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Tough decisions remain for Qualicum Beach town council as it tries to decide how to spend $1.8 million for capital projects in 2013.
Staff put forward its priorities and a couple of residents gave their input at councils regular meeting Monday night. Its part of a financial-plan-ap-proval process that has included some heated debate at a recent commit-tee of the whole, and some pointed comments from a couple of residents Monday night.
The process may end this fall with the adoption of the financial plan and 2013 budget. Or perhaps not until until Spring 2013. It may mean a new fire hall for Qualicum Beach, extensive Memorial Avenue improvements, a new boat ramp and more. Or none of the above.
Clearly its a moving target, and resident Deborah McKinley urged council to take aim outside the box by cancelling the tax-exempt status 23 separate organizations in town, like churches, museums, golf clubs, service clubs, TOSH and others.
The Regional District of Nanaimo has no plans to redesign their sewage diffuser in French Creek to allow fishing nets to slide over it, despite a tab of over $600,000 to fix the current unit, which was damaged after becoming tangled in a fishermans gear.
The outfall is a 599mm high-density polyethylene pipe which stretches approximately two kilometres offshore from the French Creek Pollution Control Centre. At the end of the pipe is a 78-metre long steel diffuser. This diffuser was damaged some time prior to a video inspection done in 2007.
Fishing gear damaged diffuser off French Creek
One resident suggests eliminating tax-exemptstatus for community organizations will help
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No decision yeton QB fire hall
Two members of Oceanside detachment honoured
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Country music star Michelle Wright comes to Qualicum Beach Oct. 15
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The 88-year-old Parksville man who was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street last week has died of his injuries.
Oceanside RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman said the man died while in the intensive care unit at Victoria General Hospital.
The accident took place last Wednesday evening when a 63-year-old driver of a pickup truck was attempting to turn left from Highway 19A onto Bagshaw Street in Parksville.
The victim was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash.Although Foreman had noted earlier that the sun, which was low in
the sky at the time, was a significant factor and neither alcohol nor speed are believed to have been a factor, he said the outcome of the Oceanside RCMP investigation is still pending. Out of respect for the family, no names will be released.
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From Left to right: Cst. Trevor Shields, Staff Sgt Brian Hunter, Duty Commissioner Craig Callens, Cst. Blake Manchur, Sgt. Darrell Robertson and Cst. Jason Racz.
When the names of Constable Blake Manchur and Corporal Paul Voisine were called to receive two coveted awards at a special ceremony in the Nanai-mo Legion Wednesday, it was Manchur and mem-bers of Voisines family who accepted the honours.
The two RCMP officers from the Oceanside de-tachment were named as recipients of the Com-manding Officers Commendation and St. Johns Lifesaving Award.
Corporal Voisine was not able to accept his medal as he died in the summer of 2011 in a tragic scuba diving incident in Nanaimo. In a moving moment, his wife, daughter and grandchildren accepted on his behalf.
The award came as a result of the two officers ac-tions on Jan. 20, 2010, when they attended a distur-bance call and found a local man in full cardiac and respiratory arrest.
The RCMP officers quickly began CPR and con-tinued for several minutes until members from BC Ambulance could attend and take over.
The officers were credited with saving the young mans life.
The two werent the only local RCMP officers hon-oured at the event.
Oceanside RCMP Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter, Cst. Jason Racz, Cst. Trevor Shields and Cst. Lorant Hegedus received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The Queens Jubilee marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
To celebrate Her Majestys 60 years of service to Canadians, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created as a visible and tangible way to rec-ognize outstanding Canadians from all walks of life. As well, Sgt. Darrell Robertson received a long service medal to celebrate his more than 30 years of service and good conduct within the ranks of the RCMP.
Local police honouredThe late Cpl. Paul Voisines family on hand to accept his awards
Senior succumbs to injuries from accident
A car cruise to say farewell to Gary HopkinsA memorial classic car cruise is planned for this Saturday, Oct. 6 in
Qualicum Beach in memory of Gary Hopkins.Hopkins, the owner of Garys Bistro, was instrumental in the growth
of the annual Show and Shine in Qualicum Beach. He died Sept. 27. The cruise Saturday will begin at 11:45 a.m. starting between Fourth Avenue and the roundabout, and head down Memorial Ave to Second Avenue, past Garys Bistro and on to the Civic Centre.
A Celebration of Garys Life will begin at the Civic Centre, at 747 Jones Street, at 1 p.m.
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