Krog clarifies role in legal case reported on website

Leonard Krog

0605 – A local newspaper website report says Leonard Krog, in his work as a lawyer, has been named in a lawsuit related to a client’s will.

The story is not clear as to Krog’s status in the civil claim filed last year under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. 

Contrary to the story, the claim is not against Krog personally but only in his representative capacity as Executor of the Estate of the late Elizabeth Lightfoot McCallum and seeks a larger share of the estate for the claimant.

"The claim against me is in my representative capacity as Executor of the Estate only, not against me personally.  This is a private matter between siblings who were the children of a very fine couple and I am disappointed that any media would cover this and I will have no further comment."

RCMP have recovered bicycle, looking for owner

Nanaimo RCMP have a relatively new bicycle found on June 1 in the parking lot of 510 Sixth St. Due to the fact that no children are known to reside in the condo complex and local inquires were unsuccessful, the bike was taken for safe-keeping.

The bike is a blue Sportek Ground Breaker. The first 5 digits of the serial number are L2Z01. If anyone has information on the ownership of this bike, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Friday, June 5, 2020

CAN WE GET OUT OF HOUSE ARREST? – We’re now totally COVID-19 free – the last patient has been released from hospital. The last reported case on Vancouver Island was May 7. In total there have been 130 total COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island. The number of new cases flattened out at the beginning of April after rising most of March. However, there has been no indication when we will be able to resume our regular lives, at least on Vancouver Island.

MORE SUPPORT THAN NEEDED – Nanaimo did not need the number hotel rooms and housing sites that had been anticipated to shelter the homeless during the virus pandemic. B.C. Housing provided 33 spaces at three Nanaimo hotels.  B.C. Housing had planned for an additional 40, but said they wasn’t needed due to availability at other sites. B.C. Housing doesn’t disclose which hotels are being used. MORE

CONVENIENT LEGISLATION – Various branches of B.C. government are selective in the information they provide – some is available while very similar facts remain secret under the guise of privacy legislation. For instance, Dr. Bonnie Henry has refused to tell us where coronavirus cases are on Vancouver Island, citing privacy, but then names seniors facilities in the Lower Mainland at every turn. The most recent contradiction surrounds housing needy people in hotels in Nanaimo, declining to name them for privacy reasons. At the same time, B.C. Housing buys hotels in Victoria for the same purpose but names them.

FIRMLY GROUNDED – One good thing about the pandemic is that Prime Minister Trudeau is doing his world-wide campaigning for a United Nations security council seat by virtual meetings. That should cut down the prime minister’s travel costs. He’s now attending his third confab in just days. The UN votes June 17 for two seats, choosing between Canada, Norway and Ireland. 

WEBMASTERS GOING WORLD WIDE – Nanaimo-based Real Estate Webmasters has snared a huge contract to redesign the RE/Max Europe website with a market network of 26,000 members across 40 countries. European interest in North American real estate marketing methods is growing and the new website brings a host of online innovations to the industry there. The website is multilingual and contains a multilingual engine where they can develop content in all 40 languages they support. MORE

B.C.'s unemployment rate tops 13%; finance minister to speak about job losses
B.C.'s unemployment rate is continuing to climb in the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the latest figures from Statistics Canada were released Friday

Dr. Henry responds to restaurant owners urging her to encourage dining out
B.C. restaurant owners are desperate for the province to relax occupancy restrictions to help lure diners back inside.  

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip desperately seeking organ donor
The longtime president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs admits asking for help is difficult, and puts him in an awkward position. 

Kelowna Mountie's use of force during arrest unacceptable, sister says 
A pair of videos showing a Kelowna RCMP officer repeatedly striking a suspect being restrained by two other officers has sparked an investigation, questions from city leaders, and even condemnation from that officer’s sister. 

How to protect yourself from ticks while outdoors this summer
With COVID-19 limiting travel, many B.C. residents are looking to enjoy local parks, hiking trails and campsites closer to home

Poll numbers show spike in racial slurs directed at Asians in B.C.
A new poll shows a disturbing trend has emerged in British Columbia over the last three months, coinciding with the arrival of COVID-19 in the province. 

