Monday, October 16, 2017

REMEMBRANCE If there is any more needed to know how low the federal Liberals will go, it was their plan this November to limit the number of Remembrance Day wreaths provided to parliamentarians to lay before cenotaphs across this country. There was never a limit placed on wreaths before, but the federal Liberals have pared the number down to two. The Toronto Sun reports Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan was backtracking fast and furiously on Monday, claiming a miscommunication. His emails and direct notices to MPs have nailed O’Regan dead to rights.





 SPOTLIGHT ACADEMY is again offering it’s FREE Triple Threat Scholarship Program for children who need. Fridays Oct 27 th - Dec 1 st, 3.30 - 5.30 pm at Hub City Cinema Society downtown Nanaimo. Auditions/interviews are on Friday Oct. 20 from 3-5.30 pm at the same location. 

The program is sponsored by Van Helsing’s, Aleks Paunovic and Spotlight Alumnus Jennifer Shirley. Thanks to their generosity, children who are gifted but experience hardships in life will now have this course gifted and fees sponsored.
Produced by Jacqui Kaese and Instructors Andrea Bertram (Voice) Taylor Manns (Dance) A presentation showcase of their work for Family and Friends, will take place on December 1 st. Open to ages 8-12 years who have a passion for performing arts. 
To book your audition/ interview please e mail and share the story of the special child you are nominating. 
Text Jacqui on 250 714 2555 or PM Jacqui Kaese for further information.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

A BUSY WEEKEND –If you're into books of any kind or description, chances are you'll find a good used one at the Nanaimo Rotary Club's great used book sale at North Town Centre (Rutherford Mall). The Rotary club is anticipating its largest sale to date with up to 75,000 books on sale.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Nanaimo's Hannah Zirke who has been nominated for three acting awards. The 12-year-old actor will soon appear in her first feature-length film. This summer, during what her mother Sarah called Hannah’s busiest year yet, Hannah completed filming for Transformers actor Josh Duhamel’s upcoming comedy The Buddy Games, while at the same time performing recurring roles for the Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and Netflix’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. THE BULLETIN has more

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – If you're looking to cash in on others' misfortune, we're told the Sears clearance sale starts October 19. Anyone looking for major purchases might get a real deal.

IT'S OKTOBERFEST TIME - the third Annual Oktoberfest in Nanaimo takes place Oct 21, 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Beban Social Centre. Tickets are $25 and include entrance to the event, 1 beer stein, 1 pretzel and upbeat music and dancing. Tickets are $25 and include entrance to the event, 1 beer stein, 1 pretzel and music and dancing. For tickets, contact


Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

Rafe Mair

Former B.C. broadcaster Rafe Mair, who was known across the province, has died at the age of 85. He was incredibly well-respected by everyone in the industry and was known for not being afraid to speak his mind. Mair was also an MLA of the social credit party and was a strong outspoken critic of salmon farming in B.C. Few details are available at this time but Mair’s Twitter account confirmed the news Monday morning.

JIM McKINLEY of  Nanaimo has been conferred the highest honour of the Loyal Order of the Moose. McKinley of Nanaimo Lodge No. 1052 has been a member for 57 years, and received the service organization’s Pilgrim Degree of at its headquarters at Mooseheart, Ill. The honour is awarded for exceptional service. McKinley said the lodge has helped schools, the food bank and the community. It used to focus on donating to B.C. Children’s Hospital, but changed focus five years ago to helping local children. MORE DETAILS


Saturday, Oct. 7

IF YOU WANT TO make a real difference in someone's life, Nanaimo's extremel weather shelter is holding a coat drive today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their location on Townsite Road.  Warm clothing helps stave off hypothermia and other afflictions during the damp winters, which in turn helps keep them healthy and active.

“It's really nice when they can come in wet and get a warm pair of clothes, some food and a warm sleep. That's paramount and if we can send them off in the morning with socks without holes in them, some gloves for when it's that cold, then all the better,” says co-ordinator Kevan Griffith.

“It's really a community coat drive,” Griffith said. “We use a lot of it at the shelter but it's available to any social agency. The kid stuff I usually pass on to one of the inner city schools.”

