Nora O'Malley

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)
CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)

Ucluelet whale watching boat towed to shore after taking on water

The MV Chinook Princess got into trouble around Turret Island within the Broken Group Islands

CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)
Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)

Family and friends honour Ucluelet’s Coastal Cowboy

The Blue Room chef Dustin Riley is remembered for his big heart, community spirit, and amazing BBQ

Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)
Milo, a two-year-old Doberman, was the centre of a recent Port Alberni civil property claim after an engaged couple near Port Alberni broke up and shared custody just wasn’t an option. (Pixabay photo)

Judge decides who gets to keep the dog after engaged B.C. couple splits up

“Dogs are considered property, but a different type of property”

Milo, a two-year-old Doberman, was the centre of a recent Port Alberni civil property claim after an engaged couple near Port Alberni broke up and shared custody just wasn’t an option. (Pixabay photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Truth-speaking Vancouver Island totem pole unveiled on Canada Day

July 1 ceremony on the shores of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations village of Opitsaht near Tofino

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Riding the road to reconciliation, T̓iick̓in (Thunderbird) Ebikes owner Gordon Taylor Jr., front, takes MP John Aldag and MP Gord Johns out for a test ride on the newly minted ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) trail. (Nora O’Malley photo)

First Nations say landmark Pacific Rim national park path ‘going in the right direction’

New 25-km ʔapsčiik t̓ašii symbolizes true collaboration between Parks Canada and First Nations

Riding the road to reconciliation, T̓iick̓in (Thunderbird) Ebikes owner Gordon Taylor Jr., front, takes MP John Aldag and MP Gord Johns out for a test ride on the newly minted ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) trail. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Port Alberni bookkeeper Dawn Olson is facing three concurrent conditional sentences of nine months after stealing from three Ucluelet businesses. She was sentenced in Ucluelet provincial court on June 6, 2022. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca photo)

Vancouver Island bookkeeper sentenced to 9 months house arrest for defrauding three Ucluelet businesses

From 2018 to 2020, Dawn Olson cut herself 67 extra cheques in the $500 to $900 range

Port Alberni bookkeeper Dawn Olson is facing three concurrent conditional sentences of nine months after stealing from three Ucluelet businesses. She was sentenced in Ucluelet provincial court on June 6, 2022. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca photo)
Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)

Canada wins historic Junior surf medal at an international competition

Erin Brooks, 14, nabs Gold for Team Canada at the ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador

Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim core crew hold the ‘Dart Board’, a surfboard made with cigarette butts by Ucluelet shaper Jesse Jones. (Submitted photo)

WORLD OCEANS DAY: Canada’s first cigarette surfboard brings awareness to tobacco pollution

Surfrider Pacific Rim would like to see a federal ban on cellulose acetate cigarette filters

Surfrider Pacific Rim core crew hold the ‘Dart Board’, a surfboard made with cigarette butts by Ucluelet shaper Jesse Jones. (Submitted photo)
Nicolas Picq, with his dog Jazz, holds the ticket he was issued on April 25 for using his van as accommodation in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino restaurant worker fighting ticket for sleeping in van

The man says the medication he takes for bipolar disorder makes him drowsy

Nicolas Picq, with his dog Jazz, holds the ticket he was issued on April 25 for using his van as accommodation in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Group photo from Ucluelet’s gathering on May 21, from left: Bob and Vi Mundy, Ted Oye, Ellen Kimoto, Suzie Corlazzoli, Dave McIntosh, Bruce Oye, Josie Osborne, and in front, Mary Kimoto. (Barbara Schramm photo)

Island Japanese-Canadians react to B.C.’s $100M pledge to address wartime internment

“It was really important this event happened while there are still survivors left”

Group photo from Ucluelet’s gathering on May 21, from left: Bob and Vi Mundy, Ted Oye, Ellen Kimoto, Suzie Corlazzoli, Dave McIntosh, Bruce Oye, Josie Osborne, and in front, Mary Kimoto. (Barbara Schramm photo)
JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)

B.C. TikTok sensation JESSIA is Canada’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Homegrown Ucluelet singer-songwriter’s wins her first Juno, celebrates with European tour

JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)
Vessels circle around a sign that reads ‘Fish Farms Out!’ during the May 7 Flotilla for Wild Salmon in the Tofino Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast flotilla pounds drums against fish farm licence renewals

A flotilla for wild salmon called on the federal government to not renew fish farm licenses for 2022

Vessels circle around a sign that reads ‘Fish Farms Out!’ during the May 7 Flotilla for Wild Salmon in the Tofino Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations leaders, Tofino Resort + Marina crew, and Bottom Dwellers Freediving teamed up on April 23 to host an inaugural Spearfishing Summit. All the funds raised at the event go to support the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Youth Warrior Leadership Program, a local society that weaves traditional and mainstream leadership and wellness teachings and practices together on the land to build capability, cultural pride and confidence in young men. (Nora O’Malley photo)

First-ever B.C. Spearfishing Summit nets over $20,000 for Indigenous youth

36 sets of advanced snorkeling gear will be distributed amongst the Nations thanks to the fundraiser

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations leaders, Tofino Resort + Marina crew, and Bottom Dwellers Freediving teamed up on April 23 to host an inaugural Spearfishing Summit. All the funds raised at the event go to support the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Youth Warrior Leadership Program, a local society that weaves traditional and mainstream leadership and wellness teachings and practices together on the land to build capability, cultural pride and confidence in young men. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet community paramedic Jesse Law snapped this scenic photo after responding to a call at the top of Mount Ozzard. (Jesse Law photo)

Ucluelet mayor slams new paramedic model as local ambulance sits unstaffed

BC Emergency Health Services making every effort to recruit as two positions remain unfilled

Ucluelet community paramedic Jesse Law snapped this scenic photo after responding to a call at the top of Mount Ozzard. (Jesse Law photo)
Jeremy Mathieu of Clayoquot Action captured this photograph of sea lions inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point salmon farm. (Jeremy Mathieu photo)

Sea lions trapped in fish farm near Tofino expected to move on after pens emptied

Industry watchdog Clayoquot Action criticizes pinniped raid as another reason to eliminate open pens

Jeremy Mathieu of Clayoquot Action captured this photograph of sea lions inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point salmon farm. (Jeremy Mathieu photo)
Shorebirds rest and replenish at the estuary on Combers Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Parks Canada imposes seasonal dog ban at Combers Beach near Tofino

To protect migratory shorebirds, dogs are banned on Combers Beach from April 14 to October 1, 2022

Shorebirds rest and replenish at the estuary on Combers Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Nuchatlaht First Nation Judae Smith, left, yelps as a wave splashes the team during a marine mammal refloatation exercise at Cox Bay last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)

All hands on deck near Tofino for training session on how to save beached whales

DFO teams up with Coastal First Nations and area marine mammal experts for learning session

Nuchatlaht First Nation Judae Smith, left, yelps as a wave splashes the team during a marine mammal refloatation exercise at Cox Bay last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Several sea lions were spotted feasting on salmon inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound. (Skookum John photo)

VIDEO: Locals alarmed as sea lions feast on B.C. fish farm

Ahousaht First Nation officer Skookum John says farmed fish are likely getting out of the pens

Several sea lions were spotted feasting on salmon inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound. (Skookum John photo)
Rescuers and survivors stand on the rocky shore off Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point as an overturned 21-foot centre console sports fishing boat bobs upside down. (Louis Rouleau photo)

Three men survive capsized boat off Ucluelet’s stormy Wild Pacific Trail

Trio plucked off rocky shore by Ucluelet Fire Rescue in ‘horrible conditions’

Rescuers and survivors stand on the rocky shore off Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point as an overturned 21-foot centre console sports fishing boat bobs upside down. (Louis Rouleau photo)