Observer founder dies at age 84

  • Jan. 12, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Doug Leach, the man who founded the Observer, died Jan. 4 at his home in Clay Hill, Tlell. He was 84. Mr. Leach started the Queen Charlotte Islands Observer with his wife Mable in the spring of 1969. They edited and published the newspaper every week until they sold it in 1985 and retired. Mr. Leach was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England in 1926, and served in the British Navy during World War 2. Trained as a physiotherapist, he moved to Canada in 1950 to work at the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. He and Mable moved from the Lower Mainland to the islands in 1959. After retiring from the Observer, Mr. Leach volunteered on the board of health care organizations, and made weekly trips to both ends of the islands to visit seniors and hospital patients. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Port Clements community hall, starting at 2 pm.

Just Posted

Study finds no environmental harm from Fukushima

Another study has shown the B.C. coast has not suffered any adverse… Continue reading

Tlellagraph: Looking forward to healthy fibre-optics and connectivitea

“Tlell for One! And All for Tlell!” Or maybe not… looks like… Continue reading

Logging protest at Collison Point

Husby crews lock up gear after group led by Old Massett Haida calls for end of logging at Collison

Cullen calls on DFO for quick notice of any salmon closures

MP urges co-operation after DFO releases grim estimates for sockeye, chinook returns

B.C. to protect more habitat for coastal northern goshawk, marbled murrelet

Few new goshawk nests expected on Haida Gwaii, where deer, low numbers are of high concern

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

B.C. teachers’ union to ask for higher salaries to help with shortages

B.C. starting teacher salaries are $10,000 to $15,000 lower than Ontario or Alberta says B.C. Teachers’ Federation president.

Few political staffers on Parliament Hill report sexual misconduct: survey

Sixty-five of the 266 survey respondents said they had personally experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment.

Experimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new edibles

Nestled inside Canopy Growth Corp.’s sprawling marijuana facility outside Ottawa is a special laboratory

Federal committee to examine human trafficking in Canada

The Commons committee plans on holding hearings in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Most Read