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The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be entirely virtual again this year. Organizers had previously hoped to have a hybrid event in Nanaimo, but have now opted not to offer any in-person events as part of the summit. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Island Economic Summit decides on an all-virtual event

Originally intended as hybrid in-person event, this month’s summit will take place online again

 

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New small business fulfillment centre ‘Deliver Vancouver Island’ opening in Parksville

DELVI serves as temporary facility with permanent centre expected in 2023

 

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)

Wilson 5 Foundation donates $6M to rehabilitate Vancouver Island’s Englishman River

Largest land conservancy gift made by the foundation to date will re-naturalize Parksville estuary

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)
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Black Press reporter Erin Haluschak. (Peter McCully photo)

NFL preview: Black Press football insider Erin Haluschak talks Seahawks

Podcast: Discussion includes predicted Super Bowl and MVP winners, fantasy picks

Black Press reporter Erin Haluschak. (Peter McCully photo)
THE SHELLY FAMILY: Fred Shelly, wife Gertrude and children circa 1922. Shelly established Shelly Farm and raised funds for the Parksville Community Park.

PQBeat: Talking history with Parksville Museum president Mary Ellen Campbell

A look back at some of the city’s interesting people and tales

THE SHELLY FAMILY: Fred Shelly, wife Gertrude and children circa 1922. Shelly established Shelly Farm and raised funds for the Parksville Community Park.
Twa Dogs Brewery in Saanich, just outside Victoria. Photo courtesy BC Ale Trail

Sip and savour: Artisanal beers abound on Vancouver Island

When it comes to voting for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery…

Twa Dogs Brewery in Saanich, just outside Victoria. Photo courtesy BC Ale Trail
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Paul Drummond and staff of Cedars Restaurant and Lounge patio. (Chris Herbert photo)

Herbert: Cedars patio in Parksville could prove to be a classic

Column: Perfect B.C. wines found to complement experience

Paul Drummond and staff of Cedars Restaurant and Lounge patio. (Chris Herbert photo)
Canadian music icon Valdy visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: A chat with Canadian music legend Valdy, still going strong at age 75

Podcast: Talk includes dealing with the pandemic, Winnipeg’s amazing music scene

Canadian music icon Valdy visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)

Crews fighting wildfire near Ladysmith

Fire close to Mount Hayes has grown to four hectares

B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)
A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)

COLUMN: Does your guilty pleasure involve a captain, a tiger or a cartoon monster?

WOLF: The siren song of sugary breakfast cereals remains hard to resist

A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)
Gurdeep Pandher visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon spreads joy, hope through Bhangra dancing

Podcast: Social media sensation brings his special message to Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)
Jennifer Bate, executive director of Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Jennifer Bate, executive director of Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Marine mammal regulations prohibit drones being flown near marine mammals. Black Press file photo.

Troubling trend of drones buzzing B.C. marine mammals leads to DFO warning

Disturbing whales, sea lions and other marine mammals prohibited under federal regulations

Marine mammal regulations prohibit drones being flown near marine mammals. Black Press file photo.
Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)

Quality Foods supports annual AutismBC’s fundraising raffle once again in 2021

Island-based grocery chain helps raise funds for autism services

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)
Willow Bloomquist visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Willow Bloomquist discusses B.C.’s wildfires, how people can be Fire Smart

Podcast: Fire official offers tips to help homeowners mitigate risk

Willow Bloomquist visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)
Morningstar Golf Club is once again being highly regarded as a place golfers want to play. (Michael Briones photo)
Morningstar Golf Club is once again being highly regarded as a place golfers want to play. (Michael Briones photo)
Bhangra dance instructor Gurdeep Pandher performs his ‘happy dance’ at the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 7. (Michael Briones photo)

Social media sensation Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon shares joy, love in Parksville

VIDEO: Bhangra dancer spreads special brand of happiness on Vancouver Island

Bhangra dance instructor Gurdeep Pandher performs his ‘happy dance’ at the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 7. (Michael Briones photo)