Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nanaimo RCMP Investigate Sexual Assault

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the sexual assault of a young teenage female that occurred at approximately 4:40 pm on Friday February 12. The incident took place along the railway tracks, behind the Islamic Cultural Centre, near the intersection of Kennedy and Farquar St.

The female victim told police she was walking along the tracks when a male approached from behind. The suspect male pulled her pants down ran off along the tracks in a southerly direction towards Hecate St. The female was not physically injured during the assault and is being supported by her family. Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services have been contacted and will also be offering support to the young lady.

Similar to Dec. 3 assault in same area

This is the second similar sexual assault in the same area with the first incident taking place on December 3. Given the location and similarity in description of the suspect, investigators believe both occurrences may have been carried out by the same individual. 

The suspect is described as follows:
  • white male, 30's , 5 ft. 10, reddish beard, much like a goatee
  • slim to skinny, possibly 160 pounds
Clothing description:
  • wearing a green knitted toque pulled down to his eye brows
  • tan/brown jeans 
  • grey sweater over a shirt
A composite sketch will be prepared soon and released to the public. If you have any information on this crime or on the incident of December 3, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit your TIP online at


Lions FREE Skate - Sunday February 14/16

The Lions Club of Nanaimo will once again be hosting Free Everyone Welcome skate sessions from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on Sundays from Sept.13/15 until March 27, 2016 at Frank Crane Arena. On Nanaimo Clippers Junior 'A' game days, the Lions Free Skate will run from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm. This valued project continues the long tradition of the Nanaimo volunteer service to the community of Nanaimo.

The Lions Free Everyone Welcome skate sessions include admission, helmets and skate rentals.

There will not be a Lions Free Everyone Welcome skate session on December 27 due to the Winter Wonderland event.


Man Shoots Three Cougars - Vancouver Island

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With his phone/camera that is ....

Lucky fellow encounters not one but three cougars on Forbidden Plateau Rd. The elusive cat is seldom seen and few photographers get the opportunity presented to this fortunate man. Was this trio just curious (curiosity and cats go together) or were they trying to figure out how to open that big can of food in front of them?


Friday, February 12, 2016

Woodgrove Centre Supports #PinkShirtPromise

In support of Shaw Communications’ #PinkShirtPromise campaign, Post-it® Brand* and Woodgrove Centre are embarking on an initiative to end bullying in Canada.

On February 17, beginning at 11 am, Woodgrove Centre invites community members, schools and dignitaries to write a promise to help end bullying and post their positive message on the Post-it Pink wall near the food court. For every promise posted on the wall from February 17 to 24, Woodgrove will donate $1 to the United Way of Central & Northern Vancouver Island up to $5,000 to help end bullying in our community.

On February 24, Pink Shirt Day, Woodgrove Centre will again invite everyone to wear a pink shirt to support the cause, and take part in the #PinkShirtPromise group photo near the wall in the food court at 9:30 am.

Throughout the campaign, each promise made using the #PinkShirtPromise hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook will be eligible for a chance to win an ET Canada Experience, which includes flights for two to Toronto and two nights hotel accommodation, and a $1,500 dollar shopping spree at participating shopping centres.

“By taking part in Pink Shirt Day for a second year and raising awareness this year through the #PinkShirtPromise campaign, Woodgrove Centre continues to encourage kindness, respect, and tolerance of one another,” said Julia Dow General Manager, Woodgrove Centre. “We are happy to actively support causes that can make a difference in the community.”

Bullying, whether online, at school, or at work, affects people of all age groups, backgrounds, and genders. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis and 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying.

*Post-it is a trademark of 3M, used under license in Canada.


Nanaimo Begins VICC/Hotel Market Study

Nanaimo Info Blog file photo

$60,000 contract awarded to CBRE

Work is underway on a study that will see CBRE Limited Canada conduct a market analysis of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the adjoining site at 100 Gordon Street for a proposed hotel.  The study, requested by Council in the fall of 2015, will include:

* Current market and community context
* Current industry trends
* Supply analysis (including competitor analysis)
* Demand projections
* Impact of proposed hotel on performance of the VICC
* Feasibility and market study of the proposed hotel
* Five-year financial thresholds for the VICC

CBRE is currently in the process of compiling data and completing market research.  This research will include working with the current VICC operator to review operating revenues and meeting with local hoteliers.  The study is anticipated to be completed by the end of March within a budget of $60,000.

