MISSING PERSON LOCATED - Nanaimo RCMP report that 20-year-old Simon Baker who has been
missing since April 21 has been located safe and sound.
JINGLED A MERRY TUNE – The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign battled Covid but still surpassed the target and raised $287,000. A new innovation this year, the tap machines brought in $18,000. Envoy Dawne Anderson thanks all
those who volunteered. Some people have asked if there are other areas for volunteers, and the answer is yes – Thrift Stores are always looking for volunteers to help in different areas (testing small appliances, sorting clothes, books and brick a brack)
and the Salvation Army is lunching a weekly outreach to our community to help feed those who don’t come downtown to the New Hope Centre. You can reach Dawne at 250-740-1004 or 250-716-6595. Full story.
THE NERVE OF SOME PEOPLE -
Volunteers cleared 25 tonnes of other people’s messes from forests south of Nanaimo on the weekend. They tackled illegal dumping sites, including Spruston Road in Cassidy. Dave Judson, of the Ladysmith Sportsmen Club, organizes annual cleanups of forest
lands in the area. Dave Judson, organizes annual cleanups of forest lands in the area. He says illegal dumping could occur for several reasons, but he suspects that it has a lot to do with hours of operation at waste facilities, cost of disposal and plain
laziness. “I have picked up five tonnes up past Peerless Road dump,” he said. “What happens is people go there with a full truckload and the dump is closed.
MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES - Two Nanaimo men arrested in 2019 are now facing multiple charges of drug
importation and trafficking. Gerhard “Gary” Laufer and Gerry David Allen Grieve were arrested in November 2019 connection with alleged drug importation following a lengthy, complex investigation. Police say the investigation resulted in the seizure
of the vehicles and 10 kilograms of cocaine from an electronically-controlled compartment.
BCJHL PLAYOFFS – British Columbia Junior Hockey League teams will complete their season without playoffs. Due to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, the league determined it was not feasible to conduct a postseason,” the league
announced Tuesday. The top teams and players as the first place team from each of the five pods will be declared champions. Individual awards will be given to the MVP, top defenceman, top goalie, top rookie and top scorer in each pod.
OVERDOSE ADVISORY EXTENDED - Island Health has extended an overdose advisory first put in place on April 20. It was extended on Tuesday after a spike in overdoses in the Nanaimo, Victoria, Campbell River and Comox
Valley areas. It warns of an increase of overdoses from opioids and stimulants with a risk from injections and inhalants.
COVID FLIGHTS - The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added two more Vancouver Island flights to its exposure
list. An Air Canada/Jazz flight 8261 from Vancouver to Nanaimo on April 21 was added to the list. BCCDC says passengers who were on a flight that has been added to the province’s COVID-19 exposure list should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days
and those who were sitting in rows identified are considered to be at a higher risk of exposure due to their proximity.
CAR SALES BOOST HAVEN - It always brightens the day when we can report on the good guys in our community. Steve Marshall Ford earmarked $100 from every vehicle sold in December and January. That added up to thousands of dollars
for Haven Society. The campaign raised $12,600 for Haven which promotes the safety of women, children, youths, and families. Way to go, gang.
REPORT COMING - It’s no secret, the world has changed. The question is “what does this mean and what will this mean in the Island region?” The 2021 ‘State
of the Island’ Economic Report is in development for release at the 15th annual Economic Summit Oct 26-28. Produced by VIEA since 2015, this will be the seventh edition enabling decision-makers
to chart trends in our local economy. If you haven’t seen or used the Economic Report, you should check out its reader-friendly, info-graphic design that puts top level information at your fingertips while giving access to ‘the data behind the
data’. And all six editions starting in 2015 are available. MORE
TIME TO DREAM – The city has long wanted to extend the waterfront walkway, but it costs money, a whole lot of money. The dream has evolved into a beach walkway that would function as a park instead of just an elevated walkway. Plans
have been around for years – an implementation plan was approved by city council in 2017. Two years ago, the price tag for the project was pegged at around $10
million, but staff are anticipating it would balloon to $20 million or more. A referendum could be in the offing. MORE
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