Sunday, Sept 15

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Hey, we’re a winner. Nanaimo has been recongized as a B.C. Climate Action Community by the joint provincial-UBCM Green Communities Committee. The recognition brings the city to Level 3 in the climate action recognition program. There are four levels in the program – Level 4 is complete carbon neutrality. The city reduced its emissions by converting streetlights to LEDs and replacing a boiler in Beban Park pool with two high-efficiency condensing boilers, and generating 802 megawatt hours of energy at a reservoir facility.

HOW AND WHY citizenship is critical to democracy and civil society will be explored Dr. Philip Oxhorn, Dean of International Education at Vancouver Island University, in the inaugural Engaged Citizens Speaker Series talk on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Get your free tickets and MORE INFORMATION here. 

Aug. 31

WHAT TOOK SO LONG? – The B.C. Ministry of Education has made a change to give Girl Guides credit, the same as similar groups. Girl Guides will get four credits for achieving the Canada Cord, and the Trailblazer Leadership Gold Award, for a total of eight possible graduation credits, which is equivalent to two high school classes. This change will bring the Girl Guides credit in line with similar groups like Scouts. The B.C. external credits program allows teens to earn high school graduation credit for approved programs, like Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides and others. To qualify, programs must be governed by a provincial, national, or international body; have certified instructors, be non-discriminatory, and offer credentials to a number of students throughout B.C.

Thursday, Aug. 28

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Drivers take note, kiddies are heading back to school next week and that means easing off on the gas pedal. If not, you could be in for an expensive encounter with police. You know the price of speeding tickets in school zones? How about starting at $196 and rising to $368 and up for excessive speeding. You could even lose your vehicle to impoundment. Is it really worth it to get there that much sooner . . . or later if you get nabbed?

GRIEFMOBILE – Nanaimo Hospice Society launched its community outreach vehicle on Wednesday. The 37-foot converted motorhome, referred to as the Griefmobile by staff, will travel around Nanaimo bringing in-house counselling to children who can’t get to the hospice society for help. The vehicle will serve the Nanaimo area and the hospice society has an agreement with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools to drive to schools to help children requiring grief counselling. MORE

Wedneday, Aug. 28

Arlene Rolston

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Congratulations to Arlene Rolston of the Port of Nanaimo for being elected as a Director of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. She’s co-chair of the Policy Review Committee. Both are volunteer positions. Arlene is Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant to Port President and CEO Ian Marr.  She has more than 20 years of business administration experience, including 13 years in downtown Nanaimo, eight years at Coastal Community Credit Union.

A LOT OF HAY – If you notice a bigger-than-usual smile on Joy Cameron’s face these days it is because a race horse she co-owns won big last week. Butterscotch Blend, a13-1 longshot, won the $50,000 stakes in Vancouver. Joy co-owns the horse with Lana Brindley and trainers Rob and Vicky Gilker. They bought Butterscotch Blend for $20,000 in 2017, so that should pay for a lot of hay for the next little while.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

TOP OF THE MORNING – After years of travelling the globe, Pamela Anderson is home in Ladysmith. But she’s not out of the limelight, saying her best work is yet to come. Anderson has appeared for a number of environmental causes and has supported Nanaimo-Ladysmith member of Parliament Paul Manly to public events. She is well know for her animal rights activism. Pamela was interviewed by Black Press and discussed how she’s enjoying her time back in Ladysmith, what she’s been doing since coming back, and what her plans are for the future. FULL STORY

Monday, Aug. 26

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – There seems to be no headlong rush for candidates for the Oct. 5 Regional District Electoral Area G byelection. So far its a lineup of one with Lehann Wallace the only declared candidate so far. She finished second in the last election. The deadline for nominations is Aug 30. The position became vacant when director Clarke Gourlay died in a hiking accident in July. Nomination forms are available at the Legislative Services Department, Regional District of Nanaimo, 6300 Hammond Bay Road. You can submit the forms by hand, mail or delivery service, fax at 250-390-4163 or e-mail at vote@rdn.bc.ca.

