MONEY OUT, NO MONEY IN – You don't have to be a financial genius to figure that out. While the government
is handing out tons of money during the COVID crisis, the B.C. Liberals want to interrupt the sources of money to pay for all of it. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson wants the province to create a provincial sales tax holiday during the pandemic. Part of the
party's economic growth plan is a suspension of the hotel tax, and the employer health tax. The tax breaks are among several suggestions Wilkinson makes, including a short-term relief plan for commercial rent, which would include a no-eviction backstop, to
help those who've lost revenue during COVID-19.
THE NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE van was damaged in an attempted
theft. Jeanne Fahlman, director of development for Hospice, told NanaimoNewsNOW someone gained access through the rear door of the cargo van and damaged the ignition with tools left inside. She said the damage is heartbreaking for an organization struggling
during the pandemic. MORE
AT THE CROSSROADS – City council’s got some extra money honey, $300,000 in unallocated funds, so council is going to spend to upgrade five intersections. They
were unanimous is selecting Uplands Drive at McRobb Avenue and Hammond Bay Road at Nottingham Drive which will receive rectangular rapid flash beacons to increase pedestrian visibility. Victoria Road at Esplanade Street, the Waddington Road and St. George
Crescent intersection and Front Street at Port Drive will each get rectangular rapid flash beacons and curb extensions. Council had four options which include not spending the money until a later date. FULL
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS – If nothing else, our MP Paul Manly knows to strike while the iron is hot. He sees the economic repercussions of the COVID-19
pandemic as an opportunity to push for progressive policy on Parliament Hill. Speaking in Parliament April 20, he called for a guaranteed livable income (GLI) for all Canadians. Manly insists it is an idea whose time has come, a safety net that catches everyone.
His idea would replace a patchwork of federal support programs with a single, universal cash benefit.
END OF AN ERA – City council has unanimously endorsed
a staff recommendation to close the downtown community policing office on Victoria Crescent. Bylaw and parking staff will move to the service and resource centre on Dunsmuir Street. Dale Lindsay, the city’s general manager of community development, said
the recommendation is based on an operational and customer service perspective. The office opened in 2007 with RCMP community policing as well as the Citizens on Patrol program, downtown ambassadors and private security operations. Over the next five years,
however, all those services were discontinued.
SO THAT’S IT – American mega billionaire Jeff Bezos is making a fortune, and the virus pandemic is stuffing
his bank account even more. The Washington Post has been openly opposed to ending the lockdown, they want it to continue. Oh, Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. Online retailer Amazon has been raking in big bucks since the lockdown as many people ordered
online due to the shutdown. Oh, Jeff Bezos owns Amazon. You thinking what I’m thinking?