John McKinley

East Creek is adjacent the Brooks Peninsula

Five-month wait for logging plan has Sierra Club crying foul on the north Island

Lemare Lake Logging says its operations at East Creek near Brooks Peninsula have been by the book, forests ministry unconcerned

East Creek is adjacent the Brooks Peninsula
A new community paramedicine program is expected to help attract skilled paramedics to remote Vancouver Island communities and encourage them to stay.

Community paramedicine adds life and health to remote Vancouver Island communities

B.C. Ambulance service program providing incentive for paramedics to work in small communities, making house calls before emergency arrives

A new community paramedicine program is expected to help attract skilled paramedics to remote Vancouver Island communities and encourage them to stay.
Vancouver Island communities want the provincial government to take a closer look inside the formula for funding policing.

Equity sought as Vancouver Island police costs all over the map

Neighbours paying different rates for the same RCMP service, some communities paying five to 10 times what others pay on a per capita basis

Vancouver Island communities want the provincial government to take a closer look inside the formula for funding policing.
Medical information specialist Shannon Cragg demonstrates the use of the new iHealth system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Tuesday.

Painful birth for paperless health care

Island Health's new digital diagnosis, treatment and medical history recording system on a difficult learning curve in Nanaimo test rollout

Medical information specialist Shannon Cragg demonstrates the use of the new iHealth system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Tuesday.
Brilla Larce flips through one of the many children's books available at the North Nanaimo branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Vancouver Island library system hits the midway point of $43 million improvement plan

Book it: Twenty-one communities targeted for new or improved branches in order to bring them up to a consistent standard

Brilla Larce flips through one of the many children's books available at the North Nanaimo branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.
Today (May 13) is the only Friday the 13th on the 2016 calendar

Vancouver Island, it’s Friday the 13th, are you scared now?

Is your friggatriskaidekaphobia showing this morning?

Today (May 13) is the only Friday the 13th on the 2016 calendar
Emily Carr has been the face of the Chemainus dollar since 2010. The renowned Vancouver Island artist is one of 12 finalists to become the first Canadian woman on the front of a Canadian banknote.

Emily Carr driving Vancouver Island hopes as the face of Canadian money

Renowned Island artist already on Chemainus currency, finalist to repeat that feat on a new national banknote

Emily Carr has been the face of the Chemainus dollar since 2010. The renowned Vancouver Island artist is one of 12 finalists to become the first Canadian woman on the front of a Canadian banknote.
Many in the community are still struggling to come to a consensus on what are the proper standards for posting on social media.

Social media graces? Online commenting in a new media age

The struggle to define acceptable and accountable internet conversations continues

Many in the community are still struggling to come to a consensus on what are the proper standards for posting on social media.
A lawyer has sent letters on behalf of the City of Nanaimo to three social media sites that provide a forum for the discussion of local politics.

Free speech advocate smells the wolf of censorship in City of Nanaimo letter

Lawyers cites Charter of Rights after social media sites asked to refrain from what the city considers online personal attacks on its staff

A lawyer has sent letters on behalf of the City of Nanaimo to three social media sites that provide a forum for the discussion of local politics.
Police are keeping an eye on the roads for drivers engaging in risky or stupid behaviour.

Police have had all they can eat of bad drivers

Too many cars on the road still being steered by distracted people behind the wheel

Police are keeping an eye on the roads for drivers engaging in risky or stupid behaviour.
Advocates on both sides are arguing for changes in B.C. laws governing how the community deals with dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.

Change sought for inmates on doggie death row

Advocates on both sides seeking amendments to the laws governing how communities designate and deal with dangerous dogs

Advocates on both sides are arguing for changes in B.C. laws governing how the community deals with dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.
Vancouver Island communities are being lobbied to improve their opportunities for cyclists.

Is your community bike-friendly enough?

Lobby points to health, environment, traffic benefits while pushing hard for the cyclefication of Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island communities are being lobbied to improve their opportunities for cyclists.
Kaylie McKinley enjoys the view from high atop the Tofino Tree Hammocks.

Vancouver Island insider: trips you may not have considered

Nineteen (or 20) experiences you may not have considered, right in your backyard

Kaylie McKinley enjoys the view from high atop the Tofino Tree Hammocks.
Consumers are increasingly turning to online reviews for insight into what might be under the platter before they ever set foot in the door.

Tip advisor: Or what I learned from visiting the worst-ranked restaurant on Vancouver Island

Commentary: Online reviews increasingly becoming the lifeblood of the hospitality industry

Consumers are increasingly turning to online reviews for insight into what might be under the platter before they ever set foot in the door.
Rick Schmok with some marijuana-infused cookies available at the Nature's Source Society in Nanaimo. Social workers are concerned with how edible pot products could affect children.

Allure of pot brownies raising red flags

Vancouver Island social workers want to make sure legalized marijuana doesn't come with unintended consequences for children

Rick Schmok with some marijuana-infused cookies available at the Nature's Source Society in Nanaimo. Social workers are concerned with how edible pot products could affect children.
Rick Schmok showcases some of the product available at the Nature's Source Society in downtown Nanaimo.

Taking care of business: uncertainty colours Vancouver Island pot shop wave

Communities responding in different ways as entrepreneurs line up to take advantage of looming new pot laws

Rick Schmok showcases some of the product available at the Nature's Source Society in downtown Nanaimo.
Delegates to the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities settle in to debate a series of resolutions Saturday morning.

Vancouver Island rejects northern plea for free hospital parking

North Island push to stop parking fees at new Courtenay and Campbell River hospitals fails to gain support

Delegates to the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities settle in to debate a series of resolutions Saturday morning.
Conservation officer Bryce Casavant captures one of two bear cubs in Port Hardy last July.

Bear cub-saving CO abandons battle for reinstatement

Bryce Casavant content with other employment options after refusal to shoot cubs thrust him into international spotlight

Conservation officer Bryce Casavant captures one of two bear cubs in Port Hardy last July.
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.
Overdose deaths in B.C. have increased to the point where the province has declared an unprecedented public health emergency.

Vancouver Island docs hope declaration of emergency can help stem overdose tide

The province has declared an unprecedented state of emergency in response to an epidemic of drug related deaths so far this year

Overdose deaths in B.C. have increased to the point where the province has declared an unprecedented public health emergency.