Adam Kveton

Qualicum Beach students Lauren Porter (front left) and Isabelle Gray (front right) show the book The Lost Words, alongside an Oxford dictionary with their Grade 5 Qualicum Beach Elementary School class. Many students in the class were inspired to send a letter to Oxford University Press over the nature words removed from their junior dictionary, which inspired The Lost Words book. — Adam Kveton Photo

‘Blog’ and ‘celebrity’ in, ‘otter’ and ‘acorn’ out: dictionary changes upset Island students

Qualicum Beach students react to removal of words from Oxford Junior Dictionary

Qualicum Beach students Lauren Porter (front left) and Isabelle Gray (front right) show the book The Lost Words, alongside an Oxford dictionary with their Grade 5 Qualicum Beach Elementary School class. Many students in the class were inspired to send a letter to Oxford University Press over the nature words removed from their junior dictionary, which inspired The Lost Words book. — Adam Kveton Photo
On Vancouver Island, 214 people died from illicit drug overdoses in 2018. Various forms of treatment are available, from public to private programs and facilities. (File photo)

Addictions treatment: barriers and doors on Vancouver Island

Parksville activist says process failing some; service providers explain why process required

On Vancouver Island, 214 people died from illicit drug overdoses in 2018. Various forms of treatment are available, from public to private programs and facilities. (File photo)
This Fraser Institute graph compares SD69 elementary schools based on Fundamental Skills Assessment test results and other indicators based on those test results. School District 69 and others are seeking for the Ministry of Education to not provide the names of schools or districts when publicly publishing overall test scores, calling the process of ranking schools unfair. — Fraser Institute screen capture

BC school district wants an end to public circulation of test scores

Qualicum asks ministry what steps have been made to mask identity of schools, districts

This Fraser Institute graph compares SD69 elementary schools based on Fundamental Skills Assessment test results and other indicators based on those test results. School District 69 and others are seeking for the Ministry of Education to not provide the names of schools or districts when publicly publishing overall test scores, calling the process of ranking schools unfair. — Fraser Institute screen capture
Baby Jesus stolen from Parksville church

Baby Jesus stolen from Parksville church

Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension’s replica goes missing from nativity scene

Baby Jesus stolen from Parksville church
A small, injured sugar glider looks out from Leah Moore’s hand on Jan. 8. The exotic, Australian animal arrived at the doorstep of Flying Fur Animal Rescue and Refuge in Parksville several days ago. — Adam Kveton Photo

Marsupial mystery: Injured ‘sugar glider’ left at B.C. animal rescue centre

Exotic animal will lose tail, but people already want to give her a home

A small, injured sugar glider looks out from Leah Moore’s hand on Jan. 8. The exotic, Australian animal arrived at the doorstep of Flying Fur Animal Rescue and Refuge in Parksville several days ago. — Adam Kveton Photo
Water was flowing high in the Englishman River under the orange bridge in Parksville on Jan. 3, though waters are predicted to recede after Jan. 4. — Adam Kveton Photo

Flooding expected to recede in Parksville Qualicum region

Water levels projected to drop after Jan. 4

Water was flowing high in the Englishman River under the orange bridge in Parksville on Jan. 3, though waters are predicted to recede after Jan. 4. — Adam Kveton Photo
A driver makes their way through the flooding on Martindale Road today (Jan. 3) in Parksville. — Adam Kveton Photo

VIDEO: Martindale Road in Parksville flooded

Englishman River swelling with water

A driver makes their way through the flooding on Martindale Road today (Jan. 3) in Parksville. — Adam Kveton Photo
A pedestrian makes their way across Fern Road at Memorial Avenue in Qualicum Beach. The town’s council has just agreed to have staff look into extending the signalized cross time, as some citizens have spoken out saying it’s not long enough. — Google Maps image

Qualicum Beach seniors need more time to cross the street?

Town council looking at extending crossing time at signalized crosswalks

A pedestrian makes their way across Fern Road at Memorial Avenue in Qualicum Beach. The town’s council has just agreed to have staff look into extending the signalized cross time, as some citizens have spoken out saying it’s not long enough. — Google Maps image
Charles Mossop is ready to head out on a stroll with his new guide dog, Baker, named for a co-founder of the Canadian National institute for the Blind, Col. Edwin Baker. Baker is one of the first guide dogs to come out of the CNIB’s new guide dog program. — Adam Kveton Photo

Blind Parksville man learns to trust new four-legged partner

Canadian National Institute for the Blind introduces first group of guide dogs

Charles Mossop is ready to head out on a stroll with his new guide dog, Baker, named for a co-founder of the Canadian National institute for the Blind, Col. Edwin Baker. Baker is one of the first guide dogs to come out of the CNIB’s new guide dog program. — Adam Kveton Photo
A member of the public (left) and a B.C. government staffer discuss parking at Cathedral Grove at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s open house on the area, at Oceanside Place in Parksville on Nov. 22. — Adam Kveton Photo

