SO YOU KNOW – Tomorrow is April Fool’s day, but we’ve got an early one for you and it’s no joke. On April 1, Members of Parliament get an automatic raise of around 1.8 per cent based on similar average raises negotiated
with major corporate unions. MPs now get a base salary of $182,000 annually, while cabinet ministers take in $269,800. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will get an estimated raise of $6,400 added to his current salary of $365,200, plus whatever falls off the
back of the turnip truck.
SHOTS AT PHARMACIES - British Columbians 55 to 65 years old can book appointments to get their Coronavirus vaccine at pharmacies, starting today. Drop-in service may be an option at more than 150 participating pharmacies and people must bring
their personal health number with them.
GETTING ASTRA-ZENECA - British Columbia is bumping up its age-based vaccination plan by offering Oxford-AstraZeneca shots to Lower Mainland residents between 55 and 65 after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a pause
on use of the vaccine for anyone under 55 amid concerns about rare blood clots. Dr. Henry says the vaccine is highly effective and the benefits to those over age 55 far outweigh the very real risks of getting COVID-19. The news comes amid a COVID-19 surge,
with 840 new daily cases Tuesday but no new deaths.
NO NOTICE OF SHUTDOWNS – We’ve
seen a number of posts from restaurants that have been forced to shut down due to the renewed pandemic restrictions. It’s not so much the shutdown but the lack of sufficient notice so they could use up food already in stock. They have a good point, what
do you think? email@example.com
OUTBREAK LIKE MODERATE COLD - An COIVD outbreak at Longlake Chateau was blunted by vaccine, says Dr. Richard Stanwick, chief medical health officer for Island Health. The most severe symptoms noted at the independent living facility are similar
to a moderate cold and totally tolerable. He recalled that before seniors in long-term care facilities were immunized, the virus fatality rate was 20 per cent in those populations. “So compare a mild cold to probably one or two of those people dying,
had they not had the vaccine. That speaks to how effective that single dose is,” Dr. Stanwick said.
TRACING NETS FOUR FOR EVERY CASE - Contact tracing has led to more than four people sent into self-isolation when they’ve been in contact with someone who has the virus. Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick said that’s
a significant increase likely due to the more contagious variants and more social interaction. It’s becoming more common for low-risk contacts to test positive at their day-seven asymptomatic test, indicating that the variants of concern really are more
contagious than the dominant strain.
DRIVER BEAR SPRAYED - A man was arrested after a taxi driver was assaulted with bear spray. RCMP said the incident happened early Tuesday after a passenger left a cab without paying and was followed by the taxi driver. Const. Gary O’Brien
said the passenger was picked up at Fifth Street at about 4 a.m. and driven to Bowen Road. The suspect started to walk away and the taxi driver followed on foot. The taxi driver was threatened and at one point he was hit in the face with bear spray, O’Brien
said, adding that the suspect fled. The 33-year-old suspect was later arrested and has been released to appear at future date.
SEEKS $2.5 MILLION FROM FUND - City council has approved going after $2.5 million through the Strengthening Communities’ Services program, which is offered by the federal government and administrated by the Union of BC Municipalities. City staff drafted 11 projects which would equal roughly $2.5 million. It includes two temporary housing structures, an outreach team, additional funding for Nanaimo’s rent bank and further security
throughout the downtown and Old City Quarter. Dale Lindsay, general manager of development services, said the City envisions two temporary modular units housing up to 10 people that could cost $475,000 for the structures
LANTZVILLE LEGION CLOSED - Branch 257 Royal Canadian Legion is closed until April 20, to comply with the
orders from BC Health. President Frank Mezzatesta announced the office will also be closed as well, but phones will be monitored daily or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know a member
who doesn't have an e-mail please pass on important information.
REAL ESTATE LISTING - Imagine your house being put on the market without your knowledge. Oak Bay Police are investigating the unusual incident where a house was listed for sale without the owner’s knowledge. Police found that an unknown
person claiming to be the owner had contacted a property management company and convinced the company that he had changed his e-mail address and provided a new phone number while signing the contact e-mail with the name of the true property owner. It gets
complicated. See the whole story.
CASH INFUSION FOR AIRPORT - Nanaimo Airport has been thrown a $720,000 lifeline from the B.C. government. Passenger
numbers have dropped significantly during the pandemic. Airport president and CEO Dave Devana said the money will ensure business continues at YCD. Losses have been mounting for a year and the money will provide some relief, enabling people to remain employed,
COUNCIL CHICKEN OUT? - Qualicum Beach council has voted to end a pilot project allowing residents to have up to six chickens in their backyard. They voted unanimously against continuing the program, saying that the chickens attract rats and
raccoons. However, that’s not sitting well with Mayor Brain Wiese who said he will bring it back for reconsideration at a future council meeting.
NEVER TOO EARLY – Norm Smith is not letting any grass grow under his feet,
he has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2022 municipal election for a city council seat. He made the announcement on social media saying he had come close last time and looks to build on that in the next year and a half. He had 5,824 votes in the 2018
election, finishing tenth. Smith retired from the RCMP just before the last election.