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Public feedback sought regarding Parksville aquatic and rec centre project

Team of consulation specialists to host several events to gauge interest

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Emilie van den Hout, right, and her younger sister, Alessandra, 4, show off their collection of Terry Fox books. (Angie van den Hout photo)
Emilie van den Hout, right, and her younger sister, Alessandra, 4, show off their collection of Terry Fox books. (Angie van den Hout photo)
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Parksville council to consider carriage houses on certain downtown properties

Mayor wants to improve affordable housing options in the city

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The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College students’ union to host all-candidates meeting

Courtenay-Alberni candidates have been invited to virtual meeting

The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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Qualicum Beach, RDN to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept. 30

‘This is not something that should disappear into a blur of yesterday’s news’

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Smoke can be seen coming from a property just behind the trees on Old Alberni Highway. (Michael Briones photo)
Smoke can be seen coming from a property just behind the trees on Old Alberni Highway on Sept. 9, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
Smoke can be seen coming from a property just behind the trees on Old Alberni Highway. (Michael Briones photo)
Smoke can be seen coming from a property just behind the trees on Old Alberni Highway on Sept. 9, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
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PHOTOS: Day in the Life Parksville 2021 bonus pics

More pictures that weren’t included in our print edition

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RCMP: Man, 21, flees scene after Parksville crash leaves person in critical condition

Air ambulance called in; police say man later taken into custody

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Bring back benches as soon as possible in Qualicum Beach, says town councillor

Residents miffed after some sponsored benches removed by staff members

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Gordon Lowry, 69, wanted for voyeurism and possession of child pornography, says Nanaimo RCMP. (Submitted photo)

Arrest warrant issued for Nanaimo man wanted for voyeurism and child porn charges

Michael Gordon Lowry, 69, missed recent court date, says Nanaimo RCMP

An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Gordon Lowry, 69, wanted for voyeurism and possession of child pornography, says Nanaimo RCMP. (Submitted photo)
A volunteer tutor and student, working together on a computer skills lesson. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Qualicum Adult Literacy Society offers tutoring lessons to area residents

Program has helped has residents boost basic literacy levels

A volunteer tutor and student, working together on a computer skills lesson. (Submitted photo)
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Troy Jardine was struck by a silver SUV after confronting the driver in the backroads near Nanaimo. His vintage scooter, which belonged to his father was destroyed. (photo courtesy of Taunya Jardine via Facebook)
Troy Jardine was struck by a silver SUV after confronting the driver in the backroads near Nanaimo. His vintage scooter, which belonged to his father was destroyed. (photo courtesy of Taunya Jardine via Facebook)
Police and passersby are shown near the Petro-Canada station in Qualicum Beach after a camper van struck a pedestrian, who was taken to hospital in Victoria, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Mara Wilson/Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Pedestrian struck by camper van in Qualicum Beach has died

RCMP investigation continues into Aug. 28 incident

Police and passersby are shown near the Petro-Canada station in Qualicum Beach after a camper van struck a pedestrian, who was taken to hospital in Victoria, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Mara Wilson/Facebook photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Close to 75 protesters with signs marched between FIr Park Village and Echo Village long-term care homes in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to advocate for better conditions and management at the facilities. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Supporters protest conditions at pair of Port Alberni long-term care homes

Staff shortages are compromising care, says Echo Village resident

Close to 75 protesters with signs marched between FIr Park Village and Echo Village long-term care homes in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to advocate for better conditions and management at the facilities. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A construction worker lifts a piece of plywood onto sawhorses on top of the helipad outside the West Coast General Hospital’s emergency department on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Work has begun on the $6.25-million emergency department expansion. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Construction begins on West Coast General Hospital expansion

$6.25M expansion will see larger emergency department at Port Alberni’s hospital

A construction worker lifts a piece of plywood onto sawhorses on top of the helipad outside the West Coast General Hospital’s emergency department on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Work has begun on the $6.25-million emergency department expansion. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)