Wednesday, Oct. 16

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Thanks to Constable Gary O’Brien of the RCMP for a great story to savour your morning coffee. Partially-paralyzed Aragon Klockars’ $10,000 recumbent three-wheeler E-bike was stolen a year ago. So you can imagine his absolute delight when RCMP returned the bike which he needs to get around. Investigators hit a blank wall until this month when the bike was recovered by the RCMP Street Crimes Unit. Here’s the best part. The bike was somewhat beat up from time in the locker so the cops took it to Rock City Cycles. They dug into their own pockets to cover the cost of the tune up and repairs. Way to go guys. The bike was found in a storage unit in South Wellington where police also found another E-bike, firearms, televisions, and miscellaneous items, all believed to be stolen. The investigation is continuing and charges are expected against one suspect for numerous property-related offences.

WHAT COMES FIRST – While looking at fire halls and bike lanes, it becomes a question of priorities. The city’s finance and audit was to vote today on moving up a proposed $400,000 bike lane project downtown to 2020 from 2021. Front Street would be reduced to two lanes from four for the bike lane. A northbound lane would become a bike lane while the southbound lane would be converted into on-street parking. Finance and audit committee decisions must be approved by city council.

ON THE OTHER HAND, Nanaimo Fire Rescue is taking another look at a fire station in the Hammond Bay area. In her annual report, Fire Chief Karen Fry said the fire department is reviewing where a fire station could be placed to provide more rapid response to the area. A station in this area had been on a priority list about a decade ago but has been sidelined numerous times by other projects which took priority. Hammond Bay represents 20 per cent of the area that fire trucks from the other stations cannot reach within six minutes or even 10 minutes in some instances. The incident response standard is to have the first truck with four firefighters arrive within six minutes 90 per cent of the time. With the city’s increasing population, infrastructure and traffic congestion, response times are getting longer.

THE CITY'S FALL GO BY BIKE event will run for two weeks, Oct. 21 to Nov. 3. You can register yourself, your family members or a team at gobybikebc.ca. Bring your proof of registration to Oliver Woods Community Centre, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Beban Park Pool and you'll receive an LED bike valve light and a ballot where you can enter to win one of three $50 Parks & Recreation Gift Cards and one of two $50 Gift Certificates. Roll in, pick up some swag and enter to win more prize!

  • Oct. 22, 7-9 am along the E&N Trail at Bowen Road, hosted by Eddyfi Technologies 
  • Oct. 24, 7-9 am along the E&N Trail at St. George Street hosted by Thrills & Skills Cycling
  • Oct. 24, 3-5:30 pm at the corner of Fourth Street and Wakesiah Ave hosted by Vancouver Island University Sustainability and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools
  • Oct. 28, 4-6 pm along the E&N Trail at St. George Street hosted by Thrills & Skills 
  • * October 30, 4-6 pm along the E&N Trail at Bowen Road, hosted by Eddyfi. 

Tuesday, Oct. 15

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – With six days to go, if you haven’t already voted and have the time and curiousity to fulfill, search the dozens of opinion polls available on the net. You will quickly come to the conclusion that the results as just as clueless as some politicians. If the majority were similar in their findings, we might be able to get a reading. As it is now, some have the Conservatives ahead of the Liberals by as much as six points while others have them tied and some have the Liberals in the lead. The NDP and Greens keep bumping up and down a point or so with each polling. So, the only poll that counts will be the one next Monday, so make sure you have your say.

 KEEPING POSTED – Our latest feature – the Poster Wall is filling up nicely with coming events. The wall is open for anyone who has a poster for an event. The biggest problem we have found to date is the number of organizations that put out lovel posters and then don’t post the time, date and location. Send your attachments to editor@nanaimonet.com

Monday, Oct 14

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP – We’ve always had our reservations about Victoria, the squirrels are not all in the forest. The latest action by some on city council is bewildering – taking the climate concern to delusional levels. The mayor and some councillors want to cut off the hand that feeds them by asking the Victoria Harbour Authority to limit the number of cruise ships coming to Victoria, and not home-porting ships until emissions and waste issues are dealt with to the satisfaction of the city. Al Hasham, a Victoria business owner and a director from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, says that the city’s action and failure to work with the VHA has already likely caused damage. The Port of Nanaimo has some openings for fmore cruises - come on down. MORE

GIVE ME A BREAK - Flight attendants at Air Canada are no longer greeting passengers as "ladies and gentlemen" or "mesdames et messieurs." Flight staff are going politically correct and will no longer use gender terms and instead use neutral words like "everybody" or "tout le monde". The company said onboard announcements will be modernized to remove specific references to gender, adding it wants employees to feel like valued members of the Air Canada family, while ensuring customers are comfortable and respected when they travel. How about "peoplekind?"

