More than 200 people hiked up Argyle Street last evening as part of a reconciliation march.
Tseshaht Chief Councillor Cynthia Dick said there has been a noticible rise in racism in the Alberni Valley and throughout the world over the past year.
Cynthia Dick, along with co-organizer Jolleen Dick from Hupacasath spoke before council, asking more work be done to bring Alberni communities together.
Port Alberni Mayor Ruttan said council endorsed three recommendations including forming a committee to develop a local plan on what concrete actions can be take towards reconciliation.
The city has made a deal to bring down the former Arrowview Hotel and make a land swap for the property.
Owner Dean Johnson will pay for the demolition and site remediation, and will hand over the two uptown lots it sits on, in exchange for 4 small city lots beside his Greenport Hotel.
Mayor Mike Ruttan says it's a good deal for the city.
The city will formalize the swap of the Athol Street property for the lots on Alexander Road after full demolition and environmental abatement has been completed.
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The Huu-ay-aht First Nation announced their support of a Liquified Natural Gas plant within their territory.
Members voted 70% in favour of a continued partnership with Steelhead LNG, who are proposing the construction of a $30 billion facility at Sarita Bay.
Huu-ay-aht executive council member John Jack says the deal is good for everyone
Steelhead president Nigel Kozemko says they hope to reach a final investment decision in 2019, and make their first shipment by 2024.
Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert Dennis said now that First Nations members have given the go-ahead, his council will now begin meeting with Bamfield community members and neighbouring First Nations to address their concerns
A Port Alberni man suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing his bicycle on Third Ave yesterday morning.
The 30 year old man was riding his bike down 3rd Ave when he suddenly lost control near Strathern Street, and fell off his bike landing hard on the ground.
He was unconscious and unresponsive at the scene.
RCMP spokesperson Corporal Amelia Hayden said the man was not wearing a helmet, and investigators are still trying to figure out why he crashed.
He was taken to hospital in Victoria but according to a friend, is on the road to recovery.