Lauren Collins

VIDEO: Safe drug use site suggested in Parksville Qualicum Beach

VIDEO: Safe drug use site suggested in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Forum held on mental health and substance use issues in the mid Island

VIDEO: Safe drug use site suggested in Parksville Qualicum Beach
A water storage reservoir for fire emergencies is already in place on Matthew Road, 120 metres east of Creekcross Road (pictured above). — Lauren Collins photo

Nanoose Bay area to get reservoir for firefighting

Regional District of Nanaimo approves $150,000 project at Jan. 23 meeting

A water storage reservoir for fire emergencies is already in place on Matthew Road, 120 metres east of Creekcross Road (pictured above). — Lauren Collins photo
A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

PHOTOS: Residents rescued from flooded Parksville RV park

The rescue operation began Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning

A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Qualicum Beach makes list of top places to visit in 2018

Qualicum Beach makes list of top places to visit in 2018

Expedia Canada surveyed 1,000 Canadians for the list

Qualicum Beach makes list of top places to visit in 2018
Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo

Island-filmed TV series gets third season

Crews returning to Parksville Qualicum Beach to film Chesapeake Shores in the spring

Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo
Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo

Island-filmed TV series gets third season

Parts of Chesapeake Shores filmed in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo
Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory

Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory

Flights cancelled, delayed at Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Victoria, Comox airports

Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory
Parksville firefighters and city parks staff work to extract Walter, a puppy who got stuck after following a rabbit into a drainpipe at Springwood Park Monday, Dec. 4. — Lauren Collins photo

Vancouver Island firefighters, city workers rescue dog stuck in pipe

Dog chasing rabbit gets stuck in water pipe

Parksville firefighters and city parks staff work to extract Walter, a puppy who got stuck after following a rabbit into a drainpipe at Springwood Park Monday, Dec. 4. — Lauren Collins photo
One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo                                 One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo

VIDEO: Wildlife centre reminds people to be bear aware

Bear cubs admitted to centre after mothers put down

One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo                                 One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo
Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INfilm) unveiled Vancouver Island Film Studios to local production crews, government officials and local businesses on Thursday. LAUREN COLLINS photo

Parksville home to new film studio

Film studio just off Highway 4A

Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INfilm) unveiled Vancouver Island Film Studios to local production crews, government officials and local businesses on Thursday. LAUREN COLLINS photo
FW Enterprises and Seacliff Properties held its official groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 3 for Fairwinds’ new 39-suite condominium project called The Westerly and the renovation of the Fairwinds Landing building.

39-suite condo project breaks ground at Nanoose Bay

FW Enterprises and Seacliff Properties held its official groundbreaking ceremony for The Westerly

FW Enterprises and Seacliff Properties held its official groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 3 for Fairwinds’ new 39-suite condominium project called The Westerly and the renovation of the Fairwinds Landing building.
Qualicum Beach Coun. Neil Horner made a public apology at the Oct. 2 council meeting for leaving a bag of dog feces on the town’s bylaw enforcement officer’s desk. — NEWS file photo

Island councillor apologizes for crappy “joke”

A Qualicum Beach city councillor left a bag of dog poop on a bylaw officer’s desk, later apologizes.

Qualicum Beach Coun. Neil Horner made a public apology at the Oct. 2 council meeting for leaving a bag of dog feces on the town’s bylaw enforcement officer’s desk. — NEWS file photo
A number of cars were spray-painted and some of them were broken into during an overnight vandalism spree covering several streets in French Creek on Saturday. (Photo submitted)

Cars, boats, fences vandalized near Parksville

Offensive words spray-painted on property

A number of cars were spray-painted and some of them were broken into during an overnight vandalism spree covering several streets in French Creek on Saturday. (Photo submitted)
A drug user prepares drugs at theoverdose prevention site in Our Place in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

OD prevention sites ‘important function’ for people already using

Health officer says need for longterm solutions for opioid crisis

A drug user prepares drugs at theoverdose prevention site in Our Place in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
The VIRL serves more than 430,000 people in 39 branches, a virtual branch and a books-by-mail service. — J.R. Rardon photo

Vancouver Island libraries approve budget increase

VIRL 2018-22 financial plan adds focus on First Nations

The VIRL serves more than 430,000 people in 39 branches, a virtual branch and a books-by-mail service. — J.R. Rardon photo
Ian Barnes, who applied for the infrastructure upgrades at Beachcomber Marina, said the work should be finished in the coming weeks. (Lauren Collins photo)
Ian Barnes, who applied for the infrastructure upgrades at Beachcomber Marina, said the work should be finished in the coming weeks. (Lauren Collins photo)

Child poverty ‘hidden’ scourge in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Medical chief says long-term health of local youths impacted

The Natural Green Remedies Corporation has reopened in the WeeMedical Wellness Center location. WeeMedical was shut down after the City of Parksville obtained an injunction to close down the business. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville pot shop shut down, another opens

City of Parksville granted an injunction to shut down WeeMedical Wellness Centre

The Natural Green Remedies Corporation has reopened in the WeeMedical Wellness Center location. WeeMedical was shut down after the City of Parksville obtained an injunction to close down the business. — Lauren Collins photo
Two girls rescued from French Creek train trestle

Two girls rescued from French Creek train trestle

Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments called out to help young climbers in French Creek

Two girls rescued from French Creek train trestle
Suspect arrested a month after break-and-enter at a church in Oceanside

Suspect arrested a month after break-and-enter at a church in Oceanside

25-year-old Qualicum Beach man was in court in Nanaimo on Thursday

Suspect arrested a month after break-and-enter at a church in Oceanside