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Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. - Len Krog southend campaign launch, Moose Hall, 1:30 p.m.

Sept 26 - 6-8 p.m. Fred Statham is hosting a meet the candidate event at Alice's Restaurant.

Sept. 27, Tyler Brown and Ben Geselbracht after-work mixer. 5 p.m.Arbutus Distillery, 1890 Boxwood Road

Oct 3 - Southend Citizens Association all-candidates forum 6 pm - 9 pm, 25 Victoria Rd, Harbour Theatre. All candidates will be invited to participate. The focus will be related to South End and Downtown issues.

Note to Candidates, if you have an event coming up, please send the info or email election@nanaimonet.com

Lantzville adopts a new corporate image

0919 - Image is everything, so the District of Lantzville is putting on a new face.

Councillors voted 5-2 to adopt a new logo on Monday night. The new logo features the word Lantzville written in a calligraphic style with a wave above it made out of individual pieces of sea glass. The slogan ‘Love life here’ is written below the word Lantzville.

While councillors adopted the new logo, a timeline of when it will begin appearing on district documents and around the community is unknown.

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Shortage of classroom space concern to parents

0919 - Parents are concerned with the lack of classroom space at Departure Bay Eco-School.

Nanaimo Ladysmith school district is anticipating student enrolment above a February projection of 13,875, and is looking to account for the extra bodies.

Shirley Galbraith said her son’s Grade 6-7 class is being taught in the library, picnic area, patio and a space where garden shovels are stored and was told it may be ongoing until after Christmas break. It isn’t a good learning environment and she said she hasn’t received satisfactory answers.

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Tilray gets green light to send product to U.S. for trials

0918 - Tilray Inc.of Nanaimo, says it has received approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency to export a medical cannabis product south of the border for use in a clinical trial.

The company and a researcher at the University of California San Diego believe this is the first export of a cannabis product from a Canadian company to the U.S., where marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.

Tilray will export capsules containing a formulation with two active ingredients extracted from the cannabis plant for a clinical trial examining the drug as a potential treatment for adults with essential tremor.

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Real estate sales down but prices still rising

0918 - The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board reports 467 single-family homes sold in Nanaimo in August on the Multiple Listing Service® compared to 540 one year ago, a 14-per-cent drop. The number of apartments changing hands last month dropped by 13 per cent while townhouse sales increased by 16 per cent. 

Inventory of single-family homes in August was down slightly from one year ago (1,342 compared to 1,352). The supply of apartments and townhouses dipped 14 per cent and 10 per cent from one year ago. 

The benchmark price of a single-family home in Nanaimo rose 10 per cent to $546,200 over a year ago. Campbell River was $404,300, up 12 per cent. Comox Valley, $509,200, up 13 per cent. Duncan $455,100, up eight per cent while the Parksville-Qualicum area increased by 13 per cent to $574,200. Port Alberni reached $303,600, up 22 per cent from one year ago. 

The weaker sales seen so far in 2018 were expected because 2016 and 2017 were exceptionally healthy years for real estate, setting record levels that could not be maintained indefinitely. However, VIREB’s housing market is still strong compared to where it sat four years ago. 

“The broad demographic trend for the VIREB area continues to include baby boomers and retirees, who are less affected by stricter mortgage qualification rules because they don’t typically need mortgages,” says Cameron Muir, chief economist for the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). “As a result, even when sales bottom out, they’re doing so at lower levels on Vancouver Island.” 

Council paves way for new auto dealership rezoning bid

0918 - City council has voted to allow a rezoning application to proceed for Porsche and Subaru dealerships on the former Long Lake Nurseries site at 4900 Island Hwy.

Council unanimously approved the next step in spite of city staff recommending against the project due to concerns over how it fit with the City of Nanaimo’s official community plan.

“Our OCP and transportation master plan both talk about the importance of creating mixed-use walkable villages, mixed-use walkable centres,” said Dale Lindsay, the city’s director of community development. “We believe that this land use is not in keeping with the intent of the OCP.”
 

Court date set for lawsuit against city by Integrity Group

0918 - A five-day trial has been scheduled to settle a lawsuit filed by a human resources consulting firm, despite the fact the City already publicly agreed to pay at least a portion of the allegedly unpaid bill.

