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May 15, 2012 edition of the Parksville Qualicum Beach News

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  • AUREN RUVINSKYwriter@pqbnews.com

    After numerous development attempts on his property over the last 10 years, Bernie Walsh plans to build one and two-story cabins beside The Beach Club in Parksville.

    It ts within the current zoning and complies with all the stuff re-quired, Walsh said, adding that the motel on the property is small and run down for the prime location.

    He added he is looking forward to nally getting something done to bring in more commerce to the downtown.

    Walsh has proposed many developments for the beachfront prop-erty at the foot of the Alberni Highway that stirred the community and were rejected by council for various reasons, so hes applying for a de-velopment permit that wont require any re-zoning or variances.

    Council will only be able to review the form and character, said mayor Chris Burger.

    Developer Bernie Walsh proposes new cabins on the waterfront

    Beach could get cabins

    CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

    French Creek Community School kicks off Coombs-area party

    B8

    AIRLINE LANDS IN QB

    Orca Airways makes a return to the Qualicum Beach airport

    A21

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    CITY OF PARKSVILLE

    NEIL HORNER PHOTO

    GREEN THUMBS: Bussy and Hans Trupp are using a square foot gardening technique to maximize their community garden plot in Qualicum Beach. One-year-old Manu Max seems to approve. As the warm weather finally arrives, gardeners are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

    See CITY FORCED, page A4

    NEIL HORNERnews@pqbnews.com

    Joanne Sales is the last person who would make a mountain out of a molehill at least, not when she can make it from invasive broom.

    The head of Qualicum Beach Broombusters this week issued a challenge to both Parksville and Qualicum Beach residents to build the biggest mountain of cut

    broom possible.The challenge is two-fold,

    Sales said. Besides the creation of Broom Mountain or, even the Broom Range of mountains, shes also challenging the communities of Qualicum Beach and Parksville to lace up their sensible shoes, latch onto some loppers and see which group, individual or com-munity as a whole can bring out

    Sweep Island cleanBroombusters issue local towns a challenge

    See FOCUS, page A8

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    General:Phone 250-248-4341; Fax 250-248-4655Publisher: Peter McCully . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .publisher@pqbnews.comEditor: Steven Heywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . editor@pqbnews.comAdvertising: Peter McCully . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .publisher@pqbnews.comProduction manager: Peggy Sidbeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . team@pqbnews.comCirculation manager: Becky Merrick . . . . . . . . . . . circulation@pqbnews.comClassi ed display: Sandi Wells. . . . . . . . sandiwells@bcclassi ed.com

    Driver takes off after crash

    QUALICUM BEACH Oceanside RCMP are on the lookout for the driver of a vehicle that slammed into a power pole Sunday night

    near the Shady Rest Pub.Corporal Jesse Foreman said the crash happened at 7:15 p.m.

    when a Pontiac Grand Am hit a power pole on Highway 19A. When police arrived, he said, a witness informed them that after the colli-sion, the driver grabbed two liquor bottles from the vehicle and ed.

    Police contacted the owner of the vehicle, a woman from Bowser who stated her vehicle had been stolen sometime earlier.

    Police were unable to nd the driver and are now looking for the help of the public to identify the male driver, who was wearing a black T-shirt and jeans, described as Caucasian, ve feet, 10 inches tall with a bald head and medium build. NEWS Staff

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    NEIL HORNER PHOTO

    Diane Sharp, Sheri Farinha, Frances Harrop, Bill Neufeld, Bill Vinton, Myst DeVane, Sally Soames, Johnathan Lyster and Roy Kregosky are teaming up to protect the B.C. coast.

    ENVIRONMENT

    Cycling stand for the coastNEIL HORNERnews@pqbnews.com

    Sheri Farhina says shes no radical, but she loves the B.C. coast and she feels she has to do something concrete to protect it.

    The Parksville resident will be part of a group called Cycle to Protect our Coast (CPOC), which will be biking from Campbell River to Victoria to spread their message about the proposed En-bridge Northern Gateway pipeline project from May 18 to 22.

    When you love something, you stand up for it, she said. We met after the hearings in Co-mox for Enbridge Northern Gateway and we felt very strongly about that. We said, OK, what kind of project are we going to take on?

    Their rst idea, to take a bus to Calgary to protest outside the Enbridge headquarters was quickly dismissed in favour of a ride down Van-couver Island, stopping in communities along the way to present their views in opposition to the project.

    We have set up information sessions at each of the stops, Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Duncan, Brent-wood Bay and Victoria, she said.

    We will be at the gazebo in Parksville Com-munity Park at 9 a.m. on May 19 and from there we will cycle to the farmers market in Qualicum Beach, where we will have a table. We will all have bright lime green shirts on.See SUPPORTERS, page A6

    Island group to ride in protest of oil tankers and pipeline in B.C.

    SUBMITTED PHOTO BY ROBIN PEARSON

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