PQB News Staff

The ‘Chesapeake Shores’ film crew at the Leigh House on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach on April 13, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach officials say TV crews follow strict health and safety protocols

‘Chesapeake Shores’ back in PQB area and some residents aren’t sure it’s a good idea

The ‘Chesapeake Shores’ film crew at the Leigh House on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach on April 13, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The cast from ‘Chesapeake Shores’ pose for a photo in season three, filmed in 2018, of the hit Hallmark series. The cast and crew are now back in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area shooting season five. (Submitted photo)
The cast from ‘Chesapeake Shores’ pose for a photo in season three, filmed in 2018, of the hit Hallmark series. The cast and crew are now back in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area shooting season five. (Submitted photo)
Restaurant owners Oura and Kymon Giakoumakis visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PODCAST: COVID-19 pandemic hits Vancouver Island’s food service industry hard

Parksville Qualicum Beach restaurant owners share thoughts and advice

Restaurant owners Oura and Kymon Giakoumakis visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
The City of Parksville encourages residents to visit outdoor restaurant patios as part of a social media challenge. (Submitted photo)

Parksville promotes patio patrons to post pictures to support restaurant industry

Patio Challenge: Take a photo of your food for social media

The City of Parksville encourages residents to visit outdoor restaurant patios as part of a social media challenge. (Submitted photo)
PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera in French Creek, in the same spot every day in March, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)

WATCH: Scenes from 31 days in March in French Creek

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up camera in same location each day

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera in French Creek, in the same spot every day in March, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)
Therapeutic counsellor Earl Blacklock visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

COVID-19: Dealing with the mental health aspects of the ongoing pandemic

Podcast: Vancouver Island therapeutic counsellor Earl Blacklock offers insight, tips

Therapeutic counsellor Earl Blacklock visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
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RCMP apprehend machete-wielding man after tense showdown in Parksville

Man slashed and stabbed at hood of police vehicle

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The show winner Gloria Ainsworth Mount’s work titled “Islander Dahlia” for the 2020 spring exhibit. The Spring Juried Exhibition for 2021 will showcase at the McMillan Arts Centre from April 6 until May 2. (Submitted photo)
The show winner Gloria Ainsworth Mount’s work titled “Islander Dahlia” for the 2020 spring exhibit. The Spring Juried Exhibition for 2021 will showcase at the McMillan Arts Centre from April 6 until May 2. (Submitted photo)
VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Station is now part of B.C.’s food hub network. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Station now part of B.C. food hub network

Bowser hub will focus on seafood processing

VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Station is now part of B.C.’s food hub network. (Vancouver Island University photo)
Parksville’s Canadian Electric Vehicles ‘Might-E Truck.’ The electric truck is a work vehicle designed for use by municipalities, campuses, malls, resorts, parks, airports and industries. (Photo courtesy of canev.com)

B.C. government pledges $294K to support ‘Might-E-Truck’ development from Parksville business

City’s Canadian Electric Vehicles creates electric-powered industrial work trucks

Parksville’s Canadian Electric Vehicles ‘Might-E Truck.’ The electric truck is a work vehicle designed for use by municipalities, campuses, malls, resorts, parks, airports and industries. (Photo courtesy of canev.com)
Dan LaRocque visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

Podcast: Protect yourself online with some expert tips on security, digital literacy

Vancouver Island’s Dan LaRocque helps seniors and others safely navigate the internet

Dan LaRocque visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
A bald eagle, rehabilitated at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, has been released into the wild. (NIWRA screen cap)

VIDEO: Rehabilitated Vancouver Island bald eagle released into the wild

Annual North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre event in Errington held virtually due to COVID-19

A bald eagle, rehabilitated at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, has been released into the wild. (NIWRA screen cap)
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort is renovating the bunkers on the course. (PQB News file photo)
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort is renovating the bunkers on the course. (PQB News file photo)
Another great pic from PQB News reader Bob Alexander of Nanoose Bay. “Anna’s Hummingbird drying its wings during the recent snowstorm,” he said.

Your photos: Readers offer a sampling of their impressive photography skills

Gallery: Submissions capture incredible wildlife, scenery shots

Another great pic from PQB News reader Bob Alexander of Nanoose Bay. “Anna’s Hummingbird drying its wings during the recent snowstorm,” he said.
Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Getting your green thumb ready for Vancouver Island’s gardening season

Timely tips from Dorothee Kieser of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association

Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)
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Loaded gun recovered, two flee scene after stolen truck flips on Island Highway

Witnesses say man and woman left scene near Horne Lake exit on a dirt bike

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A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
Mohammad Shafi of Parksville has retired after 70 years in the shoe business. (Facebook photo)

Retiring Island shoe store owner donates his entire inventory to Salvation Army

Shafi, 91, retires after more than 70 years in the business

Mohammad Shafi of Parksville has retired after 70 years in the shoe business. (Facebook photo)
PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera at the beach in Parksville, in the same spot every day in February, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)

WATCH: 28 days, one scene showcases February in Parksville

Reader Randy Hall set up camera in same location each day

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera at the beach in Parksville, in the same spot every day in February, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)
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RCMP left with many questions after odd report of stabbing in Parksville

Original caller left area because of outstanding arrest warrants; victim not forthcoming with police

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