SHOTS FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS – It seems to have taken forever, so it’s good news that Vancouver Island frontline workers can start registering
today to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, to begin getting them next week. Island Health says that will include teachers and other in-school staff, firefighters, police and RCMP and daycare staff. Workers must register through the Get Vaccinated online portal. Island Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick said there is an abundance of vaccines coming into Canada in the next week and he hopes to have all front line workers vaccinated by mid-May.
DRIVER COULD NOT STAND UP – A driver was charged with impaired driving after sideswiping an RCMP patrol car on the side of the road near Bowen Road and Dufferin Crescent
on Wednesday. “When the driver of the SUV was apprehended he leaned against his vehicle to avoid falling over,” said Const. Gary O’Brien. “He was arrested for impaired driving and taken to the detachment where he provided breath samples
of .320, .350 and .350, all of which are over four times the legal limit.” The 44-year-old man was taken to hospital to be treated for possible alcohol poisoning. Upon his release he was handed a 90-day roadside suspension and his vehicle was impounded
for 30 days.
NO ROAD BLOCKS -
Police won’t wait along Vancouver Island highways to nab people for travelling out of their area. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Friday that the road blocks implemented until May 25 won’t be established near Island ferry terminals
as originally planned. He said questions about essential travel are already asked at the ferry terminals, which seem to be effective. “This past weekend ferry traffic was down on average 30 per cent. Foot passenger traffic was down 40 per cent,
that speaks volumes, I think,” Farnworth said.
CLEANING UP OUR SHORELINES - The province will spend $9.5 million to clean up marine
debris along our coast, including more than 100 derelict vessels. Abandoned boats were an issue I worked on while on City Council and then later the Nanaimo Port Authority. At the same time, Sheila Malcolmson, then our member of Parliament, pushed the cause
in Ottawa. Environment Minister George Heyman says four projects will share the funding to clean up 1,200 km. of coastline. The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce also had a hand in provincial policy on abandoned vessels in 2018. Since then, the federal government
has joined the province in cleaning up our coast.
NETHERLANDS REMEMBER - Canada’s role in the liberation of the Netherlands has been
heralded as one of Canada’s greatest contributions in WWII. Now 75 years later, a dedicated Dutch nation remains committed to the Remembrance and appreciation. Nanaimo’s Nick Janicki of the Canadian Scottish Regiment will be featured in a
documentary next Wednesday on AMI-tv at 5 p.m. The documentary recounts service and sacrifice allowing aging heroes to recall specific impactful moments while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII. With an ever-diminishing number of WWII veterans,
taking the time to hear their brief stories and honour their legacy and sacrifice is essential to all Canadians. Link to AMI-TV on your computer or go to Shaw channel 888.
TRUCK FLIPS - A recycling truck rollover on Boxwood Road Friday
afternoon sent the driver to hospital. Emergency crews said the driver kicked out the windshield to get out of the vehicle and suffered unknown injuries. The truck was transporting yard waste, some of which spilled on the side of the road.
DRUG DEATHS STILL RISING –
Illicit drug use and deaths continue to rise in Nanaimo. BC Coroners Service data shows so far this year, nine people died due to fatal overdoses in Nanaimo by the end of March. At that rate, 2021 could be just as fatal as last year when 38 people died in
Nanaimo. There were 19 deaths by the end of March within central Vancouver Island while the south saw 40. Across the province, a record 498 people died of overdoses during the first three months of the year.
COVID FLIGHTS A RECORD – If anyone cares, there
were more flights with COVID-19 on board passing through B.C. airports in April than any other month, a CTV News analysis
of B.C. Centre for Disease Control data shows. The BCCDC keeps an archive of such exposures back to March 2020. In
that time, there have been more than 1,400 flights added to the list. The vast majority, 1,072 of them, have been domestic.
WATER RESTRICTIONS - The City's watering restriction restrictions go into effect today, restricting the use of outside watering to a maximum of two hours per day between 7-10 a.m. and 7-10 p.m.