. (Submitted photo)

Red Deer man walking over 1,000 KM to honour family lost to cancer

"I'll do anything I can to get a cure for this disease. If I had to walk to the moon, I would."

  • Nov 2, 2020
Dwayne Buckle on Hightway 1 enroute from Red Deer to Port Hardy. (Submitted photo)

Red Deer man walking over 1,000 KM to honour family lost to cancer

"I'll do anything I can to get a cure for this disease. If I had to walk to the moon, I would."

  • Nov 2, 2020
Check out U’mista’s new exhibit online, Nov. 7, 2020. (Zoe Ducklow)

U’mista Cultural Centre celebrates 40 years of repatriating stolen objects

A new 40th anniversary exhibit will be unveiled online, Nov. 7

  • Nov 2, 2020
Check out U’mista’s new exhibit online, Nov. 7, 2020. (Zoe Ducklow)
BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition holding in Port Hardy while technicians repair the S-radar. The sailing was delayed by two days, leaving passengers stranded. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Northern Expedition rescheduled to sail for Bella Bella, Prince Rupert after mechanical issues

The S-radar malfunctioned twice, causing a two-day delay in Port Hardy

  • Oct 30, 2020
BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition holding in Port Hardy while technicians repair the S-radar. The sailing was delayed by two days, leaving passengers stranded. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
RCMP officer Chris Voller was honoured at a gathering hosted by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw members. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Officer Chris Voller says farewell to the North Island

"One of the biggest impacts you can have is having a pre-existing relationship with an individual."

  • Oct 30, 2020
RCMP officer Chris Voller was honoured at a gathering hosted by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw members. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Isaiah Therrien skates down the ice with the Port Hardy Bantam Hawks. (Nicki Ranger photo)

Port Hardy Minor Hockey aims to grow amidst COVID-19 pandemic

'As a parent, I'm just excited my son's getting a chance to play'

Isaiah Therrien skates down the ice with the Port Hardy Bantam Hawks. (Nicki Ranger photo)
The Port McNeill hospital will be diverting emergency room patients to Port Hardy on Halloween weekend, says healthcare worker. (North Island Gazette file photo)
The Port McNeill hospital will be diverting emergency room patients to Port Hardy on Halloween weekend, says healthcare worker. (North Island Gazette file photo)
BC Ferries lower car deck. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Northern Expedition ferry holding in Port Hardy

Radar issues caused the ferry to turn around

  • Oct 29, 2020
BC Ferries lower car deck. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a flood watch for the area, including the Bella Coola River and tributaries, Kingcome River, Owikeeno-Rivers Inlet, and surrounding areas.

Wuikinuxv under evacuation order, more rain in forecast

Bella Coola's Hill has re-opened but road conditions are muddy and wet

  • Oct 29, 2020
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a flood watch for the area, including the Bella Coola River and tributaries, Kingcome River, Owikeeno-Rivers Inlet, and surrounding areas.
The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.

The Village of Alert Bay is on a boil water advisory

Coliform levels could indicate the presence of a pathogen

  • Oct 28, 2020
The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.
Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health chief medical health officer, immunizes Victoria Schmid, Island Health’s vice-president of pandemic planning. (Submitted photo)

Can’t wait for a COVID vaccine? Get the flu vaccine in the meantime, says Dr. Enns

"We're in a pandemic, and we can't afford to have dual viral infections."

  • Oct 27, 2020
Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health chief medical health officer, immunizes Victoria Schmid, Island Health’s vice-president of pandemic planning. (Submitted photo)