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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

Craft Brewing and Malting program student Ellie Hadley plans to use her newfound skills and knowledge to set up a distillery in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY LEE SIMMONS)

Something’s brewing with North Island College’s newest program

Port Alberni grad Ellie Hadley hopes to turn new skills into thriving business

Karen Bezaire (l-r) and Alli Assu outside of Wildflowers & Co. in Campbell River’s Tyee Plaza, on the store’s grand opening, June 15.

Business supporting Indigenous makers opens new storefront

Wildflower & Co. uses ‘authentic Indigenous’ affiliate program to pay makers directly.

The SRD board chair expressed condolences after the finding of 215 children’s remains in Kamloops. Photo supplied

SRD sends message of condolences after children’s bodies found in Kamloops

‘The Strathcona Regional District Board and staff are heartbroken of the findings’ — letter

The SRD board chair expressed condolences after the finding of 215 children’s remains in Kamloops. Photo supplied
Timberline grad Isaac Morrow began working on the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce’s new website as part of a work experience project. The website has been completed and Morrow is now attending the University of Victoria. Photo submitted

Timberline grad designs new Campbell River chamber website

The Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce endeavours to provide opportunities…

  • May 20, 2021
Timberline grad Isaac Morrow began working on the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce’s new website as part of a work experience project. The website has been completed and Morrow is now attending the University of Victoria. Photo submitted
The Jubilee Heights community is being built out with a phased approach to ensure that construction of all aspects of the community are completed at a pace which reflects not only market demand - but also community infrastructure, the developer, Couverdon Real Estate, says. Couverdon photo

Jubilee Heights developer puts master plan on its website

Couverdon Real Estate says it is working with builders and landowners to…

  • May 19, 2021
The Jubilee Heights community is being built out with a phased approach to ensure that construction of all aspects of the community are completed at a pace which reflects not only market demand - but also community infrastructure, the developer, Couverdon Real Estate, says. Couverdon photo
Grieg Seafood’s Managing Director, Rocky Boschman (left) and Councillor Thomas Smith sign the net-cleaning contract between Grieg and the Tlowitsis Nation on May 14, 2021 in Campbell River. Grieg Seafood photo

Tlowitsis Nation signs net-cleaning contract with Grieg Seafood, servicing salmon farms in Clio Channel

The Tlowitsis Nation and Grieg Seafood BC have signed a contract that…

  • May 19, 2021
Grieg Seafood’s Managing Director, Rocky Boschman (left) and Councillor Thomas Smith sign the net-cleaning contract between Grieg and the Tlowitsis Nation on May 14, 2021 in Campbell River. Grieg Seafood photo
NIC’s new president Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12. Domae has worked at NIC since 2000, most recently as the executive vice president, academic and chief operating officer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New North Island College president launches draft strategic plan

Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12, 2021

NIC’s new president Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12. Domae has worked at NIC since 2000, most recently as the executive vice president, academic and chief operating officer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A humpback whale breaches right in front of Dreamspeaker 2, a 72’ sailboat owned by Robert Milligan of Campbell River. The spectacular moment occurred off the south end of Cortes Island. Photo by Jos Krynen/Eagle Eye Adventures

Residents urged to help local hospitality industry #SaveOurSummer

The Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce and Destination Campbell River…

  • May 17, 2021
A humpback whale breaches right in front of Dreamspeaker 2, a 72’ sailboat owned by Robert Milligan of Campbell River. The spectacular moment occurred off the south end of Cortes Island. Photo by Jos Krynen/Eagle Eye Adventures
Executive Director Shelley Howard (front right) and some of the team from the Campbell River Head Injury Society welcome a few members of the Daybreak Rotary Club to the rooftop patio of Linda's Place, the organization's new housing facility on 9th Avenue, for the unveiling of the plaque recognizing their help in getting the facility built. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Finalists announced for 2021 Commercial Building Awards

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) has…

  • Apr 26, 2021
Executive Director Shelley Howard (front right) and some of the team from the Campbell River Head Injury Society welcome a few members of the Daybreak Rotary Club to the rooftop patio of Linda's Place, the organization's new housing facility on 9th Avenue, for the unveiling of the plaque recognizing their help in getting the facility built. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Mowi Canada West's Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company's last of all its B.C. production sites to receive certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The BC Salmon Farmers Association says activists' claims that salmon farms contribute to declines in wild stocks are based on outdated information that does not account for current practices. (Mowi Canada West photo)

Campbell River Chamber of Commerce hosts BC Salmon Farmers director for Q&A

Meeting to be held via Zoom on April 22 at noon

  • Apr 21, 2021
Mowi Canada West's Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company's last of all its B.C. production sites to receive certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The BC Salmon Farmers Association says activists' claims that salmon farms contribute to declines in wild stocks are based on outdated information that does not account for current practices. (Mowi Canada West photo)
Strathcona Dam and a diagram of the proposed works to the right bank. It includes a deep excavated channel in bedrock, with improved water release facilities. BC Hydro graphic

Campbell River major projects web portal now ready for companies to register

The Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce and BC Hydro collaborated…

Strathcona Dam and a diagram of the proposed works to the right bank. It includes a deep excavated channel in bedrock, with improved water release facilities. BC Hydro graphic
Fish processing workers fillet farm-raised salmon in Surrey B.C. Photo courtesy BCSFA

Discovery Islands salmon farm removal impacts jobs in B.C.’s Lower Mainland: report

The City of Surrey is the hub of the salmon farming industry in Metro Vancouver

Fish processing workers fillet farm-raised salmon in Surrey B.C. Photo courtesy BCSFA
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Steve Marshall Ford is in its third decade of winning the President’s Award Diamond Club award. File photo

Campbell River Dealership in third decade of winning President’s Award Diamond Club

Steve Marshall Ford has won award 31 times

  • Apr 7, 2021
Steve Marshall Ford is in its third decade of winning the President’s Award Diamond Club award. File photo
The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)

Quality Foods opens new flagship store in Parksville

Mayor: ‘City is obviously growing out this way so it’s going to be a big help to all the residents’

The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
The Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours organization, which operates its Bears of Bute Inlet wildlife viewing facility in Orford Bay, will be opening a new Homalco Adventure Centre in Campbell River this spring. Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

Homalco First Nation to expand operations by opening new Adventure Centre in Campbell River

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, an a 20-year-old Indigenous community-owned business, will…

  • Mar 17, 2021
The Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours organization, which operates its Bears of Bute Inlet wildlife viewing facility in Orford Bay, will be opening a new Homalco Adventure Centre in Campbell River this spring. Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Shelter Point Distillery won several Canadian Whisky Awards this year, including a gold for best single malt. Facebook photo

Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point Distillery wins gold for single malt

Business won nine medals at recent Canadian Whisky Awards virtual ceremony

  • Mar 2, 2021
Shelter Point Distillery won several Canadian Whisky Awards this year, including a gold for best single malt. Facebook photo
The Jubilee Heights subdivision at the south end of Campbell River is just one of many new developments that has been happening in the city recently, and based on the number of applications and permits being issued, that doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

City of Campbell River sees $120-million in construction starts in 2020

Despite pandemic, building numbers continue to impress city staff

The Jubilee Heights subdivision at the south end of Campbell River is just one of many new developments that has been happening in the city recently, and based on the number of applications and permits being issued, that doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror