Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

THE NEWS BULLETIN’S COINS FOR KIDS campaign wants to surpass last year’s $5,000 total, to help programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island and Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. But more spare change is needed. Volunteer Pete MacDonald would really love to match or top last year’s total. Coins for Kids evolved from the Pennies for Presents campaign launched by the late Frank Legh and spearheaded by Catherine Litt. When the penny was taken out of circulation in 2013 the new name was coined; Coins for Kids. In all, more than $170,000 has been raised since the fundraiser began in 1996. Any time you are near any of the collection locations, just drop in and leave the loose change with them. Locations are the News Bulletin office at 777 Poplar St., all three Quality Foods stores, John’s Bedroom Barn, Northridge Fitness, Lakeside Gardens Retirement Community, Nanaimo Seniors’ Village, Gold and Silver Guy and Pleasant Valley and École Quarterway elementary. It's guaranteed to make you feel good.

TAKING THE CUE FROM SAMARITAN'S PURSE, a local chapter of the national charity I Love First Peoples recently opened and organizer Nicole Cameron hopes to send as many shoeboxes as possible to Indigenous communities in remote parts of northern B.C. After a letter to the children and $5 to cover shipping is inside, it can be dropped off at Frontrunners Footwear. The dropoff deadline is Dec. 15. 

 

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

MY SISTER IN LAW in Saskatchewan did something she had never tried before –  applied for a moose hunting license. Her name got drawn, so out she went on the Saskatchewan-size farm and in about an hour and a half it was over. There's fresh moose meat in their freezer to last for a long time.

ONLINE SHOPPING has become the norm for a lot of North Americans. I tried it for the first time this year and have come to one simple conclusion. If the seller does not show a telephone number on it's home page I will not be buying anything. I look at failure to provide a direct human voice contact number, or having a recording to answer the phone, as nothing less than total disrespect for the customer. They respect you to buy from them, but they can't be bothered to talk to you when it becomes necessary.

I welcome your comment, please reply to news@nanaimonet.com

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

MARY POPPINS will kick off Dover Bay Secondary School's 2017-18 theatre season. This is the first of at least seven productions slated for the school year. There are 27 students in the cast and 25 on the production team not including those who helped with set construction and painting. Music will be provided by a 40 member student orchestra. All students involved in the production are in Grades 8 to 12.

TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE for Hamperville Nanaimo – registrations are being accepted until tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 9.) The joint effort between Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank and the Salvation Army hopes to fill the fridges and shelves of about 2,500 Nanaimo area homes. Anyone in need of a food hamper can register at any of the food depots around the city, then pick up them up at a designated time. Hundreds of volunteers help at the Loaves and Fishes depots each year and they receive roughly $400,000 worth of food.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

DON'T FORGET Coffee with a Cop tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 7, 10 am to 11 am, at Country Grocer, 1800 Dufferin Crescent (off Bowen Road). See you there!

IF YOU'RE SOMEONE who prefers decorating a live Christmas tree, you might want to pick one up soon. CTV News says a shortage of trees south of the border is expected to cause a ripple effect across B.C., where sellers normally rely on imports to meet demand. Gord Ferguson, who runs two Christmas tree lots in Vancouver and Richmond, said the industry has been inching toward a shortage for years. And, of course, a shortage in any product drives up prices. "A cycle for Christmas trees is eight to 10 years, and they just haven't been growing enough for 10 years," Ferguson said. "Finally, it's hit the proverbial fan."

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

FUNNY THING. The majority of our upstanding fine citizens are telling us how harmless marijuana is, and how we need to make weed available to everyone. At the same time, every level of government now wants to be part of regulating the product. Is it really concern about the rules or a desire to be part of the profit-sharing of this drug? If it's really that harmless, why all the concern about regulation? Money talks and BS walks.

HEY THERE, if you've got some time on your hands Nanaimo's Hamperville campaign needs volunteers and food donations. The Hamperville Christmas Program is a partnership between Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank and the Salvation Army to collect food for Christmas hampers that go to the less fortunate during the Christmas season. Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director, says there are numerous ways to drop off food donations: at any community food drive, donation bins at grocery stores and at the Loaves and Fishes warehouse at 210 Fry St., Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MORE

There are items that are needed more than others, Sinclair said.

Dec. 3, 2017

WE ALL HAVE WISH LISTS, and staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital are no different – all they want for Christmas is medical equipment. Over the years, the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation has spent more than $30 million on equipment. Last Christmas the fund-raising campaign got a big boost from the first-ever Light the Trees campaign, which brought in $600,000. This year's campaign has a goal of $525,000. The trees at the main entrance to NRGH are wrapped in lights and as donations roll in, more trees are lit. The goal is to have every tree shining bright by Christmas eve. If you want to be part of it, check out the foundation's website.

 

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

THE INITIAL COFFEE WITH A COP was so successful that they're doing it again Thursday, Dec. 7 at Country Grocer on Dufferin Cresc. or Bowen Road if you prefer. It's an opportunity for the public to meet with police officers informally, ask questions and find out more about the people who police their community. This event is a way for the public to meet and engage with local police officers in an informal, neutral setting. “We are always striving to build on our existing relationships with the public and this is just one more way to accomplish that,” said Supt. Cameron Miller, Nanaimo RCMP detachment officer in charge.

THE LATEST Nanaimo real estate update from John Cooper shows 129 single family homes sold in October. Average price $510,606, up 16% over 12 months. Four waterfront homes sold, 1 lot sold and 64 condos sold. Single family unit sales volume is down 10%. Average days on market has decreased by 26% to 23 days.

The average condo sold for $322,856. Condo unit sales are down 15%, 12 months to date. Condos have seen a 33% decrease in days on market. Average days to sell is 25 days. Lot sales volume is down by 15%. Lot prices have increased by 26%, 12 months to date. Average lot sale price is $222,651. Most active region: North Nanaimo (30 sales). Highest average price: North Jingle Pot ($868,500). FULL REPORT HERE.

NOW WHO WOULD DO THAT? - Nanaimo SPCA is investigating after a puppy was found abandoned outside a mall on Wednesday.

The puppy is doing well, but did suffer from some issues, said Leon Davis, Nanaimo B.C. SPCA branch manager. He edded the matter is currently under investigation for abandoning an animal. The dog was found near the Sport Chek at Woodgrove Centre.

 

If you want to get your message out, we've had more than 350,000 views in the first 11 months of our existence. Nanaimonet welcomes submissions of timely local news and community events. It simple, send an e-mail to Nanaimo's Daily News at Your Fingertips at news@nanaimonet.com and we'll look after the rest. Best of all, it's free.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

 


The Nanaimo Yacht Club's annual Christmas Lightup cruise is this Saturday evening, starting at 7 p.m. from the the Downtown harbour to Departure Bay. Great time for all ages. Pick your spot and enjoy the spectacle.

The 19th annual Nanaimo Art Walk takes place Dec. 2 and 3 featuring 47 artists and art groups in 28 locations in and around the downtown. Katherine Moore is one of the artists who will display her work at the CHLY radio building alongside multimedia artist and fellow art walk organizer Janice Hofman. As an artist who spends most of her time “working by myself in my studio day-in and day-out,” Moore said she appreciates the chance to interact with the potential buyers who frequent the art walk.  MORE 

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is launching its second annual Light the Trees Christmas campaign. The fundraiser for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital starts Friday, Dec. 1, and has a fund raising target of $525,000 to help the hospital purchase a list of equipment that includes operating room glide-scopes and surgical lights, patient stretchers, bedside cardiac monitors, ultrasound probes and MRI upgrades.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

YOU HAVE TO HAND it to our member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson for tenacity. She came up with a private members bill to regulate abandoned watercraft on our shores, but the federal Liberals came up with one of their own. Not to be outdone, she fought to get a secret ballot on allowing her bill to come to a vote. Then to support her bet she contacted a whole bunch Liberal MPs by social media, urging them to support the tabling of her bill. Let’s see what happens.

THE HAREWOOD CHRISTMAS dinner for the families in need is on Sunday, Dec. 10 and they need your help. The cost of feeding a table of 30 people a full turkey meal with all the fixings is approximately $200. The sponsors need a financial boost, food donations, door prizes and volunteers. So if you are interested in more information, here's the email – click here.

Monday, Nov 27, 2017

SHUTTING DOWN the Nanaimo Business Improvement Association could not stop Santa's workshop. A host of festive family activities are on the agenda over the next four weeks.

Co-ordinator Christyna Chapman said their plan had been to move the third annual Gingerbread Homes competition into the space where Santa's Workshop was.

"But as the year progressed we had some amazing partners come on and the community just kept coming forward and all of a sudden we now have the Gingerbread Village," Chapman said. "It's a true testament to how Nanaimo and our community really comes together."

