Saturday, Oct 17

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.  

EARLY 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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Victoria police cleared of wrongdoing after woman fatally shot
A Victoria police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the province’s police watchdog after a woman was shot and killed with less-lethal projectiles on Christmas Day in 2019. 

Man wanted on Canada-wide warrant arrested in Victoria
Victoria police say a man who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant was arrested Friday. 

Huge demand for flu shots causing long waits in Victoria
Several pharmacies in Greater Victoria that CTV News spoke with have run out of flu shots and are hoping for additional supplies in the coming weeks.  

B.C. NDP promises funding for new film studio in Saanich
British Columbia’s New Democrats say a re-elected NDP government would provide $150,000 to help bring a new film studio to Greater Victoria. 

Flights to Vancouver, Victoria added to COVID-19 exposures list
Several flights that landed in Vancouver and Victoria have been added to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's list of COVID-19 exposures.

NDP maintain strong lead into final week of election: Angus Reid
The B.C. New Democrats continue to hold a comfortable lead in opinion polls as the election enters its final stretch before general voting day, according to the Angus Reid Institute.

BC Lions GM Hervey steps down for personal reasons
The BC Lions have announced that general manager Ed Hervey is stepping down for personal reasons.

B.C. Green party says October fundraising shatters its previous records
The party says more than $441,000 has been raised in the first 15 days of October, beating its previous record of just over $339,000, set in April 2017 before the last election. 

Wilkinson facing internal backlash amid candidate controversies
Andrew Wilkinson's leadership of the BC Liberals is under fire following a string of candidate controversies that have caused rising tensions within the free-enterprise coalition. 

Police not to blame in shooting death of Surrey teenager
A watchdog investigation has determined police were not involved in the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Jackson Diggle.  

Friday Oct. 16

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – A first for me – I voted for the candidate of my choice, rather than the party which does not deserve my support. There was a considerable lineup at North Town Centre polling station, but moved along well. Advance polls are open daily until Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, check out this list on the Elections BC website or use the Where to Vote app.

THE SITE C MESS – Oh, now we know why Premier John Horgan called the election, says Brian Peckford. Of course, Horgan wanted to get out from under the Green Party and was afraid of where the China pandemic would go, but what tipped the scales was the Site C Hydro Project. It is more and more a boondoggle.

A DISTINCTIVE RING has been found and turned over to RCMP. It’s a men’s ring that was found on Oct. 8, near Long Lake on Wellesley Street. The ring is square on top with an embossed pattern in the square. Constable Gary O’Brien said no photo is being posted because the owner should be able to describe what the image is. If this is your ring or you have information on who owns, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2020-37738.

GETTING READY – It’s down time for a lot of activities at Nanaimo Parks and Recreation, but they staff are putting it to good use upgrading equipment and facilities. Even though the water slides aren't available yet due to the pandemic, the City took the opportunity to get them refurbished so that they will last at least another 10 years. And if you were in the dark, you can go swimming or work out at NAC. Make sure you sign up 72 hours in advance at 250-756-5200 or online. Under Drop in, choose the options – swimming, skating, fitness – and then select your session. https://www.nanaimo.ca/recreation.../register-for-a-program 

B.C. announces 142 cases of COVID-19 as total surpasses 11,000 
British Columbia has now seen more than 11,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday.

Parksville honouring World War veterans with new banners 
Commemorative banners honouring local veterans who fought in the First and Second World Wars and whose names are etched on the Parksville cenotaph are being honoured with a new display. 

Effects of COVID-19 on LGBTQ2+ community focus of new study 
The Public Health Agency of Canada is providing $1 million in funding for a pair of studies to determine if the LGBTQ2+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited community), is at a greater risk of developing COIVD-19 or other chronic diseases. 

Telephone voting allowed for B.C. sailors deployed to Pacific
Hundreds of military members deployed at sea will be able to phone in their votes in the upcoming British Columbia election, marking a first for the Canadian Armed Forces in the province. 