The City is scheduled to go to court in November 2019 to defend itself against a claim filed by Vancouver-based The Integrity Group, which alleged the City refused to pay a more than $52,000 bill for consulting work done in 2015.

In May 2015, mayor Bill McKay hired Integrity to act as a facilitator to deal with issues between himself, members of council and then-city manager Ted Swabey.

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Unsolved crimes in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP file # 2018-33566 Sometime Sept. 12 to 13, a sea can, at a construction site on Old Slope Road was broken into. Approximately $8,000 to $10,000 of construction tools were taken. Taken were two laser levels, a Stihl gas cutoff saw, Dewalt hammer drill, concrete tools, Dewalt palm sander, Boesch stick nailer and nailer framing gun and an electric water pump

Nanaimo RCMP file # 2018- 33605 On Thursday September 13th a bicycle was taken from in front of the Vault Cafe, located at 499 Wallace St. The mountain bike is a 2016 Kona Splice with front suspension orange accents and a white rubber grip.Nanaimo RCMP file # 2018-33251 On Monday September 10 an electric bike was stolen from outside The Bay, at the Woodgrove Centre. The bike is a white Electric Surface 604 Rook with serial # K17KH00262. 

Nanaimo RCMP file # 2018-33245 Sometime during the day on Monday September 10 a break and enter occurred in the 400 block of Maple St. The residents were gone all day and when they returned home at approximately 5 PM they found their home had been broken into. Entry was made through the rear bedroom screen and one of the window screens had been removed and later found on the ground. Taken was an IPad with serial # DMPR3D99G5VW a family ring and jewelry. 

Nanaimo RCMP file # 2018-33251  On Monday September 10 an electric bike was stolen from outhe Woodgrove Centre. The bike is a white Electric Surface 604 Rook with serial # K17KH00262.

If you have information relating to these or other crimes, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

 

House hit by lightning during storm

0918 - Several people were temporarily evacuated from their homes after one of numerous lightning strikes hit Nanaimo's north end during a strong, isolated storm.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue confirmed lightning hit at least one structure, located at Eagle Point Villas on Blueback Rd., Sunday afternoon. Assistant chief Brad Wood said the lightning bolt hit the roof of a unit, causing minor damage. He said the lightning's energy then went underground and ruptured a gas and water line.

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Police looking for help to find missing man

0918 - RCMP are trying to find a missing man who's without his required daily medication. Justin De Goutiere, 27, has not been seen or heard from since Monday, Sept. 17 after leaving his home. He  is believed to be in Nanaimo, however investigators have not been able to find him, while his support network is very concerned.

De Goutiere is white, 6'0”, 220 pounds with short dark hair and brown eyes.

Fuller faces day in court over document leaks

B.C.'s attorney general is stepping into the legal ring against a Nanaimo city councillor.

0918 - The attorney general's office filed a petition against Coun. Gord Fuller and three others over their continued refusal to delete confidential documents posted online. The petition hopes to use the full weight of the law, including fines and further legal action, against Fuller and others to compel them to destroy their copies of confidential documents and any others which still exist online.

The court case is the latest development in an ongoing dispute over a confidential email which was shared on social media. The letter contained the mayor's harshly critical opinions of fellow councillors, supposedly part of ongoing mediation to repair their relationship. It was posted onto the windshield of one of the respondents in 2015 and then shared online in numerous Facebook groups, with the media and during a public council meeting.

Confidential legal emails were also shared to social media.

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No charges against Mountie for injury during arrest

0-915 - No charges will be laid against a Nanaimo RCMP officer after a suspect was injured in an arrest outside the Quarterway Pub last year.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. released the decision on the incident, which happened Aug. 3, 2017.

A person being arrested for public intoxication suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken nose and two broken orbitals. The injuries were unintended,” the decision notes. The suspect's intoxication likely played a role in him going down awkwardly. 

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Loaves and Fishes food drive this weekend

0915 - The Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes food bank is depending on Nanaimo residents this weekend to help gather enough food to last until Christmas.

On Saturday, food bank volunteers will travel all over Nanaimo picking up bags of food left on doorsteps. Twelve thousand bags were handed out this year, to be packed with goods from generous residents.

Loaves and Fishes executive director Peter Sinclair told NanaimoNewsNOW this is their second biggest food drive of the year.

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40 candidates for council, four for mayor and 20 for SD68

The ballot of city council in the Oct. 20 will be a long one – 40 candidates filed their nominations before the deadline of 4 p.m. today.

Notable on the list is the absence of Coun. Bill Bestwick who is not seeking re-election. Councillors Diane Brennan, Jim Kipp and Bill Yoachim had announced earlier that they would not be be running.

That leaves Councillors Jerry Hong, Gordon Fuller, Sheryl Armstrong and Ian Thorpe seeking re-election.

For the mayor's chair, it will be a choice between Don Hubbard, Eike Jordan, Len Krog, and Ray Farmere. Mayor Bill McKay had earlier announced he was not running.

On the school board ballot, there are 20 names for the nine seats on the board. We are working to assemble all the platforms and bio information on all the candidates and will post them as they come in.

See the list of candidates in the headings in our menu bar. 

Explorer of the Seas cruiseship returns next Wednesday

0914 - MV Explorer of the Seas returns to the Port of Nanaimo Wednesday Sept. 19, at 8 a.m, departing at 6 p.m. This is the Royal Caribbean Line’s second of two calls in 2018 to Central Vancouver Island.

The Explorer of the Seas called on the Port of Nanaimo in May 2016, 2017 and 2018. The cruise in Seattle on Monday, at sea until her arrival in Nanaimo on Wednesday, then moving to Victoria and back to Seattle, completing a 5-day “Pacific Coastal Cruise” itinerary on Sept. 21.  The Explorer of the Seas is 311 metres long with a passenger capacity of 3,938 and 1,180 crew.

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“This is the fifth occasion the Explorer of the Seas is calling on the Port of Nanaimo," says Ewan Moir, President & CEO of the Port of Nanaimo. "Along with our many local and regional partners in the Cowichan Valley and the Parksville - Qualicum area, we are very proud to receive her for three consecutive years.  We know that many passengers return once they discover Central Vancouver Island, a preferred and growing travel destination."

As passengers arrive in the cruise ship terminal and clear customs, Tourism Nanaimo Travel Counsellors greet passengers and point the way to photo opportunities with the ‘Big Tub’ and displays of racing tubs from the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and to buses for pre-purchased regional shore excursions.  

Passengers also take in the popular harbourside walkway, Pioneer Waterfront Plaza and the Farmers' Market and our museums. Complimentary shuttles transport passengers from the terminal through downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter, including Maffeo-Sutton Park where they engage professionally-trained Nanaimo Ambassadors and easily access the Saysutshun Experience on Newcastle Island.

Contact with local culture includes the downtown, galleries, eateries and walking tours which receive positive passenger feedback on a consistent basis. Cannon Firings at the historic Bastion are at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Nanaimo Bar samplings are provided by Tourism Nanaimo as passengers return to the ship, a taste of our renowned hospitality and a must-have treat when visiting Nanaimo.    

“We provide a high level of service on a consistent basis with our city and regional partners.  The amenities and tours complement our award winning passenger terminal.  The feedback always includes comments for our friendly city and the beauty of our surroundings.  Passengers often tell us that they will be back - they want to see more of Central Vancouver Island,” adds Moir.

See pictures and video from cruise visits in Nanaimo at cruise.npa.ca - Go to Gallery or to Port of Nanaimo Facebook and Instagram Postings.

The Port of Nanaimo is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations.

Ballot for council getting crowded – and weird

0914 - As of 10 a.m. today 35 candidates had announced their candidacy for seats on Nanaimo city council. There are four nominations for mayor.

That list includes one candidate who lists his residence as Duncan, B.C. and another who wants to be listed on the ballot as Turnip Avel.

Nominations close at 5 p.m. today for Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee. We will have the final list as soon as it is made official by the city returning office.

 

Police looking for suspects in car break-in on ferry

Nanaimo file # 2018-31928 - Nanaimo RCMP are looking for information about two suspects after a traveller onboard a BC Ferry, sailing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay, had his laptop and Bose headphones stolen from his vehicle.

The theft took place some time between 2:30 and 4 pm on Friday, August 31 Witnesses told investigators they saw two large scruffy males using a slim Jim on the owners vehicle.

If you have any information, call Nanaimo RCMP or Crimestoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com Quote file 2018-31928.

Don White's commentaries are back

Don White

Don White wrote a series of articles last year on the performance at Nanaimo City Hall. In view of the current election campaign, and the relevancy of those commentaries, we have decided to repost an archive of Don's excellent work. Click on the top menu bar or go here http://www.nanaimonet.com/440770736

 

Downtown squatters expand their site

0912 - Downtown Nanaimo's tent city expanded dramatically late Wednesday night, pushing the back fence into the lot used by Seaspan Shipyards. 

Tent city resident Darcy Kody saidresidents held an inter-camp meeting and decided they needed more space to accommodate an influx of homeless into the camp which is now home to roughly 300 people. 

The back fence, which was on the ocean-facing side of the camp, was pushed back roughly 70 feet to the entrance onto the lot. After about an hour of negotiations between camp residents, Nanaimo RCMP and Seaspan employees, it was pulled back to roughly 20 feet. 

Earlier Wednesday, camp organizer Sophie Wendling said the campsite is home to more than 300 people and the camp is considering all its options.

“We are not entirely sure yet, but we know something needs to be done. It could look like moving somewhere. It could look like splitting up into smaller camps, like two camps or something, or taking over a new space,” she said.

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Lantzville gets water agreement amendment

0912 - After years of trying, Lantzville councillors finally got their wish, or at least a part of it.

The City of Nanaimo and the District of Lantzville have reached an agreement to amend portions of a $1.33-million water agreement between the two municipalities.

A letter posted on the district’s website says the two municipalities agreed to change a section of the agreement that defined upper and lower Lantzville. Now, the water agreement will refer to a more detailed map known as Schedule A, always included within the agreement, that includes a boundary line.

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Nanaimo men recognized for volunteer services

Pete Betcher, top, and Jeff Lott were recognized by Lieut-Gov Janet Austin.

0912 - Two Nanaimo volunteers have been recognized for their amazing contributions to the community.

Peter Betcher and Jeffery Lott of Nanaimo, were awarded the Sovereign's Medal of Volunteerism on Sept. 6 in Victoria. The medals were presented by Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin on behalf of Governor General Julie Payette.

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RCMP and Port launch bait program to combat boat thefts

0912 - A new tool has been added to fight the huge problem of stolen boats from Nanaimo's waterfront.

RCMP Cst. Mike Eckert said a bait boat has been placed in the water as part of a pilot project aimed at nabbing thieves and discouraging heists. He said an alarming 16 boats were stolen since May, primarily in the Boat Basin marina.

He said their bait boat, launched in partnership with the Port of Nanaimo, includes GPS tracking capability to detail where a thief is headed.

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Stolen sports memorabilia items recovered

Championship belt among stolen items.

UPDATE: Nanaimo boxing coach Bob Pegues has his stolen items back. RCMP said a waste collector found the items in a dumpster at the apartment building.

EARLIER: 0912 - A Nanaimo boxing coach says  his hard-earned world boxing championship belt was among the items stolen from his car.

Nanaimo RCMP say the belt, some trophies and several other pieces of boxing gear were stolen out of Bob Pegues' car sometime overnight on Sept. 10 while it was parked at the Rosedale Manor on Departure Bay Road, behind Country Club Centre.

Also in the bag was a championship belt recently won by one of Pegues' studentss.

Pegues said he went to the downtown tent city on Monday looking for his stolen gear and spotted someone wearing his easily identifiable Team B.C. jacket.

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Man jailed for two years for $87,000 in scam deals

0912 - A man who admitted to one of the biggest scams in Nanaimo in recent memory was sent to jail for two years and ordered to pay back more than $87,000 to a pair of victims.

Rodney Bradford Johnston, 48, was sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo on Friday by Judge Brian Harvey after pleading guilty to a charge of fraud over $5,000.

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Campfire ban lifted, but bylaw remains in effect

0912 - With the coast fire area campfire ban now lifted, the city reminds that its open burning bylaw remains in effect. That bans open burning within City limits. Outdoor cooking fires are permitted on private property, provided the fire is contained to a device or fixture designed for containing the fire and not exceeding 24 inches in diameter. The fire may only utilize clean, dry wood or briquettes and may not exceed two hours in duration.

Despite the fact we are experiencing cooler and damper weather, Nanaimo Fire Rescue remind the public to please safely and properly discard smoking materials. 

If you see smoke or signs of fire, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. For more information on City of Nanaimo Burning bylaw visit www.fire.nanaimo.ca or call the non-emergency line at 250-753-7311.

Korpan says he will make another bid for city council seat

Gary Korpan

0910 - Former Mayor and councillor Gary Korpan has confirmed that he will be a candidate for city council in the October 20 election.

"There clearly needs to be some institutional memory on any new council," he said in a brief note.

We'll have more when he provides his platform. 

There have been numerous declarations of candidates, but not all of them have made the formal documnet filing. See the list below.

Keep checking back to this page for all the latest updates on candidates for mayor and council.

Fuller is running again for city council

Coun. Gord Fuller

0910 - Councillor Gordon Fuller, who once infamously told the mayor to “bite me”, will seek another term.

Fuller told the News Bulletin on Monday morning he will be running for re-election as city councillor in the election on Oct. 20.

“I was having a hard time deciding whether I wanted to run or not but ultimately I have decided that I will run,” he said.

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City accepting applications for downtown event funding

0911 - The City is accepting applications from community organizations seeking financial assistance to support downtown Nanaimo events in 2019 through the Downtown Event Revitalization Fund.  The fund supports events and initiatives that attract residents and visitors to the downtown.

"The intention of the grants is to recognize the value annual events have in building vitality in the downtown and enhancing Nanaimo's profile as a destination of choice.

Guidelines, criteria and application forms can be found online at www.nanaimo.ca/culture-environment/grants, attached to this news release, in person at the Service & Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) or by contacting Community and Cultural Planning directly.

The deadline for application submission is Monday, Oct. 22,at 4 pm.

 

Women's Shelter campaign gets a boost with concert

0-910 - The  plight of a Nanaimo women's shelter is inspiring the community to lend a hand.

The Samaritan House shelter, run by the Island Crisis Care Society, is trying to raise $2 million to double their capacity and add more programs for women in need. Every night, shelter staff have to turn women away and they say more and more senior women are coming to their door.

The story of the shelter struck a chord with VIU professor Anna Atkinson, who held a benefit concert for the expansion at the Cedar United Church on Sunday, Sept. 9.

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Rock slide closes Malahat Highway in both directions

0910 - The Malahat Highway is closed in both directions at the summit due to a rock slide this morning.

Geotechnical engineers are on scene, assessing the environmental impact.

The next update was scheduled for noon today.

Missing teenager Brianna Fisher found safe

Brianna Fisher

0912 - Nanaimo RCMP say a 17-year-old girl who hadn’t been seen since before the weekend has now been found “safe and sound.”

0910 - Nanaimo RCMP seeks public assistance in locating 17-year-old Brianna Fisher, who was last seen at approximately 10 a.m. Friday Sept. 7. After leaving her residence in south Nanaimo, Brianna has had no contact with family and friends which has them extremely concerned for her well-being.

Brianna is a First Nations female. She is 5 ft. 9 120 pounds with long dark hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and blue jeans. If you know her whereabouts, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com and quote file # 2018-32893.

Police looking for stolen back pack and gear

0910 - Nanaimo RCMP file # 2018-32049 - Two back packers had their pack and gear stolen at about 1 p.m. Sept. 2, while visiting the Board Game House, at 411 Fitzwilliam St.

The pack contained all of their supplies which included French passports, tent, cooking set, bear spray and their Canadian VISAs. Investigators are following up on reports an unknown male may have been seen the next day on Wesley St with the pack.

If you have any information, call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and quote the file number at the top.

Downtown highrise nears final approval

0908 - A proposed condominium highrise in downtown Nanaimo has cleared another hurdle.

City council voted unanimously Thursday following a public hearing to approve the third reading for a proposed 24-storey mixed-use building at 65 and 77 Chapel St.

Dubbed Marcielo, the proposed highrise would be built on a 4,364-square-metre property in the city’s downtown core. It would feature 109 condo units, five townhouse units, ground-floor commercial units, office space, 167 underground parking stalls, a public plaza and a two-floor athletic club.

