Karissa Gall, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

‘A time of transition:’ CHN looking to release next steps of pandemic response this week

‘A time of transition:’ CHN looking to release next steps of pandemic response this week

State of local emergency is in effect; Gaagwiis says CHN developing indicators to guide next steps

‘A time of transition:’ CHN looking to release next steps of pandemic response this week
Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach wrote a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Thursday, May 28, 2020, urging him to require airlines to refund Canadian customers the cost of airfare tickets that have gone unused due to COVID-19. (Skitterphoto)

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach urges feds to compensate airline passengers

Letter to transport minister touches on Northwest B.C. tourism operators impacted by COVID-19

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach wrote a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Thursday, May 28, 2020, urging him to require airlines to refund Canadian customers the cost of airfare tickets that have gone unused due to COVID-19. (Skitterphoto)
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on Friday, May 29, 2020 that construction crews were starting work on a $5.4-million project to build two new bridges along Highway 16 between Port Clements and Tlell. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Two new bridges to be built along Highway 16 between Port Clements, Tlell

Ministry of Transportation says $5.4-million project expected to be complete in fall 2020

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on Friday, May 29, 2020 that construction crews were starting work on a $5.4-million project to build two new bridges along Highway 16 between Port Clements and Tlell. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
FILE - A 22-year-old Robert Davidson and his grandfather Tsinii on the day of the pole raising. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, the short documentary “Now Is the Time” will start streaming on the National Film Board website. (National Film Board photo)

‘Now Is the Time’ doc will start streaming on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Film featuring Haida carver Robert Davidson will launch June 21 for free on NFB website

FILE - A 22-year-old Robert Davidson and his grandfather Tsinii on the day of the pole raising. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, the short documentary “Now Is the Time” will start streaming on the National Film Board website. (National Film Board photo)
In this submitted photo, Haida Gwaii residents Mike Racz and Shelley Sansome are pictured while on a trip to Columbia in March 2020. After their connecting flight from Sandspit to Vancouver for a different trip to Japan was cancelled on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the couple has been left wondering why Air Canada compensated another passenger on the same flight $1,000, while only offering them a $200 e-coupon and 25 per cent off discount code. (Mike Racz/Submitted photo)

Haida Gwaii couple frustrated after Air Canada cancels flight, denies compensation

Mike Racz says another passenger received $1,000 while he was only offered e-coupon and promo code

In this submitted photo, Haida Gwaii residents Mike Racz and Shelley Sansome are pictured while on a trip to Columbia in March 2020. After their connecting flight from Sandspit to Vancouver for a different trip to Japan was cancelled on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the couple has been left wondering why Air Canada compensated another passenger on the same flight $1,000, while only offering them a $200 e-coupon and 25 per cent off discount code. (Mike Racz/Submitted photo)
FILE - The Haida Gwaii School District office in Queen Charlotte is pictured in this file photo. At the regular board of education meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, SD50 superintendent Carey Stewart confirmed that teachers would be returning to district schools on June 1, but not students. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)

Haida Gwaii teachers heading back to empty classrooms on June 1

SD50 working with CHN following May 21 request to keep school closed until state of emergency lifted

FILE - The Haida Gwaii School District office in Queen Charlotte is pictured in this file photo. At the regular board of education meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, SD50 superintendent Carey Stewart confirmed that teachers would be returning to district schools on June 1, but not students. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)
Green Coast Kayaking held a free community paddle for Haida Gwaii residents on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Queen Charlotte. According to owner Bryce Klee, the free event is expected to continue weekly on Sunday mornings. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

VIDEO: Green Coast offers free kayaking to Haida Gwaii residents

First “pop-up paddle” held Monday, May 25; free community paddles expected to continue weekly

Green Coast Kayaking held a free community paddle for Haida Gwaii residents on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Queen Charlotte. According to owner Bryce Klee, the free event is expected to continue weekly on Sunday mornings. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
FILE - A Department of Fisheries and Oceans boat. On Friday, May 15, 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a new Fisheries Management Order with conditions for allowing at-sea observers onboard fishing vessels again amid COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

DFO allowing at-sea observers again if safe work procedures in place

May 15 fishery notice lays out conditions for allowing at-sea observers onboard amid COVID-19

FILE - A Department of Fisheries and Oceans boat. On Friday, May 15, 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a new Fisheries Management Order with conditions for allowing at-sea observers onboard fishing vessels again amid COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Award-winning freelance biological illustrator, natural history artist and author Aleta Karstad holds her daughter Jennie as her sister Karen looks on, during one of the family’s trips through the Cumshewa Head area on Haida Gwaii with John Wood and Karstad’s husband, naturalist Dr. Fred Schueler, in the late ‘80s. Natural history journal entries, illustrations and hiking information produced during the trips was later published in a Western Canada Wilderness Committee book, thought to have helped save the area from logging. (Aleta Karstad/Submitted photo)

Artist-biologist duo that contributed to conservation on Haida Gwaii wins award

Aleta Karstad, Dr. Fred Schueler win prize for conservation efforts, including Cumshewa Head area

Award-winning freelance biological illustrator, natural history artist and author Aleta Karstad holds her daughter Jennie as her sister Karen looks on, during one of the family’s trips through the Cumshewa Head area on Haida Gwaii with John Wood and Karstad’s husband, naturalist Dr. Fred Schueler, in the late ‘80s. Natural history journal entries, illustrations and hiking information produced during the trips was later published in a Western Canada Wilderness Committee book, thought to have helped save the area from logging. (Aleta Karstad/Submitted photo)
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UPDATE: Cable, internet restored for GwaiiComm, Mascon customers impacted by outage

