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Island Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach longterm care facility on Dec. 19, 2020. (Facebook photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at longterm care facility on Vancouver Island

Staff member tested positive at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach

Island Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach longterm care facility on Dec. 19, 2020. (Facebook photo)
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Coombs man, 52, dies in head-on collision in Qualicum Beach

Driver of second vehicle airlifted to hospital

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The Bazan Bay 5K virtual challenge is slated to take place April 14-21. (Submitted photo)

Popular Vancouver Island running series offers virtual challenge for 2021

Participants can complete events on their own time

The Bazan Bay 5K virtual challenge is slated to take place April 14-21. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Sandra Allison. (Photo submitted)

AUDIO: Central Island medical health officer talks COVID-19 precautions

Dr. Sandra Allison discusses range of topics with PQBeat podcast

Dr. Sandra Allison. (Photo submitted)
Dave Wallace coached the Parksville Royals for 23 years. (PQB News file photo)

B.C. baseball community mourns death of legendary Vancouver Island coach Dave Wallace

‘All who knew Dave and his passion for the game will miss him greatly’

Dave Wallace coached the Parksville Royals for 23 years. (PQB News file photo)
Remains of the scene off Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek where three bodies were found on Nov. 1, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Probe continues into grisly mid-Island discovery of 3 human bodies, 4 dead dogs

Police still want to speak with motorist who picked up hitchhikers near scene on Nov. 1

Remains of the scene off Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek where three bodies were found on Nov. 1, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Qualicum Beach resident Harold MacDougall won $75,000 off a Casino Royale II Scratch & Win ticket, purchased the ticket at Qualicum Foods on Memorial Avenue. (BCLC photo)

Qualicum Beach man $75K richer thanks to scratch-and-win ticket windfall

Winner plans on trips to Cape Breton and Scotland

Qualicum Beach resident Harold MacDougall won $75,000 off a Casino Royale II Scratch & Win ticket, purchased the ticket at Qualicum Foods on Memorial Avenue. (BCLC photo)
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RCMP warn of counterfeit bill use in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Police have received four calls in November regarding bogus bills

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Parksville’s French Creek Harbour experienced a diesel spill on Nov. 23 after a barge and fishing vessel collided. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Coast Guard cleans up diesel spill in Parksville’s French Creek Harbour

Barge carrying fuel truck collides with fishing vessel

Parksville’s French Creek Harbour experienced a diesel spill on Nov. 23 after a barge and fishing vessel collided. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Adam Walker visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)

AUDIO: Parksville-Qualicum’s new MLA eager to get to work

Adam Walker stops by PQBeat podcast studio to discuss politics and more

Adam Walker visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studios. (Peter McCully photo)
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Central Island 911 has a new fire dispatch service provider. (E-Comm 911 photo/Submitted)

City of Nanaimo, RDN transitioning to fire dispatch service from City of Surrey

Switch anticipated to save $3.5 million over five-year period

Central Island 911 has a new fire dispatch service provider. (E-Comm 911 photo/Submitted)
Bernie Pascall, right, with Howie Meeker. (Photo courtesy Bernie Pascall)

B.C. broadcasting legend Bernie Pascall remembers longtime friend, Howie Meeker

Podcast: Pair worked together on Vancouver Canucks telecasts

Bernie Pascall, right, with Howie Meeker. (Photo courtesy Bernie Pascall)
Howie Meeker, right, and wife Leah. (File photo)

Canadian hockey and broadcasting legend Howie Meeker dies at age 97

Longtime B.C. resident starred with Toronto Maple Leafs, HNIC

Howie Meeker, right, and wife Leah. (File photo)
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RCMP: Suspect arrested after Vancouver Island man threatened with gun

Confrontation took place on job site in Parksville

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The B.C. Parks Foundation wants to buy West Ballenas Island. (Submitted photo)

B.C. Parks Foundation looking to buy island off Nanoose for $1.7 million

Nanaimo and Area Land Trust helping promote campaign to raise $400,000 by Nov. 17

The B.C. Parks Foundation wants to buy West Ballenas Island. (Submitted photo)
A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)

UPDATE: 3 bodies discovered in gravel pit in remote area of Vancouver Island

RCMP: ‘We do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public’

A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo will take the lead in trying to secure grants for electric vehicle charging stations in the region. (News Bulletin file photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo asks for alternate approval for charge-station costs

Process will apply to residents of Gabriola Island, Nanoose Bay and two other rural areas

The Regional District of Nanaimo will take the lead in trying to secure grants for electric vehicle charging stations in the region. (News Bulletin file photo)
Jordan Jay Ward, 20, is wanted Canada-wide for manslaughter. (Calgary police photo)

UPDATE: ‘Suspicious’ man seen in Parksville woods not manslaughter suspect

Hikers say he resembled Jordan Jay Ward, wanted Canada-wide

Jordan Jay Ward, 20, is wanted Canada-wide for manslaughter. (Calgary police photo)
BC NDP candidate Adam Walker, right, with wife Karli, mom Karen Flannery and stepdad Steve Shipley on provincial election night, Oct. 24, 2020. Walker holds the lead in the Parksville-Qualicum riding following tabulation of in-person and advance voting. (Photo submitted)
BC NDP candidate Adam Walker, right, with wife Karli, mom Karen Flannery and stepdad Steve Shipley on provincial election night, Oct. 24, 2020. Walker holds the lead in the Parksville-Qualicum riding following tabulation of in-person and advance voting. (Photo submitted)