Nora O'Malley

Highway 4 is closed in both directions. Travellers should check DriveBC.ca for updates. (George Fifield photo)

Highway 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet shutdown due to rock scaling

The estimated time of re-opening is 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26

Highway 4 is closed in both directions. Travellers should check DriveBC.ca for updates. (George Fifield photo)
In this old photo from the Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Fonds Deschâtelets, children gather in front of the old Christie Residential School on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino. The date the photo was taken is unknown.

Ahousaht First Nation begins research project on two former Indian Residential Schools

“The centre of this whole project is the children”

In this old photo from the Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Fonds Deschâtelets, children gather in front of the old Christie Residential School on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino. The date the photo was taken is unknown.
WCRS women’s outreach program co-ordinator Jill McQuaid visits with Shirley’s Tree in Ucluelet’s small craft harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Victims of domestic violence remembered on Vancouver Island

Nov. 25 marks UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

WCRS women’s outreach program co-ordinator Jill McQuaid visits with Shirley’s Tree in Ucluelet’s small craft harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
‘Chantel deserved help not bullets’ reads the back of a demonstrators boogie board during a Tofino anti-racism rally last summer. (Westerly file photo)

Police commission clears officer in B.C. woman’s shooting death

Probe finds insufficient evidence Jeremy Son breached professional conduct in death of Chantel Moore

‘Chantel deserved help not bullets’ reads the back of a demonstrators boogie board during a Tofino anti-racism rally last summer. (Westerly file photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Joe Martin and Veterinary Pathologist Dr. Stephen Raverty examine the carcass of a baby grey whale on Oct. 31. (John Forde photo)

Vancouver Islanders honour, learn from dead grey whale calf found near Tofino

Kayakers spotted the baby grey, researchers perform necropsy to learn more about its life and death

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Joe Martin and Veterinary Pathologist Dr. Stephen Raverty examine the carcass of a baby grey whale on Oct. 31. (John Forde photo)
Chef Ian Riddick of Ucluelet’s Heartwood Kitchen and Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s SoBo Restaurant at the Oct. 21 Island Eats book launch.

New ‘Island Eats’ cookbook celebrates Vancouver Island food

Book paints a picture of Vancouver Island with a compendium of over 80 recipes from signature chefs

Chef Ian Riddick of Ucluelet’s Heartwood Kitchen and Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s SoBo Restaurant at the Oct. 21 Island Eats book launch.
A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Warning issued after bear knocks over B.C. angler

Man was fishing in the Tofino area and was not injured

A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Only the pontoon of a floatplane can be seen after it crashed and flipped in the Tofino harbour on Monday, Oct. 18. (Submitted photo)

UPDATED: 5 passengers and pilot survive after floatplane crashes in Tofino harbour

Another plane previously flipped over in harbour in July

Only the pontoon of a floatplane can be seen after it crashed and flipped in the Tofino harbour on Monday, Oct. 18. (Submitted photo)
Photographed on Oct. 7, “Pinky” the humpback whale was spotted entangled in a crab trap line in Barkley Sound. (Sydney Dixon photo)

Entangled mother humpback needs help before she sails into the West Coast sunset

‘Pinky’ was travelling with her infant calf when she was last spotted tangled in a crab trap line

Photographed on Oct. 7, “Pinky” the humpback whale was spotted entangled in a crab trap line in Barkley Sound. (Sydney Dixon photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau vacationing at a beachfront property in Tofino on Sept. 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Trudeau spends National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with family in Tofino

PM says he spoke on the phone with survivors, Tofino event organizers disappointed he didn’t attend

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau vacationing at a beachfront property in Tofino on Sept. 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ahousaht leadership announced on Sept. 27, 2021 that due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases the community is closed indefinitely to non-residents and all gatherings are put on hold. (Westerly file photo)

Ahousaht pauses gatherings and closes to non-residents over COVID-19

As of Sept. 27, there were 19 active cases within the remote Indigenous community

Ahousaht leadership announced on Sept. 27, 2021 that due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases the community is closed indefinitely to non-residents and all gatherings are put on hold. (Westerly file photo)
Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.

Canadian surf champions crowned at Cox Bay in Tofino

Titles awarded in men’s / women’s Pro, Open, U18, U16 and Longboard

Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.
A then 14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay in 2018. (Westerly file photo)

Rip Curl Pro Surf Canada Nationals return to Cox Bay Tofino

National titles will be awarded in five divisions for both males and females

A then 14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay in 2018. (Westerly file photo)
West Coast pop singer-songwriter JESSIA offers an important message through her viral hit song ‘I’m Not Pretty’. (William Amarcand photo)

West Coast grad JESSIA now a rising Canadian pop star

The singer-songwriter penned breakthrough hit ‘I’m Not Pretty’ from childhood room in Ucluelet

West Coast pop singer-songwriter JESSIA offers an important message through her viral hit song ‘I’m Not Pretty’. (William Amarcand photo)
After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)

2X World Para Surf Champion Victoria Feige eyes Paralympic gold beyond Tokyo 2020

Para surfers will have to wait a few more years before they can compete in the Paralympic Games

After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Sarah Robinson’s spirit lives on in the newly formed Sarah Robinson Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Sarah Robinson Foundation carries on the work of departed Indigenous women’s advocate

A fundraiser in Vancouver on Aug. 7, Sarah’s 36th birthday, helps the charity take flight

Sarah Robinson’s spirit lives on in the newly formed Sarah Robinson Foundation. (Submitted photo)
Pioneer Boatworks, Ucluelet’s fishing gear and boat maintenance shop, will be part of a Netflix movie set on Aug. 9 and 10. It will be converted into a hardware store. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Netflix thriller ‘Lou’ filming in Ucluelet

Academy Award winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) plays the lead in the Anna Foerster directed film

Pioneer Boatworks, Ucluelet’s fishing gear and boat maintenance shop, will be part of a Netflix movie set on Aug. 9 and 10. It will be converted into a hardware store. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)
Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Toquaht Nation opens Secret Beach Campground and Marina on Vancouver Island

A 45-minute drive from Ucluelet, campground features child-friendly dirt pump track

Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Vehicles wait for the road to open at the Kennedy Hill safety improvement construction site. (George Fifield photo)

Ministry cancels proposed Tofino-Ucluelet Hwy. 4 nightly road closure schedule

Travellers to the Pacific Rim will need to plan around a daytime schedule

Vehicles wait for the road to open at the Kennedy Hill safety improvement construction site. (George Fifield photo)