ON THE ROAD AGAIN – Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is hitting the road by bus this week on a tour of Vancouver Island to rally supporters and local campaigns. She will make a number of announcements as well. Tour stops will be in North Island-Powell River, Courtenay-Alberni, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, Saanich-Gulf Islands, Victoria, ending in Metro Vancouver.

SHORT CIRCUITED – California is in its annual fire season resulting in electricity is being shut down. Power outages are bad enough but the news gets badder as vast numbers of Californians are grounded. You see, power outages and, oh yes, electric cars. Ya can't get any juice when electric battery chargers have no volts. Who woulda thunk it?

Saturday, Oct. 12

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The city’s youth council has bitten the dust. The city governance and priorities committee voted unanimously to dissolve the inactive youth advisory council. They also agreed to draft terms of reference for a new committee called the advisory committee on accessibility and inclusiveness. The Nanaimo Youth Advisory Council was formed in 2014 with a mandate of providing council with a youth perspective on municipal issues. The youth council had not met since last October. Staff recommended councillors dissolve the youth committee. MORE

DECISIONS, DECISIONS – Lantzville residents have a major decision to make – the size of waste collection carts they want. The Regional District which manages garbage, is switching to automated curbside waste collection service for all single-family homes beginning next fall (2020). Residents have until Dec. 31 to choose the size of waste carts they want. Those who don’t select cart sizes before the deadline will receive the default 240L garbage cart, 360L recycling cart and the 100L food wastes cart. MORE

WELCOME NEWS – The Stone Soup free meal program for homeless and struggling families has found a new home. The soup kitchen is being rebuilt on a property behind it’s original location near the corner of Nicol and Milton Streets. NanaimoNewsNOW has MORE

Friday, Oct 11

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Advance polls open are open for early voting 9 a.m to 9 p.m. every day until Monday, Oct. 14. Voting locations are on your voter information cards which were mailed out in recent weeks. Polling places have changed in Nanaimo-Ladysmith electoral district since the spring by-election. We attempted to get a list of all advance polling locations but Elections Canada said they don't want such a list published in order for voters to use their information on their voting cards.

PARKS AND REC ACTIVITIES - The city’s skating rinks and pools are where the action is on the next few weekends. Thanksgiving Monday features swimming from 12-4pm at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and skating from 1-3 pm at Frank Crane Arena. And if you’re planning ahead, on October 18, the Halloween Dive-In Movie runs at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre from 7-9 pm. With the movie Coco, popcorn will be served in the Jack Little room from 7-8:30 pm and you can swim before, during or after the. On Friday, October 25, Beban Park Pool will hold the annual Halloween Howl pool party. Jump in between 4 pm and 7 pm. The pool will be transformed into a spooky setting with a haunted water slide tower, pumpkins in the pool, snakes in the lazy river, coloured water, water balloon toss, water running mats, face painting, aqua jousting and prizes.

BETTER EMERGENCY TREATMENT – City council has called for a report on enhancing pre-hospital care by bringing firefighters up to emergency medical responder (EMR) level. The decision came after a report from Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry which recommended firefighters be trained to provide EMR-standard care. Two thirds of calls Nanaimo Fire Rescue responds to are medical. In more than 65 per cent of those responses, firefighters are on the scene at least one minute before B.C. Ambulance paramedics and in 48 per cent of incidents, more than three minutes ahead. MORE

 

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Tonight’s the night for the big debate for the Oct. 21 federal election. The Chamber of Commerce is limiting the candidates to five parties who had seats in the last parliament. It’s at the Beban Park Social Centre.  Chamber president Kim Smythe said it would be impossible to hold a “meaningful event” with all nine candidates on the stage. Audience members in past debates have said while it’s interesting to hear the views of all the people on stage, the value to an audience is hearing from people who have a real chance of being in elected.

