David Boehm gets in deep under Daphne laureola on the trail into Queequag Community Park. He was one of 27 volunteers who took part in a work party organized by the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust (GaLTT) to remove as much Daphne as possible from the trails connecting the parks in the Whalebone area. While the current COVID-19 restrictions do not permit social gatherings, the Public Health Orders in place on January 30, 2021 (the day of the GaLTT work party) do allow for volunteer work parties engaged in gardening, vegetation removal, trail building or a similar outside activity. Boehm - and the other volunteers - did have masks over their mouths and noses when standing within 6 feet of each other. More information on Daphne removal on the GaLTT web site www.galtt.ca Derek Kilbourn photo

David Boehm gets in deep under Daphne laureola on the trail into Queequag Community Park. He was one of 27 volunteers who took part in a work party organized by the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust (GaLTT) to remove as much Daphne as possible from the trails connecting the parks in the Whalebone area. While the current COVID-19 restrictions do not permit social gatherings, the Public Health Orders in place on January 30, 2021 (the day of the GaLTT work party) do allow for volunteer work parties engaged in gardening, vegetation removal, trail building or a similar outside activity. Boehm - and the other volunteers - did have masks over their mouths and noses when standing within 6 feet of each other. More information on Daphne removal on the GaLTT web site www.galtt.ca Derek Kilbourn photo

Outside the Gabriola Elementary School, Susan Yates reads aloud to a group of students on January 28 - s she does most weeks. The Jan. 28 reading was one of the events highlighting Family Literacy Week at the school which included: Guess that Book; Dress Up As Your Favourite Character; and a Pyjama Day. Sarah Holmes photo

Outside the Gabriola Elementary School, Susan Yates reads aloud to a group of students on January 28 - s she does most weeks. The Jan. 28 reading was one of the events highlighting Family Literacy Week at the school which included: Guess that Book; Dress Up As Your Favourite Character; and a Pyjama Day. Sarah Holmes photo

The Island Aurora, one of the first of the Island-Class ships to be delivered to BC Ferries, stopped in to do a dock fitting in the Descanso Bay terminal on Gabriola in June of 2020, on its way north to be put into service on the Alert Bay route. The Aurora and her sister ship the Discovery will be joined in 2022 by four more ships, two of which will replace the Quinsam on the Gabriola route. While the ships are smaller, carrying only 49 vehicles compared to the Quinsam’s 70, the ships will run in tandem during the busiest parts of the day, increasing route capacity to 100 vehicles transported per hour. Photo courtesy Steve Earle, Chair, Gabriola Ferry Advisory Commission

The Island Aurora, one of the first of the Island-Class ships to be delivered to BC Ferries, stopped in to do a dock fitting in the Descanso Bay terminal on Gabriola in June of 2020, on its way north to be put into service on the Alert Bay route. The Aurora and her sister ship the Discovery will be joined in 2022 by four more ships, two of which will replace the Quinsam on the Gabriola route. While the ships are smaller, carrying only 49 vehicles compared to the Quinsam’s 70, the ships will run in tandem during the busiest parts of the day, increasing route capacity to 100 vehicles transported per hour. Photo courtesy Steve Earle, Chair, Gabriola Ferry Advisory Commission