Posts Written OnMarch 2014

Living alone in the wilderness can often lead human beings to choose unusual companions. In an era when domesticated pets were scarce to come by but wildlife was plentiful, early settlers in the Campbell River area were often known to adopt wild animals like deer, bears and cougars. Some of them, like Jim Forbes of Forbes Landing Lodge, had a special gift for communicating with wild animals. The family kept a pet deer, Trixie for many years, but even more curiously, kept a pet wild black bear.  This bear was known to have a foul disposition. One day it was…

More and more homeowners are looking to Design-Build companies to create their dream home, whether it be for new construction or renovations. Design-Build is not a new concept, in fact it has been around for centuries, but it is growing into a very popular method in the construction industry.  Compared to the traditional model, Architect & General Contractor, Design-Build (D-B) utilizes one entity, or a single business, for the entire process. The benefits to the client with the Design-Build method are no secret. Everybody is on the same team, sharing the same goal. The whole team is working together from…

After a tough period, the forest industry in B.C. is heading into a period of re-growth. With a lower Canadian dollar and a slow recovery in the U.S. and around the world, the Business Council of B.C. says things are looking up, particularly for the forest industry. “The U.S. economy is gaining ground, the Eurozone is out of recession, and Asia, particularly China, continues to expand at a robust clip,” said executive vice president Jock Finlayson as he released the BCBC economic outlook in January. “The weakening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar will also help lift…

Slip below the surface into the surreal. It’s a world of vivid, eye-popping colours; creatures that both amaze and alarm; and out-worldly landscapes seemingly dreamed up by a sci-fi artist. This dreamy underworld is right on our doorsteps too. Just slip on a dry suit, gear up with a buddy and splash down below the waves to glimpse a very different world. “As soon as I was underwater for five minutes I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” says 22-year-old Dylan Smith. Smith was teaching courses at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education…

With names like Foxie McMuff, Ballsy Benoit and Lumber Smack, Campbell River’s roller girls will floor you with the rock ‘em sock ‘em style of Roller Derby When Kim Emsley-Leik rollerskates around a rink, it’s no leisurely roll. She takes numbers and clears bodies. Emsley-Leik is one of a growing number of local women who have taken up the thrilling sport of roller derby. But it’s more than a sport. It has a culture all its own. It even comes with its own rough and cheeky nicknames. At the rink, Emsley-Leik becomes Foxie McMuff and her job as a blocker…

Fresh off the sale of their own company, Campbell River entrepreneurs Marion and Bernard Eberlein wanted to break away from the small-business model and instead do something meaningful. So the pair started their own brand – a brand that supports children’s charities and provides consumers with a healthy, all-natural product that is produced close to home. Thank You Products is a line of organic matcha and loose leaf teas, organic coffee, natural spring bottled water, and hand-crafted soaps. All the products are fair-trade and produced in Canada. The bottled water, for example, is spring water produced by a family company…

There is a force at work in Campbell River that never stops pushing the community towards the future, relentlessly shaping it in pursuit of a vision, doggedly leading it toward a goal. That force is Morgan Ostler. And if Campbell River is being picked up by the scruff of its neck and marched towards a bright future, it’s a reflection of how Ostler relentlessly pursues her agenda. “I am not driven, but I definitely have goals,” Ostler says. The 81-year-old Ostler’s latest vision is to transform Campbell River into a community that grows more of its own food. For the last…