Lauren Collins

Kayla Polege, a Surrey resident with autism, had her scooter stolen last week from Scott Road Station. Polege said the scooter has helped her get around following a few incidents of overstimulation on while taking transit. (Submitted photo: Kayla Polege)

B.C. woman with autism has scooter stolen from SkyTrain station

Kayla Polege purchased scooter after ‘shutdowns’ on transit

Kayla Polege, a Surrey resident with autism, had her scooter stolen last week from Scott Road Station. Polege said the scooter has helped her get around following a few incidents of overstimulation on while taking transit. (Submitted photo: Kayla Polege)
Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing family of four. The Anderson’s were reported missing on Sept. 11. Pictured above is the mother Nona with her two daughters Chanel, 13, and Mariah, 10. (Photo: Surrey RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing B.C. family of four has been found ‘safe’: RCMP

Anderson family of Surrey was reported missing on Tuesday by another family member

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing family of four. The Anderson’s were reported missing on Sept. 11. Pictured above is the mother Nona with her two daughters Chanel, 13, and Mariah, 10. (Photo: Surrey RCMP)
A Qualicum Beach resident sent this photo in to the Qualicum Beach Fire Department after multiple open-flame floating lanterns were floating into people’s yards on Saturday, Aug. 4. — Qualicum Beach Fire Department Facebook post

Open-flame floating lanterns land in B.C. residential neighbourhood

‘It did pose a risk to the community,’ fire chief says

A Qualicum Beach resident sent this photo in to the Qualicum Beach Fire Department after multiple open-flame floating lanterns were floating into people’s yards on Saturday, Aug. 4. — Qualicum Beach Fire Department Facebook post
A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo

Hollywood Northwest? More film productions popping up on Vancouver Island

Hallmark Channel’s ‘Chesapeake Shores’, Disney’s ‘Descendants 3’ and more use Island locations

A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns takes part in the beach clean up in Parksville Friday (June 8). The clean up was part of a World Oceans Day event hosted by Johns. — Lauren Collins photo

Vancouver Island ‘ground zero’ for ocean plastics issue: Courtenay-Alberni MP

Gord Johns hosts World Oceans Day event in Parksville

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns takes part in the beach clean up in Parksville Friday (June 8). The clean up was part of a World Oceans Day event hosted by Johns. — Lauren Collins photo
North Island Wildife Recovery Centre animal care technician Tawny Molland with the orphaned baby bear that was brought to the centre May 24. — Lauren Collins photo

B.C. wildlife centre cares for orphaned bear found last month

Couple rescues cub found trying to nurse off dead mother on Vancouver Island

North Island Wildife Recovery Centre animal care technician Tawny Molland with the orphaned baby bear that was brought to the centre May 24. — Lauren Collins photo
Island man dead following crash on Highway 19

Island man dead following crash on Highway 19

The driver was ejected from his vehicle near Parksville

Island man dead following crash on Highway 19
From left: Leele Forrester, 11, mom Ruby Forrester and Quin Forrester, 12, in front of the igloo they built in from of their Parksville home Sunday. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the igloo. — Lauren Collins photo

WATCH: Vancouver Island family builds eight-foot igloo in yard

Sunday snowfall on the mid-Island leads to all-day family activity

From left: Leele Forrester, 11, mom Ruby Forrester and Quin Forrester, 12, in front of the igloo they built in from of their Parksville home Sunday. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the igloo. — Lauren Collins photo
A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

PHOTOS: Residents rescued from flooded Parksville RV park

The rescue operation began Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning

A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo

Island-filmed TV series gets third season

Crews returning to Parksville Qualicum Beach to film Chesapeake Shores in the spring

Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo
Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory

Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory

Flights cancelled, delayed at Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Victoria, Comox airports

Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory
Parksville firefighters and city parks staff work to extract Walter, a puppy who got stuck after following a rabbit into a drainpipe at Springwood Park Monday, Dec. 4. — Lauren Collins photo

Vancouver Island firefighters, city workers rescue dog stuck in pipe

Dog chasing rabbit gets stuck in water pipe

Parksville firefighters and city parks staff work to extract Walter, a puppy who got stuck after following a rabbit into a drainpipe at Springwood Park Monday, Dec. 4. — Lauren Collins photo
One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo                                 One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo

VIDEO: Wildlife centre reminds people to be bear aware

Bear cubs admitted to centre after mothers put down

One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo                                 One of the five bears admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre this year. Four of the bears are in the bear enclosure at the centre while the fifth is still in intensive care. — Lauren Collins photo
Qualicum Beach Coun. Neil Horner made a public apology at the Oct. 2 council meeting for leaving a bag of dog feces on the town’s bylaw enforcement officer’s desk. — NEWS file photo

Island councillor apologizes for crappy “joke”

A Qualicum Beach city councillor left a bag of dog poop on a bylaw officer’s desk, later apologizes.

Qualicum Beach Coun. Neil Horner made a public apology at the Oct. 2 council meeting for leaving a bag of dog feces on the town’s bylaw enforcement officer’s desk. — NEWS file photo
A drug user prepares drugs at theoverdose prevention site in Our Place in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

OD prevention sites ‘important function’ for people already using

Health officer says need for longterm solutions for opioid crisis

A drug user prepares drugs at theoverdose prevention site in Our Place in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
The VIRL serves more than 430,000 people in 39 branches, a virtual branch and a books-by-mail service. — J.R. Rardon photo

Vancouver Island libraries approve budget increase

VIRL 2018-22 financial plan adds focus on First Nations

The VIRL serves more than 430,000 people in 39 branches, a virtual branch and a books-by-mail service. — J.R. Rardon photo
The Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments assisted in a rescue at the French Creek train trestle Thursday, Aug. 17. — PVFD photo

Two girls rescued from French Creek train trestle

Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments called out to help young climbers in French Creek

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments assisted in a rescue at the French Creek train trestle Thursday, Aug. 17. — PVFD photo
The Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments assisted in a rescue at the French Creek train trestle Thursday, Aug. 17. — PVFD photo

Two girls rescued from French Creek train trestle

Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments called out to help young climbers in French Creek

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments assisted in a rescue at the French Creek train trestle Thursday, Aug. 17. — PVFD photo
Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, waits to welcome the Blue Heron Canoe Family onto Qualicum Land. The Blue Heron Canoe Family is from Snohomish, Wash. — Lauren Collins photo

VIDEO: Tribal Journeys stops at Qualicum First Nation community

Dozens of paddlers made their way from Nanoose First Nation community

Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma, left, waits to welcome the Blue Heron Canoe Family onto Qualicum Land. The Blue Heron Canoe Family is from Snohomish, Wash. — Lauren Collins photo
Island Corridor Foundation CEO Graham Bruce speaking at a roundtable meeting for the ICF at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort on Feb. 3.

Snaw-Naw-As lawsuit looms over Island Corridor Foundation

Island Corridor Foundation CEO says March 31 funding deadline can’t be met unless legal case is resolved

Island Corridor Foundation CEO Graham Bruce speaking at a roundtable meeting for the ICF at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort on Feb. 3.