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Deer samples needed as chronic wasting disease detected in B.C., expected to spread

The Ministry of Water, Lands and Resource Stewardship is asking for more samples from across the province and Vancouver Island after chronic wasting disease was confirmed for the first time this year in wild BC deer. Cait Nelson, wildlife health biologist with the Provincial Wildlife Health Program, says it is...

DFO pondering longer licence terms for salmon farmers

With salmon farm licences set to expire this summer, DFO is considering allowing renewals for up to six years. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is collecting feedback on proposed changes to BC salmon farm licences, including two to six-year terms. A typical ocean production cycle is about two years. DFO is also...

Divers planting salmon habitat in Campbell River estuary this week

If you see divers in the river mouth this week, they’re busy helping restore essential salmon habitat. Greenways Land Trust along with the Wei Wai Kum First Nation’s Guardian Watchmen and the A’Tlegay Fisheries Society are working in the Campbell River estuary this week until Friday, and again next month...

Port Hardy mayor, Island Health boss spar over medical transportation

Island Health claims transportation options for patients are getting better, despite criticism from Port Hardy’s mayor. Last month Mayor Pat Corbett-Labatt wrote to Island Health, concerned that North Island patients have gone months without adequate services to get to medical appointments hours away from their homes. In her letter she...

Campbell River RCMP seize weapons near Quinsam Crossing lands

Campbell River RCMP are still investigating after they seized a shot gun and ammunition from a property near the Quinsam Crossing Shell.  Police say the call came in around 6:00 a.m. on Feb. 12 after reports of a 46-year-old man entering a residence carrying what they believed to be a...

Safety warning issued, BC Hydro to increase flows for fish migration

BC Hydro says they will be increasing flows down Elk Falls Canyon next week to help with the steelhead migration and spawning below Elk Falls. Hydro says they are issuing a safety notice as a result, and it will be in place every Wednesday and Thursday through March 21. Safety...
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