Erin Haluschak

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in ‘Porch Session’ this afternoon following an initial sing-along last week. Facebook photo

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in ‘Porch Session’ this afternoon following an initial sing-along last week. Facebook photo
Glynis Mullen proposed a simple communication tool to check on neighbours and the community during COVID-19 which has been shared on social media across the country and beyond. Facebook photo/Glynis Mullen

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

Glynis Mullen proposed a simple communication tool to check on neighbours and the community during COVID-19 which has been shared on social media across the country and beyond. Facebook photo/Glynis Mullen
Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Chris Young/CP

Canada-wide Tragically Hip sing-along planned for March 26

Montreal comedian Joey Elias has put the call out on social media

Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Chris Young/CP
Glenn Janzen checks on the sap in late February in the evaporator at his Black Creek sugar shack. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Tapping into the Vancouver Island maple syrup industry

Glenn Janzen is one of the Island’s many maple syrup producers

Glenn Janzen checks on the sap in late February in the evaporator at his Black Creek sugar shack. Photo by Erin Haluschak
One of the cameras which was taken nearby a trapping site placed by CATS. Photo submitted

Comox Valley cat rescue organization hit by camera theft

“Someone is taking from an organization trying to help cats who are surviving in the wild.”

One of the cameras which was taken nearby a trapping site placed by CATS. Photo submitted
Courtenay couple Doris McLaughlin and her husband Don share their stories about their respective heart attacks - and the unique symptoms - in hopes to spread awareness during heart month in February. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

Courtenay couple Doris McLaughlin and her husband Don share their stories about their respective heart attacks - and the unique symptoms - in hopes to spread awareness during heart month in February. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Some of the participants gather around a window to look at the storm surrounding the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre during their Indigenous Winter Wellness Retreat. Photo supplied.

Wilderness retreat turns wild for nine families on Mount Washington

The goal was to encourage families to get outside and reconnect with their culture.

Some of the participants gather around a window to look at the storm surrounding the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre during their Indigenous Winter Wellness Retreat. Photo supplied.
Another blast of winter weather is expected to hit the Island residents north of the Malahat before temperatures are expected to return to normal next week. Black Press file photo

One last blast of winter tonight for parts of the Island before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

Another blast of winter weather is expected to hit the Island residents north of the Malahat before temperatures are expected to return to normal next week. Black Press file photo
The recent snowstorms made for a winter wonderland at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. (Submitted photo)

Island winter storms good news for Mount Washington

The resort received 46cm within the last 24 hours, for a total snowbase of 130 cm.

The recent snowstorms made for a winter wonderland at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. (Submitted photo)
Bob Plumb, shown before requiring numerous surgeries to repair damages to his face as a result of a machete assault in downtown Courtenay earlier this summer. (Photo submitted)

Island machete attack victim released from hospital

Bob Plumb released from hospital just prior to Christmas and is recovering at home

Bob Plumb, shown before requiring numerous surgeries to repair damages to his face as a result of a machete assault in downtown Courtenay earlier this summer. (Photo submitted)
The Baynes Sound Connector. File photo

Baynes Sound Connector ferry avoids crossing paths with drifting oyster rafts

A visual estimate at the time suggests it was more than a kilometer away from the vessel.

The Baynes Sound Connector. File photo
The Courtenay Fire Department along with the Comox Valley RCMP responded to a fatal crash Sunday evening on the Comox Valley Parkway near the Comox Logging Road. Photo by CTV Vancouver Island

One person dead following late-night crash in the Comox Valley

The incident happened on the Comox Valley Parkway near the Comox Logging Road.

The Courtenay Fire Department along with the Comox Valley RCMP responded to a fatal crash Sunday evening on the Comox Valley Parkway near the Comox Logging Road. Photo by CTV Vancouver Island
The backside of the Pacific Mist Spa building at the south end of the property caught fire around 10:30 p.m. Jan. 1. Black Press file photo

Employee credited with saving building following fire at Island resort

The New Year’s Day fire affected the spa building at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

The backside of the Pacific Mist Spa building at the south end of the property caught fire around 10:30 p.m. Jan. 1. Black Press file photo
Following a delay, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is set to open Friday. Screenshot/Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Mount Washington sets opening day

Mountain operations will begin Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Following a delay, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is set to open Friday. Screenshot/Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Overnight Wednesday, Mount Washington Alpine Resort received 31 cm of fresh snow, along with a light snowfall into Thursday morning. Screenshot/Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Mount Washington receives more than 30cm of snow

Last week, the resort announced they were pushing back opening day due to lack of snow.

Overnight Wednesday, Mount Washington Alpine Resort received 31 cm of fresh snow, along with a light snowfall into Thursday morning. Screenshot/Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Opening day at Mount Washington Alpine Resort is delayed due to lack of snow. Photo supplied

Opening day delayed at Mount Washington

Dec. 6 was set as opening day but will now be delayed due to lack of snow.

Opening day at Mount Washington Alpine Resort is delayed due to lack of snow. Photo supplied
William Francesco Vant Erve, 29, was a professional firefighter at 19 Wing Comox as well as a volunteer with the Courtenay Fire Department. Photo submitted

Coroners service investigating following death of Comox Valley military firefighter

19 Wing noted William Vant Erve passed away from an accident while climbing on Vancouver Island.

William Francesco Vant Erve, 29, was a professional firefighter at 19 Wing Comox as well as a volunteer with the Courtenay Fire Department. Photo submitted
Solweig Williams spotted a light-entangled deer outside her Comox residence and encourages anyone who may spot it to call the conservation office. Photo by Solweig Williams

Light-entangled deer spotted in Vancouver Island town

Typically conservation will safely capture the deer and remove the item once located

Solweig Williams spotted a light-entangled deer outside her Comox residence and encourages anyone who may spot it to call the conservation office. Photo by Solweig Williams
85-year-old woman perishes in house fire in Cumberland Wednesday

85-year-old woman perishes in house fire in Cumberland Wednesday

Police and fire personnel were called to the scene of a fire…

85-year-old woman perishes in house fire in Cumberland Wednesday
White powder and an orange flower charm found in a suspicious package Monday by Comox resident Tina Van Akker’s 13-year-old daughter. Facebook photo

Island mom warning others as suspicious powder found in mail

“I was very uneasy … it could be coffee whitener or it could be something else in the bag.”

White powder and an orange flower charm found in a suspicious package Monday by Comox resident Tina Van Akker’s 13-year-old daughter. Facebook photo