HMCS Nanaimo makes second major Caribbean drug seizure

U.S. Coast Guard on drug patrol in Caribbean with HMCS Nanaimo


1130 - HMCS Nanaimo and her crew assisted in their second major drug seizure last week with the interception of 1.5 tonnes of cocaine on the eastern Pacific Ocean.

In an earlier incident on Oct. 30, off the coast of Mexico, HMCS Nanaimo pursued a vessel with the help of a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The crew intercepted the panga-type vessel carrying an estimated 680 kilograms of cocaine. Approximately 478 kg of cocaine was seized with the remainder lost when the vessel was sunk.

In the latest incident, HMCS Nanaimo, operating as part of Operation CARIBBE and carrying members of the U.S. Coast Guard, intercepted a vessel about 400 kilometres north of the Galapagos Islands on Nov. 21.

The cocaine was being ferried in an 11-metre panga powered by three outboard motors and carrying neither flag nor registration.

The four people on board surrendered without incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard estimated the street value of the cocaine at $50 million US.


Same suspect believed in two northend robberies

Ssurveilance photo of suspect from Scotia Bank

UPDATE 1130 - Nanaimo RCMP believe the same man was behind two robberies Wednesday. 

Cst. Gary O'Brien said the first was a terrifying attempted robbery where a man reached through a north end Tim Hortons drive-thru window just after midnight with a knife and demanded cash. The suspect didn't gry any money until walking into the Island Highway Scotiabank near Costco at 3:30 p.m., giving the teller a note demanding cash and running away with an undisclosed amount of money. 

O'Brien said police were on scene at the bank within minutes, accounting for the numerous reports of several unmarked police cars speeding up the highway.  Given the intense security at the Scotiabank, O'Brien said police have good images of the suspect and there have been numerous possible sightings.

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ERLIER 1129 -The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for public assistance in identifying a man who attempted to rob a Tim Horton’s location, 6892 Island Highway North (Dickinson Crossing location).

Just after midnight today Nov. 29 the suspect appeared at the drive through window on foot brandishing a knife and demanding cash from the till. The employee did not turn over any money and the suspect departed on foot and was not seen again.

See the picture of the suspect. He is a white male, 35-40 years old, heavy set with a moustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a grey toque and a black jacket with distinctive white lettering along the left sleeve. 

If you have any information on the identity of this person, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477 


Minor crime drove up Nanaimo's national ranking

1130 - How did Nanaimo break the top 50 in terms of most dangerous cities in Canada, and third on Vancouver Island?

Our city ranked 37th in Canada in terms of danger. The statistics look at violent and non-violent crimes and how they've increased or decreased. Though Nanaimo ranked lower for violent crimes such as sexual assault and firearms offences, the number of minor crimes in the city are far higher than other cities across Canada.

The rates of break-and-enters, impaired driving and fraud are what drove Nanaimo's overall ranking up.

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Parliament rejects Malcolmson's bid on abandoned vessels

MP Sheila Malcolmson

1130 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson’s historic appeal to unblock her proposed abandoned vessels legislation ended on Thursday after losing a secret ballot vote in the House of Commons.

The results of the two-day vote were announced earlier this morning in Ottawa.

Malcolmson’s appeal came after the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs blocked Bill C-352 from being debated and deemed it was too similar to legislation introduced by the government last month.


Two taken to hospital after three-vehicle crash

1130 - Two people were taken to hospital after a three-vehicle collision on the Island Highway and the Old Victoria Road intersection at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Emergency crews responded and two drivers were taken to hospital and rush-hour traffic was backed up in the area.

Hockey gear and backpack owners sought

A full set of child's hockey gear has been turned in to the RCMP who are asking for help in finding the owners.

The hockey gear was turned over the Nanaimo RCMP on Aug. 30 after it was found by a City of Nanaimo bylaw officer, under the stairs of the Military museum on Gordon Street. The gear consists of Easton skates, a black Bauer helmet, shin pads, pants and elbow pads. One very small grey and black sock was also located. The equipment was most likely stolen and was being stored under the stairs to be retrieved at a later date.

Also, a top-end child's backpack was found on Nov. 28 near a home on Janelle Place. The finder said the backpack had been there for 3 days and is virtually brand new with the labels and instructions still attached. 

If you have any information on either item, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

Nominations now open for Sport Achievement Awards

1130 - Nomination are open for the 13th annual Nanaimo Sport Achievement awards.

Nomination forms can be found online for 18 different categories. The deadline is Dec. 31.
Teams, individuals, officials, coaches, administrators and volunteers are all eligible for awards.
Organizer Marilyn Sullivan says there aren't usually many nominations for the Official of the Year, even though there isn't one game that can be played without a referee or official present.


Robber hits Northend Scotia Bank

1129 - Nanaimo RCMP are searching for a man who robbed a north end bank of an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery took place at the Scotia Bank, 6750 N Island Highway, (near Costco) at 3:30 pm today Nov. 29. No weapon was produced or seen during the robbery.

The suspect entered the bank and produced a note demanding cash. When the money was turned over he walked out of the bank and into the Mall parking lot. Officers along with Police Dog Services are searching for the following suspect:Caucasian male with dark skin

  • 20-25 years old, handle bar moustache with a soul patch 
  • 5 ft. 8, stocky build
  • dark sunglasses
  • grey  toque
  • black hoodie with "Carhartt" written on the left sleeve

If you have any information on the identity of this person, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

Ladysmith Christmas light up Thursday evening

1127 - Ladysmith is psyched up for the 30 annual Festival of Lights which kicks off Thursday with its big lightup.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. with the Community Spaghetti Dinner at the Eagles Hall – $8 for adults and $5 for children under eight.

• 3 p.m –  Christmas Craft Fair at Aggie Hall (north First Ave.)

• 4 p.m. – Street entertainment and food concessions

• 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Entertainment on stage in downtown Ladysmith and in front of Aggie Hall

•6:30 p.m. – Santa arrives downtown to Light-Up Ladysmith!

•6:45 p.m. – Kinsmen Parade along First Avenue to Aggie Hall

After the Parade, at Aggie Hall
• Bob Stuart Park and Aggie Hall light up
• Chuck Perrin Christmas Tree presented by the Nanaimo Airport Commission
• Spectacular fireworks presented by the Ladysmith & District Credit Union

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Nanaimo man gets 11 years in U.S. prison on drug charge

Blake Arcand

1129 - A Nanaimo man who was caught with 31 kilograms of methamphetamine in Utah last year has been sentenced to 11 years in U.S. federal prison.

Blake Arcand, 57, was sentenced to a total of 135 months in prison to be followed by 60 months of supervised release.

On Aug. 16, 2016, Unified Police pulled over Arcand on Interstate near the Salt Lake and Utah counties line. The police department had received a tip from the Department of Homeland Security that a vehicle carrying a large quantity of meth was travelling through Utah on its way to Canada.


RCMP release details of two wanted persons

Steven Kowalchuk and Tammy Hynes

1129 - Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance in locating two wanted persons. If you have information on their location, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

23-year-old Steven Edward Kowalchuk of  Nanaimo is wanted for assault, 2 counts of Breach of Probation and Breach of an Undertaking. He is a white male, 5 ft. 10, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his right arm and another on the left side of his chest.

53-year-old Tammy Ann Hynes, also of Nanaimo. She is wanted for two counts of theft under $5,000. She is a white female, 5 ft. 4, 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.


Coastal Inspiration undergoing maintenance at cruise dock

1129 - If you notice B.C. Ferries Coastal Inspiration at Nanaimo’s cruise ship pier it hasn't lost its way.

Deborah Marshall of B.C. Ferries said the ship is tied up near downtown Nanaimo to change a flange ring in a seal system on one of the propulsion shafts – work that needs to be done under water by professional divers.

The work is expected to be completed today. 


Construction Association targets on-site drug challenges

1129 - The Vancouver Island Construction Association is looking for ways to make sure no one dies of a drug overdose on the job site.

Vancouver Island Construction Association CEO Rory Kulmala said the demographics of construction workers neatly align with those most at risk for a fatal overdose – men aged 19 to 55.

“We can provide some tools, some information that can help them, whether it's understanding what the epidemic is or how to use Naloxone if you have to.”

Given how much construction happened in downtown Nanaimo, Kulmala said it is important to train local construction workers in administering Naloxone if they come upon an overdose.

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Lantzville projects 5.4-per-cent residential tax increase

1129 - Lantzville residents face the possibility of a 5.4-per-cent property tax increase next year. Lantzville council approved three readings of the district’s 2018-2022 financial plan.

The 2018 preliminary budget forecasts $7.9 million in revenue, with $1.9 million coming from property taxes, while $4.2 million has been allocated for expenditures. The budget contains a $3.7 million surplus.

Vancouver developer moves into Nanaimo housing market

Planned tower on Chapel Street. Graphic/Hoog and Kierulf Architects

11129 - A Vancouver company is planning two major real estate ventures in Nanaimo,  joining other Lower Mainland developers who have been building on the Island as land values and demand rise in B.C.’s housing market.

Wertman Development Corp. has bought two Nanaimo sites, buying two neighbouring Nanaimo parking lots at 66 and 77 Chapel St., close to the water, and another site on Third Street near Vancouver Island University.

“We’re quite confident that the city is in a growth period,” said vice-president Jason Wertman.

Man charged with numerous offenses after arrest

1128 - Ryan Andrew Ordway, 37, was arrested on Sunday for uttering deaths threats while armed with what was reported to be a machete. 

Police responded to a home on Wakesiah Ave for a report of an assault and death threats. Two adults, a 34-year-old male and 23-year-old female, met the officers outside and told them the suspect was believed to be inside the home. As a precaution, the two suites in the home were evacuated, and with the assistance of an RCMP Police Dog, the home was searched but the suspect was not located. No injuries were reported from the assault.

At approximately 11:30 pm officers were advised the suspect had returned to the home, investigators responded, and arrested Ordway without incident. The machete was not located however Ordway was in possession of a small quantity of suspected cocaine and heroin. 

Ordway was held in custody overnight and appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court on Monday where he was charged with assault, three counts of uttering death threats and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was remanded in custody to await his next court appearance Dec. 5.  


City restores funding for downtown patrols

1128 - The city has reinstated downtown security after funding for the service had run out.

Councillors voted unanimously on Monday to restore funding for security patrols downtown.

Kevan Shaw, president of the Victoria Crescent Association, made the request to councillors.

“We’re witnessing increases in downtown lawlessness, aggressive panhandling, open illegal drug use, defecation and assaults,” said Kevan Shaw, president of the Victoria Crescent Association. “Some RCMP are now telling me it’s the worst they have ever seen it. Security says it is the worst.”


Man's death on ferry not considered suspicious

1128 - A man's sudden death onboard a BC Ferries vessel in Nanaimo is not considered suspicious, say investigators.

The man's body was found by BC Ferries employees on the Queen of Oak Bay after the vessel docked in Nanaimo at around 8 a.m. Monday.

The death isn't considered criminal in nature, Mounties say. The BC Coroners Service has also been notified.

BC Ferries to canceledl the scheduled 8:30 a.m. sailing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay, as well as the 10:30 a.m. return trip.

Man arrested following machette incident

1127 - A man was arrested and is facing multiple charges after an attack on another man with a machete in Nanaimo last Sunday night.

Police were called to a multi-suite rental house on Wakesiah Avenue at about 8:30 p.m.

“It was a male threatening another male in a house and he was thought to be armed with a machete,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.


Pacifica buys affordable seniors housing

1127 - Pacifica Housing has bought Pacifica Seniors Lodge on Hecate Street and Harbour View Manor on Nicol Street in south Nanaimo.

The buildings will provide affordable living for seniors and low-income earners.

“We’re excited to build on our success with the new projects,” said Pacifica Housing executive director Dean Fortin. “Nanaimo is like a lot of B.C. communities. Residents are facing a housing crunch and this adds supply and grows our capacity to meet emerging needs for creative solutions on the Island.”


Ferry cancelled due to death on board

1127 - Nanaimo RCMP are investigating the discovery of the body of a man onboard a BC Ferries sailing to Nanaimo. The body was found by employees of the Queen of Oak Bay after the ferry landed in Nanaimo at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday.

The death is not considered criminal in nature and the BC Coroners Service has been notified. As criminality is not suspected, no further information will be released.

Ferry travel was delayed after the death.


Thefts from vehicles on the rise this time of year

Const. Gary O'Brien

1127 - Nanaimo RCMP advise that theft from vehicles is up 57 per cent from this time last year with the trend expected to increase throughout the Christmas Season. From Aug. 25 to Nov.r 25 of 2017, there were 542 thefts from vehicles were reported to the Nanaimo RCMP. During the same time period in 2016, 308 thefts were reported.

“Thieves will steal anything in plain view. They will break windows, punch out door locks and do significant damage to take as little as one loonie. We also hear very sad stories of sentimental items being stolen from vehicles. Thieves don't care and will simply dispose of priceless family heir looms in the garbage if it cannot be redeemed for cash or drugs," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The public needs to be aware that thieves will target busy parking lots so they can go about their business unnoticed. They will wait for an unsuspecting driver to park their vehicle and within minutes it is broken into. The preferred items are small and easily concealed such as electronics, cell phones, perfume, makeup, sunglasses, clothing and of course wallets. 

The following tips are provided for your shopping safety:

  • Anything left in your vehicle is a target for thieves
  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave your vehicle
  • Try to park in areas where there is lots of foot traffic
  • If your dropping off gifts then continuing with your shopping, place them in the trunk of your vehicle
  • When parking look around to see who may be watching you
  • If you see anything suspicious, do not park and simply move on 
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • Ensure there is nothing inside your vehicle that can be used to access your home

If you have information on any crimes in Nanaimo, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

Chamber planning a summer downtown street market

Kim Smythe

1126 - Street markets arfe growing in popularity on Vancouver Island, the Nanaimo Chamber wants to get in on the action.

The Chamber is planning a Commercial Street night market next summer. CEO Kim Smythe said the plan is to shut down Commercial Street to vehicle traffic and setup a street market for 11 Thursday evenings starting in June.

He said communities like Oak Bay, Sidney and Parksville all rave about the success of their markets.

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Wall Street closed during daylight this week

1126 - Wall Street will be closed during daytime hours this week. The City is installing a storm sewer main, so the street will be closed to all except local traffic from Monday, to Friday, Dec. 1 between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.


Lantzville taking another look at Foothills project

1126 - Lantzville and a major developer are looking into the possibility of creating a new development agreement.

A staff report says Storm Mountain Developments-Lone Tree Properties, the developers of the Foothills residential project, are looking to re-engage the district about creating a new phased development that is linked to an old memorandum of understanding signed between them.


Crime index tabs Port Alberni as most dangerous on VI

Where does Nanaimo rank in the MacLean's Magazine natation Crime Severity Index?


Impatient dog has a honking good time

1125 - A video posted by Elizabeth Herman on Facebook shows a dog leaning on the horn in Nanaimo while a couple of people look around to see who was getting angry in the parking lot. 

The dog did not appear to be overheated or in distress. CHEK it out


HMCS Nanaimo involved in big drug seizure

1125 - HMCS Nanaimo and the US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment have teamed up for their first drug seizure and it was a major one.

On October 30th, off the coast of Mexico, HMCS Nanaimo pursued a vessel with the help of a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The crew intercepted the panga-type vessel carrying an estimated 680 kilograms of cocaine. Approximately 478 kg of cocaine was seized with the remainder lost when the vessel was sunk.


Snuneymuxw planning to open their own school

1125 - Snuneymuxw First Nation is planning to build a $10.7-million band school in Cedar. The Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh School on Centre Street is a 20-year-old building where students of all backgrounds from pre-school to Grade 7 can learn the B.C. curriculum and become immersed in culture and the Hul’qumi’num language and culture every day.


Judge rules convicted arsonist can't posses lighter

1125 - Police are considering charges of Uttering Threats, Criminal Harassment and Counselling Suicide after escalating behaviour directed at a group that has been accused of animal abuse.

“While we respect the right of people to voice their concerns, some individuals’ actions and behaviour have now escalated to a point that has the police very concerned,” RCMP Island District spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Douglas said Friday afternoon.

She said an incident was reported to police and was immediately investigated.


Propane explosion destroys fifth wheel trailer

1124 - A man inside a fifth wheel trailer was unhurt when a propane explosion destroyed the vehicle parked next to a home in Nanaimo.

Firefighters responded Thursday at about 2:45 p.m. to a home on Fourth Street, near Chesterlea Avenue, where they found a heavily damaged fifth wheel trailer, but no fire.

Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, said the explosion was triggered by sparks in a blower fan motor that ignited a propane leak, but it was a sequence of events that set up the conditions for the explosion that was powerful enough to blow apart the back of the trailer and send its door flying several metres away to land on the front lawn.


Ferries vehicle traffic this summer was highest ever

Mark Collins

1124 - BC Ferries had its highest vehicle traffic levels ever this summer, increasing 5.2 per cent over the same period last year.

The company says revenue for the quarter ending Sept. 30 is also up 3.5 per cent from the same period in 2016. Net earnings in the three months ending Sept. 30 were $98.4 million.

CEO Mark Collins says the positive results reduce future pressure on fares and allows for continued investments in new vessels and terminal improvements.

BC Ferries offered a range of discounted fares for off-peak sailings this year and provided an extra 460 round trips over the summer above it’s regular summer schedule.


Get ready for a property tax increase

1124 - Budget discussions are about to begin with Nanaimo council, starting with a proposed property tax increase of 2.6 per cent.

Chief financial officer Victor Mema the hike is necessary because the tax base has not grown enough to cover the increase in the budget.

“$2.6 million is what we need to find,” he said. “One per cent of our property tax revenue is equivalent to $1 million. So, if we're going to try to find $2.6 million, that equates to 2.6 per cent.”

Including both the tax increase and higher user rates for water, sewer and garbage, the typical household can expect to pay an extra $258 in 2018.

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Nanaimo unsolved crimes Nov. 17-21

 Nanaimo file # 2017-38867 If at all possible avoid steep hills when icy conditions exist. A driver found this out the hard way when on Friday Nov. 17 he attempted to make his way down Westwood Hill. After applying his brakes the next thing he knew was he and his pickup were upside down leaning next to a guard rail. Thanks to his seat belt the driver escaped with minor injuries.

 Nanaimo file # 2017-38875 On Nov. 17 officers attended to a downtown local bank for a report of a disturbance. When they arrived they found a male visibly upset after being told he could not camp out in the vestibule of the bank. After having him pick up his assortment of clothing and assorted items and asking him if he wanted to open a chequing account, to which he declined, he begrudgingly moved on.

 Nanaimo file # 2017-39014 In the early morning hours of Saturday Nov.18 officers attended a report of ten revellers yelling and howling at the moon. Nature apparently called for several of the revellers as some were reportedly urinating on the roadway. When officers arrived the group had apparently departed in a taxi, with empty bladders.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39102  At approximately 2 am on Sunday Nov. 19 and coincidentally near bar closing time, officers were alerted to man on Skinner Street bleeding from a cut to his head. The adult male was being comforted by his lady friend and when asked the obvious "what happened" he either couldn't or wouldn't say what caused his injuries. Either way he did receive outstanding service from not only our officers but attending BC Paramedics and City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39175 On Sunday Nov. 19 an officer attended to downtown hotel for a report of theft. The victim told police a man had taken her cellphone and then departed with it. Video surveillance showed a man, dressed all in black with a big beard, carrying a guitar case leaving with her phone. Less than one hour later and nearby, a man dressed all in black, with a big beard and carrying a guitar case was located and arrested with the stolen phone. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

 Nanaimo file # 2017-39313 On Monday Nov. 20 police and fire responded to a car fire in the rear parking lot of the North Town Centre Mall. The occupant and owner of the car told first responders he was cooking dinner when for unknown reasons the grill overheated and flames appeared.  The fire did not cause any significant damage and prior to departing, the officers provided some basic tips on outdoor cooking and why cooking in a vehicle could be dangerous to your health.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39427 On Tuesday Nov. 21 police attended to the parking lot of the Woodgrove Centre for a report of a theft in progress from a vehicle. The attending officer found much rubbish scattered around the outside of the car, and the interior appeared as it had been ransacked. The owner was located a few minutes later and he told the officer his car had broken down and although it looked like it had been ransacked, he just likes it that way. He also admitted to throwing garbage out of his car into the parking lot. The owner was told to clean up his mess.

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Woman arrested for two Bait Car thefts within minutes

1124 - A local woman may want to think about changing her life style after she was arrested for breaking into not only one Bait car but two in the span of minutes. 

At approximately 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 RCMP were alerted to a theft from a Bait Car parked in central Nanaimo. As Bait Cars have a covert video recording system, attending officers were able to review the video and were provided with a description of the suspect and the item taken. 16 minutes later RCMP were advised of a second Bait Car activation; a review of the video determined it was the same suspect from the first reported theft.

Within three minutes officers had located and arrested the suspect. A search of items in her possession revealed the item taken from the first Bait Car theft.  Also found were several pieces of Government identification and mail from nearby residences.  Of interest was a note found, investigators refer to as her “shopping list". The "shopping list" is basically a wish list of items her friends want stolen from vehicles. Investigators often find similar lists when car thieves are arrested. Some of the items on the list included underwear, makeup, speakers, and compression socks and size 10 Nike hightops. 33-year-old Kimberly Taylor of Nanaimo was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and held in custody. Later that same day she was released on Recognizance of Bail for one count of Possession of Stolen Property, with her first court appearance set for Tuesday Dec. 5.

"The Bait Car program is very effective in reducing theft of vehicles and theft from vehicles", said Insp. Brian MacDonald, the officer in charge of BC's Auto Crime police - IMPACT. "This arrest points to the strong commitment to the Bait Car program by Nanaimo Detachment and other Vancouver Island police agencies. Would-be thieves are warned - Bait Cars are everywhere"!

 "Bait cars can be anywhere at any time and come in all sizes- small, medium and large cars and trucks, and are a proven and effective deterrent to theft of autos,” said Const. Gary O'Brien.

To find out how to protect your vehicle from theft go to or follow @officialbaitcar on Twitter


Christmas kettle campaign sets goal of $250,000

Beverly and Lloyd Sherry, manning one of the first Salvation Army kettles of the year at the campaign kickoff Wednesday.
Photo/Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

1124 - The sound of jingle bells is back out in the community. The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign on Wednesday. Hundreds of volunteers will camp outside businesses and along streets waving their bells for spare change. After exceeding last years' goal, in 2017 they're hoping for $250,000.

Dawne Anderson, fundraising and promotions coordinator, said while their campaign hasn't changed, the situation they're helping certainly has. She said nearly every program available at the Salvation Army's New Hope Centre downtown increased by at least 15 per cent.

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Malcolmson gets abandoned vessel issue to a vote

MP Sheila Malcolmson

1124 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson’s abandoned vessels bill is staying afloat thanks to an “historic and unprecedented” appeal process in the House of Commons.

Speaker of the House Geoff Regan confirmed Thursday that members of Parliament will vote next week in a secret ballot to determine if Malcolmson’s private member’s bill, C-352, should be allowed to proceed for debate.


Corfield named new chair of Nanaimo Port Authority board

Dr. Michelle Corfield

1124 - Michelle Corfield is the new Chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors, replacing Moira Jenkins who resigned earlier this week. Corfield is the city’s appointee to the board.

Corfield is an entrepreneur with businesses from the commercial fishing industry to independent management consultant. She has served as a board member for various organizations and societies including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. She is one of the founding partners and designers of the B.C. Multi-Sectoral Leadership Initiative. She holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management, Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management, and B.A. in First Nations Studies.

Donna Hais is the new Vice Chair. Donna is a Federal Appointee representing the Lessee User Group and been on the board since 2014. She is a partner and General Manager of R.W. (Bob) Wall Ltd., a construction company doing business in Nanaimo for over 25 years. She has been the President of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, President of the Nanaimo Executive Association, and an active member of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo Advisory Group for almost 10 years. In 2014, she won a B.C. Business Excellence Award.

Port Authority’s President and CEO Ewan Moir says he has worked with Corfield and Hais on a number of initiatives since joining the port authority in early October, and says he has been very impressed with their local knowledge, business acumen and board governance experience.


New garbage collection system comes in over budget

1124 - Nanaimo's multi-million-dollar automated garbage collection system is costing considerably more than expected, an apparent surprise to City Council.

Charlotte Davis, manager of sanitation, recycling and public works, told the finance and audit committee on Thursday, their initial projections for how much it would cost to roll out their new automated garbage collection service was significantly off.

The staff report shows the cost of eight new trucks and more than 71,000 bins was nearly $450,000 extra. This brings the total estimated cost of the program closer to $8 million, instead of the initially estimated $7.5 million.


Three taken to hospital after four-vehicle crash

1123 - Three people were taken to hospital after a four-vehicle crash at Bowen Road and Buttertubs Drive on Thursday, at about 4:45 p.m.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry said three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.


New application lets your look back into history

1123 - The tourism industry is raving about the potential of a new app offering a guided walking tour delving into Nanaimo's rich history.

Nanaimo is now featured on the free smartphone app On This Spot, alongside other cities including Vancouver and Esquimalt. The program features more than 400 historical photos of downtown, Departure Bay and Newcastle Island as part of a walking tour which leads people to specific locations. Users can view then-and-now images of Nanaimo, superimpose themselves into historic shots and read in-depth history on some of the city's most notable locations.



Jenkins resigns as chairman of Nanaimo Port Authority

Moira Jenkins

1122 - Moira Jenkins has resigned as Chairman of the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors, effective today. She was the Federal Appointee as the International Trade User Group Representative.

“After three exciting years of working with the Port’s management team, customers, Port user groups, and community partners, I have decided it is time to dedicate more time to my family and other community interests.” Jenkins said.

Following a successful 44-year career with the Royal Bank of Canada Financial Group, Jenkins retired as Vice President Commercial Banking, Vancouver Island North. She was appointed to the NPA Board in October, 2014. In addition to her time on the NPA Board, Moira also holds board positions with the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation and the Nanaimo District Museum.

Jenkins has also served in other key roles in our community and lent her extensive board experience to the Nanaimo Hospice Foundation, the Nanaimo Economic Development Commission, and many others. Moira has received the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizen of the Year Award and was Runner-up for the City of Nanaimo Leadership Award. She recently received a Paul Harris Award from the Nanaimo Rotary Club.

“The past twelve months have been both a rewarding and challenging time for the Port. It has been an honour to lead the Board through the CEO recruitment process of the new President and CEO – Ewan Moir. I am confident that he will be successful in guiding the Port into the future” Jenkins said.

“I thank Moira for her service and dedication to the Nanaimo Port Authority” Moir said. “We wish her the very best in her future endeavours, and express our gratitude for her contributions both as a Director, and as the Board Chair. While I haven’t had the opportunity to work with Moira for very long, I can see that she is greatly respected in the community, and will no doubt be missed by the staff and Board” Moir added.

Jenkins' three-year term expired this past October 8. The Port Nominating Committee comprised of representatives appointed by the Port’s User Groups has been actively engaged in putting forward their nominations to the Federal Minister of Transport for the four User Group positions. The Committee anticipates that Governor in Council appointments will be coming forward in the near future.

The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act and Letters Patent to promote and support the national, regional and local economies and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations. See more at 

No flooding expected on Nanaimo River

Bowen Park / Merv Unger photo

1122 - There is no imminent flooding concern for the Nanaimo River though flooding has been reported in the French Creek and Coombs areas, 

Despite heavy rain over the weekend, it isn’t expected to cause major problems. Environment Canada’s website forecast rain throughout the week.


Committee of the Whole meetings moving back to VICC

1122 - After less than a year in a new venue, Nanaimo Council's Committee of the Whole meetings are moving back to familiar, larger digs.

On Monday night, Council endorsed a motion from coun. Diane Brennan to move the COW meetings back to the Shaw Auditorium at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. In December 2016, Council agreed with a staff recommendation to shift the venue to the boardroom at the City's Service and Resource Centre.

"In my estimation it doesn't work," Brennan said of holding the meetings in the SARC boardroom. "It makes it very difficult for people to see us work, see how the money they give us is spent and to see how we deliberate and make our decisions."

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Highway 19A to reopen later today

1120 - Highway 19A is expected to reopen by tonight, more than a day after a washout forced a closure north of Qualicum Beach Sunday afternoon.

The Ministry of Transportation said contract crews have been on the site since first light and that it “expects the highway to fully reopen” later in the day.

Man rescued from sinking row boat

1120 - A man whose boat wasn’t seaworthy had to be rescued from Nanaimo harbour Monday at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Tom Krall, captain with Nanaimo Fire Rescue said bystanders saw a man rowing a small boat near the Nanaimo Yacht Club when the boat began taking on water. “He was rowing his eight-foot boat, which is not very seaworthy over, to Nanaimo,” Krall said. “It took on quite a bit of water. He tried to start bailing himself out, which wasn’t happening.” NEWS BULLETIN

Safety committee focuses on housing

Councillor Armstrong

1120 - With more than $200 million of provincial government money available, the City's Public Safety Committee is calling for a focus on new housing in Nanaimo.

The committee recommended that staff start work on creating more supported housing, such as modular homes on City land. The recommendation followed a staff report which outlined supported housing as a high priority in finding a solution to persistent social and public safety issues.

Coun. Sheryl Armstrong, chair of the committee, said staff provided about a dozen options to address health, social, safety and security issues. The committee narrowed it down to their top two, with staff identifying the modular housing option as most feasible.

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Malcolmson fights to save abandoned-boat bill

MP Sheila Malcolmnson

1120 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson could become the first MP in history to force her colleagues in the House of Commons into a secret ballot to save a piece of legislation.

Malcolmson plans to appeal directly to House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan today hoping he'll let her private members' bill to establish a national strategy on abandoned vessels proceed to debate.

The bill was deemed earlier this month to be "non-votable" by the House of Commons procedural committee because it deals with the same issue now being dealt with by a government bill.


RCMP arrest half-naked man

Nanaimo RCMP arrested a half-naked man last week.

Crime Stoppers report from Nanaimo RCMP states police responded to a call Nov. 13 about a man who was completely naked wandering around Northfield and Bowen road.


RCMP seeking information on unexplained injury

1120 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for public assistance concerning an incident in which a man was struck in the head and knocked unconscious while walking along a Nanaimo roadway. The incident occurred between 3 pm and 3:30 pm on Wednesday October 18 on Victoria Ave, near the Wellington Beer and Wine Store, 3956 Victoria Ave. 

 The victim, a 59 year old Nanaimo man, told police he was walking by himself and had just passed the beer and wine store when suddenly and without warning he was rendered unconscious. When he came to he was bleeding from a gash to the back of his head. People working nearby did not see the incident but reacted when they saw him lying on the road. BC Paramedics along with police attended. While being attended to he regained consciousness and was transported to hospital where he received several stitches to close the wound to his head. To this day, he has no idea what caused him to lose consciousness and told investigators he does not suffer from seizures and is in good physical health.  

Investigators canvassed the area in hope of finding any witnesses or video surveillance but were not successful. The victim later told police all he remembers is hearing the sound of screeching tires before losing consciousness. 

 "Without further information investigators cannot determine what actually caused the incident and are unable to proceed further with the investigation," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. If you have any information on this incident, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Highway 19A washed out north of Qualicum Beach

1119 - If you are heading north up-island, be prepared to detour. Highway 19 A north of Qualicum Beach has been washed out.

DriveBC says the road is closed in both directions 500 metres north of Cook Creek Road. There is no estimated time of reopening.

Motorists be detoured at the Cook Street intersection for northbound traffic and via Buckly Bay to Highway 19 for everyone travelling southbound.

There are danger warning with water pooling on highways in the region north of Nanaimo. Get the details at DRIVE BC


Numerous ferry sailings cancelled due to weather

1119 - (3:00 p.m.) A number of ferry sailings have been cancelled due to wind conditions, predominantly those involving Tswawwassen and Swartz Bay routes. 

The last update at 2:45 p.m. today said sailings to and from those terminals were cancelled as well as the sailing out of Duke Point. Powell River-Comox and Powell River-Texada sailings were also cancelled. 

Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay sailing are all listed as running on time as scheduled.

The B.C. Ferries website listed next sailings on the cancelled runs subject to weather conditions. Before planning any travel, please consult the ferries website SCHEDULE.


Chief John Wesley challenges legality of his suspension

Chief John Wesley

1117 - - Snuneymuxw Chief John Wesley has issued a response and defence against the suspension he was handed by the band's council. He claims the suspension is unlawful in that proper procedure was not followed.

In his statement, Chief Wesley claims the "false accusations" against him are unfounded, a political manoeuver in the current election campaign for the chief and five council member positions.

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Hospital partially locked down after security threat

1118 - A potential security threat locked down much of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital  Friday evening.

Island Health said NRGH was following its "restricted access protocol" due to a potential security situation.

The security warning was lifted about three hours later and no information was given about the nature of the threat.

Theft warning issued for swimming pool dressing rooms

1118 -Be careful what you leave on benches in change rooms at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Park pools. Police warn there has been an increase in thefts – stolen clothing and personal items from the two recreation facilities.

Thieves are entering change rooms and going through unattended bags and clothing to find anything of value. Police advise patrons to never leave clothing on benches, to always lock personal items in available storage lockers and pin locker keys to swim suits.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637 (keyword Nanaimo) or submit a tip online at

'Pretty Crazy' for Lantzville's Dylan Ferguson in the NHL

Dylan Ferguson
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1117 - When describing the last two weeks of his life, Lantzville's Dylan Ferguson used some variation of the term “pretty crazy,” at least 15 times during a media session on Wednesday.

Ferguson got his first real taste of NHL action when he came in as a replacement during Tuesday's blowout by the Edmonton Oilers. During his time in the net he thwarted Connor McDavid's drive for a hat trick.

On Thursday, he suited up as the Golden Knights’ backup against the Vancouver Canucks in a building where, as a 10-year-old in 2010, he skated on the ice with Roberto Luongo before a Canucks game.

As for his call-up to the Golden Knights from the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers on Oct. 31, Ferguson was sitting in a Boston Pizza with teammates in the ‘Loops with the Knights’ game on in the background. He’d just ordered some chicken wings when Vegas goalie Oscar Dansk went down with an injury. Five minutes later, his phone went off, instructing him to head to the airport and meet the Knights in New York.


Chief John Wesley still in running in Dec. 2 election

Chief John Wesley


1117 - Snuneymuxw Chief John Wesley is not dropping out of the race in the band's election for chief. Snuneymuxw council suspended Wesley last week until Feb. 1, claiming an investigation found he breached his fiduciary duty and council governance policy.


1116 - Snuneymuxw First Nation has suspended Chief John Wesley for allegedly signing cheques to terminated employees.

Douglas White II is the acting chief in the interim. The Suneymuxw elections are next month, and Wesley is one of the candidates for chief.

A letter sent to SFN members said Wesley is suspended, effective immediately, until Feb. 1, 2018. The council decision was based on the findings of an investigation by an independent lawyer.

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Nanaimo child poverty rate keeps climbing

1117 - One in four children are living in poverty in Nanaimo. The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership released its third State of the Child report Friday.

It shows that while family income in this city has increased by 14.8 per cent since 2011, poverty among children is also growing. It’s gone from 18.6 per cent in 2006, to 20.9 per cent in 2011 and 24.6 per cent last year.

Poverty overall is consistent at 17.3 per cent.

Man charged with impaired driving after rolling car

1117 - A 46-year-old Nanaimo man has been charged with impaired driving after rolling his vehicle while driving the wrong way on the Inland Island Highway near Qualicum Beach.

The man, the lone occupant, suffered minor injuries, but no other vehicles were involved in the incident, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m., RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jesse Foreman said. “It could have been a lot worse,” he said.


Great Nanaimo Toy Drive under way

1117 - The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive campaign kicked off Thursday, Nov. 16 at Woodgrove Mall. Gift donation boxes are now all around the city in malls, fire halls and other locations, ready to be filled with unwrapped gifts for families in need.

Toy Drive spokesperson Carolyn Iles said while presents and gifts are an important part of Christmas for children, the campaign gives something more important for everyone.

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Charges laid following stabbing altercation at motel

1117 - Charges have been sworn against a local woman following a November 15 altercation at a local motel which resulted in one man being taken to local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.

44-year-old Nancy Deann Sandman of Nanaimo has been charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with an undertaking. The Undertaking charge stems from a prior unrelated incident. Sandman has been remanded in police custody to await her next court appearance set for November 21.


Fair Wage Commission hearing in Nanaimo Friday

1116 - B.C.’s Fair Wages Commission begins three weeks of consultations today, asking the public how they think a $15 minimum wage should be implemented.

The commission will be in Nanaimo on Friday (Nov. 17) at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In August, the government abandoned its original promise to increase the minimum wage by 2021, and created an independent review panel to determine the appropriate time needed.

Minimum wage in the province is currently $11.35 – the third highest in Canada.

Woman arrested after stabbing incident

UPADATE - 1116 - The-44-year woman who was involved in a stabbing incident at a local motel was located and arrested Wednesday afternoon for Aggravated Assault.

She was held in police custody over night and is expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court some time today. The male victim was treated at local hospital for his injuries and later released
 1115 - Multiple Nanaimo RCMP officers converged on the Port-O-Call Inn & Suites, responding to a stabbing. Cst. Gary O'Brien confirmed a 55-year-old man was stabbed shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, allegedly by a 44-year-old woman after an altercation. O'Brien said the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

Though she fled after the alleged stabbing, O'Brien said no description was needed. "The female suspect has been identifed and she is known to us," O'Brien said.


B.C. Ferries announces Christmas season discounts

1115 - BC Ferries is offering discounts between December 21 and January 3 on select sailings from Vancouver to Vancouver Island.

Standard under-height vehicle and driver travel will start at $39, which is a 48 per cent discount on select trips.

There will be added sailings from December 22 to 28, with 6 a.m., 10 p.m and midnight trips between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.

BC Ferries recommends customers make reservations which are also discounted to $10 if made a week or more in advance.

Storms disrupt ferry schedules

1115 - B.C. Ferries had to find other routes across the Strait of Georgia during Tuesday's storm.

Two scheduled sailings in and out of Tsawwassen were cancelled on Tuesday night, with alternate sailings operating between Horseshoe Bay and Duke Point.


Liberals prepare for leadership debate in Nanaimo on Sunday

Mike de Jong

1114 - Mike de Jong sees a new NDP government getting away from what was working in B.C., and it provides extra motivation in his bid to lead the Liberal party.

De Jong stopped by the News Bulletin office on Tuesday in advance of the third B.C. Liberals leadership debate coming up Sunday, Nov. 19 at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

The former finance minister said the economy has been producing jobs and attracting people who want to live in B.C. He said the Liberal government’s fiscal management helped to create a budget surplus inherited by the NDP.


No funding yet for school earthquake upgrades

1114 - It could be some time before some Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools could survive a major earthquake.

It's unclear if the school district will be able to take advantage of the more than $500 million set aside by the B.C. government over three years for seismic upgrades. Three schools, Cilaire Elementary, North Cedar Intermediate and Pleasant Valley Elementary, are listed as high risk and requiring the upgrades.

Dale Burgos, communications director for SD68, said there's “No indication of any funds coming to the district in terms of seismic mitigation or upgrades at these specific schools.”


Nanaimo man arrested in West Vancouver

1114 - West Vancouver Police have arrested a Nanaimo man for two sexual assaults on public transit.

In a release, Cst. Jeff Palmer said the incidents happened on two West Vancouver buses Monday night, where a 21-year-old man first allegedly groped a woman, fled the bus when confronted and is then accused of fondling himself on a second bus.



Human rights complaint against university

1114 - A former Vancouver Island University staff member has lodged a human rights complaint against the university, alleging female staff members and students were placed at risk of sexual harassment by a male student.

An article Monday in the Globe and Mail says female staff and students were sexually harassed by a male student whose “fetishistic behaviour in and out of the classroom” included role-playing that he was an infant, wearing a soother and talking like a baby.


2,800 customers briefly without power in North Nanaimo

1113 - More than 2,800 customers were without power this morning in north Nanaimo. It's the biggest power outage on the north Island following high winds overnight. The cause of the outage is under investigation and repair crews had the power back on in about an hour.

Wind storm disrupts ferry sailings

1113 - Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for B.C.’s south coast. A strong low pressure system will bring powerful winds with gusts of 70 to 80 km/h to the coastal sections of Metro Vancouver. Winds will be even stronger on Vancouver Island, which could see storm force winds along the west coast.

The wind storm has cancelled a slate of  B.C. Ferries sailings between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, including 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. sailings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point; 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. sailings between Tsawwassen and Victoria, and multiple sailings between Comox Valley and Powell River.


Lantzville launches economic development strategy

1113 - Lantzville’s economic development strategic plan and community branding select committee held its first meeting Nov. 7.

The EDCB committee was created provide input, feedback and help in formulating an economic development and community branding strategy for the district. It will meet once a month and is comprised of seven members, including three community residents and three representing special interests, all appointed by Lantzville council.


Batten down the hatches, thar she blows

1112- Environment Canada is forecasting gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour in some parts of B.C. south coast. The agency said that a strong low pressure system could bring winds of 70-80 km/hr to western Vancouver Island.

Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, Powell River and Comox will see lower speeds of 50-70 km/hr.

B.C. government cuts small business tax

1111- Small-business owners in British Columbia will benefit from a cut to the small-business corporate income tax rate from 2.5% to 2%, retroactive to April 1, 2017.

The tax cut is part of the Budget Measures Implementation Act, 2017, which passed on Nov. 2, 2017. The reduction makes B.C.’s small-business corporate income tax rate the second lowest in Canada, tied with Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“Small business forms the backbone of our economy and we need to do all we can to support its continued growth,” said Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. “That’s why we are lowering the small-business corporate income tax rate by 20%, so B.C.’s small-business owners can keep more of their hard-earned revenue and reinvest it back in their communities.”


Two killed in high-speed crash near Deep Bay

Screen capture from CHEK-TV

1111 - A two vehicle, high speed, head-on crash that killed two people Thursday evening south of Courtenay was a scene that would leave even the most veteran of first-responders shaken. 

"I've been 27 years on the fire department, I've seen many fatalities, you see them all." said Deep Bay Fire Rescue Chief George Lenz. 

Lenz, along with 10 of his volunteer firefighters responded to the scene. So did numerous ambulances and RCMP officers, but by the time they got there one person had already died.

The only person in the car, a woman in her 80's was pronounced dead at the scene.   Two men in the van were rushed to hospital and the passenger who was in a wheelchair later died.


Health minister vows reform at ‘toxic’ Nanaimo hospital

Adrian Dix

1111 - B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says changes start today at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, where staff have complained about bullying, secrecy and retaliation. 

Consultants from Vector Group, who surveyed 473 workers at the hospital, described the organizational culture as “toxic” and said that fear, suspicion and loathing predominate the staff’s thinking about administration — a situation they said is past the “tipping point,” but fixable.


Report slams Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

1109 - A scathing report says Nanaimo General Hospital is failing significantly in regard to managing people after surveying staff and executives.

A long list of criticisms was provided by Vector Group of Denver, Colorado, who surveyed 473 people who work at the hospital to prepare the “cultural assessment” report.

Initial findings said there is too much focus on budget and not enough on people while allowing a toxic culture to exist. The study concluded “there is an atmosphere of fear, bullying, intimidation, retaliation and not allowing people to raise questions, issues and concerns.”

CHEK NEWS has more

Police looking for stolen Alberta dog in Nanaimo

1110 - The Nanaimo RCMP are following up on a possible sighting of a Great Dane stolen from a home in Cold Lake Alberta approximately seven weeks ago. The owner of the dog has requested the assistance of the Nanaimo RCMP after she learned of a possible recent sighting of the dog in Nanaimo.

It is one of three Great Danes taken from the owner’s rural Cold Lake property. The theft was reported to the Cold Lake RCMP and on various social media sites but to date the dogs have not been located. The owner of the dogs contacted the Nanaimo RCMP on November 8 after receiving a call from a person who indicated they may have seen one of her dogs on November 7 at Collier Dam Park. The caller said a man, (no description provided) was walking a Great Dane and it appeared to resemble one of her stolen dogs. The caller said when the person with the dog was asked about it; he quickly turned and walked away. Unfortunately the phone connection was poor and the conversation broke off before he could provide a description to the owner of the person with the dog.

The dog seen at Collier Dam may have been Sheldon (picture attached). Sheldon is 2.5 years old and is described as having brindle (brownish/tawny) colouring. The three dogs all have a microchip implanted and are described as follows:

Sheldon age 2.5 brindle (brownish/tawny) coloured 
Sherlock age 4, fawn coloured 
Honey Bee age 8, fawn coloured

If you have any information on the theft or possible sighting, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

Arrest warrants issued in credit card fraud case

Derek Vautour

1110 - Arrest warrants have been issued for a 30-year-old Nanaimo man in a stolen credit card investigation.

Derek Vautour is wanted for two counts of possessing a forged credit card and breaching the terms of recognizance. On Aug. 9, Vautour was allegedly in possession of a credit card stolen from a parked vehicle that he then used to buy merchandise at various locations throughout Nanaimo.

Vautour is five feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. He has short brown hair, hazel eyes and a tattoo on his right forearm that says “SHORTY.” Anyone who sees Vautour is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Unsolved crimes in Nanaimo from November 1 to 8

If you know anything about these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers

Nanaimo file # 2017-36964 Sometime overnight on Wednesday Nov. 1 a red 96 Honda Civic with BC plate 632TRR was stolen from 342 Howard Ave. Owners of late model Honda products should be aware thieves are targeting 90's and early 2000's products. Ensure your vehicle is always locked and install some type of locking device or alarm system. It will not guarantee it does not get stolen but it will certainly reduce the opportunity and make thieves thing twice about stealing that vehicle.

Nanaimo file 2017-37088 Overnight on Thursday Nov. 2 Brandt Tractor Ltd on Schoolhouse Road was broken into. Culprits broke the lock of the front gate then headed for two steel containers where the more locks were cut. Taken was a pallet containing 20 pails of oil. Unless the thieves possessed herculean strength, a truck would have been required to carry off the loot.

Nanaimo file # 2017- 37113 On Thursday Nov. 2 unknown persons made off with a brown duffel bag from the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. The owner of the bag said she left the bag for a few minutes on a bleacher and when she returned it was gone. The bag was later recovered but of course it was empty and taken was some cash, identification and credit cards which have all been cancelled. 

Nanaimo file # 2017- 37247 Sometime overnight on Saturday Nov. 4 a vehicle parked on Kolby Ave was broken into. Taken were prescription sunglasses and a GPS unit along with a garage door opener. Garage door openers should never be left in vehicle as thieves will steal them, find out where you live through your registration papers then open your garage door with your stolen opener. It doesn’t get much easier than that. 

Nanaimo file #2017-37445 On Sunday Nov. 5 at approximately 5 am a taxi cab driver reported a theft from his cab. The driver told police nature called and while he was momentarily predisposed in his home an unknown male went into his cab and stole his brand new Samsung Galaxy cell phone and Captain America wallet. The suspect may have made his escape on bike but no description was provided of him or the bike.

Nanaimo file # 2017-37493 On Sunday Nov. 5 at approximately 3:45 pm a bike was stolen from the bike rack outside Country Grocer on Twelfth St. The bike was chained but the thief managed to cut off the lock and make off with a lime green Marin with a black and orange seat. The bike also has Shimano Saints pedals and black hand grips, with lime green zap straps on the handle bars. Chain locks are an invite to thieves because they know even basic bolt cutter will cut through a chain lock. If you are prepared to invest several thousand dollars in a bike, invest a hundred dollars on a reliable bike lock which will actually secure your bike.

Nanaimo file # 2017-37837 Sometime overnight on Wednesday Nov. 8 Southern Railway located on Tenth St was broken into. Thieves broke the locks off two signal cabins and made off with 30 Nikon batteries valued at approximately 14000 dollars.

Nanaimo file # 2017-37847 Sometime overnight on Wednesday Nov. 8 tools were stolen from the yard of a home in the 5000 block of Sedona Way. Taken was a Jet mag wheel lug nut socket set, commercial grade Jet torque wrench and a Makita electric impact driver. Thieves often target tools from vehicles because most are not marked. With that in mind all tools should be etched with an identifying number so they can be identified and returned to the owner.

City studying access options for waterfront properties

1109 - The City is exploring options to improve access and hopefully spur redevelopment of a piece of prime downtown waterfront land.

Public input is being gathered on four options for secondary access to the south downtown waterfront. Options range in cost from $5 million to nearly $20 million, while another almost $2 million road extension project in the area is set to go ahead in early 2018.

The only current access is an aging trestle at the end of Crace Street which is nearing the end of its life. 

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Nanoose man attacked with hammer

Jennifer Hannan

1109 - A man says he was hit in the face with a hammer after police say he found a woman squatting in his RV.

Oceanside RCMP said a 64-year-old Nanoose Bay man found a woman he didn't know in his RV in his yard on Beaver Creek Wharf Rd. on Monday afternoon. The woman then allegedly grabbed a hammer and hit the man in the eye. He was still able to wrestle her to the ground with help from a neighbour.

Police described the man's injuries as "significant, but non-life threatening."


Snuneymuxw unhappy with Port Authority direction

1109 - Snuneymuxw leaders have publicly expressed exasperation over the First Nation’s ongoing relationship with Nanaimo Port Authority, following a meeting with new port authority president and CEO, Ewan Moir.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Snuneymuxw First Nation chief John Wesley and Douglas White III, councillor and chief negotiator, said Snuneymuxw was disappointed “no new approaches, shifts or understanding about the Douglas Treaty or the relationship with Snuneymuxw were presented” by Moir during the meeting.



Youth arrested for making online threats

 1108 - A 15 year old youth has been arrested for posting online threats directed toward a senior secondary school in Nanaimo. The incident involved Cedar Secondary school and was reported to the Nanaimo RCMP on November 3.

 On November 3 the boy was arrested by officers with the Nanaimo RCMP School Liaison Unit and then released to the care of his parents. His release conditions restrict him from attending any school within School District 68 and his first court appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court is set for January 18, 2018

 As part of the ongoing investigation, school administrators and the Nanaimo RCMP School Liaison Unit will conduct a threat assessment of the incident. At this point, investigators are satisfied the incident is confined to the one student and there is no discernable risk to the school, staff or students of the school.


Four-year-old Nanaimo child on no-fly list

Alia Mohamed/Photo supplied

1108 - Flying can already be a hassle, made even more chaotic when a young child is detained for extra screening because her name is similar to someone on the no-fly list.

Amber Cammish and her family visited Parliament on Monday to meet with MPs about the situation, since her four-year-old daughter Alia Mohamed shares a name with someone on the list. After years of not being able to check-in for flights online, an Air Canada employee informed them of the complication when they were checking in earlier this year.


Nanaimo school enrolment shows increase

1108 - More students are filling school classrooms in Nanaimo.

The school district has released its enrolment numbers showing there are more than 13,730 full-time equivalent students, up from 13,427 the B.C. Ministry of Education funded last year.

The number doesn’t include more than 350 international and francophone students and accounts for only the student body the district gets funding for.


Retail development slated for Uplands and Turner Roads

1107 - Dodd’s Furniture and LazyBoy Furniture will be the anchor tenants for a new commercial development at Uplands and Turner Roads. Insight Holdings has applied for a building permit for the development.

The application calls for a 12,139-square-metre commercial development. Darwin Mahlum, a local realtor and manager of projects and development for Insight Holdings, said everything is moving along as normal with the plans for the site.

The main access will be from Turner Road at the current roundabout, There will also be a connection to Uplands, opposite the present entrance to Longwood Station.

Mahlum said the two retail stores are the start of a much bigger expansion in the future.

Conference hotel gets development permit from city

1107 - A highly-anticipated downtown Nanaimo hotel is another step closer to becoming reality.

City Council approved a 10-year tax exemption and development permit for a hotel at Monday's council meeting. The new nine-storey, 155-room Courtyard by Marriott will be built by PEG Developments behind the Vancouver Island Conference Centre at 100 Gordon St.

Part of the deal is that the hotel has to be completed by December 2020. The tax exemption totals about $450,000 per year.


Western Forest Products closing rail line

1107 - Western Forest Products is closing it rail line on Vancouver Island for financial reasons and will now send logs to its mills and other customers by truck.

34 jobs will be lost at its operations in Woss, about 75 kilometres southeast of Port McNeill, B.C. However,  fewer than 15 people are expected to be without jobs following negotiations to transition employees to other opportunities within the company.



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Do you recognize these suspects?

1107 - In the past three weeks there have been five reported thefts of bicycles at Vancouver Island University and it is believed two men may be responsible for a majority of these thefts. In each incident the bikes were locked, however, bolt cutters or other tools were used to snap the chain locks. Several bikes were also registered with the 529 Garage app.

The attached pictures show two suspects riding off with bikes which were stolen Nov. 3. The suspects are both white and in their early twenties. If you have information on the identity of either suspect, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637 or call 1-800-222-8477.

When leaving your bicycle unattended it should always be secured with a lock that is not easily defeated. Registering your bike online at 529Garage will not prevent it from being stolen but will assist police agencies and the public with finding it.

Brennan to serve on Nanaimo Regional District Board

Councillor Diane Brennan

1107 - Councillor Diane Brennan will serve as the extra member of the Nanaimo Regional District board when the city gets an extra seat in the New Year.

Brennan was selected by fellow councillors after Councillor Sheryl Armstrong declined, saying Brennan has more municipal experience. Amstrong said she would be happy to serve as the alternate on the RDN board.

Nanaimo is getting an extra seat on the board, based on the population ratio of the city compared to the Regional District area.

Car lands upside down in yard along Hammond Bay Road

1107 - A car rolled off the road and landed upside-down in a front yard along Hammond Bay Road early this morning. The single-vehicle crash happened a little after 1 a.m. near Ivy Lane. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, said Nanaimo RCMP.


Mid Island families not using $20 million in funding

1107 - A federal program offering financial help for education isn't being taken advantage of in the mid-Vancouver Island area.

The Canada Learning Bond opens a no-fee Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for those who fall below the poverty line in Canada. It deposits $500 in the account when it's opened and $100 a year until a child is 15, offering up to $2,000 for education at any post-secondary institution across Canada. Familes don't have to  match contributions. 

Atatistics from Vancouver Island University show more than 9,900 eligible youth and their families haven't taken advantage of the Bond, leaving nearly $20 million in unused financial assistance.


Weather warning issued for mid-week

1106 - Don't put you snow shovel away just yet. 

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and East Vancouver Island, including Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

A slow-moving cold front will approach the South Coast on Tuesday night. Outflow winds will then intensify through the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound. Many areas may see snow or mixed rain and snow as bands of moisture accompanies the front.


Distracted cell phone driving will cost a whole lot more

AG David Eby

1106 - Checking your phone behind the wheel in B.C. is about to get a lot more expensive.

Attorney General David Eby announced Monday that the province will designate distracted driving “high-risk,” meaning that two distracted driving tickets over three years could net drivers a $2,000 penalty in total.


That’s an increase of $740 over the current penalty ($368 per ticket), and will sit on top of regular ICBC insurance premiums.


Implementing core services changes an ongoing process

CAO Tracy Samra

1106 - Recommendations from the city's core services review will take time to implement - as much as two years.

That's the word from CAO Tracy Samra in a report to council. She said 11 recommendations have been completed, 31 are under way and 29 have been scheduled for 2018 and 2019. She said she was pleased by the progress and told council that implementing many of the changes could take two more years.

“We don’t take a look at a city with a couple hundred million dollar budget, hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments and a range of services that we are providing to 90,000 people and effect change overnight,” she said.

There was no update about how much the city has saved in total as a result of implementing 11 of the more than 70 recommendations. 


Drydocked boat destroyed by fire at marina

Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin

1105 - A vessel  at Stone’s Marina on Stewart Avenue next to Miller’s Pub burned Saturday, Nov. 4.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue was called to the scene at about 9:20 p.m. and a boat was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived.


More snow alert issued for Vancouver Island

1104 - Fresh on the heels of Vancouver Island’s first snowfall of the season, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for more snow to potentially fall this weekend.

The statement is for all of the Island and warns that more snow is likely to come this weekend as arctic air is already in place over the south coast of B.C. and an area of low pressure is set to arrive on Saturday. This is expected to produce another round of precipitation similar to Thursday’s snowfall with amounts varying up to and exceeding five centimetres in many areas.


Acme Restaurant building finally coming down

1103 - The former Acme Restaurant building is coming down. That comes 19 months after the fire on March 30, 2016.

Starting tomorrow road closures will begin starting with Commercial Street, Westbound from Wallace to Terminal Ave to allow for unloading of equipment, and to assist is street lamp removal.


RCMP raid cannabis dispensary on Nicol Street

1103 - The Nanaimo RCMP Projects Team carried out a search warrant at “LimeLife” a marihuana storefront located at 119 Nicol St. on Thursday. The search was the result of an ongoing investigation into information received that patrons of the business were actively trafficking in suspected illegal Opiods.  

The search warrant was carried out at approximately 8 pm  and resulted in the arrest of a 28 and 29 year old male, as well as a 28-year-old female who was an employee of the business. At the time police entered the business there were 15 clients inside the business actively engaged in consuming shatter and other marijuana derivatives. Along with the arrests, investigators seized several pounds of marijuana, marijuana derivatives, marijuana edibles and approximately $17,000 in Canadian currency. Of note, the two males arrested were found to be in possession of a number of purple tablets suspected of being illegal Opiods.

 The female was held in custody for approximately four hours before being released on a Promise to Appear for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cannabis) under the CDSA. The two males were also kept in police custody with one being released on a Promise to Appear on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (suspected Opiods). The other was released without charge. The male and female are expected to make their first appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court in late February of 2018. 

There have been upwards of 15 storefronts operating in Nanaimo throughout the past two years and of those approximately five have closed due to police enforcement or for business reasons.

Cst Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer/Crime Stoppers Coordinator
Peer Coordinator  EAP,,"Peer to Peer" Confidential 24/7
Nanaimo RCMP
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Saturday night, Nov. 4, 2017

Be Seen, Be Safe - Pedestrian awareness campaign

Constable KORTAS of the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit wearing one of the armbands which will be handed out.

1103 - With standard time in effect this weekend and daylight hours slowly slipping away the Nanaimo RCMP is partnering with the City and ICBC to bring awareness of pedestrian safety. Each year pedestrians are struck crossing city streets. One of the most significant contributing factors behind these collisions is the lack of reflective clothing worn by pedestrians. If you cannot be seen, you are not safe.

November 7th, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the intersection of Commerical St and Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo RCMP officers from the Municipal Traffic Unit and Bike Patrol, along with employees with the City of Nanaimo and ICBC will hand out reflective arm bands to pedestrians. The officers and their partner agencies will also discuss with pedestrians the importance of wearing reflective clothing. Arm bands are just one way to keep you safe.

Pedestrians and motorists alike must use extreme caution when approaching crosswalks. "Pedestrians cannot assume the driver of an approaching vehicle sees them. Before entering the crosswalk they MUST be satisfied the vehicle is slowing down and the driver sees them. Drivers have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians who are entering a marked crosswalk. They also have the onerous task of dealing with pedestrians who not only have their earbuds in but who are also distracted and looking down at their phones while in crosswalks. This only complicates the issue but it is one that motorists must expect and be prepared to react to", said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

VIU student suffers severe burns in welding class

1103 -  A student in Vancouver Island University’s welding program is in Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital where he is being treated for third-degree burns after a welding accident earlier this week.

Carrie Chassels, Vancouver Island University’s vice-president of student affairs, confirmed a student was involved in a welding accident.

“Unfortunately one of our students on Tuesday in our welding shop was using the welding equipment and his clothing caught on fire and he suffered burns and was taken to the hospital,” Chassels said.

Nanaimo man gets six months jail for child pornography

1103 - A Nanaimo man will spend six months behind bars for child pornography-related charges after pleading guilty in Nanaimo provincial court Thursday, Nov. 2.

Gwynfryn Raymond Wilson was arrested after police executed a search warrant in June 2016 and subsequently charged with possession of child pornography.


Have you seen this man?

Brandon Gabriel Cairney,

1102 - Port Alberni RCMP is searching for a high-risk missing person. Brandon Gabriel Cairney, 31, a Port Alberni resident, has not been seen for two weeks.

Cairney is a reclusive man who spends a lot of his time walking in and around the Alberni Valley by himself, says Port Alberni RCMP Cpl. Amelia Hayden. Cairney has been known to walk to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park, Nanaimo, China Creek Campground and Stamp Falls Provincial Park.



RDN to replace roof on transit services building

1102 - After a number of temporary fixes failed, the Regional District of Nanaimo will spend $196,330 to replace the roof of its transportation services building on Applecross Road.

The building is more than 40 years old and has problems with drainage and leaks. G&G Roofing Ltd. is the successful proponent of a construction tender.


Man mistakes abandoned shotgun for toy and fires it

Const. Gary O'Brien

1101 - A Nanaimo man got a harsh lesson in firearm safety yesterday when he decided to test fire a shotgun thinking it was a toy gun. Not only was it real it discharged a round into the pavement. Fortunately no bystanders were injured. Police quickly attended and seized the firearm in the 300 block of Franklyn Street outside the safe needle exchange. This incident occurred at approximately 10 am on Monday October.

Police were called after a shotgun blast was reported outside the needle exchange. Upon arrival they found a gun lying on the ground and several bewildered and shocked bystanders standing nearby. It was determined after speaking with witnesses that employees of the needle exchange were outside cleaning up a garbage pile when a local man asked to help out. While assisting with the clean-up, he apparently found the discarded shotgun in a pile of refuse. He was overheard making an off the cuff comment that he didn't think the shotgun was real before deciding to rack the action and pulling the trigger. 

Officers seized the firearm and after taking into consideration all factors concerning the discharge, they decided not to pursue charges. It is believed the shotgun may have been discarded for upwards of 24 hours before being found. 

 "This is an excellent example of why all firearms must be treated as real and loaded until such time they are proven otherwise. This could have had tragic consequences if a child happened to come across it. Forensic investigators will now check the serial number of the firearm to see if it is recorded in any police data banks and to determine if it has been used in any previously reported crimes", said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Guarding at city jail is now gender neutral

Coun. Sheryl Armstrong

1101 - The City has followed through on eliminating gender-specific guarding.

Chief operations officer Brad McRae told city council on Monday that the 12-year practice of ensuring male and female guards are at the RCMP detachment cells was cancelled.

Coun. Sheryl Armstrong, who was involved with gathering informatiion on other police detachments and guarding policies, said it was appropriate to cancel the policy because it raised too many concerns.

“Everybody used to have male and female guards. And then studies came out that it could be a human rights violation (hiring specific genders),” she said.

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Ferry passenger rescued after five-hour search

1101 - A BC Ferries passenger was found cold and clinging to a life ring in Georgia Strait Monday afternoon.

Two BC Ferries vessels were delayed Monday night and took part in the rescue operation between Vancouver and Nanaimo, after a female passenger on the Queen of Cowichan allegedly jumped into the ocean.

The Queen of Oak Bay and the Queen of Cowichan assisted with the search, in addition to the Canadian Coast Guard and the Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

Unsolved Crimes October 25 to October 31

Nanaimo file # 2017-36112 Sometime between October 24 and October 26 an outboard motor was taken from the backyard at 535 Townsite Road. The motor is a grey high thrust 2012 Yamaha 8hp with serial # 60SL102641.

Nanaimo file # 2017-36116 Sometime overnight an outboard motor was taken from a boat stored in the front of a home in the 2300 Autumnwood Drive. The motor is a 30 hp Tohatsu, Longshaft Tillar, no serial number available.

 Nanaimo file # 2017-36134 Sometime on Thursday October 26 a break in was reported at a new condo development on Currie Place. Suspect(s) entered through an unlocked sliding glass door and  made off with a new sink faucet and microwave. Thieves tried unsuccessfully to steal a washer/dryer set and fridge as both were pulled from their mountings.

Nanaimo file # 2017-36177 Sometime overnight on Thursday October 26 a Stihl HF45 trimmer was taken from the from the backyard of a home in the 1800 block of Northfield Road. 

Nanaimo file # 2017-36313 On Friday October 27 between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm at least three vehicles parked on College Drive were broken into. All three vehicles had a rock thrown through one of their windows and were then ransacked. The owners had parked their cars in the area while attending VIU. Motorists are reminded to ensure any and all valuables are out of sight as thieves will take anything that can be seen.

Nanaimo file # 2017-36442 Sometime overnight on Friday October 27 three truck batteries were taken from the BC Ferries Warehouse located at 4300 East Wellington Road. The batteries were taken from work trucks parked in the lot.

Nanaimo file # 2017-36455 On Saturday October 28 between 8am and 9:45 am a vehicle parked in the parking lot of 1925 Bowen Road was broken into. Taken was a black Burton packsack containing ID, jewellery and make up.

Nanaimo file # 2017- 36690 Sometime overnight on Monday October 30 a 1996 GMC flatdeck trailer with a tandem axel and BC plate # 62488B was stolen from 76 Centennial Drive.

 Nanaimo file # 2017-36630 Sometime within the last two days and reported on Sunday October 29th a mountain bike was stolen from a shed located at 90 Kerr St. Thieves cut the chain off securing the shed then made off with a silver, black and blue Kona Dawg with serial # H3L08293.

 10. 2017 Halloween Residents are asked to keep a watchful eye out for any suspicious activity around schools during Halloween night. Although there will be extra security in place throughout the evening, these facilities are often targeted by youths committing wanton acts of vandalism. Any foot or vehicle traffic on school property should be reported immediately. 

Cst Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer/Crime Stoppers Coordinator
Peer Coordinator  EAP,,"Peer to Peer" Confidential 24/7
Nanaimo RCMP
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Three arrested for breaking into vehicles in the hospital area

1101 - Three men, ranging in ages of from 23 to 29, were arrested Friday October 27 for allegedly breaking in to at least a dozen vehicles parked along Summerhill Place, off of Dufferin Crescent. The three were later released on Promises to Appear for various property related offences. They are scheduled to appear in court December 12.

At approximately 3:45 am on the 27 police responded to reports of males breaking into parked vehicles. Officers were able to quickly locate the three and all were arrested and taken into custody without incident. At the time of their arrest, one of the three suspects was found holding an arm full of items while another had numerous items scattered at his feet. The third was found crouched down and hiding between parked vehicles. Near where they were arrested officers located a Jeep with its top cut open. All of the items found were seized and investigators are now tasked with determining where the items came from and who to return them to. 

One of the items seized is a Stanley Cup championship ring from the 1930s.

“We have withheld the team name engraved on the ring as the lawful owner should be able to tell investigators what team it is."

Police also seized a number of other items including cell phones, keys, perfume, eye glasses, knives and flashlights. If you believe your vehicle was broken into that night in the area of Summerhill Place, and you are missing items, there is a good chance police have them. "We ask that you take some time to itemize any belongings missing from your vehicle before calling us," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line is 250-754-2345 and the file number for this incident is 2017-32361.


Tugboat tangles in fishing net

1101 - Nanaimo Harbour Patrol and volunteers from Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue No. 27 Nanaimo responded to a tugboat that got tangled in a gillnetter’s net yesterday afternoon in the Nanaimo Harbour.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m. when a tug, towing barges ran afoul of the fishing boat’s net off Gabriola Island’s Malaspina Point about halfway between downtown Nanaimo and Descanso Bay.


Youth arrested following teen brawl

1101 -A 14-year-old boy was arrested on a charge of obstructing and assaulting a police officer during a fight  that attracted a crowd of up to 50 youths.

Police say the fight broke out in the parking lot of a Subway across from Wellington Secondary School at around 3 p.m. Monday. A Mountie in the area saw the massive crowd gathered in the parking lot and saw two girls fighting. RCMP say when the officer attempted to intervene, the 14-year-old boy tried to obstruct him, resulting in minor injuries to both of them.

Backup arrived on scene minutes later to break up the fight and disperse the crowd.


Ottawa finally acts on abandoned vessel legislation

Sheila Malcolmson, MP

1030 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson's 15-year campaign against abandoned boats is finally seeing concrete results. Transport Minister Marc Garneau introduce the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act in the House of Commons on Monday.

There will be no more free passes for boat owners who dump dirty, old hulks in Canadian harbours and waterways. The act would make it illegal to abandon boats, while empowering the government to go after the owners of the 600 derelict vessels already polluting the country's waterways.

The number of abandoned boats is actually in the thousands, said Malcolmson. "It's nice to see some action. This is absolutely a breakthrough for coastal communities", she said. She now plans to study the 120-page bill to see if it fills all the gaps she believes have been identified by the communities affected. 

Individuals who abandon a boat can face fines up to $300,000 and a six-month jail term, while corporations can be fined as much as $6 million. Now, owners who dump and run from decrepit vessels are not subject to any penalties and some see abandonment as the cheapest, easiest route when a boat is no longer operational, Garneau told a news conference. 

"This has to stop," Garneau said. "Abandoned boats are an environmental hazard, sometimes sitting for years in harbours or abandoned along coast lines with fuel still in their tanks". 

Canada will also require owners of large commercial vessels to carry insurance to cover the potential cost of disposing of the ships and there will also be significant penalties in place to go after those who abandon vessels.

Garneau acknowledged that while the bill gives the government new powers to try to force owners of existing derelicts to remove them safely, it packs a less powerful punch for those boats. There will be no fines or penalties imposed on the owner of a boat which has already been abandoned, said Garneau. 

The ownership of some of them can't even be determined, he noted, which is why Canada is also working with the provinces and territories to establish better rules for identifying boats. The government is going to establish an inventory of the existing derelicts with the goal of trying to remove them all.

City management restructuring now complete

1006 - City hall has streamlined operations. The City’s latest corporate structure was presented to councillors and the public at Monday’s council meeting.

The integration will see civic functions fall under four primary categories. Chief administrative officer Tracy Samra heads the CAO’s office and public services, chief financial officer Victor Mema heads corporate services and chief operating officer Brad McRae is in charge of public safety.