Karly Blats

Tents and other items scatter a City of Parksville lot on the Corner of Jensen Avenue and Craig Street. - Karly Blats photo

Outreach group ordered to stop feeding homeless on City of Parksville property

City issued Manna Homeless Society cease and desist order after complaints from public

Tents and other items scatter a City of Parksville lot on the Corner of Jensen Avenue and Craig Street. - Karly Blats photo
Island Health’s #TrustYourself social media campaign urges survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care. (Submitted photo)

How a group of concerned students inspired Vancouver Island to #TrustYourself

Island Health social media initiative urging survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care

Island Health’s #TrustYourself social media campaign urges survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care. (Submitted photo)
Racist slur cleaned off memorial at Qualicum First Nation graveyard

Racist slur cleaned off memorial at Qualicum First Nation graveyard

Site was hit by vandals on Friday; many immediately offered support and assistance

Racist slur cleaned off memorial at Qualicum First Nation graveyard
Veteran Stephane Marcotte says his service dog, Sarge, has helped him combat his PTSD. - www.vicompassiondogs.ca photo

Vancouver Island service dogs helping veterans deal with PTSD

Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs matches soldiers with trained puppies

Veteran Stephane Marcotte says his service dog, Sarge, has helped him combat his PTSD. - www.vicompassiondogs.ca photo
The Parksville Canada Post office was evacuated on Nov. 1 around 10:30 a.m. after an employee found a powdered substance on a package. The Oceanside RCMP and a specialized drug testing team are investigating. - Karly Blats photo

Parksville post office evacuated after powdered substance found

No injuries reported; drug lab to investigate substance

The Parksville Canada Post office was evacuated on Nov. 1 around 10:30 a.m. after an employee found a powdered substance on a package. The Oceanside RCMP and a specialized drug testing team are investigating. - Karly Blats photo
On Wednesday, Oct. 31 at around 2 p.m. the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 19A that resulted in one man being airlifted to Victoria hospital with critical injuries. - Facebook/Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department

Man airlifted to Victoria after vehicle T-boned near Little Qualicum River bridge

Injured man transported to hospital with critical injuries

On Wednesday, Oct. 31 at around 2 p.m. the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 19A that resulted in one man being airlifted to Victoria hospital with critical injuries. - Facebook/Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department
The carcass of a male black bear was found in a popular recreation area in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. - Black Press file photo

Headless bear carcass found by dog walkers in Qualicum Beach

Conservation officers believe animal was killed elsewhere and dumped near subdivision

The carcass of a male black bear was found in a popular recreation area in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. - Black Press file photo
Submitted photo                                Nanoose resident Jessica McLaren, left, dresses as a bunny for Halloween in the early 90s to go trick or treating with her older sisters.

Trick-or-treating stirs up sweet memories for adults

What is your favourite Halloween candy?

Submitted photo                                Nanoose resident Jessica McLaren, left, dresses as a bunny for Halloween in the early 90s to go trick or treating with her older sisters.
Dairy cows feed at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm. — Black Press file photo

Vancouver Island farmer says new USMCA deal ‘terribly weakens’ Canadian dairy industry

Clarke Gourlay of Morningstar Farm says trade deal will negatively impact his farm’s milk production

Dairy cows feed at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm. — Black Press file photo
Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham gets a tour of Parksville’s Salt & Harrow Farm by owner and operator Seann Dory on Sept. 18 before she announced a $300,000 commitment from the province to help farmers access affordable farm land. — Karly Blats photo

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham gets a tour of Parksville’s Salt & Harrow Farm by owner and operator Seann Dory on Sept. 18 before she announced a $300,000 commitment from the province to help farmers access affordable farm land. — Karly Blats photo
Karly Blats photo Five-year-old Lily Fras holds three of 16 puppies born to mother Sophie, a purebred black lab. The puppies were born on Sept. 9 on an Errington farm.

Sixteen purebred lab puppies born in one litter on Island farm

Birthing continued for close to seven hours

Karly Blats photo Five-year-old Lily Fras holds three of 16 puppies born to mother Sophie, a purebred black lab. The puppies were born on Sept. 9 on an Errington farm.
Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.

B.C. family urges parents to follow gut after toddler contracts E.coli infection

The cause of infection is unknown, but parents suspect it came from deer feces

Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.
B.C. man, 71, builds bike that can glide along unused railroad

B.C. man, 71, builds bike that can glide along unused railroad

Island Corridor Foundation says rail use not permitted on active railroad

B.C. man, 71, builds bike that can glide along unused railroad
Ayaka Takekawa of Nanaimo carries her selection from the pumpkin patch during the 10th annual Harvest Festival at Silver Meadows Farm in Errington Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. ��� J.R. Rardon photo

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

Ayaka Takekawa of Nanaimo carries her selection from the pumpkin patch during the 10th annual Harvest Festival at Silver Meadows Farm in Errington Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. ��� J.R. Rardon photo
Hikers climb a Vancouver Island trail to 50-40 Peak on Oct. 1. Karly Blats/ Vancouver Island Free Daily

Big Read: locked out of the woods

Vancouver Islanders struggle to balance back country public access with private land protection

Hikers climb a Vancouver Island trail to 50-40 Peak on Oct. 1. Karly Blats/ Vancouver Island Free Daily
B.C. school closes after six year old First Nation boy dies in Port Alberni home

B.C. school closes after six year old First Nation boy dies in Port Alberni home

The Port Alberni school will be closed the rest of the week following the death of a six-year-old

B.C. school closes after six year old First Nation boy dies in Port Alberni home
The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation cohosted Aboriginal Day celebrations at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach park last June — an example of how ties have tightened between local governments in the two communities. Mike Gregory/Ladysmith Chronicle

‘I would like to acknowledge we are on the territory of First Nations’

Reconciliation, tradition behind practice now becoming common across Vancouver Island

The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation cohosted Aboriginal Day celebrations at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach park last June — an example of how ties have tightened between local governments in the two communities. Mike Gregory/Ladysmith Chronicle
The proposed Kwispaa LNG facility at Sarita Bay on the Island’s West Coast could be fed by a pipeline travelling across Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island from the northwest corner of the province. Steelhead LNG photo

Potential route examined for pipeline feeding major new West Coast LNG facility

Corridor could travel from Northeastern B.C. across the Island to Sarita Bay facility near Alberni

The proposed Kwispaa LNG facility at Sarita Bay on the Island’s West Coast could be fed by a pipeline travelling across Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island from the northwest corner of the province. Steelhead LNG photo
Good food, fine wine and some intimate conversation: romance is is good for you, according to a Vancouver Island couples’ therapist. Image: Facebook/Quails’ Gate Estate Winery

Romance is more than fun, it’s good for you

Find out not just how to keep those Valentine’s Day fires burning, but why

Good food, fine wine and some intimate conversation: romance is is good for you, according to a Vancouver Island couples’ therapist. Image: Facebook/Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
Teal Harle, left, and his Dad Shane after winning another gold at the Big Air competition in Apex in 2014. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Proud parents cheer on Island-raised athletes at Winter Olympics

Parents remember their kids as young athletes before the Olympics

Teal Harle, left, and his Dad Shane after winning another gold at the Big Air competition in Apex in 2014. FACEBOOK PHOTO