Departure Bay ferry on limited capacity for weekend

0604 –BC Ferries advises  there is limited standby capacity on the Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay route going into the weekend. 
Very limited space is available for advance bookings as the route is operating at a reduced capacity of four round trips per day. Customers without a booking are recommended to consider  the Tsawwassen – Duke Point or Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route. 
BC Ferries recommends customers with an advance booking arrive at the terminal at least an hour before your sailing. Check in is now available up to two hours before departure, except for first sailing of the day, where it is up to 90 minutes before departure. MORE

Police looking for suspect after parcel stolen from porch

Do you know this suspect?

0603 - Police are looking for a suspect after a parcel containing a $400 electronic device was stolen from the front porch of a Nanaimo home. The theft happened May 13 at about 11 a.m. on from the doorstep of a home in the 2500 block of Highland Boulevard.

The package, containing a Samsung Galaxy Smart watch, was stolen minutes after being delivered. Video surveillance that showed an unidentified woman walking up to the front step and then casually walking away with the parcel.

She is 30-40 years old, heavy-set with brown hair tied on top.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Proposed Lantzville development goes to public hearing


Lantzville residents will have their say at a public hearing on an application for a 280-unit residential development. Lantzville Projects Ltd. has applied for a 280-unit development, with 156 units on Clark Drive and 123 on properties bounded by Ware, Ronald and Philip roads.

Darwin Mahlum, representative for Lantzville Projects, noted that every unit would have a front and back door, with no stacked units – the development would be a mix of single-unit housing, houses with secondary suites, duplexes, row houses and townhouses. MORE

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Thursday, June 4

PERSONAL TOUCH – Each year the City recognizes contributions to culture with the Culture And Heritage Awards with a big celebration at the Port Theatre. This year, because of COVID-19, the awards will take on a new look. A masked Mayor Leonard Krog will personally deliver greetings and a special gift to the homes of recipients. At the same time, the City will release specially-commissioned photos and video profiles that celebrate the achievements of the honorees. They were nominated by their peers and endorsed by City Council. Click on their names for details.
Patrick Alek, Emerging Cultural Leader
Devon Joiner, Excellence in Culture
Gary and Adam Manson, Honour in Heritage
Trish and Geoff Horrocks,  Honour in Culture

ISLAND HOLDING STEADY ­– It’s been nearly a month since the last new case of Covid was reported on Vancouver Island, and that remained positive again on Wednesday when health officials held their regular briefing. To date Island Health region has 127, with only one remaining in hospital. The last new case was May 7. MORE

ANCHORS AWEIGH ­– The ferries began sailing again yesterday between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay. The schedule starts with four daily round trips daiy, down from the typical seven or eight on the route.
– From Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver): 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m.
– From Departure Bay (Nanaimo): 10:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m. MORE

IT'S COMING, IT'S COMING – The promised COVID-19 seniors aid will arrive in July. Prime Minister Trudeau said the special one-time payments will go out beginning July 6. The  $300 payments will go to anyone on old-age security (OAS) benefits and $200 for any seniors who get the guaranteed income supplement (GIS). Seniors who already get benefits won’t have to apply for the special payment.

DO IT YOURSELF – We may soon be able to do our own cornonavirus testing at home. Technology developed by University of Victoria chemists in 2016 to fight the Zika virus is being fast-tracked to be used as a testing kit for COVID-19. The research team is developing the test by using nanotechnology to treat plastic strips that can detect the S-1 protein found in the novel coronavirus. If the virus is present, the strip changes colour from red to blue. The wait for results from the current swab test method that B.C. uses can take up to 24 hours in a laboratory. If the chemists are successful with developing this new test, results from the nanoparticle-treated strips will be available in less than 15 minutes. MORE

CUT THE MUSTARD – A customer at a Colwood Wendy’s drive through lost his cool when staff forgot to put mustard in his burger. He got out of his vehicle and smashed a plexiglass shield in front of the takeout window, then tore it down and tossed it under a vehicle behind his. West Shore RCMP were dispatched at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday night, after staff called. MORE 

Thursday, June 4

Missing man with autism found safe, Burnaby RCMP say
A missing man whose absence was first noted Tuesday evening has been found. 

Man stabbed 'multiple times' during targeted home invasion in Langley
A man was stabbed multiple times during a targeted home invasion, Langley Mounties say, and now police are looking for the suspects involved. 

Homicide investigators called to 2 separate incidents 
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken on two new files since Tuesday, one after a woman in Surrey died under suspicious circumstances and another after a body was found in Boston Bar, in what are believed to be separate incidents. 