First case of MIS-C confirmed in B.C. child, health officials say 
Health officials in British Columbia have confirmed the province's first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

Candidate resigns from BC Liberals after eugenics comments 
A BC Liberal candidate from the Fraser Valley has resigned from the party after making an inflammatory comment comparing free contraceptives to eugenics. 

Thursday, Oct. 15

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Hats off to the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce for a good candidate forum last night. Most interesting part was to start counting how often a candidate could say "collaborative". And the other one who kept beginning her answers with "The B.C. Liberals . . ." Hint, it wasn't the Liberal candidate. The subjects were well covered by the candidates and well produced. Considerable improvement over the live auditorium forums of the past, if I dare say. Just get out and vote on Oct. 24 or sooner. Advance polls are now open.

ADVANCE POLLING opened today for the British Columbia provincial election and turnout was brisk at North Town Centre in Nanaimo. Advance voting is available until Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more advance voting information, check out this list on the Elections BC website or use the Where to Vote app.

GREEN THUMB PLANS – If you’re interested in what is planned for the Green Thumb Nursery lands plan there will be a public information meeting Wednesday (Oct. 21) at the Nanaimo Rugby Club at 6700 Dover Road. There will be a number of 40-minute presentations, beginning at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. You must register in advance. You can register, request materials, or provide feedback by contacting Evan Peterson, lead consultant at  evan@barefootplanning.com

DRUG EVOLUTION – Harris House Clinic in downtown Nanaimo was established to meet the needs of the drug community when I was on Nanaimo city council. The building is boarded up now and its services have moved, with a new name – Health Matters! Central Vancouver Island Harm Reduction Services, on Waddington Road close to the hospital. The core services of testing for sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases is still their focus, says director Gordon Cote. MORE

GOING DIGITAL FOR BUSINESS – The past half year has brought challenges forcing many of us to work from home, compete online, and do business virtually. Impacts to the hospitality industry, main-street retail, and many place-based businesses have been significant, due to both crisis management and consumer behaviour changes. Many businesses have been somewhat reticent in getting more digital for two reasons – they didn’t need to, or they didn’t want to. Industry experts and business owners who have pivoted or developed hybrid business models will be at the 14th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit to learn their best-practices, Oct. 27-29 – online, of course.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? – Not as big as Hunter Biden’s e-mail problems, but a Lantzville councillor is suing a citizen, claiming he accessed her e-mails and texts on an old phone she donated to him for a charitable purpose. Coun. Karen Proctor filed a civil claim in the Supreme Court of B.C. against Clinton Smith. She claims she recently learned that correspondence screenshots had been shared with the intent of discrediting her as a councillor. Hillary Clinton might be able to provide some valuable advice about disposing cell phones.

PASSING THOUGHT – Common sense is like a deodorant, those who need it most seldom use it. 

Port Hardy RCMP first in Canada to offer prescription alcohol in jail Port Hardy RCMP will make prescription alcohol available for eligible residents who are in police custody. 

Man fined $1,000 at border crossing, says he never left Canada
B.C. resident Thomas Winkler was fined $1,000 by Canadian border guards who say he failed to stop at the border when returning from the United States on Sept. 7. But Winkler says he did stop at the border crossing, despite the fact that he never left Canada in the first place.  

All platforms released as leaders prepare for radio debate 
All three parties in the B.C. election have now released their platforms outlining their promises if they get elected on Oct. 24.  

Here's where voters are getting mail-in ballots on Vancouver Island 
More than 158,000 voters on Vancouver Island have requested a mail-in ballot for this year’s provincial election, according to Elections BC.

Oak Bay police issue first ticket for dooring cyclist 
Opening the driver's side door of a van without looking is going to cost a man $368, according to Oak Bay police.   

Court tosses challenge of school restart in B.C. 
A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has dismissed an application by two parents who demanded the province implement tougher COVID-19 safety measures before schools reopened last month.  

Western Hockey League sets Jan. 8 return date 
The Western Hockey League is hoping to start its 2020-21 season on Jan. 8, 2021 if it receives approval from health officials in four provinces and two states.  

Warrant issued for break and enter suspect

Bryan Highet

1015 – Nanaimo RCMP are looking for 37-year-old Bryan Highet, wanted for Break and Enter. The warrant was issued after repeated attempts by investigators to locate Highet failed.

It is alleged that August 17 Highet was witnessed driving a vehicle onto a construction site on Gulfview Drive. The witness later told investigators the property was under construction with a Seacan storage container onsite, containing construction tools and equipment. It is alleged Highet removd several items from the Seacan, including a Honda generator and a chainsaw.

Highet is 37, male, 6 ft, 170 lbs with brown hair and green eyes. If anyone has information on Highet's whereabouts, call the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.
 

Wednesday, Oct. 14

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Well, did you recover from last night’s stirring debate between our political leaders? My first impression was that there’s another 90 minutes of my life I’ll never be able to recover. They were preaching to their own converts and it’s unlikely they changed one single mind. The redeeming factor is that we gave enough of a hoot to actually watch democracy in action.

NANAIMO DEBATE TONIGHT – Tonight is the night when candidates in the Nanaimo riding come face to face in the Chamber of Commerce forum at 6:30 p.m., broadcast and live-streamed from the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The three candidates – Liberal Kathleen Jones, NDP Sheila Malcolmson, and Green candidate Lia Versaevel. Carrie Chassels will moderate.

CORONA VIRUS DID NOT take a break for Thanksgiving, adding 549 new cases and five deaths over the long weekend. Ten of the new cases are in Island Health. Five cases are epidemiologically linked, meaning people who were never tested were presumed to have the virus because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case. Dr. Bonnie Henry blamed the higher numbers on a backlog of about 6,000 tests from last week that increased the count. She said the test-positive rate remains low at about 1.39 per cent. CHEK it out

 

VOTING BY MAIL – If the number of vote-by-mail package requests is any indication, we may get a high voter turnout, but it could also impact whether a clear winner is declared on election night. By yesterday, 680,000 voters had requested vote-by-mail packages – compared to 6,517 requests in the 2017 election. In a statement, Elections BC officials said that they are working as fast as possible to process package requests, which are delivered via Canada Post. Some voters could get their vote-by-mail package after the recommended deadline to return it by mail on Oct. 17.  

SANITIZERS RECALLED – Health Canada has issued a warning about several brands of hand sanitizers that are being recalled over health concerns “may pose health risks.” Health Canada said list will be maintained and updated so that Canadians can identify products they may have bought Health Canada is currently permitting the temporary use of technical-grade ethanol in alcohol-based hand sanitizers amid the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased demand. See the COMPLETE LIST.

LET IT SNOW – Mount Washington has posted videos to social media with the good news that it snowed on the mountain. The snow continued overnight which ultimately led to the end of this season’s summer operations. Mount Washington staff said on Monday that there was five centimetres of new snow at the base of Hawk Chair with more at higher altitudes, ultimately leading them to their decision to close summer operations. CHEK IT OUT 

 

HATS OFF TO DAVID STANLEY – When he learned about the non-profit Rugged Coast Research Society of volunteers that maps marine debris in remote locations on B.C.’s coast he got out his cheque book. Conventional trash gathering from remote shores is expensive – a helicopter costs about $1,000 an hour to lift collected debris from the beach to a barge for transport, which also costs about $1,000 per day. They found a cheaper way, but didn’t have a craft large enough to transport the retrieved marine debris. David and his family donated $35,000 to help buy a boat in March and in late September added a second donation of $30,000 for equipment allowing volunteers to continue their work through fall and winter.  FULL STORY 

Here's where Vancouver Island's COVID-19 cases are 
Vancouver Island health officials identified 15 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, marking one of the largest increases in infections in the region since the earliest weeks of the pandemic.  

B.C. adds 5 deaths, 549 new COVID-19 cases over long weekend 
Health officials in British Columbia identified more than 500 additional cases of COVID-19 in the province over the Thanksgiving long weekend.  

2 arrested after Langford woman spots men breaking into her home 
Two people were arrested at Thetis Lake Regional Park on Tuesday morning after police say they fled from the scene of a break and enter.  

Athletes asked to limit themselves to one sport this season
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in B.C., the province's top doctor is asking local athletes to reduce the number of teams they're on and for spectators to be limited.  

Six key moments from the B.C. leaders' debate 
It was a relatively civilized debate compared to some in recent memory, but the leaders of B.C.'s main political parties still traded a few heavy blows on Tuesday night. 

Police investigating 60-person party with live band, no distancing
Mounties are investigating a B.C. party host who apparently didn't get the message about keeping gatherings small over the Thanksgiving long weekend. 

Operator of Tofino fishing boat that sank to appear in court 
The operator of a sport fishing vessel that capsized off Tofino in 2017, killing two men aboard, was scheduled to appear in a Port Alberni courtroom to answer to criminal charges Tuesday.

B.C.'s state of emergency has now been in place for 30 weeks
Health officials opted Tuesday to renew a record-breaking state of emergency for the 16th time.

Liberals' platform pledges new economic plan, review of all taxes 
The B.C. Liberal party says it would implement a new economic response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic within 60 days if it wins the Oct. 24 provincial election. 

Winds create power outages for thousands in mid-Island

1013 – Hydro crews are on the job this afternoon to restore power after high winds left more than 10,000 people are without power in the mid-Island. BC Hydro lists outages starting near noon in Oceanside and mid-afternoon in Nanaimo.

Much of Vancouver Island was affected as high winds downed trees and power lines across the region. Wind gusts were expected to reach 100 km/h as a rapidly deepening low-pressure system swept through B.C. south coast. BC Hydro is reporting localized power outages affecting more than 46,000 customers Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – A number of ferries were held in dock this morning due to strong across Vancouver Island but sailed laterEnvironment Canada issued special weather statement over the weekend for the east coast of Vancouver Island from Victoria to Campbell River, as well as the west coast of the Island. 

SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN – No charges have been laid, but a 55-year-old man turned himself in to Kelowna RCMP in relation to a fatal pedestrian collision on the Island Highway near Parksville. The man is a resident of Woss. An investigation into the incident is continuing. Cst. Jeff Pelat of Central Island Traffic Services said tips from the public media coverage that police were able to locate the vehicle so quickly. 

MOSAIC FOREST MANAGEMENT is issuing permits for firewood cutting at designated locations. The program gives people access to affordable firewood for personal use and each year the proceeds are donated to community organizations. Jeff Zweig, Mosaic president and CEO, says supporting local communities is important to the company. MORE 

HEALTHY START – The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership is going ahead with its Healthy Start fairs this fall – only it will be online this year. The next fair is Monday, Oct. 19, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., via Zoom. Service providers will each speak for five minutes. Co-ordinator Amber Bruner says the fairs are for families to learn about resources and services during COVID, because so many of the organizations have changed their way of doing thingsYou must register via e-mail at nanaimoearlyyears@telus.net, with a $10 grocery gift card as incentive. Families with children up to age six in the greater Nanaimo area can participate. Visit www.nanaimoearlyyears.org for info. 

Renters promised $400 rebate, extension of rent freeze if NDP elected 
In his latest bid to woo undecided voters, NDP Leader John Horgan made a promise to renters.  

 
CRA program for COVID-19 benefits restored after technical difficulties 
The government's new financial support program for Canadians who have missed work due to the COVID-19 pandemic was temporarily sidelined by technical issues Monday, leaving many unable to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit. 

 

Coronavirus can remain infectious on bank notes, other surfaces for weeks
A new study has found that the novel coronavirus can remain infectious on some surfaces -- including bank notes -- for at least 28 days, provided the temperature is right.  

 

Massive fire destroys part of New Westminster plastic recycling facility
The flames broke out shortly after 7:00pm near Derwent Way and Salter Street.  

