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Annual Tour De Rock ride kicks off this weekend on the North Island

The Tour De Rock gets underway this weekend in Port Alice and it’s all for a good cause.  The ride takes place over 14 days and will make stops in Port Hardy, Campbell River and Courtenay in the first week and then the riders will cover Ucluelet to Victoria in...

Island and Sunshine Coast MP supports private members bill to lower grocery prices

North Island – Powell River MP Rachel Blaney says she is supporting Jagmeet Singh’s private members bill, calling on the federal government to lower grocery prices. Blaney says the bill is aimed to ensure Canadians “are not subjected to price gouging at the grocery store,” and it will bring down...

New transit exchange faces backlash from Victoria Crescent residents 

A new transit exchange scheduled for the 500-block Terminal Avenue in Nanaimo is facing some serious pushback from several businesses on Victoria Crescent.   In a media release, Victoria Crescent Association founding president Kevan Shaw says the area already suffers from an increase in social disorder. He worries the new...

Island tourism gets a shot in the arm from federal funding

More than a dozen Island tourism-based businesses are getting federal funding to prepare for next season. Major projects include a new park and gathering space in Comox, a virtual reality arcade in Victoria, a new dock in Fair Harbour, and improvements to the Powell Forest Canoe Route. Harjit Sajjan, Minister responsible...

Nearly $34,000 raised for Island search and rescue group following August rescue

Efforts to fundraise and give back to Comox Valley Search and Rescue proved to be more fruitful than imagined as a check for over $33,000 was handed over to the group. The donation was raised by Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden owners Chanchal Cabrera and Thierry Vrain, after 77-year-old Vrain...

Three fires on Victoria Crescent have businesses feeling unsafe 

Nanaimo fire crews responded to a series of calls this morning, on Victoria Crescent, which has local businesses very concerned over public safety.   According to Nanaimo Fire, the three locations were close to each other, but only two of them are believed to be deliberately set, with the last...
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