Friday, September 02, 2016

That's All Folks


Taking the month of August away from the drama of Nanaimo politics and the repetition of the same series of events every year has proven to be habit forming.

I believe the last civic election brought some positive changes to city hall with the exception of the choice for Mayor and the division I feel he engendered on this council. That gave us the continued waste of tax dollars at the Colliery Dam Park, much bickering and backroom brawling that has not been healthy for the community. A city councillor threatening the rest of council with legal action over the choice of a new city manager which gave rise to many wasted tax dollars spent on legal opinion.

In my opinion there are many positive changes at city hall but will take more time to see the full benefit of those changes. Those changes are being resisted by different political forces in the city who have been accustomed to controlling that big fat purse at city hall for many moons now. Whether they will be able to recapture their position come next election will be a drama worth watching.

In the meantime, I have become quite comfortable with having a mind not consumed with the goings on at city hall and now am turning my attentions to more pleasant and rewarding endeavours.

This blog will be left in place for some time perhaps serving as an archive of city events in some small way.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dale Schulz - NANAIMO - 'As he sees it' - Aug. 28


Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.


 schulz aug 28

To view all images click image above.

Dale's Post - August 28

Today Indy and I walked with our friend Atilla and the light was beautiful for taking shots. I captured some machinery, some #abandonedchairs, some buildings and flowers and some funny posters today - an amusing assortment of photos today folks!

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Using Stolen Credit Cards In Nanaimo



Help needed in use of stolen credit cards
These two males, in two unrelated events, are suspected of using stolen credit cards to make fraudulent purchases.

Photo # 1 - On August 18th, this male used a credit card, stolen from a parked vehicle, to make purchases at a local 7-11 and Tim Horton's.

Photo #2- On August 20th, this male used a stolen credit card to purchase $20 dollars of merchandise from the Shell convenience store on Nicol St.

If you have any information on these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com. text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

BC Ferries Nanaimo Parking Lots Are Full

HORSESHOE BAY PARKING LOT IS FULL


Update as of 12:04 pm Sat. Aug. 27:

Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Horseshoe Bay terminal have reached capacity. 

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go tohttp://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.

DEPARTURE BAY PARKING LOT IS FULL

Update as of 11:53 am Sat. Aug.. 27:

Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Departure Bay terminal have reached capacity.

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go to http://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.


DUKE POINT PARKING LOT IS FULL

Update as of 11:15 am Sat. Aug.27

Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Duke Point terminal have reached capacity.

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go to http://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.



TSAWWASSEN PARKING LOT IS FULL

Update as of 11:53 am Sat. Aug. 27


Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Tsawwassen terminal have reached capacity.

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go tohttp://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.

Use the following to check current status of all sailings to and from Nanaimo.



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BC Ferries Nanaimo Parking Lots Are Full

DEPARTURE BAY PARKING LOT IS FULL

Update as of 11:53 am Sat. Aug.. 27:

Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Departure Bay terminal have reached capacity.

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go to http://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.


DUKE POINT PARKING LOT IS FULL

Update as of 11:15 am Sat. Aug.27

Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Duke Point terminal have reached capacity.

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go to http://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.


Use the following to check current status of all sailings to and from Nanaimo.



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Male arrested - trafficking a controlled substance


64 yr. old Patrick Michael Andrews charged
 
On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at approximately 2:48 PM an RCMP officer observed a male conduct a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the occupants of a vehicle in the 2300 block of Highland Blvd. The suspect was arrested and searched after trying to discard of the drugs. The search revealed a quantity of Canadian currency as well as a small white plastic container containing green tablets, which resemble oxycodone.  A number of similar seizures in Nanaimo, this past year have revealed that the oxycodone, once analysed, is in fact the potentially lethal substance of fentanyl.  The pills have been forwarded to the RCMP  forensic lab to be analysed.
 

Charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance have been laid against 64-year-old Patrick Michael  Andrews, of Nanaimo BC.  Mr. Andrews appeared in the Nanaimo Provincial Court on Thursday, August 25 and has been remanded in custody until September 6th. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summertime Blues Aug. 26 - 28 - Nanaimo

 Summertime Blues
Click image to visit website and lineup for the three day event.

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Nanaimo Four Day Weather Outlook

Sunny, hot streak coming to an end
might even need an umbrella on Monday...

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Indecent Exposure Investigation - Aug. 12 Incident

Indecent exposure- 
Harbour Front Park

The Nanaimo RCMP are investigating an indecent exposure in which a male exposed himself to a 9 year old girl. The incident occurred at the Nanaimo Harbor Front, 94 Front St, at approximately 7 pm on August 12, 2016.  