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General election nomination documents filed

0910 - The City website lists the following nominations which have been received. The deadline is 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

Mayor

Hubbard, Don

Jordan, Eike Michaela

Krog, Leonard          

Councillor

Armstrong, Sheryl Dawn

Brunie, Brunie

Gouda, Pele

Hemmens, Erin

Kent, Peter

Kornberger, Rae

Olsen, Darcy

Osborn, Ken

Ribicic, Michael 

Simpson, David

Smith, Norm

Thorpe, Ian

Turley, Jim

Zboyovsky, Ashley Briana

Crime Stoppers needs help finding stolen chainsaw

Nanaimo file # 2018-31957 On Saturday, September 1, between 9:30 pm and 5 am, a Stihl chainsaw was stolen from an unlocked backyard shed, in the 1400 block Frontier Place.

The model number of the chainsaw is 028WB and serial is # 6040240. Backyard sheds should always be locked and expensive tools marked and photographed.

If you have any information, call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and quote the file number at the top.

Movie shoot creates detour on Hwy 19 near Bowser

0907 - A detour will be in place along Highway 19, near Bowser, from Sept. 10 to 14, to accommodate a movie production.

Drivers are encouraged to use Highway 19A (Old Island Highway) between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the week of filming.

Filming is expected to last a week but is weather dependent and could also take place on Sept. 15 and 16.

Charges dismissed against Nanaimo Mountie

0906 - A Nanaimo Mountie's charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm has been tossed for lack of evidence.

Cst. David Buchanan was charged after an incident in Duncan on Feb. 20, 2016. The charge was forwarded to the Crown by the Independent Investigations Office after examining dashcam footage from Cst. Buchanan's vehicle as he apprehended Bryce McKay in Duncan following a brief chase.

Justice Justine Saunders dismissed the case at preliminary hearing on Aug. 22 at Provincial Court in Nanaimo. Justice Saunders said there wasn't enough evidence in either dashcam footage or testimony from McKay to support a trial.

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City to remove significant arbutus tree on Millstone Avenue

0906 - The City of Nanaimo will remove a significant Arbutus tree on Millstone Avenue this month.

A Level 2 (Basic) and Level 3 (Advanced) risk assessment of the tree was conducted. The examination found extensive and spreading structural decay throughout the trunk and lower stem as well as a rapidly declining canopy. The initial assessment was performed in January and a follow-up inspection in June determined that die back in the canopy had increased by 5-10 per cent over the period. 

The removal is likely to take place in early September and the wood is to be salvaged by the Mid-Island Woodworkers Guild, a non-profit organization which provides wood and support to its members and donates a portion of the wood to local high schools. 

The City will  explore the best options for replanting new legacy trees in the area and may be seeking public input in the process.

Man rescued after falling down embankment

0905 - A man who fell down a steep embankment in the backyard of a north Nanaimo home was lucky to escape more serious injury.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief Martin Drakely said the man was working on a 200-foot staircase behind a Bayshore Drive home late Wednesday afternoon when he lost his footing and fell about 60 feet and suffered a badly broken leg.

“There's a small two-foot-by-three-foot landing and he landed on it,” said Drakely. “Otherwise it's another 150 feet down to the beach.”

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Landmark Howard Johnson Hotel shutting down Oct. 31

0905 - The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel, one of downtown Nanaimo's most well-known landmarks will soon become a thing of the past.

Hotel operations manager Erik Brook said the hotel will close its doors and cease operations as a hotel effective Oct. 31.

The statement said plans for the hotel and property are not yet known and other businesses operating in the adjoining buildings will remain in operation following the hotel's closure.

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City Culture and Heritage Grants applications now open

0905 - The City is now accepting applications from community non-profit cultural organizations seeking financial assistance to support their 2019 operations, projects, or events.  Funds are available under two grants:

- Culture and heritage operating grants,

- Culture and heritabe project grants.

Guidelines, criteria and application forms are available online at www.nanaimo.ca/culture-environment/grants, attached to this news release, in person at the Service & Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street), or by contacting Community and Cultural Planning directly.  The deadline for application submission is 4 p.m. Monday, October 15.

Motorcyclist injured in Brechin crash with minivan

0904 5 - A motorcyclist was injured in a crash in the Brechin neighbourhood on Monday.

A motorcycle and a minivan were involved in the collision, which happened just before 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Brierley Hill and Maple Street.

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City responds to architech firm's events centre lawsuit

The City has responded to a lawsuit filed by Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, claiming the firm tried to discourage the municipality from a public procurement process for multiplex work.