 THERE ARE JUST A FEW DAYS left to take in the Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary exhibition (in partnership with Nanaimo Art Gallery) as it closes Thursday, Nov. 30. The exhib is a touring version of the major career retrospective of Harris’ work that drew large and enthusiastic crowds to the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014.  To see fall hours or more about the exhibit, click here

CONGRATULATIONS to Poet and VIU professor Sonnet L’Abbé for a recent collection of poems exploring the Canadian spirit. L’Abbé was in Toronto to receive the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award at the 2017 Indie Literary Market for Anima Canadensis, published in 2016 by small press Junction Books. A chapbook is a book not exceeding 48 pages that is favoured by small publishers. 

November 24, 2017

 

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE sliding down mountains, the Mount Washington Alpine Resort will open a week earlier this season after heavy snowfall in November. The resort announced on Thursday that the Eagle Express Chairlift will open for a preview weekend from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3.

THE END OF PENNIES did not end the News Bulletin's very popular Pennies for Presents campaign, it's now in its 21st year of collecting cash for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island and the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. It's now called Coins for Kids. Pete MacDonald and Ian Thorpe will be out gathering and transporting loads of hard currency. Hats off to Pete who's been doing the pickups from collection points. He took over from his father Tom MacDonald about 20 years ago. You'll never realize how heavy coins are until you get a big bucket-full of them. Get all the details from the NEWS BULLETIN

THE CITY'S representative, Michelle Corfield, is the new chairman of the Nanaimo Port Authority. Donna Hais was elected vice chairman after Moira Jenkins resigned earlier this week. A number of terms are up for appointments and replacements have been nominated and sent to Ottawa for the Transport Minister's blessing.

DOES ANYONE REALIZE that if the climate zealots get their way and fossil fuels become extinct we will need a load more electricity for all those electric vehicles. Instead of opposiing the Site C hydro development, why are they not demonstrating in favour of it? It's in their best interest.

GENERATIONS CHURCH presents its 25th Annual Singing Christmas Tree on Friday Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.. The giant tree is filled with more than 50 choir members singing new and old Christmas songs. Along with a drama presentation and light show This year's performance tells the story of one family's Not So Perfect Christmas. It is a story we all can relate to. What do you do when Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas? What is Christmas really about anyway?

November 23, 2017

THE B.C. GOVERNMENT has launched a public opinion website on the referendum for changing our voting system. A surprising number of people who frequent Facebook groups feel the questions are slanted toward approval of a new voting system.

https://feedback.engage.gov.bc.ca/index.php?r=survey%2Findex&sid=726382&lang=en

What do you think? http://news@nanaimonet.com

 

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

WOW, WHAT A WEEKEND - We just went through at Nanaimonet.com. This was the largest weekend ever for readers of this site, and it comes just after we surpased the 100,000 mark for individual sign ins. That's 100,000 in just over 10 months.

The editorial column looking at the B.C. Liberal leadership race which came to Nanimo had the largest single response ever.

Add to that our columnist Don White's look at the happenings on Wallace Street (City Hall) and topping it off was Snuneymuxw chief John Wesley's response to being suspended from his elected job.

Thanks to everyone for visiting our site. Keep checking back.

OUT WITH THE OLD - The cobblestones on Museum Way have been removed and will be replaced with what is called a "stamped or textured" road survace.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

 GOOD MORNING SNOWBIRDS - We used to start this section off with a good morning to Nanaimo, but since so many of our residents have fled south for the winter, we want to make them feel right at home in California and Arizona. Have a great day.

ALL THE BUZZ this weekend is all about the strange surroundings in the suspension of John Wesley as chief of the Snuneymuxw, The chief has given us his side of the story. Take a look. Go to the John Wesley drop-down menu or CLICK HERE.

OUR CITY HALL commentator Don White has another go at what's happening at city hall. It's getting "expensive." CHECK IT OUT HERE

IF YOUR MOOD still needs a lift, take a hike over to our OFF BEAT section. There's nothing serious there, except maybe a chuckle or two, or something to make you blush.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2017

FOR THOSE WHO cannot get enough of politics, the B.C. Liberal leadership candidates will be in Nanaimo on Sunday for a debate. Doors at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre open at 11:30 am.

OUR MAYOR Bill McKay has taken on a new hobby, or is it a fitness program. His Worship has taken up ice skating. And no comments please about thin ice.

The folks at Station 7 of Nanaimo Fire Rescue on Protection Island are providing a basic course on chest compressions and the use of AEDs to their community. The Lion's Club bought an AED for Beacon House.