The Unitarian Shelter opens Nov. 1 and offers 30 beds for Nanaimo's homeless.



Wednesday, Oct 4

NANAIMO RCMP scooped up a car load of food for Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank on the weekend. Mounties hosted their annual Cram the Cruiser event at Real Canadian Superstore where, with help from the store’s employees, constables Denise Fraser and Richard Devos managed to pack the back of a police car with 292 kilograms of food and $1,886 in cash donations. Thank you Nanaimo.

NOW THAT REALITY has sunk in, a great big bouquet to Cindy Nguyen, Miss Nanaimo  2017. Iwa Han and Jennifer Kwan are vice-ambassadors. The pageant gala dinner was held Saturday at the Beban Park social centre. The program included talent presentations, speeches and a formal gown walk. Cindy didn’t expect to win and was preparing to congratulate the winner when she heard her name announced. “I realized, ‘That’s me,’ and I was crying and I’m still crying,” she said. “It was really overwhelming, but I’m really excited.” MORE


Sept. 30, 2017

ANOTHER DOWNTOWN BUSINESS will shut its doors for the final time today. Catwalk Fashions, which has been on Nanaimo's most visible downtown corner at Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue for 10 years, is shutting down its business today. This closure means three of the four corners of the busy intersection at Terminal Avenue and Commercial Street will now have closed up storefronts. CHEK NEWS has more.

HEY, IF YOU'VE GOT nothing to do today,  Nanaimo RCMP are hold their Cram the Cruiser fundraiser to support the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. "It gives an opportunity for people to give back and it allows people to know the need there is in the community," said Peter Sinclair, executive director of Loaves and Fishes.  Cruisers are in the parking lot at Real Canadian Superstore on Metral Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank.

CONGRATULATIONS to city sanitation manager Charlotte Davis for being awarded the inaugural Women’s Ambassador Award by the Public Works Association of B.C.’s. As a recipient of the award, Davis has displayed “excellence that sets a benchmark for public works professionals to strive for” and serves as a role model for other women, the association said.




Friday, Sept. 28, 2017

The work of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris opens on Saturday (Sept. 30) at the Nanaimo District Museum. It will run until Nov. 30. The collection comes from the Vancouver Art Gallery in partnership with the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1.75 for seniors and students and 75 cents for children ages 5-12. For more information, click here.

More women and families in need will be able to get help thanks to a stylish fundraiser. $3,000 was donated to Haven Society Tuesday night at a fashion show in Woodgrove Mall to cap their latest fundraiser. The money was raised through the Style Team program, a two-hour session with a personal shopper for $20, and tickets for the sold out event. MORE DETAILS


Sept 27, 2017

A GREAT BIG SALUTE to the Greater Victoria Afghanistan Memorial Project Society for installing the first permanent memorial in B.C. dedicated to all of the tens of thousands of Canadians who served in Afghanistan began in Victoria on Tuesday evening. The 18,000-pound granite monument arrived in the city in April and will be unveiled at an official ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Members of the society gathered on the grounds of the Victoria's Provincial Courthouse to watch 5 years of work move closer to completion.


OKAY, you can put your overcoats in storage for a little while at least. Clearing is under way this morning and temperatures are on the rise. The high pressure ridge offshore is drifting our way which means the sky is going to be clear and the temperature will be reminiscent of summer for the next couple of days. Enjoy.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Are we taking our lives too seriously? Why can't we just loosen our shoe laces and bra straps and take life as it comes, with a little humour. We've added a new section to entitled OFF BEAT. Take a look, just, hang loose, It's beautiful world out there, even on cloudy days.

FILM AND TV productions are bringing record amounts of money into the province. Productions spent an estimated $2.6 billion in B.C. during the 2016-17 fiscal year – an all-time high for Hollywood North. Vancouver Island has been getting its share of that revenue with a number of features being produced here, including the Chesapeake Shores TV series which has filmed in Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo.

