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A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

(File photo)

New small business fulfillment centre ‘Deliver Vancouver Island’ opening in Parksville

DELVI serves as temporary facility with permanent centre expected in 2023

Ribbon-cutting on opening day at Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park in 1988. (Submitted photo)

Jiggins family leaves a lasting legacy at ‘Paradise’ in Parksville

Family moving on from iconic city mini golf and fun park business

  • Oct 4, 2021
Ribbon-cutting on opening day at Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park in 1988. (Submitted photo)
Quality Foods has made a multi-year pledge to help SOS meet needs in the community. Pictured is Quality Foods executive assistant Dianna Rivard. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Quality Foods gives $30K to help SOS meet needs in Parksville Qualicum Beach

QF commits $10,000 in grocery store gift cards annually for next three years

Quality Foods has made a multi-year pledge to help SOS meet needs in the community. Pictured is Quality Foods executive assistant Dianna Rivard. (Lissa Alexander photo)
The Oceanside Building Learning Together has ventured into quality child care services. (OBLT photo)

New child care services opened in Parksville Qualicum Beach region

Services to be offered by Oceanside Building Learning Together

The Oceanside Building Learning Together has ventured into quality child care services. (OBLT photo)
Albert Gorter and Chelsea Enns will bring their farming and food processing expertise from Manitoba to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farm. (Optimist Holsteins Ltd. photo)

Manitoba couple buys Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Morningstar Farm from Gourlay family

‘We’re a part of a team and we’re hoping to continue the success that’s already been established’

Albert Gorter and Chelsea Enns will bring their farming and food processing expertise from Manitoba to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farm. (Optimist Holsteins Ltd. photo)
A Choices Markets store will open in 2022 at the Quality Foods property at 319 Island Highway in Parksville. (Peter McCully photo)

Choices Markets store to open in Parksville in spring of 2022 at former QF site

Quality Foods says move ‘the right fit’ for growing city

A Choices Markets store will open in 2022 at the Quality Foods property at 319 Island Highway in Parksville. (Peter McCully photo)
Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)

Quality Foods supports annual AutismBC’s fundraising raffle once again in 2021

Island-based grocery chain helps raise funds for autism services

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo Airport is starting to see business increase with COVID-19 travelling restrictions being eased, said Dave Devana, president and CEO. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Airport ‘a lot busier,’ but passenger counts still far from pre-pandemic levels

An estimated 20,000 passengers travelled through YCD in July, says airport CEO

Nanaimo Airport is starting to see business increase with COVID-19 travelling restrictions being eased, said Dave Devana, president and CEO. (News Bulletin file)
Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)
Adrienne Burrows shows one of the cupcakes that she sells every Tuesday at the Summer by the Sea market at the Parksville Visitor Centre. (Submitted photos)
Adrienne Burrows shows one of the cupcakes that she sells every Tuesday at the Summer by the Sea market at the Parksville Visitor Centre. (Submitted photos)
Jeanine Siemens and Paul Trudeau are offering tours on e-bikes in Parksville Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
Jeanine Siemens and Paul Trudeau are offering tours on e-bikes in Parksville Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
The popular Summer by The Sea Street Market will be held at the Parksville Visitor Centre this year. (PQB News file photo)
The popular Summer by The Sea Street Market will be held at the Parksville Visitor Centre this year. (PQB News file photo)
Indoor dining is now allowed in restaurants. (PQB News file photo)
Indoor dining is now allowed in restaurants. (PQB News file photo)
A screenshot from the May 3, 2021, Parksville city council meeting that shows where a new sign will be located (next to 371 Alberni Highway), and what it will look like. (Submitted photo)
A screenshot from the May 3, 2021, Parksville city council meeting that shows where a new sign will be located (next to 371 Alberni Highway), and what it will look like. (Submitted photo)
(Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
(Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce has new board of directors. (Submitted photo)
The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce has new board of directors. (Submitted photo)
Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)