Video tribute to Nanaimo soldiers in First and Second World Wars is on display across the city
Vancouver Island University’s Strategic Communications and Brand and Marketing teams created the feature in collaboration with the Canadian Letters and Images Project and Nanaimo Community Archives. The Nanaimo Remembers project features the names of more than 200 soldiers who lost their lives. One section focusses on local Indigenous soldiers, thanks to research by VIU Elder-in-Residence Geraldine Manson.
Here's where you can see it:
The Welcome Centre (Bldg 300)
Beban Park and Oliver Woods Community Centre, Nov. 6 to 11;
Nanaimo Museum to Nov. 10. The museum is closed Nov. 5, 6 and 11;
Vancouver Island Regional Library: Nanaimo North branch
School District 68;
Rogers TV, starting Sunday. MORE
A simple solution for
accessibily and inclusion
Staff at city hall may have too much time on their hands, but it’s not their fault, it’s mandated by city council. The City wants feedback on accessibility and inclusion. Recommendations on improvements that the City can make will be "reviewed" by staff and, "when appropriate", brought to the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness for "consideration." Here’s an idea, and it’s short and sweet. Take the mentally ill, drug addicted, homeless population in the city and give them a taste of inclusion and accessibility. Case closed. You can tell us HERE what your think. Full report HERE.
B.C. SPCA will recommend charges after multiple animals were removed from a property on Adshead Road, north of Ladysmith after executing a search warrant following complaints from neighbours. Animal protection officers seized a number of dogs, cats, goats, and chickens from the property. Anyone who sees an animal in distress please contact the SPCA animal helpline at 1-855-622-7722. MORE
Quotable – The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
Community zoning may
get a whole new look
Will your single family quiet neighbourhood soon look like a ghetto? Multi-unit developments will automatically now be allowed on single-family lots for communities with more than 5,000 people, says Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon. The legislation aims to increase the housing supply, he said. Up to four units on single family lots, and up to six units if the project is near transit are in he legislation. MORE
Nanaimo’s Tamara Kronis’ sister is a doctor who has gone to Israel to help out in the midst of war. Tamara has posted an update from her sister on her Facebook page. Read her full posting HERE.
The City and Regional District are combining efforts to make the Woodgrove area what is termed a complete community. A $200,000 provincial grant through the Union of B.C. Municipalities will fund the assessment. Mayor Leonard Krog said the intention is to provide more housing, improved transportation options and services and amenities within walking distance while also fostering a sense of community. MORE
The Covid-19 numbers are not what they appear. Officials estimate that roughly 40 per cent of reported hospitalizations are caused by the coronavirus, while the rest are incidental. There were 241 people in hospital with the disease as of Thursday. The number of people the BCCDC reports in hospital with COVID-19 each week includes those who are hospitalized because of serious cases of the disease and those who are hospitalized for other reasons and test positive after admission. MORE
A job many fans dream of has become reality for Nanaimo’s Chris Faber – he has joined the Vancouver Canucks as senior hockey writer. He’s covering the team from the inside after years of operating a popular blog, Canucks Army, and podcast, Canucks Conversation. Congratulations, Chris. MORE
Not only is the government providing what it calls safer drugs, but now has a YouTube video on the internet instructing how to safely inject drugs. A SFU professor and critic of safer supply is raising concerns. The videos provide step-by-step directions on how to safely prepare and inject tablet drugs, such as hydromorphone. The videos were produced by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. MORE
Two people have died from overdoses in a week at the Mountain Institution in Agassiz claims the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers,who blame the federal Prison Needle Exchange Program. The Correctional Service has been operating a needle exchange across the country since 2018. The union said the program is directly leading to overdose deaths, as inmates are using illicit drugs alone in their cells. MORE
Hey, the Vancouver Canucks are fun to watch again. The excellent start to the season has been like a miracle. They’ve got a home game against Dallas Saturday night. And there's CFL playoff football tonight in Vancouver.
Quotable – Anyone who says their wedding was the best day of their life has clearly never had two candy bars fall down at once from a vending machine.
