Queen Charlotte

The Village of Queen Charlotte council held a special meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to rescind the resolution made at the June 15 regular council meeting and make a new one, about potential removal of the non-essential travel restriction on Haida Gwaii. The new resolution is expected to be brought forward to the Island Protocol Table meeting on June 17 for further discussion by the leaders of all island communities. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

UPDATE: VQC proposes reopening Haida Gwaii to B.C. tourists 3 weeks behind rest of province

New resolution made at special meeting this afternoon will be carried forward to IPT meeting tonight

The Village of Queen Charlotte council held a special meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to rescind the resolution made at the June 15 regular council meeting and make a new one, about potential removal of the non-essential travel restriction on Haida Gwaii. The new resolution is expected to be brought forward to the Island Protocol Table meeting on June 17 for further discussion by the leaders of all island communities. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Steve Querengesser, who is on the Haida Gwaii Teachers Association executive, is pictured filming people who participated in the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest on June 14, 2020 in Daajing Giids. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

VIDEO: Dozens attend Black Lives Matter solidarity protest in Daajing Giids

Speeches and signs advocated for end of racism toward Black and Indigenous people, people of colour

Steve Querengesser, who is on the Haida Gwaii Teachers Association executive, is pictured filming people who participated in the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest on June 14, 2020 in Daajing Giids. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The BC Hydro outage map on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 showed that more than 1,500 customers on Haida Gwaii were without power. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)

UPDATE: Power restored for more than 1,500 Haida Gwaii residents impacted by outage

BC Hydro workers restored power on June 9 following night of high winds, fallen trees

The BC Hydro outage map on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 showed that more than 1,500 customers on Haida Gwaii were without power. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)
The Albion Fisheries processing plant that amalgamated with Intercity Packers in April 2019 is pictured at the end of the Queen Charlotte Causeway. Former operations supervisor Tom Argue said a GoFundMe campaign started in June 2020 is raising money to buy the business, which is at risk of permanent closure due to COVID-19. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Haida Gwaii couple raising funds to avoid Queen Charlotte fish plant closure

GoFundMe started to save Albion Fisheries, which amalgamated with Intercity Packers in April 2019

The Albion Fisheries processing plant that amalgamated with Intercity Packers in April 2019 is pictured at the end of the Queen Charlotte Causeway. Former operations supervisor Tom Argue said a GoFundMe campaign started in June 2020 is raising money to buy the business, which is at risk of permanent closure due to COVID-19. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych volunteers are pictured working on bicycles with community members in this submitted photo. The ongoing issue of the potential eviction of Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych from its home behind the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre is expected to be discussed by council at the regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych at risk of eviction

Founder received eviction email from VQC; issue to be discussed at June 15 council meeting

Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych volunteers are pictured working on bicycles with community members in this submitted photo. The ongoing issue of the potential eviction of Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych from its home behind the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre is expected to be discussed by council at the regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020.
The Village of Queen Charlotte Emergency Operations Centre announced on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that its anonymous reporting line had been deactivated. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Village of Queen Charlotte deactivates controversial ‘snitch line’

Emergency Operations Centre announced the anonymous reporting line was deactivated with no reports

The Village of Queen Charlotte Emergency Operations Centre announced on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that its anonymous reporting line had been deactivated. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Masset resident Kyla Mitchell and her two children, Isaac (left) and Wren Binnema, are pictured collecting items from the new Vancouver Island Regional Library “takeout service,” which was launched on Friday, June 5, 2020. Mitchell told the Observer she was excited to collect the items, which she had requested from the Masset branch months ago, before it was closed due to COVID-19. (Etchi Virl/Facebook photo)

Haida Gwaii libraries launch new ‘takeout’ curbside pickup service

As of June 5, cardholders can once again access physical copies of books, DVDs and more

Masset resident Kyla Mitchell and her two children, Isaac (left) and Wren Binnema, are pictured collecting items from the new Vancouver Island Regional Library “takeout service,” which was launched on Friday, June 5, 2020. Mitchell told the Observer she was excited to collect the items, which she had requested from the Masset branch months ago, before it was closed due to COVID-19. (Etchi Virl/Facebook photo)
Edi Szasz, chef-owner of Blacktail in Queen Charlotte, is pictured on Thursday, June 4, 2020 outside of his restaurant, where he and a few helpers were busy working on building a covered patio.