"This study will provide Council the information it needs to make informed decisions regarding the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, the 100 Gordon Street property and the hotel RFP process."  -  Bill Corsan City of Nanaimo 


Things on the Net that make ya' smile


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Syrian Refugee Fundraiser - Nanaimo Mar. 19/16

Tickets are $20 and available as of Friday February 12 at the Thirsty Camel, Gabriel's Cafe or by calling 250-668-8064 or email


Heritage Summit in Nanaimo - Feb. 17/16

Click to enlarge

For more information visit the City of Nanaimo website, HERE.


Western Edge presents - The Sound of Muzick

The Sound of Muzick – A Karaoke Musical happens Thurs., Feb. 25 at 7:30 pm at The Taphouse Restaurant Upstairs (321 Selby St., Nanaimo, in the old train station).

Tickets cost just $20, with a tax receipt issued for $10. Only 50 tickets are available, so early purchase is recommended, online at or by phone at 250-714-4476. The Taphouse Restaurant’s full menu of food and drink will be available. (Food and drink is not included in the ticket price.)

An antic send-up of the Rogers and Hammerstein original, with a script specially written for the occasion by James Cochrane and Nathaniel Moher, The Sound of Muzick brings together some of central Vancouver Island’s best musical theatre performers to tell the story of Maria and all those cute little von Trapp kids in a whole new way. All the songs from the original are intact, and audience members will be invited to sign-up to join in on the musical numbers – “Because hey,” says Frank Moher, artistic producer of Western Edge, “it’s a karaoke musical.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nanaimo Gas Prices February 10 2016

Nanaimo Has Highest Prices Again

For sometime it seemed the prices for Comox and Duncan were on par with Nanaimo but it seems the Nanaimo gas cartel is emboldened again and thought we might not notice.

For any of us Imperial Dinosaurs remember that a 5 cent price difference per litre equates to 22.5 cents per imperial gallon. A few pennies difference on the price marquee becomes a considerable difference if you think in terms of gallons.

No doubt the presence of a Costco gas bar exerts downward pressure on local pricing. I can't remember if our local Costco wanted to put in a gas bar and city hall of the day didn't allowed it. Anyone's memory better than mine?

Following prices taken from Gas Buddy at 2:00 pm February 10/16.

Victoria 92.9

Duncan 92.9

Comox 89.9

Nanaimo 96.9

Calgary 61.9

Toronto 79.9

Ottawa 75.9

Lowest price in B.C. - Costco Prince George 70.9


Music & Poetry Saturday Feb. 13 - Port Theatre

Music and Poetry: Vancouver Island Symphony with special guest Shane Koyczan
7:30pm at the Port Theatre

You might think you do not know Shane, but we are pretty sure you have heard him. Let us give you the run down on this amazing poet… he blew us away at the Opening Ceremonies for  the 2010 Winter Olympics with his “We are More” -  a stirring ode to Canada. In early 2013, the world took notice again when Shane’s influential, anti-bullying, “To This Day” video went viral… over 14 million views and counting!

You will experience Shane’s thoughtful words – he covers a variety of topics. One moment he could be talking about issues in the USA and the very next he could be talking about his cat. One thing for sure, the beautiful pieces of music that Vancouver Island Symphony’s Artist Director, Pierre Simard, has chosen will make for a night to remember - some word-music encounters will be amazing, some will be provoking, some will be surprising, some might even be awkward... But the whole experience will be absolutely unique.

Purchase tickets online


Crimson Coast Dance Society AGM - Feb. 11

Crimson Coast Dance Society AGM
7:30pm, #4 Commercial St.


ATTEND & WIN! All members in good standing who attend our AGM will be entered to win an all access pass for two to all ticketed performances at the 2016 InFrinGinG Dance Festival! The draw will be held at the adjournment of the meeting. Membership are $10 annually.

