Saturday, March 25, 2017

Makayla Chang - Missing Since March 19


Public Assistance Needed

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 16 year old Makayla CHANG, last seen in Nanaimo on Sunday March 19th.

CHANG is usually very active on various social media platforms but since Monday March 20th she has not posted anything which is out of character for her. Her family and friends are worried for her well-being and have exhausted all avenues as to where she may be. Investigators are following up on information received that CHANG may have travelled to the Lower Mainland with a male in his early 50's who goes by the name of Steven Bacon. Bacon is 5 ft.10, 210 pounds and has white hair.

CHANG is a 16 year old Caucasian female who is 5 ft. 1, 110 pounds with dyed red hair and hazel eyes. The picture attached of her is current. When last seen she was believed to be wearing a grey hoody and multi-coloured leggings with scattered stars and planets.


If you have information on the whereabouts of Makayla CHANG, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

DNBIA Dissolution ------ what's up here??

Where's the money & assets??
Does this pass the smell test??

The other night the board of the DNBIA presided over a membership meeting which saw the membership vote to dissolve the organization. Blaming the city for not providing matching funding is being given as the reason for not being able to carry on, it has nothing to do with the management of the organization.

The membership was provided with a copy of last years financial statement (ending June/16) and an unsigned budget which shows funding to date. There was not however, a proper financial statement presented for the period from July 1 2016 to the date of dissolution.

It was also disclosed that the sum of $25,000 had been set aside for some purpose and that the hard assets of the society had been given away by the members of the board without any accounting to either the membership or the City of Nanaimo.

Nanaimo taxpayers have a stake in this little drama

The DNBIA has for many years benefited from a grant which matched the BIA levy courtesy of Nanaimo taxpayers. It could therefore be argued that the Nanaimo taxpayer has an interest in any funds that have not been used for operations as well as any of the physical assets owned by the society.

Hopefully some of our Councillors will look into this matter in the interest of protecting the interests of Nanaimo taxpayers.

A few questions:

  • Where is the financial statement showing how funds were used from July 1/16 to the date of dissolution?
  • What is the value of the assets that seemingly have been given away at the whim of the board?
  • Are directors personally responsible for any misuse of finances or assets which have been in part paid for by the taxpayers of Nanaimo?
  • Are Nanaimo taxpayers entitled to 50% of the unused operating funds, and 50% of the value of the assets held by the society?

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City Welcomes Immigrants To Nanaimo

2016 reception City of Nanaimo photo

A warm welcome for Nanaimo's new immigrant arrivals

New immigrant residents will be officially welcomed to Nanaimo during a special reception being hosted by the City of Nanaimo on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm. This event is held yearly with Municipal, Federal, Provincial and School District elected officials, Snuneymuxw First Nations, RCMP, staff and board members of the Immigrant Welcome Centre and City of Nanaimo staff all in attendance.

The welcome reception will be held in the Newcastle Island Lobby of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (101 Gordon Street) on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm.


"It is such an honour to welcome Canada’s new arrivals who have chosen Nanaimo to call their home. As a community, we appreciate the cultural vitality new residents bring which enhance the quality of life in this area." Mayor McKay



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nanaimo Man Scammed Airbnb Rental

Do not pay through 'off site' locations

A Nanaimo man is out several thousand dollars after being duped into believing he was paying for a legitimate Airbnb rental unit.

The victim told police he responded to an ad from an individual claiming to reside in the United Kingdom, who was advertising an Airbnb in a high end condo in Nanaimo. After several weeks of exchanging e-mails the two agreed upon an amount, and he was directed to send the money via a Moneygram to a third party in the UK. Shortly after wiring the money he was contacted by the same person and told more money was required to secure the rental unit. Only then did he realize he had been scammed.


"The official Airbnb website warns users to not pay for rental units through off site locations as it could lead to personal information being compromised and subject the payer to potential fraud and other security issues. This is exactly what transpired here, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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Do Your Car A Favour

REPORT POTHOLES IN THE ROADS



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A Nation Of Serfs?

According to Wiki, serfdom is explained thus:

Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for the lord of the manor who owned that land, and in return were entitled to protection, justice and the right to exploit certain fields within the manor to maintain their own subsistence. Serfs were often required not only to work on the lord's fields, but also his mines, forests and roads. The manor formed the basic unit of feudal society, and the lord of the manor and the villeins, and to a certain extent serfs, were bound legally by taxation in the case of the former and economically and socially in the latter.


