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.”
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.