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Gurdeep Pandher visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)

Podcast: Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon spreads joy, hope through Bhangra dancing

Listen: Social media sensation brings his special message to Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)
Parksville Volunteer Fire Department’s popup water park returns on Aug. 13. (Michael Briones photo)

Parksville Fire Department’s popup water park offers children a chance to cool off

Youngsters can run through misting spray from aerial ladder track on Aug. 13

Parksville Volunteer Fire Department’s popup water park returns on Aug. 13. (Michael Briones photo)
Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)

Quality Foods sponsors AutismBC’s annual fundraising raffle

Vancouver Island-based grocery chain helps raise funds for autism services

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward, left, and marketing manager Regan Beaulieu support AutismBC. (Submitted photo)
The BC Air Ambulance Services was called to Parksville to transport an elderly woman to hospital on Aug. 3, 2021. (PQB News file photo)

Ontario woman, 74, found floating in water near Parksville Community Park

Air ambulance called in to transport woman to hospital

The BC Air Ambulance Services was called to Parksville to transport an elderly woman to hospital on Aug. 3, 2021. (PQB News file photo)
Dr. Mike Benusic, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted by Island Health)

PQBeat: Island Health’s Dr. Mike Benusic discusses impact of COVID-19 vaccinations

Podcast: Medical health officer shares thoughts on pandemic

Dr. Mike Benusic, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted by Island Health)
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Black Press photojournalist Arnold Lim. (Submitted photo)

Black Press photojournalist Arnold Lim reports from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Podcast: Chat includes things to do while quarantining and Lim’s movie ‘All-in Madonna’

Black Press photojournalist Arnold Lim. (Submitted photo)
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)
Nanoose Bay golfer Shelly Stouffer rallied to win her second B.C. Senior Women’s Golf Championship. (PQB News file photo)

Nanoose Bay golfer Shelly Stouffer captures 2nd straight B.C. senior women’s crown

Birdie on first playoff hole against Jackie Little clinched title

Nanoose Bay golfer Shelly Stouffer rallied to win her second B.C. Senior Women’s Golf Championship. (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)
Thea VanHerwaarden of Comox. (Photo supplied)

Food: Catching up with British Columbia chef, TV personality Thea VanHerwaarden

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

Thea VanHerwaarden of Comox. (Photo supplied)
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)
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)
‘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)
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)
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RCMP investigating 2 sudden deaths in Parksville

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

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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)

PODCAST: John Furlong lays out a ‘provincial’ B.C. plan to host the 2030 Winter Olympics

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)
Dr. Sandra Allison, medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island. (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Island Health official Dr. Sandra Allison talks COVID-19 restrictions, next steps

Medical health officer shares thoughts on ‘return to normalcy’

Dr. Sandra Allison, medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island. (Submitted photo)
Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island jazz musician Johannes Wallmann set to release 9th album

Trumpet star Ingrid Jensen of Nanaimo featured

Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)