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Feb 27, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Hey, it’s up to you. We began this feature to brighten the start of your day. We invite individuals and organizations to let us know what’s happening in their lives. We’ll even send birthday messages if you let us know who. It’s cheaper than a birthday card and more people get to see it. If you want to tip your hat to someone who did something great for you or for our community, just drop a note and we’ll give them a pat on the back. Send your e-mail to

CONGRATULATIONS – I got word last night that John Cooper was awarded the Diamond Club Re/Max sales award on the weekend. John credited his entire Cooper McLintock team and their families for the award. Good for you John.

TASTE OF NANAIMO – A couple of local restaurants are in line for awards from the
BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) Nori Japanese Restaurant is in the running for the Best Independent Restaurant, while Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe is in contention for the most Socially Responsible Restaurant among independent eateries across the province. You can vote for the two Nanaimo restaurants, or any of the other contenders here. We’ll know the winners May. 8 at the big shindig in Vancouver.

GET THE MONEY - The City is taking applications from community organizations seeking financial assistance to support downtown Nanaimo events through the Downtown Event and Revitalization Fund. Rules and application forms can be found on the City's 

STILL A WINNER - Michelle Stilwell was named KidSport Community Champion for the @SportBC 51st Athlete of the Year Awards. Michelle says she has seen so many kids benefit from the funds raised allowing them to get involved in sport developing their confidence, self esteem, find friends, laugh and smile, be active, develop skills, learn about teamwork and so very much more. “Thanks to all KidSport supporters and volunteers for doing all you do”, she said in accepting the award.

WARM FEELINGS - Coldest Night Walks in our area all reported excellent turnout and participation. That included a 94-year-old lady in the Oceanside walk. A Tip of the hat to the Island Crisis Care Society for their dedication to the community, as well as SOS, Canadian Mental Health Association, the Salvation Army and Manna Homeless Society. The funds raised enable the Island Crisis Society to continue to provide support to the most vulnerable people in all the communities. It also supports the homelessness/Housing Outreach Support Team (HOST), which is a collaborative partnership between different agencies. Walkers in Nanaimo raised more than $37,000. Congratulations to all of the people who came out and participated.

I’M OUTA HERE - I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one.


February 25

JUST AN OBSERVATION following Pink Shirt Day. Would you agree that the biggest bullies in our society are the politicians who parade around in their pink shirts for one day and then continue their usual ways right after that? Just saying.

WHO CAN AFFORD IT? - The biggest challenge for realtors these days is not in making sales, but finding houses to sell. January was a good example as 56 single family homes sold at an average price $451,762. That’s 15 per cent jump over the past 12 months. Nine lots and 26 condos sold. The average condo sold for $276,052 with the number of sales up 36 per cent over 12 months. The  average price of a lot was $189,209. Most active region is South Nanaimo with 14 sales. The highest average sale was in North Nanaimo – $706,710 – on 13 sales. Thanks to John Cooper for the data.

THE VOTE NO society is taking its job seriously to provide evidence-based facts on the proposed Events Centre. To that end they are bringing in Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. He’s well qualified, being a Langley Township councillor. He’s seen close up how these things work – the disastrous Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre and the successful Langley Events Centre. Bateman will speak at a No-Vote public event March 2, 7 p.m. at Beban Park Social Centre. That should be a lively event.

YES YOU CAN - Voting is still such an issue, many Nanaimo residents are still not clear about who gets to vote in the March 11 referendum. Here it is again. You have to be 18 years of age or older on voting day; you have to be a Canadian citizen; and a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day of registration. Must have been a resident of the City of Nanaimo for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law. The important question many people don’t fathom – you do not have to be a property owner in order to vote. Renters are also taxpayers, through their landlords. If you are not on the voters list, you may register at the time of voting by completing the required application form available at the voting place.

COLD COMFORT – With the weather we’ve been having of late, the Alberni Community and Women’s Services picked a good date for The Coldest Night of the Year walk tonight. They want residents of Port Alberni and surrounding area to bundle up and raise cold, hard for Port Alberni's homeless, hungry and hurting. The Alberni walk is just one of about 100 in cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds.

HOME TOWN HOCKEY - If you're looking for something to do over the weekend, here's the schedule of Hometown Hockey. Take a peek.

I'M OUTA HERE - The funny thing about Facebook is you can say something about one person and 20 people think it's about them.

February 24, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Welcome to Climate Change. Snow is not supposed to happen, the daffodils are already poking their heads through the dirt. For crying out loud, crocuses are already in bloom. To add insult to injury, the weatherman has the audacity to warn us that there’s more snow on the way on Sunday.

A SURE SIGN – what we thought was a sure sign of spring, people living near the waterfront are reporting the incessant barking of seals out in the water, meaning that herring season must be just around the corner. A great opportunity for photography buffs, if the weather co-operates.

HELPING HANDS – Hats off to the Nanaimo Seniors Visiting Program which is doing tons to make life a little more enjoyable for our elders. It’s an outreach service that extends friendship, human contact and assistance to seniors living independently. They provide home visits, social events, outings and special events, the Theatre Angel program and monthly shopping excursions. They help to build new social networks and give information to aid and encourage seniors in maintining a dignified and independent lifestyle. That takes a lot of volunteers, so if you’ve got time on your hands and would like the rewards of helping out, you can call them at 250-756-9455. I’m sure they could put you to works and make it fit into your schedule.

