02/28 – A proposal by the Chamber of Commerce to freeze commercial property taxes for this year sounds noble enough, but there are hurdles.. City council is getting a staff report to determine the impact. Last year the city collected $32,115,302 in commercial/business taxes. The interim budget calls for a three-per-cent tax increase across the board, just under $1 million ($963,459). Good intent often comes with unintended consequences. That money doesn’t just disappear into thin air, it has to be made up elsewhere – either in higher taxes in other sectors or budget cuts. Balance sheets have two columns – income and outcome, and they have to balance. City councillors may wish for the wisdom of Solomon on March 17 when they decide. WHAT SAY YOU?

Feb 28, 2021

Owner puts Nanaimo Clippers hockey club for sale

Wes Mussio

The Nanaimo Clippers are for sale. Owner Wes Mussio posted on social media today that with games suspended for one year now and Dr Bonnie Henry giving the league no indication of any starting up this year, he sees no path forward to any full return to normal in hockey, even in 2021-2022. The provincial government has offered no financial support to the suffering teams of the BCHL, says Mussio. "So, it is time for me to stop my huge personal and financial contribution to BC Hockey and I will sell the team effective immediately." Serious enquires only at Nanaimo needs an ownership group who can wait out the provincial health orders.

Limited worship services will be allowed

Some worship services have been granted limited exceptions to a blanket ban on in-person worship imposed in November. A lawyer for three Fraser Valley churches says they’ve been given permission to meet for worship – outdoors and multiple protocols including a maximum of 25 congregants, no singing or chanting and no passing collection plates or ceremonial objects, a one-hour time limit and mandatory masks. They’re also not allowed to socialize before or after the service. The Ministry of Health also granted exceptions to Orthodox Jews who are prohibited by their faith from using electronic devices on the Sabbath. More

Online auction under way for John Barsby prom

The John Barsby Prom Committee isn’t letting a pandemic get in their way ­– they are conducting an online auction to raise funds. They are going ahead with festivities which include dinner, dance and a graduation photo. The business community and others have pitched in with a lot of sale items. They are raising funds to supplement the cost of the celebration for the students, including venue rental, dinner, security, photography and assisting students needy students so they can attend with their class. The auction page is here, you can START BIDDING.

Mass vaccination for Cowichan Tribes adult members

Members of B.C.’s largest First Nation were vaccinated against coronarvirus on Friday and Saturday. The mass vaccination drive for Cowichan Tribes comes after 240 cases since Dec. 31, and four deaths — several of them described as young adults. Cowichan Tribes, with around 4,900 members, has also been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. A shelter-in-place order for the community has been extended until March 5.

Legislature resumes sitting on Monday

High profile issues will be front and centre when the B.C. Legislature resumes sitting on Monday. The first day of the sitting coincides with B.C.’s vaccine rollout plan outlined by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. The spring session will include financial relief for small business, COVID-19 measures, housing for people without homes and income assistance rates. It will still be a sparsely populated session due to coronavirus physical distancing. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin will deliver the speech from the throne on April 12, and Finance Minister Selina ­Robinson will present the budget on April 20.

  • Horgan ignored advice from experts on Site C

    Premier John Horgan has a dead weight hanging around his neck – the Site C Hydro project. Although it was started by the befuddled BC Liberals, it was continued under Horgan. He could have stopped it. It was recommended by many experts after he took office. He ignored that advice.

  • Conservatives back Bloc on mandatory French

    Conservatives MPs voted nearly unanimously with Bloc Québécois members Wednesday in favour of making French the mandatory language for all immigrants to Quebec. The private member’s bill was defeated — 172-147 — with the Liberals, NDP and Green Party opposed.

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