Karissa Gall, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

FILE - Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. (Parks Canada photo)

COVID-19: Gwaii Haanas will remain closed until at least June 30

Some other national parks and historic sites set to partially reopen by June 1

FILE - Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. (Parks Canada photo)
Nettie Harder and her daughter-in-law Heather Harder play their accordions in the Queen Charlotte park on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The duo have been playing their accordions in public when there is good weather to spread “good cheer around the neighbourhood.” Nettie also tries to play outside the Bethel Assembly church in Queen Charlotte at 7 p.m. daily, a time when many Canadians have been stepping out to make noise in appreciation of health-care workers.

VIDEO: Mother-in-law, daughter-in-law accordion duo spreads cheer in Queen Charlotte

Nettie Harder and daughter-in-law Heather make up ‘The Discordions’

Nettie Harder and her daughter-in-law Heather Harder play their accordions in the Queen Charlotte park on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The duo have been playing their accordions in public when there is good weather to spread “good cheer around the neighbourhood.” Nettie also tries to play outside the Bethel Assembly church in Queen Charlotte at 7 p.m. daily, a time when many Canadians have been stepping out to make noise in appreciation of health-care workers.
FILE - Northwest leaders at a Northern Capital and Planning Grant announcement on Feb. 16, 2019. On Monday, May 11, 2020, the province announced over $2 million in new funding for local infrastructure and service improvements on Haida Gwaii. (Brittany Gervais/File photo)

Haida Gwaii to benefit from over $2 million in new infrastructure funding

Provincial funding for local infrastructure, service improvements announced on May 11

FILE - Northwest leaders at a Northern Capital and Planning Grant announcement on Feb. 16, 2019. On Monday, May 11, 2020, the province announced over $2 million in new funding for local infrastructure and service improvements on Haida Gwaii. (Brittany Gervais/File photo)
FILE - A view of Masset Inlet from the Port Clements harbour. On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Village of Port Clements council held a committee of the whole meeting to discuss what the community thinks about the Restart B.C. plan. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Village of Port Clements council meets to discuss local vision of B.C.’s restart plan

Mayor, council, members of the public discussed ‘vision of what the restart would be like” locally

FILE - A view of Masset Inlet from the Port Clements harbour. On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Village of Port Clements council held a committee of the whole meeting to discuss what the community thinks about the Restart B.C. plan. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
In a video message posted on the Council of the Haida Nation website on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop said that as the province moves into Phase 2 of the Restart B.C. plan, Haida Gwaii will be taking a unique, local approach. (Council of the Haida Nation Facebook screengrab)

‘We’ll continue to take a local approach’: Haida Nation president talks B.C.’s restart plan

As B.C. moves into Phase 2, President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop says islands will take ‘unique’ approach

In a video message posted on the Council of the Haida Nation website on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop said that as the province moves into Phase 2 of the Restart B.C. plan, Haida Gwaii will be taking a unique, local approach. (Council of the Haida Nation Facebook screengrab)
A “closed” sign is pictured on Monday, May 18, 2020 outside of the entrance to the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, part of the Naikoon Provincial Park. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Provincial parks on Haida Gwaii remain closed, as others around B.C. open to day use

According to the BC Parks website, Naikoon and Pure Lake remain closed

A “closed” sign is pictured on Monday, May 18, 2020 outside of the entrance to the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, part of the Naikoon Provincial Park. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
FILE - A fog bank rolls into Queen Charlotte on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Haida Gwaii broke two temperature records on Mother’s Day weekend 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

‘A true treat for moms’: Haida Gwaii breaks two temperature records on Mother’s Day weekend

Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist says forecast for May long weekend not as sunny

FILE - A fog bank rolls into Queen Charlotte on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Haida Gwaii broke two temperature records on Mother’s Day weekend 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The Masset Volunteer Fire Department was called to a residential brush fire around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Chris Ashurst/Submitted photo)

‘Out of control’ brush fire prompts reminder from Masset fire chief

Department called to residential brush fire on May 9; fire prohibitions came into effect April 16

The Masset Volunteer Fire Department was called to a residential brush fire around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Chris Ashurst/Submitted photo)
The Village of Queen Charlotte council convened on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 for a special meeting to discuss reopening Haida Gwaii, following Premier John Horgan’s release of the “restart B.C.” plan on May 6. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Village of Queen Charlotte council meets to discuss eventual ‘reopening’ of Haida Gwaii

QC council convened for special meeting on May 12; Village of Port Clements council will meet May 14

The Village of Queen Charlotte council convened on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 for a special meeting to discuss reopening Haida Gwaii, following Premier John Horgan’s release of the “restart B.C.” plan on May 6. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Pacific Coastal Airlines returns to service on June 1, but not on Haida Gwaii

Pacific Coastal Airlines returns to service on June 1, but not on Haida Gwaii

Airline president says they will only resume service on Haida Gwaii with ‘support of the community’

Pacific Coastal Airlines returns to service on June 1, but not on Haida Gwaii
(Village of Masset Facebook photo)

