Lauren Collins

Town leasing to Qualicum Beach’s first retail cannabis store

Town leasing to Qualicum Beach’s first retail cannabis store

QualiCanna Ltd. to be only outlet for two-year pilot project

Town leasing to Qualicum Beach’s first retail cannabis store
Who is running for Qualicum Beach council again?

Who is running for Qualicum Beach council again?

One councillor will not run again in the election

Who is running for Qualicum Beach council again?
Nadjema Soro teaching the introduction to west African dance during the Adult World Music workshops at Errington War Memorial Hall Aug. 16. — Lauren Collins photo
Nadjema Soro teaching the introduction to west African dance during the Adult World Music workshops at Errington War Memorial Hall Aug. 16. — Lauren Collins photo
The proposed French Creek Village has protected greenspace (in green) and a trail network (in dark green). Two different housing types are proposed in the core: townhouses and three- to five-storey condominiums (in purple). On the Columbia Beach side (circled in orange in orange), Elkay Developments Ltd. have planned single-family housing with a few side-by-side duplexes. — Map submitted by Quinn Griesdale

French Creek development plans coming to regional district

French Creek House director says some updates, changes

The proposed French Creek Village has protected greenspace (in green) and a trail network (in dark green). Two different housing types are proposed in the core: townhouses and three- to five-storey condominiums (in purple). On the Columbia Beach side (circled in orange in orange), Elkay Developments Ltd. have planned single-family housing with a few side-by-side duplexes. — Map submitted by Quinn Griesdale
Rogers announced Thursday (July 26) that it would be “enhancing” wireless service in Qualicum Beach. Rick Sellers, presidents at Rogers Communications British Columbia, said it could help people stay connected while walking along the Salish Sea or in their own backyard. — NEWS file photo

Rogers ‘enhances’ wireless in Qualicum Beach

Announcement part of a multi-year national network plan

Rogers announced Thursday (July 26) that it would be “enhancing” wireless service in Qualicum Beach. Rick Sellers, presidents at Rogers Communications British Columbia, said it could help people stay connected while walking along the Salish Sea or in their own backyard. — NEWS file photo
The Parksville Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of Parksville, installed the first of three phases for the business association’s wayfinding program. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville business association moves to phase two of wayfinding program

City releases $47,000 to association for next steps

The Parksville Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of Parksville, installed the first of three phases for the business association’s wayfinding program. — Lauren Collins photo
Four people sent to hospital in crash near Qualicum Beach

Four people sent to hospital in crash near Qualicum Beach

Fire crews worked alongside paramedics: Dashwood fire dept.

Four people sent to hospital in crash near Qualicum Beach
Parksville council disagrees over parkland, payment

Parksville council disagrees over parkland, payment

Developer planned to provide 0.5 ha. of land

Parksville council disagrees over parkland, payment
Ross Springford inside the new free range egg barn. The area where Springford is standing will be where the chickens stay for part of the day. The barn is planned to be opened to the public by spring of 2019. — Lauren Collins photo

Nanoose farm hopes to be more agriculturally transparent

Goal is to have new barn open to the public by spring of 2019

Ross Springford inside the new free range egg barn. The area where Springford is standing will be where the chickens stay for part of the day. The barn is planned to be opened to the public by spring of 2019. — Lauren Collins photo
VIDEO: Quality Foods holds Festival of Lights in Parksville

VIDEO: Quality Foods holds Festival of Lights in Parksville

Parksville Beach Festival lights up the sand sculptures

VIDEO: Quality Foods holds Festival of Lights in Parksville
Current Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area F Director Julian Fell has announced he won’t be running in the upcoming civic election on Oct. 20. He is endorsing Leanne Salter, current Parksville city councillor, for the role. — Lauren Collins photo

Coombs, Errington area director won’t run again

Julian Fell endorses Leanne Salter for role

Current Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area F Director Julian Fell has announced he won’t be running in the upcoming civic election on Oct. 20. He is endorsing Leanne Salter, current Parksville city councillor, for the role. — Lauren Collins photo
Oceanside RCMP execute a search warrant for two units at this four-plex residential building (354 Island Hwy. West in Parksville) on Tuesday, July 10. Parksville city council has declared the property a nuisance. — Submitted photo

Drug-busted building in Parksville declared a ‘nuisance property’

RCMP has attended 354 Island Hwy. West 86 times since 2007

Oceanside RCMP execute a search warrant for two units at this four-plex residential building (354 Island Hwy. West in Parksville) on Tuesday, July 10. Parksville city council has declared the property a nuisance. — Submitted photo
Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department posted this photo to its Facebook page late Wednesday, Aug. 8. It shows smoke from a small wildfire near Cook Creek that was visible from Highway 19A at Baylis Road. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo

UPDATE: Spot fire burning west of Bowser ‘under control’

BC Wildfire Service estimates fire is 0.01 ha., close to Thames Creek

Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department posted this photo to its Facebook page late Wednesday, Aug. 8. It shows smoke from a small wildfire near Cook Creek that was visible from Highway 19A at Baylis Road. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo
A Qualicum Beach resident sent this photo in to the Qualicum Beach Fire Department after multiple open-flame floating lanterns were floating into people’s yards on Saturday, Aug. 4. — Qualicum Beach Fire Department Facebook post

Open-flame floating lanterns land in Qualicum Beach

‘It did pose a risk to the community,’ fire chief says

A Qualicum Beach resident sent this photo in to the Qualicum Beach Fire Department after multiple open-flame floating lanterns were floating into people’s yards on Saturday, Aug. 4. — Qualicum Beach Fire Department Facebook post
Firefighters on scene of a truck/camper fire just off Highway 19 Monday, Aug. 6. — Photo courtesy of Bow Horn Bay VFD Facebook page

UPDATE: Deep Bay, Bow Horn Bay crews fight grass fire

Quarter of an acre of grass burned on the side of the highway: fire chief

Firefighters on scene of a truck/camper fire just off Highway 19 Monday, Aug. 6. — Photo courtesy of Bow Horn Bay VFD Facebook page
VIDEO: Shriners show and shine takes over Parksville Community Park

VIDEO: Shriners show and shine takes over Parksville Community Park

The organization hosted its annual car show on Sunday, Aug. 5

VIDEO: Shriners show and shine takes over Parksville Community Park
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members returning from assisting a woman who was clinging to a rock in the Kennedy River July 27. — Photo submitted by Ken Neden

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue busy in recent weeks

Members respond to four calls, one in Top Bridge area outside of Parksville

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members returning from assisting a woman who was clinging to a rock in the Kennedy River July 27. — Photo submitted by Ken Neden
Some of the young riders in the Tour de Rock event at Rathtrevor Beach Provinical Park last year. Dozens of kids and their parents took part in the bike parade around Rathtrevor to raise funds for Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Tour de Rathtrevor is Aug. 1 and 4 this year. — NEWS file photo

Tour de Rock fundraisers ongoing in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Movie nights, bottle drives in the community

Some of the young riders in the Tour de Rock event at Rathtrevor Beach Provinical Park last year. Dozens of kids and their parents took part in the bike parade around Rathtrevor to raise funds for Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Tour de Rathtrevor is Aug. 1 and 4 this year. — NEWS file photo
A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo

Hollywood Northwest? More film productions popping up on Vancouver Island

Hallmark Channel’s ‘Chesapeake Shores’, Disney’s ‘Descendants 3’ and more use Island locations

A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo
RCMP arrest man in Parksville with nine outstanding warrants

RCMP arrest man in Parksville with nine outstanding warrants

Search leads to four other charges for 50-year-old Parksville man

RCMP arrest man in Parksville with nine outstanding warrants