Auren Ruvinsky

Reporter Auren Ruvinsky's last day at the news was Oct. 21.

Auren Ruvinsky says farewell

Reporter's last day at The NEWS was Friday, Oct. 21

Reporter Auren Ruvinsky's last day at the news was Oct. 21.

Looking like development cost charges going up in Regional District of Nanaimo

After eight years of roughly four per cent increases, DCCs for a single-family home will go up 37 per cent when compared to today's rate

Parksville Rotary Club President Bonnie Wallis

Organization helping the homeless in Parksville Qualicum Beach one step at a time

Parksville Rotary Club helped Shu Guy Ministries with a $1,000 donation

Parksville Rotary Club President Bonnie Wallis
An artist’s rendering of the renovated Schooner Cove “old hotel” on the right above and proposed second residential building on the left were on display at an Oct. 12 open house.

Nanoose Bay development — Fairwinds owners share their Schooner Cove plan

Condos, coffee shop, pub and restaurant still part of vision

An artist’s rendering of the renovated Schooner Cove “old hotel” on the right above and proposed second residential building on the left were on display at an Oct. 12 open house.
Kindergarten students at Errington Elementary strain as they try out the new bear-proof garbage container installed at the school through the efforts of the BearSmart B.C. community program.

Experts urge residents to be bear aware in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Report any bear, or cougar, sightings to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277

Kindergarten students at Errington Elementary strain as they try out the new bear-proof garbage container installed at the school through the efforts of the BearSmart B.C. community program.
If you noticed blue- and yellow-painted bear paw prints in the Bowser area recently

Be on the lookout for a blue and yellow bear in Bowser

Colourful paw prints left behind after bear spills paint in Bowser garage

If you noticed blue- and yellow-painted bear paw prints in the Bowser area recently
The San Pareil neighbourhood

San Pareil gets federal funding for water system upgrades

Work on the $896,800 project (the total once the Regional District of Nanaimo taxpayer funds are added) is projected to begin Dec. 15

The San Pareil neighbourhood

Dashwood-based company offers air quality monitoring devices

The levels, for things like wood smoke, are monitored in real time

At the candidates' forum Wednesday night in Parksville

Candidates square off in Parksville byelection forum

About 150 people filled Ballenas' Whalebone Theatre for the event on Wednesday night

At the candidates' forum Wednesday night in Parksville
Parksville city Coun. Sue Powell says she will seek the NDP nomination to run in the May

Parksville city Coun. Sue Powell wants to represent the NDP in the next provincial election

Her announcement comes soon after the incumbent, Michelle Stilwell of the B.C. Liberals, said she will seek a second term

Parksville city Coun. Sue Powell says she will seek the NDP nomination to run in the May
PILING ON: Heavy Metal Marine was doing what the French Creek Harbour Authority called “routine maintenance early this week.

Routine maintenance in French Creek harbour

Heavy Metal Marine was doing what the French Creek Harbour Authority called “routine maintenance early this week

PILING ON: Heavy Metal Marine was doing what the French Creek Harbour Authority called “routine maintenance early this week.
The RDN doesn’t appear to be interested in allowing motorized boats on Spider Lake any time soon.

Spider Lake still paddle-only

A local fisherman wants the RDN to allow boats with electric motors on Spider Lake, but that isn’t likely

The RDN doesn’t appear to be interested in allowing motorized boats on Spider Lake any time soon.
Organizer Anna Cook

Operation Christmas Child

Fill a shoebox to help someone enjoy a better Christmas this year.

Organizer Anna Cook

Judge finds Qualicum Beach picketer not guilty

This may be the last of the fallout from the 2015 labour dispute in Qualicum Beach

Vancouver Island Library system providing ‘great value’

A recently-released report measured direct and indirect benefits and calculated a market value

Report on home support services suggests people are satisfied but want more

B.C. Senior Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released the report this week

Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Quality Foods their Sponsor in Perpetuity Award for contributing over $30

Parksville Qualicum Beach chapter of Ducks Unlimited looking for award nominations

Past winners of the Community Wetlands Conservation Award include Peter Redford and Fay Smith

Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Quality Foods their Sponsor in Perpetuity Award for contributing over $30
Participants in an indigenous rights blanket exercise like one that will be held at the Church of the Ascension in French Creek this Saturday

Event Saturday in French Creek aims to educate people about aborignal history

You can take part in a unique exercise to understand indigenous rights

Participants in an indigenous rights blanket exercise like one that will be held at the Church of the Ascension in French Creek this Saturday
The planning committee for Active Aging Week in Parksville Qualicum Beach: Elain and Hugh Bohm

Many free events scheduled for Active Aging Week Sept. 25-Oct. 1 in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Events aim to build stronger connections between older adults and their communities

The planning committee for Active Aging Week in Parksville Qualicum Beach: Elain and Hugh Bohm
Kim Stephens

Returning to the basics of water sustainability

Speaker at AGM of Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society said it's crucial to include watersheds in wider planning

Kim Stephens