NOW THAT SCHOOLS are about to open for another year, bus service will pick up to meet ridership demand. The new schedules begin Sept. 1, with the 1 Downtown/Country Club, 5 Fairview, 11 Lantzville, 15 VIU Connector, 20 Hammond Bay, 30 NRGH, 40 VIU Express and 92 Hammond Bay routes seeing an increase to service frequency. 

Saturday, Aug. 24

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Now might be a good time to lay down a bet on a lottery ticket – the cental Island has been on a bit of a run recently. The latest to cash in is retired teacher from Nanoose Bay Patrick Shannon who scrathed a $675,000 Set for Life ticket. He rarely buys Scratch & Win tickets, but was stopping for gas and decided to buy a Set for Life ticket on a whim. He later scratched the winning ticket at the family dinner table and soon discovered he was a big winner. Also this week, a $5-million Lotto 6/49 ticket was sold in Nanaimo. The winner has not yet come forward.

WILD WEEKEND – If you’re looking for something exciting to do this lovely weekend, how about bike racing at the Stevie Smith Bike Park in Beban Park. About 100 racers will push their bodies to the limits in the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship series qualifier starts on today (Saturday, Aug. 24). Riders of all stripes will have to be completely in tune with their bike, their body and the course full of rolling hills and tight turns. Timed runs begin at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug 23

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Don’t worry, the president of the teachers union says students should be back to school on Sept. 3. That assurance came from Teri Mooring as eight days of mediated negotiations started Thursday after the BCTF’s contract with the province expired on June 30. The parties have been bargaining since January and eight days of mediated negotiations will wrap up Aug. 30. “We haven’t had a strike vote,” Mooring said.

TOP OF THE WORLD - Jerry Berry reports from the International Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Thailand, that after coming second twice in the first two rounds of completion, Senior B Mixed Canada beats USA decisively in race three and wins another gold medal by an aggregate score ahead of USA by .125 seconds. This was a stellar come-from-behind performance to snatch the Gold out of the hands of the USA. It goes without saying how impressive this is when competing against a team with massive funding support and a population 10 times larger.

 MAKING IT EASIER – Seniors in Nanaimo have an new services after the Ministry of Health awarded $60,000 to Nanaimo Legion branch 256 to buy a van to transport seniors around the community. The van will be bought in the near future to assist not only legion members, but the community at large. Micheline Sen of the Legion said it will include all kinds of activities for veterans, for our seniors. “We can help our seniors with doctors appointments…We can get them out of being stuck in their homes and into the community again and be able to be part of Nanaimo again,” she added.

EASY STREET – Someone will be walking on Cloud 9 after winning $5 million in the Aug. 21 Lotto 6/49 draw. The lottery corporation said one winning ticket was sold in Nanaimo. More details about where the ticket was purchased will be released once the winner claims the prize.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - Northwest Bay Road has re-opened after a closure that stretched a week longer than scheduled. The stretch of Gabriola Drive to Terrien Road had been closed to allow for culvert replacement at Craig Creek. The work is not yet finished, but residents and visitors should expect some easing of traffic concerns that were briefly compounded by paving work on the south end. There will be single-lane alternating traffic during the day while contractors continue to work. After hours, the road will be open to two-way traffic. 

ATTENTION TO YOUTH - The Nanaimo Foundation is teaming with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, which enables young people to apply for money to support for “bold ideas to address urgent community priorities”. It will afford youth the opportunity to form relationships and gain new skills and experience in their communities, which are valuable in preparing them for future employment, it said. Grants are available to people in Nanaimo, Lantzville, Cedar, Gabriola Island and Ladysmith, the press release said. Applications are open to people between 15 and 29 years old, who will lead, create and design projects taking place between this November and next August. Joint applications must be submitted between youths and a partner charitable organization.

Aug. 22

HELLO NANAIMO - One of those days. You never realize how dependent you are on your e-mail until one day it crashes out. No word of warning. The service provider simply said upgraded equipmnet didn't read the addresses in the same way, so sent back notices that this account it not in service. Heck of a challenge when you've got a number of addresses to rely on. All is back now, so if you got a notice my account is not in service, it is now so please try again.

TOUGH TIMES - Thing could turn tough for striking Western Forest Products workers on Vancouver Island when benefits could become interupted as early as the beginning of September. United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 employees have been on strike since July 1 and the company has maintained benefits, but a company representative said that is contingent on payment from the union, which it isn’t receiving. In an e-mail to employees, the company said it is not obligated to provide benefits when a collective agreement is not in place. Hopefully things will get straightened out soon. MORE

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Elise McRae Coates

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Congratulations, Elise McRae Coates of Wellington Secondary on being awarded the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship for science. She is headed to University of Victoria this fall in the school of earth and ocean sciences. She was awarded the scholarship for her academic and extracurricular achievements. Elise was selected from 1,500 students for the award. She is committed to the health of oceans, and that includes the consequences of plastics and bio-accumulative toxins. MORE

GOLD AND SILVER - The Nanaimo Track and Field Club earned three golds, two silvers, and a bronze at youth nationals on the weekend making it among the best performances in the club’s history. Three members won gold. Nate Paris won gold in the high jump, silver in pentathlon, and bronze in the 100m hurdles. Racewalker Olivia Lundman, 16, won gold while setting a championship record time of 14 minutes 59:08 seconds. Sonya Urbanowicz, 15, captured gold in pole vault with a national championship record jump of 3.30m. Keaton Heisterman, 17, won silver in the U18 800m race. MORE

 

Tuesday, Aug. 20

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Welcome to all the Kin Canada folks who are in town this week for their 99th annual national convention. More than 300 Kinsmen, Kinettes and Kin from across Canada are expected. Events get under way tomorrow and continue into the weekend. The Kin Canada logo appears on parks, playgrounds, pools, and in parades across Canada. There will be a beach cleanup at Departure Bay Kin Hut and other members will visit seniors at Eden Gardens, volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank, build playhouses for Habitat for Humanity and prepare and serve a meal at the 7-10 Club. Hats off to Cathy and Dale Johns, Nanaimo Kinsmen and Kinettes, and others for organizing the conference.

JOB FAIR – If you are you an LPN or HCA looking to jump start your career looking to transition to a retirement or care community, a number of health care facilities are holding a hiring fair for Licensed Practical Nurses and Health Care Assistants on Aug. 29. Avenir Memory Care; Bayshore Home HealthWexford CreekWoodgrove ManorOrigin at Longwood; and Nanaimo Seniors Villageare participating in Room 7 at Beban Park Social Centre Thursday, Aug. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. Recruiting challenges are normal in the continuing care industry. For information about registration, call Avenir at 
(250) 585-3788

STILL GOING STRONG – More than 100,000 people visited theh sand sculptures at the Parksville Beach Festival.The 115,188 visitors this year marks the fifth straight year of topping the 100,000 mark. Society president Cheryl Dill termed it the largest sand sculpting competition in Canada.

 

Monday, Aug 19

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The Nanaimo Community Hospice Society is hitting the road. The addition of a mobile unit allows the society and professional counsellors and trained volunteers to bring its child and youth grieving program to schools, libraries, gathering centres and homes, according to a press release, which notes that the program is unique in Canada. Hospice will reveal its mobile counselling unit – a 37-foot converted motor home. The Society will hold an open house to discuss the benefits of the new mobile counselling. It will be Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at 1080 St. George Cres. For more information, visit www.nanaimohospice.com.

CONGRATULATIONS Kristen Clarke for conquering one of the world’s toughest mountain trails in the Inca Trail Marathon on Aug. 8 in eight hours and 40 minutes. She was the overall winner of the 26.2 mile race in the Andes Mountains, steep cliffs, jagged stairs and scenic vistas. Kristen is an avid runner, but this was her first marathon, all-the-more notable challenging such difficult terrain.

