Good morning Nanaimo, Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Talk about a heavy news day, The Buzz is loaded today.
It’s an annual exercise that a lot of people clamour for but few show up to participate when they get the opportunity.
The city is preparing its 2022-2026 Financial Plan and part of that process includes residents getting a chance to provide their input and ask questions leading up to a eTown Hall on November 15. Council is reviewing draft budgets during four Special Finance
and Audit Committee meetings on Oct. 29 and Nov. 3, 5 and 10, all open to the public. So check out the details and arm yourself with the issues that are important. This is where you can have a say.
Today is the day for healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The provincial health order covers doctors, nurses, students, residents, contractors, volunteers and all other healthcare
professionals. The Health Ministry says 94 per cent of B.C. health workers were fully vaccinated as of Oct. 24, three per cent were unvaccinated and two per cent had one dose. MORE.
We’ve had neighbourhood associations for more than three decades and as with virtually anything, issues have built up over the past few years.
Now city council wants to take a look how associations are organized and the level of support that the City is providing to them. MORE.
It’s not quite a high rise, but the north end could get a six-storey apartment complex on McRobb Avenue. A developer showed design plants with 88 units showed its early designs to the City of Nanaimo. The
city’s design advisory panel viewed plans last week and recommended that the development permit application proceed to the city council table. MORE
The bus stops here is clearly not a theme local citizens have in mind for the Jean Burns site downtown. Several delegations addressed councillors, opposed to the public square concept at the site
and the planned transit exchange. A housing development with a commercial component was referenced several times by the speakers. Kevan Shaw, president of the Victoria Crescent Association, suggested condos for seniors who don’t drive. MORE
It’s real now, as of Sunday, anyone heading out to dine, see a movie or visit other non-essential businesses must show proof of being fully vaccinated.
The vaccine-card program moved to its second phase, requiring two shots instead of just one. A single dose is no longer accepted to access discretionary businesses and attend events. We’ll have to live with the card system until at least Jan. 31. Capacity
limits for venues hosting sporting events, indoor concerts, plays, movies, weddings and funerals have been lifted. Local health order limits remain in Fraser East and parts of Northern and Interior Health regions.
Nanaimo Public Works staff and contractors are cleaning the City's stormwater catch basins, so be careful when you are motoring around. Crews started in the Duke Point
area, and will work their way north cleaning catch basins along major arterial roadways. Since this work involves large equipment, please approach with caution and obey traffic control person's directions. Work will take place for two weeks, wrapping up on
November 5. MORE
Air traffic was not impacted after a man trespassed on to the
Nanaimo Airport tarmac as part of the ongoing silly Extinction Rebellion protests. The man was arrested by RCMP after he walked into the restricted area carrying a flag and planned to spray paint a message to shut down runways to end so-called climate extinction. MORE
reported 186 new COVID-19 cases in Island Health over the three-day weekend with 1,618 new cases and 20 deaths across the province. There are 4,966 active cases in the province and 366 people in hospital — 149 are in intensive care. Along
with the new cases in Island Health, there were 190 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 699 in Fraser Health, 254 in Interior Health, and 289 in Northern Health. Three of the deaths were in Island Health, four in Fraser Health, three in Vancouver Coastal Health,
six in Interior Health, four in Northern Health. MORE. A COVID-19 outbreak at the Tofino General Hospital has been declared over by Island Health.
The outbreak at TGH was declared on Oct. 12. MORE.
gets them in the end. Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta this summer in virtue signalling over of the state’s voter identity law. It’s a double dose of justice that this year’s teams in the World Series
are Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, both from the states with strictest voter ID laws. Take that, Major League Baseball.