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Avalanche conditions very dangerous following series of storms

Avalanche risks are higher than usual on the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island after a series of storms deposited significant snow. As a result, Avalanche Canada has issued a public avalanche warning between today (Thursday) and Mar. 4. They say the new snow is sitting on prominent weak layers created...

Second-worst winter ever for Monarch butterflies; researchers concerned

You can expect to see a lot fewer monarch butterflies returning to BC this spring, judging by bad news from Mexico. Environment Canada researcher Greg Mitchell was there this winter for the annual Monarch butterfly count. Monarchs from all over North America, including BC, migrate south every fall to winter...

Warrant issued for 31-year-old Jordan Mackie  Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a 31-year-old man who is believed to be connected to a fire involving a truck and trailer.   Police say Jordan Mackie was charged in November with Possession of stolen property, arson, and theft over $5,000 after he, along with...

Nanaimo woman airlifted to Victoria after late-night crash 

A 50-year-old Nanaimo woman has been airlifted to Victoria in life-threatening condition after she was struck by a Toyota Prius in the 200 block of Nicol St.  According to Nanaimo RCMP the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, and she was treated at the scene by emergency services before being...

Feds to invest $319K in B.C. fisheries and clean aquaculture tech projects

The Canadian government says it will be investing nearly $320,000 in B.C. fisheries and clean aquaculture technology projects. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Diane Lebouthillier announced over $3.5 million in funding for 18 initiatives in Canada, including five in B.C. The funding is for small to medium-sized...

Island MP’s derelict vessel bill a ‘good step’ to what the province needs

A coastal cleanup organization director says Island MP Lisa Marie Baron’s bill to amend the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act is a step in the right direction. Baron, who represents Nanaimo-Ladysmith, is revisiting the bill that was first tabled and passed its first reading in June 2023. The bill comes...
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