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Parksville’s Trevor Hirschfield will co-captain the Canadian wheelchair rugby team at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (PQB News file photo)

Islander named Canadian wheelchair rugby co-captain at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

Parksville’s Hirschfield previously represented country in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro

Parksville’s Trevor Hirschfield will co-captain the Canadian wheelchair rugby team at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville’s Frances Lloyd won $3M in the June 19, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (BCLC photo)

Dream comes true as Parksville woman collects $3-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot

Lloyd plans to purchase a new home, share winnings with family

Parksville’s Frances Lloyd won $3M in the June 19, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (BCLC photo)
A large fire continues to grow in the in the Oliver-Osoyoos area and has led to evacuation alerts. (Karlee McCarthy Facebook photo)

RDN: Errington, Coombs-Hilliers fire crews to help battle fire in Osoyoos

Engine, water tender, personnel deployed to the area

A large fire continues to grow in the in the Oliver-Osoyoos area and has led to evacuation alerts. (Karlee McCarthy Facebook photo)
Thea VanHerwaarden of Comox. (Photo supplied)

PQBeat: Chat with Vancouver Island’s ‘master chef’ Thea VanHerwaarden

Podcast: Talk includes an early introduction to food, time on TV and future plans

Thea VanHerwaarden of Comox. (Photo supplied)
The Morningstar Golf Club has turned things around since going into receivership in 2018 and successfully staged its first major tournament, the B.C. Junior Golf Championships ,with member Gavyn Knight clinching the crown in June. (Michael Briones photo)

Former ownership group buys back Morningstar Golf Club on Vancouver Island

Parksville course on the upswing since going into receivership in 2018

The Morningstar Golf Club has turned things around since going into receivership in 2018 and successfully staged its first major tournament, the B.C. Junior Golf Championships ,with member Gavyn Knight clinching the crown in June. (Michael Briones photo)
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PQB crime report: If you lost a baggie of cash, the Oceanside RCMP may have your loot

Police received 326 complaints the week of June 27 to July 3

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‘Option 00’ is one of two options being considered for the next phase of the Ravensong Aquatic Centre expansion plans. (RDN illustration)
‘Option 00’ is one of two options being considered for the next phase of the Ravensong Aquatic Centre expansion plans. (RDN illustration)
A non-slip mat has been installed at the open beach access in the waterfront in Qualicum Beach to allow people with mobility issues to access the sandy areas. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)

‘Mobi-mat’ offers people with mobility issues access to sandy areas on Qualicum waterfront

Town initiative inspired by similar installation in Saanich

A non-slip mat has been installed at the open beach access in the waterfront in Qualicum Beach to allow people with mobility issues to access the sandy areas. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Alycia Butterworth will compete in the 3,000-metre steeplechase at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Claus Andersen photo)

Former Parksville track and field stars earn spots on Canadian Olympic team

Mason, Butterworth to compete at Tokyo Olympics

Alycia Butterworth will compete in the 3,000-metre steeplechase at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Claus Andersen photo)
Police tape surrounds a home on Soriel Road in Parksville on June 29, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating 2 sudden deaths in Parksville

Police say there is no risk to other community members as investigation continues

Police tape surrounds a home on Soriel Road in Parksville on June 29, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)
Blain Sepos, executive director of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Catching up with Blain Sepos of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association

Podcast: Chat includes COVID-19, tourism’s huge impact on the PQB/Island economy and more

Blain Sepos, executive director of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)

Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased on Vancouver Island

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)

PQBeat: John Furlong discusses a ‘provincial’ plan to host the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

Podcast: Chat includes potential role for Vancouver Island communities

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
Leadership Vancouver Island is about to start its 2021-22 session.  (Stock photo)

Leadership Vancouver Island welcomes return to in-person sessions

2021-22 program features a three-day retreat at Cowichan Lake

Leadership Vancouver Island is about to start its 2021-22 session.  (Stock photo)
Dr. Sandra Allison, medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island. (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Medical health officer Dr. Sandra Allison talks COVID-19 restrictions, impact on frontline workers

PQBeat: Central Vancouver Island official shares thoughts on ‘return to normalcy’

Dr. Sandra Allison, medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island. (Submitted photo)
Brian Collicott visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

Podcast: Discussing digital literacy with Vancouver Island expert Brian Collicott

Parksville-based organization offers free basic digital and computer literacy support for adults

Brian Collicott visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Kwalikum Secondary School grad Johannes Wallmann to release ninth jazz album

Album will feature international trumpet star Ingrid Jensen of Nanaimo

Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)
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RCMP: Witness video helps identify suspect who fled scene of rollover crash near Horne Lake

Police say vehicle was reported stolen; two people then left on a dirt bike

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Tagen Marshall (File photo)

Podcast: Inspirational tale of Vancouver Island University honour student Tagen Marshall

Talk includes advocacy for people with physical challenges, fundrasing, meeting Rick Hansen and more

Tagen Marshall (File photo)