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Dairy cows feed at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm. — News file photo

Island farmer says new USMCA deal ‘terribly weakens’ Canadian dairy industry

Clarke Gourlay of Morningstar Farm says new trade deal will negatively impact his farm’s milk production

Dairy cows feed at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm. — News file photo
Qualicum Beach Fire Department’s first fire truck that was purchased brand new has been sold to Duncan man Bill Aumen who will restore the vehicle and allow the Town of Qualicum Beach to use it for special events. — Facebook Photo

Qualicum Beach sells its first fire truck to Duncan man for $1

Vehicle will be restored and remain available for special events

Qualicum Beach Fire Department’s first fire truck that was purchased brand new has been sold to Duncan man Bill Aumen who will restore the vehicle and allow the Town of Qualicum Beach to use it for special events. — Facebook Photo
Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham gets a tour of Parksville’s Salt & Harrow Farm by owner and operator Seann Dory on Sept. 18 before she announced a $300,000 commitment from the province to help farmers access affordable farm land. — Karly Blats photo

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham gets a tour of Parksville’s Salt & Harrow Farm by owner and operator Seann Dory on Sept. 18 before she announced a $300,000 commitment from the province to help farmers access affordable farm land. — Karly Blats photo
FACEBOOK/Alex Fras photo Sixteen purebred black lab puppies were born on an Errington farm on Sunday.

UPDATE: Unexpected bounty of puppies

Errington pooch has litter of 16

FACEBOOK/Alex Fras photo Sixteen purebred black lab puppies were born on an Errington farm on Sunday.
FACEBOOK/Alex Fras photo Sixteen purebread black lab puppies were born on an Errington farm on Sunday.

Sixteen purebred lab puppies born in one litter

Birthing continued for close to seven hours in Errington

FACEBOOK/Alex Fras photo Sixteen purebread black lab puppies were born on an Errington farm on Sunday.
Photo submitted by Aaron Poirier                                Members of the Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department attend a single vehicle accident on Koen Road near Coombs on Sunday, Sept. 9. A black Hyundai drove off the road sending the vehicle’s three passengers to the hospital.

Single vehicle crash near Coombs sends three to hospital

Accident occurred west of Koen Road Sunday evening

Photo submitted by Aaron Poirier                                Members of the Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department attend a single vehicle accident on Koen Road near Coombs on Sunday, Sept. 9. A black Hyundai drove off the road sending the vehicle’s three passengers to the hospital.
Photo submitted                                Carol Zielke, pictured with her dog Hugo, said the rear passenger window in her vehicle was shot at and smashed by an unknown object while driving down Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay on Monday.

Woman shocked, says car window smashes after being shot at in Nanoose

Window was hit by unknown object on Monday afternoon

Photo submitted                                Carol Zielke, pictured with her dog Hugo, said the rear passenger window in her vehicle was shot at and smashed by an unknown object while driving down Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay on Monday.
Design engineer and co-founder of the British firm Solarmass Energy Paul Cropper, left, and Craig Gooding, owner of VIP Homes, hold a solar panel tile that are being installed on Gooding’s home in Qualicum Beach. Karly Blats photo

Qualicum Beach home gets first install of UK-invented solar panel tiles on Vancouver Island

Solar panels connect to concrete tiles for easy installation

Design engineer and co-founder of the British firm Solarmass Energy Paul Cropper, left, and Craig Gooding, owner of VIP Homes, hold a solar panel tile that are being installed on Gooding’s home in Qualicum Beach. Karly Blats photo
Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.

Parksville family urges parents to follow gut after toddler contracts E.coli infection

The cause of infection is unknown, but parents suspect it came from deer feces

Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.
Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.

B.C. family urges parents to follow gut after toddler contracts E.coli infection

The cause of infection is unknown, but parents suspect it came from deer feces

Two-year-old Jaxon was admitted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after been diagnosed with a strain of E. coli. Photo submitted by Jolene Secord.
Parksville resident builds bike to glide along railroad

Parksville resident builds bike to glide along railroad

ICF says rail use not permitted on active railroad

Parksville resident builds bike to glide along railroad
Oceanside RCMP and Parksville Fire Department are investigating a fire in the 500 block of Martindale Road that they deem suspicious. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. on June 25. (Karly Blats photo)

Parksville house fire considered suspicious

No one hurt, home on Martindale Road expected to be a total loss after early-morning blaze

Oceanside RCMP and Parksville Fire Department are investigating a fire in the 500 block of Martindale Road that they deem suspicious. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. on June 25. (Karly Blats photo)
Families that eat together win

Families that eat together win

Send in a video of cooking with your kids

Families that eat together win
Ayaka Takekawa of Nanaimo carries her selection from the pumpkin patch during the 10th annual Harvest Festival at Silver Meadows Farm in Errington Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

Ayaka Takekawa of Nanaimo carries her selection from the pumpkin patch during the 10th annual Harvest Festival at Silver Meadows Farm in Errington Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo
Taurus, opportunities seem to appear out of the blue

Taurus, opportunities seem to appear out of the blue

Horoscopes for April 21

Taurus, opportunities seem to appear out of the blue
Elena Rardon/Alberni Valley News file                                 Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser speaks to a crowd near Loon Lake in February 2017, during a rally to protest a lack of provincial legislation for the forest lands surrounding the Alberni Valley.

Big Read: locked out of the woods

Vancouver Islanders struggle to balance back country public access with private land protection

Elena Rardon/Alberni Valley News file                                 Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser speaks to a crowd near Loon Lake in February 2017, during a rally to protest a lack of provincial legislation for the forest lands surrounding the Alberni Valley.
People take part in a march commemorating the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, while in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MLK honoured as thousands march to ‘keep the dream going’

Admirers around the U.S. took time to reflect on King’s legacy

People take part in a march commemorating the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, while in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Pat Deakin, economic development manager with the City of Port Alberni, left, and Denis Sauve, Port Alberni city councillor, grab some Vancouver Island made products during a presentation at Hertel Meat’s in Port Alberni on Tuesday, March 27 introducing a new initiative from Vancouver Island Economic Alliance that aims to highlight Island produced food in grocery stores. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Island Good program introduces new way to identify local food

Quality Foods is amongst the four stores involved in the program to help shoppers buy locally

Pat Deakin, economic development manager with the City of Port Alberni, left, and Denis Sauve, Port Alberni city councillor, grab some Vancouver Island made products during a presentation at Hertel Meat’s in Port Alberni on Tuesday, March 27 introducing a new initiative from Vancouver Island Economic Alliance that aims to highlight Island produced food in grocery stores. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
A house on the corner of Beaver Creek Road and Wadena Road caught fire early Wednesday (March 21). KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Man escapes Beaver Creek house fire investigators believe was deliberately set

House caught fire near Port Alberni early Wednesday morning with a man inside it

A house on the corner of Beaver Creek Road and Wadena Road caught fire early Wednesday (March 21). KARLY BLATS PHOTO
A house on the corner of Beaver Creek Road and Wadena Road caught fire early Wednesday (March 21). KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Home destroyed in early morning fire near Port Alberni

A house on Beaver Creek Road and Wadena Road caught fire early Wednesday morning

A house on the corner of Beaver Creek Road and Wadena Road caught fire early Wednesday (March 21). KARLY BLATS PHOTO