GOOD MORNING NANAIMO –
Worse than living on the street is not even having a street. Many of the people who were displaced from their downtown Nanaimo homeless encampment after a fire and propane explosions have now dispersed into the bushes. Many of them spent the night
in parks and bushes after being evicted. St. Peter’s Church had only 12 beds available and BC Housing had no vacancies
in Nanaimo’s two temporary housing facilities. Everyone who couldn’t find a bed Thursday night was dispersed throughout the community. The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition hopes to talk with the City as soon as possible to develop a plan is
for those who were impacted by the fire.
COUNTER ATTACK SEASON – That “one for the road” could prove costly in many ways. The RCMP are conducting
their seasonal Counter Attack campaign this month to keep our roads and streets safe from drinking drivers. Since we should not be going out and socializing any way, that’s all the more reason not to drink and drive. Cst. Gary O’Brien said
they’ll target non-traditional areas. O’Brien said their entire traffic division is focused on looking for impaired drivers, which will see eyes in high traffic areas in and around the downtown core and secondary roads.
IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE – Mount Washington opened two chairlifts yesterday and more runs are expected to be available siib as crews work on opening more sections of the mountain.
The snowmakers have been busy getting the slopes ready. With help from Mother Nature the mountain will open as scheduled.
CELTIC CHRISTMAS FEST – CeltFest Vancouver Island is co-hosting an online Christmas with the Barra MacNeils on Dec. 12 – this is a first
in the series of concerts. They feature traditional seasonal fare along with classic favourites, stories and dancing, all stamped with the Barra’s harmonies and instrumental stylings. Go to the webpage to book your spot, click the referral
tab and select CeltFest Vancouver Island. The Nanaimo group gets $5 from each $25 ticket sold. Show time is 4 p.m. Pacific.
HMCS NANAIMO TRAINING OFFSHORE – HMCS
Nanaimo and Whitehorse are doing mine counter-measure training with Canadian and U.S. forces off the coast of Vancouver Island until mid-December. The Canadian Navy, Air Force, U.S. Navy aircraft and the U.S Coast Guard are participating in Trident Fury 20
– a joint and multinational naval exercise. The training has been taking place since the early 2000s, for air and sea tactical warfare training. However, with Coronavirus, what is usually a multi-nation event has only Canada and the U.S. Sailors
went through a pre-sail quarantine before going out on ships, and were tested for the virus.
MAGIC IN THOSE MUSHROOMS – Research into magic mushroom derivatives has potential to help in mental health and addiction issues, say experts. The research is being conducted at Vancouver Island University and UBC. Numinus Wellness,
which has a facility in Nanaimo, recently cultivated its first harvest of magic mushrooms for research purposes. Most of the research is into “end-of-life anxiety, depression, addiction issues and anxiety issues.” Elliott Marchant, a neuroscientist
and VIU psychology professor, said the only completed clinical trials using psilocybin have been for treating people who were about to die from a terminal disease. The drug alleviated many of their fears and provide some respite, he said.
TRANSIT SURVEY EXTENDED – BC Transit, the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and the Regional District of Nanaimo are looking for feedback about transit service between the two regions.
The online survey is open until Dec. 18. The survey deadline was extended in order to accommodate the recent provincial election. It’s your chance to provide feedback on the need for an interregional route. The website is available for more information
on the service, which offers the public a web-based map to pin the start and end of their travel, while providing an opportunity to ask questions or provide comments to staff – engage.bctransit.com/cvrd-rdn.
GREATER ACCESSIBILITY AT VIU – A $240,000 grant from the BC Accessibility Grants Program
through the Rick Hansen Foundation is making accessibility a lot easier at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus and the Cowichan Trades Centre. They will see power door openers, wayfinding signage, grab bars in washrooms and plus size chairs.
The Foundation recently granted the VIU Foundation $240,000 for accessibility projects in 12 of the least-accessible
buildings at VIU. Dr. Linda Derksen, Universal Access Committee chair, says improvements for people with disabilities have the effect of making things easier for everyone. There are also handrails on ramps, high-contrast signs pointing to accessible routes,
hearing equipment at service desks, change tables in washrooms, adjustable desks and rolling workstations. FULL STORY.