 

Exemption granted to let dying B.C. woman see sister one last time  
A terminally ill B.C. woman could soon be reunited with her sister from the Philippines after the family was granted a travel exemption on compassionate grounds.  

 

Online voting? Most people think it's worth considering, poll finds 
An unprecedented number of British Columbians are expected to vote by mail this election, and a new survey suggests there's plenty of appetite for an online voting option as well.  

 

North Shore mountains see first snowfall of the year 
The first dusting of snow fell over the mountains in North and West Vancouver over Thanksgiving weekend.  

Police seek vehicle suspected in fatal hit and run

Police trying to identify driver of this SUV.

1012 – Police have identified a vehicle in a suspected hit and run that killed a woman in her 20s on the Island Highway near Parsville early Saturday. Police believe she was hit by a truck.

The vehicle of interest is a 1991 brown Chevrolet Suburban, (license PD9 29F). It was last seen on the 5:15 p.m. ferry from Duke Point on Saturday.

RCMP ask anyone who may have information about this vehicle and the driver, or may have been a witness to the incident on Oct. 9, to call (RCMP),” said S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet. MORE

Two young people dead, one in critical condition after car plunges into Fraser River 
Emergency crews received a call at about 11:20 p.m. Saturday and responded in the area of Ballam and MacDonald roads. 

Breast cancer survivor hails arrival of 3D mammogram machine in Surrey 
A potentially life saving piece of equipment is now up and running in Surrey. It’s a machine that creates 3D scans for mammograms, allowing for better detection of cancer tumors, particularly in young women.

1,600 Thanksgiving meals-to-go served to vulnerable Vancouver residents 
The Union Gospel Mission is hosting its annual thanksgiving feast in an alternative format by providing residents in need with a meal-to-go. 

West Vancouver country club closed indefinitely due to COVID-19 exposures 
In a statement to its members Saturday, Hollyburn Country Club said it had been ordered by Vancouver Coastal Health's medical health officer to close immediately. 

Small plane makes emergency landing on grass at Victoria airport 
A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at Victoria International Airport Saturday afternoon, landing their small plane on its belly in a grassy area near the airport's runways.

Class-action lawsuit filed for Canadians impacted by Salmonella outbreak 
A class-action lawsuit is looking to compensate Canadians impacted by a large Salmonella outbreak that happened over the summer.  

Six fishermen rescued from rising water in Capilano River 
Firefighters in North Vancouver say they were called to perform a technical rescue on the Capilano River Saturday afternoon, less than two weeks after a sudden release of water from the Cleveland Dam swept away a father and son who were fishing there. 

Charity recovers stolen bike, but not the 200 meals for seniors 
A charity in Vancouver's West End is asking the public for help after its delivery bicycle was stolen Friday afternoon. 

NDP promises elementary school for Olympic Village during campaign stop 
The funding for the school, set to be built next to Hinge Park near the waterfront, will come from recent pandemic recovery funding, said NDP Vancouver-False Creek candidate Brenda Bailey. 

Langley nurse fights mental health and overdose stigma with ultra marathon 
Sheila Henry is raising money to help fight mental health and addiction stigma.  

Sunday, Oct. 12

GOOD MORNING – As the aroma of roasting turkey and cranberries fills the air, take time to catch up on the latest happenings in our world.

REMEMBRANCE CHANGES – As with so many events this year, Remembrance Day will also have a new lookThe Royal Canadian Legion discourage Canadians from attending Remembrance Day ceremonies honouring those who sacrificed their lives for Canada. Legion branches across the country are scrambling to plan stripped-down versions of the annual sombre ceremonies on Nov. 11 as many local governments restrict large-scale gatherings due to the rising number of new COVID-19 cases. MORE.

