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Island communities lost out on $1 billion thanks to new forestry policies: TLA boss

Communities north of Nanaimo lost out on roughly one billion dollars last year because of reduced logging activity. Bob Brash with the Truck Loggers Association spoke to the Strathcona Regional District last week, updating the new Natural Resources Committee on the current state of BC forestry. And it’s not good, he...

Vancouver Island documentary nominated for Best Documentary

A documentary film showcasing the world-renowned Cowichan sweater has been nominated for a screen award.  The Cowichan Sweater aired in October on CBC. Now it has been nominated to receive the award for Best Documentary Program during the Canadian Screen Awards set to air May 31.  Mary Galloway, who grew up...

UPDATE: Island swimmer now part of Canada Paralympic Team

UPDATE: As of Monday morning, Nicholas Bennett has been selected for Canada's Paralympic Team. -------------------------------------------------------------------- A young swimmer from Vancouver Island set a new world record at the Paralympic trials in Toronto Friday. Nicholas Bennett from Parksville set the record in the men’s 400-metre individual medley in the S14 class. He’s the reigning...

“We are heading into a challenging year,” BC Agriculture council director says

With summer a month away, a member of the BC Agriculture Council says producers are heading into a very challenging year. The BC Agriculture Council is made up of 30 commodity groups, ranging from apple farms to turkey, focusing on growing a strong and sustainable agriculture sector in BC through...

New homes at ‘House of Clans’ now open for shíshálh Nation

New affordable homes for members of the shíshálh Nation are finally open in Sechelt. Called the “House of Clans,” the new development provides 34 units thanks to a partnership between the nation, province, and federal government. Chief Lenora Joe says they are much-needed, and are just the start of new housing...

Haida Nation’s title recognized in historic, national first

It’s the first time in Canadian history aboriginal title has been formally recognized. This week BC passed legislation acknowledging the title of the Haida Nation to their traditional lands. In a statement, the province says recognizing Aboriginal title will not impact anyone's private property, local government jurisdiction, bylaws or government lands...
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