Campfires will be part of the tradition for the B.C. Day long weekend despite the scorching dry weather. The Coastal Fire Centre will not ban campfires for the region. Nadia Linning, fire information officer, said there’s still
a sufficient buffer before a total ban is implemented. Most of Vancouver Island is in moderate-to-high fire danger rating. MORE
August and that means the Vancouver Island Exhibition is back. Organizers are promising a bigger and better fair starting Aug. 26, following the pandemic version in 2021. VIEX president Stephen Kass says it should be back to normal after one year of planning.
Beginning Aug. 26, the three-day event at Beban Park will be a step up on the post-pandemic return visitors experienced last
year, which was the result of just seven weeks planning. There will be more animals and more activities. Mark it on your calendars. MORE
Snuneymuxw and B.C. Ferries are in business together. Acting Ferries CEO Jill Sharland and Acting Chief Bill Yachim signed the the agreement to build a better relationship, including recognizing treaty rights. The protocol could create job opportunities,
impact ferry operations on the nation’s territories, and inclusion of Snuneymuxw culture. Yachim said the new relationship is founded on respect, recognition, reconciliation and collaboration. MOR.
It’s a city-wide swap meet. Reuse Rendezvous, Nanaimo’s longest running reuse event, is back August 13 and 14. It is designed to keep useful items from going to waste by providing households an opportunity to give old household items a new lease
on life. You can place unwanted toys, sporting goods, furniture, books, bikes and other items to the curb so that others can take and reuse them.
Paris Jayanne Laroche of Nanaimo will remain in custody, charged with first-degree murder
and indignity to human remains of Sidney Joseph Mantee, 32, who was reported missing in 2020. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McDonald denied a bail bid on Thursday. Laroche appeared by video. MORE
Island Health has confirmed four cases of monkeypox since it was first reported to have spread to the region July
8. Three of the cases are in the South Island and one in the Central Island. There are 61 confirmed cases province-wide, in Island Health, Fraser Health
and Vancouver Coastal Health. Vaccination efforts have been ramping up on Vancouver Island, with 180 doses administered last week. MORE
you’ve got a so-called assault-style rifle you could cash in big, and do it legally. The federal government wants to pay $1,337 for turning in an AR-15 rifle under a mandatory buyback program. Public Safety Canada has released a price list detailing
how much money owners of banned firearms can expect. If you have a Swiss Arms SG550 that could net $6,209. Ottawa will seek input from gun owners, businesses and industry until Aug. 28. I wonder if I could quickly buy one now. MORE
It’s not often that people clamour to be added to a taxation program. Salt Spring Island community groups and businesses want the B.C. government to add them to the speculation and vacancy tax program. The program adds a tax to homes
purchased by speculators, or homes that remain vacant for much of the year. The province recently added North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan. MORE