Wednesday, March 25, 2020
GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – it's day 13 of self-isolation and looking to get out of the house. We pointed out yesterday how people can help fellow Nanaimoites during
the Covid-19 virus crisis. One place where you could be really helpful is the Nanaino 7-10 Club which desperately needs volunteers. If you are healthy they can use you hands to feed the hungry in our city. Find out more by calling 250-714-0917 or email info@nanaimo710Club.com or go down to the club at 285 Prideaux Street and tell the staff you are there to help.
group of medical laboratories has joined B.C. health authority facilities in ramping up testing for the COVID-19 to 3,500 a day as positive tests continued to rise to 617 as of March 24. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the new capacity allows
the B.C. Centre for Disease Control to continue “aggressively test health care workers,” and investigate community infections and surveillance testing, such as adding COVID-19 to routine influenza testing.
PUT A HOLD ON GIFTS – No more flower or gift delivery, please. Island Health is asking people not send gifts to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities. It’s all designed keep
patients and staff safe while following the provincial health officer’s recommendations for social distancing.
IT’S IN YOU TO GIVE – So,
instead of flowers and other gifts, here's an alternative idead. Three blood donation clinics scheduled in Nanaimo are nearly or completely booked, which rarely happens. The clinics are set for for March 31, April 1 and 2. Blood and patients
are going to need help this week, this month and in the long-term.
NANAIMO-LADYSMITH member of Parliament Paul Manly wants greater wage subsidies and other financial
supports to help Canadian small and medium business owners weather the COVID-19 pandemic. He likes the government's pledge to provide a wage subsidy to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) but says limiting it to 10 per cent of the worker’s wage
doesn't go nearly far enough. “Small business owners are having to make agonizing choices”. With a drastic drop in sales due to forced closures, how can SMEs retain staff? Some Western European countries are offering business wage subsidies
of 75 to 90 per cent,” says Manly.
EVRYTHING IS GOING HIGH TECH and that includes learning. Some schools are maintaining classes via the internet during these
uncertain times. Jacqui Kaese has developed one-on-one training into the world of acting in film, with weekly meetings through Zoom.us and homework, working on scene study, audition skills, career development, the actors
tool box, gaining agency representation, and how to negotiate through the professional maze of the film industry. Sessions suit individual needs from beginner to those who wish to keep audition skills sharp. She’s using Facetime and Skype but you can
sign up at www.spotlightacademy.com or text 250 714 2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VIU ON THE WEB – While they may not be in face-to-face classes, students at Vancouver Island University are still working hard to complete their education. However, students are also dealing with
the consequences of the pandemic, including reduced hours or no employment, finding daycare, and keeping themselves and their families safe and healthy with limited resources. The VIU Students has made a leadership gift of $75,000, which has been matched by
the VIU Foundation, to help establish a $250,000 fund for Emergency Student Bursaries. The community can join the students’ union in donating. Some students are struggling with serious financial issues, including reduced or non-existent job opportunities,
which many relied on to make rent or put food on the table. MORE
- As the world battles the spread of COVID-19, some people have taken to using the pandemic as a new way to scam vulnerable individuals. Locally, there have been only a handful of callers to the Nanaimo RCMP reporting they were contacted by scammers asking
for donations for COVID-19. Anyone who has lost money or divulged personal information to a scammer, either online or in person, should contact the non-emergency line of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.
OPEN OR CLOSED – A lot of people in self-isolation are looking around at how they can resume a near normal life. Some businesses are offering takeout or delivery. If you’re open, let us know and we’ll
publish a list of those who are open so the public knows where to go. Just drop us an email saying “hey, we’re open” and give the details. email@example.com