EDITORIAL: Taking a look back, and forward

Today the Parksville Qualicum Beach News launches its annual year in review, which will run over the next four consecutive editions.

While some of the features that appeared in print and online, from the Polar Bear Splash on New Year’s Day to the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas campaign, are annual occurrences, it was also a year of change throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach and in B.C. in general.

We saw a new provincial government installed following the B.C. election in May. Parksville-Qualicum Beach MLA Michelle Stilwell retained her seat in legislature, while longtime NDP MLA Scott Fraser, who represents some of our outlying communities in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding, moved into government for the first time after a dozen years in opposition.

Shoreline and estuary restoration was completed at Arbutus Point in Parksville and at the mouth of the Englishman River, while upstream the Englishman River Water Service project advanced with installation of the new intake along the riverbank.

Development continued apace in Parksville, where the Shelley Road development and the Kingsley Manor affordable housing project advanced toward completion, and in Qualicum Beach, where ground was broken on the newest entry in the Berwick Retirement Village stable of properties on Vancouver Island.

New businesses opened throughout the region, while others closed their doors. Official Community Plans were approved for Electoral Area H north of Qualicum Beach and for Parksville’s Community Park, while work proceeded on the Town of Qualicum Beach OCP and the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Recreational Services Master Plan for District 69.

The PQB NEWS was not immune to the tides of change. We introduced two new reporters to the staff and saw a change in the editor’s chair, while also changing to a new web platform designed to provide daily local news updates as well as information from fellow Black Press papers throughout the Island and the province.

What hasn’t changed is our commitment to covering local news and events and making The NEWS an interactive platform for your views through our Letters to the Editor page and online comment forums. For all of this, we rely on your input and contribution.

All of us on the PQB NEWS staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the community event organizers, businesses, service providers, first responders and individuals who contributed their story tips. Keep ‘em coming.

Also, a tip of the cap to our stable of columnists who have shared their expertise in everything from seniors and health issues to trails and recreation, history and wildlife rehabilitation.

To everyone in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region, here’s hoping your 2017 had plenty of highlights, and that 2018 has even better news in store.

— Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Marcus Walker looks foward to playing his first game with the VIU Mariners men’s soccer team. (Submitted photo)
Qualicum Beach soccer standout will have to wait to make PacWest debut

Walker eager to play first game with VIU Mariners

Adam Walker. (Submitted photo)
Qualicum Beach voters wait to see if they must return to the polls

Byelection could be required if councillor wins seat as MLA

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Parksville man faces charges after incident at car dealership in Duncan

Police were alerted to suspected break-and-enter in progress

(Black Press file photo)
Parksville Qualicum Beach crime report: Bank discovers counterfeit Canadian currency

Oceanside RCMP received 249 complaints in one-week period

Jordan Jay Ward, 20, is wanted Canada-wide for manslaughter. (Calgary police photo)
UPDATE: ‘Suspicious’ man seen in Parksville woods not manslaughter suspect

Hikers say he resembled Jordan Jay Ward, wanted Canada-wide

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

An elderly woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past an advertisement for a television series in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. has been under a COVID-19 state of emergency due for more than half the year

Province has been under a state of emergency for 32 weeks – and counting

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse: Off-duty cop testifies in Langley mother’s murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

A picture of John taken at Children’s Hospital Vancouver last week. Photo courtesy, Alicia Sewid.
RCMP investigating after young boy run over by SUV in Campbell River parking lot

The seven-year-old has multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A video message from Mrime Minister Justin Trudeau was streamed to attendees at the State of the Island Economic Summit on Tuesday morning. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)
Prime minister greets Vancouver Island economic summit attendees

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance conference being held virtually this week

A woman walks through check in at WestJet at Pearson International airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Strong support for pre-flight COVID testing ahead of upcoming WestJet trial: YVR

Airport is partnering with UBC, which is helping choose the method of pre-flight testing

Most Read