GOOD MORNING – Another weekend and more ferry disruptions. A pair of sailings between Nanaimo and the Lower Mainland were briefly cancelled, then reinstated, Sunday
afternoon as crew shortages continue. There’s no end in sight.
NANAIMO LEADS THE WAY – When it comes to leading the way in initiative, our
city takes a back seat to no one. Effective in September, public sector organizations, including the City will be required by the province to establish an accessibility committee, a plan and the ability to receive feedback. Nanaimo is ahead of the
curve with Council's Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness meeting regularly since 2020. In addition to that committee, the City is removing barriers so all diverse-abilities can choose the places they wish to live, work and play. – FULL STORY
RDN DIRECTORS SET PAY – The next set of Regional District directors after this
fall’s election are in for the pay increase, tied to the cost of living index. The board looked at various options and then voted 7-1 to maintain the current system in line with the consumer price index. This means, starting with the next board, the
remuneration will be $22,660 for municipal directors and $45,320 for electoral area directors. The chairman will make $82,547 as a municipal director and $105,207 as an electoral area director. MORE
ALZHEIMER WALK – Nanaimo’s Walk for Alzheimer’s was in-person for the first time in two years, on Sunday with approximately 100 people walking.
The target was to raise $20,000. The money goes to research and hopefully a cure. There is no cure right now but medications that are affective in the early stages to maintain ability.
BACK TO THE FUTURE – Some readers will remember the coal miners’ cottages that dotted southend Nanaimo in our history. Well, they could be making a comeback. A unique project with four smaller homes on a single lot
has passed its first hurdle – four detached two-storey homes at 220 Haliburton St. The Design Advisory Panel had positive feedback. Architect Raymond de Beeld said it’s more efficient and using less land per unit. These types of houses are becoming
more popular as the prices for any type of real estate continues to skyrocket, he added. MORE
ON THE WAR FRONT – Ladysmith nurse Kristie Horrelt took a little trip – well not so little. She got a first-hand look at the victims on the war front in Ukraine. She went to Western
Ukraine and served for one month at a clinic and a field hospital, usually seeing up to 80 people a day. Her trip was part of the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Incident Response Team, a charity that says it provides spiritual and physical aid to people
around the world. MORE
PICK UP THE PHONE, JUSTIN
– Western Canada’s premiers say health-care services are no longer sustainable and they want a major overhaul. But Ottawa needs to make the first move. Our own Premier John Horgan said provinces are “concerned about accessing the system because
of the frailty of the providers and the inability to meet the expectations of the public. Now is the time for a new vision in health care in Canada. Now is the time for all of us to come together, despite our differences, and deliver what is expected of us.
The premiers said it comes down to funding — provinces want a $28-billion increase to health transfers, which would bring the federal funding share to 35 per cent from 22 per cent. MORE
HURRY UP AND WAIT – The Nexus process
was supposed to smooth traffic across the U.S. border, but hundreds of thousands are caught up in government bungling of the program. The Canada Border Services Agency says more than 295,000 Nexus applications have yet to be processed due to ongoing
office closures due to COVID-19. Would-be cardholders in the program, which allows pre-approved Canadians to pass through separate, speedy lines when travelling to the United States, must be risk-assessed by both the CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.MORE
THEY CALL HIM THE STREAK– It certainly was not your every-day afternoon car ride for a Kelowna couple Saturday night. A naked man carjacked them. They were
sitting in their car when an the intoxicated man opened the trunk hatch, jumped in, and told them to drive. Eventually the suspect jumped into the driver’s seat and fled in their vehicle. RCMP said the vehicle was located approximately 45 minutes later. MORE