Apr. 30, 2019

Trying to get answers about the Chinook salmon closure

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Sports fishermen are asking why NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin doesn't reply to questions about the ill-advised DFO Chinook Salmon closure. Two more local fishing derbies have been cancelled for this year because of the Chinook closures. The Serauxmen and the Firemen’s derby, both fund raisers for local charities, are cancelled. The Silva Bay Father's Day Derby will be rescheduled for late July.

BOOZE NOOZE – Canadians imbibed $23.2 billion worth of alcoholic beverages last year, up 3.1 per cent from the previous year. The government’s cut rose by two per cent to $12.2 billion in 2017-2018. The volume of alcohol sold reached 3,098 million litres. Beer accounted for 34 per cent of all alcohol sales in British Columbia, the least among Canadian provinces and territories. Total beer sales rose to $9.2 billion. Wine sales grew 4.6 per cent to $7.5 billion. As a share of the overall market, wine sales increased 0.4 per cent to account for 32.4 per cent of total alcoholic beverage sales. Canadians prefer red wine over white, with reds accounting for 52.8 per cent of total sales, followed by white wines (32.2 per cent) and sparkling wines (5.9 per cent). Rosé, fortified and other wines accounted for the remaining wine sales. 

PRESSERVING HISTORY - One way to kill a nation is to kill its languages. When a culture loses its language, an irreparable connection to the essence of a people is gone. The architects of the Canadian Indian Residential School System forbade students from speaking their own language. Adedicated and passionate group of Haida Elders, a generation who lived through residential schools, have spent the last 21 years ensuring this is not the case for the Haida people. In 1998, they created the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) to preserve and revitalize HlGaagilda Xaayda Kil, the Skidegate dialect of the Haida language. Vancouver Island University is recognizing their work with Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to all nine Elders. They will receive their awards during VIU’s afternoon convocation ceremony on June 3. READ THE WHOLE STORY

MONEY FOR THE ARTS - The BC Arts Council Grant Program has given $36,000 to support organizations in Nanaimo, Gabriola, Ladysmith and Chemainus. Recipients included in the latest round of grants include:
• Crimson Coast Dance Society, $21,000
• Gabriola Arts Council, $8,500
• Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, $3,000
• Hub City Cinema Society, $2,000
• Arts Council of Ladysmith and District, $1,500
The BC Arts Council is the provincial government’s lead agency for arts funding and development. Budget 2019 increased the funding by $15 million over three years, bringing the annual budget to $34 million. The new funding is in addition to the $15 million over three years in Budget 2018.

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