Sunday, Aug. 18

FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS – Denim never wears out, we just can’t get into those jeans any more even though they still have a lot of life left in them. That’s what United Way and Woodgrove Centre are counting on with their United by Denim campaign, to provide denim clothing to needy children. Until Sept. 2, you can donate new or used denim clothing at the denim drop zone at centre court. If that’s not enough, the first 500 people 12 years old and up who donate at least two items to United by Denim will get a $10 Woodgrove Centre gift card. Visitors to the mall can also enter for a chance to win a $1,000 back-to-school shopping spree.

LISTEN HERE – You can become a major influence on people who need someone to listen. The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is looking for volunteers to train to as Crisis Line workers. The society needs volunteers for a training program that emphasizes deep, empathic listening, acceptance, and the non-judgmental support. The next training session starts on September 26. This can become a life-changing experience for both you and those whom you may help. Check it out HERE

 

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Next week is a big one – the 125th Vancouver Island Exhibition hits the fair grounds at Beban Park Friday to Sunday.  Fairgrounds admission ranges from $5 for kids 7-12 years old and seniors, to $12 a day for adults, depending on which day – you can save by going Friday night.  West Coast Amusements will be there and they offer midway wristbands for all you can ride at $35 a day. Check out the VIEX webpage for more information.

EQUALITY AT LAST - First Nations women who marry non-Indigenous men will now have their status reinstated and will be treated the same as men under the Indian Act, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Friday. Past provisions in the Indian Act meant women lost their status when they married non-Indigenous men, while men who married non-Indigenous women kept their status,. But with the remaining provisions of the legislation known as S-3 coming into force, descendants born before April 17, 1985, who lost their status or were removed from band lists due to marriages to non-Indian men dating back to 1869 can now be registered as First Nations members.

 

Friday, Aug. 16

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – We're in for a fanstastic weekend with partly cloudy conditions and the temperature hovering around the 22-23 mark. It will get really warm on Tuesday.

STOCK THE LOCKERS - The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation hopes to raise $60,000 to help students in need.The foundation kicked off its Stock the Lockers campaign Thursday. Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, says money raised will be used for students of all ages. There’s a need at every school at every grade, she said.A lot of needs in high school relate toschool supplies, so the basic school supplies.  As well, there are requests for a lot of athletic fees and graduation fees. Dennison says many students manage to get through school, stay in despite the cost of attending. MORE DETAILS

ESTUARY TALK - Tania Willard and Steven Thomas Davies will present an estuary talk September 1, 10 a.m.at Nanaimo River Estuary (West Side), Parking lot at 6 Maki Rd. That’s just before the entrance to Living Forest Campground. It’s free up registration online is required, or you can call 250-754-1750.Artist and curator, Tania Willard and artist and filmmaker Steven Thomas Davies collaborated on an installation that explores the submerged perspectives of eelgrass beds in estuarine ecosystems. 

NOTE: This site has limited accessibility for mobility devices or strollers. Call the Gallery for details.

Register your bicycle free with 529 Garage

For all bike enthusiasts, Friday August 16, from 1 pm to 5 pm, volunteers with the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section will be out in force at Westwood Lake, registering bikes for free with 529 Garage. Get some exercise and help prevent bike theft.

Thursday, Aug. 15

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Now would be a good time to plan for alternates routes – Bruce Avenue, between Fifth and Sixth Streets will be closed to through traffic from next Tuesday August 20 for about a month for road upgrading. This work is being done in conjunction with the developer of 601 Bruce Avenue and includes reprofiling the road for better sight lines, concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, street lighting and new street markings.

TRIBAL JOURNEY – This event has become a tradition for First Nations. The Snuneymuxw territory will be the destination for Tribal Journeys 2020 – July 27-Aug. 1. The annual event sees indigenous people, from B.C. and Washington state, journey in traditional canoes. The final stop is the Nanaimo area. “Each community will do what they call protocol,” said Snuneymuxw Chief Mike Wyse. “So they’ll be at our long house in Cedar; each community will have its slotted time where they’ll come in and celebrate their songs and share their journey with the rest of the tribes from up and down the coast, so it’s quite a big event.” READ MORE

ON THE HUSTINGS - NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin held a meet and greet afair last night where he talked about his life, growing up, making a living and becoming politically active. He talked about the campaign trail and what he is hearing on the doorstep. Members were led through the party's policy document and information. There was also discussion about the New Democratic Green Deal. And many thanks to all those who attended and signed up for work.

