MAYOR DUMPED FROM RDN BOARD - Lantzville council voted 3-2 to replace Mayor Mark Swain as the representative on the Regional District of Nanaimo board. Council vote chose Coun. Will Geselbracht to replace Swain. Needless to say, he was just a little more than peed
off, saying, “You have a mayor who is willing, able and capable of seeing this through … but you’re cutting me off at the knees.”
WALKWAY PROJECT POPULAR – It may cost $25 to $30 million, but residents like the idea of a walkway linking the ferry terminal
to the beach in Departure Bay. Residents supported the concept in the survey in June. It was the latest step in linking the ferry terminal to the beach around the Departure Bay coastline. Community op director Bill Corsanthe project garnered strong support.
“They’ve seen the videos, they’ve seen the images, they’ve seen the cost…just under 80 per cent of the public still supports it…so it’s certainly a project that is of interest to the citizen of Nanaimo and might
be worth future consideration.”
ABOUT HIPOCRITES – Chop down trees while protesting logging - the Rainforest Flying Squad has been chopping down trees while protesting other logging. Pacheedaht First Nation has condemned what they are calling “the disrespectful
and anti-social actions of anti-forestry protesters”. The protest group cut down 18 trees with chainsaws and laid the trunks across a road in the Fairy Creek watershed area. The group says the trees were cut to delay RCMP from enforcing a court-ordered
injunction against blockades preventing old-growth logging on southern Vancouver Island.
CITY BUYS JEAN BURNS SITE – A major downtown eyesore may soon undergo major changes – the city has bought the Jean
Burns building site. Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog announced the purchased at Monday’s council meeting. The city has also bought the In Print and Black and Blue Tattoo propertie. Krog expressed hopel that the owner of the old A&B Sound building across
the street will recognize “it’s a great time to make some changes in our downtown,” Krog added. . . .more
IT’S GOING TO BE HOT – Vancouver Island
residents are in for more firecracker heat this week. Environment Canada issued a series of special weather statements on Monday, noting that a high-pressure ridge will bring high temperatures as the week goes on. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, are anticipated
to be the hottest, in the high 20s near the water and in the low 30s inland. Inland areas of Vancouver Island are expected to be some of B.C.’s hot spots this coming week. Environment Canada reminds residents to watch for effects of heat illness and
recommends that people drink plenty of water, even when they’re not thirsty, and try to stay in cool places where possible.
NO BODY FOUND - Nanaimo RCMP were unable to find a body after a paddle boarder reported seeing one in Westwood Lake on Sunday. The woman told officers, she was paddle boarding near the south end of the lake when she first
saw the body. She immediately paddled to the life guard station and called 911. Police, Fire and BC Paramedics responded. Police and Fire, using fire crew’s quick response vessel, searched the area where the body was seen with negative results. The RCMP
Under Water Recovery Team also attended and were also unable to locate a body. Officers remained in the area throughout the day to check on any vehicles that were left unattended after the park closed but none were found.
FOUR HURT IN CRASH - Four people were taken to hospital after a two-vehicle
crash near Nanaimo’s Terminal Park Mall monday afternoon. Emergency crews attended at Terminal Avenue, Princess Royal Avenue and St. George Street at about noon after a sports-utility and a hatchback collided. Firefighters had to cut a passenger-side
door off the hatchback to extricate one of the occupants from the vehicle.
COVID UPDATE - Island Health reported 18 cases of COVID-19
in the region over the weekend. They were among 267 cases across the province over the past 72 hours. There are
695 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 32 active cases in Island Health. The 32 active cases were located with 24 in the South Island, six in the Central Island and two in the North Island. Since the pandemic began, 41 people have died of
COVID-19 in the Island Health region. As of Monday, 80.6 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 in B.C., while 61.3 per cent of eligible people have received both doses.
EXPLAIN ME THIS – We’re supposedly in the grip of global warming which is supposed to lead to rising sea levels and flooding. That’s the mystery, we’re also being warned of
extreme drought which is drying up the waters in our streams and rivers. Which is it?