World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020

Office of the Seniors Advocate BC LogoToday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations. The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in B.C., and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues. You can learn more about elder abuse through the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

The World is My Ashtray

DriveSmartBC LogoI found myself waiting for a red light behind another vehicle this week. That vehicle's driver had his window down, his elbow on the sill and was holding what was left of his cigarette between left thumb and forefinger. I knew exactly what was going to happen: one last drag on the butt and flick, away it went into the ditch.

COVID 19 Update - Parksville June 10, 2020

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The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon while exercising caution as we provide limited in-person services, working towards a full resumption of regular services in a gradual and cautious manner. We are encouraged by the recent information and statistics on COVID 19 rates from the province that show the community’s efforts have dramatically reduced the spread of this virus in our region and on Vancouver Island. We are cautiously re-opening outdoor amenities and allowing recreational activities to resume in accordance with the provincial requirements. Following the advice of health officials has served us well and we continue to mitigate the risks associated with COVID 19.



Police DogOutside of the lower mainland there are 25 police dog service units covering Northern, Central, Vancouver Island and Southern BC. Canine units have proven to be a valuable service. Service ranging from tracking suspects to search and rescue to narcotics and substances detection.

Block Watch

Block Watch LogoBlock Watch is an extension of what you may already be doing on a daily basis. Many of us have watched our neighbour’s home for them when they are away. Under Block Watch, that watchfulness is broadened and becomes more systematic. All residents participating in the program will get to know each other while keeping an eye out for each other. The program involves two commitments.