On the hustings is available for all parties to share their events and ideas with the public. email editor@nanaimonet.com

 

Wednesday, Aug 14

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The animal kingdom has been beset by outlandish events that could only happen during a full moon. 

CRUEL SCUMBAG - An animal cruelty investigation is under way after a cat was brought to Nanaimo SPCA after being shot five times with a BB gun. X-rays showed BB pellets were lodged in his lower abdomen, front right leg, spine and ribs. Injuries resulted in the amputation of a hind leg. 

EMU TASERED - An emu was tasered in Chemainus after fleeing its farm and disrupting traffic. Cops came across the agitated and aggressive bird at large. They couldn’t arrest the disruptive behavior and finally turned to a taser. After that shocking incident the uninjured emu was transported to a nearby farm at the owner’s request.

NOT FUNNY - While that may elicit some chuckles, this is not funny. Delta police are dealing with suspicious meat found in North Delta's Watershed Park on four occasions. Police say the meat was deposited around the same area, usually two to three chunks weighing seven to 10 pounds. Police say it is unclear why the meat was left in the park and whether it has been contaminated with any dangerous substances. It has been sent for analysis.

PESKY PECKERS - Northern flickers apparently have no respect for the performing arts. Every year they attack the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, leaving the regional district to find new ways to ward off the woodpeckers. Plastic owls, recordings of predatory birds and a scent additive have not done the trick, and the district is left with hundreds of holes in the building as the birds peck for insects. Now the local government is turning to a spray-on coating that comes with a lifetime guarantee to defend against the avian enemies of the arts.

BAD SEAFOOD - The ongoing challenge of multiple injured eagles on Haida Gwaii has a wildlife volunteer urging people to be more careful about how they dispose of dead fish and deer. Leila Riddall, of the Masset Animal Helpline, said she's sent four bald eagles to a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Delta, since July 5, all suffering from a variety of injuries. Ridall said the eagles were injured after they were drawn to Massett by deer and fish carcasses.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Now here's a court sentence with a difference. A man has been ordered off Vancouver Island after a desperate attempt to discredit his ex-wife and regain custody of his three children. The judge in provincial court on Monday gave the man 30 months in jail. Having been in custody and denied bail twice since being arrested last December, he was released on Monday with credit for time served, with probation conditions. He will now return to Alberta, where he’s originally from. Judge Ronald Webb gave him until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 to collect his items and leave as a provision of his probation conditions. 

LOOK UP, WAY UP - Have you got your favourite viewing spot picked out the the great Snowbirds show over Nanaimo on Wednesday afternoon? It will start about 6 p.m., but it doesn't hurt to get there early to find the best spot, somewhere between the Nanaimo Yacht Club and downtown. And if you're on the water, stay out of the no-go zone. Check out the Port of Nanaimo page. The weather forecaster is co-operating with a prediction of a nice warm afternoon with plenty of sunshine. See you there!

BUTT OUT - There are enough fires in the city that we don't need any more caused by carelessness or irresponsibility. Nanaimo Fire Rescue is launching a new awareness campaign to draw attention to how quickly a fire from a tossed cigarette can spread. In the summer months, when the ground is dry, fire crews respond to numerous preventable fires started by the improper disposal of cigarettes. If you must smoke, use your ashtray.

Monday, Aug. 12

140 kids took part in the bullhed derby.

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Busy morning at the Bruno's Bullhead Fishing Derby. The children were fishing off the RCMSAR 27 docks at the Rescue Station. 140 children had a wonderful time. All the kids were in life jackets and everyone took home a prize! And all the Bullheads were released after they were measured. I'm sure that many of them were caught multiple time by the excited fisher kids! Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Nanaimo for hosting such a fabulous free event.

