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Courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Man who assaulted sex trade workers in Nanaimo and Parksville sentenced to 6 years

Stephen Bradley Ewing previously pleaded guilty to offences from 2018

Promotional poster for Grandmothers to Grandmothers 14th Annual Christmas Extravaganza, to be held at Parksville’s Bayside Resort on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers to hold 14th annual Christmas Extravaganza

In-person event at Parksville’s Bayside Resort Nov. 19 and Nov. 20

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville city council reconsiders decision to allow carriage houses in downtown core

Previous proposed bylaw amendment removed from city’s 2021 work plan

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
A man gets arrested after walking onto the Nanaimo Airport tarmac as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Oct. 25 (Photo by Tyler Hay)
A man gets arrested after walking onto the Nanaimo Airport tarmac as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Oct. 25 (Photo by Tyler Hay)
(PQB News file photo)
(PQB News file photo)
A depiction of the new playground equipment being installed at the Lions Ventureland Playground at the Parksville Community Park. Image on the left shows where the equipment will be installed, and the image on the rights shows what the equipment will look similarly like. (Submitted photo)

Work continues on Lions Ventureland Playground in Parksville Community Park

Preparations for new ‘Harbour Town’ play equipment begin on Oct. 25

A depiction of the new playground equipment being installed at the Lions Ventureland Playground at the Parksville Community Park. Image on the left shows where the equipment will be installed, and the image on the rights shows what the equipment will look similarly like. (Submitted photo)
A depiction of where the lights will be installed near where the Alberni Highway mets the Island Highway in Parksville. City crews will work from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Installation of seasonal lights planned along Alberni Highway in Parksville

City crews to work on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

A depiction of where the lights will be installed near where the Alberni Highway mets the Island Highway in Parksville. City crews will work from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Trick-or-treating. (PQB News file photo)

City of Parksville provides safety ‘tips and tricks’ for Halloween 2021

Those not feeling well asked to stay home and not hand out candy

Trick-or-treating. (PQB News file photo)
Officials from Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Mosaic Forest Management, Tseshaht First Nation join Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne for the official groundbreaking for the Bamfield Main Road resurfacing project, Oct. 18, 2021 at Blenheim Pit. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

$31M Bamfield Road project breaks new ground for First Nation, Province of B.C.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations the first Indigenous community to lead major infrastructure project

  • Oct 25, 2021
Officials from Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Mosaic Forest Management, Tseshaht First Nation join Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne for the official groundbreaking for the Bamfield Main Road resurfacing project, Oct. 18, 2021 at Blenheim Pit. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)
Ron Fisher shows the a Canon EOS with a 300mm telephoto lens on an equatorial tracking mount that he used to grab a shot of the Andromeda Galaxy. (Nicole Fisher photo)
Ron Fisher shows the a Canon EOS with a 300mm telephoto lens on an equatorial tracking mount that he used to grab a shot of the Andromeda Galaxy. (Nicole Fisher photo)
Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and SOS executive director Susanna Newton take part in a promotional video for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, compliments of Peter McCully, publisher at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. This year Tigh-Na-Mara will host a modified version of the Toy Drive, with three ways for the public to take part and help make Christmas brighter for local residents in need. All donations will benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program, providing gifts for local children and youth, as well as grocery store gift cards for low income families and individuals. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Toy time: 2021 Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive gets underway in Parksville on Nov. 1

All donations benefit SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program

Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and SOS executive director Susanna Newton take part in a promotional video for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, compliments of Peter McCully, publisher at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. This year Tigh-Na-Mara will host a modified version of the Toy Drive, with three ways for the public to take part and help make Christmas brighter for local residents in need. All donations will benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program, providing gifts for local children and youth, as well as grocery store gift cards for low income families and individuals. (Lissa Alexander photo)
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Oceanside RCMP note a rise in residential break-and-enters in Parksville for 2021

Stats presented by Sgt. Stephen Rose in quarterly report to city council

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The Errington Community Park will soon feature a new playground. (RDN photo)
The Errington Community Park will soon feature a new playground. (RDN photo)
Electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in four electoral areas in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Black Press file photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo sets user fees for electric vehicle charging stations

$1 per hour for the first two hours, then $2 per hour thereafter

Electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in four electoral areas in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Black Press file photo)
Parksville’s homeless population will receive extra assistance with temporary indoor shelter this winter. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville’s homeless population will receive extra assistance with temporary indoor shelter this winter. (PQB News file photo)
The potentially historic storm should have de-escalated by the time it makes landfall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

‘Potentially historic’ storm brewing off Vancouver Island should calm before landfall

Environment Canada expects most intense winds to dissipate before storm arrives on B.C. shores

The potentially historic storm should have de-escalated by the time it makes landfall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack MLA Kelli Paddon reads powerful words from bullied 11-year-old in BC Legislature

“They said because I am black, I should go kill myself,” Eevah Macdonald wrote

Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)
On Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, firefighters will collect cash donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank at locations throughout the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Submitted photo)

8 Parksville Qualicum Beach area fire departments set for annual food and toy drive

No door-to-door campaign for 2021, donations to be collected in various PQB locations

On Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, firefighters will collect cash donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank at locations throughout the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Submitted photo)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)

Greater Victoria MLA Adam Olsen reveals past drug use in an attempt to end stigma

MLA for Saanich North and the Islands talks about cocaine, other substance use in his 20s

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)