HIGH INTEREST - If you think there's no interest in the March 11 referendum on borrowing $80 million for an events centre, think again. More than 10,000 people have accessed the Arena pages. Yes, people want to know. If you think there are other people who need to know both sides, direct them to this site.

WE LISTEN - I had an email this morning from a reader who was distracted by the moving clouds in our background, so I changed it. We'll see how this goes over. And we welcome notes and tidbits you might want to suggest, just email

I'M OUTA HERE - Most of the things you worry about never happen.

February 23, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – You have another chance to find out about the Events Centre referendum at a city-sponsored open house tonight, 6-8 p.m. at Harewood Activity Centre. Get your questioned answered.

LET’S TALK – The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is setting up a debate between proponents and opponents of the Events Centre referendum, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. That sounds like a lively evening, and it’s all free. Memo to Kim Smythe, does the chamber really want to survey its members and make the results available to the public just before the referendum? That’s an easy way to get blamed for the outcome of the referendum – by the losing side, whichever that may be. Never put your hand on a hot stove and not expect to get burned.

HEAD SHAKE - Norm Smith, a 31-year veteran retired RCMP officer applies to be on the city's public safety committee, gets turned down. He could add lots of experience to issues in our city, that's something you should expect when you announce you are running for mayor.

REMEMBERING BOB – A celebration of life in memory of Bob Fenty will be held on Sunday, March 5, 1-3 p.m. Coast Bastion Inn.

I’M OUTA HERE – The world is full of good people, if you can't find one, be one.

February 22, 2017

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO, starting out as a fairly quiet day, but stay tuned. We update regularly.

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? I had a phone call from a concerned resident about why the official declaration of the March 11 referendum result isn't until March 15. With computer tabulation of ballots, the results can be tabulated within minutes of polls closing. Anyone have an answer for that one?

THE GRAND Hotel is getting prepped up for International Women's Day Celebration March 5. This year’s them  "Courage - Speak out!". It will include top  speakers. Our speakers include:

  • Diane Ross: Professional Speaker, Author and Facilitator
  • Anisa White: Researcher, Court Expert and Policy Analyst
  • Eva Manly: Multi-disciplinary Artist 
  • Sonnet L'Abbe: Writer and Professor
  • Evangeline Clifton: Vancouver Island University Student

The celebration includes  tea, music and the inspiring stories of women who have found the courage to speak out and how it has changed their lives. It’s Sunday, March 5, 1-3 p.m. at the Grand Hotel. Cost is $35.

MEET MIKE - B.C. Finance Minister Michael deJong is coming for breakfast tomorrow to discuss the details of the budget he presented on Tuesday. If you want to go, call the Chamber of Commerce for tickets.


Feb. 21

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – If you want to know about the province's spending and income over the next year, you'll have a chance to ask the finance minister in person on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. The budget comes out today and Finance Minister Mike deJong is coming to Nanaimo to tell us all about it over breakfast at the Conference Centre. For tickets ($35) and the rest of this story, go to

A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT application is before the city for a two-stage apartment project between Skinner and Chapel Streets. The application calls for two buildings with a total of 61 units, 40 of which will be one bedroom and 16 two bedrooms. There will also be what is termed five live-work units. The Chapel Street building will be the first phase. This is the type of projects that will revitalized downtown Nanaimo more than anything else.

GET THE FACTS - If you don’t know enough yet about the March 11 borrowing referendum for an events centre, there’s another open house tonight, 6-8 p.m. at Moose Hall. Bring your questions, city staff will be on hand to show how it will work. Only 18 days to go until the referendum. Make sure you inform yourself about all the issues.

LAST MINUTE IDEA - If you are looking for a beer and burger this evening, join the Rotary North gang at 6 p.m. at White Spot North for a traditional beer and burger. They'll also have a silent auction. E-mail Bill Robinson  and he'll have a ticket for you at the door for you.

 THAT'S DIFFERENT - How would you like to pick up two and a half grand? All you have to do is find a buyer for Jenny Benvin’s house Port Alberni. Find someone interested in buying her home, which has $90,000 in renovations. If you refer someone (by e-mail prior to the buyer contacting Jenny) and once the purchase is final, you get the $2,500. E-mail her at 

ON THE ROAD - Life is a Highway for Canadian singer Tom Cochrane – Trail, Cranbrook, Nanaimo, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Abbotsford. He’s been everywhere, and now he’s at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Feb. 27.

ALL SHOOK UP - if you’d like an evening of Elvis music, NDSS Theatre Company is staging the musical comedy All Shook Up, is set in the 1950s and filled with Elvis Presley’s music. The musical is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and takes some modern inspiration from the movie Footloose. Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Port Theatre. Tickets are $20 available in advance by calling 250-754-8550 or by visiting If you want to know more,

I'M OUTA HERE - The world would be a better place if we only spent as much effort to agree as we do to disagree.