Low turnout over high-traffic Cathedral Grove

Pedestrian overpasses, alternative parking sites, trail extensions among suggestions

A member of the public (left) and a B.C. government staffer discuss parking at Cathedral Grove at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s open house on the area, at Oceanside Place in Parksville on Nov. 22. — Adam Kveton Photo
The contaminant that resulted in a recall of this Little Qualicum Cheese product, linked to five case of E. coli, has not yet been found as of Nov. 17. — BCCDC photo

Search for contaminant continues at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Island company ‘blown away’ by support after E. coli recall of Qualicum Spice cheese

The contaminant that resulted in a recall of this Little Qualicum Cheese product, linked to five case of E. coli, has not yet been found as of Nov. 17. — BCCDC photo
A 3D printer at work at the Oceanside MakerSpace in Parksville brings a smile to Ethan Dean’s face. He’s planning of using 3D printed objects and parts from printers themselves to build a prototype prosthetic arm. — Adam Kveton Photo

Vancouver Island teen aims to build a bionic arm

Prosthetic prototype project latest in Nanoose student’s math, tech ambitions

A 3D printer at work at the Oceanside MakerSpace in Parksville brings a smile to Ethan Dean’s face. He’s planning of using 3D printed objects and parts from printers themselves to build a prototype prosthetic arm. — Adam Kveton Photo
Qualicum Beach virtual reality studio Cloudhead Games won some major recognition at the VR Awards on Oct. 16, coming away with the game of the year award for The Gallery Ep. 2, Heart of the Emberstone. — Submitted by Tracey Unger

Qualicum Beach gaming company awarded virtual reality game of the year

Cloudhead Games lauded as it teases new project with ‘industry giant’

Qualicum Beach virtual reality studio Cloudhead Games won some major recognition at the VR Awards on Oct. 16, coming away with the game of the year award for The Gallery Ep. 2, Heart of the Emberstone. — Submitted by Tracey Unger
Chris Plaus holds his therapy cat, Tobi, who’s home safe and sound after a member of the CatSpan Registered Charity group in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area was able to catch Tobi following a months-long search for the lost cat. — Submitted by Susan Plaus

Beloved therapy cat reunited with 22-year-old B.C. man

CatSpan member captures skittish kitty that went missing in July on Vancouver Island

Chris Plaus holds his therapy cat, Tobi, who’s home safe and sound after a member of the CatSpan Registered Charity group in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area was able to catch Tobi following a months-long search for the lost cat. — Submitted by Susan Plaus
This sand sculpture by Peter Vogelaar looks like it’s enjoying a bit of a cool-down on Sunday, July 15, just a few hours before sculptors had to stop their work and make way for the judges. — Adam Kveton Photo

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

This sand sculpture by Peter Vogelaar looks like it’s enjoying a bit of a cool-down on Sunday, July 15, just a few hours before sculptors had to stop their work and make way for the judges. — Adam Kveton Photo
Dr. Paul Hasselback, chief medical officer with Island Health, released a letter to the Regional District of Nanaimo about the possible source of the norovirus. — NEWS file photo

Vancouver Island norovirus may be linked to herring run

Investigation ongoing; cause of contamination unknown

Dr. Paul Hasselback, chief medical officer with Island Health, released a letter to the Regional District of Nanaimo about the possible source of the norovirus. — NEWS file photo
A vehicle burst into flames after being in a multi-vehicle accident near Hillview Rd. in Nanoose Bay the morning of March 22. — Raine McCue Photo

UPDATE: both lanes open Hwy. 19 south after multi-vehicle accident

A car fire has since been extinguished at the Hillview Rd. crash site Thursday morning

A vehicle burst into flames after being in a multi-vehicle accident near Hillview Rd. in Nanoose Bay the morning of March 22. — Raine McCue Photo
This twitter account, run by Leading Influence Ministries, tweets out prayers for BC MLAs Monday to Friday, in alphabetical order with the hopes that others will take up the prayer. — Twitter screenshot

Twitter feed prays for — instead of preying on — B.C. MLAs

Non-partisan Christian group wants to support politicians through personalized prayer

This twitter account, run by Leading Influence Ministries, tweets out prayers for BC MLAs Monday to Friday, in alphabetical order with the hopes that others will take up the prayer. — Twitter screenshot
Michelle Stilwell holds one of her medals won during the 2013 World Paralympic Championships in Lyon, France. — NEWS file

Parksville-Qualicum MLA missing a medal

World championship gold medal unnaccounted for after office move

Michelle Stilwell holds one of her medals won during the 2013 World Paralympic Championships in Lyon, France. — NEWS file
Randal Warnock from Qualicum Beach is recovering at home after being attacked by a bear (not the one pictured here) north of Vancouver Island Monday, July 17. File photo

Man attacked by grizzly bear north of Van. Island

BC Ferry captain says punching bear in nose helped save his life

Randal Warnock from Qualicum Beach is recovering at home after being attacked by a bear (not the one pictured here) north of Vancouver Island Monday, July 17. File photo