A family was out for a stroll with their two young children and were walking up the spiral stair case near Javawacky coffee shop.  While walking they noticed a male between 50-60 years sitting on a bench at the top of the stairs.  At one point, the mother turned to go back down the stairs to get her son when she heard her daughter calling for her. Her daughter told her mother the male had pulled down his pants and exposed his penis to her.  The husband tried to find the male but the suspect had left the area and could not be located.

The suspect is a white male, 50-60 years, 140-150 lbs, approximately 5'8", slight build and with short unkempt brown hair. He was wearing an olive green button down long sleeve shirt and washed out dark pants.


If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Construction Jobs On Vancouver Island

Open Shop Sector
offers great wages and benefits

The open shop construction sector offers great wages and benefits and the industry is thriving on Vancouver Island. Apply for your next job now!. Apply HERE.

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Free Movie September 4 - Country Club Mall

For more information visit their Facebook page HERE

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Nanaimo Housing Starts July 2016



Housing Starts

July 2016 / 2015


Single Detached Up 5 Units
Multiple Starts Up 15 Units

Single detached housing starts in Nanaimo were up in July with 37 in 2015 and 42 in 2016 while multi-family units increased from 9 in 2015 to 24 in 2016 resulting in a combined total of 66 units in 2016 as opposed to 46 units in 2015.

Year-to-date totals show an inecrease of 5 single family units from 236 in 2015 to 241 in 2016. Multi-family dwellings decreased from 307 units in 2015 to 198 units in 2016. Combined totals for 2015 were 543 compared with 439 for 2016.

How Nanaimo Compares Year-to-Date 2015/2016

The following shows YTD housing start data for comparable urban centres:
  • Chilliwack 449                 
  • Courtenay  159 
  • Kamloops   370
  • Nanaimo    439
  • Pr. George 210
  • Vernon     373
YTD housing start data for larger urban centres
  • Abbotsford-Mission 751
  • Kelowna    1188
  • Vancouver 16953
  • Victoria   2028


 


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Nanaimo Aquatic Centre - Maintenance Closure

Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
Closed For Maintenance

August 29 - Sept. 26

Starting Monday, August 29, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (NAC) will be closed for annual maintenance. The Centre will reopen on Monday September 26/16.

This year work includes replacing the three metre diving board and stand, touch-up painting throughout the facility, retiling and regrouting as needed, slide maintenance, general maintenance of the pool heat exchangers, circulating pumps and play equipment and extensive cleaning of the whole facility.


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Book and Sculpture Sale - Naomi Beth & Elias Wakan

Drumbeg House Studio Annual Sale
3085 Mander Road (first road to the right off Stalker) 

Sunday, August 28th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

You are cordially invited to visit with Nanaimo's inaugural Poet Laureate at her home on Gabriola. Everyone Welcome (house guests too) 10% of the sales will go to The Commons. This is a free event.
Elias Wakan: Sculpture
Naomi Beth Wakan: Books (including her two recent titles) and her novel
poetry bags

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Fitzwilliam Gate - Summer Music Festival

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24

Manglewood - Fitzwilliam Gate Summer Music Festival
In front of Bocca Cafe, Fitzwilliam Gate
Wednesday August 24, 12 - 1pm



Indie Entertainment and Zorkin Group have teamed up to being the Nanaimo downtown core even more LIVE-LOCAL musical talent!

Every Wednesday in August from 12 - 1pm in front of Bocca Cafe at Fitzwilliams Gate, bring your lunch and sit in the sun beside some of your favourite local businesses and be serenaded.

August 24th - Manglewood (official) (official) Scott Brown from Trooper and Richard Nott

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Nanaimo Arts Council - Artists Call

Call for Two Dimensional Artists
 Port Theatre


We are accepting original works from Nanaimo area artists for a three-month Exhibition in the Port Theatre, 125 Front Street.  One piece per person please.  NOTE:  As of this rotation, exhibits in the Port Theatre will hang for three months.

Hanging date will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 10:00 am.  This is also the pick-up time for art that is currently hanging.  It is vital that you pick up your work as there is no storage at the Port Theatre.  NOTE:  Works currently hanging in the Port Theatre can remain for this rotation.  You MUST notify nowaste@shaw.ca if you will be leaving your work up.

Various Art Around Town locations have different requirements so please read the Submission Form carefully.  Submission forms are available at 256 Wallace Street (9 – noon, Monday – Friday.  Other times by appointment), for download on our website www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca or by emailing admin@nanaimoartscouncil.ca.

Please pre-register by email to nowaste@shaw.ca with the following information to confirm your participation:

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