Qualicum Nature Preservation Society president seeks dismissal of court case, cites Protection of Public Participation Act

The Qualicum Nature Preservation Society (QNPS) and its president will go before a judge with an application to have a civil claim for defamation dismissed under the B.C. Protection of Public Participation Act (PoPPA). The original civil claim was filed by developers Richard and Linda Todsen and Todsen Design and Construction in May. The couple said theirContinue reading “Qualicum Nature Preservation Society president seeks dismissal of court case, cites Protection of Public Participation Act”

Woman denied occupancy in her Qualicum Beach home over height bylaw infraction

What was supposed to be a peaceful retirement in a quiet community turned into years of bureaucratic hurdles for a Vancouver Island woman. After building her dream home in Qualicum Beach, Krystyna Janik was told her roof is too high and it violates town zoning bylaws. “I was really so excited — peace, quiet, beautifulContinue reading “Woman denied occupancy in her Qualicum Beach home over height bylaw infraction”

“I lost a brother and a sister in that school in Port Alberni” — Nanoose elder shares stories from residential school

Sitting in the Parksville Museum courtyard in front of a small crowd, he recalled memories of waking to the sound of a beating drum and his elders singing outside the longhouse. With a soft, slow voice, he remembered being connected to his culture and to his family.  “Oh, that was the most joyous time ofContinue reading ““I lost a brother and a sister in that school in Port Alberni” — Nanoose elder shares stories from residential school”

COVID-19 couldn’t deter city man from giving 220th pint of blood

A Lethbridge man who has been a regular blood donor nearly all his life did not let the COVID-19 pandemic stop him from giving his 220th pint of blood last week. Rob Stanko, 65, first donated blood when he was a teenager and has been doing it regularly ever since. “I guess I am aContinue reading “COVID-19 couldn’t deter city man from giving 220th pint of blood”

Cor Van Raay donates stethoscopes to hospital

One of southern Alberta’s most prominent agribusiness entrepreneurs has made a significant donation in the fight against COVID-19. Cor Van Raay donated 28 new stethoscopes to the Chinook Regional Hospital in hopes of maximizing patient safety and staff preparedness during the pandemic. “I cannot overstate the importance of having designated equipment for each treatment space,”Continue reading “Cor Van Raay donates stethoscopes to hospital”

Column: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

It started as a normal Wednesday laying out the paper, but all turning points begin as a normal day. I am no stranger to grief — I knew to sit down after my sister called and asked if anybody had talked to me yet. When a call starts like that I know I am notContinue reading “Column: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold”

Ladysmith residents facing renoviction concerned over zero per cent vacancy

Residents of a Ladysmith apartment complex are stuck choosing between tenancy buyout offers in a zero per cent vacancy market, or digging in and fighting against a looming renoviction. “I will have to leave this community because there is nothing available,” said Susan Burron, who lives at 110 Esplanade. “All I want to do isContinue reading “Ladysmith residents facing renoviction concerned over zero per cent vacancy”

Ladysmith council grants Pamela Anderson variance permit for private dock

Ladysmith town council voted to issue a development variance permit to allow construction of a new private dock adjacent to Pamela Anderson’s property. It is designed to be built over the existing footprint of a former dock and will connect to her boathouse on the beach. It will have a long walkway, which will leadContinue reading “Ladysmith council grants Pamela Anderson variance permit for private dock”

Ladysmith council begins approval process for Rocky Creek Road housing development

Ladysmith town council carried first and second reading of proposed zoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments to support a large housing development on Rocky Creek Road. A conceptual plan shown to council at its Feb. 1 meeting shows a total of 282 dwelling units on the 4.7-hectare site at 1301/1391 Rocky Creek Road. ThereContinue reading “Ladysmith council begins approval process for Rocky Creek Road housing development”

Musicians and venues faced with uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Amid cancelled gigs, venue closures and calls for people to stay home, musicians are being forced to find new ways to connect with fans. Live streaming is quickly becoming the new normal for artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Local and touring artists have been relying on social media to connect with fans in a timeContinue reading “Musicians and venues faced with uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic”