GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Voters can get a free ride to the polls on provincial election day Oct. 24, in many communities but
not in Nanaimo. I spent a couple of days trying to find out why free-transit service is available virtually everywhere on Vancouver Island – except in Nanaimo. Transit bus and handyDART are offered in Victoria, Comox Valley, Port Alberni and
the Cowichan Valley on election day. Nobody appears to have an answer. FULL STORY.
VOTERS – Almost 10 per cent of Parksville-Qualicum voters have cast their ballots in two days of advance voting. Figures from Elections BC show 4,616 have voted out of 48,395 eligible voters for 9.5 per cent. In Nanaimo, 3,192 have voted
– 8 per cent and in Nanaimo North Cowichan 3,731 have voted – also 8 per cent. Those figures are ahead of provincial numbers where 6 per cent (212,233) voted in two days – .
GETTING THEIR WAY – The villagers of Lantzville made their views known in no uncertain terms when it comes to limiting development. The Clark-Medd development went to public hearing
for 280 units and residents reacted with enough noise that the public hearing was delayed. Council asked the developer to compromise and Lantzville Projects Ltd. has advised council that they accepts the reduction in density and
will likely plan 130 to 195 housing units. The official community plan bylaw amendment will now go to third reading on Monday. MORE
SERIOUS ABOUT FLU – We appear to be taking the flu threat seriously. The immunization period has begun and at Costco in Nanaimo the
lineup is forming. I’m told they have a 30-page waiting list already. You can also try the health unit and pharmacies. Island Health has ordered 324,000 flu shots this year, an increase of 60,000 over last year. South Island medical health officer
Dr. Dee Hoyano said flu shots through public health clinics will be available starting next week. She said it’s especially important to have a high flu vaccination rate this year.
VIRUS NUMBERS STILL RISING – Health officials reported 155 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, one in Island Health. One death was also reported, bringing the death toll to 251. We’ve
now had 11,189 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 240 in the Island Health region. There are 1,513 active cases in the province, with 3,713 people under active public health monitoring. CHEK it out
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE advises that the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program
is taking applications. The program will help businesses with long-term recovery, investing up to $300 million in support in time for BC Small Business Week from Oct. 19 to 23. Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available, and an additional $10,000 will be available to tourism-related
businesses that have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. This program runs until March 31, or until funds are used up. Check Your Eligibility here and Register and Apply Here
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