ON THE HUSTINGS – It's doubtful if there is such a thing as a non-partisan event for a politician, but MP Paul Manly is holding a number of them in the community. Paul says it is an opportunity for him to report about his work in Ottawa, and for constituents to bring concerns to him. Tonight on Gabriola Island, Tuesday at Bowen Park Auditorium, at 7 p.m. Thursday on Protection Island, then next week Monday at Ladysmith on Monday and Tuesday at Snunmeymuxw Recreation and Wellness Centre. MORE DETAILS

POLLS, WE HAVE POLLS - The latest national polls have the Liberals winning the most seats, but in Nanaimo-Ladysmith it's another story. Calculated politics has Green Party support at 38 per cent while the NDP and Conservatives sit at 23 per cent each. The Liberals are at 14 per cent. Projecting the province-wide seat totals, it shows the Conservatives in line to get 21 seats in B.C., the Liberals 11 seats and the Green Party and NDP five seats each. Greens are ahead of the NDP in popularity in B.C. – Greens 19.7 per cent and the NDP 17.3 per cent. Calculatedpolitics.com

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Congratulations to Nola Sedgewick Dunn who’s taken on a new challenge after a 25-year career in the shopping centre industry to join the marketing team at Island Radio. Nola began her career at Country Club Centre for four years before moving up to the big time with Ivanhoe Cambridge, the operators of Woodgrove Centre. Over the 21 years at Woodgrove she has enjoyed countless rewarding experiences with both businesses in the mall, non-profit organizations and with shoppers. Somewhere during that time she also had a son, who is now eight years old and spending a lot of time in sports activities. All the best in her new endeavor, continuing to deal with many of the people she has built relationships with over the years. Nola is one of the “good guys”in Nanaimo. 

ON THE HUSTINGS – The federal election campaign is not official until the election writ is issued, but that’s not stopping candidates from poking in every nook and cranny for possible votes. You’ll see them anywhere and often in the next few weeks. The Daily Buzz will bring readers whatever the parties offer. After viewing all the venom and hatred in the U.S. election, personal attacks and insults will not survive our delete button. All the candidates are devoted members of our greater community who deserve respect regardless of personal politics. We don’t care what a candidate said or did a dozen years ago, or whom he/she associated with, as long as it was legal. This is now, and this is the current election.

MEET THE CANDIDATE – We got a note from the NDP that they are holding a Meet and Greet with the candidate Bob Chamberlin at Beban Park Social Centre next Wedneday (Aug. 14) at 6:30 pm. The NDP has  a campaign office in Nanaimo at 101-300 Terminal Ave. and on Buller Street in Ladysmith.

 

Friday Aug 9, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – “Can I talk to you? – Someone needs help. I’m at the hospital and I need you to buy me five [iTunes] gift cards, scratch off the codes and send them to me.” This texting scam is targetting Catholics on Vancouver Island and other areas. Catholic churches have confirmed their members are being ripped off, some cheated out of thousands of dollars, says Father William Hann of Victoria. Elderly churchgoers are especially vulnerable as they are not aware of digital scams. Priests would never ask people for help through text messages. A church official in Victoria said scammers may be using contact information found on church websites or bulletin boards.

CURB APPEAL – Nanaimo’s long-running Reuse Rendezvous is back this weekend – Saturday and Sunday. Place unwanted toys, sporting goods, furniture, books, bikes and other items at the curb in front of your property so that others can take and reuse them. Please mark items set out for others to take with a free tag and be sure to remove and dispose of any leftover items after Sunday. This is a great opportunity to get rid of stuff you don’t need and have others haul it away for you. You know, there just might be some real bargoons there for the taking.

FAMILY FUN TIME – Mid-Island Co-op is having its ninth annual summer celebration on Saturday at the Co-op Centre on Bowen Road. They’ve got lots of entertainment, jumparound iflatible paly zones, a monster obstacle course, a magic show and face painting. You’ll have a chance to win a $500 gas card. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. And you’ll love the price, it’s all free.

ON THE MOVE – Jennifer Lee Hufnagel has been named General Manager at Innovation Island. She’s got big shoes to fill, replacing Chelsea Pedersen who was with the organization for 10 years. Chelsea is pursing other horizons at ACETECH. Jennifer has a diverse background in systems administration and training, with industry experience fitting to the Innovation Island mandate and mission - https://innovationisland.ca/staff/. There will be new program and service announcements this Fall and they’re attending the The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s Summit, October 23 - 24.

