John McKinley

Vancouver Islanders have become increasingly able to pour a pint crafted right here on the Island thanks to an explosion in the craft brewing industry.

Tapping Vancouver Island’s Ale Trail

Explosion of craft breweries turning beer into a tourism attraction

Vancouver Islanders have become increasingly able to pour a pint crafted right here on the Island thanks to an explosion in the craft brewing industry.
Planning a spur-of-the-moment family stay at a B.C. Parks campground on Vancouver Island has become increasingly difficult thanks to a record-breaking number of reservations.

Record demand makes it hard to find a provincial campsite on Vancouver Island

Long weekend reservations sold out, stays in most popular B.C. Parks campgrounds not easy to book until mid-August

Planning a spur-of-the-moment family stay at a B.C. Parks campground on Vancouver Island has become increasingly difficult thanks to a record-breaking number of reservations.
Court overturns lifetime of retroactive child support owed by absent Duncan dad

Court overturns lifetime of retroactive child support owed by absent Duncan dad

Appeal reduces payments to three years in Vancouver Island case, circumstances ruled not appropriate to precedent-setting award

Court overturns lifetime of retroactive child support owed by absent Duncan dad
The white badge on the Vancouver Island flag includes the trident of Neptune and wand of Mercury to represent the sea and trade

Vancouver Island Party lays out its declaration of independence from BC

Bridge to the mainland, free ferries, light rail part of newly launched political party vision for becoming Canada's 11th province

The white badge on the Vancouver Island flag includes the trident of Neptune and wand of Mercury to represent the sea and trade
The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet — number five on TripAdvisor's list of the best things to do in British Columbia — is one of more than 130 projects partially funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust

Island Coastal Economic Trust celebrating 10 years of giving away $50 million

Vancouver Island community treasure chest nearly empty and seeking a refill after 10 years of sparking economic development

The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet — number five on TripAdvisor's list of the best things to do in British Columbia — is one of more than 130 projects partially funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust
Increasing demand and limited supply have pushed housing prices way up in Vancouver and Victoria

Good homes available for less than $200,000

Vancouver Island housing price hikes restrained compared to Vancouver and Victoria, Port Alberni cheapest place to buy

Increasing demand and limited supply have pushed housing prices way up in Vancouver and Victoria
Unsurprisingly

Island Health CEO gets more in benefits than the average B.C. resident’s total income

Nearly 600 employees making $100,000 or more a year as health authority's total staff contingent nears 20,000 people

Unsurprisingly
Emergency room doctors at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital stopped directly inputting information into the new iHealth system about two weeks ago. Instead

Calls mount for review of iHealth paperless record-keeping system

Nanaimo health care providers call for suspension as issues persist three months into implementation scheduled to go Vancouver Island-wide

Emergency room doctors at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital stopped directly inputting information into the new iHealth system about two weeks ago. Instead
The provincial government is largely noncommittal in its response to a request by Vancouver Island communities to halt the logging of Island old growth forests.

Province not rushing to extinguish old growth chainsaws any time soon

Ministry cites north Island's dependency on logging in response to Vancouver Island communities asking for a halt to old growth harvest

The provincial government is largely noncommittal in its response to a request by Vancouver Island communities to halt the logging of Island old growth forests.
Legendary Vancouver Island music producer David Foster slides behind the wheel of a Ferrari

World-class Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit opens with salute to local racing legend

Victoria music legend David Foster and family on hand to unveil tribute to his legendary cousin, Island Indy racer Billy Foster

Legendary Vancouver Island music producer David Foster slides behind the wheel of a Ferrari
A climber ascends Big Lonely Doug as part of Ancient Forest Alliance efforts to document the Island's oldest and largest trees.

Vancouver Island growing away from old growth logging?

Industry warns of dire consequences as communities and businesses urge the reduction or complete restriction of harvesting ancient trees

A climber ascends Big Lonely Doug as part of Ancient Forest Alliance efforts to document the Island's oldest and largest trees.
Island Health remains committed to a new Island-wide paperless diagnosis and treatment recording and patient tracking system being implemented first at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Island Health maintains controversial paperless system safe, working as planned

Officials say technical support for new electronic record system will continue at Nanaimo hospital until doctors and nurses are up to speed

Island Health remains committed to a new Island-wide paperless diagnosis and treatment recording and patient tracking system being implemented first at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
East Creek is adjacent the Brooks Peninsula

Five-month wait for logging plan has Sierra Club crying foul on the north Island

Lemare Lake Logging says its operations at East Creek near Brooks Peninsula have been by the book, forests ministry unconcerned

East Creek is adjacent the Brooks Peninsula
Officials are bracing for increasingly warm weather to accelerate the number of calls about dogs at risk after being left sitting in hot

Vancouver Island turns up the heat on people leaving pets in hot cars

Dog advocates hoping tougher bylaws, increased awareness will reduce the risk

Officials are bracing for increasingly warm weather to accelerate the number of calls about dogs at risk after being left sitting in hot
A new community paramedicine program is expected to help attract skilled paramedics to remote Vancouver Island communities and encourage them to stay.

Community paramedicine adds life and health to remote Vancouver Island communities

B.C. Ambulance service program providing incentive for paramedics to work in small communities, making house calls before emergency arrives

A new community paramedicine program is expected to help attract skilled paramedics to remote Vancouver Island communities and encourage them to stay.
Vancouver Island communities want the provincial government to take a closer look inside the formula for funding policing.

Equity sought as Vancouver Island police costs all over the map

Neighbours paying different rates for the same RCMP service, some communities paying five to 10 times what others pay on a per capita basis

Vancouver Island communities want the provincial government to take a closer look inside the formula for funding policing.
Medical information specialist Shannon Cragg demonstrates the use of the new iHealth system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Tuesday.

Painful birth for paperless health care

Island Health's new digital diagnosis, treatment and medical history recording system on a difficult learning curve in Nanaimo test rollout

Medical information specialist Shannon Cragg demonstrates the use of the new iHealth system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Tuesday.
Brilla Larce flips through one of the many children's books available at the North Nanaimo branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Vancouver Island library system hits the midway point of $43 million improvement plan

Book it: Twenty-one communities targeted for new or improved branches in order to bring them up to a consistent standard

Brilla Larce flips through one of the many children's books available at the North Nanaimo branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.
Today (May 13) is the only Friday the 13th on the 2016 calendar

Vancouver Island, it’s Friday the 13th, are you scared now?

Is your friggatriskaidekaphobia showing this morning?

Today (May 13) is the only Friday the 13th on the 2016 calendar
Emily Carr has been the face of the Chemainus dollar since 2010. The renowned Vancouver Island artist is one of 12 finalists to become the first Canadian woman on the front of a Canadian banknote.

Emily Carr driving Vancouver Island hopes as the face of Canadian money

Renowned Island artist already on Chemainus currency, finalist to repeat that feat on a new national banknote

Emily Carr has been the face of the Chemainus dollar since 2010. The renowned Vancouver Island artist is one of 12 finalists to become the first Canadian woman on the front of a Canadian banknote.