Drug death panel suggests
making drugs easier to get
The solution to the drug pandemic is to make it easier to obtain drugs. That’s the conclusion of the death review panel on toxic drug deaths in B.C. It wants community groups to be allowed to hand out drugs without a prescription. Thankfully, saner heads prevail. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Jennifer Whiteside responded on Wednesday, saying the province will not move forward with no-prescription safer supply. The new report suggests developing agencies to be licensed to distribute the regulated substances through people with experience with substance use and their families. And government ministries should engage with Indigenous leadership to identify Indigenous solutions to the crisis. Nanaimo has had 89 drug-related deaths in 2023, the fourth most in the province. MORE
City council voted unanimously Wednesday to fund uup to $230,000 to non-profit Risebridge to provide warming shelter services seven days a week, from approximately Nov. 14 until March 31, 2024.The City says more are needed. Other organizations offered space for extreme weather events, Risebridge was the only one providing aregular warming centre throughout the colder months.MORE
A walk in Bowen Park has taken on a new look. The Parks, Recreation and Culture department has unveiled a new temporary public art project focussing on the Millstone River. Local artist Curtis Grahauer’s Millstone has six films accessed on personal devices and QR codes on signs following the path of the river. Millstone can also be accessed online at https://millstonefilm.ca, and see an interactive map illustrating sign locations. MORE
You can now take a shuttle bus from downtown to the Hullo ferry dock. Hullo has added a shuttle between the public bus exchange, the Coast Bastion Hotel and the Hullo departure dock. You can take in the Vancouver Canucks game Saturday against the Dallas Stars, or the B.C. Lions semi-final game against Calgary Stampeders and still return home the same night. Hullo Ferries has a late sailing at 11 p.m. from Vancouver so you can hop on home. There will also be a late sailing for the Tuesday NHL game. You can also get a bargain on Lions tickets when booking your ferry trip. Book here. MORE
While we are ferry reliant, any impacts are usually of interest locally. An Australian government agency is raising concerns about electric vehicle batteries and their potential hazards aboard ferries. It says EVs pose significant risks from high-intensity fires, high-voltage shocks, toxic gases and gas explosions. It also notes that EVs can be up to 25 per cent heavier than traditional cars, potentially causing stability problems, and often have lower ground clearance, an issue with ferry loading. MORE
Off to bratwurst and strudel, Former Premier John Horgan has been appointed Canada’s next ambassador to Germany. The Prime Minister’s Office says Horgan has a proven track record of dedicated public service and will provide strategic advice to Prime Minister Trudeau in his new role. Horgan, 64, was elected to the legislature in 2005 and re-elected four consecutive times, twice as premier. The statement says Canada and Germany face complex challenges, including food and energy insecurity, and will work to advance shared priorities.
Quotable – Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say “close enough”
Gathering Space opens
for visitors to hospital
The hospital is not a place most people would like to visit, so the addition of a dedicated space for comfort and support for patients, their families, and staff members is a welcome addition at NRGH. The newly renovated $400,000 Gathering Space on the first floor near the emergency department, is the latest addition provided by volunteers of the Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary. Auxiliary president Deborah Francis said this space is a place for people to gather, seek comfort, and support each other. MORE
Here you go – you can go to the Vancouver Canucks game Saturday against the Dallas Stars, or you can attend the B.C. Lions semi-final game against Calgary Stampeders and still return home the same night. Hullo Ferries is sailing at 11 p.m. from Vancouver so you can hop on home. You can also get a bargain on Lions tickets when booking your ferry trip. book here.
We’ve got rats, but nothing like Vancouver, Burnaby and Kelowna which finished in the top five most infested in Canada on the Orkin Canada list of the nation’s top 25 ‘rattiest’ cities. Toronto topped the list. Vancouver was second but tops in B.C. with Burnaby and Kelowna rounding out the worst in B.C. Victoria, Richmond and Surrey came next. Nanaimo you ask? Well we finished 17, in B.C. moving up from the 20-spot last year.
The Nanaimo sports hall of fame is back in the game after an absence during the pandemic. The hall has issued a call of nominations for locals who have had an impact on sports in Nanaimo over the years. Becka MacDonald says they are looking for nominations in five categories – athlete, builder, trailblazer, team and media. Nominate anyone who should be in the sports hall of fame, someone you think is outstanding in sports or supporting sports in the community. MORE
Quotable – When a kid says “Daddy, I want mommy” that’s the kid version of “I’d like to speak to your supervisor”.
