Mid Island Independent News merges with Oceanside News

Our team at Mid Island Independent is excited to announce our merging with Oceanside News. We would like to thank all of our readers for their support and encourage you to continue following us at oceansidenews.ca.  This will allow us to focus more time on researching and writing stories for our community — you can … Continue reading Mid Island Independent News merges with Oceanside News

Alpine environments threatened by increased number of campfires

Stock photo Campfires can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but they also pose a threat to sensitive alpine environments, according to the chair of Vancouver Island’s Alpine Club of Canada chapter. “What might have not been a problem ten years ago, when there were many fewer people, becomes potentially a crisis, with … Continue reading Alpine environments threatened by increased number of campfires

Cell tower controversy returns to Qualicum Beach

STOCK PHOTO A proposed cell tower is causing controversy again in Qualicum Beach. Two potential locations are back on the table, five months after the Christian Fellowship Centre (CFC) terminated an agreement to build the tower on its property. “I’m really disappointed that TELUS has moved forward with this again. I think a few of … Continue reading Cell tower controversy returns to Qualicum Beach

Is there a future for commuter train service on southern Vancouver Island?

PHOTO BY KEVIN FORSYTH Commuter train service ended on Vancouver Island nearly a decade ago, due to safety concerns over track and bridge conditions. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s (MoTI) recent condition assessment report found restoring the line from Victoria to Courtenay could cost anywhere from $326 - 728 million. The CEO of … Continue reading Is there a future for commuter train service on southern Vancouver Island?

Concern grows for southern resident killer whales as US Navy seeks ability to incidentally harm marine mammals

PHOTO BY SARA HYSONG-SHIMAZU/ Wild Orca Tyler Hay The United States Navy is seeking permission to incidentally harm marine mammals through testing and training activities in the Pacific Northwest. Conservation groups have expressed concern for southern resident killer whales after the US Navy  submitted an application to the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) which would … Continue reading Concern grows for southern resident killer whales as US Navy seeks ability to incidentally harm marine mammals

Nanaimo recreation centres to begin reopening

The City of Nanaimo is reopening recreation centres and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. Beban Social Centre will open on Aug. 4 for facility rentals and Sept. 9 for fall recreation programs, according to a release from the city. Both Oliver Woods Community Centre and Bowen Complex will open Sept. 9 for rentals and recreation programs, … Continue reading Nanaimo recreation centres to begin reopening

City of Nanaimo brings local music to seniors

Musicians from Vancouver Island Symphony perform at Origin at Longwood || PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF NANAIMO Tyler Hay @_hay_tyler The city of Nanaimo has partnered with local seniors residences to offer live music performances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city said it understands the significant impact of the pandemic on both the elderly … Continue reading City of Nanaimo brings local music to seniors

Some Vancouver Island residents struggle waiting for delayed surgeries

A Vancouver Island woman said she is worried about losing her independence and quality of life while waiting for a surgery postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. Jackie, who asked we not use her real name, is waiting for a lumbar discectomy, which according to Healthlink BC, is surgery to remove low back herniated disc … Continue reading Some Vancouver Island residents struggle waiting for delayed surgeries

Qualicum Beach residents take anger over proposed development to the streets

Qualicum Beach residents marched from the civic centre to Town Hall on July 15. They said they were opposed to development in the town's greenbelt and felt ignored by council.||PHOTO BY KEVIN FORSYTH. Qualicum Beach citizens took their frustrations to the streets and expressed anger over the possibility of development on two parcels of land … Continue reading Qualicum Beach residents take anger over proposed development to the streets

Vancouver Island hikers raising money and awareness about threatened ecosystems

Caleb Harding has hiked over 100 km and raised $500 since late June. He wants to raise money and awareness about threatened old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. | PHOTO COURTESY OF CALEB HARDING. A Vancouver Island man is hiking to raise money and awareness about threatened old-growth forest ecosystems. Caleb Harding has already raised $500 … Continue reading Vancouver Island hikers raising money and awareness about threatened ecosystems

Frustrations grow with petition to stop Qualicum Beach home development

Construction on Seacroft estates sits at a standstill as Ballard Fine Homes struggles to obtain building permits || PHOTO BY KEVIN FORSYTH Tyler Hay @_hay_tyler An ongoing conflict surrounding a residential development has pitted an environmental group against the town of Qualicum Beach and a Parksville homebuilder. Two homes set to be built by Ballard … Continue reading Frustrations grow with petition to stop Qualicum Beach home development

More government resources needed for addiction, says local support worker

Kelly Morris addresses the crowd at a rally to raise awareness about a lack of support for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in Parksville Community Park on Sunday. Photo by Tyler Hay. A local support worker and advocate says the Parksville Qualicum Beach area lacks adequate support and treatment for people suffering from … Continue reading More government resources needed for addiction, says local support worker

What is Mid Island Independent News?

Mid Island Independent News is a new start up project that aims to keep mid island residents informed about their own communities and broader region through in-depth journalism. Expect to find feature stories showcasing interesting individuals — stories that localize national and international issues, as well as coverage of topics that have real impact on … Continue reading What is Mid Island Independent News?