Dix to arrange meeting over B.C. hospice denying end-of-life service
British Columbia's health minister says he's looking forward to a meeting with municipal, provincial and federal politicians concerned about a hospice that is refusing to provide medical assistance in dying. 

Two weeks after reopening, some Vancouver restaurants nearly empty
A Vancouver restaurateur has a dire prediction for the future of the restaurant industry and is concerned many places will go under during the pandemic

B.C. winner of $24M lotto jackpot called his boss and retired immediately
The winner of a massive lottery jackpot last week has already announced his retirement. 

Sister convinced online scam took more than her brother's savings
A B.C. woman whose brother was found dead in his apartment shortly after they reconnected says she's convinced an online romance scam is to blame. 

Downtown Vancouver businesses boarded up after U.S. violence, looting
Vancouver’s Nordstrom location has been temporarily closed and boarded up with plywood, out of what the U.S. company is calling "an abundance of caution”

Americans in Point Roberts want special access via closed Canadian border
Longtime Point Roberts, Wash., resident John Beals has launched a petition, hoping the governments of Canada and the United States will make an exception, and allow residents of the tiny, isolated American town to cross the border

COVID-19 surcharges unpopular, but it depends on who’s charging them
A new poll has found though most people aren’t happy about the idea of paying a COVID-19 surcharge, they’re more willing to accept the extra fee depending on the type of business involved. 


NANAIMO CHAMBER VIRTUAL AGM June 17 – Chamber members in good standing are invited to attend our 2020 Annual General Meeting. 2019 Year-End Financial Statements and reports from the Chair, Treasurer and CEO will be presented. 

Register now, and a virtual invite, agenda, and voting package will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Do you know him? Police are looking for this suspect

Nanaimo RCMP need help to identify a mn who allegedly assaulted a male in the parking lot of a local business. The incident occurred on Saturday April 25, in the parking lot of the Gas N Go, at Morden Road and the Trans Canada Highway.

The suspect is Caucasian, 25-35 years old, heavy set with dark hair and a beard.  If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Wednesday, June 3

CONGRATULATIONS TO Jake Rudolph, the CAO of our fine city, on his election as president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. He has been active on CAMA's board since 2014 and was first vice president. Having our CAO in such a respected role is a positive direction do a whole lot positively for our community across the Dominion.

SINCE WE’RE RESTRICTED from public gatherings, some people have suggested taking kids and their roller blades and hockey sticks to the aisles at the huge “essential service” stores. Hmm, and maybe set up some tables and chairs for dining out? They have enough chairs and electrical outlets in those stores that you could set up a barbershop. Just sayin’.

THE NEXT 10 DAYS should be interesting as we wait to see if there’s an upsurge in a second wave in COVID-19 cases in Canadian and U.S. cities in the aftermath of the riots which certainly did not exhibit social distancing. One thing, more than usual wore masks, but likely not for virus defense, so there’s that.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL Walk for Nepal, staged by Daybreak Rotary, is going ahead on Saturday June 20 at Westwood Lake. It’s going to be a little different due to the pandemic, so the rules and format have been revised to encourage social distancing. There is no set time to start and finish. If possible, wear Nepal T- Shirt and you can go on your own with your personal social bubble. Just don’t gather in big groups. Take a picture or video and post it online

MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE was called out Sunday after a young whale became entangled in a prawn trap line. But happily the animal freed itself before they could get involved. Paul Cottrell, fisheries biologist and co-ordinator for the Department of Fisheries and his team responded just off Rocky Point. Cottrell said initially big killer whales were foraging and consuming a harbour seal where the buoy for the trap line was when  the juvenile whale got caught up in the rope there.

Ladysmith teacher's brother, cousin killed in Chicago

0603 – The brother and cousin of Ladysmith Intermediate School principal Dionte Jelks were shot and killed during protests in Chicago on the weekend. 

Jelks said he was immediately worried for his family in Chicago when he saw protests spring up across the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s homicide in Minneapolis.

