JR Rardon

A property at 222 Corfield St. has been set aside for a supportive housing project and shelter in Parksville. — NEWS file photo

Residents vocalize opposition to Parksville supportive housing

Council gives go-ahead to start zoning process for 52-unit project during contentious meeting

A property at 222 Corfield St. has been set aside for a supportive housing project and shelter in Parksville. — NEWS file photo
Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell addresses NDP Finance Minister Carole James during Question Period in the provincial legislature Thursday, March 15, 2018. — B.C. Legislature video image

Parksville-Qualicum MLA grills minister over speculation tax

Stilwell supports RDN bid for exemption from legislation

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell addresses NDP Finance Minister Carole James during Question Period in the provincial legislature Thursday, March 15, 2018. — B.C. Legislature video image
A Canada goose carcass lies amid a pile of feathers near a dump of 40 geese off a remote trail near Errington Wednesday March 14, after apparently being taken by hunters several days earlier. — J.R. Rardon photo

No foul play suspected in 40 Canada geese carcasses dumped on mid-Island

Conservation Officer Service said birds were likely taken in legal hunt

A Canada goose carcass lies amid a pile of feathers near a dump of 40 geese off a remote trail near Errington Wednesday March 14, after apparently being taken by hunters several days earlier. — J.R. Rardon photo
Two sets of community mailboxes in Nanoose Bay were damaged during apparent theft attempts in late February. — J.R. Rardon photo

Community mailboxes vandalized in Nanoose Bay

RCMP warn residents to be vigilant during tax return season

Two sets of community mailboxes in Nanoose Bay were damaged during apparent theft attempts in late February. — J.R. Rardon photo
Traffic moves slowly on Highway 19 southbound near Parksville as Errington Volunteer Fire Department members mop up following a vehicle fire Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Truck fire, collision snarls traffic on Hwy 19 in Parksville

One person take to hospital for observation in Sunday incident

Traffic moves slowly on Highway 19 southbound near Parksville as Errington Volunteer Fire Department members mop up following a vehicle fire Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Colleen Dkyslag of Parksville’s Career Centre, left, and Janet Thony of the Coombs Farmer’s Institute stand at Pickard’s Farm in Errington, where they have overseen youth taking part in the GoodSeeds youth supporting sustainable agriculture program. — J.R. Rardon photo

Pilot program trains next generation of Island farmers

Parksville’s GoodSeeds introduces youth 17-30 years to agricultural careers

Colleen Dkyslag of Parksville’s Career Centre, left, and Janet Thony of the Coombs Farmer’s Institute stand at Pickard’s Farm in Errington, where they have overseen youth taking part in the GoodSeeds youth supporting sustainable agriculture program. — J.R. Rardon photo
Team Geall of Kelowna Curling Club shows off their purple hearts and trophy after winning the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship at Parksville Curling Club Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. From left are fifth Brad Wood, lead David Harper, third Andrew Nerpin, second Jeffrey Richard and skip Sean Geall. — J.R. Rardon photo

Update: Kelowna rink snares B.C. men’s curling title

Team Geall stuns defending champs in 11th end in Parksville

Team Geall of Kelowna Curling Club shows off their purple hearts and trophy after winning the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship at Parksville Curling Club Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. From left are fifth Brad Wood, lead David Harper, third Andrew Nerpin, second Jeffrey Richard and skip Sean Geall. — J.R. Rardon photo
Skip Jim Cotter of Vernon Curling Club delivers a shot in the eighth end of his game against Jason Montgomery of Victoria in the 2018 belairdirect B.C. Men’s Curling Championships at Parksville Curling Club Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Cotter, the defending provincial champion, won two matches Thursday to clinch the first spot in the playoffs in the 12-team tourney. — J.R. Rardon photo

