UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR –
One health care worker was assaulted at an anti-vaccine-passport protest in Nanaimo on Wednesday. Other workers were verbally abused. Large crowds gathered outside the legislature and Nanaimo General hospital with their signs and bullhorns, cars circling
the block, honking in support. There’s no excuse for this type of behaviour. Island Health President and CEO Kathy MacNeil said the protests “are not acceptable to me nor to the people and communities they serve. Our health-care teams deserve
respect and support, no matter what personal beliefs we hold,” she said in a prepared statement. She added health-care teams deserve respect and support, no matter what personal beliefs we hold.
I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN . . . Nanaimo, the
Regional District, Islands Trust and 40 other local governments around the province are getting help from the province to streamline housing approvals. The province announced $15 million to help solve the slow pace of the building permit process. Nanaimo will
get $500,000 to create an online application portal and dashboard for reviewing existing processes and associated bylaws, and develop standard templates and guidelines. The city is also establishing a joint city-industry building permit advisory working group
to try to make improvements to the approvals process.
THEM OUT – The city has put fencing around a downtown park because of the behaviour of some who frequent the area. Parks manager Richard Harding said crews put fencing around Pioneer Square Park in front of the old Firehall following
extensive damage to the park. The sprinkler heads were broken and irrigation lines pulled up. He said other mounting social disorder challenges also factored into the decision to shut the park down. A homeless encampment led to fencing around the Italian Square
on Termnial Avenue earlier this year. Harding said it became too difficult for the City to properly maintain the space.
FERRY TRAVEL HINTS – The Labour Day weekend provides the last kick at summer for those travelling to and from Vancouver Island. It can be challenging for families wanting to squeeze in one more summer trip before the kids go back to
school. BC Ferries has some travel tips for Ferry travellers from Thursday to next week Tuesday. For full schedule information, current conditions, reservations and promotional offers, please visit bcferries.com. For the most up-to-date travel information,
follow @BCFerries on Twitter.
THIS CAN’T BE REAL – Media reports claim that when vaccine passports come into being, customers will
have to provide proof of vaccination, but employees of those businesses will not have to be vaccinated?
UPDATE – British Columbia health officials reported 69 new positive COVID tests and one death in Island Health in the previous 24 hours. There were 785 cases province-wide for the first update in September. Of the other new cases, 110
were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 246 in Fraser Health, 266 in Interior Health, and 94 in Northern Health. There are 5,873 active cases in the province with 199 people in hospital, 112 in intensive care. Island Health reports 429 active cases — 64 in
North Island, 162 in Central Island and 203 in South Island. There are 15 people in hospital, 12 in critical care.
THE PHANTOM VOTER –
I don’t know who will win the federal election, but I do know who will lose – us, we, the ones who foot the bill. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is promising to balance the budget in 10 years. Budgets are for one year, but regardless, he’s
admitting that a government led by him would keep digging us deeper into debt for another decade.
The prime minister has already dug us in so deep he won’t
even talk about balancing the budget at any time. I suppose he’s being honest in a way since he’s not committing to doing anything about it. However, his grandiose promises to date will certainly leave us in the glue.
Then there’s Mr. Singh. Budget, schmudget, his promises keep piling up and he tries to bribe Canadians with their own money. Free this, free that and free everything else.