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Man acquitted of manslaughter after house party death

A man involved in a fight after an alcohol-fueled house party has been acquitted of manslaughter in the death of his attacker. Andrew Steve Alphonse was acquitted in March and the judgment was published late last week. He was at a house party in Duncan on January 19, 2020, when...

Access to ‘Fibre’ a Concern at 2024 COFI Convention

The BC Council of Forest Industries began its annual convention Wednesday evening in Vancouver.     Among the topics of discussion this year will be the industry’s call for more and stable access to wood fibre.    Yesterday, the council released a report on the forestry contribution to to the province, pointing out that...

Stranded orca changing colour in freshwater, but no cause for alarm yet

An orca calf stranded in a lagoon near Zeballos has been in freshwater so long, she’s starting to change colour. However, whale experts with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and veterinary experts say the ‘Brave Little Hunter’ won’t suffer any health effects in the short-term from her dorsal side turning white. The...

NDP MP Blaney wants federal government to address issues in North Island-Powell River

A local NDP MP wants the federal government to address multiple priorities of her riding ahead of the federal budget. In a letter to finance minister Chrystia Freeland, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney highlights ongoing needs and priorities for the communities she serves. This includes housing, food insecurity, the opioid...

Federal Government Urged to Keep Moving Forward on Fish Farm Transition

The First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance is urging the federal government to stick to the plan to remove open-net pen salmon farms.    Last week, the Coalition of First Nations for Finfish Stewardship and the BC Salmon Farmers Association held a news conference in Campbell River to release a position book on...

Spring booster program rolls out in B.C., masks no longer required

Starting this week British Columbians will have access to a free COVID-19 booster.  The province said in a release that boosters will be available at pharmacies, community health centers and regional health authority clinics for everyone 6 months and older.  Masks are no longer mandatory in Island Health facilities, but people...
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