Pages of the past

Ruth Smith takes a look at some of the happenings in the past

Five years ago



• The Town of Qualicum Beach presented one of the highest honours they can give this week. Mayor Teunis Westbroek announced that Jim Storey a Freeman of the Town, was only the second person in history to be so named.




10 years ago




• Parksville taxpayers could see a three per cent increase in their annual general property tax in 2001, based on the city’s provisional budget. If approved, it would mark the fourth consecutive increase in as many years — totaling 13 per cent should this increase be approved.




20 years ago




• Evidence that District 69 students are lagging behind their provincial peers in mathematics has puzzled and alarmed school administration.

Grades 4, 7 and 10 students in the district were found to score below the provincial average in the subject.


All areas of the math curriculum were covered from basic adding and subtracting in Grade four to solving multi-step quadratic equations at the Grade 10 level.