SAILING DELAYED DUE TO MISSING PERSON REPORT
The Queen of Oak Bay sailing from Departure Bay was held in dock this morning after a report of a possible person overboard. Crewmembers discovered a vehicle with personal effects and the vehicle's
keys still inside, leading them to believe someone had entered the water. Police and the coast guard searched the water around the Departure Bay terminal until they were notified by police on the mainland that the missing passenger was found ashore at Horseshoe Bay safe. The ship was scheduled to depart for Horseshoe Bay at 8:25 a.m., but was delayed by 104 minutes.
U.S. BORDER TO OPEN FOR CANADIANS IN EARLY NOVEMBER
Fully-vaccinated Canadian vacationers and day-trippers will be allowed to drive into the United States beginning in early November, the first glimmer of hope in nearly 20
months for the families and businesses that depend on two-way traffic across the Canada-U.S. border. New York congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the news. “At long last, there is action by the United States to open the doors and welcome back our Canadian
neighbours,” he said.
CABINET MINISTERS ON THE MENU FOR ONLINE
You can lunch with two cabinet ministers at Friday’s Chamber of Commerce online Zoom
luncheon meeting. Our MLA, Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson will discuss the opioid and toxic drug crisis, growing concerns over social disorder, and rising mental health issues. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon will provide an update on policies and programs to aid business that we might see from the current sitting of the legislature. It’s free to join in, just bring your own brown bag. This
free event is presented by the Nanaimo Chamber for members and friends of all Vancouver Island Chambers. Register
TRANSIT SERVICE GETTING CLOSER
We know how much, but not when and where about a transit service between Nanaimo and Duncan. A one-way $7.50 fare will get riders from Nanaimo to a Duncan transit hub. Work continues to define the exact route
and number of stops. RDN Tyler Brown said they’ve heard this is a connection people want. “We’ll give it a try here and see how it goes. But in order to make it a success we have to build upon it, make sure the individual systems are functioning
really well and provide a viable service to get people to where they want to go.”
RESISTANCE SUSPECTED IN VANDALISM
The push back against provincial vaccine mandates has been strong at some Nanaimo restaurants. Windows were smashed in three restaurants
last week. Melange Restaurant, the next door Modern Café and The Nest Bistro, a few blocks away, were all vandalized. Gaetan Brousseau who owns the Melange, believes they were targeted because they respect the regulation asking for people for vaccination
cards. Nick Braun, of The Nest, says the push back against vaccine mandates has been strong by a vocal minority. Nanaimo RCMP is now examining surveillance video and are looking for witnesses to the vandalism on Commercial Street and Skinner Streets late
Thursday night into Friday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the detachment at 250-754-2345.
AQUACULTURE COMPANY HITS THE BIG TIME
A Nanaimo company has quietly climbed on the world stage after joining forces with Blue Star Foods Corp of Miami Fla. in June. Taste
of B.C. Aquafarms now plans to ramp up its operations to land-based farms that can each produce 1,500 tonnes of steelhead a year. Steve Atkinson, managing director of Taste of B.C. Aquafarms, says it is the only such company in the world that has met
its pilot facility target. The research and development facility on Jameson Road raises and sells steelhead under the Little Cedar Falls brand and meets or slightly exceeds its production target of 100 tonnes of market-quality two-kilogram fish every 12 months.
Chris Bush has an excellent report on this local company in the News
MAN INJURED, TWO ARRESTED IN SOUTHEND SHOOTING
A man and a woman were arrested and then released after a man was shot in a targeted incident in the south end on Sunday. The targeted residence is known to be used by those involved in the drug culture. Police searched
the home but found it empty. A man went to Nanaimo hospital with injuries thought to have been caused by a gunshot. His injuries were non-life threatening and he was treated and later released. Police later arrested a man and a woman driving southbound along
Nicol Street. Both are known to police. If you have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file #2021-38031.
WORKER INJURED IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
A construction worker was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance Service Tuesday after he became trapped by a water main off Hammond Bay Road. He sustained lower body injuries in the incident. Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief Stu Kenning said worker
had fallen in a wide hole and was wedged under a pipe. Kenning suspected the man had broken both legs. A stretcher and manpower got him out of the hole, approximately 15 feet wide by seven feet deep.
MASKS MANDATED FOR FIVE-YEAR-OLDS AND UP
Children five years and older now have to wear masks in public spaces. The province is also preparing to vaccinate about 340,000 children up to age 11, pending Health Canada approval as early as next month, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday. Priority will be given to the northern region, where COVID-19 transmission rates are highest due to lower vaccine uptake.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the north is causing serious illness, including among younger residents, as hospitals are pushed to the limit.
PATIENT TRANSFERS IMPACT SURGERIES HERE
Health Minister Adrian Dix said 55 critically-ill people have been transferred from the the north to intensive care units elsewhere
in the province and that 43 of them were infected with COVID-19, all but one of them was not fully vaccinated. Those transfers have an impact on surgeries across the province, he added, including on Vancouver Island. From Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 241 non-urgent
surgeries were postponed, 157 were in Island Health.
ISLAND ADDS 292 POSITIVE COVID TESTS OVER WEEKEND
Health officials on Tuesday reported 292 positive COVID-19 tests in the Vancouver Island region over the long weekend. Across the province, 2,090 new positive tests were recorded over the past four days. There are 622 active cases in the Island Health region. Twenty-eight COVID-related deaths were reported across the province over the long weekend – five in
Island Health. As of Tuesday, 88.8 per cent of people aged 12 and older had received one dose of vaccine in B.C., while 82.6 per cent of eligible people have received two doses.
COVID OUTBREAK AT TOFINO HOSPITAL
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital after evidence of transmission on the inpatient
unit. Four patients have tested positive. The outbreak is limited to the inpatient unit. The emergency department and the rest of the hospital remains open. There has been no impact to other areas of the hospital at this time.