GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – In case you feel the earth having indigestion, there have been numerous reports of earthquakes today from Alaska to southern California, including
B.C. Most of them, including some on or offshore northern Vancouver Island, have been above magnitude 6 or higher. A 6.4 magnitude quake caused considerable damage in California. There have been no damage reports from a 6.2 quake near Bella Bella, B.C. My
earthquake alert has been going off dozens and dozens of times today.
OPEN HOUSE AT PORT OF NANAIMO - Everyone wants to know more about the Port of Nanaimo, so
here’s your chance. The Port is holding an Open House on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Administration building at 100 Port Drive. There will be vessel tours along with light refreshments. The Port’s partnership representatives
will give an insight to a wide range of operations and activities. That will include:
- WCMRC – Western Canada Marine Response Corporation with
a specialized vessel and personnel to answer questions;
- DP World and Tourism Nanaimo; both have important roles in s port activities;
- Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) information on program and facility development,
Vehicle Processing Centre, just steps away from the open house location, so visitors can also learn more about this new fully-operational facility;
- Port Patrol
Division staff, vessels and information on a wide range of activities.
So, mark your calendar for Saturday July 13 to learn about local benefits and its
global reach from the Port of Nanaimo and various partners.
BRIDGE WORK DELAYED - A key link to and from downtown is shut down longer than first expected
on refurbishing the Bastion Street Bridge. It will remain closed to vehicle traffic until July 16. The link is also closed to pedestrians today (Thursday). City construction project manager Marcus van Syl said the depth of the bridge deck was shallower than
records from the 1970s indicated.
IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW, the third weekly Commercial Street Market goes tonight in Downtown Nanaimo. If you’ve never
been there you owe it to yourself to see what’s going on. It’s open from 5-9 p.m.
DRAGONS ON THE WATER - this weekend is the Save-On-Foods Nanaimo
Dragonboat Festival, Friday to Sunday, July 5-7, at Maffeo Sutton Park. This year's races will include a new event, two 1,500-metre-long Guts and Glory races. Mark Webster, team manager for the Save-On-Foods Dragonslayers, said compared to 200-metre
sprints and 500-metre heats, the Guts and Glory is like a marathon.
THE PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA has been in the news, but not that much is known about their plight. Calgary physician Dr. Fozia Alvi will present first-hand
accounts of their struggles and resilience during a speaking engagement in Nanaimo July 13. Alvi is a Nobel Prize nominee who has also received the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International. Her work includes highlighting the struggles of the Rohingya
of Myanmar in Canada and abroad plus charitable work in Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh. Alvi will speak at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Saturday, July 13, from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free via online registration.