A REMINDER about Nanaimo's new Affordable Housing Strategy public sessions
- Friday, Nov. 17, 11 am – 2 pm at the Kris Kringle Craft Market in Beban Park
- Saturday, Nov., 18. 11 am – 2  pm at Serious Coffee in Southgate Mall
- Friday, Nov. 24, 3 to 6 pm at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
- Saturday, Nov. 25, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the North Nanaimo Town Centre

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Bill Veenhof

CONGRATULATIONS TO Bill Veenhof and Ian Thorpe on being acclaimed as chairman and vice-chairman at the regional district’s 2017-18 inaugural meeting Tuesday. Veenhof said he was pleased to chair again, adding the region is very functional and will try to show the same support to directors as they’ve shown to him.

BEST WISHES to James Cunningham of busker fame. He is in hospital in Calgary, after suffering a heart attack. He is okay, says sister Cathy Davis.

 

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

DO YOU WANT TO gaze into the future? The City is planning a new community engagement program and is working with a group of residents and members from Council to develop the program which will consist of four engagement sessions over the course of one year. After the year is up, the results and feedback from the sessions will be reviewed and recommendations will be brought to Council. The theme for the evening, "Building Nanaimo for the Future: What are your priorities?", will centre around what you think are priorities for the community. This session will be facilitated by Vancouver Island University's Director of Master of Community Planning program, Pam Shaw and students of the program. Get more details at the CITY WEBSITE.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Vancouver Island University Mariners for winning the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship by defeating Douglas College 1-0. Forward Stefan Cukovic scored in the 15th minute and the Mariners hung on the rest of the way. Read Karl Yu's report in the NEWS BULLETIN.

CLIPPERS CLIPS - while we're on a sports topic, the Nanaimo Clippers junior A hockey in introduce their new owners, Wes and Penny Mussio.  New owner Wes Mussio is full of optimism, says he wants to see the team competing for an RBC Cup national championship within five years.

 

November 11, 2017

THE ANNUAL Christmas Craft Fair is back for at Dover Bay Secondary School Friday, November 17 (6-9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 to 4 p.m.). There will be more than 80 local vendors, a bake sale, raffle baskets, a concession on site plus door prizes! Admission is $2 and kids 12 and under are free. All Profits go to the Randerson Ridge Elementary PAC that support the kids with books, gym equipment, field trips! Find out more here

TALK ABOUT getting attention. Our columnist Brian Peckford's response to our new Governor-General brought the highest reader response in the past few days. If you missed it you can still find it at http://www.nanaimonet.com/433706218.

A THOUGHT ABOUT Remembrance Day and a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of people from both sides who gave their lives. It just struck me during the service that maybe wars should be fought using only politicians in the trenches. After all, they are the ones who start wars. That might avoid a lot of conflicts.

LET'S HEAR your comment on any items on this site. If you've got something to say, E-mail to news@nanaimonet.com

 

 

Super Store and Shoppers combine points programs

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

ATTENTION SHOPPERS Customers at Shoppers Drug Mart or any of Loblaw Companies Ltd.'s grocery stores will soon use a new, unified loyalty program that replaces Optimum and PC Plus points. Loblaw will merge the two programs starting Feb. 1, 2018 under the name PC Optimum. The grocery giant acquired the pharmacy chain and its in-house Shopper Optimum system three years ago.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

BEST WISHES to Coun. Diane Brennan who was named to the Nanaimo Regional District board by city council last night. Watching on television it was obvious some fellow council members were not thrilled when newest Councillor Sheryl Armstrong stepped aside in favour of Brennan who has a lot of experience, having been the past vice chair of the RDN. It makes one wonder whether those councillors will continue to harbour their grudge and try to upset the appointment. That would be a shame.

Graeme Roberts

CONGRATULATIONS to former Nanaimo Mayor Graeme Roberts who was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the The New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia. This prestigious award has been present only four times, and this is the second time it has come to Nanaimo. Tom Harris was given the award in 2014. Other past recipients are Jimmy Pattison and Marnie Carter of the Carter Auto Group in Vancouver. Graeme tells us he was particularly honoured that he was joined at the event by his peers, associates and family including Mike Harris and Tom's widow, Chris. And Graeme is not finished yet, for the past eight years he's been the chairman of the Vehicle Sales Authority for the province and continues in that role.

ONE MORE THING - Read Brian Peckford's opinion about the Site C hydro project and the delays by the provincial government. Find it HERE 

Affordable housing meeting Thursday

1106 - Affordable Housing Strategy Community Meeting: Thurs., Nov. 9, 5-7 pm  
Learn more about housing in Nanaimo and provide your ideas for the Affordable Housing Strategy. At the Harbourfront Vancouver Island Regional Library, 90 Commercial Street.

