Banks in hospital, but still in the race

Council candidate said to be suffering from stomach complaint

Jim Banks, a former Parksville councillor for 12 years and candidate in the current election is in the hospital with stomach issues, but his wife Marge said things are “coming along just fine.”

She said he had stomach issues in Sparwood and had surgery before moving back here recently and he was feeling great.

“We’re so happy to be back, he was feeling great being back home so he just did too much too quick,” Marge said Thursday morning.

He had a “belly ache,” she said so he went back to the hospital and he’s already up and about and doing physiotherapy.

She said it wasn’t a heart attack, which had been rumoured, and that while she didn’t know how long he would be in the hospital, she guessed maybe a week and that they didn’t expect it would affect his run for council.

Jim is familiar with hospital settings having spent 15 years as a medic in the regular army before becoming a hospital administrator in the mid 1960s.

He initially moved to Parksville to help start Trillium Lodge.