STILL GROWING – in more ways than one. Nanaimo’s Tilray cannabis company is expanding its grow operations in Portugal leased 20 hectares of outdoor cultivation space that it says will increase its international export capacity. Tilray already has five hectares of indoor and outdoor growing space and 6,500 square metres of manufacturing, processing and research space in Cantanhede, Portugal. That will expand the company’s production of high-quality medical cannabis products in Europe using innovative outdoor growing methods, said Tilray’s managing director for Europe, in the release. “We look forward to supplying patients in need in existing and new markets with Tilray’s medical cannabis products, proudly produced in Europe.”

ON THE HUSTINGS – The federal election campaign is not official until the election writ is issued, but that’s not stopping candidates from pursuing every nook and cranny for possible votes. You’ll see them anywhere and often in the next few weeks. Conservative John Hirst was flying the full colours at the annual Ladysmith parade last weekend and outlined his party’s platform on health care. NDP’s Bob Chamberlin was campaigning with party leader Jagmeet Singh along the Nanaimo waterfront, also focusing on health care. We’ll tell you whatever the parties offer – personal attacks and insults will die under the delete button. All the candidates are devoted members of our greater community who deserve respect regardless of personal politics.

Aug. 8, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 is holding its annual bullhead fishing derby on Sunday for kids 12 and under. It’s at the RCMSAR27 dock at Brechin boat launch. It’s catch-and-release and there will be loads of prizes. You can learn more about the station and PFDs will be available children, and of course, Rescue Bear will be there. It’s from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER – The Old City Quarter now has live entertainment every Friday at noon throughout August. Tomorrow is a group called The Big Mess, a nulticultural show, from noon to 1p.m.

WHO’S GO THE MONEY, HONEY? You might be surprised at who controls virtually everything in our country, including our governments. The richest man in Canada is worth a mere $46.3 billion (with a B) and chances are you are helping him grow his wealth. Check out my column at https://www.nanaimonet.com/440108734

Wednesday, Aug 7

Snowbirds return to Nanaimo next week Wednesday

Merv Unger photo

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are on their way back to Nanaimo. The air show over Nanaimo Harbour next week Wednesday (Aug. 14) is free. The performance will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 6:45 p.m. After that, move to Maffeo Sutton Park for a free Concert in the Park.

BOWLING ‘EM OVER – best wishes to Nanaimo lawn bowler Jason Valchar in his pursuit of the 2019 Canadian Youth Lawn Bowling Championship in Victoria, now under way and continuing until Friday.

ON THE HUSTINGS – Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh returned to campaign with candidate Bob Chamberlin in Nanaimo Tuesday, talking about health-care. Singh said an NDP government would implement pharmacare in its first year in office and then move to head-to-toe expansion of universal health services to include dental, vision, hearing and mental health care.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The Summertime Blues Festival is back, bigger and better Aug. 23-25 at Maffeo Sutton Park. Artistic director Grant Payne says this year is probably the strongest festival in the history of the event. In the past performers were all local and regional. This year it will be national and artists from the United States. The four-day festival has a much bigger lineup with prominent names in the blues genre, he adds. For the festival itself, it’s $75 for singe day ticket, $170 for a weekend pass. Available at http://nanaimoblues.tickit.ca. The festival will also stage a kick off charity concert for Loaves and Fishes food bank on Aug. 22 with admission by non-perishable food item or $10 donation.

ON THE HUSTINGS – We'll be seeing a lot of federal politicians in the next little while. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in in town Monday to support candidate Bob Chamberlin. Singh and Chamberlin cammpaigned along the Harbourfront Walkway, seeking support in the Oct. 21 general election. The NDP finished third behind the Greens and Conservatives in the May 6 byelection

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B.C. Day, Aug. 5, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The annual remembrance of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima takes place tomorrow (Aug 6) at Maffeo Sutton Park. The Lanterns for Peace ceremony will be held 8:30 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park, with a lantern ceremony featuring the Japanese flute and harp. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 and  bombing of Nagasaki three days later, led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people. It’s organized by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Nanaimo chapter.