Helijet going electric with 2026 target date
It has placed firm orders for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from BETA Technologies in Burlington, Vermont. Helijet plans to integrate the new aircraft into its existing network of daily flight services. It hopes it will provide quieter, lower-cost, air transportation for southwestern B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. The five-passenger plus pilot aircraft is in advanced flight tests to be certified by 2026. Helijet says the aircraft will be available for private and commercial service shortly thereafter. Six months ago Harbour-Air showcased its fully electric ePlane. MORE
Businesses large and small across the province have had enough of theft, vandalism and violent crime. A coalition of 30 British Columbia retailers, trade associations and other groups was announced Monday. The Nanaimo Area Public Safety Association is part of the group which seeks change from provincial and federal governments on social disorder, mental health and addictions, and criminal justice reform. Kevan Shaw of NAPSA said the coalition brings together community safety groups, chambers of commerce, business associations and major corporations such as London Drugs and Save-On-Foods. MORE
A paving compactor went over a seven-metre embankment Monday afternoon. The operator appeared uninjured but was taken to hospital for observation. It happened while paving a section of Albert Street, heading downhill and rolled. Nanaimo Fire Rescue Capt. Tom Krall said he was updated by a supervisor who stated that the operator went over the bank inside the machine, but walked out apparently uninjured. MORE
You’ll have to dig deeper into your pocked again after B.C. Hydro has applied for a 2.3-per-cent rate increase starting in April. The Energy Ministry says it's the sixth year in a row that BC Hydro has applied for an increase below the rate of inflation. Rates are 15.6 per cent below the cumulative inflation rate over the last seven years and 12.4 per cent lower than the 10-year rates plan established by the government in 2013. The B.C. Utilities Commission is expected to rule on the application by the end of February. MORE
Homeowners in some provinces may escape the carbon dioxide tax on heating fuel, but not in our province. Premier David Eby and Opposition Leader Kevin Falcon faced off on the topic in question period Monday. Falcon wanted all heating exempt from the tax but Eby reminded him it was the previous Liberal party that brought in the tax. He added the NDP will continue to levy the tax. The federal Liberals announced they were giving a three-year break to the provinces, along with rebates for switching from oil to heat pumps. The B.C. provincial government says between 25,000 and 39,000 B.C. homes rely on oil for heat. MORE
There’s a new course coming to British Columbia high schools. Premier David Eby plans to make Holocaust education mandatory for Grade 10 students by 2025. He said it’s been a frightening time for the Jewish community after terrorists attacks by Hamas militants in Israel. He added there has been a disturbing rise in anti semitism in B.C. MORE
Daycare workers at licensed child-care facilities in B.C. will get a raise of $2 an hour starting Jan. 1. The raise and previous wage boosts totalling $4 an hour since 2018, will increase the hourly wage for early childhood educators to $28 per hour. The ministry says early childhood educators who hold specialized certificates for infant, toddler and special needs education are also eligible for up to $3,000 extra per year. MORE
God is not welcome
at Remembrance Day
The Department of National Defence has gone woke and confirmed that chaplains can’t use the word “God” during official ceremonies. “Chaplains should not use the word God or other references to a higher power such as Heavenly Father, Department of National Defence spokesman Derek Abma told The Epoch Times. MORE
Congrats to Sharon Welch, the newly-appointed executive director of the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. NCHS offers skilled, compassionate support, education and advocacy for those living with advanced illness, dying, and bereavement, three of life's greatest challenges. NCHS believes that everyone struggling with these challenges - regardless of age, means or culture - deserves support.
Just a Minute – A recent report states that half of the operators in the food industry operating below the water mark, in danger of going under. There are fewer patrons and less dining out these days due in part to the high costs of meals. And you can’t blame the restaurant operators – food costs have sky rocketed, wages are up along with every other cost of living sector. And you can’t blame the customers when it’s somewhere over fifty bucks for two, without drinks. At those prices you may need a drink or two.
Quotable – If only vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
Net surfing – a lot of expensive vehicles were destroyed to test how they stand up in crashes. It’s rather startling that some of the more expensive vehicles like the Audi crumpled like a tin can, while the Fords seemed to offer a better chance of survival. If you’re driving a Kia good luck. There’s no explanation why Hondas or Chevrolets were not tested. It’s better to be hit from behind than head on.