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Adam Walker visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Adam Walker eager to get to work as Parksville-Qualicum MLA

Podcast: Longtime Qualicum Beach resident discusses politics, much more

Adam Walker visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)
A fire structure protection unit responds to a call in Campbell River. Mayors from smaller communities are voicing their need for more provincial funding to cope with the rising cost of fire services and equipment. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror.

B.C.’s smaller communities want a better solution for funding fire protection

Rural mayors asking the province for help with the rising cost of equipment and training

A fire structure protection unit responds to a call in Campbell River. Mayors from smaller communities are voicing their need for more provincial funding to cope with the rising cost of fire services and equipment. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror.
A volunteer assists with Greenways Land Trust’s fruit tree project 2020 in August in Campbell River. As part of Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust will also look at incorporating produce from their fruit tree project in the boxes. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.

Conservation organization launches ‘food boxes’ for northern Vancouver Island communities

With Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust aims to increase accessibility to fresh produce in remote communities

A volunteer assists with Greenways Land Trust’s fruit tree project 2020 in August in Campbell River. As part of Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust will also look at incorporating produce from their fruit tree project in the boxes. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.
MARS volunteer John shows ambassador owl Otis to visitors. Photo supplied

Merville avian rescue shelter seeing spike in victims of rat poisoning ingestion

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society cautions against use of rodent poisons

MARS volunteer John shows ambassador owl Otis to visitors. Photo supplied
The coastal rains that drench lower elevations of Vancouver Island translate to piles of fresh snow at the Island’s two ski resorts. Amy Attas photo.

5 ways to experience the snow on Vancouver Island

There’s piles of snow for every mood and skill level on BC’s Vancouver Island

  • Nov 17, 2020
The coastal rains that drench lower elevations of Vancouver Island translate to piles of fresh snow at the Island’s two ski resorts. Amy Attas photo.
Bernie Pascall, right, with Howie Meeker. (Photo courtesy Bernie Pascall)

PQBeat: Broadcasting legend Bernie Pascall remembers his longtime friend, Howie Meeker

Podcast: Pair worked together on Vancouver Canucks telecasts

Bernie Pascall, right, with Howie Meeker. (Photo courtesy Bernie Pascall)
Jack Amos (left) and Joe Robertson (right) will be running from Port Hardy to Victoria beginning Sunday, to raise funds for a Victoria based charity that supports single parents. Photo courtesy, Joe Robertson.

Vancouver Island pair running the length of Vancouver Island to fundraise for single parents

Runners Joe Robertson and Jack Amos will begin on Nov. 15 from Port Hardy and end at Mile Zero, Victoria

Jack Amos (left) and Joe Robertson (right) will be running from Port Hardy to Victoria beginning Sunday, to raise funds for a Victoria based charity that supports single parents. Photo courtesy, Joe Robertson.
Ballenas Whalers football coach Dan Smith visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: A chat with UBC football legend and Ballenas Whalers head coach Dan Smith

Podcast: Talk includes today’s quarterbacks, methods of coaching, Warren Moon and more

Ballenas Whalers football coach Dan Smith visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)
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Oceanside RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: A chat with Oceanside RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose

Podcast: Talk includes policing in PQB, cows on the road, Ukraine and more

Oceanside RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)

UPDATED: 3 bodies discovered in gravel pit near Whiskey Creek

RCMP: ‘We do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public’

A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
Halloween candies ready for trick-or-treaters. (Philip Wolf photo)

PQBeat: Ghouls, goblins, candy, costumes, COVID-19 restrictions and all things Halloween

Podcast: 2020 version of the spooky night promises to be much different

Halloween candies ready for trick-or-treaters. (Philip Wolf photo)
The Brant Viewing Station at Qualicum Beach’s Seaside Park is the perfect place to spot spring-visiting Brants and many other shorebirds flocking to the region. Photo courtesy BC Bird Trail.

Parksville Qualicum Beach is for the birds – literally!

Vancouver Island is renowned for its wildlife, whether it’s the playful porpoises…

The Brant Viewing Station at Qualicum Beach’s Seaside Park is the perfect place to spot spring-visiting Brants and many other shorebirds flocking to the region. Photo courtesy BC Bird Trail.
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

Jordan Jay Ward, 20, is wanted Canada-wide for manslaughter. (Calgary police photo)
Jennifer Bate, executive director of Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: A chat with Jennifer Bate of Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre

Podcast: Discussion includes COVID-19 issues, singing in a rock band and more

Jennifer Bate, executive director of Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Election day in B.C. is Oct. 24, 2020. (File photo)

PQBeat: Talking politics ahead of looming B.C. election

Podcast: Discussion includes Island races, COVID-19 impact and more

Election day in B.C. is Oct. 24, 2020. (File photo)
LETTER: Rail discussion has gone on for far too long

LETTER: Rail discussion has gone on for far too long

Letter sent to Island Rail: Couldn’t find your survey so we are…

  • Oct 11, 2020
LETTER: Rail discussion has gone on for far too long
LETTER: Rail venture holds only nostalgia value

LETTER: Rail venture holds only nostalgia value

I spent my career in transportation, working in all four modes. I…

  • Oct 11, 2020
LETTER: Rail venture holds only nostalgia value