“I was worried, but I thought it would just be one day and that would be it, because there’s been so many senseless killings of unarmed black men for years,” Jelks said. “Usually it’s a day of protests and it’s done. I guess when George Floyd was murdered it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

“People are fed up now. It seems like this is it. We need change, we need reform, and we’re not going to wait until it’s my kid’s generation. We need it right now." FULL STORY


June 3, 2020

Police investigating after man, woman found dead on Salt Spring Island 
Police are investigating after two people were found dead Monday on Salt Spring Island

Paul's Motor Inn purchased by B.C. government to house homeless
The B.C. government has purchased Paul’s Motor Inn in downtown Victoria to use as a temporary shelter for Victoria’s homeless population amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Victoria hotel housing homeless evacuated after second fire
A Victoria hotel that was purchased by the provincial government to house unsheltered people had to be evacuated Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in one of the units. 

Island RCMP issue 39 warning tickets for speeding in school zones
The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP issued 39 warning tickets to drivers who were speeding in school zones within the Cowichan Valley in just one day. 

BC Ferries to increase sailings to Southern Gulf Islands
BC Ferries is increasing service along its Southern Gulf Islands routes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

B.C. man mourns family members killed amid U.S. unrest
A Vancouver Island school principal is in mourning after his brother and cousin were both gunned down amid a weekend of violence in the United States that erupted out of peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. 

Nordstrom boards up Vancouver store after rioting, looting in the U.S.
Vancouver’s Nordstrom location has been temporarily closed and boarded up with plywood, out of what the U.S. company is calling "an abundance of caution." 

Patient missing from forensic psychiatric hospital has been found
Mounties in Coquitlam say a 36-year-old man who was reported missing from a B.C. forensic psychiatric hospital has been found. 

B.C. students likely won’t return to the classroom full time in September
If parents are hoping circumstances will change and their kids will be able to go back to class full time next school year, they’re probably out of luck.  

Metro Vancouver homes sales fell 44 per cent last month, but prices are still high
Home sales in the Greater Vancouver area continued their steep year-over-year drop last month amid confinement measures and physical distancing requirements. 

COVID-19 cleaning filling new demand during pandemic 
Some companies are now offering deep cleaning services specifically for the coronavirus.  

30 per cent of expected students were in class on the first day
The day after students in B.C. returned to the classroom, the education minister provided details on safety measures in place at local schools. 

Commissioners to study permanently reducing traffic in Stanley Park
A pair of Vancouver Park Board commissioners has brought forward a motion calling on staff to study the long-term feasibility of permanently reducing automobile traffic in Stanley Park. 

City's playgrounds set to reopen on Wednesday

0602 – Nanaimo city playgrounds will open Wednesday after approval by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Island Health.

Numerous outdoor amenities were closed on March 16, to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The city followed guidelines for Phase 2 from the BC Restart Plan by opening pickleball courts, tennis courts, gated off-leash dogs park and the bike parks. 

Guideline signage for playgrounds will be posted at each location to help residents understand how to remain safe and healthy during this pandemic while visiting these areas. 

These guidelines remind residents to:

* Adhere to physical distancing guidelines from anybody outside their household (2 metres or 6 feet)
* Wash their hands properly before coming to the park and after leaving
* Bring hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes
* Avoid the area if sick or if they have been exposed to someone who has been sick or if a child is immunocompromised
* Consider visiting playgrounds at less busy times
* Not share equipment, toys, food, water bottles or other personal items
* Not congregate in groups larger than 50

Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed for now. 

Drug trafficker gets four-year prison term

    0602 – Michael Damien Byrne, who has a long history of convictions. will be behind bars for another two and a half years.
    Byrne, 42, was sentenced earlier this spring to four years, with credit for 18 months served, for possession of fentanyl/heroin and fentanyl/carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of brass knuckles in a vehicle.
    The judgment in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo was published on Monday.

Rudolph new president of municipal administrators

Jake Rudolph

0602 – Chief Administrative Officer Jake Rudolph has been elected President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. He has been active on CAMA's board since 2014 and was first vice president. 

Mayor Leonard Krog said Rudolph has more than 30 years municipal leadership experience and has proven himself in various municipalities over the years. He took on the role with the City when it really needed help, and it comes as no surprise that the CAMA would recognize his skills and award him their top role as well, said Krog. Having our CAO in such a respected role will connect us to the success stories of other communities, and ultimately improve the strength of our own, he added.


Overnight road work coming on Bowen Road

0602 – Overnight work starts Monday on Bowen Road between the old Island Highway and Labieux Road. The upgrade will be carried out from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The project will include water main replacement, new road surface, centre medians, pedestrian safety improvements, raised cycle lanes and right-sized travel lanes.

Another Bastion Street Bridge closure coming up

0602 –The Bastion Street Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning June 8 as crews complete work to correct an issue with the bridge deck joints. During the closure, a detour for vehicle traffic will be in place and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout. Work is expected to be complete in approximately three weeks.

In 2019, extensive work was completed on the bridge including seismic retrofitting, resurfacing, new way-finding signage and back-lit coloured panels between the bridge piers. For more information on this completed project, visit the City website at

Tuesday, June 2

OUR COMMUNITY REALLY COMES THROUGH – Branch 257 Lantzville Royal Canadian Legion had a smashing success with its food drive last week with about $3,000 in food donations and $4,500 cash. Kudos to Brenda O’Sullivan and her crew for organizing this great event.

NOT KENTUCKY FRIED, but Vancouver Island Regional Libraries will soon offer takeout-style library services and online lending. Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno says the  pandemic brought much of society to a standstill but libraries were well positioned with existing online services. Now VIRL is beginning the reopening process, and that includes getting books, DVDs, and other physical materials into people’s homes again.” FULL STORY

NORM SMITH IS GETTING HIGH AGAIN – Norm Smith, the Nanaimo Tour de Rock committee co-chair, will live on a 30-foot scissor lift in front of the Save On Foods at Country Club Centre for three days (and nights) raising money for kids battling cancer. He’s done this before and he’s becoming quite proficient at it. The committee will have Tour de Rock merchandise and challenge coins for sale as well as the Save On Foods Wheel to help raise money for Children's Hospital. It starts June 26 at 8 a.m. and runs until June 28 at 8 p.m.

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS – It’s tax time and that brings out scammers to separate you from your money. Some of them pose as representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency. Check out this list of things you should recognize so you don’t get cheated. HERE

Tourism industry trying to overcome bleak propsects

0602 – It’s a bleak picture for this year’s Vancouver Island tourism industry. Anthony Everett, CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island, with 23 to 25 per cent of tourism businesses expected to close for good due to virus pandemic.

Tourism Vancouver Island put together the tourism resiliency program with Island Coastal Economic Trust. It has launched a program aimed at helping tourism-based businesses through a very slow summer.

It’s a $4-billion industry, major employer, and economic driver for the whole Island, he said. The Island is unique in that there are few places in Canada or in the province that are built on the tourism economy. MORE



Victoria towing company bills driver for storage after claiming they didn't have his car
A Vancouver Island man is warning others after his car was towed and then went missing, costing him more than $700 to get it back. 

Police remind drivers that school zones now in effect
As some B.C. students return to school this week, police departments across Vancouver Island are reminding drivers that school zones are back in effect. 

Trans Mountain reaches 'key milestone' as pipeline construction begins in B.C.
Trans Mountain says it has reached another “key milestone” in the project to triple capacity of a pipeline moving oil from the Edmonton area to port in Burnaby, B.C. 

Flood concerns increase as warning, evacuations issued in southeastern B.C.
A flood warning has been posted for a section of southeastern British Columbia as weekend rains and snowmelt combined to swell many rivers across the region.

Muslim teen in hijab punched repeatedly during alleged hate crime on transit 
Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in an alleged hate crime that targeted a Muslim teenager who was wearing a hijab on public transit

People who attended Vancouver anti-racism rally should monitor for symptoms
Protesters who joined a massive anti-racism rally in downtown Vancouver over the weekend should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the next two weeks, health officials said Monday. 

Armed men demanded dog during bizarre home invasion, police say
Police are investigating a bizarre home invasion in the B.C. Interior that involved two suspects who were apparently not after money or jewelry, but a dog. 

Province had 24 new cases of COVID-19, none on Island

Dr. Bonnie Henry

0601 – B.C. had 24 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 48 hours – none in Island Health.

There is one additional death in a long-term care-home in Fraser Health, bringing the death toll to 165.

There have now been 904 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,307 in Fraser Health, 127 in Island Health, 195 in Interior Health and 64 in Northern Health. A total of 2,207 people have recovered.

There are currently 32 COVID-19 hospitalizations with five in intensive care.

“This does tell us there is still transmission of COVID in some of our communities around the province and we are not completely out of the woods yet,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

Henry said people who were at the protest demonstrations Sunday may have put themselves at risk of COVID-19. She thanked those who wore masks. She also said people should monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested if needed.She health officials will be watching the aftermath of the protests carefully, along with the activities resuming under Phase 2 of B.C.’s Restart Plan. 

COVID-19 virus absolutely not airborne, says medical expert

0601 – There is absolutely no evidence that COVID-19 virus is airborne, says deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson. And if it were airborne, “then the measures that we took to control COVID-19 would not have worked," he said Monday.

"We are very confident that the majority of transmission of this virus is through the droplet and contact route." MORE

Small businesses get eviction protection during pandemic

Caole James

0601 – British Columbia landlords can’t evict small business tenants if haven’t applied for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistant (CECRA) program. The ban falls under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). Finance Minister Carole James said the eviction ban may encourage landlords to apply for the program, which will then give some relief to businesses who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

Businesses whose landlords choose not to apply for the federal CECRA program will be protected from evictions due to unpaid rent payments through to the end of June.

The EPA order restricts both the termination of lease agreements and the repossession of goods and property. MORE

Poilice are looking for Ryan Michael Harris

Ryan Harris

0601 – 41 year old Ryan Michael Hariss is on the loose and Nanaimo RCMP are looking for him. He's wanted for two counts of violating the terms of his release conditions. He is believed to be in Nanaimo but investigators have been unable to locate him.
He is is 6 ft, 190 pounds and the picture is recent. He has many tattoos. Two that may be visible show a blue moon on his upper right forearm and one which spells PEACE on his left forearm. He has a previous conviction for assault and should therefore be considered violent. 
If you know his whereabouts call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Bird strike suspected as cause of Snowbird crash

0610 – A bird strike in suspected as the possible cause of Snowbird crash near Kamloops.

The Royal Canadian Air Force says a close look at video footage of the plane just before the crash showed a bird very close to the plane’s right engine intake “during the critical phase of take-off.” 

Although early results are pointing to a bird as the root cause, an investigation into the crash remains under way as the air force looks into the Snowbirds’ cockpit escape system. 

The crash killed air force Capt. Jenn Casey, a public-affairs officer riding as a passenger, and seriously injured the pilot.

Pandemic changes going into effect today

After weeks of updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic is playing out on B.C., you may have lost track of a few things or missed some announcements.

Here's a quick look at what's reopening today, and some other changes taking place. FULL LIST

Inflatable boat with motor stolen from private property

0601 – A light grey Titan inflatable boat was stolen from the yard of a home on Wilkinson Road over the weekend. The boat has 9.9 hp Yamaha motor, white fibreglass hull and transom wheels. 

The serial number of the engine is C7009513G and HULL is HUSRC005F506. If you have information on this theft or where the boat is, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Three escape from Harewood house fire

0601 – The three occupants got out safely when a house caught fire in Harewood Sunday but they are without a place to live.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief Brad Wood said crews arrived to find smoke and flame on two sides of the house. The occupants got out safely, thanks to working smoke alarms, said Wood, though a dog was missing. The tenants did not have insurance.

Wood said no one was cooking when the fire broke out and the cause is still unknown. The fire department will investigate. MORE

June 1, 2020

IT’S RAISE DAY in B.C. with a scheduled 75-cent minimum wage hike taking effect today despite small businesses challenged to continue operating during the virus pandemic. The minimum wage goes to $14.60 per hour, the last step before rising to $15 next year. Labour Minister Harry Bains said the government understands the pressures facing employers, but workers are also struggling. Bains said the government’s $5-billion pandemic plan includes tax breaks and tax deferrals for businesses, and a $1.5 billion economic recovery fund. 

WELCOME BACK TO CLASS – Classes resume this morning for B.C. students, but it sure won’t be like the classrooms kids left behind when the virus pandemic shut down schools across the province. Schools are reopening to the broad student body on an optional basis, leaving it up to families to decide if they want to go or continue learning from home. Those riding the bus will have a driver wearing a protective visor and they will sit by themselves. Parents who take their kids to school will stay outside or make appointment to reduce the number of adults who don't need to be in the building. Schools will have consistent procedures for site access, cleaning and hygiene and physical distancing. However, details will vary from school to school.

RECOVERING WILDLIFE – The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington will reopen tomorrow after being closed to the public for more than two months. The centre relies heavily on admission income to operate its facility, to feed and rehabilitate the more-than-100 animals that are permanent residents or recovering. Derek Downes of the centre says the community has been incredible during the closure and no rehabilitation of any animal was affected. Staff encourage social distancing and will continue stringent cleaning procedures.

OUTDOOR MARKETS are doing very well in our area despite of pandemic restrictions, reporting very positive first few weeks though the total number of customers is down. Island Roots market on Bowen Road was restricted due to mandated capacity, but manager Michele Greene said that meant 30 per cent fewer shoppers than normal. Meanwhile, Cedar Farmers Market manager Kate Poirier said though there were fewer customers the spend-per-customer is much higher. Vendors report strong sales. People are coming to the market not just happy to be there, but with this heavy sense of relief and incredible appreciation, she added. MORE

CAMPING TIME – It’s June and that spells the great outdoors, regardless of outside influences. Telegraph Cove Resort is reopening today on a limited basis. Cabins, lodge and apartment suites remain closed. Self-contained campers are allowed, but public bathrooms and other amenities will remain closed. Rental accommodation, a pub and coffee shop, general store and café will reopen as regulations allow. Telegraph Cove is the launch point to the Broughton Archipelago, B.C.’s largest marine park, a world-wide destination for kayakers and adventure campers.

SEE CANADA FIRST – Tourism is one of the mainstays of Vancouver Island’s economy, so it is natural that Ottawa is earmarking millions of dollars to boost holiday travel inside our borders. Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly said the fund includes $30 million originally intended for attracting foreign visitors to Canada. Some tourism industry leaders are seeking more clarity on  rules and regulations around travel ahead of the summer season. A report last month suggested tourism could lose up to $47 billion this year because of the pandemic.

Letter: Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Dix

A copy of the following letter has been made available to Nanaimonet for publication.

Hello again Dr. Henry and Minister

You will note the date (Feb 21/2020) of my original email questions asking you about the probability of smokers and vapers transmitting covid-19 to innocent bystanders and asking why you have not informed the public of this hazard or why you haven't publicly recommended that smokers and vapers stop their bad habits to protect their family and friends.

Typically, you have neither answered my questions nor made the recommendations as suggested. Is that because so much revenue accrues to the government from these noxious products?

Are either of you smokers or vapers?  Conflicts of interest?

Now there is no excuse. Here are multiple medical health studies now confirming my supposition. Do your job and properly advise the public.

Dr. John Campbell lists many studies confirming air pollution, including second-hand smoke and vape emissions, endangers the public

From Gary Korpan

Comox Valley RCMP impound six vehicles for excess speed

0601 – Comox Valley RCMP impounded six vehicles in a six-day period – all for excessive speeding. The municipal traffic unit issued tickets ranging from $368 to $483 and all the vehicles were impounded for seven days.

"We are out in the Comox Valley looking for these excessive speeders," said Comox Valley RCMP municipal traffic unit officer Brad Matchett.

"There have been fewer vehicles on our roads since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, our commitment to keeping the roads safe has not changed, nor have the consequences for driving dangerously," he said. MORE

Man killed in back roads ATV accident

0531 –  An ATV accident has claimed the life of A 33-year-old Cobble Hill resident died in an ATV accident on a service road, 18 kim from Nanaimo Lakes Road, Friday night.

 Police, BC Paramedics and Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) personnel responded. Due to the remoteness of the area, NSAR and an RCMP officer, using GPS from cell phone pings, located the group. NSAR provided emergency first aid but the man died from the injuries. 

 Investigators spoke with the group of male riders and the death appears to. The BC Coroners Service is continuing with the investigation.


What's next in B.C.'s coronavirus response? Finance minister to give update
As B.C.'s now in the second phase of its restart plan during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the province's finance minister will announce another step being taken to support residents on Monday. 

Language communities 'left behind' during novel coronavirus pandemic
When Mary Rose Manzano-Leal called Filipino employees of a coronavirus-stricken meat-packing plant in Alberta last month, the physician says they expressed relief as soon she began speaking their language

220 properties ordered evacuated because of flooding near Nelson
The order covers properties in the Duhamel Creek area, northeast of Nelson in B.C.'s West Kootenay region. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sending more National Guard troops to Seattle
Dozens of people were arrested in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, as protests over the killing of George Floyd turned violent, with looters smashing up storefronts and mayors in both cities again issuing curfew orders for Sunday evening. 

