PICKING UP THE TAB – The Nanaimo Museum reopens today, with limited hours, and someone else is picking up the tab. David Stanley, a devoted museum supporter,
made a donation to the museum to cover admission costs for the rest of the summer. The donation was based on the museum’s admission revenue throughout last summer. The gift shop will be open with pandemic precautions and visitors will be able to go on
guided tours. Museum general manager Sophia Maher said the museum will be open noon-3 p.m. today through Saturday. Check with the museum for hours as time goes on through the summer.
ARMED AND DANGEROUS – RCMP patrolling our streets are seeing more dangerous weapons in in the hands of street-entrenched people. Cops
are finding brass knuckles, machetes and weapons crafted from bicycle parts, lawn mower blades and golf clubs. That’s on top of knives, baseball bats, ninja throwing stars and a dagger concealed in the handle of a walking cane. Police check people regularly
and seize items that cause concern for public safety.
GET SPLASHING – City water parks are opening today. You can find them at Harewood Centennial Park,
Deverill Square Park, Departure Bay Kiwanis Park and Mansfield Park. They’re open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guidelines are posted at each park to stop the spread of COVID-19. You know – physical distancing , wash your hands properly before coming
to the park and after leaving. Bring hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes. And, for crying out loud, stay home if you’re sick. Don’t share equipment, toys, food, water bottles or other personal items. And no groups larger than 50. So you
know, water at water parks is fresh and is not recycled.
OH, THE IRONY – While protesters across the continent are demanding that police be disbanded,
the good folks in Surrey are fighting tooth and nail to keep the RCMP in their community. The council majority wants its own municipal force to replace the RCMP and is making budget cuts sacrificing other city services to come up with the cash for a new police
WHAT’S NEXT? – Now that history revision is the in-thing, some loonies are pushing to change the name of our province. The excuse is that
the “British” aspect of the name doesn’t acknowledge that Indigenous people were here before Europeans arrived. The interlopers are seen as racist colonizers. Remember, Sir John A. MacDonald was our first prime minister but he was also instrumental
in creation of the residential schools for Indigenous kids. Victoria took down Sir John’s city hall statue two years ago, so don’t think it can’t happen. Let’s see now, the Province of _____________ ?
SO LONG, AUNT JEMIMA – And down south, the name game is in full forward thrust. The 130-year-old Aunt Jemima syrup and pancake mix will be rebranded. Quaker Oats says the company recognizes
that "Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." It features a black woman named Aunt Jemima. The picture has changed over
time, and in recent years Quaker removed the “mammy” kerchief from the character to blunt growing criticism that the brand perpetuated a stereotype that dated to the days of slavery. Quaker said removing the image and name is part of an effort
by the company to make progress toward racial equality.
I KNOW IT’S NOT LOCAL, but a business owner in occupied Seattle complained that nobody responded
to numerous 911 calls for help. The chief of police came on TV and said patrols had gone out to the edge of the occupied territory and peered through binoculars and couldn’t identify any problem, so they left.