Nora O'Malley

Donna Seedorf-Harmuth and Phil Harmuth spend quality time together on Cox Bay. (Cathy Thicke photo)

Free beach wheelchairs create shoreline opportunity B.C. couple thought gone forever

Accessibility grant making lives better, organizations encouraged to chase theirs

Donna Seedorf-Harmuth and Phil Harmuth spend quality time together on Cox Bay. (Cathy Thicke photo)
Ivan Wells Jr. checks the waves from outside Mułaa headquarters. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Introducing Mułaa, Canada’s rising tide Indigenous surf team

Wavebreaking club designed to reconnect Vancouver Island’s First Nations youth with the water

Ivan Wells Jr. checks the waves from outside Mułaa headquarters. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Anna Atleo dances with Rebecca Atleo, right, during an announcement ceremony on Aug. 10 in the Maaqtusiis School Gym. (Nora O’Malley photo)

First Nation women to guide framework for new Big House in Ahousaht territory near Tofino

“If I ever have grandchildren, one day they will be dancing in that Big House”

Anna Atleo dances with Rebecca Atleo, right, during an announcement ceremony on Aug. 10 in the Maaqtusiis School Gym. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)
CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)

Ucluelet whale watching boat towed to shore after taking on water

The MV Chinook Princess got into trouble around Turret Island within the Broken Group Islands

CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)
Milo, a two-year-old Doberman, was the centre of a recent Port Alberni civil property claim after an engaged couple near Port Alberni broke up and shared custody just wasn’t an option. (Pixabay photo)

Judge decides who gets to keep the dog after engaged B.C. couple splits up

“Dogs are considered property, but a different type of property”

Milo, a two-year-old Doberman, was the centre of a recent Port Alberni civil property claim after an engaged couple near Port Alberni broke up and shared custody just wasn’t an option. (Pixabay photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Truth-speaking Vancouver Island totem pole unveiled on Canada Day

July 1 ceremony on the shores of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations village of Opitsaht near Tofino

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)

Canada wins historic Junior surf medal at an international competition

Erin Brooks, 14, nabs Gold for Team Canada at the ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador

Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim core crew hold the ‘Dart Board’, a surfboard made with cigarette butts by Ucluelet shaper Jesse Jones. (Submitted photo)

WORLD OCEANS DAY: Canada’s first cigarette surfboard brings awareness to tobacco pollution

Surfrider Pacific Rim would like to see a federal ban on cellulose acetate cigarette filters

Surfrider Pacific Rim core crew hold the ‘Dart Board’, a surfboard made with cigarette butts by Ucluelet shaper Jesse Jones. (Submitted photo)
JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)

B.C. TikTok sensation JESSIA is Canada’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Homegrown Ucluelet singer-songwriter’s wins her first Juno, celebrates with European tour

JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)
Nuchatlaht First Nation Judae Smith, left, yelps as a wave splashes the team during a marine mammal refloatation exercise at Cox Bay last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)

All hands on deck near Tofino for training session on how to save beached whales

DFO teams up with Coastal First Nations and area marine mammal experts for learning session

Nuchatlaht First Nation Judae Smith, left, yelps as a wave splashes the team during a marine mammal refloatation exercise at Cox Bay last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Several sea lions were spotted feasting on salmon inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound. (Skookum John photo)

VIDEO: Locals alarmed as sea lions feast on B.C. fish farm

Ahousaht First Nation officer Skookum John says farmed fish are likely getting out of the pens

Several sea lions were spotted feasting on salmon inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound. (Skookum John photo)
Visitors and locals can help reduce their own plastic consumption by carrying re-usable cutlery sets like these ones available at the Tourism Tofino Cox Bay Visitor Centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino 1st in B.C. to ban single-use plastic cutlery

The amended bylaw includes banning plastic spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks and stir sticks

Visitors and locals can help reduce their own plastic consumption by carrying re-usable cutlery sets like these ones available at the Tourism Tofino Cox Bay Visitor Centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jenna Anderson connecting to the music and people.

‘Fun, laughter, joy’: B.C. pair take headphone dance parties across the country

Dance With Love set to bring good vibrations from Coast to Coast on cross-Canada tour

Jenna Anderson connecting to the music and people.
Part of the 2019 Incubator cohort, Tofino residents Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk saw a need for composting in their community so they founded Tofino Urban Farm Co. (Westerly File photo)

Project Zero Incubator program aims to support green startups in B.C.

Applications to the 2022 Project Zero Incubator is open to early-stage business ideas across B.C.

Part of the 2019 Incubator cohort, Tofino residents Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk saw a need for composting in their community so they founded Tofino Urban Farm Co. (Westerly File photo)
Professional snowboarder Marie-France Roy, centre, listens to speakers at a solidarity for Fairy Creek rally in Tofino in June 2021. (Westerly file photo)

Police enforcement at Fairy Creek Watershed cost Canadians more than $10 million

Temporary injunction against protest in place as court considers appeal over rejected extension

Professional snowboarder Marie-France Roy, centre, listens to speakers at a solidarity for Fairy Creek rally in Tofino in June 2021. (Westerly file photo)
A stand up paddleboarder kneels as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19, 2020 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Westerly file photo)

DFO wraps up probe into paddleboarder’s controversial 2021 B.C. orca encounter

After a year-long investigation, DFO has handed the file off to Crown counsel

A stand up paddleboarder kneels as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19, 2020 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Westerly file photo)
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

Ucluelet man sues former Kitimat principal and School District 70 over alleged sex abuse

Dan Edwards, now 71, was in Grade 8 and 14 years old when the alleged sex abuse took place

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
In this old photo from the Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Fonds Deschâtelets, children gather in front of the old Christie Residential School on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino. The date the photo was taken is unknown.

Ahousaht First Nation begins research project on two former Indian Residential Schools

“The centre of this whole project is the children”

In this old photo from the Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Fonds Deschâtelets, children gather in front of the old Christie Residential School on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino. The date the photo was taken is unknown.
‘Chantel deserved help not bullets’ reads the back of a demonstrators boogie board during a Tofino anti-racism rally last summer. (Westerly file photo)

Police commission clears officer in B.C. woman’s shooting death

Probe finds insufficient evidence Jeremy Son breached professional conduct in death of Chantel Moore

‘Chantel deserved help not bullets’ reads the back of a demonstrators boogie board during a Tofino anti-racism rally last summer. (Westerly file photo)