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The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branch in Campbell River. File photo/Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island Regional Library budget reflects economy, demand for services

VIRL’s budget for the coming year is $33,140,504

 

Sooke district council is putting a hold on approval of its controversial official community plan until after the civic election. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Community plan facing further delays in Sooke

Council pushing approval into next term

 

The fire was near the Elk Falls mill site north of Campbell River. Photo courtesy Dean Anderson

Helicopter response helps quench wildfire near old Campbell River mill site

Campbell River firefighter calls fire response good example of collaboration

 

Mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term as the mayor of Sooke. In addition to her mayoralty duties over the last eight years, she’s also served on the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (File - UBCM)

Maja Tait hopes for third term as Sooke’s mayor

‘Local government is all about the people,’ she says

Mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term as the mayor of Sooke. In addition to her mayoralty duties over the last eight years, she’s also served on the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (File - UBCM)
A pair of all-candidates meetings are planned for Sooke on Oct. 1 and 2. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke groups host all-candidates meetings with a twist

Chamber, Transition Sooke, EMCS Society introduce candidates to the community

A pair of all-candidates meetings are planned for Sooke on Oct. 1 and 2. (Shutterstock.com)
A rendering of the campground at Buddy Bay. Photo supplied by ICET

New campground off northern Vancouver Island expected to be a big ecotourism draw

Buddy Bay campground in the Broughton Archipelago a short walk from Gwa’yas’dums village

A rendering of the campground at Buddy Bay. Photo supplied by ICET
B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. premier pitches plan for less gas from cattle

Innovative technology could drastically reduce cattle methane emissions

B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
The first chalet to be preserved from the Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden photo)

Digital preservation of Golden’s Swiss Village begins

The Edward Feuz house is the first to be digitally preserved

The first chalet to be preserved from the Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden photo)
The grand opening of a multi-use community sports box opens in Sooke on June 26. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Multi-purpose sports court set to open in Sooke

New facility accommodates various sports, including lacrosse and basketball

The grand opening of a multi-use community sports box opens in Sooke on June 26. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
Reconstruction of a staircase is among the improvements coming to the lower Sooke Potholes area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Potholes renovations begin this fall

Officials hope to have projected completed by next May

Reconstruction of a staircase is among the improvements coming to the lower Sooke Potholes area. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is adding a parking lot at John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is adding a parking lot at John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Could matching people needing housing with homes with empty pillows through home sharing help solve Vancouver Island’s housing problem? (pixabay file)

Can Vancouver Island’s empty bedrooms help solve the housing crunch?

40% of Campbell River bedrooms empty, coalition hopes to fill them through home sharing

Could matching people needing housing with homes with empty pillows through home sharing help solve Vancouver Island’s housing problem? (pixabay file)
An aerial view of Gold River. (Photo/Village of Gold River)

Gold River eyes Bitcoin mining for old mill site

Bitcoin mining and data centres approved as use on industrial lands

An aerial view of Gold River. (Photo/Village of Gold River)
Lauran Tennant was travelling through the Golden area when her car was struck with a boulder in a rockslide.

Alberta woman identified as victim in Trans-Canada rockslide

Laura Tennant succumbed to her injuries on March 5

Lauran Tennant was travelling through the Golden area when her car was struck with a boulder in a rockslide.
Walk With Me cultural safety production coordinator Darcy Honey is nice and comfortable inside the new mobile shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

B.C. tiny home pods offer ‘emergency middle ground’ for unhoused people

Walk With Me Campbell River’s goal is to provide 30 units for people by fall 2022

Walk With Me cultural safety production coordinator Darcy Honey is nice and comfortable inside the new mobile shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
The slide occurred just east of Golden in the Kicking Horse Canyon. 
(MOTI photo)

1 person dead in weekend rockslide near Golden

One individual succumbed to their injuries after a rock fell on their vehicle

The slide occurred just east of Golden in the Kicking Horse Canyon. 
(MOTI photo)
A tow truck pulls a tree trimming truck back to vertical after the trimmer tipped over on Feb. 23, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Toppled tree trimming truck sends Vancouver Island worker to hospital

Witnesses say man injured in Shawnigan Lake after stabilizer sinks into soft ground

A tow truck pulls a tree trimming truck back to vertical after the trimmer tipped over on Feb. 23, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)

Saving Golden’s Swiss Village: Dr. Johann Roduit and Dr. Ilona Spaar reflect on iconic B.C. spot

The historic Edelweiss Village has been for sale for over a year, and preservation talks are moving

The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)
Tyler Turner races during the Para-Snowboard world cup event at Big White last weekend. Photo courtesy Andrew Jay

Five years after accident, Islander going to first Paralympics

‘Not the standard path people take’ — Tyler Turner

Tyler Turner races during the Para-Snowboard world cup event at Big White last weekend. Photo courtesy Andrew Jay
Blaney with staff from the Community Resource Centre in Powell River promoting the CARE (Compassionate Access to Resources for Everyone) Cupboard outside their Overdose Prevention Centre. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney

Island MP introduces federal bill to decriminalize drug possession for personal use

Island MPs ask government to decriminalize possession, make treatment more accessible in new bill

Blaney with staff from the Community Resource Centre in Powell River promoting the CARE (Compassionate Access to Resources for Everyone) Cupboard outside their Overdose Prevention Centre. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney