An air quality advisory has been issued for the Alberni Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulates
Earle Plain, Air Quality meteorologist with the BC Ministry of Environment says the conditions will persist for at least the next three days
People with breathing problems or chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercize until the advisory is lifted.
The Port Alberni Fire Department has also issued a backyard burning ban to help cut down on the amount of smoke in the valley
For the third year in a row, purple ribbons line Stamp Avenue to draw attention to domestic violence in Port Alberni
Joanne Silver, executive director of the Alberni Community and Women's Services Society says the annual 16 days of activism campaign begins with a recognition of the number of reported cases of domestic violence in Port Alberni this year
Silver estimates that only a third of domestic assaults are reported to police.
She says a recent initiative by the RCMP to hire a relationship violence prevention officer has helped, but the problem of violence against women is unfortunately far from over.
A 31-year old Port Alberni man is said to be serving a life sentence on the installment plan after assaulting two local police officers.
Matthew White has 85 convictions in just 14 years, and was caught breaching his probation on October 15th when police officers spotted him drunk.
White tried to run but was caught 2 blocks away by police.
He tried to spit on one officer and kicked at another, but according to crown counsel Gordon Baines his failure to connect was not for lack of trying, but more for lack of aim.
He was sentenced to 6 months in jail but was not ordered to undergo counselling as the court said it was pointless to waste resources on the career criminal.
A 60-year old man with a penchant for 20-year old girls needed the court to teach him about boundaries
Scott Doan was given a suspended sentence and ordered to stay away from two young women he was convinced were wanting his attentions
His lawyer argued Doan was more of a nuisance than a threat, and suffered from a distortion of reality
He was put on probation for 15 months and ordered to stay away from the complainants and their places of work.