ISLENDINGADAGURINN – People with Icelandic roots have been flooding into Manitoba this weekend for the annual Icelandic Festival which wraps up today in Gimli. Islendingadagurinn is purported to be the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America. The first was held in Milwaukee in 1874; the one in Manitoba was held in Winnipeg from 1890 until 1931. Since 1932 has been held in Gimli (the home of Crown Royal whiskey). You can never say you didn’t learn something today, even if you can’t pronounce Islendingadagurinn. 

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GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Kudos to the Redliners Car Groupwho have raised $6,600 for Nanaimo Community Hospice.They have contributed almost $40 grand for Hospice since 2012.Country Club Centre and Original Joe’s seventh annual charity car show attracted hundreds to view 200 classic and custom vehicles and take in music and Original Joe’s pancakes and burgers. The event is the brainchild of local business owners Bob Falk, Paul Sihota, Chip Leyton, Wayne Martin and Hubert Brauchman. This year’s show raised 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WANTED – If you’ve ever considered volunteering for a city council committee, they are now looking for members of the newly-established environmental sustainability to to. The committee makeup is two members of council and seven members of the public. Its mission is to develop innovative ideas and advise council on climate change, green technology, energy efficiency and urban forestry. Check it out at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/committees.

 

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HAVE A GREAT B.C. DAY WEEKEND – The weatherman is eager to contribute. The temperature is forecast to reach 26 degrees today and 27-28 degrees Sunday and Monday. There's a sombre note,lLast year, 74 people were injured in 310 crashes on Vancouver Island on the BC Day weekend. It may be a laid back time for most, but for emergency crews, they can be some of the busiest weekends of the year. On average, four people die and 630 people are injured in B.C. in 2,300 crashes every B.C. Day long weekend. Slow down and smell the roses, you life depends on it.

TOUR de ROCK – It’s a little bit last minute, but if you’re looking to have fun with the family today and raise money for Tour de Rock, the seventh annual Tour de Rathtrevor is today at Rathtrevor Park. There will be a bike parade, games and activities and you can meet our local riders, Tim Kenning and Simon Douthwaite. The event goes from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cops for Cancer - Tour de Rock

BACK TO SCHOOL –The Fresh Start program is raising funds and collecting items for young students, including backpacks, books and clothes. Any money donated will be given to parent groups who already work hard to provide supplies for students who can’t afford them. Dave Lawrence says the program has grown by leaps and bounds. You can do your part by contacting them HERE

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Aug. 1, 2019

GOOD MORNING AUGUST - Four Nanaimo dragon boaters are heading to the world stage at the International Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Pattaya-Rayong, Thailand, August 20-25. Dave Thomson, Trish Crumpton, Ron Williams and Jody Berry will represent Canada. They are on the Senior B (age 50-plus) National Team. Canada is sending teams in all age categories too the races – the dragon boat equivalent to the Olympics. There will be more than 4,000 athletes from 30 countries. See our SPECIAL REPORT

IMPROVING IMAGING – Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is getting second MRI machine. The $5.5 million project was announced Wednesday, at the hospital. The new machine is expected to not only significant reduce wait times, but also increase the number of complex scans for patients. The head of MRI, Dr. Brent Carson, said more complex exams require expert operator skills and must be done in the daytime. Having two MRIs will enable NRGH to essentially double the ability to perform those complex exams.

A GATHERING OF BUTTS - A Victoria man is offering a nickel for every cigarette butt picked up on Saturday in our Capital City, so if you wanna make a few quick bucks, head down there. Michael Wagner, who founded Love Where You Live B.C. is determined to help clean up the streets. He has put up $1,000 to pay five cents for every butt picked up on Saturday. There will be a limit of $50 per person and all the butts will be sent for recycling. The butts can be brought to the Party Crashers parking lot at 2642 Quadra St from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group or person who collect the most cigarette butts will receive a prize of $500.