GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Remember
how you put off paying your tax bill to the city because the extended deadline for payment? Well, it’s time to pay the piper or pay late fees, effective Oct. 1. The usual deadline of the beginning of July was pushed back as a relief measure
for the Coronavirus pandemic. Most people paid on time – 88 per cent. There are actually two penalty dates which add five per cent to your total outstanding. The second one falls on Nov. 12.
FAIRWINDS GOLF FOR
LIFE Tournament surpassed its $10,000 target for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s new Intensive Care Unit, so they've doubled the target. The Seacliff Group, which owns Fairwinds, had pledged to match funds raised up to $10,000,
bringing the total up to $20,000. Now they've doubled their match up to $20,000 which could raise a total of $40,000 for the cause. MORE
NO COVERUP –
There’s a big foofaraw in the halls of authority about face masks and Sikh members of the RCMP. The powers that be are in a dither that Indo-Canadian RCMP members can’t wear face masks due to their facial hair, so they’ve assigned them to
other duties. Enter the Political Correctness police screaming discrimination. Have any of those geniuses watched any major league baseball recently? The Toronto Blue Jays’ version of virus masks look like they would fit the bill. Or would that be too
OUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT Paul Manly knows exactly what he wants from the federal throne speech – “We want to see solid action rather than just talk.” He said the speech contained some things he
liked, such as a national framework on standards in long-term care facilities. He added we are lucky in Nanaimo-Ladysmith that we escaped that, and didn’t see the spread of the virus in long-term care facilities. MORE
ELECTION NOTEBOOK – We’ve added a new section to Nanaimonet focussing on election news briefs. For instance, you can find out which former Nanaimo radio guy is running for the BC Liberals
in Esquimalt Metchosin. CHECK IT OUT
MORE THAN 160,000 British Columbians have requested mail-in ballots in just three days since Premier John
Horgan called the election. How many mail-in ballots will actually be cast is the big mystery.
YOU WANT FRESH - How about growing it right in your grocery store? Thrifty Foods has introduced Infarm, with its indoor modular farming units across Vancouver Island. Seventeen Thrifty locations on the Island are now carrying their produce, but not all of the stores
have the modular farming units. The produce, including herbs and leafy greens, is grown in the store and sold at displays next to the farming unit. The growing units use controlled light, water and nutrients. And they are managed remotely, through a cloud
system that tracks the plants’ progress. MORE
VIRUS COUNT – British Columbia
added 98 confirmed cases of Corona virus and one more death on Friday, capping off another case-heavy week in the province. There was one confirmed new case within Island Health. There are now 1,349 active cases in B.C., a slight decrease from Thursday.
Of that total, 62 people are in hospital and 19 are in intensive care. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 8,641 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 230 deaths from the coronavirus. There are 3,533 people who are being monitored by public
health officials because of their exposure to known cases of COVID-19.
BABY ANNOUNCEMENT – Another orca has been born in the J-pod – the second one this month. The Centre for Whale Research researchers have
said the new baby and will evaluate the calf’s condition and hopefully determine its gender in the coming days. Eperts will hold off on giving the whale an alpha-numeric designation until it proves to be healthy when the pod returns to Salish Sea waters.
Approximately 40 per cent of newborn calves do not survive their first few weeks. MORE