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Seiners fill the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during roe herring fishery. file photo, Pacific Wild

Quota debate heats up on the eve of Vancouver Island herring fishery

Industry and conservationists weigh in how much catch should be allowed as DFO decision coming soon

Firefighters attended the scene of a house fire early Jan. 14, 2021. The Parksville Fire Department, Coombs/Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department, Errington Fire Department, Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department and the Qualicum Beach Fire Department were all in attendance. (Photo and video submitted by Skylar Gruys)

Alert pooch ensures owner, feline friends escape as Parksville home goes up in flames

GoFundMe campaign set up in wake of devastating fire

Qualicum Beach council wants dogs on a leash when at the town’s cemetery. (Google Map)
Qualicum Beach council wants dogs on a leash when at the town’s cemetery. (Google Map)
(PQB News file photo)
(PQB News file photo)
The Meadowood Community Centre will be located on Galvin Place in Electoral Area F. (RDN illustration)
The Meadowood Community Centre will be located on Galvin Place in Electoral Area F. (RDN illustration)
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Fire destroys house in Parksville
Coombs Fire
Martindale Road Flooding In Parksville
Parksville Snow, Dec. 21, 2020
Restoration of the shoreline at Arbutus Point, at the end of the sea walk at Parksville’s Community Park, will be completed later by the end of January. City crews will add large rock fill to ensure the anchored erosion protection logs are stabilized. (City of Parksville photo)

Storm damage leaves its mark on Parksville Community Park

Staff members to add rock fill to Arbutus Point protection logs

Restoration of the shoreline at Arbutus Point, at the end of the sea walk at Parksville’s Community Park, will be completed later by the end of January. City crews will add large rock fill to ensure the anchored erosion protection logs are stabilized. (City of Parksville photo)
The Island Crisis Care Society’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will only be virtual for 2021. This year’s theme, ‘A Place for Everyone’, emphasizes the message that it takes people of all shapes and sizes to make the community complete.(Submitted photo)

Coldest Night of the Year walk in Parksville goes virtual for 2021

Participants have all of February to complete two- or five-kilometre walks

The Island Crisis Care Society’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will only be virtual for 2021. This year’s theme, ‘A Place for Everyone’, emphasizes the message that it takes people of all shapes and sizes to make the community complete.(Submitted photo)
The Beaver Creek Fire Hall, located on Beaver Creek Road. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Police arrest intruder wearing firefighter gear in firehall

Man faces multiple charges in Alberni-area firehall break-in

The Beaver Creek Fire Hall, located on Beaver Creek Road. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army exceeded its Christmas Kettle and Letter Appeal fundraising campaigns. (PQB News file photo)

Salvation Army exceeds fundraising goals in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Business manager reports successful kettle and letter appeal campaigns

  • Jan 12, 2021
Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army exceeded its Christmas Kettle and Letter Appeal fundraising campaigns. (PQB News file photo)
A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from CFB Comox is taking part in the search for a missing kayaker near Sooke. (File - Black Press Media)

Air search for missing Langford kayaker called off

Ground search continues; kayaker set off near Sooke at noon Sunday

A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from CFB Comox is taking part in the search for a missing kayaker near Sooke. (File - Black Press Media)
Saanich police stopped a driver going more than 60 km/h over the posted speed limit on the Pat Bay Highway on Jan. 11. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Saanich driver tells police he was ‘only’ going 45 km/h over posted limit

Driver caught going 144 km/h on Greater Victoria-area highway slapped with hefty fines

Saanich police stopped a driver going more than 60 km/h over the posted speed limit on the Pat Bay Highway on Jan. 11. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
WestJet will remove approximately 30 per cent of its currently planned February and March capacity from the schedule, a more than 80 per cent reduction year over year.(Black Press file photo)

WestJet flights reduced at YQQ due to ‘volatile demand and instability’

Comox airport will continue to have non-stop access to Western Canada’s two largest hubs.

WestJet will remove approximately 30 per cent of its currently planned February and March capacity from the schedule, a more than 80 per cent reduction year over year.(Black Press file photo)
People with bird feeders are urged to watch for sick birds after reports of migrating Pine Siskens spreading salmonella by flocking at feeders in parts of the province. (Courtesy of Wildlife Association of BC)

Vancouver Islanders with feeders cautioned about salmonella outbreak

Pine Siskin birds flocking at feeders, spreading disease, residents warned to watch for sick birds

People with bird feeders are urged to watch for sick birds after reports of migrating Pine Siskens spreading salmonella by flocking at feeders in parts of the province. (Courtesy of Wildlife Association of BC)
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PQB crime report: Crooks pilfer toque, 3 bonsai trees, patio cushions and more

Oceanside RCMP receive 505 complaints in two-week period

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More electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions photo)

RDN seeks electoral approval for electric vehicle charging bylaw

Areas targetted include Nanoose Bay, French Creek and Qualicum Bay

More electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions photo)
Closures in 2020 resulted in net financial losses for Oceanside Place. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: Closures in 2020 resulted in net losses for Oceanside Place in Parksville

Regional District of Nanaimo applies grant to COVID-related services

Closures in 2020 resulted in net financial losses for Oceanside Place. (PQB News file photo)
BC Assessment mails out property value notices in January that show the assessed value of a property as of July 1, 2020. (File photo)

Deadline to appeal 2020 property assessments is Feb. 1

2021 assessments based on market values at July 1, 2020

BC Assessment mails out property value notices in January that show the assessed value of a property as of July 1, 2020. (File photo)
Joan LeMoine. (Peter McCully photo)

Beloved Parksville volunteer and friend Joan LeMoine dies

‘She touched so many and will be missed, but her memory will live in our hearts forever’

Joan LeMoine. (Peter McCully photo)
A Christmas tree and light damaged by an unleashed dog at the Qualicum Beach cemetery. (Submitted photo)
A Christmas tree and light damaged by an unleashed dog at the Qualicum Beach cemetery. (Submitted photo)