This is the first of five community drop-in events in November to gather input for the Affordable Housing Strategy.

Sunday, Nov 5, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Neil Rukus who has been named chief for Lantzville Fire Rescue. It's a paid part-time position. Rukus takes over from by Rob Chatton, who retired earlier this year after becoming the district’s first-ever paid part-time fire chief in 2016. Rukus is no newcomer, having served with the North Cowichan Crofton Fire Department in 1968-69 and his three sons soon followed – Paul as a junior in 1978, Ken a year later and Neil as a firefighter for 10 years before becoming the Chemainus chief.

 

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Modern Cafe

Sundays, Nov 5 to Dec. 3, total of five dates - 3 sets of jazz, blues and pop featuring Narissa Young on vocals, Allen Cottell on bass & Jerry Schneider on guitar. 
Sweet, spicy & smoky vibe for a one-of-a-kind Sunday brunch experience in the heart of downtown Nanaimo.221 Commercial St,
No cover.
#jazzatthemodern 
Call to reserve your favourite table 250-754-5022

Thank you Nanaimo, for your generosity

Thursday, November 2, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Despite the early dusting of snow this morning, a sincere thank you to Nanaimoites. I served at one of the many Legion Poppy locations on Wendesday and was amazed at the generosity of people. We had to tamp down the paper money in the donation boxes a number of times to make sure there was room for more. Way to go! The next time you see a veteran, dig deep and add to the campaign.

NANAIMONET.COM MILESTONE - Nanaimonet.com has passed more than 100,000 viewers since the site was launched. Now that snow is falling, we have a very large following in places like Palm Springs, California and Yuma, Arizona. 

HEY, WHO IS THAT? Goaltender Dylan Ferguson of Lantzville (Kamloops Blazers) has been called up by Vegas Golden Knights.

OXYMORON -  "Bureaucratic transparency" is an oxymoron if there ever was one.

Remembrance Day ceremonies schedule for Saturday

Branch 10 Harewood
 
10:00 a.m. Ceremony at Cenotaph downtown Nanaimo
1400 hrs - Frank Hannah Entertainment
1600 hrs - Band for Dancing and Listening
 
Branch 256 Townsite
 
0745 to 0830 - Free breakfast 
0900 - Remembrance Day Service at Branch
1000 - Service at Cenotaph downtown Nanaimo
1200 - Free Beef on a Bun luncheon sponsored by Save-on-Foods
Afternoon - Entertainment at Branch
 
 Branch 257 Lantzville
 
11:00 a.m -Ceremony at Cenotaph in Huddlestone Park
12:00 -  Rum tot and Chowder at Branch
Afternoon - Entertainment at Branch with Sweet Adelines and Pacific Gael Pipe Band
4:30 - Dinner
Evening - Band "Double Play"
 
Thanks to Ron Hopper for assembling this information

Wednesday, Nov 1

CONGRATULATIONS TO Vancouver Island University (VIU) History Professor Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh for being named as the University’s first Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Warsh was recognized for her groundbreaking work in Canadian healthcare history, and for giving a voice to vulnerable populations in the 19th century, including people with mental health issues, addictions and children. She was also recognized for shaping a flourishing research field in her area of study, as editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. The distinction of Fellows is bestowed on scholars who have made exceptional contributions in their field and election to the RSC is considered the highest academic honour a scholar can receive in the arts, humanities and sciences. Warsh joins more than 2,000 other Canadians who have received this recognition.  

 THE UNITARIAN SHELTER in the basement of a Townsite Rd. church opens tonight (Nov. 1) for the winter season. It will be open until the end of March to house a cross-section of people escaping often nasty weather. Shelter Co-ordinator Kevan  says the shelter is a critical part of Nanaimo's social fabric since opening a decade ago. The shelter is open nightly from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., which includes hot meals, dry clothes and laundry services in a supervised setting. Griffith said last year we had more than 100 nights of extreme weather, which saw provincial funding kick in. More than 4,000 total overnight stays from about 160 different people last winter, of which about 80 per cent were men.

THE HOPE for Horses Society of B.C. is disbanding, so has donated $4,000 to the Nanaimo SPCA building fund for a facility for large animals. The donation brings the fund to about $211,000 of the $350,000 target. target of $350,000. The barn will be constructed on land on Westwood Road and have multiple stalls for horses, pigs and other large animals and storage. It will allow the SPCA to bring horses and other farm animals there for care and treatment in emergency situations rather than trying to find boarding facilities in the community.