GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The frost is on the lawns, but we have an excellent news menu for you this morning. Volunteers are needed for a census of homeless people
in Nanaimo on March 12. Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, John Howard Society, and United Way will count individuals staying in shelters, short-term housing and sleeping on the streets. The count gathers data about the needs and circumstances of those affected by
homelessness and tracks important statistics, such as gender, age, ethnicity, and other factors. To participate, visit Volunteer Opportunities or
contact the John Howard Society directly at 250-754-1266. Care-kits are distributed with important items that help those who are homeless. Donations are needed to create these kits, including winter clothing, rain gear, personal hygiene products, blankets,
sleeping bags, flashlights and first aid items. Donation Itemsmay be dropped off at John Howard Society, 2353 Rosstown Road, on weekdays between
11am and 3 pm.
SO YOU THINK YOU ARE A POET – If so, you can get your work recognized and at the same time support animals in need. The City’s
Youth Poet Laureate, Valina Zanetti, and the Nanaimo BCSPCA invite local youth to help celebrate a milestone for the charity with a youth poetry contest. As BC’s oldest charity, the BCSPCA is marking 125 years of rescuing and protecting animals. Youth
between the ages of between the ages of 11 and 18 are invited to submit their original poems on BCSPCA topics. Check here www.spca.bc.ca/adoption_stories)
Get full contest guidelines online (https://www.nanaimo.ca/culture-environment/poetry/bcspca-poetry-contest---be-kind-to-all-kinds),
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for poem submission is Monday, March 30, 2020.
BUS - BC Transit President and CEO, Erinn Pinkerton address the February 26 Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast at the Coast Bastion. She will introduce new vision for the future of public transportation in British Columbia. BC Transit heard
similar challenges across the province including creating better mobility options, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting a reduction in congestion. This presentation will talk about the benefits of embracing a customer centric model for public
transportation for the Regional District of Nanaimo, and how the shift will help businesses, their employees, and their customers. It starts at 7:30 a.m.
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BC Ferries has named its first two Island Class Ferries – Island Discovery and Island Aurora are the newest vessels to enter the fleet and will enter service in mid-2020, serving the Powell River – Texada Island and Port McNeill – Alert Bay
– Sointula routes. Island Discovery will be deployed on the Powell River – Texada Island route. The Island Aurora will replace Quadra Queen II on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route. Quadra Queen II will become a relief vessel.
HIGHWAY 4 DISRUPTIONS – If you’re planning a trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island, be aware that work continues on Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill and will be
closed from 11 a.m. Saturday to Sunday. Crews will remove the temporary single-lane bridge and repair the slope that was damaged during blasting in January. This work is necessary for blasting to continue at this project site. The corridor will reopen to single-lane
alternating traffic at about noon Sunday, allowing commercial vehicles, RVs and other larger vehicles to safely move through the corridor. Check DriveBC for the Kennedy Hill project, along with up-to-date information on road conditions.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? – If you have an event or activity you want to tell the community about, send the information to Buzz@nanaimonet.com.