BREAKING NEWS – Andrew Wilkinson resigned this morning as leader of the BC Liberals, effective when a new leader is chosen.
GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – What’s it with the bad guys these days? Nobody said they were smart, especially when they challenge all odds by getting in the face of cops.
When cops spotted an apparent drug transaction being made from a vehicle they moved in. Then the vehicle took off and a merry chase ensued, ramming a police car, going over a 10-foot embankment and taking off on foot. They haven’t found him yet, but
they always get their man. The suspect was not the registered owner of the vehicle, by the way. MORE
ANOTHER RHODES SCHOLAR – There must be an award for this one. On Sunday a real genius was arrested after spray-painting a cop car while police were there investigating
a separate spray-painting report at the Tim Horton’s restaurant on Wallace Street. While the officer was taking pictures and documenting evidence inside the restaurant, a passerby ran in to tell the cop someone was spray-painting his car. The miscreant
was arrested, and to make matters worse, police found crystal meth in his personal belongings, said Const. Gary O’Brien. So, he was arrested for that, and he cooled his jets inside police cells for a while. MORE
NO PLACE FOR OLD FOGEYS – City council has approved a development permit for a 47-unit townhouse project between Ninth Street and the Nanaimo Parkway.
The complex will include one duplex, seven triplexes and six fourplexes. The application calls for 14 three-storey townhouses that will create 47 two-bedroom units. Has anyone else noticed the trend for multi-storey housing when we live in an aging community
which wants to get away from stairs. It has become a real challenge for old farts to find suitable housing. THE PROJECT
‘SAFE SIX’ FOR CHRISTMAS – It won’t be your ordinary Christmas party this year. Public health officer Bonnie Harvey’s public
health order, effective immediately, limits private gatherings to immediate household, plus their “safe six”. Henry said enforcement will be stepped up for those who disregard the latest order. What if Santa decides to joins in? The Good Doctor
said there is now an expectation – not a health order – that people wear non-medical masks in public. That came on the heels of the province reporting 817 new cases of corona virus over the weekend with three deaths in long-term care. B.C. has
now had 13,371 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 250 in Island Health. MORE
TURNOUT – At least 52.4% of registered voters voted in the 2020 Provincial General Election. This is a preliminary estimate of voter turnout based on the following:
- the number of voters who voted during advance voting, in their electoral district
- the number of voters who voted on Election Day, at their assigned voting
- an estimate of the number of certification envelopes containing absentee ballots, to be considered at final count
- an estimate of the number of completed vote-by-mail packages containing mail-in ballots, to be considered at final count
voted in their electoral district during the advance voting period, and 546,877 voters voted on Election Day at their assigned voting place. An estimated 85,000 certification envelopes containing absentee ballots will be considered for final count. FULL REPORT
HOSPITAL DRUGS DIVERTED – A nurse is facing professional discipline after the B.C. college of nurses found she falsified medical records and removed significant quantities of injectable narcotics from North Island
Hospital in Campbell River, creating serious risks to patient safety. A disciplinary hearing by the college found that, over a six-month period in 2017 and 2018, Amanda Parniak falsified records and diverted the powerful painkiller hydromorphone – Dilaudid
– from patients at the hospital. Pharmacy records and testimony from colleagues indicate there were more than 100 occasions in which the nurse apparently created false requests for hydromorphone for patients, or filled valid requests for painkillers
that never reached their intended recipients. The nurses’ college is now considering written submissions about what penalties and costs should be levied for the misconduct. FULL