John McKinley

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.
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.
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.
Vancouver Island University student and Crofton native Anouk Borris is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at VIU after already achieving her forestry diploma.

Focus on VIU: University an economic driver for Nanaimo region

NANAIMO – Educated, working professionals drawn to West-Coast lifestyle, thanks to VIU.

Vancouver Island University student and Crofton native Anouk Borris is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at VIU after already achieving her forestry diploma.
Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective with Vancouver Island University students and teachers as part of VIU’s elders-in-residence program.

Focus on VIU: University partners with indigenous groups

NANAIMO – Welcoming environment leads to successful students who return to aboriginal communities on the Island.

Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective with Vancouver Island University students and teachers as part of VIU’s elders-in-residence program.
Aamera Jiwaji travelled from Kenya to finish her Master’s of Business Administration at Vancouver Island University.

Focus on VIU

NANAIMO – Series looks at VIU and the impact the university is having on the social and economic landscape of the community.

Aamera Jiwaji travelled from Kenya to finish her Master’s of Business Administration at Vancouver Island University.
Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront Tuesday. The 1952 locomotive and four heritage coaches arrived earlier that morning in anticipation of an April 8 event celebrating the 130th anniversary of Island rail.

AVICC: Delegates support rail funding motion

NANAIMO – Majority of AVICC attendees vote to urge federal government to release funding for track repairs.

Southern Rail employees manoeuvre the Island Explorer excursion train along the tracks at the rail yard on the Nanaimo waterfront Tuesday. The 1952 locomotive and four heritage coaches arrived earlier that morning in anticipation of an April 8 event celebrating the 130th anniversary of Island rail.
Vancouver Island's snowpack is at normal levels this spring according to a bulletin released today by the provincial government

Vancouver Island water watchers relax as solid snowpack confirmed

Provincial government officials say snow levels in the mountains are almost exactly where they should be

Vancouver Island's snowpack is at normal levels this spring according to a bulletin released today by the provincial government
The new Campbell River Hospital takes shape near the existing Campbell River Hospital. Major health care and education centres provide good

Incoming: a look at Vancouver Island incomes

People's paycheques are smaller in Alberni and Cowichan Lake, larger in the Greater Victoria area

The new Campbell River Hospital takes shape near the existing Campbell River Hospital. Major health care and education centres provide good
An eight-kilometre stretch through the heart of Nanaimo is one example a well-used trail running alongside the railway on the E&N corridor.

Vancouver Island trail and rail plans running on parallel tracks

Handful of trails growing along rail corridor, officials see possibilities piggybacking trail users and train riders

An eight-kilometre stretch through the heart of Nanaimo is one example a well-used trail running alongside the railway on the E&N corridor.
Matt Dunae is living with the spectre of losing his brother to suicide.

Living in the aftermath of suicide

Perseverance and the the ability to unload feelings in a non-judgmental environment key to the healing of close friends and family

Matt Dunae is living with the spectre of losing his brother to suicide.
British Columbia ski resort runs are not subject to any outside regulatory authority when it comes to safety standards.

Ski run safety largely self-regulated in B.C.

Outside of lift activity, government leaves individual resorts alone to set and enforce their own safety standards

British Columbia ski resort runs are not subject to any outside regulatory authority when it comes to safety standards.
A bull Roosevelt elk wanders along the highway near Youbou. Vancouver Island's elk population has more than doubled in less than 30 years. The provincial government hopes to lift it from the species-at-risk list by 2024.

Vancouver Island elk making a comeback

First Nations and non-First Nations hunters praising government management plan that has herds at highest population in a generation

A bull Roosevelt elk wanders along the highway near Youbou. Vancouver Island's elk population has more than doubled in less than 30 years. The provincial government hopes to lift it from the species-at-risk list by 2024.