Liberal Government's current deficit (remember what they 'thought' it would be?)


Canadian Federal and Provincial Debt (remember they have no money)

Budget deficits and increasing debt are key fiscal issues as the federal and provincial governments prepare to release their budgets this year. Combined federal and provincial net debt has increased from $834 billion in 2007/08 to a projected $1.3 trillion in 2015/16. This combined debt equals 64.8% of the economy or $35,827 for every man, woman, and child living in Canada.  From: Fraser Institute report for 2015/16, does not include 2017.


The Toronto Star reports Canadian consumer debt has set another all time high climbing to 167% of disposable household income. They report that total household credit market debt now totals a staggering $2.029 trillion in the final quarter last year. Mortgage debt accounts for 65.5% of that total.

The Financial Post reported that for the first time Canadian consumer debt is now bigger than our entire GDP. We now have the distinction of having the highest consumer debt of all G7 countries a debt which is described as a straitjacket to our economy. 

"Canada was the only developed country showing early signs of stress in its domestic banking system amid "unusually high" credit growth relative to GDP, the BIS said.

"This debt overhang represents one thing and one thing only: a pervasive constraint on Canada's economic growth potential," David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. said by phone from Toronto. "When you get to levels on total debt that makes even the Italians blush, you know you're in a straitjacket."
Source

It would appear while we may think we are free individuals we really are mere serfs toiling away giving up massive amounts of our income to support a grand illusion fueled by out of control government and consumer debt.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Owners Of Surveying Instrument Sought



Are you missing your survey equipment?

On Wednesday February 22, 2017 at approximately 4:40 am the Nanaimo RCMP attended to the 200 block of Taylor Place for a reported theft from a motor vehicle. The suspect male managed to flee before officers arrived but not before leaving behind a pack sack which contained suspected stolen items. The items in the packsack were not from the vehicle he attempted to break into.

Officers retrieved the packsack and inside it were an orange Pelican case and a surveyor tool.  Investigators have been unable to determine who the lawful owner is of these items. If you have information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345



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Nanaimo Backyard Burning Ban In Effect


Unless you live on Protection Island or on a city lot of one acre or larger backyard burning is banned within the city of Nanaimo.

If you live on one acre or larger, or Protection Island you may apply for a permit to burn only in the months of April and November. A burning permit can be obtained by calling Nanaimo Fire Rescue at 250-753-7311.

If you wish to report what appears to be a backyard fire you are concerned about you can report it to the non-emergency phone number 250-753-7311, unless of course it is a fire that needs immediate attention then you should call 911.







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Nanaimo Concert Band SPRING CONCERT


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Culture & Heritage Awards 2017


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Nanaimo Arts Council - Call To Artists


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Island Health Bans Edible Cannabis Products

Ban will be enforced on Vancouver Island
Island Health has ordered Victoria marijuanna dispensaries to stop making and selling cannabis food products. Although Medijuanna was the first dispensary to receive notice of this new rule VIHA will be enforcing the ban across Vancouver Island, reports the Times Colonist.

The sale of pills and oils has not been banned.

It would appear the authorities are paying more and more attention to the illegal pot shops with two recently raided in Nanaimo and the warning that others were being watched by local RCMP.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Newfoundland Kitchen Party held at

St. Paul’s Anglican Centre for Ministry
100 Chapel Street

Saturday March 18th at 6:00pm

Traditional entertainment and Jiggs Dinner ($30)


Tickets available at Church Office - 250-753-2523

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Western Edge Production

Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25
Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2

WESTERN EDGE THEATRE
presents


REASONS TO BE PRETTY
by NEIL LABUTE



March 25, 25, and 31 and April 1, 7:30 p.m.; April 2, 2:00 p.m.

Harbour City Theatre, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo
$24 for Adults, $25 for Seniors 65+, $12 for Students

Reasons to be Pretty is a keen-eyed comedy in which appearances aren't just deceiving -- they're downright dangerous. In it, word gets back to 20-something Steph that her boyfriend, Greg, described her as not "beautiful," not "pretty," just . . . "regular." Greg quickly learns the error of his ways, and the emotional fallout spreads to their friends, who have secrets of their own. The play comes with an audience advisory for adult language and content.

Tickets are available online at westernedge.org, by phone at 250-816-6459, and at Catwalk Fashions, 13 Commercial St., Nanaimo.

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