Defending champ moves into BC Men’s curling playoffs

Team Cotter ekes out two wins at Parksville Curling Club

Skip Jim Cotter of Vernon Curling Club delivers a shot in the eighth end of his game against Jason Montgomery of Victoria in the 2018 belairdirect B.C. Men’s Curling Championships at Parksville Curling Club Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Cotter, the defending provincial champion, won two matches Thursday to clinch the first spot in the playoffs in the 12-team tourney. — J.R. Rardon photo
Fencing, shrubs, a light pole and slabs of asphalt were tossed about at the entrance to Parry’s RV Park in Parksville when floodwaters washed out the road leading to the park late Sunday night, Jan. 28, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Flood damages Island RV park

Residents begin cleanup as floodwaters recede

Fencing, shrubs, a light pole and slabs of asphalt were tossed about at the entrance to Parry’s RV Park in Parksville when floodwaters washed out the road leading to the park late Sunday night, Jan. 28, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre addresses the audience at the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce dinner at The Beach Club Resort last Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Parksville mayor: cities need more financial flexibility

Lefebvre tells Chamber audience Constitutional Act is ‘archaic’

Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre addresses the audience at the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce dinner at The Beach Club Resort last Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Parksville firefighters train a hose on a Dodge pickup that caught fire in the driveway of a home in San Pareil on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Pickup ignites in Parksville driveway

Firefighters put out blaze that fully engulfed vehicle

Parksville firefighters train a hose on a Dodge pickup that caught fire in the driveway of a home in San Pareil on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Bill Flower of Parksville tries out the new milk dispenser at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm during his first visit to the farm Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Vancouver Island farm makes hay with B.C.’s first milk dispenser

‘We’ve compared it to refilling beer growlers’: owner

Bill Flower of Parksville tries out the new milk dispenser at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm during his first visit to the farm Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover

Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover

Nanaimo man crashes on Inland Island Highway near Qualicum Beach

Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover
The Parksville Museum was closed “indefinitely” and staff laid off Nov. 3. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville Museum closes ‘indefinitely’

Funding shortfalls blamed for sudden staff layoffs

The Parksville Museum was closed “indefinitely” and staff laid off Nov. 3. — Lauren Collins photo
A motorcyclist was injured in collision with pickup truck on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni on Saturday, Oct. 28. (J.R. RARDON/Black Press)

Port Alberni crash sends motorcyclist to hospital

Man injured in collision with pickup truck on Beaver Creek Road

A motorcyclist was injured in collision with pickup truck on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni on Saturday, Oct. 28. (J.R. RARDON/Black Press)
User fees, new name suggested for Parksville’s Community Park

User fees, new name suggested for Parksville’s Community Park

VIU consultants deliver draft master plan to Parksville council

User fees, new name suggested for Parksville’s Community Park
Another goose cull, which saw 484 geese killed last year, may be needed in Parksville to continue to restore the local estuaries. BLACK PRESS file

Parksville may reprise goose cull in 2018

Englishman River estuary recovering following 2016 cull, council told

Another goose cull, which saw 484 geese killed last year, may be needed in Parksville to continue to restore the local estuaries. BLACK PRESS file
A farmed Atlantic salmon, one of several caught off of French Creek within the past several days, has been frozen and will be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for examination. — J.R. Rardon photo

Atlantic salmon arrive in French Creek

Fish believed to be part of cohort escaped from U.S.-based net pen Aug. 19

A farmed Atlantic salmon, one of several caught off of French Creek within the past several days, has been frozen and will be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for examination. — J.R. Rardon photo
A farmed Atlantic salmon, one of several caught off of French Creek within the past several days, has been frozen and will be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for examination. — J.R. Rardon photo

Atlantic salmon arrive in French Creek

Fish believed to be part of cohort escaped from U.S.-based net pen Aug. 19

A farmed Atlantic salmon, one of several caught off of French Creek within the past several days, has been frozen and will be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for examination. — J.R. Rardon photo
Police examine two pickups that collided at the intersection of Highway 19 and Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay Tuesday morning. (J.R. Rardon/BLACK PRESS)

Drivers escape serious injury in Nanoose Bay collision

Accident backs up traffic on Highway 19 on Tuesday morning

Police examine two pickups that collided at the intersection of Highway 19 and Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay Tuesday morning. (J.R. Rardon/BLACK PRESS)