'Couldn't have come at a better time': Toy store grateful for firefighters' support
Vancouver Firefighter Charities plans to spend $65,000 at locally owned stores over the next few weeks, purchasing toys and other gifts that will be donated to families in need during the Christmas season. 

Conservation officers seek wolf that attacked man in Port Edward
Multiple sightings have been reported, but conservation officers say they have not yet been able to capture a wolf that attacked a man in Port Edward Friday. 

B.C. volunteers have sewn 15,000 masks since COVID-19 pandemic started
Organizers of a grassroots effort to sew protective gear for frontline workers say they’re now planning to create a non-profit organization.

May 31, 2020

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – Nanaimo's Seniors in Care Crisis and Crying Out Loud from the Comox Valley are calling on health authorities to ease restrictions for family members to visit loved ones in long-term care facilities. The families acknowledge the dangers posed by COVID, but a lockdown of two and half months, with no end in sight, is starting to create its own health risks from isolation and depression. Marcy Johnsrude of Seniors in Care Crisis says the situation is becoming dire for some who are in the care facilities in isolation. Johnsrude believes that some of the residents in the homes won't be able to make it until the end of the pandemic. MORE

EASE OF ACCESS to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park from Parksville is an idea who’s time has come. The Regional District of Nanaimo is calling for better pedestrian and cycling access asking the province to include active transportation amenities for pedestrians and cyclists in future upgrades to highway 19A at Plumber Road, near the entrance to the prized provincial park. FULL STORY

SPOTLIGHT ACADMY’s summer camps are going ahead as planned letting kids do what they love this summer. The camps kids/tweens produce their in own movie, produce, act, crew, outdoor activities but still social distancing as recommended. They work in small groups to produce their own short film or mini TV series within the week from script to screen. Registrations are now open for both Nanaino and Langford and they can pay by installments. Get more info from Jacqui Kaese by direct message or Text 250 714 2555. You can also email:

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – You can get a heads up about the latest news in your email box each morning. Since we added a daily reminder to Nanaimonet our readers are telling us how much they enjoy the Daily Buzz email in the morning. They see Nanaimonet as the comprhensive source for accurate and informative news. You can get email reminders of news in your mailbox from many sources by subscribing to Nanaimonet. It’s free, just send an email to and put ‘subscribe’ in the subject line. You can also drop out any time.

May 31, 2020

Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools set to reopen 
Only some school districts conducted surveys of families asking whether they planned to send their kids back to school and the results varied between a high of 90 per cent and a low of 15 per cent. 

Watchdog investigating incident in Tsawwassen that ended in suspect's death
B.C.'s police watchdog agency is investigating an incident that ended in a man's death in Tsawwassen Friday night. 

 COVID-19 possible when schools resume, 'but that's OK,' Henry says
With students and teachers set to return to B.C. classrooms on Monday for the first time since March, the provincial health officer said Saturday that limited transmission of COVID-19 in schools is "possible," but that the province is prepared for it. 

No new COVID-19 deaths in B.C. for second day in a row, Henry says
For the second consecutive 24-hour period, British Columbia has recorded no additional deaths from COVID-19, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Saturday. 

Struggling amid lack of tourism, Pender Island restaurant starts fundraiser 
Supporters from around the world have combined to raise more than $16,000 to save Jo's Place, but the restaurant still needs more help. 

Calgary-made control room helped SpaceX astronauts reach the stars
As millions of people watched the first astronauts launched into orbit from U.S. soil for the first time in a decade, many of those observers may not have realized the Calgary connection to the operation. 

International students worry about travel to Canada
International students face uncertainty as universities switch to online classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Families worry about mental health of loved-ones in care-home lockdowns
The families of two residents at South Granville Park Lodge say they're concerned that COVID-19 rules that prevent their loved-ones from going outside are taking their toll on residents' mental health. 

Evacuation alert issued for 2,300 Kootenay region residents due to floods
An evacuation alert has been issued for 2,300 people due to possible flooding in British Columbia's southern interior along the Kettle River watershed. 

Vancouver mayor's taxpayer-funded tweet crossed a line, says critic
A ghostwritten tweet congratulating Green Party leader Elizabeth May that appeared to come from Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart last fall was actually paid for by Vancouver taxpayers, documents show.