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Thousands without power on Vancouver Island as windstorm blows through area

Thousands are without power on Vancouver Island as a powerful windstorm is blowing through the region. The bulk of the outages are in the mid to south Island areas with the majority in Nanaimo and Victoria, according to the BC Hydro outage map. --- 1 p.m. --- Just under 20,000 customers have...

ICF Releases Business Case for Full Restoration of Rail Service on Vancouver Island

The Island Corridor Foundation is once again pushing the provincial and federal governments to bring rail service back to Vancouver Island. The foundation has released a Business Case for the full restoration of rail service on the island at a cost of 431-Million dollars. It calls for a full upgrade of...

As Protesters Prepare to Gather in Victoria Government Promises Action on Doctor Shortage

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan met with doctors yesterday to discuss the shortage of family physicians. A million people in BC do not have a family doctor. Following the meeting, the Premier issued a statement saying his government and Doctors of BC agree that people “should be...

X-ray services resume at Port Alice Health Centre

X-ray services are available again at Port Alice Health Centre with a portable unit. Island Health says they had hoped the machine would be functional by May 12. However, it had to be inspected and approved by the diagnostic accreditation program before it could be used. Services are running normally today...

Strong winds to hit North Vancouver Island

Unseasonably high winds will hit North Vancouver Island overnight and into Wednesday. Environment Canada issued the warning Tuesday, saying southeast winds of 80 km/h gusting to 100 km/h can be expected Wednesday morning. They add the winds might hit gusts of 110 km/h over exposed sections. The cause is an unseasonably...

Province investing in public library improvements

The B.C. government is providing a one-time investment of $8 million to public libraries for COVID-19 relief and recovery. The money is being spread among 71 libraries to enhance services and fill gaps created by the pandemic. Provincial officials say this can include adapting physical spaces, delivering computer and virtual technology...
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