DEATH ON ISLAND HIGHWAY – Mounties and collision reconstruction experts are investigating a suspicious death on the Island highway near Parksville. A woman in her 20s was found dead on the median of Highway 19 near Parksville Saturday morning.Though they did not specify that the woman was struck by a vehicle, they described the incident as a collision and asked anyone with dash cam video from the scene to call Traffic Services at 250-954-2953. The highway was closed in both directions for hours Saturday as police investigated. MORE

Saturday, Oct 10

GOOD MORNING – The weather is damping in the arrival of Thanksgiving but make the best of it, three-day weekends don’t come that often. In case you’re wondering, the weatherman predicts rain at least until mid-week.  
 
DON’T MESS WITH BRITTNEY – It’s not what you would expect, but Brittney McLaren was tending her marijuana crop when a man reached through the fence with a machete and tried to hack off a piece of one of her plants. And the thief did not give up easily when she resisted and he struck the pregnant woman several times with the machete. Thankfully she was not injured. The thug fled and RCMP are now looking for him. FULL STORY 
 
CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS – British Columbia recorded 119 additional cases of coronavirus on Friday. Island Health had two new and 15 active casesin the health authority. The good news was there have been no additional deaths in the last 24 hours. Since the pandemic began, there have been 10,185 cases in B.C. and 245 deaths. There are 68 people in hospital, including 19 in intensive care. The rest of B.C.'s 1,406 active cases are recovering at home in self-isolation.

DIVERSION – A fire was apparently set in the Campbell River Walmart store, and while everyone’s attention was focused on evacuating the store, thousands of dollars' worth of electronics, including phones and iPads, were stolen. The good news is a 27-year-old man is in custody. Damage was reported in the millions of dollars. RCMP warn islanders to be wary of buying electronics online if a deal seems too good to be true, as items like phones and tablets can be disabled if they are reported stolen. 

THAT’S RECYLCING – Have you ever wondered what hotels do with all the used soaps left behind? Soap for Hope Canada partners with hotels across Vancouver Island to recycle soap and other hygiene products to be distributed to shelters, senior centres and food banks across B.C. and Alberta. Since 2015, the Victoria-based charity has been dedicated to expanding access to essential hygiene items, such as soap and shampoo, to urban and remote communities in need. Soap for Hope has established relationships with 75 hotels in B.C. and Alberta by repurposing the items collected for redistribution.MORE 

 

Oct 9

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Better take it easy on the gas pedal, an automated speed enforcement camera is active in north Nanaimo. The camera is already capturing violators at the intersection. So, beware, you have been warned. MORE

ASSAULT CHARGE – Nanaimo RCMP officer Const. Tim Mason has been charged with assaultThe B.C. Prosecution Service said it has approved a charge of assault causing bodily harm against Mason after an arrest and subsequent detention of an individual for public intoxication in December, 2018. Mason’s first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 8. MORE  

LET OTTAWA PAY – The city will apply for a $686,840 federal grant to replace two air handling units at Beban Park pool, one of which has already failed and the other is close to the end of its service life. Both units will be replaced with upgraded technology: a single heat-recovery, de-humidification system that can remove condensation and correct issues with the pool surface air quality at a cost of $945,400. The city’s share of the bill will be $258,560. To be eligible, projects must be for public use or benefit and reduce greenhouse gas emissionsMORE 

BRITISH COLUMBIA has passed the 10,000 mark in coronavirus cases. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 1,394 are considered active. Thursday’s number was 110 new cases, one of which was in Island Health. We’ve now had 223 with 13 considered active including five in the central Island region. 

NO EAR BUDS – The B.C. Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that earbuds in both ears while driving — even if they’re connected to a dead iPhone — constitutes distracted driving. Justice Heather Holmes said a provincial court judge did not make an error when ruling last year that earbuds plugged into a cellphone by their wire become part of the electronic device. MORE

Horgan commits to new cancer centre for Nanaimo

1007 – Nanaimo will be one of two new cancer centres unveiled this morning by Premier John Horgan. 

Horgan says a re-elected BC NDP government will work with BC Cancer and health authorities to launch a 10-year cancer action plan. His plan will add new cancer centres in Nanaimo and Kamloops, bringing care closer to home for people in the Interior and on Vancouver Island. FULL STORY