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Alberni Valley residents concerned about climate change gather in front of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne’s office on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 to hold a vigil for the hundreds of B.C. victims of June’s heat dome. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)

LETTER: Remembering those lost to climate emergencies

We will remember the victims of our climate disaster at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13

Alberni Valley residents concerned about climate change gather in front of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne’s office on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 to hold a vigil for the hundreds of B.C. victims of June’s heat dome. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)
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

Huu-ay-aht First Nations make decision on old growth deferral

33 percent of nation’s territory made up of old growth forests: Robert Dennis Sr.

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
Farmers in training work the land at the Shelter Farm, which has received two grants in the past few years from the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (PHOTO COURTESY GUY LANGLOIS)

Alberni Valley Community Foundation opens grant process for 2022

Port Alberni-based charitable organizations have until Feb. 28 to submit grant proposals

Farmers in training work the land at the Shelter Farm, which has received two grants in the past few years from the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (PHOTO COURTESY GUY LANGLOIS)
Story House is four singer-songwriters with a wealth of stories to tell through their folksy bluegrass music. Find out what their next plot is at Char’s Landing this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 1;30 p.m. Tickets and more info available at charslanding.com. (PHOTO COURTESY STORY HOUSE)

Story House brings bluegrass sound to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

This will be the band’s first performance in Port Alberni

Story House is four singer-songwriters with a wealth of stories to tell through their folksy bluegrass music. Find out what their next plot is at Char’s Landing this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 1;30 p.m. Tickets and more info available at charslanding.com. (PHOTO COURTESY STORY HOUSE)
Alison Cowan of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, centre, presents dancers Madeline Joseph, left, and Emma Fines with Maria Lewis Legacy bursaries. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni dancers, ballet instructor earn accolades for their talent

Canadian Dance Teachers Association presented a trio of awards at Stage West

Alison Cowan of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, centre, presents dancers Madeline Joseph, left, and Emma Fines with Maria Lewis Legacy bursaries. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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LETTER: Young drivers deserve kudos for clearing tree off Highway 4

Road was blocked until three truckloads of people did something about it

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LETTER: What would you rename B.C. if you could?

I thought it might be fun to brainstorm new monikers…

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North Island College students will explore Indigenous literature and B.C. history alongside peers from Costa Rica and Japan, thanks to a pair of upcoming virtual exchange programs starting this January. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

North Island College connects students in Canada, Costa Rica and Japan, virtually

North Island College students will explore Indigenous literature and B.C. history alongside…

North Island College students will explore Indigenous literature and B.C. history alongside peers from Costa Rica and Japan, thanks to a pair of upcoming virtual exchange programs starting this January. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Chris Ronald brings his roots and Americana sound to Char’s Landing on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS RONALD)

Chris Ronald brings roots sound to Char’s Landing for live concert Nov. 26

Concert will also be livestreamed for those who aren’t able to watch in person

Chris Ronald brings his roots and Americana sound to Char’s Landing on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS RONALD)
Romana Pasca, North Island College’s manager of international projects, partnerships and global education, says more than $1 million in new grant funding will mean more NIC students will be able to gain international perspectives through study abroad. Photo supplied

North Island College receives more than $1 million for student study abroad

North Island College students will have access to more than $1 million…

Romana Pasca, North Island College’s manager of international projects, partnerships and global education, says more than $1 million in new grant funding will mean more NIC students will be able to gain international perspectives through study abroad. Photo supplied
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LETTER: Quay to quay a waste of taxpayer money

The silent majority needs to speak up and voice their concerns…

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LETTER: City too focused on ‘pie in the sky’ ideas like walkway

I worry about the direction the mayor and council have been taking…

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Alberni Valley residents concerned about climate change gather in front of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne’s office on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 to hold a vigil for the hundreds of B.C. victims of June’s heat dome. The vigil will take place every Monday at 7 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)
Alberni Valley residents concerned about climate change gather in front of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne’s office on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 to hold a vigil for the hundreds of B.C. victims of June’s heat dome. The vigil will take place every Monday at 7 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)

Port Alberni residents hold candlelight vigil for victims of summer heat dome

Vigils for climate change will continue in November on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Alberni Valley residents concerned about climate change gather in front of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne’s office on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 to hold a vigil for the hundreds of B.C. victims of June’s heat dome. The vigil will take place every Monday at 7 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)
Alberni Valley residents concerned about climate change gather in front of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne’s office on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 to hold a vigil for the hundreds of B.C. victims of June’s heat dome. The vigil will take place every Monday at 7 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHN MAYBA)
Catch Panamour’s jazz-rock fusion Spook-tacular show on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY PANAMOUR)

PanAmour plays Char’s Landing for in-person Halloween concert

If jazz-rock fusion is your jam, check out this Port Alberni-based band

Catch Panamour’s jazz-rock fusion Spook-tacular show on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY PANAMOUR)
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched a series of online education workshops for caregivers and people living with dementia. (PHOTO COURTESY ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C.)

Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers online workshops for caregivers, people with dementia

Virtual workshops allow more interaction and discussion for Alberni Valley residents

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched a series of online education workshops for caregivers and people living with dementia. (PHOTO COURTESY ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C.)
Diane Naugler, executive director of the NIC Foundation receives $30,000 from NISU staff members Emma Warren, campus and community relations and Carissa Wilson, executive director. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island Students’ Union donates $30,000 for NIC student bursaries

Donation is in recognition of NISU’s 30th anniversary

Diane Naugler, executive director of the NIC Foundation receives $30,000 from NISU staff members Emma Warren, campus and community relations and Carissa Wilson, executive director. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The success of a book written about Vancouver Island war brides encouraged the late Sharon Hillman to continue writing about people of the Alberni Valley as a fundraiser for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and Ty Watson House’s Reflections program. Hillman produced a book of loggers’ tales in May 2017. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni ladies’ golf clubs wrap up 2021 season

Final joint event offered a chance to raise funds in former member Sharon Hillman’s memory

The success of a book written about Vancouver Island war brides encouraged the late Sharon Hillman to continue writing about people of the Alberni Valley as a fundraiser for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and Ty Watson House’s Reflections program. Hillman produced a book of loggers’ tales in May 2017. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)
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LETTER: Port Alberni senior in dire straits over dental work, says system is flawed

I have recently started a GoFundMe account to help pay for my dental work…

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Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams, chief of staff and medical director for West Coast General Hospital, checks out an artist’s rendering of the remodeled emergency department. An official groundbreaking for the $6.2-million expansion took place Oct. 8, 2021, although construction began in September. (PHOTO COURTESY ISLAND HEALTH)

$6.2M expansion at West Coast General Hospital brings improvement to patient care

Plans include seclusion room for people in crisis, separate entrance for ambulances

Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams, chief of staff and medical director for West Coast General Hospital, checks out an artist’s rendering of the remodeled emergency department. An official groundbreaking for the $6.2-million expansion took place Oct. 8, 2021, although construction began in September. (PHOTO COURTESY ISLAND HEALTH)
NIC is celebrating Thrive Month throughout October with a range of activities to support mental health and well-being. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

North Island College Thrive Month supports student mental health

Thrive Month is taking place at North Island College through the month…

NIC is celebrating Thrive Month throughout October with a range of activities to support mental health and well-being. Photo by Kim Stallknecht