Villages of Masset, Port Clements approve no increase in property taxes

Village of Port Clements also decreased business taxes by 30 per cent

(Village of Masset Facebook photo)
Village of Masset councillor Bret Johnston raised a concern about an increase in rodent complaints at the regular council meeting on April 27, 2020. (Pixabay photo)

Village of Masset councillor raises concern about increase in rodent complaints

Councillor Bret Johnston asked staff to research rodent control educational material

Village of Masset councillor Bret Johnston raised a concern about an increase in rodent complaints at the regular council meeting on April 27, 2020. (Pixabay photo)
Pastor Wes Harder and his wife Heather have been holding outdoor, drive-in services since Palm Sunday to respect social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO: Queen Charlotte church holds drive-in Mother’s Day celebration

Bethel Assembly holding outdoor services amid COVID-19

Pastor Wes Harder and his wife Heather have been holding outdoor, drive-in services since Palm Sunday to respect social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Krysten Leigh spotted a Pacific folding door spider on Friday, April 24, 2020 while walking in Langford, sparking discussion about the wide coastal range of the rarely-seen species. (Krysten Leigh/Submitted photo)

‘Unusual find’: Tarantuloid spotted by Langford woman also lives on Haida Gwaii

Entomologist says Pacific folding door spiders range from Haida Gwaii to Vancouver Island, to U.S.

Krysten Leigh spotted a Pacific folding door spider on Friday, April 24, 2020 while walking in Langford, sparking discussion about the wide coastal range of the rarely-seen species. (Krysten Leigh/Submitted photo)
FILE - Haida Nation members and supporters assembled at the BC Ferries terminal in Prince Rupert on Thursday, April 30, 2020, to tell ferry passengers that “Haida Gwaii is closed” to non-essential travellers until COVID-19 passes. On May 7, 2020, the North Coast Regional District announced a bylaw enforcement officer would also start attending the Prince Rupert terminal to interact with the public and distribute informational materials before all scheduled sailings to Skidegate. (K-J Millar/The Northern View file)

Bylaw officer observing ‘low’ BC Ferries traffic between Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii

NCRD officer observing low vehicle numbers; only residents, essential workers on board since May 3

FILE - Haida Nation members and supporters assembled at the BC Ferries terminal in Prince Rupert on Thursday, April 30, 2020, to tell ferry passengers that “Haida Gwaii is closed” to non-essential travellers until COVID-19 passes. On May 7, 2020, the North Coast Regional District announced a bylaw enforcement officer would also start attending the Prince Rupert terminal to interact with the public and distribute informational materials before all scheduled sailings to Skidegate. (K-J Millar/The Northern View file)
Alex Rinfret discovered a stranded striped dolphin on a Tlell beach on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, while walking her dog south of the Crow’s Nest Cafe. Experts are calling Rinfret’s discovery the first recorded sighting of the species on Haida Gwaii. (Alex Rinfret/Facebook photo)

Marine experts investigating after first recorded striped dolphin sighting on Haida Gwaii

Animal discovered stranded on Tlell beach, marking first recorded sighting north of Vancouver Island

Alex Rinfret discovered a stranded striped dolphin on a Tlell beach on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, while walking her dog south of the Crow’s Nest Cafe. Experts are calling Rinfret’s discovery the first recorded sighting of the species on Haida Gwaii. (Alex Rinfret/Facebook photo)
The Heiltsuk Nation installs heat pumps in Bella Bella in February 2018. (Ecotrust Canada/Submitted photo)

Prince Rupert-based charity launches energy security campaign

Ecotrust Canada campaigning for basic energy rebate, housing renewal strategy

The Heiltsuk Nation installs heat pumps in Bella Bella in February 2018. (Ecotrust Canada/Submitted photo)
PhD candidate Tomas Borsa speaks at a June 25, 2019 Connected Life conference hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute. Borsa is currently on-island, surveying residents as part of doctoral research on how internet impacts life on Haida Gwaii. (Tomas Borsa/Submitted photo)

Oxford PhD candidate researching how internet impacts life on Haida Gwaii

Tomas Borsa surveying residents as part of Oxford Internet Institute doctoral research

PhD candidate Tomas Borsa speaks at a June 25, 2019 Connected Life conference hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute. Borsa is currently on-island, surveying residents as part of doctoral research on how internet impacts life on Haida Gwaii. (Tomas Borsa/Submitted photo)
General Manager Al Frick shared a photo of a visitor alert sign that has been posted at CBI during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Al Frick/Submitted photo)

B.C. active fishermen create Community-Fisheries Safety Protocols

Protocols created to protect coastal communities during COVID-19 pandemic

General Manager Al Frick shared a photo of a visitor alert sign that has been posted at CBI during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Al Frick/Submitted photo)
FILE - North Coast B.C. spot prawns. On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the opening of the commercial prawn and shrimp by trap season on the North Coast was being delayed until June 4. (Facebook image)

Commercial prawn, shrimp season opening delayed on North Coast due to COVID-19

By trap season delayed by almost one month; new opening day is June 4

FILE - North Coast B.C. spot prawns. On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the opening of the commercial prawn and shrimp by trap season on the North Coast was being delayed until June 4. (Facebook image)