GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Why are family doctors not essential during this pandemic? Health care by telephone doesn't exactly cut it. If it’s
fine for Walmart to be open, shouldn’t our doctors be even moreso?
SHOW ON HOLD – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has temporarily suspended the Butchart Gardens outdoor light display and all events at hotels, restaurants, bars, movie theatres. Dr. Henry reported 48 new Coronavirus cases
in Island Health over the last 72 hours. The province had 1,933 new cases since Friday with 17 deaths. There are 7,360 active cases in the province and 277 people are in hospital, 59 in intensive care. There were 1,304 in the Fraser Health region, 414 in Vancouver
Coastal Health, 104 in Interior Health, 61 in Northern Health. Dr. Henry stressed that British Columbians must find a way to dramatically reduce the level of transmission within the coming weeks.
NO MILNER LIGHTUP – Milner Gardens and Woodland has cancelled its Milner Christmas
Magic 2020 event. Executive director Geoff Ball said they recognized they were not going to be able to put together something safe and successful. So, they decided to postpone this year and expect to be running next year.
NANAIMO FLIGHT ON VIRUS LIST – If you were
seated in rows 4-10 on the Nov. 18 Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo you could be in danger of Coronavirus exposure. That flight was added to the Centre for Disease Control’s Coronavirus public exposure list. Also, WestJet flight WS491 from
Calgary to Comox on November 15, has also been added to the list. Air travellers who have travelled to or from other parts of Canada and are concerned about potential in-flight exposure, should check provincial public health web sites or the federal government web site.
WITH CHRISTMAS DINNER – The Salvation Army is planning Christmas dinner with all the trimmings – and you can lend a hand with preparing, packaging, serving and delivering dinners in the days leading up to Christmas. They need
people to help with food preparation and packaging from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2-6 p.m. Dec. 21-22, serving from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2-6 p.m. Dec. 23 and prep, packaging and delivering on Dec. 24. For the Dec. 24 deliveries, volunteers are asked to pick up and deliver
the meals to seniors in isolation. Delivery volunteers will be screened and must have a clear criminal record and also have a driver’s licence and a vehicle. For more information, contact Porsha at 250-714-1142 or e-mail Porsha.firstname.lastname@example.org.
UP THE SEASON – The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce annual Spirit of Christmas light has a new name and a new lead organizer this year. The Newcastle Community Association invites neighbourhoods to participate in this year’s
event, called Illuminight. Karen Kuwica, president of the neighbourhood association, said the Newcastle area’s location ensures maximum viewing exposure for people moving through central Nanaimo by vehicle, bus, bike and even boat. All neighbourhoods
are encouraged to participate. Judges will view displays Dec. 13 and acknowledge their favourites on social media.
NANAIMO FLIGHT ON VIRUS LIST –
Air Canada flight 8261 from Vancouver to Nanaimo on Nov. 18 has been added to the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Coronavirus public exposure list. Passengers seated in rows 4-10 should be considered at higher risk of exposure due to their proximity
to the case, says the BC CDC. WestJet flight WS491 from Calgary to Comox on November 15, has also been added to the list. Air travellers who have travelled to or from other parts of Canada are concerned about potential in-flight exposure, should check provincial
public health web sites or the federal government web site.
SABRE-TOOTH RETURNED – A 400-pound wooden
sabre-tooth carving that was stolen from a business has been returned less than 72 hours after it went missing. Carver Dan Richey shared a video on Facebook on Monday morning showing himself with the carving and thanking everyone for its return. Two thieves
stole the carving from Walkers Saw Shop on Shenton Road at around 6 a.m. Saturday.
CASH IN NOW – If you’ve been sitting on some old Canadian paper money, now is the time to use it. The Bank of Canada says $1, $2, $25, $500, and $1,000 banknotes will have their legal tender status removed on Jan. 1. Most Canadians
will not be affected because these bank notes have not been produced in decades and are rarely used in transactions. The bills will not lose their value, you can redeem them at any financial institution or decide to keep them. Some rarer bills could be
worth significantly more than face value to collectors.
OVERHEARD – Some people should use a glue stick instead of ChapStick.