February 2018 news archive

City moves squatters from A&B Sound location

0228 - A number of people who had set up camps near one of Nanaimo’s busiest intersections have been asked to move by the city.

The former A&B Sound building at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo had become the site of several homeless camps by people who had taken up residence in the building’s doorways and alcoves. Furniture, shopping carts and garbage that was collecting around the building generated complaints about unsightliness, but there were also reports of campfires being lighted next to the building, which prompted a response from Nanaimo Fire Rescue on Tuesday morning.

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Nanaimo crew rescues four after boat sinks

0228 - Nanaimo-based Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 27 rescued four people on Valdes Island Tuesday afternoon after their boat was swept out to sea.

The crew was training near Silva Bay when the call came for “wet People on the beach”

The Nanaimo crew was tasked by Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and went to Cradale Point where they found four people on the beach, one with head injuries and all were wet. They had been salvaging their belongings and equipment from the water.

The crew loaded them and their gear into the MacGregor and transported them to Ladysmith. They were warmed up and their health was assessed on the trip to Ladysmith. An ambulance was called for the injured person.

A coast Guard vessel arrived as the MacGregor crew was leaving the site. The RCMSAR crew suggested that they could ensure the sunken boat was secure, it had been tied to a tree on shore, and to evaluate the full tank of fuel on the boat.  

UPDATE Suspect in scamming investigation in custody

Jordan Shepherd

 

0301 - Jordan David Shepherd, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, was arrested without incident by Nanaimo RCMP early this morning.

 

Ladysmith RCMP issued the warrant for Shepherd’s arrest Wednesday.

 

Shepherd, 34, of Nanaimo, was wanted for allegedly defrauding numerous women he dated in Nanaimo, Ladysmith and New Westminster.

 

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0228 - A 34-year-old Nanaimo man who dupes women of their money is wanted on numerous fraud charges including a Canada-wide warrant issued by Ladysmith RCMP. The Nanaimo RCMP believe there could be other victims and are asking them to come forward.

Jordan David Shepherd is wanted on five counts of Fraud under $5,000 from Nanaimo, one count of fraud from Ladysmith and another fraud charge stemming from New Westminster. All of the allegations occurred between February and August, 2017. 

 It is alleged Shepard, who sometimes goes by the name "Dave Rofter”, befriends women ranging from their mid twenties to early thirties, whom he meets in person, on social media or through “Plenty of Fish" a free dating site. Within in days, Shepherd asks the woman to deposit a cheque for him, in their account, for an amount ranging from $1,000 to $1,600, The cheque is written on his purported business account called "On the Rocks Surveying”. 

Shepherd often tells the women he either lost his bank card or he left it with a family member and could not access it. After she cashes the cheque and withdraws the money from her account, Shepard disappears. In all cases the women were later notified by their bank that “ On the Rocks Surveying” was not an account and that it did not even exist. Only then did they realize they had been duped.  

 "Some of the women who fell prey to Shepherd have taken to social media to warn other women of his actions. We too wish to warn others and hopefully encourage any who have not come forward yet, to do so. Shepherd needs to held accountable for his actions," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Jordan David Shepherd is from Nanaimo and may be in the Lower Mainland. He is 6'. 1", weighs approximately 230 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Shepherd has a tattoo of a Crown on his right wrist and another of “No Regrets” on his right upper arm.

If you have information on his  whereabouts please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.

January real estate report for Nanaimo

Courtesy John Cooper

89 single family homes sold. Average price: $518,896 (up 15%, 12 months to date over last). 1 waterfront home sold, 18 lots sold & 39 condos sold.

Single family unit sales volume is down 3%. Average days on market has decreased by 16% to 23 days.

The average condo sold for $335,380. Condo unit sales are down 5%, 12 months to date. Condos have seen a 22% decrease in days on market. Average days to sell: 25 days.

Lot sales volume is down by 43%. Lot prices have increased by 26%, 12 months to date. Average lot sale price: $237,666.

Most active region: North Nanaimo (16 sales). Highest average price: Departure Bay ($773,875). 

FULL REPORT HERE.

A dozen dead rabbits found in Rotary Bowl Stadium

Nanaimo Animal Control Services has responded to an abnormally large number of dead rabbits in and around Rotary Bowl stadium this morning.

Carley Colclough, control services’ pound co-ordinator, said “approximately 12” were found on Tuesday, although maintenance staff may have also dealt with some bodies. There was no obvious reasons for the deaths, she said.

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Public Safety Committee open house today

0228 - The city's public safety committe is holding an open house engagement session this afternoon (Wednesday Feb 28) at the Beban Park Social Lounge from 5 to 7 p.m.

The City is grappling with many issues, such as downtown security concerns, needles being found on school properties, homelessness and a lack of sidewalks making walking a possible hazard.

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Health Officer chides city for poor overdose response

Dr. Paul Hasselback MHO

0228 - Island Health is pushing back, insisting the city can do more to battle the drug oversoe crisis, arguing the idea that the City can't do anything without provincial help. Nearly 150 people fatally overdosed in the past four years in Nanaimo,

Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback on Monday provided an overview of how the crisis got to the point where 51 people died and how relief efforts in the Harbour City will stagnate.

“Nothing happening is the worst-case scenario. That's what we've seen for the last six months and that's what we've seen here at Council,” he said.

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Schools security boosted to counter homeless problems

0227 - Nanaimo school district has boosted cleanup and security at schools as homeless activity becomes more frequent.

Homeless activity around schools is nothing new, says Dale Burgos, of the school district.He says certain parts of schools are protected from the elements and so there can be homeless people and transients especially late at night and early in the morning. But activity is happening more frequently and what’s left behind – drug paraphernalia, garbage, food and feces – is causing a health and safety concern, he said.

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Navy vessel involved in Georgia Strait fuel spill

HMCS Calgary

0226 - A navy vessel spilled 30,000 litres of fuel while traveling along the Strait of Georgia on Saturday.

The F76 type fuel was released from HMCS Calgary,  between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. during a re-fueling operation, the Ministry of Environment said. This type of fuel is similar to kerosene and quickly evaporates.

“The spill was reported to have started near Parksville and ended approximately 100km southeast, just west of Tsawassen.”

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Two arrested after stolen truck hits ditch

0220 - Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck south of Nanaimo on Thursday evening.

A suspect was bitten by a police dog during the arrest, which happened in Cassidy, just off the Trans-Canada Highway near Beck Road.

Const Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the stolen vehicle was initially spotted up around Parksville late Thursday afternoon, but police made the decision not to give chase due to heavy traffic and weather conditions.

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Council backs plan to keep downtown policing office open

0224 - City council supports keeping the downtown community policing office open.Councillors voted 6-2 on a staff recommendation to re-brand the Victoria Crescentpolicing and services office, come up with a business plan or strategy to keep it open, and engage with service and resource providers downtown. 

Staff also recommended renaming the office. 

“There is an increase in negative interactions with individuals on the street, perception of lack of public safety and available resources in the downtown core area,” noted a staff report.

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City being sued over apartment block purchase

0223 - The City is being sued for actions related to the purchase of a downtown Nanaimo apartment building.

Alberta-based real estate investment company NPR GP Inc. is seeking unspecified damages from the City related to NPR's 2012 purchase of the Seacrest Apartments at 1 Chapel St., according to a notice of civil claim filed in the Supreme Court of B.C. on Jan. 16.

NPR claimed the City's fire prevention officer told them there were no issues or outstanding orders related to the building or improvements on the property. The City's statement was in response to what the claim called NPR's due diligence prior to purchasing the apartment building.

"The City was negligent in making the Representation, which was false, inaccurate or misleading in light of the Property's non-compliance with the City's requirements at the time," the claim noted, adding NPR moved ahead with the purchase relying on the information provided by the City.

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Chinese takeover of Retirement Concepts approved

0223 - The federal government has approved the sale of one of British Columbia's biggest retirement home chains to a Beijing-based insurance titan. Retirement Concepts operates Nanaimo Seniors Village.

On paper, a majority stake in Vancouver-based Retirement Concepts – believed to exceed $1-billion in value – is being sold to a Chinese-owned company called Cedar Tree Investment Canada. That is the deal that federal officials in Ottawa announced they had approved this week. However, Cedar Tree is the company that China's Anbang Insurance is using to make the acquisition.

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Real estate speculation tax also applies to vacation homes

Carole James

0223 - Finance Minister Carole James' new “speculation tax” in this week’s budget, targets vacant homes in an effort to discourage foreign investors from pushing up urban real estate prices by parking money in a hot market.

James confirmed that the speculation tax will apply to vacation homes owned by Canadians from other provinces. Like the foreign buyers tax, which B.C. is increasing from 15 to 20 per cent, the speculation tax is extended beyond Metro Vancouver to the Fraser Valley, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan and Capital Regional Districts.
 

Chaas Mearns is missing again

0222 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 13-year-old Chaas Mearns who was reported missing from his Nanaimo residence on Tuesday Jan. 30t. Although Chaas has gone missing before and eventually returned, his family, friends and the Nanaimo RCMP continue to be concerned for his safety. All parties are working co-operatively to locate and return Chaas safely.

Investigators have been in continuous contact with his caregivers; to date he has had limited if any contact via social media or otherwise with his circle of support.  

“Investigators want Chaas to know he is not in trouble and that he is not going to be arrested if and when he's located. They like his family and friends, are very concerned for his personal well-being and just want to ensure he is safe,' said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Chaas is 5 ft. 1 and weighs 100 pounds. The photos are recent and his hair is approximately the same length and style. If you know of his whereaboutscall the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477. Please note- Crime Stoppers no longer accepts SMS Tips( text).

Airport set to begin expansion of Nanaimo terminal

Mike Hooper

0222 - Construction is expected to begin on Nanaimo Airport terminal, which will see it increase by 14,000 square feet.

Mike Hooper, the airport’s president and chief executive officer, said he expects the project to break ground in March or April.

The $14-million project, which includes $5 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments, will see expansions to the terminal’s departure lounge, baggage and security screening areas and is expected to be completed by 2019. It’s the first phase of a 20-year $55-million expansion plan for the airport that will eventually see the terminal expand from 23,680 square feet to 70,395 square feet.
 

Fire forces students to move in temporary classroom

02022 - Students at Bayview Elementary school were displaced from their classroom Wednesday after a fire in the portable classroom.

Parents were notfied by the School District Wednesday morning notifying them the portable was vandalized and a grade 4/5 class would move to the library for the day.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public School's Dale Burgos said it appeared someone was using the portable for shelter sometime over the weekend and started a fire near an exterior wall. He said that caused smoke and fire damage requiring clean-up and painting.

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Dufferin Crescent getting sidewalk

0222 - Dufferin Crescent will get full sidewalks along part of the road. City Council approved a $300,000 project to build sidewalks in front of four multi-unit housing buildings in the 1600 block near Boundary Cres.

Poul Rosen, senior manager of engineering, told councillors at a recent finance and audit committee meeting this is a long-gestating project, first discussed in 2014.

“It's been in design for several months now. It's well along its way to be ready for construction,” he said.

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School district enrolment expected to increase

0221 - Nanaimo school district enrolment is forecast to increase next year.

The district has seen an upward swing in enrolment for the past three years and forecasts another jump next September.

Superintendent John Blain told trustees at a business committee meeting earlier this month that the school district’s software projects an increase of around 360 students for the next two years.

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Arrest warrant issued for accused in bank robbery

Daniel Harlow

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A warrant has been issued for the man who allegedly robbed the TD Canada Trust at Terminal Park. The incident took place at approximately 3:40 pm on Saturday February 17.

46-year-old Daniel William Harlow of no fixed address in Nanaimo, is arrestable for one count of robbery. He should be considered violent and possibly armed. If he is seen do not approach but call 911.

He is white, 5 ft.6, 150 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He has numerous tattoos, most notable being the Grim Reaper on his upper right arm and of a Wolf on his upper left arm.

 If you know Harlow's whereabouts  call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers no longer has the ability to accept SMS tips (text).

Provincial budget has billions more in spending and revenue

Carole James

0220 - The B.C. governmen's first budget forecasts a $219-million surplus for the coming fiscal year on the strength of a strong economy. 

Finance Minister Carole James said, "The choices we've made in this budget focus on a path to prosperity for everyone."

Those choices include billions of dollars more in spending over three years than the previous B.C. Liberal government had planned in its last budget — primarily on education, child care, health and social programs, along with freezing ferry fares on major routes and reducing them by 15 per cent on smaller routes.

But it also increases revenues through new taxes directed at the housing market, a new employer health tax, and increases to the carbon and tobacco taxes.

FULL STORY AT CBC

Majority of council knuckles under on housing project

0220 - Nanaimo city council said no to a provincially-funded housing project in the city's southend on Monday.

Instead councillors voted 7-2 to continue to work with BC Housing to find a site other than Cranberry Avenue in Chase River. The $7 million 44-unit supportive modular housing initiative would be funded entirely by the province. Only Councillors Diane Brennan and Gordon Fuller voted to delay the project. 

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Port Authority public engagement begins Thursday

Ewan Moir

0215 - The Nanaimo Port Authority is holding the first of a number of public engagement open houses on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Port Theatre, 4 to 7 pm at the Mezzanine Level.

The Port will provide information outlining various activities that the Port Authority engages in on a daily and broad basis. This public forum provides an opportunity to meet Port Authority Board of Directors and Senior Staff face-to-face to learn about the port and what the port is working on that affects the community on a local and regional basis.

Information will be available regarding:

• Downtown Marina Revitalization Project
• Harbour Safety & Security
• Environmental Impacts and Protection
• Development of the Port
• Land Use in and around Nanaimo’s Harbour

 “Public engagement provides an opportunity for us to hear about community concerns and perceptions on a first-hand basis" says President and CEO Ewan Moir. "This opportunity for direct contact with the local and regional community is important to our Board and staff. We look forward to meeting and discussing issues that affect the community and Nanaimo’s working harbour.” 

Light Refreshments and Snacks will be Available. For further information please contact: David Mailloux – Director of Communications, 250-753-4146 Ext 251 or dmailloux@npa.ca

Lone robber hits Terminal Park TD branch

0219 -  A lone male robbed the TD Bank at Terminal Park Mall and made off with an undisclosed amount of money Saturday Feb. 17,

No weapon was produced but the suspect indicated he had a firearm in his pocket. After the money was handed over he left on foot and was last seen heading southbound through the Mall parking lot. Officers were on scene within minutes but were unable to locate the suspect. 

  • white male, 40s, heavy set, 5 ft. 10, deep voice
  • dark hair, goatee and moustache
  • brown jacket, dark gloves
  • dark hat with a white logo on the brim 

 If anyone has information on this person or crime, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 2450-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, or call 1-800-222-8477.

 

Wounded Warrior Run begins Island Trek in Port Hardy

0219 - PORT HARDY, The Wounded Warrior Run 2018 had a great sendoff this morning.

Emergency Services, Canadian Rangers, Junior Canadian Rangers, and local First Nations members came out to show their support in -6 weather, cheering on the runners as they took off from Carrot Park at 7:30 a.m., running up Highway 19 on their way to their first stop in Port McNeill for lunch.

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No records broken in weekend cold snap

0219 - The weekend’s snow and sub-freezing temperatures didn’t break any records, but were down there with some of the lowest recorded in recent decades.

Snow fell hard and so did temperatures Saturday and Sunday, but it was Monday at about 7 a.m. when the mercury dipped to its lowest point, marking a -9.4 Celsius reading that had commuters scraping heavy frost from windshields.

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Garbage pickup will be made today where possible

News Bulletin file photo

0219 - Garbage will be picked up today, Feb. 19, depending on road conditions.

A City of Nanaimo press release states solid waste collection drivers will attempt pickup on scheduled routes. However, Residents are advised that, due to snow coverage and challenging road conditions, trash pickup in some areas may be missed, particularly in higher elevation areas.

Residents whose garbage, kitchen or recycling collection is missed Monday are asked to please take it back in and it will be collected it on the next scheduled garbage day.

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Nanaimo sports awards handed out at big gala

0217 - The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards were held Friday at the Coast Bastion Hotel and as always, a wide range of sports were represented in the room.

One of the big winners Friday was Vancouver Island University’s national-championship-winning men’s soccer team, selected as Team of the Year. Bill Merriman, coach of that side, was honoured as High-Performance Coach of the Year.

Male Team Athlete of the Year went to V.I. Raiders all-Canadian receiver and return specialist Brycen Mayoh, while Female Team Athlete of the Year went to Team B.C. baseball player Veronica Wong.
For all the winners, go HERE

Keep you snow shovels handy, you may need them

Northfield intersection work to begin next week

0216 - Construction is set to begin on the Northfield Road-Boundary Avenue-Highway 19A intersection next Tuesday.

Motorists should expect traffic disruptions, delays and detours and access to Northfield from Highway 19A will be closed periodically during construction.

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Regional District won't build new recycling facility

0216 - The Regional District willl not buy land from the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange or build a new recycling facility.

The exchange operates at Kenworth Road with a lease expiring at the end of March. The NRE asked the RDN to buy NRE-owned land at an adjacent site and build on it. Instead, the board gave preliminary support, which could see $300,000 annually to the exchange for five years, pending public consultation and provincial approval of its solid waste management plan, which is currently in its third stage.

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Masked Halloween bandit robs Harewood liquor store

0315 - The Harewood Liquor Store was robbed just before 11 pm on Tuesday by a male wearing a Halloween scream mask and brandishing a machete. No one was injured during the robbery and the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect entered the business just before closing and demanded the clerk give him cash from the till. Once the money was handed over the suspect took off on foot and was last seen running northbound through the parking lot toward Howard Avenue. Officers along with Police Dog Services were on scene within minutes but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect was wearing a Halloween scream mask similar to one worn during an armed robbery at the same business last October. The person responsible has not been identified.

"Officers are looking at the possibility the same person may be responsible for both occurrences given the mask worn and other physical features of the suspect, "said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.  

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.

Life-saving equipment stolen from Merle Logan Field

A key piece of equipment is no longer ready to save lives after a thoughtless theft from a Nanaimo park.

0214 - The City seeks public help to recover an automated external defibrillator (AED) that was stolen from Merle Logan turf field in Beban Park. The $2,000 machine was stolen sometime around Feb. 12 or 13.

"AED's are life-saving devices that have become essential assets to have in City facilities. It is really unfortunate someone thought it was worth it to take one as it has little to no resale value," the City's Mark Demecha said in a news release.

The City's AED program began in 2009 and have saved at least four lives over the years. There are one or two machines in all major recreation facilities, including four in the Beban Park complex.

Anyone with information should contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Security system problems cause flight delays

0214 - A broken down X-ray security scanner at Nanaimo Airport led to missed flights and plenty of irritated passengers.

Airport president Mike Hooper said their only X-ray scanner to check luggage broke down Monday afternoon, causing delays as staff check each piece of luggage by hand.

An Air Canada representative told NanaimoNewsNOW 10 to 15 people missed outgoing flights from Nanaimo and “lots of people” have missed connecting flights.

“There is frustration,” Hooper said. “Any time that there's a slow down or a change in how you go through a security process there is always a bit of frustration.”

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B.C. ferries promises major changes to reservations

Mark Collins

0214 - Changes to B.C. Ferries operations are just around the corner.

Mark Collins, president and chief executive officer for B.C. Ferries, said the company is planning on introducing a brand-new website as soon as the fall, and a new reservation system that includes flexible fare pricing within the next 18 to 24 months.

“We are on the cusp of a new website, a new mobile application and we are on the cusp of a new reservation system that will be considerably more flexible,” Collins said.

Collins made the comments following a presentation to members of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at the Coast Bastion Hotel, where he provided an update on B.C. Ferries.
 

Businesses concerned about Horgan's pipeline opposition

Premier Horgan

0214 A group of five B.C. business organizations has sent an open letter to Premier John Horgan asking him to end the opposition to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline project. They tell the Premier his stance is doing untold damage to British Columbia and Alberta. Read the letter HERE 

Mountie wraps up her career on patrol with son

Const Ty Skrine on patrol with his RCMP Mom

0207 - A B.C. Mountie spent her last shift in Nanaimo on the beat with a rookie officer she has been training her whole life.

Joanne Callens closed out her 32-year career in Nanaimo last Friday night on general duty with her 23-year-old son Ty Skrine, a newcomer in his first year with the force.

Callens, who was posted in Kelowna, said it was perfect timing because her son was on night shift at the time and those are "always a little more fun."

"You might come across something a little more interesting, which we did. The night started a little slow but then it picked up," she told NanaimoNewsNOW. "Ty was like 'Okay mom, stand back' and I was like 'You know what, I have been doing this for a while, it's okay.'"

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Special prosecutor named in city hall case

0207 - A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case related to threats uttered at Nanaimo city hall.

The B.C. Prosecution Service announced Wednesday advising that Michael Klein was appointed special prosecutor on Feb. 2.

“The appointment of a special prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice in light of the nature of the allegations and the identity of some of the complainants as elected municipal officials,” the statement notes.

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Mayor says his life was threatened

Mayor Bill McKay

0206 -  Mayor Bill McKay said RCMP told him last week that his life had been threatened. Police phoned him within an hour of an incident at city hall last Wednesday and informed him, “There were threats uttered against me,” McKay said Monday.

He said he was specifically told that the threats were against his life.

McKay’s comments follow a release issued by the municipality of Nanaimo, stating that city hall is safe for residents.

Police have not released the name of a woman who was arrested and released on specific conditions. Some media sites have named Tracy Samra, the city's Chief Administrative Officer ass the woman who was arrested. 

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City to take another look at Chase River housing plan

0206 - A supportive housing complex planned in the Chase River area isn’t a sure thing after city council voted Monday to look at alternative sites for the project.

A number of  Chase River residents voiced their opposition to the 44-unit supportive housing complex in their neighbourhood.

The modular housing facility, a partnership between the city, provincial government and Pacifica Housing, is intended to provide homes and supportive services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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A typical day in the life of Nanaimo cops - 138 files

Const. Gary O'Brien

0205 - Have you ever wondered what the Nanaimo RCMP General Duty officers or Plain Clothes officers do in a given 24-hour period? The following provides a break down of all calls dispatched from the Communications Centre and investigated by General Duty officers in a span of 24 hours during late January to early February 2018. For privacy reasons, the exact day is not indicated. 

While General Duty officers are extremely busy with 911 or non-emergency calls, our plain clothes officers are also fully engaged, investigating a variety of incidents, ranging from homicides, Sexual Assaults, Frauds to Missing Persons. All of these files take time and significant resources to investigate and hopefully solve.

 24-hour period in late January to early February- 138 files 

  • 17 Unwanted guests
  • 15 Traffic related files
  • 13 Disturbances
  • 12 Assist General Public or Assist other agencies 
  • 10 Suspicious persons/occurrences & 10 Check well-being
  • 8 Thefts & 6 Threats 
  • 5 Abandoned 911, 5 Alarms, 5 Property and 4 Mischief 
  • 3 Breach, 3 Bylaws, 3 Possible impaired, 3 Break and Enter, 3 Harassment & 3 Mental Health 
  • 2 Frauds, 2 Missing, 2 Drugs 
  • 1 Assault, 1 Domestic, 1 Shoplifter, 1 Firearm

  "This depicts a typical day for a General Duty police officer in Nanaimo. Needless to say, its busy but having said that, most police officers wouldn't have it any other way, " said Constable Gary O"Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police say laser light was pointed at helicopter

0205 - Oak Bay police say a green laser light was pointed toward a Helijet while in flight last week. Directing a laser at a flight is a federal offence

Police say the incident happened Jan. 29 while the helicopter was at 4,700 feet.

The laser originated from an area of Cadboro Bay and police received the report from Nav Canada at 6:20 p.m.

Authorities are reminding people that directing a laser at a flight can temporarily blind the pilot and put everyone on board at risk.

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Liquor stores will not handle sale of cannabis

Mike Farnworth

0204 - When recreational marijuana is legalized this summer, British Columbians won’t be able to buy it at liquor stores.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is set to unveil a suite of rules and regulations for legal cannabis in B.C. on Monday. Chief among them will be a ban on the sale of cannabis products alongside any alcohol products.

In addition to the liquor store ban, Farnworth is set to announce that landlords will have the right to ban tenants from growing cannabis on their premises.

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Victoria Cresc police office may be kept open

Ken Fry

0204 - The doors at Nanaimo's community policing and services office may stay open.

The City's public safety committee on Thursday recommended the office stay open and be developed to include other street issues.

Karen Fry, fire chief and acting director of public safety, said the Victoria Cres building could fill a larger role in the community and isn't being utilized as well as it could be.

“I don't think necessarily having bylaw staff in there with a locked door is the best resource,” she said to the committee and a sizable crowd at the meeting. “Really...it's only a block away for staff to get down there and bylaw officers themselves are out on the street, they're not stationed there.”

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Missing Christopher Cattrall found deceased

0204 - Actress Kim Cattrall announced on Twitter her brother Christopher Cattrall was found deceased.

The 55-year-old was reported missing from his Lacombe County home in Alberta on Jan. 30. Cattrall said on Twitter on Sunday that it was with sadness she announced the, “unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall.”

“At this time we ask for privacy. We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time,” said Cattrall.

Website names Samra as woman in alleged threats

Tracy Samra

0203 - News Nanaimo is identifying the woman arrested for allegedly uttering threats at City Hall as departing city manager Tracy Samra.

RCMP arrested Ms. Samra on Wednesday evening. She was released on an undertaking not to have any contact with several individuals, among them members of city council and former staff members.

The decision to name Ms. Samra was made after careful consideration. Typically, we would not name a suspect until they are formally charged unless there was a pressing safety concern. We are not aware of any such concern.

However, this reporter is one of the individuals Ms. Samra is barred from having direct or indirect contact with. This condition was placed on Ms. Samra by the RCMP with her agreement.

More at News Nanaimo 

Raiders victimized by break-in at Caledonia Park

0203 - The VI Raiders junior football team was victimized by another theft this week at its home field at Caledonia Park. A suspect or suspects broke into the tower building and stole a laptop, camera equipment and tripod used for live-streaming games, and other items.

“It’s just crazy; it’s so frustrating,” said Glenn Cook, Raiders general manager.

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Chief financial officer blows expense budget by 100%

Victor Mema

0202 - the City’s chief financial officer Victor Mema exceeded his expense budget by more than 100 per cent only three-quarters of the way through the year, .

The city released this week its statements of financial information for its highest-paid managers through Sept. 30, 2017.

Mema saw his 2017 expenses climb to $15,536 for the first nine months of the year on an expense budgetof $7,500.

Mema’s travel and conference expenses were $12,693, with more than half of those expenses coming, as previously reported, at an SAP conference in Orlando in May. 
 

Sparks fly but Trudeau remains firm on pipeline

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0202 - Justin Trudeau’s nationwide town hall tour in Nanaimo with some fireworks, making nationwide news.

The Prime Minister was at Vancouver Island University on Friday,for his final town hall meeting, which at times saw audience members become passionate, lively and truculent.

Trudeau entered a packed university gymnasium, to cheers and boos. Almost immediately after he took the microphone, heckling from the audience began, with many vocalizing their displeasure at the federal government’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.
 

Police investigating alleged threats against council members

0201 - Police are investigating after a woman allegedly threatened to burn  the homes of some council members, Nanaimonet.com has learned.

Sources have confirmed that an incident took place and that a woman was arrested Wednesday night for uttering threats following an incident earlier in the day at City Hall.

In cases where high-ranking officals or politicians are involved it is usual policy not to have the case investigated by the local detachment. The RCMP Island District General Investigation Section is investigating the case.

The woman who was arrested and released is not a city councillor. She cannot be named until formal charges are sworn.

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Samra has a new job, but council not informed yet

Tracy Samra

0131 - The Sechelt First Nation has announced Tracy Samra as its new its new CAO effective this month.

“The shíshálh Nation has appointed Tracy Samra as chief administrative officer,” reads the First Nation’s website, with a link only privately accessible.

Samra said she expects to make a public statement at Monday’s Nanaimo city council meeting.

“I have been given an offer by Sechelt,” she said. “They’ve given me an offer and I think it’s a wonderful opportunity.”

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Chase River residents oppose supported housing scheme

0201 - A plan to stack social housing in south Nanaimo faces opposition from the neighbourhood.

Residents packed the Chase River Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday night for an open house regarding a 44-unit supportive modular-housing project proposed for Cranberry Road.

The City of Nanaimo and partners B.C. Housing and Pacifica Housing were represented at the meeting and faced not only questions from residents, but also angry cries and tearful ones.

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