MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED -
A man suffered life-threatening injuries and has been air-lifted to a Victoria hospital after crashing his off-road motorcycle earlier todayon Rock City Road. Witnesses said they heard a crash and found the man and a bike lying in the ditch. It
appears the rider was going west bound on Rock City Road when he lost control and drove off the roadway. While it is only early in the investigation, it appears that speed may have been a contributing factor. Investigators would like to see
an dash cam video from motorists who were in the area at the time. If they have video of the crash or any pre-collision driving, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754- 2345, and quote file # 2021-28904.
BACK TO NORMAL – The weekend visitors are gone except for the last few stragglers who couldn’t get a ferry. All Monday sailings between Duke Point and Tsawwassen
were sold out for the day and the Departure Bay sailings were packed.
WALK-IN WEDNESDAY – Getting your COVID shot is getting more convenient all the time. “Walk-in Wednesday” is for you if you’ve procrastinated on your first or second dose, you can drop in at local
vaccine clinic any time on Wednesday. The Vax for BC program, has 20,000 doses reserved exclusively for walk-in patients at all vaccine clinics on Wednesday, Aug. 4. You don't need to register online or phone before you arrive – just go.
ORDER OF B.C. –
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is one of 16 people named to the Order of British Columbia this year. Lt. Gov. Janet Austin announced the latest recipients of the province's highest honour on B.C. Day. All but one was from Vancouver or Victoria.
See the full list of Order of B.C. recipients.
GOVERNMENT GIVETH AND GOVERNMENT TAKETH – Local seniors got letters last week informing them that their GIS payments have been cut, says member of Parliament Paul Manly and he wants the government
to take urgent action to protect seniors in this situation. They've been cut off from the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement by Canada Revenue Agency, says Manly. Low-income seniors who lost work during the pandemic became eligible for the CERB but
that extra income pushed some of them over the GIS eligibility threshold – $18,984 individual, and up to $45,504 couples. The CERB income helped eligible seniors through the pandemic, but in most cases that money has been spent, Manly added.
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - Just down the road a bit, Duncan has decided to mothball another remnant of colonial history. The city has eliminated its
Town Crier post and will look to another form of ambassador for the future. “As we move into the future, the City of Duncan looks forward to working with our neighbours and community to create a new city ambassador role to represent the city at
events and greet our many visitors,” said Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples. Wouldn't that be a good role for the mayor or her councillors?
COMMENT - "Visitors to our waterfront saw filthy walkways. There are stains of dog pee, spilled food, and gosh knows what else. Power wash, for heavens sake! The $50,000 sign doesn't make up for the poor upkeep." – Kathy Reilly,