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T dream big? Langford's mayor is a man with a big plan. Stewart Young wants to bring multi-billion dollar online retailer Amazon to the West Shore. Amazon announced this week it's looking for a location for its second headquarters. It would be a $5 billion dollar campus with 50,000 full-time employees. Since the announcement, more than 100 cities across North America have thrown their names in, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Friday Sept 22, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Welcome to the last day of summer or the first day of fall, happening this afternoon. It looks like a pretty good start, weatherise, as we're forecast to have rain only one day in the next week or so. Sun and cloud are the order of the day.

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP – West Shore RCMP received a report Friday morning of a car all over the road and found that the motorist had been pumping breast milk while driving. ICBC has been reminding drivers that using a phone while driving is not worth risking your life for. RCMP have also been stepping up enforcement to catch those who don’t keep their eyes on the road while driving, especially during September which is distracted driving awareness month. A driver in Vancouver was recently caught twice in less than 10 minutes using a device and issued two tickets totalling $736 in fines as well as eight penalty points.

VERY REVEALING - Something we don't hear much about these days, but RCMP are  looking for a man accused of flashing three young girls in a Parksville store. He has since failed to show up for a court appearance. The 44-year-old man, who can't be named due to a publication ban, was set to appear in Provincial Court in Nanaimo Thursday afternoon but never arrived. So the judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Go get 'im.

QUOTE OF THE DAY – Actress Betty White has been quoted as saying "I don't know how people can be so against everything. Don't worry about others, just do the best you can and mind your own business."

Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - A great way to start the day, you don't have to water the lawn this morning. The sky opened up at around 6 a.m. and did it all for you.

IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH INSPIRATION, check this out. If it doesn't get you then you may be beyond hope.

OPERATING A WEBSITE like can be a two-way street – you get informed and at the same time we learn a lot. Getting instant accounting of the number of people who log into the various news sections shows where readers' interest is. The Daily Buzz and local news get the majority of reader interest, along with our opinion columnists Don White, Brian Peckford and Yours Truly. We had a sports section for a while, but there was very little reader interest. We started a B.C. page and a Canada page and find a surprisingly low number of people access those. It's definitely a message that people are most interested in local news and issues. When we launched in January we labelled it as "Daily news at your fingertip" and that's what we have become. To date this site has been accessed 86,582 times with a much larger number for total readership of the various sections. So keep reading, we're glad to have you. Though many people are reading, few are commenting, your comments are most welcome, send them to We'll post them on our Readers Page.


Sept 19, 2017

Tracy Samro

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – City Manager Tracy Samra saved council’s collective bacon last night by heading off a headlong charge into forbidden territory. With the best of intentions, councillors were rushing into territory they cannot go, something that could have resulted in the city going into a business venture involving millions of dollars.

Council was looking at options for retaining the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, and one of those options was going into a business partnership with the non-profit organization which has fallen on hard financial times. That partnership idea could have involved buying land and constructing a building and other facilities, and council was ready to vote in favour when Samra brought them back down to earth with what municipalities can and cannot do.

The question is whether the city can go into business, as it were, and also whether the city can go into competition with existing private ventures.

Samra’s intercession and danger warnings led council to wisely table the issue for two weeks until all the options can be sorted out. There has to be concern about other jurisdictions’ role (and cost sharing) and the danger of considerable liability attached.

Council’s intent is noble, recycling is a vital part of our environmental concerns. The question is how we go about handling it. As with everything, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Charging full-steam ahead without all the information can be dangerous and costly.

The next step will be making a decision based on full knowledge.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – As you settle in for a wet rainy weekend, a lot of things have been happening locally and across out nation. You can read all about them right here

Missing Vancouver Island filmmaker found dead – Twyla Roscovich’s body has been found, according to friends who had been updating her Facebook page during this week’s search.

Council still considering report on Samra complaints – Nanaimo council continues to review a consultant’s investigate report into complaints from the city chief administrative officer, says Mayor Bill McKay.

Lantzville development gets new hope of passing – Lantzville council has voted 4-3 to reconsider third reading of a proposed zoning amendment bylaw for property at 7143 Caillet Rd., home to CruisePlus, a local travel company seeking to redevelop its office into a mixed-use building.

Missing Duncan mother found safe – North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP reported on Friday evening that Susan Mitchell has been located. The 34-year-old mother of two from Duncan was reported missing on Sept. 10. 

