HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our faithful followers in the deserts of California and Arizona, and Mexico, the winter snowbirds. Nanaimonet is the news
source they rely on to know what’s happening on the home front. Keep your comments coming, we appreciate them.
THE WORST IS OVER Some
rain mixed with snow is expected to begin this evening. It’s expected to turn to snow overnight and throughout much of New Years Day, before yielding to rain for Sunday, Jan. 2. Temperatures may drop back down to freezing in the first full week of January. FULL STORY
NOTHING LIKE FIREWORKS to light up a new year – that’s exactly what the Nanaimo NightOwls are doing New Year’s Day. The baseball team, partnership with Kw’umut Lelum Foundation and other sponsors, will kick off the new
year with a blast at 6 p.m. at the Serauxmen Sports Fields between Second and Third streets. Parking will be restricted and the team is asking the public to park elsewhere in the area. The NightOwls are holding a ‘Stuff the RV’ food drive at the
ball fields during the day, before the fireworks. Food donations for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank will be encouraged from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
NOT BUYING IN – Nurses aren’t buying into the idea of some COVID-19-positive health-care workers being asked to continue working. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry floated the idea Wednesday at her news conference. It’s
not known what capacity workers would be used in and whether it would involve interaction with patients. Quebec will be asking
certain workers to stay on the job despite testing positive for COVID-19 or coming in contact with someone who is sick. The move is also being considered in Manitoba as critical staffing shortages impact health systems across the country.
A PAIN IN THE GAS –
Fuel prices are skyrocketing again by as much as 12 cents a litre in Victoria on Thursday. Pump prices were hitting $1.629. That translates into $7.40 per Imperial gallon, for those who remember. In Nanaimo the prevailing price was $1.479 per litre at supper
time. Dan McTeague of Gas Buddy said the hike comes from delays at two refineries due to freezing conditions. Dan sees prices dropping in about two weeks.
ALWAYS NICE TO BE WANTED, so the Nanaimo RCMP have nice warm cells awaiting two miscreants on the lam. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of 45-year-old Courtenay Cross. And they seek help in locating 41-year-old Robert Silva,
who is wanted for Possessing Stolen Property under $5,000 and Driving While Prohibited. Check out the details and photos of the pair HERE.
THE CITY HAS FUNDED the temporary daytime extreme cold weather space at Caledonia Park. The Nanaimo 7-10 Club is operating the day-use shelter since Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on days when
weather is severe enough to present a threat to the life or health. There’s room for up to 12 people. The City also funded Caledonia extreme-weather space. Two other daytime warming centres are at 489 Wallace Street and 43 Commercial Street; operated
by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Risebridge Midisland Culture Connection Society, neither of which are funded by the City. MORE
UNIVERSITY STARTUP DELAYED – University students are getting an extended Christmas break – Vancouver Island University has postponed the start of the winter-spring
semester until Jan. 10. That follows the lead of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who delayed K-12 school start across the province. The delayed start may not be possible for students enrolled in compressed courses and programs, and they will be
contacted. Campus will re-open as planned on Jan. 4. The full statement is available HERE
MOVING ON UP – Jan Ference is starting the new year with a big new job as executive director of Haven Society. She’ll finish as director of Pathways to Healing Partnership in February to move on to
her new adventure. Good luck, Jan.
WELCOME TO 2022, the fourth anniversary of Nanaimonet. This is also when we look through the windshield
of the new year with a glance in the rear view mirror to the unforgetable year just passed. COLUMN
A MINUTE – Check it out here.