Lauren Collins

Close to 30 firefighters from six local departments were on hand to fight a “stubborn bush fire” Wednesday, July 25. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department photo

Nearly 30 Parksville Qualicum Beach firefighters assist with bush fire

Fire had been burning underground for several months

Close to 30 firefighters from six local departments were on hand to fight a “stubborn bush fire” Wednesday, July 25. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department photo
Island Exoress Air is now flying out of Qualicum Beach Airport after Transport Canada re-instated the airline’s air operator certificantion June 21. The airline was previously suspended by Transport Canada following an incident in Abbotsford Feb. 23, 2018. — Island Express Air Photo

New airline flies out of Qualicum Beach

Island Express Air previously grounded by Transport Canada

Island Exoress Air is now flying out of Qualicum Beach Airport after Transport Canada re-instated the airline’s air operator certificantion June 21. The airline was previously suspended by Transport Canada following an incident in Abbotsford Feb. 23, 2018. — Island Express Air Photo
About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. Since the theft, the club has received a $500-donation toward replacing the flags. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs

Qualicum Beach Rotary receives donation for stolen Canadian flags

Parksville business person donates $500 anonymously

About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. Since the theft, the club has received a $500-donation toward replacing the flags. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs
Dana Woon of the Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers giving a presentation on fraudsters and scams to residents at Stanford Seniors Village on June 14. — Lauren Collins photo

New scams coming every day; similarities between each

Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers hold seminars on scams for seniors

Dana Woon of the Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers giving a presentation on fraudsters and scams to residents at Stanford Seniors Village on June 14. — Lauren Collins photo
City hall was packed Wednesday evening (July 4) for the vote on third reading and adoption for the rezoning on 222 Corfield St. South for a planned supportive housing project. — Lauren Collins photo

Controversial Parksville supportive housing project approved

Crowd erupts into yelling following the vote

City hall was packed Wednesday evening (July 4) for the vote on third reading and adoption for the rezoning on 222 Corfield St. South for a planned supportive housing project. — Lauren Collins photo
About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs

A dozen Canadian flags stolen during Qualicum Beach celebrations

Stolen items will cost Rotary $400-$500

About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs
Roberta Joanna Vandermeer, known by her stage name Robbie Van, is hosting what she calls an “awake;” a coming-out party and funeral for her male self June 26 in Parksville. — Naomi Peter-Simons photo

Parksville woman invites community to ‘awake’ party

After transition Robbie Van hosts funeral for male self

Roberta Joanna Vandermeer, known by her stage name Robbie Van, is hosting what she calls an “awake;” a coming-out party and funeral for her male self June 26 in Parksville. — Naomi Peter-Simons photo
The Town of Qualicum Beach is still looking into subsidizing bus fares within the town for the summer months. — Lauren Collins photo

Qualicum Beach bus route could be free for the summer

Town mulling over free or $1 fares

The Town of Qualicum Beach is still looking into subsidizing bus fares within the town for the summer months. — Lauren Collins photo
Qualicum Beach staff looks into banning plastic straws

Qualicum Beach staff looks into banning plastic straws

Councillor says motion a step in the right direction

Qualicum Beach staff looks into banning plastic straws
Trevena talks mid-Island transportation

Trevena talks mid-Island transportation

Minister of transportation, infrastructure says government working with ICF

Trevena talks mid-Island transportation
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Woman steps on dirty needle in Qualicum Beach

Delegation suggests Vancouver Island Health Authority distributes retractable needles

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In this composite image, Doreen Littlejohn, left, spoke in favour of the rezoning for 222 Corfield St. at the public hearing June 19 while Adam Fras spoke against the rezoning. — Lauren Collins photo

Supportive housing project divides Parksville

Hundreds attend public hearing for 222 Corfield St. rezoning

In this composite image, Doreen Littlejohn, left, spoke in favour of the rezoning for 222 Corfield St. at the public hearing June 19 while Adam Fras spoke against the rezoning. — Lauren Collins photo
North Island Wildife Recovery Centre animal care technician Tawny Molland with the orphaned baby bear that was brought to the centre May 24. — Lauren Collins photo

Vancouver Island wildlife centre cares for orphaned bear found last month

Couple rescues cub found trying to nurse off dead mother on Vancouver Island

North Island Wildife Recovery Centre animal care technician Tawny Molland with the orphaned baby bear that was brought to the centre May 24. — Lauren Collins photo
Lantzville man dead following weekend crash on Highway 19

Lantzville man dead following weekend crash on Highway 19

Driver was ejected from vehicle: RCMP

Lantzville man dead following weekend crash on Highway 19
Qualicum Beach seeks info on banning plastic straws

Qualicum Beach seeks info on banning plastic straws

Coun. Neil Horner makes notice of motion on ban

Qualicum Beach seeks info on banning plastic straws
Parksville council bumps its pay 11 per cent

Parksville council bumps its pay 11 per cent

Increase not a raise it’s to offset federal government tax changes, councillors say

Parksville council bumps its pay 11 per cent
B.C. Ferries CEO Mark Collins spoke about the ferry corporation’s vision and mission last week in Qualicum Beach. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

No fare discounts for Island residents, says B.C. Ferries CEO

Mark Collins spoke about B.C. Ferries’ vision and mission last week in Qualicum

B.C. Ferries CEO Mark Collins spoke about the ferry corporation’s vision and mission last week in Qualicum Beach. NEWS BULLETIN file photo
BC Ferries CEO and president Mark Collins spoke to a group of about 100 people at a Parksville and Qualicum Beach joint chambers of commerce meeting May 16 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. — Lauren Collins photo

BC Ferries CEO, president speaks to Parksville and Qualicum Beach chambers

Guest asks about Vancouver Island resident discount fares

BC Ferries CEO and president Mark Collins spoke to a group of about 100 people at a Parksville and Qualicum Beach joint chambers of commerce meeting May 16 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. — Lauren Collins photo
Barry Avis, Vancouver Island Regional Library board chair and Qualicum Beach councillor, is being recognized for his advocacy work with VIRL board. The award is being presented through the British Columbia Library Trustees Association. — Lauren Collins photo

Qualicum Beach councillor wins advocacy award

Recognized for work through Vancouver Island Regional Library board

Barry Avis, Vancouver Island Regional Library board chair and Qualicum Beach councillor, is being recognized for his advocacy work with VIRL board. The award is being presented through the British Columbia Library Trustees Association. — Lauren Collins photo
Henri Rekers stands with some of the proper headstones for veterans at the graveyard between St. Anne’s and St. Edmund’s churches in Parksville. Of the 57 veterans buried there, Rekers said only seven have the proper headstones. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville resident battling to get proper headstones for veterans

50 veterans don’t have proper marking at Parksville graveyard

Henri Rekers stands with some of the proper headstones for veterans at the graveyard between St. Anne’s and St. Edmund’s churches in Parksville. Of the 57 veterans buried there, Rekers said only seven have the proper headstones. — Lauren Collins photo