UPDATE: Slightly delayed Blacktail Haida Gwaii reopening set for Canada Day

Chef-owner Edi Szasz hoped to reopen on June 25, the one-year anniversary of the restaurant

Edi Szasz, chef-owner of Blacktail in Queen Charlotte, is pictured on Thursday, June 4, 2020 outside of his restaurant, where he and a few helpers were busy working on building a covered patio.
Chef Giulio Piccioli is pictured outside his Queen Charlotte restaurant, Gather, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Gather was one of three 2020 Business Facade Improvement Program applications approved by the Village of Queen Charlotte council at the regular meeting on June 1. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Village of Queen Charlotte approves business facade improvement grants

Applications from Gather, dental clinic, A Level Up approved, leaving about $14,000 up for grabs

Chef Giulio Piccioli is pictured outside his Queen Charlotte restaurant, Gather, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Gather was one of three 2020 Business Facade Improvement Program applications approved by the Village of Queen Charlotte council at the regular meeting on June 1. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
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)
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.
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.
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)
The Council of the Haida Nation hosted a virtual town hall on Sunday, May 3, 2020, with Indigenous and municipal leaders from Haida Gwaii as well as the north and central coasts discussing continuing COVID-19 travel restrictions. (Zoom screengrab)

‘Our United Coast’: Haida Nation hosts virtual COVID-19 travel restriction town hall

Indigenous, municipal leaders discussed travel restrictions on Haida Gwaii, north and central coasts

The Council of the Haida Nation hosted a virtual town hall on Sunday, May 3, 2020, with Indigenous and municipal leaders from Haida Gwaii as well as the north and central coasts discussing continuing COVID-19 travel restrictions. (Zoom screengrab)
Katie and Stella Sinkins were announced the winners of the Hang Tight Haida Gwaii pandemic PSA contest under 15 category on April 24, 2020 for their Laura Clery-inspired video submission, which featured “quarantine workout” moves such as the “spray and pray.” (YouTube screengrab)

‘We should be proud’: Hang Tight Haida Gwaii pandemic PSA winners announced

Patrick Shannon says winners made videos that ‘could run anywhere in the country’

Katie and Stella Sinkins were announced the winners of the Hang Tight Haida Gwaii pandemic PSA contest under 15 category on April 24, 2020 for their Laura Clery-inspired video submission, which featured “quarantine workout” moves such as the “spray and pray.” (YouTube screengrab)
At their regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020, the Village of Queen Charlotte council approved a motion to grant a letter of support for a funding application being developed by the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society and M’akola Development Services for an eight-unit townhouse complex that would replace the derelict duplex at 609 Second Ave. (pictured). (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Queen Charlotte council supports funding application for eight-unit townhouse

Application being developed by Heritage Housing Society, M’akola Development Services

At their regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020, the Village of Queen Charlotte council approved a motion to grant a letter of support for a funding application being developed by the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society and M’akola Development Services for an eight-unit townhouse complex that would replace the derelict duplex at 609 Second Ave. (pictured). (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Andrea Piccioli, nephew of Gather Food owner Giulio Piccioli, drew special, isolation-inspired illustrations on the paper bags the restaurant used for a “Be My Quarantine” take-home dinner series that ran from March 20, 2020 to April 10, 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

VIDEO: Gather Food ‘Be My Quarantine’ dinner series puts artistic twist on takeout bags

Owner Giulio Piccioli’s nephew Andrea illustrated around 100 bags for the four-week series

Andrea Piccioli, nephew of Gather Food owner Giulio Piccioli, drew special, isolation-inspired illustrations on the paper bags the restaurant used for a “Be My Quarantine” take-home dinner series that ran from March 20, 2020 to April 10, 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The deadline to submit a video to the Hang Tight Haida Gwaii PSA contest, being put on by InnoNative, the Village of Queen Charlotte and TakingITGlobal, is April 24, 2020 at 1 p.m. (PxHere photo)
The deadline to submit a video to the Hang Tight Haida Gwaii PSA contest, being put on by InnoNative, the Village of Queen Charlotte and TakingITGlobal, is April 24, 2020 at 1 p.m. (PxHere photo)
Village of Queen Charlotte moves forward with construction of new fire hall

Village of Queen Charlotte moves forward with construction of new fire hall

Contractor Apple Electric installed electrical conduit on April 15 at the construction site

Village of Queen Charlotte moves forward with construction of new fire hall
The Village of Queen Charlotte council decided to reduce municipal taxes for the 2020 budget by 12 per cent at their regular meeting on April 6, 2020, to provide relief to community members and business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

Queen Charlotte council recommends no increase in municipal taxes

Due to 2020 housing assessment increase, decision requires actually reducing municipal taxes by 12%

The Village of Queen Charlotte council decided to reduce municipal taxes for the 2020 budget by 12 per cent at their regular meeting on April 6, 2020, to provide relief to community members and business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Queen Charlotte Farmers Market vendor Deborah Rowe used gloves and Lysol wipes, and asked that only one customer visit her booth at a time at the market on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Queen Charlotte Farmers Market vendor Deborah Rowe used gloves and Lysol wipes, and asked that only one customer visit her booth at a time at the market on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)