John McKinley

The future of Vancouver Island rail is the subject of a review by the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities.

Vancouver Island commits to rail review, not sure of exactly what or how

Local government endorses close look at Island Corridor Foundation while

The future of Vancouver Island rail is the subject of a review by the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities.
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait and her son Ewan. Tait returned to work April 1 to find she had been removed as the community's Capital Regional District representative.

Maternity leave furor could give birth to new legislation

Vancouver Island politicians urge province to close loophole that leaves elected officials without parental rights

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait and her son Ewan. Tait returned to work April 1 to find she had been removed as the community's Capital Regional District representative.
Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective with Vancouver Island University students and teachers as part of VIU’s elders-in-residence program.

A Gathering Place for a Vancouver Island First Nations cultural renaissance

Focus on VIU Part II: Vancouver Island First Nations finding welcome and opportunity at Vancouver Island University

Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective with Vancouver Island University students and teachers as part of VIU’s elders-in-residence program.
Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the 1952 Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront last week.

Delegates support rail funding at AVICC

Rail service on Vancouver Island got the support of a majority of municipal politicians on Sunday.

Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the 1952 Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront last week.
Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront Tuesday. The 1952 locomotive and four heritage coaches arrived earlier that morning in anticipation of an April 8 event celebrating the 130th anniversary of Island rail.

AVICC: Delegates support rail funding motion

NANAIMO – Majority of AVICC attendees vote to urge federal government to release funding for track repairs.

Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront Tuesday. The 1952 locomotive and four heritage coaches arrived earlier that morning in anticipation of an April 8 event celebrating the 130th anniversary of Island rail.
Vancouver Island's snowpack is at normal levels this spring according to a bulletin released today by the provincial government

Vancouver Island water watchers relax as solid snowpack confirmed

Provincial government officials say snow levels in the mountains are almost exactly where they should be

Vancouver Island's snowpack is at normal levels this spring according to a bulletin released today by the provincial government
Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront on March 24.

RDN pulls Island Corridor rail funding

Passenger rail returns to the Island in the form of a classic locomotive pulling four heritage rail cars

Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront on March 24.
An eight-kilometre stretch through the heart of Nanaimo is one example a well-used trail running alongside the railway on the E&N corridor.

Vancouver Island trail and rail plans running on parallel tracks

Handful of trails growing along rail corridor, officials see possibilities piggybacking trail users and train riders

An eight-kilometre stretch through the heart of Nanaimo is one example a well-used trail running alongside the railway on the E&N corridor.
Southern Rail employees connect heritage passenger cars bound for an excursion tour at the Wellcox railyard on the Nanaimo waterfront Tuesday

Derailed? A detailed look at the state of Vancouver Island rail service

Observers wondering if a recent series of setbacks could mean the end of the line for the E&N railway

Southern Rail employees connect heritage passenger cars bound for an excursion tour at the Wellcox railyard on the Nanaimo waterfront Tuesday
Matt Dunae is living with the spectre of losing his brother to suicide.

Living in the aftermath of suicide

Perseverance and the the ability to unload feelings in a non-judgmental environment key to the healing of close friends and family

Matt Dunae is living with the spectre of losing his brother to suicide.
British Columbia ski resort runs are not subject to any outside regulatory authority when it comes to safety standards.

Ski run safety largely self-regulated in B.C.

Outside of lift activity, government leaves individual resorts alone to set and enforce their own safety standards

British Columbia ski resort runs are not subject to any outside regulatory authority when it comes to safety standards.
A bull Roosevelt elk wanders along the highway near Youbou. Vancouver Island's elk population has more than doubled in less than 30 years. The provincial government hopes to lift it from the species-at-risk list by 2024.

Vancouver Island elk making a comeback

First Nations and non-First Nations hunters praising government management plan that has herds at highest population in a generation

A bull Roosevelt elk wanders along the highway near Youbou. Vancouver Island's elk population has more than doubled in less than 30 years. The provincial government hopes to lift it from the species-at-risk list by 2024.
Dr. Jonathan Reggler of Courtenay is a proponent of doctor-assisted death. His affiliated hospital

Assisted suicide debate finds Vancouver Island battleground

Authorities will have to decide if service should be provided at St. Joseph's Comox and other faith-based hospitals

Dr. Jonathan Reggler of Courtenay is a proponent of doctor-assisted death. His affiliated hospital
The Mt. Hayes liquified natural gas facility on Mt. Hayes northwest of Ladysmith. FortisBC says it has no plans to utilize it as part of an export proposal being made by an Alaskan firm.

No new LNG expansion pending from FortisBC on Vancouver Island

Firm says no deal in place with Alaskan applicant, existing Mt. Hayes plant near Nanaimo Airport not suitable for export proposal.

The Mt. Hayes liquified natural gas facility on Mt. Hayes northwest of Ladysmith. FortisBC says it has no plans to utilize it as part of an export proposal being made by an Alaskan firm.
Lady Juana María de los Dolores de León Smith

First Nations heroes and Spanish beauties: a history of Vancouver Island place names

Communities often named after explorers or because of pre-colonial characteristics

Lady Juana María de los Dolores de León Smith
Dziekanski Mountie files suit alleging RCMP made him a scapegoat

Dziekanski Mountie files suit alleging RCMP made him a scapegoat

Nanaimo RCMP officer says he suffered irreparable harm from the force's statements and actions in the wake of 2007 Taser death

Dziekanski Mountie files suit alleging RCMP made him a scapegoat
Clayoquot Island looms in the foreground in this aerial shot looking south toward Tofino from Clayoquot Sound.

Bloom returns to Island wilderness

One woman's conservation dream preserved in Clayoquot Sound through donation to Nature Conservancy of Canada

Clayoquot Island looms in the foreground in this aerial shot looking south toward Tofino from Clayoquot Sound.
Vancouver Island University has a full-time employee charged with helping people access up to $2

Program battles poverty with free post-secondary education

Vancouver Island University only institution in the country to dedicate full-time staffer to connecting poorer families to learning bond.

Vancouver Island University has a full-time employee charged with helping people access up to $2
Joel Collins cools down under Stocking Creek Falls

Falling for the Island’s accessible waterfalls

Outdoor blogger lists 17 waterfalls worth a family-friendly walk in the woods on the central east coast of Vancouver Island

Joel Collins cools down under Stocking Creek Falls
Ladysmith senior Don Harrison is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking certification agains the makers of the popular cold remedy Cold-Fx.

Cold remedy lawsuit seeks class-action certification

Vancouver Island man to act as lead plaintiff in case against the makers of Cold-Fx

Ladysmith senior Don Harrison is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking certification agains the makers of the popular cold remedy Cold-Fx.
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