JR Rardon

A Canada goose carcass lies amid a pile of feathers near a dump of 40 geese off a remote trail near Errington Wednesday March 14, after apparently being taken by hunters several days earlier. — J.R. Rardon photo

No foul play suspected in 40 Canada geese carcasses dumped on mid-Island

Conservation Officer Service said birds were likely taken in legal hunt

A Canada goose carcass lies amid a pile of feathers near a dump of 40 geese off a remote trail near Errington Wednesday March 14, after apparently being taken by hunters several days earlier. — J.R. Rardon photo
Colleen Dkyslag of Parksville’s Career Centre, left, and Janet Thony of the Coombs Farmer’s Institute stand at Pickard’s Farm in Errington, where they have overseen youth taking part in the GoodSeeds youth supporting sustainable agriculture program. — J.R. Rardon photo

Pilot program trains next generation of Island farmers

Parksville’s GoodSeeds introduces youth 17-30 years to agricultural careers

Colleen Dkyslag of Parksville’s Career Centre, left, and Janet Thony of the Coombs Farmer’s Institute stand at Pickard’s Farm in Errington, where they have overseen youth taking part in the GoodSeeds youth supporting sustainable agriculture program. — J.R. Rardon photo
Team Geall of Kelowna Curling Club shows off their purple hearts and trophy after winning the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship at Parksville Curling Club Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. From left are fifth Brad Wood, lead David Harper, third Andrew Nerpin, second Jeffrey Richard and skip Sean Geall. — J.R. Rardon photo

Update: Kelowna rink snares B.C. men’s curling title

Team Geall stuns defending champs in 11th end in Parksville

Team Geall of Kelowna Curling Club shows off their purple hearts and trophy after winning the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship at Parksville Curling Club Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. From left are fifth Brad Wood, lead David Harper, third Andrew Nerpin, second Jeffrey Richard and skip Sean Geall. — J.R. Rardon photo
Skip Jim Cotter of Vernon Curling Club delivers a shot in the eighth end of his game against Jason Montgomery of Victoria in the 2018 belairdirect B.C. Men’s Curling Championships at Parksville Curling Club Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Cotter, the defending provincial champion, won two matches Thursday to clinch the first spot in the playoffs in the 12-team tourney. — J.R. Rardon photo

Defending champ moves into BC Men’s curling playoffs

Team Cotter ekes out two wins at Parksville Curling Club

Skip Jim Cotter of Vernon Curling Club delivers a shot in the eighth end of his game against Jason Montgomery of Victoria in the 2018 belairdirect B.C. Men’s Curling Championships at Parksville Curling Club Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Cotter, the defending provincial champion, won two matches Thursday to clinch the first spot in the playoffs in the 12-team tourney. — J.R. Rardon photo
Fencing, shrubs, a light pole and slabs of asphalt were tossed about at the entrance to Parry’s RV Park in Parksville when floodwaters washed out the road leading to the park late Sunday night, Jan. 28, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Flood damages Island RV park

Residents begin cleanup as floodwaters recede

Fencing, shrubs, a light pole and slabs of asphalt were tossed about at the entrance to Parry’s RV Park in Parksville when floodwaters washed out the road leading to the park late Sunday night, Jan. 28, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Bill Flower of Parksville tries out the new milk dispenser at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm during his first visit to the farm Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Vancouver Island farm makes hay with B.C.’s first milk dispenser

‘We’ve compared it to refilling beer growlers’: owner

Bill Flower of Parksville tries out the new milk dispenser at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm during his first visit to the farm Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover

Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover

Nanaimo man crashes on Inland Island Highway near Qualicum Beach

Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover
A farmed Atlantic salmon, one of several caught off of French Creek within the past several days, has been frozen and will be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for examination. — J.R. Rardon photo

Atlantic salmon arrive in French Creek

Fish believed to be part of cohort escaped from U.S.-based net pen Aug. 19

A farmed Atlantic salmon, one of several caught off of French Creek within the past several days, has been frozen and will be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for examination. — J.R. Rardon photo
Pieces of a 1991 BWM sedan split in half in a collision Saturday on the Alberni Highway rest in the wrecking yard of Arrowsmith Towing Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo

VIDEO: Car ripped in half in Alberni Hwy crash ‘unheard-of’

Towing operators shocked by damage to vehicle as driver walks away

Pieces of a 1991 BWM sedan split in half in a collision Saturday on the Alberni Highway rest in the wrecking yard of Arrowsmith Towing Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo
Ed and Gloria Ness share a close moment at their Deep Bay home in the final days before Ed undergoes a medically assisted suicide procedure. — J.R. Rardon photo

Cancer victim to die on his terms

Deep Bay man to undergo Death with Dignity procedure May 30

Ed and Gloria Ness share a close moment at their Deep Bay home in the final days before Ed undergoes a medically assisted suicide procedure. — J.R. Rardon photo
The Quality Foods founding partners gathered at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Friday

Quality Foods founders step down

Original owners transfer interest in Vancouver Island grocery chain 35 years after opening first store

The Quality Foods founding partners gathered at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Friday
Oceanside RCMP say they have arrested the same woman they arrested last week

Same woman hides under same blanket in same van — arrested again in Coombs

"I'm all for carpooling, but this woman really should consider catching a ride from someone else," said Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jess Foreman

Oceanside RCMP say they have arrested the same woman they arrested last week
The death Tuesday of 69-year-old Canadian actor Alan Thicke while he was playing hockey in Los Angeles has raised some debate about the suitability of the sport for the senior set. Above is action this year from a Parksville Panters game

The death of Alan Thicke — is hockey OK for seniors?

Five players over the age of 65 have suffered heart attacks during, or just after, games at Parksville's Oceanside Arena the past five years

The death Tuesday of 69-year-old Canadian actor Alan Thicke while he was playing hockey in Los Angeles has raised some debate about the suitability of the sport for the senior set. Above is action this year from a Parksville Panters game

Union says it will oppose sale of B.C. retirement homes to firm with links to China

Retirement Concepts owns 24 retirement facilities, mostly in B.C.

MLA Michelle Stilwell is pictured above on the May 2013 night she won election as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. With Stilwell is her husband Mark

EXCLUSIVE: Stilwell will seek second term

The Parksville-Qualicum MLA is the last of Premier Christy Clark's cabinet to announce her intentions for the May 2017 election

MLA Michelle Stilwell is pictured above on the May 2013 night she won election as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. With Stilwell is her husband Mark
Rail cars in a Nanaimo yard earlier this year.

Report suggests ICF’s lack of transparency leading to lack of trust from politicians, public

The report was prepared by aKd Resource for the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities

Rail cars in a Nanaimo yard earlier this year.

EDITORIAL: There’s a push to get the Salish Sea designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Just what effect would the designation have on shipping, fishing, oil tankers, etc.?

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre co-founder Robin Campbell is pictured with the famous bear cubs just before their release on Friday.

Bear cubs spared from death by conservation officer released into the wild

Conservation officer Bryce Casavant was suspended for not following orders to shoot the bears near Port Hardy in July of 2015

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre co-founder Robin Campbell is pictured with the famous bear cubs just before their release on Friday.
94-year-old Patrick Allen of Gabriola Island celebrated Father's Day by skydiving.

94-year-old Gabriola Island man celebrates Father’s Day with a skydive over Parksville Qualicum Beach

Daughter, from 100 Mile, bought him unique present to be used at Qualicum Beach

94-year-old Patrick Allen of Gabriola Island celebrated Father's Day by skydiving.
Robin Richardson of Victoria says he is the leader of a new political party called the Vancouver Island Party.

New political party wants Vancouver Island to be Canada’s 11th province

The Vancouver Island Party is led by Victoria's Robin Richardson; platform includes light rail system from Duke Point to Qualicum Beach

Robin Richardson of Victoria says he is the leader of a new political party called the Vancouver Island Party.