1.1 MILLION BUCKS - Congratulations to all the riders in the 2019 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team – they raised more than $1.1 million for children’s cancer. The annual, two-week bike ride had a team of 20 police officers cycle from Port Alice to Victoria, making 200 stops in more than 27 communities along the route, raising awareness across Vancouver Island for kids with cancer.

SKATEBOARD FOUND – If you are missing a skateboard, the Nanaimo RCMP have it and  want to return to its owner. The Sector 9 brand skateboard was found beside a street in north Nanaimo Oct. 3. It has no identifying serial numbers and police haven’t had any reports of skateboards being stolen or lost. 

While we’re at it, RCMP also have a green Giant mountain bike that was found downtown on Tuesday. Police seized the bike from a person well known to them and is actively involved in property-related crime. Investigators decided to take the bike from him to find its owner. The bike had not been reported stolen. If you know anything about these incidents, call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

GOOD MORNING - We don't make this up – this one's a real gas. Starting September 2020, electric vehicles sold in the U.S. will be required to make an artificial noise while traveling under 30 kmh, for the safety of pedestrians who may otherwise not hear the near-silent vehicles. While most car companies will probably fit their EVs with some kind of whirring or fake engine noise, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggests Tesla vehicles will be able to make much more fun noises, like coconuts being used to imitate horse clip-clops; goat bleats; and, er — farts. FULL STORY

ARTSY WEEKEND – If you're looking for something a little different, check out the Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour, the biggest one yet. This year’s tour, Oct. 12 to 14, features 104 artists showing in 82 studios. Gabriola Arts Council executive director Michelle Benjamin says the arts community on Gabriola keeps growing and more energy is going into it. Young, emerging artists and professional artists who are mid-career are making a home here are bringing this great new energy.  MORE DETAILS

Tuesday, Oct. 8

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - When someone in your community suffers from an unexpected disaster everyone needs to pitch in. Two families lost virtually all their possesions in a recent house fire a getting a hand up through online fundraisers. Kayla Barsby, whose parents, sister and grandfather were forced out of their home on Ney Drive, has set up a Gofundme page to help them replace some of what they’ve lost. As of Tuesday, donations had topped their $5,000 goal and donations continued to come in. To learn more or donate, visit https://bit.ly/33jZzWx.

HEROICS HAVE NO TIME AND PLACE - Nanaimo bus driver Neil Atleo has recently learned his actions likely saved the life of a 68-year-old man. It all happened because he put his bus behind schedule when he thought he heard someone in trouble. Neil was checking over his bus in the Regional District of Nanaimo’s transit yard last May before heading out on his route when he heard some unusual sounds. He started to back out his bus when he took one more look around. That’s when he looked through this fence and saw something wrong next door. THE WHOLE STORY

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Monday, Oct 6

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Island Radio’s NanaimoNewsNOW has an exciting election feature asking all nine candidates in Nanaimo-Ladysmith a series of questions. Each was given the opportunity to respond in written form, along with 30 seconds on video.. “No response” indicates a candidate did not submit answers. The written responses are unedited.  NanaimoNewsNOW will update answers up to midnight Sunday Oct. 20. I know from experience there's a lot of hard work involved in doing this type of coverage, especially with nine candidates. Check it out here – https://nanaimonewsnow.com/2019/10/06/nanaimo-ladysmith-candidates-priorities-and-the-key-issue-they-will-take-to-ottawa/

Friday, Oct. 4

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Hey it’s time to Cram the Cruiser as Nanaimo RCMP collect food donations for the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food bank. All food and money collected helps feed families in Nanaimo and is hosted by the Real Canadian Superstore. It’s tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 5), 11 am to 3 pm. Employees will have a hot dog and burger barbecue throughout the day.  Customers can donate purchased food items or cash with 100 per cent going directly to the food bank. Const. Gary O’Brien says Nanaimo RCMP are proud to help this cause and officers and a marked police vehicle will be on site to all day for you to cram with food.