Second review launched into IHealthNanaimo Medical Staff Association say they are thrilled after  Health Minister Adrian Dix announced an independent review of Island Health’s electronic record system.

MV Tanja - naming ceremony on Sunday

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - German shipping company MST will hold a naming ceremony for its newest vessel MT Tanja at Nanaimo’s Duke Point Terminal on Sunday. (Sept. 17). The ship is contracted for several voyages between U.S. East Coast and Brazil and currently imports clay slurry. MST’s managed vessels also often sail to Duke Point, and will be served by MST’s agent Montship Inc. in Vancouver. The event it open to the public. The Tanja was built in 2016 in China. It is a double-skinned hull able to transport liquid as well as dry cargo. It is 185 metres (606.8 feet) long and 23 metres (75 feet) wide. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Duke Point Terminal, 750 Jackson Road.

GET RID OF THE EVIDENCE – If you have a whole bunch of confidential documents taking up space at your house, you can get them shredded Saturday at the Nanaimo Crime Stoppers fund-raising event Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Save-On-Foods, Brooks Landing. Just make a $20 or more donation and everything will be ground up by Vancouver Island shredding and document storage company Best Shredding. While you’re waiting for your documents to be gobbled up, you can do a little chomping of your own on a hot dog or burger provided by Save-On-Foods. Crime Stoppers is a registered non-profit organization, which does not get government funding. “Fundraising events such as these are essential to run a successful program,” says Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers program co-ordinator. “Shredding documents also significantly reduces your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft. This type of crime can destroy you financially, wipe out your good credit and could take you years to recoup your financial and personal losses.” If you need any more information, call Gary at 250-755-3257.

BUTT OUT – If you want to break free of the smoking habit, you better start running. A UBC study suggests half the people who finished a 10-week running program were able to quit smoking. Of the 72 smokers who lasted the entire 10 weeks in the Running Room’s 2016 Run to Quit program, 37 stopped smoking. “This shows that physical activity can be a successful smoking-cessation aid and that a community-based program might offer that,” said Carly Priebe, post-doctoral fellow at UBC’s school of kinesiology and lead study author. “Doing it on your own is very difficult.”

CULTURE AND HERITAGE – You can help honour the people who’ve built up Nanaimo’s cultural scene. The City is seeking nominations for the annual awards, which recognize outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in the arts, culture and heritage fields. There are five categories: excellence in culture, honour in culture, emerging cultural leader, John Thomson Heritage Memorial award and the newest, honour in heritage. The new category is to give recognition for outstanding support, advocacy, promotion or interpretation of Nanaimo’s heritage and history. A ceremony will be held at the Port Theatre in April, 2018 for recipients of the awards. Nomination forms are available online at The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 17 before 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

WHO IS MORE NERVOUS than a cat on a hot tin roof? Right now that would have to be Green Party leader Andrew Weaver whose relevance is evaporating rather quickly. The expulsion of MLA Daryl Plecas from the Liberal party after taking the speaker's job now leaves the governing NDP with 41 seats, tied with the Liberals after former leader Christy Clark stepped down. With the Liberals and NDP now tied, one more loss in the Liberals' total would give the NDP the most seats, relying less and less on the Greens. There are now four "independents" in the Legislature, including Plecas and the three Greens, and one vacancy. It's getting interestinger and interestinger, to say the least.

ONLY ONE NANAIMO BUSINESS made it to the finals list of the Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Torch Awards. The awards honour businesses that encourage and support ethical business practices as a key purpose. The awards are internationally recognized and given out to companies that demonstrate ethics and integrity towards consumers and the marketplace. Winners will be unveiled at a gala event in Victoria on Nov. 3, at the Union Club of B.C.

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

GOOD MORNING – Saltspring Islanders say no to municipal status – READ ALL ABOUT IT. 

BARNEY'S BACK – A British Columbia music icon will be playing in the Harbour City later this year. The Port Theatre announced this week that Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will perform at the venue this fall. 

