Recent unsolved crimes in Nanaimo
0629 - The following crimes remained unsolved. If you have
information on any of these incidents, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers is available at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com,
text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.
Nanaimo file # 2017-19149 Sometime overnight on Monday June 19th, a break and enter occurred at BC Hydro located at 400 Madsen Road. Unknown persons
entered through a gap in the perimeter fence then stole two sets of climbing equipment, as a well as a piece of electrical equipment called a Genset. Estimated loss is in the range of $550
Nanaimo file # 2017-19509 On
Thursday June 22nd, between 9:30 am and 11 am a break and enter occurred in the 6000 Leah Lane. Unknown persons entered through an unlocked front door and made off with a purse which was lying on a table.
file # 2017-19554 On Thursday June 22nd, a black motorbike jacket was stolen from a shopping cart at Walmart. The jacket is valued at $500 and there were no witnesses to the theft
file # 2017-19269 Sometime overnight on Tuesday June 20th, Costin Hall located at 7232 Lantzville Road was broken into. It is believed the incident occurred between 5:20 pm and 6: 30 pm. Entry was gained through a basement door.
The thieves then made their way to the kitchen area where mustard was sprayed on the wall
Nanaimo file # 2017-19646 On Wednesday June 21st, a women's necklace was found
in a patch of grass near 470 Winchester Ave
Nanaimo file # 2017-19996 On Sunday June 25th, Supreme Self Storage located at 40 Maki Road was broken into. A trailer and two boats stored in the compound
were entered and rummaged through.
Nanaimo file # 2017-20085 Sometime overnight on Monday June 26th, a BC Hydro substation located at Nanaimo Lakes Road at South Forks Road was broken into with tools and equipment
being stolen. The theft, damage and loss of work due to the theft is in the range of $25,000
Cst Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer/Crime Stoppers Coordinator
Foul play not suspected in death of woman near Coombs
0629 - Foul play is not suspected in the death of the 55-year-old woman
near the Alberni Highway, RCMP said in a news release. The BC Coroner's Service is now investigating.
RCMP said emergency responders found the woman's body near the 2400 block of the highway around 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.
VIU power engineering grads nab top national honours
Denis Cote, Chair of VIU’s Power Engineering program, second from
left, and former student Tim Ryper, second from right, were recognized for their contributions and achievements in the field of power engineering last week. Jude Rankin, left, Interprovincial Power Engineering Curriculum Committee Chair, and Joe Simms, Standardization
of Power Engineer Examinations Committee Chair, presented them with their awards.
June 28, 2017 - Two former Vancouver Island University (VIU) Power Engineering students are not only top of their class –
they have surged to the top of the list in Canada as well.
Tim Ryper and Fred Hillyer won first and third place respectively in the national Power Engineering Outstanding Achievement Student Awards for 4th Class Power Engineering. These annual awards, hosted by PanGlobal Training Systems, are based on achieving full 4th Class certification with the highest combined marks
from their school program and national certification exams. About three dozen post-secondary institutions offer Power Engineering programs across Canada.
Ryper, who won with a 90.7% average, received $1,000 cash and travel and registration
expenses to participate in the Inter-Provincial Power Engineering Curriculum Committee’s (IPECC’s) 2017 annual meeting in Montreal last week. The committee meets every year to go through the curriculum, make updates to learning materials and ensure
the curriculum is harmonized across each province. Ryper received his award at a banquet on the final night of the conference.
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Transport Canada sticks with Nanaimo Port Authority
Two ships loading at downtown Nanaimo's Assembly Wharf.
Merv Unger photo
June 26 - Transport Canada has no interest in replacing the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) with a non-profit society, says a letter written to the City.
The May 23 letter from Robert Dick, Transport Canada's regional director of the Pacific Region,
was in response to a motion passed by City Council in early April. That motion supported the Greater Nanaimo Waterfront
Association's (GNWA) efforts to form a society to govern Nanaimo's water lot properties.
“Transport Canada has no plan to alter the current governance structure of the Nanaimo Port Authority,” the letter, addressed to Nanaimo CAO Tracy Samra
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Fire at base
of Mount Arrowsmith
June 25 - The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) reports a blaze burning at the base of Mt. Arrowsmith near Port Alberni has reached 20 hectares in size as of Sunday evening.
The fire was discovered on
Saturday just off the Cameron Main Logging Rd. on the western base of the mountain.
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Sears Canada seeks creditor protection
June 22 - Sears Canada says it is seeking court protection from its
creditors in order to restructure its business.
Trading in shares in the company was halted Thursday morning after the retailer made the announcement.
The struggling retailer has piled up losses and seen its stock nosedive, losing more than 80
per cent of its value in the last year. It has also gone through several leadership changes in recent years.
Just last week, the company warned there was “significant doubt” about its future and that it could be sold or restructured. Little
detail has been given on what the restructuring will look like, but that it will happen in a “timely fashion” with a goal of exiting the CCAA protection within the year, the retailer said in a statement.
Roughly 17,000 people are employed
through Sears Canada, which opened in 1952. The retailers currently has 95 full-size department stores and 23 Sears Home stores.
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RCMP set priorities
for coming year
June 21 - Nanaimo RCMP know what they have to do in the coming year. Supt. Cameron Miller outlined strategic priorities for City
Council on Monday.
Domestic violence, crime reduction, road safety, youth, community engagement and quality of investigation were the potential options for the 2017/2018 year, all of which were approved by council.
Miller told NanaimoNewsNOW they
wanted to focus on domestic violence since they respond to approximately three calls for it a day, everything from a loud verbal fight to assault, and their call volume was steady for the last year.
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Dumas retiring from Nanaimo Port Authority
Bernie Dumas is retiring as president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, effective September 30, 2017.
He made the announcement today
at a news conference.
“After nearly 40 years of working in the marine industry across Canada it is time to dedicate more time to my family and personal pursuits,” Dumas said.
“The past nine years as the President and CEO of
the Nanaimo Port Authority have been the most enjoyable and gratifying time of my career. I am pleased to have been part of the NPA’s transformation from a forest product distribution centre to a multimodal port operation.
Port Authority Board
Chair Moira Jenkins lauded Dumas for his great vision and innovation as leader of the Port Authority
“His many accomplishments reflect his exceptional commitment. He has led the Port’s transformation from a forest products distribution centre,
to a multimodal port operation, establishing Nanaimo as the main marine gateway for trade to and from the island,” Jenkins said.
“Through Bernie’s vision, and with the introduction of DP World and containerization, the Port’s
Short-sea shipping service now connects Vancouver Island to new global markets for island manufacturers. Bernie has been instrumental in the development of the “Marine Domain Awareness System,” a program which is considered one of the best
in Canada, and ensures safety for our harbour and for the coast. Nanaimo can take pride in establishing this wonderful service which is highly valued by our marine community”, Jenkins added.
She said Dumas is a highly respected and valued leader
and his team of dedicated and committed staff will miss him as will the Board and I.
“I personally thank Bernie for his 9 year service dedication to the customers and community of the Nanaimo Port Authority. His significant and visionary leadership
will be truly missed. We wish Bernie all the very best as he embarks on new adventures”.
Dumas thanked his customers and industry colleagues for their support over the years.
“I express my thanks to the various board members
during my time at the Port for their support and advice. It has been a privilege to lead such a loyal and hardworking staff that are truly the driving force behind the success of the Port,” said Dumas.
“I am proud to have been part of the
federal port system in Canada and I look forward to watching the NPA’s future progress and growth,” he added.
Bernie and his wife Shelley intend to remain in Nanaimo where they have created a new life and circle of friends.
Lantzville crash sends one driver to Victoria hospital
June 21 - A two-vehicle collision in Lantzville has sent one of the drivers
to hospital by air ambulance.
The crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night on Lantzville Road, near Superior Road.
Police said the vehicles collided, causing one of them to run into a small tree on the north side of the road. The other
came to rest into a ditch on the south side of the road, trapping its driver, who had to be extricated by first responders. That driver was helicoptered to Victoria with what were called serious but non life-threatening injuries, Nanaimo RCMP reported in a
seek a boost for their funding drive
June 21 - The Nanaimo Clippers' drive to buy the team is running out of steam – so they asked the
city for financial help in the form of a grant.
Andrea Trepanier, Clippers chief executive officer, said the campaign has lost momentum in recent weeks.
Earlier this year when ownership talked about relocating the team, “it was all doom
and gloom and people were like, ‘no, we’ve got to save the Clippers,’” Trepanier told the News Bulletin. “And we thought we’d get lots of support and we have, we’re doing OK, but it hasn’t been as big as we’d
HMCS Nanaimo gun on display at Military
A 40-mm Bofors gun arrived today and
was installed at the front of the Vancouver Island Military Museum
June 20 - The Vancouver Island Military Museum has installed a 40-mm Bofors gun at the museum and will hold a dedication ceremony on Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the
The gun comes from HMCS Nanaimo. The stationing of the gun in Nanaimo marks the 20th anniversary of the commissioning of Nanaimo's namesake ship.
The gun is on permanent display at the Museum.
New hope for conference centre hotel
June 20 - There's new hope in the long struggle to get a hotel built across the street from Nanaimo's downtown conference centre.
McKay announced Monday that council gave approval in principle to the sale of the lot at 100 Gordon St. to a Utah-based company. PEG Developments intends to build a $23 million hotel to be completed by early 2019, according to City of Nanaimo manager of real
estate Bill Corsan.
The $750,000 sale price for the lot represents a $185,000 increase compared to what a Chinese company paid for it in 2013.
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City tackling downtown safety concerns
June 19 - City council has approved a short-term plan
to address social disorder concerns in Nanaimo's downtown core.
June 19 - A private firm will handle security patrols, several people will be hired to clean-up litter and City staff will install two new needle disposal boxes at yet-to-be determined
locations. Staff reported the eight existing needle boxes throughout downtown Nanaimo are well used.
City social planner John Horn told NanaimoNewsNOW there has been a noticable increase of “street entrenched” people in
the downtown area over the last 10 months, the majority of them new to the community. Horn said that group, estimated at between 30 and 150 people, is driving the heightened anxiety levels for many residents.
University seeks indigenous students for summer camp
VIU alumni Morgan Mowatt and Troy Barnes,
and Elder-in-Residence Gary Manson, are looking forward to welcoming Indigenous youth to VIU for two summer camp programs this August.
June 19 - When Troy Barnes recalls his first day of college, he still feels the blood rise
to his face as feelings of humiliation, fear and isolation come rushing back.
Barnes, a member of the Klahoose Nation with Homalco roots as well, had just moved to a big city from the small town of Powell River, where he had lived all his
life with his parents. He got lost looking for parking, then he got lost trying to find the building his first class was in. When he arrived late, the entire class stared at him as he walked in, including the professor, who went on to announce that he expected
50% of the students in that class to fail.
“That first day was so horrible, I didn't want to go back,” he remembers. “I didn't have any friends there, I didn't feel like I had the support I needed to succeed. I dropped
out at the end of that first semester.”
Barnes had better luck on his second try at university when he came to VIU and became an active member of VIU’s ‘Su’luqw’a’
Community Cousins Aboriginal mentorship program. It worked because he felt like he was joining – and contributing to – a community.
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Lantzville water pipeline unveiled, but remains dry
water pipeline linking Nanaimo and Lantzville was unveiled at a ceremony Monday morning.
Lantzville councillors recently approved the construction of 980 metres of water pipeline from 7075 Lantzville Rd. to Schook Road for a cost of $633,360.
the new pipeline physically connects to Nanaimo’s water system, no water will be flowing Lantzville’s way as councillors still need to approve triggering the Lantzville-Nanaimo water agreement that was signed in 2014.
Law Enforcement Run cancelled
The Nanaimo RCMP 2017 Law Enforcement Run scheduled for Saturday,
June 24 at Maffeo Sutton Park has been cancelled.
“The Nanaimo RCMP continues to support BC Special Olympics and in the upcoming months will look to find other means to support and highlight the achievements
of these incredible athletes. We would also like to acknowledge Save On Foods and RSM DJ Servicesfor their continued financial support of this event for the past 7 years, “said Constable Gary O’Brien,
Unsolved crimes from past four weeks
The following incidents remain unsolved and have occurred over past 4 weeks. If you have any information on these incidents, please contact the non-emergency line of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous,
contact Crime Stoppers.
Nanaimo file # 2017-12994 On May 1st, a local man reported receiving a phone call from 1-800-410-0665 where the caller stated he was working with "Cyber Crime. The unidentified caller said the local
man’s email had been identified as sending threatening letters and child pornography. Before the caller could solicit him for personal information or cash, the local man ended the phone call. The investigator later called the phone number provided and
after 20 rings the line went dead.
Nanaimo file # 2017-14989 On Friday May 19th, a male reported purchasing a large TV Projector from 2 males who were selling them from the back of a Ford mini-van, parked in the parking lot
of Dickinson Crossing. The two "salesmen" told the buyer they recently sold several TV's to local north end businesses and had some remaining stock they wanted to off load. They stated the TV was valued at $5200 but would sell it for $800. This transaction
had all the ear marks of a scam. Remember- If it appears too good to be true, it’s probably not true.
Nanaimo file # 2017-16487 Sometime overnight on Tuesday May 30th, trucks parked at Low Tide Trucking on Tenth St
were broken into. Thieves entered the lot by cutting through the chain link fence, and then broke off locks to the trucks. After removing the locks thieves rummaged through gifts and donated items which were to be delivered to deserving families in Nanaimo.
Nanaimo file # 2017-17517 On Tuesday June 6th, a white women's purse was turned into the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment. Inside the purse was a unique looking snow globe. To date the purse and its contents have not been
Nanaimo file # 2017-18031 On Saturday June 10th, a substantial amount of jewelry was stolen from a home located in the 1600 block of Dufferin Crescent. The owner told police she left home between 8: 15 am and 8:30 am to
walk her dog. She did not realize the theft had occurred until later that afternoon. Taken was a credit card, cigarettes and upwards of $40,000 in jewelry. The jewelry was kept in a red leather purse which was also taken. It is believed the home was entered
through an unlocked door with the suspect(s) leaving through the same.
Nanaimo file # 2017-18252 On Monday June 12th, an 18 year old Nanaimo resident reported to the Nanaimo RCMP he had been contacted by the "IRS" who informed
him he owed $5000 in back taxes. He was told he could eliminate his debt by purchasing itunes gift cards. He was directed and to and sent a money wire transfer of $1500 of itunes cards. He was in the process of sending another $3500 when he was stopped by
an alert employee of a local grocery chain. fI you receive a phone from someone asking you to purchase itunes gift cards please remember this- it’s a scam, it’s a scam and it’s a scam. In this particular case the victim was told the caller
was from the IRS. The IRS only has jurisdiction in the United States of America. In Canada only the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) is authorized to contact you concerning taxation issues; they are also not in the business of purchasing itunes cards. They will
NEVER threaten you and will only contact you by mail Remember one more thing- please share this information with one other person.
Nanaimo file # 2017-18223 Sometime overnight on Monday June 12th, a black leafblower and 2 metal
planters were taken from the backyard at 25 Maki Road. It is believed an unknown person residing in the trailer park may be responsible.
Nanaimo file # 2017-18572 On Wednesday June 14th, a set of golf clubs was taken from a vehicle
parked at Port Place Mall. Later that same day a south Asian male attempted to pawn the clubs at a local Pawn shop but was refused, and left with them. The bag containing the clubs is grey and black. The clubs were assorted, consisting of Mizuno irons, Taylor
driver, Odyssey putter and a Burner pitching wedge.
Cst Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer/Crime Stoppers Coordinator
Residents support switch to LED street lights
June 17 - A brighter future is expected
for late night commutes in Nanaimo.
The City of Nanaimo held an open house in late April to hear community thoughts and concerns about having brighter LED streetlights.
Jamie Rose, acting manager of transportation with the City, said he was surprised
to see more than 30 people at the open house.
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Island Highway reopened following crash
June 17 - Highway 19 is now open following an earlier multi-vehicle accident just north of the Highway
19A junction in Parksville.
A crash just before 5 p.m. Saturday temporarily shut down Highway 19 northbound near the Englishman River bridge until about 10 p.m.
Air Ambulance, B.C. Ambulance, Oceanside RCMP and the Errington Volunteer Fire Department
and Parksville Volunteer Fire Department were on scene.
Female driver killed in Cedar Road accident
0615- RCMP report a 25-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her
car into a telephone pole on Cedar Road on Thursday.
She was northbound on Cedar Road near Bennie Road at around 8:30 p.m.
The crash shut down Cedar Road for about three hours while Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services, a collision reconstructionist
and the BC Coroner’s Service investigated.
An RCMP victim services unit has provided assistance to family members of the deceased.
Police are now asking anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the victim within a few hours prior to when it
happened to call them at 250-754-2345.
School staff and students evacuated after threat
0614 - Nanaimo RCMP received a report Wednesday morning of a threat concerning Park Avenue Elementary. Out of an abundance of caution, the staff and students were evacuated from the school to the field. As it was
anticipated that the school would not be accessible for some time, the staff and students were walked to John Barsby Secondary School for their safety and security. Some parents picked up their children at that location. A subsequent
investigation revealed nothing of concern, and the remaining students were returned to the school.
“Schools are a priority, and police evaluate all information thoroughly. It is hoped that anyone with information
about this incident would come forward to assist in the investigation” reported Cpl. Jon Stuart of the Nanaimo RCMP. The investigation is ongoing.
Cpl. Jon STUART / Cap. Jon Stuart
"C" Watch Acting
Tel / Tél : 250-754-2345
Fax / Téléc: 250-753-0946
Bernie Dumas retiring as Port of Nanaimo
President and CEO
0614 - Bernie Dumas is retiring as
president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, effective September 30, 2017.
He made the announcement today at a news conference.
“After nearly 40 years of working in the marine industry across Canada it is time to dedicate more time
to my family and personal pursuits,” Dumas said.
“The past nine years as the President and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority have been the most enjoyable and gratifying time of my career. I am pleased to have been part of the NPA’s
transformation from a forest product distribution centre to a multimodal port operation.
Port Authority Board Chair Moira Jenkins lauded Dumas for his great vision and innovation as leader of the Port Authority
“His many accomplishments
reflect his exceptional commitment. He has led the Port’s transformation from a forest products distribution centre, to a multimodal port operation, establishing Nanaimo as the main marine gateway for trade to and from the island,” Jenkins
“Through Bernie’s vision, and with the introduction of DP World and containerization, the Port’s Short-sea shipping service now connects Vancouver Island to new global markets for island manufacturers. Bernie has been instrumental
in the development of the “Marine Domain Awareness System,” a program which is considered one of the best in Canada, and ensures safety for our harbour and for the coast. Nanaimo can take pride in establishing this wonderful service which is highly
valued by our marine community”, Jenkins added.
She said Dumas is a highly respected and valued leader and his team of dedicated and committed staff will miss him as will the Board and I.
“I personally thank Bernie for his
9 year service dedication to the customers and community of the Nanaimo Port Authority.His significant and visionary leadership will be truly missed. We wish Bernie all the very best as he embarks on new adventures”.
his customers and industry colleagues for their support over the years.
“I express my thanks to the various board members during my time at the Port for their support and advice. It has been a privilege to lead
such a loyal and hardworking staff that are truly the driving force behind the success of the Port,” said Dumas.
“I am proud to have been part of the federal port system in Canada and I look forward to watching the NPA’s future
progress and growth,” he added.
Bernie and his wife Shelley intend to remain in Nanaimo where they have created a new life and circle of friends.
Port Drive waterfront plan open house June 21
The public is invited to attend an Open House to view concepts and options and
provide feedback. The Open House will be on June 21 from 4 – 8 PM at 1 Port Drive, directly across the street from Port Place Mall.
In October 2015, the City of Nanaimo began a Master Plan process for 1 Port Drive, a parcel of municipal
land and water located along the southern Nanaimo waterfront.
As part of Phase 2 ('Issues and Opportunities') the project, the City held four workshops in Winter 2015/2016 with tenants, adjacent landowners and other stakeholders to identify common interests
and goals for the site. Shared objectives from stakeholders for the site include:
- Increasing access to the waterfront with an extended walkway, enhanced public spaces and amenities;
- Improving pedestrian and cyclist connections in the
- Achieving a successful and complementary mix of commercial and retail uses;
- Recognizing existing light industrial uses; and,
- Building on the “working harbour” identity of the south downtown waterfront to create
a unique and dynamic space.
We are now in Phase 3 of the project, 'Options Development,' which explores concepts and options for future land uses and key plan features, such as site access, a transit exchange, and waterfront walkway. The
next step in the process is to bring concepts and options back to stakeholders and the public, in order to gather feedback that can be used to draft a Master Plan.
Seaspan unveils new $44-million Duke Point Terminal
0613 - A sizeable capital investment in
Nanaimo is a sign of confidence in the local short-sea shipping business, says a major industry player.
Seaspan Ferries on Monday unveilled its revamped and expanded Duke Point Terminal, valued by the company at $44 million.
Seaspan ULC CEO Frank
Butzelaar told NanaimoNewsNOW consolidating their operation from the Port Drive location to Duke Point
is a sign of certainty in the mid-island market.
“It certainly reinforces Nanaimo's position as the hub of Vancouer Island,” Butzelaar said. “The central island location in this facility has great access to points north and points
south on the Island Highway.”
Waterfront walkway survey draws strong support
0613 -There's overwhelming support for a continuous waterfront walkway and the City of Nanaimo needs to avoid delays and get working on it right away.
That is the common theme pulled from responses to a public survey on the project, which garnered nearly
2,000 responses last month.
City of Nanaimo manager of real estate Bill Corsan said the level of participation from the public "beat all expectations."
Rates may go up again - and that's garbage
0613 - Nanaimo residents could see a second garbage rate increase this year.
City council is one vote away from increasing residential garbage rates 15 per cent to pay for its new ‘Sort Toss Roll’ program, an automated
solid waste collection service that begins in central Nanaimo this fall.
Council agreed to automate garbage collection during a closed meeting
in March. The new program, which will see mechanical arms pluck bins from the curbside, will cost around $7.5 million for new bins and garbage trucks and public education.
Senior falls victim to telephone fraud, second attempt foiled
0613 - Nanaimo RCMP call takers were inundated with over 100 complaints of attempted telephone fraud in a single day. Unfortunately, an 81 year old Nanaimo resident fell victim of one of these attempts and was
defrauded of $1500.
This fraud is an iteration of the Canada Revenue Agency Scam where two individuals claiming to be from the government demanded payment of a fictitious tax debt over the phone. The victim complied with their
request to attend a local store and purchase Itunes gift cards. The activation numbers were then provided to the fraudsters. They further demanded an additional payment of $3500 and threatened the victim that should he attend a police
station he would be arrested. The victim attended a local store to purchase the additional cards however a diligent clerk interceded and the Nanaimo RCMP was contacted.
“Thanks to the vigilance of a store clerk the victim
was protected from further loss. It is quite clear scammers are actively targeting residents of Nanaimo with variations of the Canada Revenue Agency Scam. Awareness for yourself and others is the best defence for this type of crime”,
said Constable Derek Balderston.
How to protect yourself
If in doubt, contact the CRA to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/menu-eng.html
Never provide personal information to anyone over the phone. Ask who is calling, document information and do your homework.
The CRA will never ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message.
The CRA would
never request payment by money service business, prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards.
For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect
yourself against fraud.
If you've shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.
If you've mistakenly shared banking information, contact your financial institution
to place alerts on your account.
If you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming to represent the CRA, it is a scam. Simply hang up on the call and if it is an email, delete it. If you were tricked into providing personal information
or money, contact your local police agency. Otherwise , report the incident to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre does not conduct investigations but provides valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies all over the world by identifying connections among seemingly unrelated cases. Your information may provide the piece that
completes the puzzle.
Cst. Derek Balderston
Bicycle Patrol Unit
Nanaimo RCMP / Government of Canada
Tel: 250-754-2345 / Fax: 250-753-0946
City's sustainability officer's job not so sustainable
A senior manager is no longer working with the City of Nanaimo after less than six months on the job.
Director of human
resources John Van Horne confirmed chief sustainability officer Kim Fowler left the City in mid-May. Fowler began working in the newly-created position within the senior management team in December, 2016.
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Nanaimo-to-Vancouver bathtub race is back this year
June 6 - The Great International World Championship Bathtub Race is going back to it's roots for Canada's 150th birthday. This year's race will return to the initial route between Nanaimo and Vancouver.
The race was launched
in 1967 – Canada's Centennial, the brainchild of then Mayor Frank Ney
“It was quite a party back in Nanaimo in those days,” remembers Greg Peacock, second vice-commodore of the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society.
Athletes get financial boost from Sports Achievement Awards
June 6 - Three local athletes received
a large financial boost last week.
Boxer Ivy Richardson, BMX rider Allison Churko, and gymnast Adin Brenner were given funding from the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards. Richardson and Churko each received $2,000 while Brenner was given
The money for the athlete assistance program comes from a special silent auction held at the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards ceremony.
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Nanaimo home prices continue to escalate
0606 - The average sale price of a single-family home in
Nanaimo continues to rise to record levels, states the latest report from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.
The VIREB report showed the average sale price in May was $526,234, up nearly 17 per cent compared to May, 2016. That is a nearly
$30,000 spike since April, 2017.
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RCMP arrest five in drug bust
0604 - RCMP have disrupted Nanaimo's illegal drug trade.
Cst. Gary O'Brien,
said five people from Nanaimo were arrested on May 25 at a motel in central Nanaimo as well as a residence on Beavercreek Cres. They recovered 2 oz. of suspected opioids, 3 oz. of cocaine, 8 oz. of meth as well as weapons including a crossbow, taser and knives.
They also seized $24,000 cash.
“These people were very active in the distribution of drugs in our community. This was a very significant seizure and will cause a disruption,” O'Brien said.
Abandoned boat legislation doesn't measure up – Malcolmson
0604 - A Transport Canada plan on abandoned
vessels isn’t floating with Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.
As part of a Government of Canada announcement Wednesday, there will be $6.85 million allocated for the Abandoned Boats Program, with $5.6 million (over five years)
for assessment and removal projects and $1.25 million (over five years) for education awareness and research projects, but Malcolmson said it falls short.
FINAL - Elections BC shows NDP won Courtenay Comox by 189
The Elections BC website reports the final count for Courtenay-Comox
riding confirming NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard as the winner by 189 votes. That leaves the BC Liberals with 43 seats, one short of a majority, and the NDP with 41 seats. The Green Party has three seats.
Work begins today on Rutherford-Nelson roundabout
0524 - Construction was scheduled to begin today (May 24) on a roundabout
at Nelson and Rutherford roads. The realignment will provide access to the Linley West subdivision.
“The intersection upgrade work and traffic pattern changes have been arranged to minimize impacts to motorists, residents and businesses, however,
lengthy delays should still be anticipated,” said Chris Lang, project engineer with the city.. “We encourage people to consider alternate routes and appreciate your patience when driving through the construction zone.”
Storm cut power for 15,000 homes on Vancouver Island
0524 - More than 15,000 homes were without power after
strong winds felled trees and caused power outages up and down Vancouver Island Tuesday evening.
BC Hydro had cleared up many of outages by this morning. A spokesman said only about 1,200 homes were still without electricity as of 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The largest pockets remaining are in Courtenay, Campbell River and on Saturna Island.
Leonard surges to 101-vote lead as counting continues
0523 - OH, THE SUSPENSE - The vote counting ontinues,
and with about half of the mail-in ballots counted, in the Courtenay-Comox riding, NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard has a 101- vote leaderd over Liberal Jim Benninger. The vote count will resume Wednesday morning. As of 5:44 p.m. Tuesday, Leonard had 10,481
votes and Benninger 10,380.
Couple booted off ferry sailing to Nanaimo
0523 - Two people from up Island found out what it takes to get kicked
off a B.C. Ferries sailing. A 47-year-old man from Cumberland and a 31-year-old woman from Courtenay were booted off Monday’s 8:30 a.m. sailing of the Queen of Cowichan from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo.
Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries spokesman, said
the duo refused to put out their cigarettes on the car deck, verbally abused staff and cheated on their fare when they allegedly bought a ticket for Bowen Island – a shorter route with less expensive fare – and then drove their vehicle to the Nanaimo
Liberal takes three-vote lead in Courteny-Comox
Liberal candidate Jim Benninger has moved into a lead in the tightly-contested Coutenay Comox riding as counting continues. Elections
BC’s website shows him with a three-vote lead over the NDP’s Ronna Rae Leonard at 5 p.m. today.
Liberal Jim Benninger had 10,098 votes while the NDP's Leonard has 10,095.
Rae Leonard held a nine-vote lead on election night and moved
ahead by 13 votes in earlier counting. Absentee ballots continue to be counted before final results are declared.
A Liberal victory would give Christy Clark’s party 44 seats, enough for a slim majority in the 87-seat legislature.
Fund raiser Saturday
for families of homicide victims
Jason Williams and Terry Sutton
Peter Hudson is raising funds to help the families of his high school friends Terry Sutton and Jason Williams who grew up in Nanaimo. The two men were homicide victims while living in Chipman, Alta.
A beer and burger fundraiser will
be held Saturday (May 27) from 6-9 p.m. at the Queen’s Hotel. Hudson hopes to raise $10,000 to help the families. Hudson said Sutton and Williams were both the main wage earners in the households. The money will help support the families and help pay
for counselling and other support for the children. Between them they had six children, ranging in ages from two to 16 years old.
Courtenay-Comox NDP lead expands to 13 votes after recount
Courtenay-Comox NDP candidate Ronna
Leornard's margin of victory has increased to 13 votes from nine after a recount on Monday. The total was announced by Keith Archer, BC’s Chief Electoral Officer.
But about 2,000 absentee votes remain to be counted, starting today. The result
could be completed today or tomorrow.
Flour removed from Costco shelves after E coli cases discovered
0521 - The Nanaimo Costco store removed all white flour from its shelves earlier this month after it was withdrawn by the supplier.
Six people in B.C. were infected with E. coli and the BC Centre for Disease Control urges
residents to throw out any flour that may be contaminated. A sample of flour from one of the ill people was tested by the BCCDC and came back positive for the same strain of E. coli O121 as seen in the illnesses.
BCCDC is advising anyone who purchased
10 kilogram bags of Rogers all-purpose flour with the lot number MFD 17 Jan 19 C to dispose of it. The flour was available at Costco stores across the province beginning in January.
Regional District targets illegal garbage dumping
0521 - The far-too-common practice of illegal dumping is costing taxpayers money.
The Regional District of Nanaimo has launched a social media campaign intended to raise awareness, educate and help monitor illegal dumping hot spots.
spends $30,000 a year dealing with trash where it doesn't belong. Last year more than 35 tonnes of illegally-dumped material was recovered.
Colliery Dam lakes stocked with trout
0521 - Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia refilled two lakes at Colliery Dam Park
with hundreds of fish on Friday.
The freshwater fisheries society is a non-profit organization that operates under a mandate to conserve freshwater fisheries throughout the province. Each year the society stocks more than 800 lakes and streams with
more than seven million trout, char and kokanee.
Body found believed to be that of Makayla Chang
- Nanaimo RCMP have found a body they believe is that of Makayla Chang.
Chang, 16, was reported missing on March 22 and
according to a press release, her body was found in Nanaimo.
“Nanaimo RCMP are treating this as a homicide investigation,” said Cpl. Tammy Douglas, RCMP Island District spokeswoman.
City to look at converting E&N rail line to mult-use trail
0518 - A Nanaimo councillor hopes the city joins the regional district and supports conversion of a section of E&N rail line to a multi-use trail.
Friends of the Rails to Trails Vancouver Island, a grassroots group, seeks
to convert rail lines on Vancouver Island to recreational trails.
The Regional District of Nanaimo recently voted to correspond with the Island Corridor Foundation, the non-profit established to manage the rail corridor, to voice support for transforming
rail from Parksville to Courtenay.
Coun. Bill Bestwick, also an RDN director, gave notice of a similar motion in support and requested the foundation assist the group in achieving the goal.
Residents warned about possible energy inspection scam
0518 - The City is warning residents about an alleged
door-to-door scam after receiving a number of complaints.
The city business licence section has received complaints about a business going door-to-door in residential areas. The representatives are allegedly telling homeowners they have a permit from
the city to inspect the home’s heating system for energy compliance. These people then tell homeowners it is mandatory they be let in as the province requires residential heating systems comply with new provincial energy efficiency guidelines.
Cruise ship season kicks off
in a big way
0518 - Nanaimo's cruiseship season kicked off in a big way on Wednesday. The huge, more than 1,000 foot long Explorer of the Seas pulled into Nanaimo's Cruise Ship dock at 7 a.m.
Nanaimo Port Authority Marketing Director
David Mailloux said the vessel is one of the largest in Royal Caribbean's fleet.
“If you're in downtown Nanaimo you're going to see this ship, it's quite a few storeys high, she carries 3,800 passengers,” Mailloux said. “Huge
capacity, it's like a small town...plus their crew is almost 1,200 people.”
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School board looks at reducing number of trustees
0518 - Nanaimo school district will examine decreasing the school board to seven from nine trustees for the 2018 municipal
The district business committee has received a report on board reduction and entering into geographical representation, or ward system. Reports on a trustee remuneration review and adding a student trustee were also received.
Drug consumption site proposal to go to public hearing
0517 - City council passed the first two readings of
a zoning amendment bylaw Monday to allow Island Health to open a supervised drug consumption site on Wesley Street. It will go to public hearing May 29.
There’s already an authorized overdose prevention site at 437 Wesley St., which Island Health
opened in January under direction from the B.C. health minister. Now it’s looking to establish a longer-term service, which requires rezoning from the city and an exemption under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Island Health is in the
process of making an application to Health Canada.
Has foot-dragging soured the LNG dream for B.C.?
0517 - The liquid natural gas (LNG) bonanza for B.C. is a ship that may have sailed due to foot dragging by our government. Recent developments bring this
dream of riches into question. An analysis on what's happening in this area as well as others because of the delayed action can be seen at http://www.nanaimonet.com/432652926
Weather forecasting to get more specific for our area
0517 -While a nasty storm batters Campbell River, the sun could be shining in Nanaimo.
Now that wide variance in possible weather conditions will be noted by Environment Canada.
The weather agency has unveiled five new forecast regions in B.C., including the east coast of Vancouver Island. Previously, the east coast of the island, from
south of Duncan to north of Campbell River, was covered in a single forecast.
Now the region has been divided into three: Courtenay to Campbell River, Nanoose to Fanny Bay and Duncan to Nanaimo.
Ocean Discovery Centre takes huge step forward
Artist's concept of new waterfront attraction
Plans for a major new Ocean Discovery Centre on Nanaimo's waterfront got a huge boost Monday when city council gave the go-ahead
for staff to investigate the feasibility of the location at 1 Port Drive.
The Nanaimo Deep Discovery Association plans to open the doors of an estimated $50-million Ocean Discovery Centre in three years and sees the city-owned Port Drive property
as the ideal location to host it.
The association presented its business plan to city council Monday. The facility could have features like touch tank aquariums, a virtual reality shark cage thrill attraction and a $10-million theatre similar to Soar over Canada.
Council gives go-ahead to Northfield intersection
0516 - City Council wants to vastly overhaul one of Nanaimo's
worst intersections, however it's not clear when upgrades are coming or how much they'll cost.
After deciding to defer dealing with the troublesome Northfield Rd., Boundary Ave., Island Hwy. intersection one year ago, council voted Monday night to move
ahead with improvements.
for Life has run its course
0517 - A cancer-fighting fundraiser that once drew hundreds of participants for a 24-hour relay will pass the baton in search of a new event.
Nanaimo’s Relay for Life, which has
been held in Nanaimo since 2001, happens for the last time at Nanaimo Rotary Bowl June 3.
Tanya Davis, Canadian Cancer Society mid-Island annual giving coordinator, said 2017 is the last year for the event because of waning support.
City names 11 to tourism advisory committee
0516 - The city has named 11 members to a new
advisory committee set to create a new model for tourism service in the Harbour City.
The City of Nanaimo struck a Tourism Advisory Committee as part of a transition process, after council separated tourism from the now defunct Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.
The 11-member group will develop a new model to strengthen collaboration and integration across all parts of the local
tourism sector and have a goal of providing recommendations to council for the successful delivery of unified tourism services, according to a city press release.
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Island Health not affected by worldwide cyber attack
0515 - Island Health says it has extra measures in place on the heels of a historic cyberattack that hit computers around the world, including in Canada.
A spokesperson tells CTV News the health authority’s systems
are unaffected in the global ransomware attack that’s believed to be the largest online extortion attempt ever recorded.
“We informed all staff on Friday about the cyberattack,” said Meribeth Burton. “We advised everyone to take
extra precautions and send all suspicious emails to our IT dept.”
34 women elected in 2017 B.C. provincial election
0515 - Despite record number of women who ran in the 2017 B.C. election,
researchers in Victoria say the number of women who elected is “disappointing.”
This election, 111 women were on the ballot while 34 were elected.
“Overall it was the highest proportion of women running for office in any
territorial, provincial or federal election, in Canadian history” says Equal Voice senior researcher Dr. Grace Lore.
As it stands prior to the recount, women represent 39 per cent of the elected MLAs.
Black bears coming into populated areas of Vancouver Island
0515 - Vancouver Island black bears are awake and following their noses to a favourite target, according to a BC Conservation Officer Service official.
Central Island acting Sgt. Steve Ackles said there have been dozens
of human-bear conflict calls this month in the central island area.
The major culprit drawing bears out of the woods is unattended garbage cans, Ackles said.
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City seeking members for economic development committee
0515 -Would you like to serve on the city's new economic development committee?
The city is seeking applications from exemplary leaders in the community
to participate in the Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee. Chaired by Mayor Bill McKay, the committee will
be tasked with drafting a new economic development strategy for Nanaimo, providing recommendations, and reporting to council at the conclusion of its work.
City working on plan for year-round garden market
0515 - The city is working on a lease deal with a group hoping to build a year-round market in Beban Park.
Council has directed staff to work out an agreement with the Island Roots Market Co-op (IRMC) to support their plans to
construct a $2-million permanent market to feature local food producers, artisans and crafters.
"Nanaimo needs a community gathering place. A place where people can come together, can learn about local food and build together a local food culture,"
IRMC president Larry Whaley told NanaimoNewsNOW.
RDN may add two more directors to it board
0515 -The Regional District of Nanaimo may add two more directors to its board - one each for Nanaimo and
Parksville. The size of the board is based on population numbers, and the 2016 national census shows the major increases in those two communitees.
The addition would bring Nanaimo's strength to eight directors, leaving only one city councillor not serving
as a regular director, but as an alternate for all eight.
Forsooth! Art thou jesting?
Ontario school district is replacing Shakespeare with Inidenous writers. Read Brian Peckford's response. http://www.nanaimonet.com/433706218
Gypsy moth spraying program returns to Elk Lake and Bear Hill
An aerial spraying program to eradicate gypsy moths is returning to Vancouver Island.
The spraying is being done around Elk Lake and Bear Hill Regional Park.
Island health officials say while the spray kills the moth its virtually harmless to humans.
The spraying is controversial because it involves BTK, but it’s
been approved in Canada since 1961 and health officials say it’s safe for humans, animals, birds, fish and inspects.
The first treatment is set to happen on Monday, weather permitting.
Driver escapes from fiery crash on Nanaimo Parkway
0512 - A driver survived a fiery early morning crash on the Nanaimo Parkway which shut down the highway for several hours.
Nanaimo RCMP Staff Sgt.
John Blaase said the soutbound car driven by a lone male crashed into the median at the intersection of Highway 19 at Northfield Rd. Blaase said the driver was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Extra sailings added for Victoria Day weekend by ferries
0513 - BC Ferries is adding 85 more sailings to major routes between Thursday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 23.
This will include an additional 15 additional sailings between Nanaimo – Vancouver (Departure Bay –
Horseshoe Bay) and 60 sailings between Victoria – Vancouver (Swartz Bay – Tsawwassen). Other routes getting extra sailings include Horseshoe Bay – Langdale and Earl's Cove – Saltery Bay.
Police seek help in finding missing woman
0513 - Oceanside RCMP seek help in finding Karla Wiebe, 29, who was last seen on Martindale Rd. in Parksville and was possibly taking a bus to Nanaimo. She was
last seen May 9.
She is 5'9", very slender with long dirty blonde hair and greenish-blue eyes. Anyone with information, please call Oceanside RCMP at 250 248-6111.
ferries vessel ready to begin service
The Salish Orca, one of BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels, will begin its service Monday between Comox and Powell River. (Photo courtesy of Grant Warkentin)
- BC Ferries’ newest vessel will begin service between Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast next week.
The Salish Orca arrived in provincial waters early this year and was initially supposed to start operations on the Comox-Powell River route
in April, but delays pushed the start date back to May 15.
It’s one of three new Salish class vessels along with the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, each named to honour the Coast Salish people, and features First Nations artwork by Stz’uminus artist John Marston. All three sister ships are capable of operating on either natural gas or diesel.
Aboriginal graduation rate declines for two years
0513 - Nanaimo school district and stakeholders are seeking to reverse declining aboriginal
While the district hit the 63.9 per cent mark in 2013-14, the grad rate has seen a two-year decline, dropping to 57.7 per cent in 2014-15 and most recently to 56.4 per cent in 2015-16.
Nanaimo school district’s overall
graduation rate for 2015/16 was 72.6 per cent.
TV series filming will disrupt traffic in some areas
0513 -A television series filming in Nanaimo might disrupt traffic in two separate neighbourhoods.
From May 15-18, traffic and
parking disruptions might happen downtown and the Brechin area to allow for filming of the TV series Chesapeake
Shores. A road closure and limited parking availability will occur in the downtown core and Brechin area.
Some Lantzville residents about to get a property tax refund
0512 - The District of Lantzville is one step closer to repaying more than $47,000
that it incorrectly charged to property owners over a 12-year period.
Council on Monday approved a refund program that will cost $47,889.09. The decision comes after a report to council earlier this year indicated that between 2003-15 the District incorrectly
charged parcel taxes on those who owned mobile or manufactured homes.
Police officer and police dog pepper sprayed by suspect
0511 - RCMP officers involved in a violent takedown had to contend with more than just a scared suspect. An officer
and his service dog were bear sprayed around 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 after chasing a man wanted for allegedly shoplifting at Woodgrove Mall and then breaking into a house off Metral Dr.
RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said it was a challenge taking the “obviously
high” suspect into custody. “They fought through it and there was quite a violent struggle involving another officer.”
Voter turnout in B.C. election hits 60 per cent
0511- Voter turnout in B.C. hit 60 per cent for the first time since 2005, according to Elections
BC data released Thursday.
The number of British Columbians who vote in provincial elections has been on the decline since the early 1990s. Turnout hit a low in 2009, when only 55 per cent of registered voters made it out to the polls, and rose slightly
to 57 per cent in 2013. Overall voter turnout may have been buoyed by a record number of advanced votes, as over 600,000 B.C. residents cast their ballots during advance polls.
City council opts for new downtown fire hall
0510 - Nanaimo City Council has directed staff to start the
process to construct a new main fire station at 666 Fitzwilliam St. that will consolidate front-line firefighters and firefighting apparatus, fire prevention, communication and dispatch operations and administration divisions, currently housed in two buildings,
into a single 14,500-square-foot headquarters.
The fire hall was built in 1966, is reaching the end of its life and, in spite of a seismic retrofit in 2001, will not meet 2017 B.C. Building Code standards for seismic stability, according to a staff report.
Vancouver Island goes orange and green
A roundup of all Vancouver Island results, compiled by CHEK TV
Routley wins handily to capture fourth term
The NDP's Doug Routley will be heading to Victoria for a fourth consecutive term. He won Nanaimo-North Cowichan more decisively than he did four years ago, beating
Liberal Alana DeLong by nearly 4,300 votes.
Based on preliminary results with all polls reporting, Routley's 10,986 (47%) ballots compared to 6,696 (28%) for DeLong and 5,583 for Lia Versaevel (23%) of the Greens.
While Routley's win was barely
ever in doubt throughout the evening, the riding is much like the other two in the Nanaimo area with the fact the Green Party garnered a lot of support.
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Stilwell retains Parksville Qualicum for Liberals
Incumbent Michelle Stilwell of the B.C. Liberal Party is headed back to the B.C. legislature. The Canadian Press called the Parksville-Qualicum riding for
Stillwell just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, an hour and a half after polls closed on the provincial election.
At 11:30 p.m., Elections B.C. showed Stilwell with 45.37 per cent of the total in the riding. B.C. NDP candidate Sue Powell followed with28.26
per cent; B.C. Green candidate Glenn Sollitt had 25.58 per cent, and B.C. Refederation candidate Terry Hand of Nanaimo with 0.79 per cent.
Krog wins Nanaimo for NDP
incumbent Leonard Krog has retained his seat in the Nanaimo riding.
Krog, in an address to supporters at his campaign office, said the NDP has the chance to form government in B.C. today.
“It’s a neck-and-neck race and it’s
late in the evening, but there’s still a possibility and it’s very exciting. I think the message from British Columbia voters is clear. They were not happy with the direction of the government and they voted in significant numbers for us or the
Greens for a change in direction,” he said.
Nanaimo spent a comparative fortune on Hometown Hockey
It appears none of the other 24 stops on this year's annual Rogers Hometown Hockey tour came anywhere near spending the kind of money
Nanaimo did to host the event.
The bill to Nanaimo taxpayers, at more than $320,000, was more than 23 times the average spent by the 14 communities which responded to NanaimoNewsNOW's request for budget details.
for other cities was a little over $13,000. Ottawa and Edmonton spent nothing, while Hamilton and Milton were on the high end at over $35,000.
Mayor still waiting for legal documents from city
Four months have gone by since the city filed a notice of civil claim againsts its own mayor Bill McKay in B.C. Supreme Court – but to date he has not
been served the appropriate legal documents.
“It gives one the impression that perhaps they may want to wait till the last minute so that we’ll be embroiled in legal proceedings in the campaign year,” said McKay, who told the News
Bulletin he’d just as soon be served and get it over with or the city withdraw its claim.
Two former Nanaimo men slain in Alberta shooting
Jason Williams and Terry Sutton
Two former Nanaimo men were killed April 2 in a shooting incident in Chipman, Alberta.
Terry Sutton, 39, father of four children and married to Misti Sutton, had lived in Chipman for several years.
Jason Williams, 40, father
of two children, had been staying with the Suttons when the two men were shot to death.
Raymond Nickerson, 36, of the same town, has been charged with one count each of second-degree murder in the deaths of the two men.
Gloria Brown, a
family friend, describes the best friends as a joking combo. "They were just a great duo; very funny and friendly," she said. "The events and how everything unfolded is just horrible; tragic."
Former Nanaimoite Kevin Kocher, now living in Hollywood,
said he and the two victims were childhood friends in Nanaimo. “We all went to Wellington High School together,” he said.
A beer and burger fundraiser will be held for the families of the two men, May 27 at the Queen’s Hotel in Nanaimo.
Open houses set for waterfront walkway discussion
will soon get a chance to offer their input on a highly anticipated priority project for Nanaimo's waterfront.
The City of Nanaimo will hold two open houses this month to gather input and share updates on plans to extend and connect the waterfront walkway.
A consultant was hired in March and is currently studying several areas of the 13 km project, including environmental and land ownership issues, according to the City's real estate manager Bill Corsan.
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Two Nanaimo Mounties on this year's Tour de Rock for cancer
The 24-member team will cycle the length of the
Island, raising money for pediatric cancer research
Kevin Laird photo
0505- Two members of the Nanaimo RCMP will ride in this year's Canadian Cancer Society's Tour de Rock. Samantha Caram and Kevin Flood were introduced with the rest
of the team last week in Sooke.
The 24-member team will cycle the length of Vancouver Island this fall, raising money for pediatric cancer research and support programs.
This year’s team includes riders from almost every part of the Island,
said Jan Buehler, spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“Communities and schools are the backbone of Tour de Rock. It’s about kids helping kids. In fact, Vancouver
Island is the Tour de Rock,” she said.
Lantzville makes planner's job full time
0507 -The District of Lantzville’s community planner is no longer a part-time job.
Lantzville councillors agreed last week to convert Frank Limshue’s
role as part-time community planner into a full-time position. His new salary will be roughly $105,000 annually plus benefits.
Firefighters kept busy on Saturday
0506 - Firefighters in Nanaimo battled a pair of blazes in the city’s
north end earlier today.
One fire happened near the Thrifty Foods on Turner Road, the other at Winchelsea Place, said Martin Drakeley, assistant chief of operations for Nanaimo Fire Rescue.
Shipping through our harbour continues to increase
0506 -The Nanaimo Port Authority is seeing continual increases
in goods coming and going from the harbour.
Vice president Ian Marr told NanaimoNewsNOW shipping businesses at Duke Point and the Assembly Wharf, as well as their industrial partners, have seen steady growth over the last several
“Containerization has been a very good driver for us and has been moving forward quite rapidly,” Marr said. “We're working with our partner DP World to increase that business and make it sound.”
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Rare baseball bats stolen from sporting goods store
Police hope to track down thieves that stole rare wooden baseball bats from a Nanaimo sporting goods store.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, just before 5
a.m. Wednesday, Kirby’s Source for Sports store on Bowen Road was broken into and a number of unique wooden baseball bats were stolen.
Over half of Qualicum Beach population classified as 'senior'
0504 -For the first time since
Confederation the number of seniors in Canada outnumber children.
Statistics Canada 2016 Census data shows on Vancouver Island, Qualicum Beach has one
of the most senior populations in Canada and in Parksville, more seniors make the city home than just about anywhere else in Canada as well.
The latest census data shows that 51.2% of those living in Qualicum Beach are seniors followed in BC
by Osoyoos at 42.9%, Parksville at 42.4% and Sidney at 40.9%.
Snaw Naw As lawsuit holds up funding for Island Corridor
0503 - Vancouver Island remains without passenger rail because the federal government refuses to provide the funding
needed to restore service.
Judith Sayers, ICF board co-chairman, told a conference room of about 50 people that her organization expected to have $7.5 million by now from the federal government, but hadn’t received a single dollar.
reason for the delay is due to a recent civil lawsuit filed against the Island Corridor Foundation and the Attorney General
of Canada by the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation which claims the land was wrongfully taken from it years ago to build the railway and is seeking to have it returned.
Alberta men identified as victims in Tofino fishing tragedy
0503 - Family members have confirmed the identities of two men killed after a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Tofino over the weekend.
victims have been identified as Alvin Beckley and Mike Cutler, both Alberta men who were working on a construction crew at the Pacific Sands Resort in the coastal Vancouver Island town.
Cutler and Beckley were among five people aboard an 8.4-metre sport-fishing
vessel that started taking on water and overturned Sunday near Bartlett Island, northwest of Tofino. MORE
Stage 2 watering restrictions go into effect.
0502 - Stage 2 watering restrictions are now in effect in a number
of mid-Island municpalities including the cities of Nanaimo, Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Stage 2 limits water use to even and odd days and only for two hours per day between 7 and 10 a.m or 7 and 10 p.m. The RDN's Julie Pisani said
they're a taking a proactive approach to water conservation.
"Although it's been a rainy spring so far and although we've had good levels of snow pack accumulation over the winter, dry summer conditions will be here soon," Pisani said.
now being done to conserve water will help when the days turn hotter and water supplies come under stress, according to Pisani.
"If people get into the habit of watering on every other day then that's just sort of the minor way that everyone can contribute
to efficient watering in the outdoor water season."
For a detailed map of watering restrictions, check out the RDN website.
Pedestrian injured in north end accident
Police are investigating an accident in north Nanaimo where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.
Nanaimo RCMP, ambulance crews
and Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to the scene on Norwell Drive, near the Departure Bay Road intersection, where a youth was hit by a vehicle at about 8:25 a.m. this morning (May 1).
RCMP arrest suspect in hotel room beating
Nanaimo RCMP have made an arrest in connection with
the severe beating of a man Thursday in a city hotel room. The victim abd suspect had met at a bar and gone to the hotel room together, where the victime was tied up, assaulted and robbed.
He had numerous injuries and required surgery, police said.
He had numerous injuries and required surgery, police said.
City marks anniversary of 1887 mine disaster that killed 148
The No. 1 Esplanade Mine explosions killed 148 miners in 1887. The city remembers the event by flying flags at half mast every May 3. /Nanaimo Archives
0429-Flags at City
of Nanaimo facilities will be lowered to half mast on Wednesday (May 3) to mark the anniversary of the coal mining disaster of 1887 that took 148 lives.
On May 3, 1887, shortly before 6 p.m., two explosions occurred in the No. 1 Esplanade Mine.
Those explosions resulted in the worst mining disaster in British Columbia’s history and the second worst in Canada, next to the mining disaster of 1914 in Hillcrest, Alta., which killed 189 miners.
Killed and injured workers honoured
0429-Most people take coming home safe to their family after a
day at work for granted, but the reality is more than 100 people in B.C. didn't last year.
Workers who have been killed or injured on the job were honoured Friday, April 28 as part of the annual Day of Mourning. A large crowd turned out at Nanaimo's
waterfront plaza for an emotional ceremony.
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Watering restrictions go into effect on Monday
0429-Stage 2 watering restrictions will come into effect in Nanaimo Monday (May 1).
Stage 2 – even and odd day watering – is applied in
the summer months to conserve water supplies.
In 2016 the City of Nanaimo and communities from North Cedar to Deep Bay adopted unified watering restrictions.
All major water suppliers in the Regional District of Nanaimo now use the same classification
for each watering restriction stage with each water supplier determining the start date of each stage.
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Shortage of supply challenges Nanaimo real estate market
0428-An imbalanced mid-island real estate market has raised tension for many people linked to the industry, says the president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate
Janice Stromar said an inventory shortage is pushing sale prices to record levels.
“As long as the demand remains more than the supply, the prices will keep going up,” Stromar, a Nanaimo realtor, told NanaimoNewsNOW.
The average sale price of a Nanaimo area single-family home in March was a record-high $502,696, 15 per cent higher than March of last year. Stromar noted 81 of the 83 multi-family homes that had for sale signs in Nanaimo last month exchanged hands.
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won't change Marina lease system
Authority will stick with its foreshore lease rate assessment model, following meetings between representatives from Transport Canada, the city, Snuneymuxw First Nation and Nanaimo Marina Association.
The meetings were spurred by complaints from the Nanaimo Marina Association over rapidly rising foreshore lease rates and how those rates are assessed and by recent efforts
to form a local non-profit society to replace Nanaimo Port Authority and take over governance
of Nanaimo harbour.
Bernie Dumas, port authority president and CEO, said Robert Dick, Transport Canada regional director general, Pacific Region, met with city, Snuneymuxw and Nanaimo Marina Association representatives on April 12 and informed them
that federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau “…is pleased with the way Canada’s 18 port authorities operate and that Garneau has no intention of changing the governance model for Nanaimo.”
Specialist suspended over paper-based ordering system
0428-A specialist has lost privileges at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a return to a paper-based ordering system, says Dr. David Forrest, president
of Nanaimo Medical Staff Association.
Forrest said a group of people in internal medicine, including himself, returned to using paper orders Thursday morning feeling they can no longer ethically support IHealth’s computer order management process
and it’s prompted suspension of a member. He said the group suspects there will be more discipline to follow.
Regional district supports derelict vessel regulation
0428-Regional District of Nanaimo directors are on board with proposed federal abandoned vessels legislation.
Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP MP, made a presentation on Bill C-352 at the regional district
board meeting Tuesday. The board subsequently voted unanimously to write federal and provincial governments voicing support.
Malcolmson introduced the bill April 13 in Ottawa, and it seeks to amend the Canada Shipping Act to designate the Canadian Coast
Guard for vessel removal and assign it responsibility for contacting vessel owners. Similar legislation was introduced by Malcolmson’s
predecessor Jean Crowder.
Violent home invasion
suspect arrested in Victoria
A 33-year old man has been arrested in Victoria in connection with a violent home invasion in Nanaimo last
week. Ashley Baird is alleged to have forcibly entered a home in the 700-block of Haliburton Street last Thursday, brandishing a shotgun, he’s accused of tying up the residents then assaulting and threatening them.
Baird was arrested on
Tuesday by the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment Projects Team with assistance from Victoria Police Department and West Shore RCMP.
The public was not informed of this incident as it was not a random event,” said Constable Gary O’Brien
Baird was identified early on in the investigation and the residence and its occupants are known to the Nanaimo RCMP with ties to criminal activity.
townhome declared a nuisance
04/26 - Jesse Lohr’s five-year-old son told her that he and a friend were going to play doctor – then he put a dirty needle on the table.
It’s one of the experiences
shared by residents who live near unit No. 9, a townhome at 1637 Bowen Rd. slapped with a nuisance title by Nanaimo city council Monday.
Police have been called to the unit 106 times between January 2015 and Feb. 9 of this year for issues such as yelling,
fighting, visitors or transients making physical or verbal threats toward other residents, dumping garbage, disposal of stolen items, drug dealing, drug use and discarding of associated paraphernalia, states the City.
Acme Food building to be demolished by fall
04/26 -The landmark Acme Food Co. building in downtown
Nanaimo will be demolished this fall as part of the ongoing cleanup work at the former Jean Burns building site, according to property owner Crankshaw Holdings.
A section of the building complex, located at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal
Avenue in downtown Nanaimo, was demolished last month, almost one year after it was heavily damaged by a fire in March 2016. Work to clear away debris halted last week.
Rick Hyne, Crankshaw Holdings operating officer, said in a letter to the News Bulletin Tuesday that the first phase of work to clear materials containing asbestos from the building
is now complete.
dispute could boost smaller operators
04/26 -Some of the major players in the BC forestry industry may be bracing for a tough road ahead but Pat Moore sees a silver lining.
The lifelong forestry worker believes smaller,
independent operators could potentially benefit from new U.S. tariffs on Canadian Softwood lumber.
“We’re hoping when the mills go down the log supply opens up for local and independent people in BC to cut wood with/from,” says Pat
Moore, Owner of Wood-Mizer Vancouver Island. “And that will provide more employment and opportunities for Wood-Mizer operators.”
site public feedback session tonight
A long-in-the-works proposal by Island Health now needs public opinion.
An info session is tonight for Nanaimo's first safe consumption site, to be run by the health authority.
People can meet the key players in the planning process and learn about the ongoing opioid crisis by visiting the board room of the Service and Resource Centre between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer with Island Health, said the site is a “natural evolution from what we currently have in place.” He said they'll
be able to extend the help currently offered at the overdose prevention site, such as providing long term support and assisting with addiction treatment.
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City council developing affordable housing stratgegy
Uplands Walk in North Nanaimo.
The foundation has been laid at Nanaimo City Hall to fight an increasingly evident affordable housing problem in the harbour city. City Council
has voted in favour of identifying its role and priorities in tackling housing affordability over the next 10 years.
An affordable housing strategy will be formalized over the next three months, states a city staff report. The plan centres around ensuring
Nanaimo remains home to people of all income levels by maintaining existing affordable housing stock and creating an environment for new opportunities.
Candidates face the voters at chamber of commerce forum
More than 300 people showed up for the
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce all-candidates meeting Tuesday for Nanaimo's electoral district.
Leonard Krog, B.C. NDP incumbent, and challengers Paris Gaudet of the B.C. Liberals, Kathleen Harris of the Greens and Bill
Walker of the Libertarian Party debated the economy, health care, ferries and other topics for an hour and 20 minutes.
No criminal charges in fatal Woss log train accident
into a Vancouver Island train derailment that killed three people and left two others seriously injured won’t result in criminal charges.
Mounties announced Monday the investigation is being turned over to the Transportation Safety Board and WorkSafe
The decision to turn over the investigation means RCMP did not find evidence of an intentional criminal act or criminal negligence in the fatal derailment.
Band to honor memory of Stan Wardill on Sunday
Stan Wardill played with the Nanaimo Concert Band for a remarkable 73 years until he died last month. So Sunday in the band’s spring concert friends
and family came together to say goodbye to the man considered the father of the troupe.
Setting up their instruments for Sunday’s concert, Nanaimo Concert Band musicians all have one man in their thoughts, who they hope
they’ll make proud today.
“It will all be about Stan,” says band member Wayne Finucan.
His death last month makes this the first spring concert he’ll have missed, since serving in World War II. MORE
Higginson new vice-chairman of B.C. Trustees Association
board vice-chairman Stephanie Higginson has been elected vice-president of the B.C. School Trustees Association.
supports boards of education in B.C., and at its annual general meeting in Richmond today (April 22), Higginson received 155 votes in vice-president polling, defeating Donna Sargent (141 votes) and Ann Whiteaker (nine votes).
Higginson told the News
Bulletin that Nanaimo district will still be her priority and committee work will be among her vice-presidential duties.
City votes to keep asset tax that was to expire
0422 - The City is working on a solution to cover a more than $250 million
funding deficit to pay for things like roads, sewers and a new water supply dam.
Part of that solution includes extending an automatic one per cent property tax increase for the next five years to contribute to an asset management reserve. That built-in
tax increase, originally established in 2013, was set to expire this year.
The continuation of the asset management tax has been approved by council, according to a City release, and is included in the yet to be approved 2017 financial plan.
City's chief financial officer Victor Mema said the gap won't be felt in the near-term, but has an impact looking to the future.
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Safer access planned for Ammonite Falls
0422 - Ambitious infrastructure plans are in the works to
vastly improve access and safety for hikers at Benson Creek Falls Regional Park (BCFRP), home of popular Ammonite Falls.
The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is planning to have stairs installed at the steep embankment at the base of Ammonite Falls,
says manager of parks services Wendy Marshall.
Marshall said two additional sets of stairs and a bridge across Benson Creek are planned to be installed at a ravine off the Weigles Rd. access point to the park.
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Investigation starts into fatal log train crash
0422 - Investigators returned to the scene of the
tragedy in Woss today still trying to determine what caused several train cars to break free, derail and spill massive logs, crushing several people who were working on the tracks.
The RCMP need to determine if there was any criminality. “Primarily
what we’d be looking for is evidence of an intentional criminal act,” says Insp. Dave Hall of Island District RCMP. “But we’re also alive to the possibility, in any situation like this, that there’s the presence of criminal negligence.”
Two people died at the scene, a third man passed away in hospital today, two others were seriously injured.
UPDATE - Lance Parker has been found safe and sound
Nanaimo RCMP reports that Lance Parker has been found safe and sound.
Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing elderly man who left his home around noon on Friday and has not been seen since.
His family is extremely worried for his well-being as he has significant medical issues and requires daily medication.
86-year old Lance Parker lives on St George St in central Nanaimo and left home at approximately 12:30 pm Friday.
Crash closes Island Highway at Ware Road
04-22 A motorist escaped serious injury after rolling his car at
an intersection on the Island Highway.
The one-vehicle crash occurred just before 3 p.m. on Friday on the highway at the Ware Road intersection in Lantzville and backed up northbound traffic. Two northbound lanes and both turning lanes were closed while
crews cleared the scene.
Gordon Fuller appointed to Regional District board
0421 - Nanaimo city councillor Gord Fuller will take a seat at the Regional District of Nanaimo board table.
The City of Nanaimo announced today that Fuller, an alternate director, has automatically been appointed to replace Coun. Wendy Pratt, until
council formally appoints a new director. Pratt, who had sat on the RDN board, resigned
from Nanaimo council this month.
City to study hospital area parking situation
0421 - Hospital-area parking will be studied this year as the city buckles down on a new strategy.
It’s a “wonderful thing,” according
to Jim Goldsack, president of the Hospital Area Neighbourhood Association, who finds cars that used to park one or two blocks from the hospital are now parked four, five and six blocks away, double-parked and parked in driveways.
issue we really need to address,” he said.
Two killed in north Island train derailment
CTV Vancouver Island screen capture
0420 - RCMP have confirmed two people are dead and three are injured after a train derailed in Woss, a small community on northern Vancouver Island.
Officials say a logging train derailed around 8:45 a.m. in the Cougar Crescent Area
of Woss, a hamlet about 130 kilometres north of Campbell River, on Thursday.
The investigation into the derailment is under investigation.
Victoria man charged in Nanaimo shooting
0420 - A 30-year-old Victoria man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a shooting at a Nanaimo hotel.
A 34-year-old man was shot and killed in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Hotel on Terminal Avenue early
Wednesday morning. Police said the shooting appeared to be targeted and wouldn’t say if the two men knew each other.
One dead in early-morning shooting near downtown
0119 - One person is dead and one man is in custody after an early
morning shooting Wednesday near downtown Nanaimo.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel at 1 Terminal Ave. at about 3:20 a.m. When officers arrived, they found one person deceased
in the lobby of the hotel from apparent gun shot wounds.
Approximately one hour later, a vehicle was stopped by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officers and one man was taken into custody without incident.
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School district taking action after unsafe lead levels in water
0119 - Nanaimo school district
is working on cleaning up its water supply.
The B.C. Ministry of Education required that water be tested in schools built before 1990. John Barsby and Nanaimo District secondary schools and Bayview, Chase River, Fairview, École North Oyster,
École Hammond Bay, Pleasant Valley and Rock City elementary schools were tested.
Testing took place in December, with water samples taken and lines flushed out.
Pollution Control Centre upgrade about to begin
0418 - Shovels are about to hit the ground on the most expensive capital project in the Regional District of Nanaimo's history.
The RDN has approved the expansion and upgrading of the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control
Centre in Hammond Bay. The nearly-$68-million project will mean additional capacity and improved treatment of waste water in Nanaimo and a portion of Lantzville.
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Tourism strategy a $400,000 evolution
0418 - Revealing the “real Nanaimo” is the theme of a new tourism marketing plan setting its sights on luring affluent couples to the Harbour
The city has released Tourism Vancouver Island’s more than $400,000 strategy to attract tourists to Nanaimo over the next year.
Information about marijuana legalization
By The Canadian Press
0416 - The Liberal government
introduced long-awaited legislation Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but many of the finer points and logistical questions remain unanswered or up in the air. Here are five of them:
1.What happens if a U.S. border guard
asks if you have ever smoked marijuana?
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked that question – whether the Liberal government had sought assurances from the U.S. that someone who admitted to using cannabis legally would not face
the same fate.
Each country sets its own rules, said Goodale, but he suggested Canada might get on the phone if it became a big deal. “If there appears to be a pattern of examination at the border that just does not accord with appropriate, professional,
reliable, consistent conduct, then obviously that’s the sort of thing that we should raise at a governmental level to make sure people are treated appropriately.”
Canada, he added, would also “make the very strong point” that
its new legal regime would be better at protecting children and keeping illegal cash away from organized crime. “Our system will actually be the better one.”
2. How much will it cost and will you be charged GST?
does not include any information on how pot will be priced or taxed, as much of that will be left to the provinces. Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, acknowledged getting the price right will be key to reducing
the role of organized crime on the market.
There was no direct answer to a question on whether cannabis customers will have to pay a federal sales tax. National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said discussions are underway. Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau has said that any revenues from the taxation of marijuana should be directed to addiction treatment, mental health services and public health education – initiatives Goodale said would be a key priority.
“We recognize our obligation
to make sure that this regime is properly financed and properly supported to make sure it is effective.”
3. How old do you have to be to buy marijuana?
The new law would set the national minimum age to legally buy cannabis
at 18 years old, but it will be up to the provinces as to whether they restrict it further. The marijuana task force led by former Liberal justice minister Anne McLellan had acknowledged provinces and territories would likely harmonize it with the age limit
they currently have in place for alcohol and tobacco.
When Wilson-Raybould was asked whether there was anything to stop provinces from setting the age limit as high as they want, she suggested they might face constitutional challenges. “In any
jurisdiction where a law has passed that a citizen deems unfair, we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” she said.
4. What will the packaging look like?
The marijuana task force had recommended plain packaging – devoid
of any real branding – that would list only the name of the company, the strain of cannabis, the price, the levels of THC and CBD and warnings.
Those specifics are not in the bill, but the proposed legislation does give the government the authority
to bring in regulations on packaging, advertising and other practices.
The bill does say, however, that it would be against the law to sell cannabis in a package, or with a label, that could be interpreted as being appealing to children and youth. It
will also be illegal to include endorsements, testimonials or feature a person, animal or other character.
5. Will you be able to buy pot brownies at the store?
No, or at least not yet. The new legislation would allow adults to buy
fresh and dried cannabis, as well as seeds and plants to grow at home.
Other products, such as cannabis-infused edibles like cookies, lollipops or honey would remain out of reach until the federal government develops and implements regulations for their
production and sale. It is not yet known whether those future regulations will allow the sale of candies.
Meanwhile, anyone who wants to use legally purchased or cultivated cannabis bake their own batch of brownies, however, would be allowed to do so.
Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press
newsman Jett Bassi dies of cancer at 39.
Bassi a member of the CTV Vancouver Island news team, died of cancer on Friday April 14. He was 39.
Jett joined CTV Vancouver Island in 2012, moving his family from the Lower Mainland to Nanaimo, to serve the mid-island region as a News Reporter
and Videographer. He leaves behind his wife Sandy, their two sons Roman and Bobby, his parents and a large extended family.
Tourism marketing strategy falling into place
0415 - A new marketing plan for Nanaimo's tourism industry has been unveiled, as the transition to a fresh model of service delivery continues.
Vancouver Island (TVI), now handling destination marketing services for the City of Nanaimo, has delivered a plan focused on attracting visitors from Alberta and B.C. who are looking to escape and connect with nature, authentic experiences and culture.
The initiative is seen as a continuation and expansion of past efforts, according to TVI president Dave Petryk.
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RCMP take truckload of product from alleged grow op
0413 - Police plucked a pickup load of pot from a home in
south Nanaimo Thursday.
Their activity was centred on a home in the 100 block of Haliburton Street that allegedly contained a small marijuana grow operation.
Mounties drove away in a pickup truck filled with marijuana
plants shortly after 11 a.m.
Former Nanaimo hockey
player not guilty of sex charges
0414 - MELFORT,
Sask — A former Nanaimo hockey player, who used to play for the Nanaimo Buccaneers and Clippers before moving to Saskatchewan, was acquitted by a jury today of sexual assault and sexual interference.
Garrett Dunlop's trial began in
Melfort on Monday. The jury deliberated for 35 minutes before returning with a verdict.
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School district recruiting more teachers
0414 - Nanaimo school district is actively recruiting but has not
determined exact teacher numbers for 2017-18, as it is in the midst of budget discussions, but Nanaimo teachers’ union is projecting 70 additional full-time equivalent teachers at the elementary and secondary levels.
Tim Davie, assistant school
superintendent, said there has been recruitment from Vancouver Island University and University of Victoria, as well as Simon Fraser University, University of B.C., and post-secondary institutions at Alberta and Ontario. The out-of-province searches are being
conducted to fill spots in specialty areas, he said.
Three-car crash blocks downtown traffic
0414 - A three-car crash detoured downtown Nanaimo traffic on Thursday at about 2 p.m. at the corner of Commercial Street and Museum Way.
A section of
Commercial Street was closed to traffic in both directions while crews cleared the scene.
Missing Hikers Located by Nanaimo Search and Rescue
Two family members were returning from a hike in Ammonite Falls Regional Park on the
afternoon of April 12, when they became lost. Around 8 p.m. and after wandering for about 2 hours they placed a call to Nanaimo RCMP seeking assistance. Nanaimo RCMP then contacted Nanaimo Search and Rescue for support
in locating the pair.
Search and rescue mustered at the parking lot for Ammonite Falls and set off in search of the hikers. A signal from the cell phone was used to narrow the search area. The weather continued to deteriorate and hard rain was
reported by responding crews. Search and rescue members located the pair around 11 p.m. uninjured.
“The hikers called RCMP early on in their ordeal which significantly aided in locating them. They were found in good spirits
but cold”, said Ken Duncan the Search Manager for Nanaimo Search and Rescue.
Nanaimo RCMP remind outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared. Wear appropriate clothing, anticipate poor weather and carry extra water and food. A detailed written
trip plan left with a friend provides crucial information to rescue crews should you become injured or lost.
Further information about filing trip plans can be found at Nanaimo
Search and Rescue.
Cst. Derek Balderston,
Nanaimo RCMP Detachment
1-250-754-2345 Ext. 3261
Flour recall expanded
by Food Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expanding a recall of various flour products originally issued on April 4th.
was prompted by possible E.coli contamination that could make people sick if the product is consumed.
Now Ardent Mills of Ontario is recalling various brands of flour and flour products due to possible E. coli O121
RCMP stage protest over wages, sign union cards
There’s a revolt brewing within the RCMP. Some members have launched a nation-wide
protest against their employer over money.
Despite being offered a salary increase, disgruntled officers say it’s not enough.
The protests started in the Lower Mainland and have spread to the Okanagan where some Mounties are dressing out-of-uniform
by refusing to wear the yellow stripes on thei pant legs.
“Originally, it was to bring notice that we were not content with how we were being treated by the federal government,” says Kelowna RCMP Corporal Jim Dehoog. “However, it’s
now turned into a unification among members.”
Organic waste plant want to extend contract for 20 years
Nanaimo Organic Waste is seeking to extend a waste processing deal with Regional District of Nanaimo for 20 years.
Nanaimo Organic Waste accepts organic
food waste from the regional district and a variety of commercial haulers at its Maughan Road facility and according to Dave Hammond, Nanaimo Organic Waste co-owner, its current technology is outdated.
The company is planning $3.5 million upgrade at
City shuts down Square One tech centre lease
04/12 The City will pull out of a lease for SquareOne, a downtown tech incubator and co-working space.
That ends a seven-year lease this June for 38 Victoria Cres.,
the home of the co-working hub since 2014, for a cost of $147,000.
The technology incubator and co-working space, the brainchild of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation and Innovation Island, was meant to coax people out of the home and into
a hive where they could immerse themselves in a culture of startups with other companies, create new technologies and tap into coaching and mentoring resources.
Terminating the lease will remove one of the last assets of the NEDC, and complete the winding
down of the corporation.
bargaining unit bid fails
04/12 A petition aiming to add ambulance paramedics to the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act has fallen short.
The petition, started on Jan. 9, required support of 10 per cent of registered voters in each of B.C.’s 85 electoral districts and the proponent said it did not receive the requisite signatures, according to Andrew Watson, Elections B.C. spokesman.
Events Centre referendum cost went 28% over budget
04/12 Nanaimo’s event centre referendum went more than 28 per cent over budget.
A proposed event centre that residents voted against borrowing to build in March has cost the city an estimated $858,961 as of April 7, a city cost summary shows. The referendum had a $130,000 budget but rang in at $166,906.
Victor Mema, city chief
financial officer, told the News Bulletin in an e-mail that the difference between the budget and actual cost of the referendum is because of staffing and voting facilities.
Island Health puts ban on edible marijuana products
04/11 Island Health has announced it will be enforcing
a ban on edible marijuana products made with unregulated cannabis.
Late last month, it issued a letter to all known marijuana dispensaries on Vancouver Island, indicating that current legislation does not allow for the sale of such products.
Warnings have been issued to three dispensaries so far, according to Island Health.
City sets byelection for July 8 to replace Councillor Pratt
04/11 Nanaimo residents will go to the polls July 8 to fill the seat left vacant when former city councillor Wendy Pratt.
City council agreed at a special council meeting Monday to hold a byelection July 8, with a budget of up to $150,000.
Forests well dydrated heading into fire season
04/10 The cool, wet weather on the mid-island over the winter and early spring hasn't
been popular with everyone, but it was welcomed by crews at the Coastal Fire Centre (CFC).
Plenty of rain and snow have the coast entering fire season with well hydrated forests, according to fire information officer Donna MacPherson.
MacPherson said June rains will be a more important indicator of what kind of summer we're in for.
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Police searching in Harewood for clues to missing teen
Police in Nanaimo are searching two properties in Harewood today (April 10) as part of the ongoing search for missing teen Makayla Chang.
The search began this morning when RCMP Tactical Team members, who are trained in search techniques, combed a field,
outbuildings, bushes and debris from a collapsed wooden outbuilding at 601 and 609 Bruce Ave., located across from University Village shopping centre.
Snuneymuxw join opposition to Port Authority
Snuneymuxw First Nation issued a press release Friday stating its chief and council had unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to join with the city and the Nanaimo Marina Association “to seek to craft a new approach to
governance of the harbour and marine areas around Nanaimo.”
The press release said the Snuneymuxw have been excluded from decision-making and benefits from Nanaimo Harbour by the Nanaimo Port Authority and its predecessor, the Nanaimo Harbour
Snuneymuxw Chief John Wesley said in the press release the harbour’s waters and fisheries, since the Douglas Treaty of 1854, have been systematically displaced by settlers in ways inconsistent with Snuneymuxw rights and the First Nation
has not been compensated for those losses.
Nanaimo unemployment rate nudges up
Nanaimo's unemployment rate rose to 6.7 per cent in March, compared to 6.5 per cent in February. That's above the provincial average, but below the national
average of 6.8 per cent.
B.C.'s jobless rate is 5.4 per cent, rising from February. Last year, Nanaimo's unemployment rate in March was was 6.8 per cent.
Pratt resigns from city council
Wendy Pratt has
resigned as a member of Nanaimo city council.
Mayor Bill McKay confirmed Pratt’s resignation to the Nanaimo News Bulletin. McKay said he found out at noon Friday (April 7).
“Ms. Pratt’s resignation has been delivered to Ms.
Sheila Gurrie who, in the capacity of the city’s corporate officer, has accepted Ms. Pratt’s resignation,” said McKay in a press release. “Early next week, our corporate officer will inform council of the next steps.”
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boosts tuition fees two per cent
Vancouver Island University students can expect tuition to rise with the university’s latest budget.
The university’s board of governors approved a balanced 2017-18 budget
of $143.7 million on March 30. Approximately $61.3 million is anticipated to come from tuition and student services for the year.
Domestic tuition fees and student service fees are expected to increase by two per cent, according to Shelley Legin, VIU
chief financial officer and vice-president of administration. It will amount to $144.86 per semester credit hour for domestic students.
B.C. Ferries cancels sailings due to high wind
Travellers hoping to get from Nanaimo to Vancouver will have to make alternative
BC Ferries has cancelled all sailings from Tsawwassen to Victoria, Nanaimo and the Southern Gulf Islands and Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, due to high wind.
Deborah Marshall, executive director of public affairs with BC Ferries,
said the decision to cancel their routes was not made lightly. No ferries will run past 3 p.m.
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Police find man linked to missing Nanaimo teen
Mounties have found a man connected to a missing Nanaimo teen.
Cst. Gary O'Brien said the search for Makayla Chang, 16, is still very active.
"We want the public to know we have located Mr. (Steven) Bacon and investigators have spoken with him," O'Brien said. "It's essential that the public knows this because we're
receiving dozens of tips every day on where he is. We want the public to now focus on assisting us in locating Makayla."
Upgrades will affect traffic flow on Terminal Avenue
Construction work on Terminal Avenue will affect traffic patterns
Crews will start working on the Terminal Avenue Upgrades Project to replace approximately 300 metres of water main, 1,400 metres of sanitary sewer main and 675 metres of storm sewer main between St. George Street and Stewart Avenue.
Drivers can expect traffic pattern changes along the corridor as required to complete the work.
Water main flushing starts on Sunday
The City of Nanaimo’s Engineering and Public Works Department starts its annual
water main flushing program this weekend.
Beginning Sunday (April 9) and continuing through May, crews will flush water distribution mains throughout the city.
In March, city crews flushed water mains from the South Fork dam to the South Fork
Water Treatment Plant.
Watering restrictions in effect in Central Island area
Annual watering restrictions are in effect for most of
Stage one restrictions were implemented on April 1 for many communities between Cedar and Deep Bay, meaning no daytime watering is permitted.
City of Nanaimo water resources manager Bill Sims said they've harmonized the
various stages of water restriction for local governments.
“The year before we had a drought and we were all in different directions and we all had different stages and different definitions for those stages and it created a lot of confusion,”
Sims said. “Last year was a huge step forward, it was really positive.”
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$500,000 boost from province for Eden Gardens
The Province is providing the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society $500,000 to help Eden Gardens, a new facility for seniors, provide
programs and services that will enhance the quality of life for people with complex care needs.
"This new and beautiful facility will help the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge continue to deliver the safe and compassionate care they have been for the past 35
years in the community," said Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. "This funding will help further improve the lives of seniors with complex care needs in their new home."
Supported in part through provincial funding
announced today, Eden Gardens will provide residents with programs that will enhance their quality of life. This includes art and music programs, interactive gardens, a café, a library and a hair salon to encourage social interaction and help make the
facility a community.
collection approved by city council
Automated garbage service is coming to Nanaimo after the city approved a plan in late March.
The municipality has already purchased two automated garbage trucks for more than $880,000
under a plan to automate one-third of the city’s garbage collection, but council put the brakes on those
plans last year, five months before roll out, to consider results of a core services review.
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Province funds trades equipment for local schools
Skilled trades students
in the Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley school districts will benefit from a three-year, $15-million investment by the B.C. government to support youth trades programs with the purchase of new trades training equipment.
School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) is receiving $629,153 over the next three years for the purchase of equipment including table saws, MIG welders and wood lathes.
* School District 79 (Cowichan Valley) is receiving
$205,998 over the next three years to purchase equipment including a wheel balancer, tire changer and drill presses.
The Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program will see $7.5 million dispersed during the current school
year to school districts across B.C. The remaining $7.5 million will be distributed in 2017-18 ($4 million) and 2018-19 ($3.5 million) school years.
in Port Alberni
Island Health has issued a warning after a deadly street drug was discovered in a Vancouver Island city.
The health authority says carfentanil has made its way to Port Alberni and it’s causing
“severe overdoses and fatalities.”
B.C. Hydro increases rate 3.5 per cent
BC Hydro is raised its rates by 3.5 per cent, effective Saturday.
company says for most residential customers, the increase means an additional $3.75 per month on their bills.
The company maintains it provides among the lowest electricity rates in North America.
Search for missing teen moves to Colliery Dam Park
The search for missing Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang continued Sunday.
Nanaimo Search and Rescue was at Colliery Dam, taking over the main parking lot.
Nanaimo RCMP's Cst. Gary O'Brien confirmed Search and Rescue's presence was part of the investigation
into Makayla Chang and Steven Bacon's disappearance.
He said it's possible she may have fallen or gotten lost and they're following up on every possible option.
Special prosecutor named to investigate Nanaimo
A special prosecutor has been named to help the RCMP with an investigation involving Nanaimo city council.
a senior Vancouver lawyer, was appointed in December by assistant deputy attorney general Peter Juk, in relation to matters involving Nanaimo city council, the Criminal Justice Branch announced today.
It did not specify what the investigation is about,
but in a media statement said 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 status of the members of Nanaimo
City Council as elected municipal officials. Jetté was given a mandate to provide legal advice to investigators as necessary, conduct any related charge assessment and assume conduct of the prosecution if charges were approved.
also said a councillor is currently the subject of release documents imposed by police under the Criminal Code following an arrest for an alleged offence.
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Major upgrade starting for Island Highway on Malahat
The Malahat section
of the Trans-Canada Highway between Shawnigan Lake Road and Aspen Road see will some some major improvements.
Five kilometres of the highway will be four-laned with wider shoulders. Upgrades will also include a new
median barrier plus the construction of frontage roads and a new turnaround, and improved overhead lighting at intersections to help ensure safer access on and off the highway.
The Malahat Village project alone is
expected to create more than 100 direct jobs over the life of the project, said Transportation Minister Todd Stone.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2018. Every effort will be made to minimize traffic delays
related to construction, particularly during peak commuter periods. Travellers may encounter brief stoppages for blasting, tree falling, and equipment crossings, and are encouraged to check www.DriveBC.ca (http://www.drivebc.ca/) or the ministry's social media channels for travel updates.