The response to a civil claim filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia last month, the City claims that not only did BBB Architects try to discourage the municipality from undertaking a public procurement process in 2016 for Phase 3 work on the proposed event centre, but that the firm didn’t listen and conducted design work without authorization.

Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects’ civil claim accuses the city of failing to pay more than $154,179 for Phase 3 work between January and February 2017. That claim alleged the city failed to notify the architects about the public procurement process for Phase 3 and accused Tracy Samra, the city’s former chief administrative officer, along with Victor Mema, the city’s former chief financial officer, Coun. Bill Bestwick and other staffers of assuring BBB that it would be selected as the successful contractor for the project.

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Three injured in downtown late night brawl

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a late night brawl in downtown Nanaimo which involved upwards of 15 people. Three adults were injured from the melee and the suspects, who fled before police arrived, have not been identified.

The incident took place at approximately 2:45 AM on Sunday September 2, in the 100 block of Commercial St. The three injured adults were treated at scene by attending BC Paramedics and declined further medical treatment.

When RCMP arrived on scene, a 25-year-old male was found lying on the sidewalk after apparently being assaulted. Officers also determined a 20-year-old male and female had also been assaulted. Police spoke with a number of bystanders who indicated the assaults appeared to have been unprovoked. The suspects were identified as an adult male and female, who may have been associated with an out of province lacrosse team, that was in Nanaimo for the week competing at the Senior B Lacrosse championships.

It is early on in the investigation and at this time, investigators are contacting witnesses to provide statements and canvassing local businesses for any security camera footage. They are also hoping witnesses may have taken iphone video of the incident, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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

September is Big Brothers Big Sisters month

0903 - Big Brothers Big Sisters will kick off Big Brothers Big Sisters Month at city hall on Friday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m.The public and supporters are invited to the proclamation, but the organization could use more than just symbolic support.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Month is celebrated in communities across Canada because of the role the organization and its volunteers play in helping children get a strong start in life.

“Mentoring is what we do,” said Jennifer Kemp, Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Vancouver Island executive director. “We’ve been doing it for over 100 years in Canada, over 45 years in the central Vancouver Island area, bringing positive adult role models together with children.”
 

18-months in jail for child pornography

0903 - A man arrested in a police investigation has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and has received an 18-month prison sentence.

Graham James Lackey, 51, was sentenced at provincial court in Nanaimo on Thursday.

While Lackey received an 18-month jail sentence, he got credit for time served, and will serve 444 days. Once released, he will be placed on two years’ probation and among conditions placed on him, he will be barred for life from attending public places – parks, pools, playgrounds, school grounds, community centres – where people under 16 years of age attend. He is also forbidden from being alone with anyone under the age of 16.

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Second candidate pulls out of election race

Peter Richmond

0902 - A second candidate has withdrawn from the October 20 civic election for city council. Peter Richmond announced on social media today that he was stepping down.

He is the second candidate to pull out of the election. Sacia Burton shelved her campaign about two weeks ago.

See the full list of candidates in our Election Section

Gas thieves targeting non-profit organizations

0902 - Nanaimo non-profit organizations are feeling the brunt of thieves stealing gas of their vehicles. Clay Tree Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island said they've tried numerous methods of deterring thieves to sometimes little avail.

Clay Tree Society executive director Glenys Patmore told NanaimoNewsNOW their site in the 800 block of Old Victoria Rd. saw an increase in thefts starting two months ago. Since then, she estimated replacing the fuel and fixing damaged vehicles has cost the organization roughly $2,000.

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Labour Council will endorse some candidates

0902 - The Nanaimo Duncan and District Labour Council will endorse municipal and school trustee candidates it thinks aligns with its values.

People who seek the backing of the council, which represents 13,000 unionized workers in the area, must fill out a questionnaire and have an interview, according to Ellen Oxman, council president. From that, the council can get a feel for the candidate’s priorities and how they will handle the job. Oxman said public education, public services, concerns for social housing, minimum wage and living wage are among values it promotes.

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Man injured in tent encampment explosion

0902 - Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP are investigating after a man was reportedly injured in an explosion and fire at Discontent City.

The incident happened early Friday morning, Aug. 31, and Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officers and police are following up with an investigation today.

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