Erin Haluschak

Hollie Ha started Holding Heritage to help deepen the understanding of Chinese-Vietnamese heritage in North America. Photo submitted

Podcast: Life as Vancouver Island child of immigrants explored in Holding Heritage

Off The Page: Hollie Ha talks growing up in the Comox Valley after her parent’s immigration

Hollie Ha started Holding Heritage to help deepen the understanding of Chinese-Vietnamese heritage in North America. Photo submitted
A segment of the Island Rail corridor, formerly known as the E&N Railway. File Photo

Off The Page: Vancouver Island’s Friends of Rails to Trails getting untracked

Podcast explores what a multi-use trail from Courtenay to Victoria would look like?

A segment of the Island Rail corridor, formerly known as the E&N Railway. File Photo
Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk is the featured guest on Off The Page, a professor of European history with expertise in Ukraine, Russia and the history of the Soviet Union at the University of Victoria. Photo by David Furlonger

Podcast: Ukraine-born B.C. professor explores the history and the crisis

Off the Page: with University of Victoria professor Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk is the featured guest on Off The Page, a professor of European history with expertise in Ukraine, Russia and the history of the Soviet Union at the University of Victoria. Photo by David Furlonger
Mount Washington cross-country skiing instructor Keith Nicol has become somewhat of a YouTube sensation for his instructional videos. Photo supplied

Podcast: Mount Washington ski instructor’s videos have gone viral on YouTube

Keith Nicol’s how-to Nordic skiing tips have amassed more than 4.1 million views

Mount Washington cross-country skiing instructor Keith Nicol has become somewhat of a YouTube sensation for his instructional videos. Photo supplied
On March 1- a new calf in J Pod was discovered. Photo by Centre for Whale Research

New addition to B.C.’s Southern Resident orca family

New baby discovered in the coast’s embattled J-Pod

On March 1- a new calf in J Pod was discovered. Photo by Centre for Whale Research
Colin James (right) and his band put on a great show at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds as part of the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo by Terry Farrell

Welcoming back the fans: Vancouver Island MusicFest bringing music to the people again

Off The Page podcast: Marketing manager Sue Wood talks about first in-person festival in two years

Colin James (right) and his band put on a great show at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds as part of the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo by Terry Farrell
Stocky Edwards shares a laugh during the dedication ceremony for a cairn in his honour in Comox Wednesday, Feb. 9. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Vancouver Island Second World War flying hero welcomes cairn salute

Centenarian Stocky Edwards’ legacy on permanent display unveiled in Comox nature

Stocky Edwards shares a laugh during the dedication ceremony for a cairn in his honour in Comox Wednesday, Feb. 9. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Before hibernation, Vancouver Island marmots are nearly twice their springtime weight, averaging about 6.5kg. Photo submitted by NIWRA

VIDEO: Island marmots get a check-up and find their shadow on Groundhog Day

Vancouver Island marmot population rebounds, as Violet calls for 6 more weeks of winter

Before hibernation, Vancouver Island marmots are nearly twice their springtime weight, averaging about 6.5kg. Photo submitted by NIWRA
A weather map shows colder temperatures in store for western Canada, Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley in early February. Weather Network screenshot

Islanders should keep their winter coats nearby as colder weather coming back

A pattern reversal will bring much colder weather back to western Canada for a few days next month

A weather map shows colder temperatures in store for western Canada, Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley in early February. Weather Network screenshot
Ryan Hedican passed away in April of 2017. Photo submitted

Island family still fighting for changes, 5 years after son’s fentanyl poisoning death

‘Zero urgency’ from policymakers to declare federal public health emergency

Ryan Hedican passed away in April of 2017. Photo submitted
Myrtle Purchase walks nearly day in Comox - perhaps one of the secrets to a long life as the Berwick resident is set to celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Photo by Berwick Comox Valley

Marching to 100: New Island centenarian puts one foot in front of the other

Myrtle Purchase has walked the equivalent across Canada through daily walks in Comox

Myrtle Purchase walks nearly day in Comox - perhaps one of the secrets to a long life as the Berwick resident is set to celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Photo by Berwick Comox Valley
A line awaits skiers and snowboarders for the lift Monday morning (Jan.3) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Screenshot photo

Winter weather makes for busy start to the new year on Mount Washington

Wind, staff and road conditions make for a bumpy early 2022

A line awaits skiers and snowboarders for the lift Monday morning (Jan.3) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Screenshot photo
Rapid Covid tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. Black Press file photo

New Covid test booking system causing confusion for Island residents

Rapid tests being offered, PCR may be an option

Rapid Covid tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. Black Press file photo
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds release 2022 schedule; set to return to Vancouver Island

The team is set to train at CFB Comox from mid-April to mid-May

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Lt-Col. Rhonda Stevens (left) assumes command of 19 Wing Comox from Col. Bryn Elliott (right), Maj.-Gen E.J. Kenny, commander 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR is the presiding officer (centre). Back row, CWO D.A. Campbell, 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR CWO (left) and CWO Don Farr 19 Wing CWO (right). Photo by 19 Wing Comox

Island air force base welcomes first female commander in its 80-year existence

Lt.-Col. Rhonda Stevens is the first female wing commander since 19 Wing Comox’s establishment

Lt-Col. Rhonda Stevens (left) assumes command of 19 Wing Comox from Col. Bryn Elliott (right), Maj.-Gen E.J. Kenny, commander 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR is the presiding officer (centre). Back row, CWO D.A. Campbell, 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR CWO (left) and CWO Don Farr 19 Wing CWO (right). Photo by 19 Wing Comox
The Courtenay Fire Department was kept busy this week assisting with fires and the rapidly changing weather conditions. Black Press file photo

Man found unconscious in burning Courtenay transport trailer

Courtenay Fire Department was called to a parking lot on Puntledge Road Thursday morning

The Courtenay Fire Department was kept busy this week assisting with fires and the rapidly changing weather conditions. Black Press file photo
Avalanche Canada has released their avalanche forecast for Vancouver Island for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and has rated the alpine as a high, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Screenshot photo

Danger rating high for avalanches on the Island

Heavy rains, high freezing levels and warm temperatures are the perfect recipe for avalanches

Avalanche Canada has released their avalanche forecast for Vancouver Island for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and has rated the alpine as a high, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Screenshot photo
This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak

22 people injured in building explosion at B.C. military base

All have been released from hospital except military member with non-life-threatening injuries

This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak
This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak

UPDATE: Numerous injuries after explosion on B.C. air force base

Responders on scene after gas leak at CFB 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island Thursday morning

This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Swoop Airlines is set to service the Comox Valley Airport in June 2022. (Contributed)

Second low-cost carrier set to land at Comox Valley Airport

Swoop Airlines arriving at YQQ in June 2022

Swoop Airlines is set to service the Comox Valley Airport in June 2022. (Contributed)