JAIL TIME – A Nanaimo woman will be spending her weekends in the Crowbar Hotel after defrauding two Nanaimo businesses out of thousands of dollars. Jennifer Elizabeth Wood, 36, was handed a 90-day jail term to be served on weekends for a fraudulent return scheme against her former employer Slegg Building Materials. She also skipped out on nearly $1,800 worth of unpaid car repairs at Canadian Tire. FULL STORY

ENOUGH ALREADY - Conservation Officers have had enough of people who continue to leave bear attractants on their properties.  The Conservation Officer Service posted on Facebook that said after patrolling several Ladysmith neighbourhoods, numerous homes were found to have their garbage or compost bins out — despite several recent bear sightings in the area. Residents were reminded that they are legally required to secure attractants, or face a fine of $230. Although the post was directed at Ladysmith, this is a problem in the entire Central Island region. So, don’t whine if you get tagged with a $230 ticket. 

Thursday, Oct. 3

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Looking for a job? The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will hold a job fair in Nanaimo to find qualified people to staff one of their B.C. Cannabis Store locations, which is set to open in the north end early next year. The job fair is Oct. 15, noon to 7 p.m. at the Inn on Long Lake.

UNWELCOME MAT IN CEDAR - Cedar residents along Quennell Road are giving the cold shoulder to a new cannabis farm in the neighbourhood. They met this week to sound off on the project. Many were concerned about the impact on the community. A panel of residents included Donna Laing, Murray McDougall, Linda Baxter, concerned about the impact on Quennell Lake; Laurie Quesnel, who has a therapeutic horse riding business; and Marilee Grant, who spoke on regulation for cannabis farms. Rich Dowker, CEO of Crofton Craft, the company that will operate the farm was also on the panel. 

LONG GONE – A contentious Upper Lantzville property once plagued by illegal recreational vehicles has been cleared. The District of Lantzville confirmed a B.C. Supreme Court deadline was met by Stan Pottie to remove the remaining vehicles from his Clark Road property by the end of August. Court documents show Pottie broke several local bylaws, specifically his single residence zoning. MORE

Wednesday, Oct. 2

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO –It’s not too early to start formulating your questions for the Chamber of Commerce all-candidate forum on October 10 at Beban Park. The forum starts with a networking session where you can talk to the canidates. The forum begins at 7 p.m. You can send your questions to info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

MORE ENFORCEMENT – Lantzville wants an enforcement crackdown on the Island Highway going through the municipality. First council voted to ask the Nanaimo RCMP to increase enforcement and followed it up with a call on the province to create a traffic management plan for the highway. 

THE APPLICATION PERIOD for the 2020 Social Planning Grant are now open. The program assists organizations in responding to issues of a social. There is a total of $85,000 available under two grant categories: Social Response Grants ($60,000 available) and Community Vitality Grants ($25,000 available). Organizations that apply for funding must be based in Nanaimo and/or be proposing a project that primarily serves Nanaimo residents. Eligible organizations include non-profit societies, recognized religious groups and neighbourhood associations recognized by the City of Nanaimo. The deadline for submitting an application is 4:00 pm on Monday, October 28, 2019. Get the guidelines and application form https://cnan.ca/2A81cZh

Tuesday, Oct. 1

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO  – It’s not too early to start formulating your questions for the Chamber of Commerce all-candidate forum on October 10 at Beban Park. The forum starts with a networking session where you can talk to the canidates. The forum begins at 7 p.m. You can send your questions to info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

THE APPLICATION PERIOD for the 2020 Social Planning Grant are now open. The program assists organizations in responding to issues of a social. There is a total of $85,000 available under two grant categories: Social Response Grants ($60,000 available) and Community Vitality Grants ($25,000 available). Organizations that apply for funding must be based in Nanaimo and/or be proposing a project that primarily serves Nanaimo residents. Eligible organizations include non-profit societies, recognized religious groups and neighbourhood associations recognized by the City of Nanaimo. The deadline for submitting an application is 4:00 PM on Monday, October 28, 2019. Get the guidelines and application form https://cnan.ca/2A81cZh