Lauren Collins

A Qualicum Beach resident sent this photo in to the Qualicum Beach Fire Department after multiple open-flame floating lanterns were floating into people’s yards on Saturday, Aug. 4. — Qualicum Beach Fire Department Facebook post

Open-flame floating lanterns land in B.C. residential neighbourhood

‘It did pose a risk to the community,’ fire chief says

A Qualicum Beach resident sent this photo in to the Qualicum Beach Fire Department after multiple open-flame floating lanterns were floating into people’s yards on Saturday, Aug. 4. — Qualicum Beach Fire Department Facebook post
A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo

Hollywood Northwest? More film productions popping up on Vancouver Island

Hallmark Channel’s ‘Chesapeake Shores’, Disney’s ‘Descendants 3’ and more use Island locations

A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo
Parksville city hall was packed Wednesday 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

Parksville council adopts rezoning for supportive housing

Parksville city council approved third reading and adoption for the rezoning of 222 Corfield St.

Parksville city hall was packed Wednesday 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
Police on the scene at Corcan Road on Wednesday evening after a man was struck by a vehicle. — Jamie Donovan photo

Man struck by vehicle, Parksville woman in custody

Incident happened on Corcan Road June 27

Police on the scene at Corcan Road on Wednesday evening after a man was struck by a vehicle. — Jamie Donovan photo
Woman steps on dirty needle in Qualicum Beach

Woman steps on dirty needle in Qualicum Beach

Delegation suggests Vancouver Island Health Authority distributes retractable needles

Woman steps on dirty needle in Qualicum Beach
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
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns takes part in the beach clean up in Parksville Friday (June 8). The clean up was part of a World Oceans Day event hosted by Johns. — Lauren Collins photo

Vancouver Island ‘ground zero’ for ocean plastics issue: Courtenay-Alberni MP

Gord Johns hosts World Oceans Day event in Parksville

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns takes part in the beach clean up in Parksville Friday (June 8). The clean up was part of a World Oceans Day event hosted by Johns. — 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

B.C. 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
Island man dead following crash on Highway 19

Island man dead following crash on Highway 19

The driver was ejected from his vehicle near Parksville

Island man dead following crash on Highway 19
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
A group is proposing the old bus garage site in Qualicum Beach be used for a multi-use cinema and brew pub. An artist’s rendering shows the design from Memorial Avenue. — Submitted by Evelyn Miller

Group proposes cinema, brew pub in Qualicum Beach

Presentation to be made at committee of the whole meeting Wednesday, May 16

A group is proposing the old bus garage site in Qualicum Beach be used for a multi-use cinema and brew pub. An artist’s rendering shows the design from Memorial Avenue. — Submitted by Evelyn Miller
Chesapeake Shores crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old chamber of commerce building) for the past two years to double as Chesapeake Shores’ main street. NEWS file photo

Chesapeake Shores begins filming this week

Cast members returning to Oceanside area for third season

Chesapeake Shores crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old chamber of commerce building) for the past two years to double as Chesapeake Shores’ main street. NEWS file photo
Construction on Berwick Qualicum Beach is well underway. Work on the 94-unit multi-residential building began in July, 2017. — Lauren Collins photo

Berwick plans for Parksville location

188-unit proposal should be coming before city council this spring

Construction on Berwick Qualicum Beach is well underway. Work on the 94-unit multi-residential building began in July, 2017. — Lauren Collins photo
The Town of Qualicum Beach wishes to stay a “town” with four councillors and a mayor despite being the size of a “city” which would allow for six councillors and a mayor. — Lauren Collins photo

Qualicum Beach balks at promotion to city

Council debates whether to retain town status despite population rise

The Town of Qualicum Beach wishes to stay a “town” with four councillors and a mayor despite being the size of a “city” which would allow for six councillors and a mayor. — Lauren Collins photo
Tokens replace treasures on Parksville beaches

Tokens replace treasures on Parksville beaches

Tidal Treasures organizers say people were taking ‘more than their share’ of glass floats

Tokens replace treasures on Parksville beaches
Ruby Forrester with her two children Quin, 12 and Leele, 11, outside the igloo they built Sunday, Feb. 18. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the nearly eight-foot igloo. Lauren Collins photo

VIDEO: Family builds eight-foot igloo in front of Parksville home

Sunday snowfall leads to all-day family activity

Ruby Forrester with her two children Quin, 12 and Leele, 11, outside the igloo they built Sunday, Feb. 18. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the nearly eight-foot igloo. Lauren Collins photo
From left: Leele Forrester, 11, mom Ruby Forrester and Quin Forrester, 12, in front of the igloo they built in from of their Parksville home Sunday. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the igloo. — Lauren Collins photo

VIDEO: Island family builds eight-foot igloo in front of home

Sunday snowfall on the mid-Island leads to all-day family activity

From left: Leele Forrester, 11, mom Ruby Forrester and Quin Forrester, 12, in front of the igloo they built in from of their Parksville home Sunday. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the igloo. — Lauren Collins photo
Fire crews had a portion of Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach blocked off Monday night due to a structure fire. Firefighters had the fire contained within 15 minutes. — Photo submitted by Darryl Kohse

Qualicum Beach department responds to basement fire

Crews were assisted by Parksville, Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Dashwood departments

Fire crews had a portion of Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach blocked off Monday night due to a structure fire. Firefighters had the fire contained within 15 minutes. — Photo submitted by Darryl Kohse
The Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department has set up a trust account for the woman who accidentally drove into this hole (pictured above) created by a mudslide Jan. 29. The woman, Karena Donnelly, is still recovering. — Photo courtesy of the Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook

Nanoose fire department sets up fund for woman caught in mudslide

Fire department managed to recover some of the woman’s belongings from her car

The Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department has set up a trust account for the woman who accidentally drove into this hole (pictured above) created by a mudslide Jan. 29. The woman, Karena Donnelly, is still recovering. — Photo courtesy of the Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook