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Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied

Notorious Vancouver Island landlord pleads to numerous bylaw infractions at ‘problem’ properties

Penalties for Amandio Santos, River Dam Holdings include $35,000 in fines plus legal fees

Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied
Volunteers from the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society catch salmon smolts and trout in Beach Creek for relocation. (Submitted photo)
Volunteers from the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society catch salmon smolts and trout in Beach Creek for relocation. (Submitted photo)
Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise presented a $5,000 cheque to District 69 Backpack Program founder Virginia Worcester. Also in the photo, from left: Ken Walker, President, Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, Qualicum Beach mayor Brian Wiese and Ron Stothers, Community Services Chair, Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise. (Submitted photo)

Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise donates $5K to District 69 Backpack Program

‘Weekend Without Hunger’ program draws plenty of support

Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise presented a $5,000 cheque to District 69 Backpack Program founder Virginia Worcester. Also in the photo, from left: Ken Walker, President, Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, Qualicum Beach mayor Brian Wiese and Ron Stothers, Community Services Chair, Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise. (Submitted photo)
A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)
A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)
The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre, 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

City of Parksville to create special ecological reserve zone on Despard Avenue

Council unanimously approved resolution to ensure the area is protected

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre, 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
A man was arrested on several firearms charges after allegedly pointing a gun at people on Departure Bay Road earlier this month. (Photo submitted)

Man arrested after pointing pistol at passersby in Nanaimo

Witnesses saw man pointing gun at them and gave description to police that led to quick arrest

A man was arrested on several firearms charges after allegedly pointing a gun at people on Departure Bay Road earlier this month. (Photo submitted)
CIBC Run for the Cure 2021 promotional poster. (Submitted photo)

Canadian Cancer Society’s Run for the Cure celebrates 30th anniversary in 2021

Livestreamed opening ceremonies held on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.

CIBC Run for the Cure 2021 promotional poster. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for practice gear and whoever stole it from the V.I. Raiders football team’s Comox Field facility. (Photo submitted)

V.I. Raiders football gear stolen from team’s locker room in Nanaimo

Culprits make off with estimated $15,000 worth of Nanaimo team’s equipment

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for practice gear and whoever stole it from the V.I. Raiders football team’s Comox Field facility. (Photo submitted)
NDP candidate Gord Johns campaigns on Johnston Road in Port Alberni for the 2021 federal election. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
NDP candidate Gord Johns campaigns on Johnston Road in Port Alberni for the 2021 federal election. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
(PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach staff members want to save $50K by closing cardboard disposal bin

Finance director says it costs all taxpayers, with only a few reaping benefits

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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

(PQB News file photo)
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)