Hey, it turns out we're pretty nice folks out here in our Island Paradise. Nanaimo customers are not el cheapo when it comes to appreciating
good service. Food delivery service Uber Eats says we are Canada’s most generous and polite. Orders submitted through their service in 2021, show we rate numero uno in two key categories. We came out as the top tippers and we’re the most polite
city, judged by the number of times ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ was included in the online ordering instructions. Victoria and Kelowna rounded out the top three in the tip department. And we’re not a picky bunch either, we didn not
make the top 10 of ‘most picky city’ highlighting orders with the most special instructions.
Untreated waste water is flowing into the ocean in
Nanaimo due to the recent heavy rainfall combined with ongoing pipe construction work.The Regional District said work to upgrade sewage pipe in the Departure Bay area has led to reduced pumping capacity due to the work that is underway, and during heavy rain,
a temporary overflow of untreated wastewater may occur when system capacity is exceeded.
The sound of music
is in the air again. The Nanaimo Concert Band has been silent since they were shut down during rehearsals for it 2020 spring concert. It’s great to hear them rehearsing for their 2021 fall concert which hits the stage on Sunday (Nov. 7). It’s
at the Port Theatre, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $16, available
from the Port Theatre. Tickets for the band’s cancelled spring 2020 concert will also be accepted. MORE
COVID-19 cases at two health care facilities in the city are growing. Island Health confirmed one additional case was added at the Transitional
Care Unit at NRGH. It’s the fifth infection at the hospital, all of whom are patients. The unit continues to be isolated from the rest of the hospital, with admissions suspended and transfers in and out closely monitored. A new case has also been found
at Chartwell Malaspina care home. Three cases in the Hummingbird unit forced Island Health to declare an outbreak on Sunday. One new case
in a resident was detected through follow-up testing on Thursday.
The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive kicks off in about a week. The goal is to make certain every family
in Nanaimo has the gifts needed to create Christmas joy for their children. The toy drive focuses on gathering toys for children and youth from newborns to age 16. Individuals, organizations and businesses can donate unwrapped toys, books, gifts for teens
and gift cards. There are sites around Nanaimo where you can drop off toys and gifts from Nov. 12 until Dec. 14. Toy drive director Carolyn Iles has a suggestion for people who don’t know what kids want – ask children. Gift certificates or
gift cards are a good choice for teenagers. Drop-off sites are already set up are at Country Club Centre, Nanaimo North Town Centre, Woodgrove Centre, Save-On-Foods locations in Nanaimo, Coastal Community Credit Union branches, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire stations,
Lowe’s and Nanaimo Museum. MORE
has become a hotspot for new COVID-19 cases, nearly doubling from the week before. Wednesday’s data from Centre for Disease Control shows 165 new cases in Nanaimo in the week of Oct. 24-30, the first time the number has exceeded 100, up
from 85 new cases the previous week.The Island Health region reported 47 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, part of the 430 new cases and six deaths province wide, including one death in Island Health. MORE
The city’s budget deliberations quickly hit a pot hole when council began talking dollars and cents. John Elliot, director of public works,
said roads are falling apart quicker than crews can repair them. He said the city is not spending enough on roads. “We are doing preventive maintenance which is at a lower cost and getting more longevity out of the roads, but this is something we’re
going to have to look at in the future,” Elliot said. MORE
BC Ferries fares going up on Dec. 1, but they are calling it something else. The news release stated a half a per cent “fuel rebate” will be removed. In
plain English, they will no longer give us the “rebate” they’ve supposedly given us on fares. We’ll no longer get a discount of 10 cents for an adult passenger and 30 cents for a vehicle on the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island
routes, and approximately five cents for an adult and 10 cents for a vehicle on inter-island routes. No matter how you mangle English, fares are going up by that amount.
Island University has adopted a five-year strategic plan, People, Place, Potential, to guide its activities. The university consulted students, alumni, employees and the community in 2020 to gauge views on the University’s
strengths and their vision for its future. That process has led to the Strategic Plan for 2021-26, which will help VIU build a more powerful experience for students. MORE
PARTING THOUGHT – Respect is not an entitlement, that is something we have to earn.
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