SPACE CADETS - Nanaimo District Secondary School students have embarked on a mission to design a science experiment to be carried out in the micro-gravity environment aboard the International Space Station next spring. MORE

BIG CHANGES are slated for a key section of central Nanaimo, as an old landmark gives way to significant new development. Island West Coast Development's Pat Brandreth said tearing down the old Madill buildings on Bowen Rd. near the Island Hwy. for three new car dealerships and a seniors care home signals a new era. READ ALL ABOUT IT.

NANAIMO launched needle disposal boxes in 2011 – now there are now seven locations available 24 hours a day and another 10 in public facilities. It’s a program that’s made Nanaimo an example to Island Health when it was looking at what it could and should be doing, and in the last year, communities have called Nanaimo about its work as a result of the opioid crisis. READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Saturday, Sept 9, 2017

The fourth annual Etsy: Made in Canada returns to Nanaimo Sept 23-24 – a celebration of craftsmanship and dedicated makers from our own backyard. It’s 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Sunday at North Town Centre. 

Nanaimo’s Etsy Team transforms the mall into a marketplace with handcrafted goods and vintage treasures from  70-plus local sellers. You could even begin your Christmas shopping as there will be something for everyone including clothing and accessories, home décor, vintage finds, and lots of cute items for kids and baby. You can even fill your Do it Yourself list at  workshops and learn about the process behind each makers’ craft. 

“This is our fourth consecutive year . . . and it has become an important platform to cultivate and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of our makers, as well as encourage our community to shop and support local,” says Taryn Silver, Nanaimo Etsy Team Captain.

 More information on all participating vendors can be found at and year-round on For more information about Nanaimo’s Made in Canada marketplace visit



Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

VIU FOCUSSES ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE – Having a conversation about sexual violence can be difficult, but Vancouver Island University (VIU) encourages discussions and raises awareness about consent and support services.

VIU recently launched the Know More Campaign which is geared particularly toward students. It is an education program to raise awareness about sexual violence, consent and creating a sex-positive and healthy campus culture.

 “We want to let students know we are here to listen and we are here to provide support should they experience sexual violence,” said Marge Huntley, VIU’s Director of Student Affairs. “The point behind the campaign is to invite students to have conversations about consent and healthy sexual relationships. I think sometimes the reason students may not have these sorts of conversations is that they don’t feel that it’s OK. It’s OK to talk about sex and what they want or don’t want. We want them to know that there are people available and ready to listen and be supportive.”

See more in our Community section.

GET SHREDDED – Back by popular demand is a day of confidential shredding in support of the Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers (CS) program. The event is set for Saturday September 16, 10 am to 4 pm at the Brooks Landing Save On Foods, 2000 Island Highway.

For a minimum donation of $20, your documents will be professionally and confidentially shredded by Best Shredding. And while you wait and watch as your documents get shredded, by donation you can get a hotdog or burger, courytesy of  by Save On Foods.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Constable Gary O’Brien, Crime Stoppers Co-ordinator for the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-755-3257.

 CHECK THIS OUT. In case you are interested in the world's wind patterns. This is especially intresting in view of the current hurricanes hitting the United States. 


Monday, Sept. 4, 2017

IF YOU HAVE NOT had time to read through our news section, it's been a busy few days over the Labour Day weekend.

• For instance, Former Nanaimo City Manager Ted Swabey is returning to Vancouver Island as the manager of the District of North Cowichan.

• The Nanaimo School District will have the equivalancy of 103 additional teachers when classes begin, and they'll focus on a new curriculum.

• Cunningham and Rivard Appraisals has been engaged by the Nanaimo Port Authority to assess the value of businesses operating on water lot leases in our harbour. Those values will be the basis for lease rates set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

• Construction is about to begin on the long-awaited Lantzville Foothills development. Many of the lots in the first stage of the 744-hectare residential development have already been spoken for.

• Plus, you can read about the fishing boat that caught fire off Gabriola Island last week, and eventually sank. We also highlighted the monument that the Friends of Morden Mine have set up. And, bus service between Nanaimo and Victoria is likely to undergo some serious changes as Greyhound has applied to abandon the route.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW what's happening in Nanaimo, this is the place to be for all the news at your fingertips.