GwaiiTel says cut fibre has been repaired; advised people to contact BC 1 Call before digging

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CHN, province reach ‘milestone’ tree cutting agreement, reducing annual cut by 13%

CHN, province reach ‘milestone’ tree cutting agreement, reducing annual cut by 13%

Haida Gwaii Management Council has determined new allowable annual cut of 804,000 cubic metres

CHN, province reach ‘milestone’ tree cutting agreement, reducing annual cut by 13%
Victoria-born, multidisciplinary artist Natasha Lavdovsky (pictured) travelled to Haida Gwaii in June 2019 to capture “a strong image that symbolized sea levels rising” by filming a timelapse around Deadtree Point. (Natasha Lavdovsky/Submitted photo)

VIDEO: B.C. artist filmed apocalyptic timelapse on Haida Gwaii

Tasha Lavdovsky footage symbolizes sea level rise; featured in Ora Cogan music video for ‘Sleeping’

Victoria-born, multidisciplinary artist Natasha Lavdovsky (pictured) travelled to Haida Gwaii in June 2019 to capture “a strong image that symbolized sea levels rising” by filming a timelapse around Deadtree Point. (Natasha Lavdovsky/Submitted photo)
Robert Davidson in Times Square. (Tina Schliessler photo)

‘Haida Modern’ doc on Robert Davidson to stream online in June

Award-winning documentary will premiere on Knowledge Network June 2

Robert Davidson in Times Square. (Tina Schliessler photo)
Some restaurants on Haida Gwaii started hosting a limited number of dine-in guests as early as Tuesday, May 19, 2020, when the province entered the second phase of its COVID-19 restart plan. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Some restaurants on Haida Gwaii hosting dine-in guests again

Queen B’s, Oceanview offering limited seating; barbershop in Queen Charlotte also reopened this week

Some restaurants on Haida Gwaii started hosting a limited number of dine-in guests as early as Tuesday, May 19, 2020, when the province entered the second phase of its COVID-19 restart plan. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Tanya Lavallee, a community health worker on Haida Gwaii, is pictured in this May 2019 submitted photo. In February, doctors discovered a large mass in Lavallee’s intestine and a surgery was scheduled for March 18, then cancelled due to COVID-19. Health authorities are now resuming elective surgeries, however, Lavallee has found it difficult to see a specialist in Vancouver as needed because commercial flights between Haida Gwaii and YVR are still suspended. (Tanya Lavallee/Submitted photo)

Haida Gwaii woman with intestinal mass worried elective surgeries ‘being forgotten’

With no commercial flights to YVR, Tanya Lavallee says it’s taking her too long to see a specialist

Tanya Lavallee, a community health worker on Haida Gwaii, is pictured in this May 2019 submitted photo. In February, doctors discovered a large mass in Lavallee’s intestine and a surgery was scheduled for March 18, then cancelled due to COVID-19. Health authorities are now resuming elective surgeries, however, Lavallee has found it difficult to see a specialist in Vancouver as needed because commercial flights between Haida Gwaii and YVR are still suspended. (Tanya Lavallee/Submitted photo)
FILE - A female sockeye salmon heads upstream towards Klushu Lake in southern Yukon. On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Council of the Haida Nation announced the Yakoun, Ain and Awun rivers that flow into Masset Inlet will not open to traditional sockeye fishing in 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News photo)

Rivers flowing into Masset Inlet will not open to traditional sockeye fishing in 2020: CHN

Yakoun, Ain, Awun rivers closed due to low escapement numbers, stress from Dinan Bay diesel spill

FILE - A female sockeye salmon heads upstream towards Klushu Lake in southern Yukon. On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Council of the Haida Nation announced the Yakoun, Ain and Awun rivers that flow into Masset Inlet will not open to traditional sockeye fishing in 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News photo)
Haida Gwaii-based writer Susan Musgrave is pictured in Victoria in summer 2019. On Friday, May 15, 2020, it was announced that Musgrave won third place in the 2020 Fish Poetry Prize contest. (Regina Akhankina/Submitted photo)

Haida Gwaii-based writer takes home third prize in international poetry contest

Susan Musgrave announced as top 10 winner of 2020 Fish Poetry Prize for poem ‘Wild and Alone’

Haida Gwaii-based writer Susan Musgrave is pictured in Victoria in summer 2019. On Friday, May 15, 2020, it was announced that Musgrave won third place in the 2020 Fish Poetry Prize contest. (Regina Akhankina/Submitted photo)
As of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Gwaii Trust Society had given out 27 grants totalling $410,160 from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)

Gwaii Trust increases COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to half a million dollars

Over 25 grants totalling more than $400,000 already given out for local COVID-19 response

As of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Gwaii Trust Society had given out 27 grants totalling $410,160 from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)
On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Goldie Swanson posted in the Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas Facebook group that she had come home to find a surprise package of dried fish and seaweed. (Goldie Swanson/Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas photo)

Haida Gwaii ‘ninjas’ combat COVID-19 blues with care packages

More than 700 residents have joined ‘Care Ninjas’ Facebook group since May 14

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Goldie Swanson posted in the Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas Facebook group that she had come home to find a surprise package of dried fish and seaweed. (Goldie Swanson/Haida Gwaii - Care Ninjas photo)
The Dinan Bay diesel spill on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, shown via National Aerial Surveillance Program overflight. (Transport Canada/Submitted photo)

Shoreline cleanup, sampling complete following Dinan Bay diesel spill

Assistant professor at SFU provides general insight into diesel spills, impacts

The Dinan Bay diesel spill on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, shown via National Aerial Surveillance Program overflight. (Transport Canada/Submitted photo)