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by Adrienne Mason

As a Christmas gift to our communities I’d like to encourage everyone to write a letter (or three) expressing your concern over the impending changes to education on the west coast. Even though we think Wickaninnish Community School may be “safe” for now, our children go to high school in Ucluelet and, more importantly, we all need to stick together on this. Changes to education on the west coast affect us all.

In rural towns, schools form the heart of communities. A quick glance through the small businesses in Tofino and it’s clear that young families are a huge part of the community’s fabric — SoBo, Breakers, Tony’s Pizza, LA Grocery,  Pacific Earthworks, Stick in the Mud Landscaping, the Long Beach Golf Course, The Whale Centre, EcoEverything, Tofino Bus, and Read the rest of this entry »

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by Josie Osborne, Executive Director, Raincoast Education Society

Earlier this fall, the Raincoast Education Society undertook a survey in conjunction with the Tofino Consumers Co-op about customer opinions and attitudes on disposable plastic bags.

As was reported in the Westerly News, 41 per cent of members said they preferred the total removal of bags and 51 per cent of members preferred a fee of at least five cents being charged for Read the rest of this entry »

Photo and article by Liam McNeil

Over the last few weeks, many walking the beaches around Tofino and Long Beach may have noticed a large number of dead birds washed up in the high tide line.  The gull-like birds, spread up and down the length of the peninsula, have likely been disconcerting for many residents, and a welcome source of perfume for many dogs.  Many of the birds have been adorned with small metal tags, bearing the words ‘BC Beached Bird Survey’.

A brief call to Peter Davidson, BC Program Manager for Bird Studies Canada, the organization behind the BC Beached Bird Survey, helped Read the rest of this entry »