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Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s Sobo Restaurant makes her pitch in The Dragons’ Den on Nov. 12. (CBC image)

Tofino chef strikes a deal on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Lisa Ahier brought endorsements from Sarah McLachlan and Terry David Mulligan.

Music in the streets will not be held during Parksville’s Moonlight Madness. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: Moonlight Madness scaled back for 2020

Stores remain open late in Qualicum Beach but pandemic restrictions limit activities

Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Jodie Lucas and Will Gemmell, owners of the Rusted Rake Farm. (PQB News file photo)
Jodie Lucas and Will Gemmell, owners of the Rusted Rake Farm. (PQB News file photo)
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Oceanside Initiatives offers regional economic update to Parksville council

Group aims to reduce negative economic impact of COVID-19 in the area

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From left, Carley Freeman, assistant manager, Fabiano d’Andrea, general manager, Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne and Jeremy Pott, regional operations manager perform an official ribbon-cutting as Cascadia Liquor opened its eighth location, at 389 Alberni Highway in Parksville, on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Peter McCully photo)

Cascadia Liquor opens new Parksville location

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Sunday, Oct. 18

From left, Carley Freeman, assistant manager, Fabiano d’Andrea, general manager, Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne and Jeremy Pott, regional operations manager perform an official ribbon-cutting as Cascadia Liquor opened its eighth location, at 389 Alberni Highway in Parksville, on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Peter McCully photo)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Quality Foods in Parksville. The Vancouver Island-based grocer is seeking public consultation to open an upstairs lounge at a new store being built at 371 Alberni Highway. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Quality Foods to receive public opinion regarding upstairs lounge in Parksville

‘It’s a really well-run, very classy addition to what they do’

Quality Foods in Parksville. The Vancouver Island-based grocer is seeking public consultation to open an upstairs lounge at a new store being built at 371 Alberni Highway. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Woodgrove Centre says it will refuse service to customers who don’t comply with its health and safety rules starting Monday, Oct. 5. (News Bulletin file photo)

Woodgrove Centre making mandatory mask policy more strict

Mall will refuse service to customers who don’t comply with health and safety rules starting Oct. 5

Woodgrove Centre says it will refuse service to customers who don’t comply with its health and safety rules starting Monday, Oct. 5. (News Bulletin file photo)
People who have no more use for their old paint can drop it off for recycling at the Qualicum Beach and Parksville bottle and recycling depots. (PQB News file photo)

Recycle old paint in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Non-profit groups encourage people to drop off paint at recycling depots

People who have no more use for their old paint can drop it off for recycling at the Qualicum Beach and Parksville bottle and recycling depots. (PQB News file photo)
Samantha Thompson is one of several Woodgrove Centre employees who now greet customers at the mall’s entrances to take their temperatures and ensure they’re wearing masks before they enter the shopping centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Masks and temperature checks now mandatory to enter Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

Mall says it’s the first in B.C. to put these kind of measures in place

Samantha Thompson is one of several Woodgrove Centre employees who now greet customers at the mall’s entrances to take their temperatures and ensure they’re wearing masks before they enter the shopping centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A new air carrier is being sought for Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: New air carrier sought for Qualicum Beach Airport

Island Express Air ends operation due to pandemic

A new air carrier is being sought for Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)
About one in seven Canadian students expressed satisfaction with the transition toward online learning during COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay photo)

COVID-19 skill loss will hurt global economic output for rest of century: survey

About one in seven Canadian students satisfied with transition toward online learning

About one in seven Canadian students expressed satisfaction with the transition toward online learning during COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay photo)
The Music Cafe in Parksville opened on June 3. (Submitted photo)

‘Music Cafe’ in Parksville questions future amid COVID-19

As a new business, they don’t qualify for government assistance

The Music Cafe in Parksville opened on June 3. (Submitted photo)
Michelle Brown celebrates 35 years working in Qualicum Beach at Cruise Plus Travel and Tours. (Michael Briones photo)

35 years of sending Qualicum Beach on incredible journeys

Travel agent Michelle Brown on 35 years at the same office in Qualicum Beach

Michelle Brown celebrates 35 years working in Qualicum Beach at Cruise Plus Travel and Tours. (Michael Briones photo)
The owners of Arbutus RV, Rose and Craig Little, will take over the operations of Coast RV in Parksville at the end of August. (Submitted photo)

Arbutus RV expands Island operations with acquisition of Parksville location

New owners Craig and Rose Little acquire Coast RV business from Kelly Tague

The owners of Arbutus RV, Rose and Craig Little, will take over the operations of Coast RV in Parksville at the end of August. (Submitted photo)
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns

Island MP says fish harvester benefit needs a wider application window

Courtenay-Alberni’s Gord Johns requests expanded application period for fish harvester benefits

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Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns
Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, right, with Autism Award winners Julie Tempelton and Nathan Bodie. (Photo submitted)

BC Autism Awards launch with help from Quality Foods

Third annual ‘The Heroes in Our Story’ awards and raffle accepting nominations until Aug. 28

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, right, with Autism Award winners Julie Tempelton and Nathan Bodie. (Photo submitted)
Corry Hostetter, left, of the Rebound Oceanside program, presents a $4,858 cheque to Susanna Newton of the Society of Organized Services. (Photo submitted)

Rebound recovery program helps more than 50 PQB businesses remain open

Nearly $90K in aid received through Oceanside Initiatives plan

Corry Hostetter, left, of the Rebound Oceanside program, presents a $4,858 cheque to Susanna Newton of the Society of Organized Services. (Photo submitted)