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Fire chief Marc Norris, left, assistant chief Mike Tisdelle, middle, and Mayor Ed Mayne of Parksville, right. Tisdelle was presented with a national Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal during the Parksville city council meeting on Sept. 8, 2021. (City of Parksville photo)

Parksville assistant chief Mike Tisdelle awarded federal Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

Fire chief Marc Norris also awarded new 10-year bar acknowledging 30 years of service

Fire chief Marc Norris, left, assistant chief Mike Tisdelle, middle, and Mayor Ed Mayne of Parksville, right. Tisdelle was presented with a national Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal during the Parksville city council meeting on Sept. 8, 2021. (City of Parksville photo)
The Nanoose First Nation (Snaw-Naw-As) is receiving $441,144 for a multi-use trail connection project. (RDN map)
The Nanoose First Nation (Snaw-Naw-As) is receiving $441,144 for a multi-use trail connection project. (RDN map)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures in Port Alberni

First real storm of September overwhelms waterways in central Island city

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A nurse prepares a vaccine dose at an immunization clinic for long-term care workers in Nanaimo. (Island Health photo)

Vancouver Island breaks record for COVID-19 cases

Island Health reported 102 new cases, 700 active cases on Sept. 17

A nurse prepares a vaccine dose at an immunization clinic for long-term care workers in Nanaimo. (Island Health photo)
High winds amid a late-summer stormy day left a boat grounded at Rathtrevor beach on Sept. 17. (Ricky Howard photo)

Up to 40 millimetres of rain expected in some areas of Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday forecast: Mainly cloudy, 70 per cent chance of showers

High winds amid a late-summer stormy day left a boat grounded at Rathtrevor beach on Sept. 17. (Ricky Howard photo)
The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)
The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)
Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)

Parksville man, 72, dies in home while family waits on hold with 911 dispatch

Daughter blames ‘governmental system that has allowed this to happen’

Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)
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Qualicum Beach town staff to draft a code of conduct for council members

Standards set by North Cowichan will be used as a starting point

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The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. The City of Parksville will recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, 2021. City flags will be flown and half mast and city offices will be closed. (PQB News file photo)

City of Parksville to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30

City flags to be flown at half-mast, Parksville Civic and Technology Centre offices closed

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. The City of Parksville will recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, 2021. City flags will be flown and half mast and city offices will be closed. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

City of Parksville announces public survey to help develop urban forest strategy

Survey open until Oct. 22, 2021, at ‘Let’s Talk Parksville’ site

Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
A map, as presented by District Developments Corp. during the July 19, 2021, Parksville city council meeting, on where the 140-acre parcel of land, proposed for an up to 800-unit development, is located in relation to city limits. (Submitted photo)
A map, as presented by District Developments Corp. during the July 19, 2021, Parksville city council meeting, on where the 140-acre parcel of land, proposed for an up to 800-unit development, is located in relation to city limits. (Submitted photo)
The 2021 Terry Fox run will again be held virtually, giving participants the opportunity to do the run on their own from any place. (PQB News file photo)

Terry Fox Run to be held virtually in Parksville Qualicum Beach for 2021

Fundraising event to give participants opportunity to do the run on their own

The 2021 Terry Fox run will again be held virtually, giving participants the opportunity to do the run on their own from any place. (PQB News file photo)
The sidewalk and play equipment upgrades planned for the Lions Ventureland Playground in the Parksville Community Park. Ground preparation will start in October and new play equipment installation is scheduled for November, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Lions Ventureland Playground upgrades currently underway in Parksville

Ground preparation starts in October, play equipment installation set for November

The sidewalk and play equipment upgrades planned for the Lions Ventureland Playground in the Parksville Community Park. Ground preparation will start in October and new play equipment installation is scheduled for November, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Smile Cookie is now for sale at Parksville Tim Hortons. Proceeds goes to Oceanside Hospice Society. (Tim Hortons photo)

Smile Cookie purchases in Parksville support the Oceanside Hospice Society

Tim Hortons campaign has raised more than $65 million across North America

Smile Cookie is now for sale at Parksville Tim Hortons. Proceeds goes to Oceanside Hospice Society. (Tim Hortons photo)
A freight train makes its way over the Black Bridge in Duncan, back when rail was still running on the E&N corridor. (Black Press file)

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation loses appeal regarding railway land, but can try again

B.C. Court of Appeal panel upholds Supreme Court judge’s decision

A freight train makes its way over the Black Bridge in Duncan, back when rail was still running on the E&N corridor. (Black Press file)
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Qualicum Beach gets $296K for toolkit to improve development review process

Town to collaborate with Vancouver Island University and other B.C. municipalities

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Arrowsmith Search and Rescue crews were called out Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 to assist an injured hunter in the Cook Creek area. (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Instagram photo)

Arrowsmith SAR crews help rescue hunter seriously injured after fall in Cook Creek area

24 crew members assisted in rescue effort; man taken to hospital

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue crews were called out Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 to assist an injured hunter in the Cook Creek area. (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Instagram photo)