THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH – Don't go trudging through the snow to get your mail today. Our crappy weather has forced Canada Post to suspend
delivery in the mid Island area. The suspension is for today in Nanaimo, Ladysmith, and Gabriola Island. Today’s alert is posted on their delivery service alerts webpage.
THERE’S MORE where that came from. Environment Canada
has issued another heavy snow and cold weather warning for Vancouver Island this evening. Snow is expected to last overnight into Thursday morning – between 5 cm to 10 cm (2-4 inches).
CITY PUBLIC WORKS crews toiled around the clock to clear the street of the one and a half to two feet of snow that had fallen until yesterday. If you haven’t seen a plow on your street, be patient, they
are on their way.
Garbage pickup trucks were scheduled to begin their regular routes today according your pickup calendar. There will be some corrections due to
the heavy snow on the sides of some streets. Check out the latest here https://bit.ly/33YDJ09.
ORDER OF CANADA – Congratulations to former Vancouver Island University president Ralph Nilson on being appointed to the Order of Canada. Ralph was the president of VIU for three
terms, and retired in 2019. The Order of Canada recognizes achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. READ MORE
THE TEACHERS' UNION wants the province to delay next week's start of public schools across B.C. as the Omicron variant mounts. Several social media messages posted by
the BCTF and retweeted by union president Teri Mooring say provincial and district officials “need to do much more” if they intend to keep schools open in January.
IT WARMS THE HEART. Shelters providing a warming space are a life saver during the cold weather, and Nanaimo social agencies kicked into high gear with shelter for many homeless people over the past few days. The SEIA shelter,
which was shut down over potential theft earlier this month, reopened with help from the Canadian Mental Health Society Mid-Island Branch.
Risebridge opened a warming centre on Terminal Avenue and the 7-10 Club has opened a third option during the extreme cold when daytime highs are below zero degrees.
PLAYING WITH NUMBERS – Health officials reported 1,785 new “cases” of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 283 in Island Health. What does that really mean? Does that refer to positive tests or people
who actually were sick? The term asymptomatic suggests many of the cases reported are really not sick. But could they be spreaders even though they do not have symptoms or appear to be sick? The new Omicron variant is considered a milder form of the virus. There
are many questions about the accuracy of the tests, that they create false positives or negatives. You have to take the daily figures with a grain of salt, accepting that they provide a picture of the trends the virus is going.
RIGHT TIME AND PLACE – An off-duty Nanaimo RCMP member driving by spotted a residential garage on fire on East Wellington Road. He immediately called the fire department and
then alerted the couple in the home who were not aware their garage was on fire. The property owner was alerted by his dog shortly before the officer arrived at his home. Crews battled the blaze and contained it from spreading beyond the garage to the rest
of the house. MORE.
TO GO 4X4. You’ve really got to hand it to the Vancouver Island Toyota 4x4 group for providing transportation to Island Health medical staff and officials who need to get to hospitals and appointments during this crappy weather.
Four-by-four owners love nothing more than driving in the snow so this is a natural and why they're excited to be part of the group assisting health-care workers up and down
the island to get around during the snowy weather.
IT’S DANGEROUS OUT THERE. A multi-vehicle crash shut down Highway 4 in both directions
just outside of Port Alberni on Tuesday. DriveBC tells us the crash occurred on the highway between John Street and Old Nanaimo Highway around noon. A helicopter and an ambulance attended the crash site and one woman was taken to hospital.
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? About half the residents of the single-room occupancy hotel in Vancouver faced a fourth consecutive night without heat Tuesday. The outside temperature
and wind chill values were expected to drop to –20 C.
The heat went out on Christmas Day, leaving many tenants suffering in the bitter cold. By Tuesday, heat was
coming back for about 40 of the 80 units in the 110-year-old building. Why are Vancouver city officials not applying some real heat to the Regal Hotel’s is owners, the Sahota family, notorious for operating decrepit SROs in Vancouver? FULL STORY
JUST A MINUTE I sent an email information request
to all members of city council on Tuesday to determine the status of snow plowing and garbage pickup during the present weather. One third of them replied and six didn't. Who were they? MORE