HOW MUCH SHOULD THEY GET? – The City is inviting the public to serve on a task force which will recommend pay scales for council and the mayor. Up to six members
will be appointed based on experience and credentials. Here's what they are looking for.
* Management experience of a large or complex organization
* Business and/or legal experience
* Local government or other public sector experience
* Accounting or finance experience
* Human Resources and benefits experience
If you’re interested, get an application form from the Legislative Services Department by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Applications can be mailed or dropped off to Legislative Services, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6 or email
NANAIMO IS GROWING faster than Greater Victoria, something
we’ve suspected for some time. The Nanaimo Census Area had 115,743 people July 1, 2019, up two per cent from a year ago. Greater Victoria grew 1.5 per cent to 402,271. Here’s a surprise, Nanaimo’s population is also older than Greater Victoria’s.
Seniors accounted for 22.7 per cent in Nanaimo compared to 21.4 per cent in Greater Victoria. The area gained a net population of 2,250 people with 1,189 coming from other parts of Canada, 421 from B.C., and 887 from overseas.
WHO BLINKS FIRST? – Nanaimo has five treatment beds, unused for the near future after the city’s task force passed on funding the service. First the decision to devote $70,500 in one-time
funding to the John Howard Society was first deferred by council to the task force back last September. The task force decided not to seek council funding, but instead continue to pursue provincial funding. Even though it’s the responsibility of
the province, Coun. Erin Hemmens, who is on the task force, does not hold high hopes.
ALL ABOUT FUR - FurCanada, Aboriginal First Nations And Pacific Balance Marine
Management Inc. are conducting workshops in Nanaimo, March 10-17 to teach about fur. Students will learn the basics of designing, cutting and sewing fur, along with understanding the significance of fur within Aboriginal cultural heritage, sustainability,
modern day fashions, home décor, and the foundation of Canada. The course is conducted by specialist tutors and furriers with experience in bear skin rugs, seal fur and fur blankets among others. Fees range from $250 - $500 for the workshops at Snuneymuxw
First Nations Woodbank Elementary School in Cedar. Here’s where you register. firstname.lastname@example.org
GET AN ORIGINAL
– Chrissandra Unger (yes, my niece) has some of her paintings, prints and digital collages available on Fine Art America. There are originals, prints, cell phone covers, pillows, cards and others available. Check it out HERE.
WHAT’S UP - If you have an event or activity you want to tell the community about, send the information to Buzz@nanaimonet.com.