Your attendance at our Annual General Meeting demonstrates to our funders that contemporary dance in Nanaimo and the work of Crimson Coast Dance is important and valued by the community. Your presence and participation is vital to our success!

Refreshments will be served.


2016 Islands Short Fiction Contest - Enter By Mar. 21

Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the Islands Short Fiction Contest seeks entries of up to 2000 words in three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18), and Junior (12 and under).

The entry deadline is March 21, 2016. Entry forms are available at the link below and at the Nanaimo Arts Council Creative Space (#4 Commercial St., Nanaimo). A $20 fee is charged per adult entry. Winners will be announced at a reception in Nanaimo in April.

For further information & entry form visit:


VISFF - February 12 & 13 2016

11th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

Presented by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the 11th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival celebrates the best short films from Vancouver Island and around the world. All films are 12 minutes or less and include a diverse range of genres and styles.

The festival has three shows this year at the Vancouver Island University Theatre on February 12 and 13, 2016. The opening night will start at 7pm and will also feature a musical performance by Nanaimo’s own Boomshack! After the matinee on Saturday at 2pm, there will be a filmmakers Q&A with several of the films’ directors. Following the final show on Saturday at 7pm there will be the Awards Ceremony and after-party at the Firehouse Grill. All the films will be shown at each of the three shows.

Tickets $15 | Students $10


24 Hour Parking Limit - On-street Parking

The City of Nanaimo is reminding drivers there is a maximum on-street parking bylaw. The bylaw limits on-street parking to 24 hours before a vehicle must be moved.

This is not a new regulation and historically has been enforced on a complaint basis. The aim of the regulation is to prevent the storage of vehicles on busy city streets.

Acting bylaw manager Rod Davidson explained: "Long-term vehicle parking on City streets causes adjacent home owners frustration in not being able to park near their homes.  By requiring the ongoing turnover of parking spaces, everyone has a chance to access parking."

The bylaw carries a fine of $35.00 which if paid within 14 days can be reduced by 25%.

Street has become a parking lot

The above picture is my own street which over the past two years has become a parking lot during most of the day as a result of a couple of changes in the neighbourhood.

The first change came about when a lot with one home on it was subdivided into two lots which saw two new homes built, both of which either have secondary suites or have rented rooms to tenants. Most recently a single family home was converted to a two family dwelling, which in fact is being used as a 'group home', it also seems to have become an office/meeting place of sorts.

Most of the people using this place of business don't seem to realize that parking too close to a driveway entrance can cause safety issues with cars blocking your line of sight. It should be noted that it is illegal to park within 2 metres of a driveway entrance.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Awards Nominations Closing Feb. 15/16

 20 under 40 nomination
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20 under 40 Achievement Awards
Nomination form at


Nanaimo Housing Starts - January 2016

Housing Starts  
Jan. 2016 / 2015
Single Detached Up 2 Units
Multiple Starts Up 4 Units 

Single detached housing starts in Nanaimo increased in January from 32 in 2015 to 34 in 2016 while multi-family units increased from 26 in 2015 to 30 in 2016 resulting in a combined total of 64 units in 2016 as opposed to 58 units in 2015.

YTD Totals are the same, as this is the first month

How Nanaimo Compares (for January 2016)

The following shows YTD housing start data for comparable urban centres:
  • Chilliwack 53 starts
  • Courtenay  10 starts
  • Kamloops   16 starts
  • Nanaimo    64 starts
  • Pr. George  3 starts
  • Vernon     11 starts
YTD housing start data for larger urban centres
  • Abbotsford-Mission 143 starts
  • Kelowna     54 starts
  • Vancouver 1761 starts
  • Victoria   137 starts



Monday, February 08, 2016

Canada Pulls Jets Feb. 22

CP reports Canada will be pulling our jets in the fight against ISIS on Feb. 22, but will be increasing the number of boots on the ground.

Read the full story HERE.


Nanaimo House Prices - January 2016

Nanaimo House Prices 2014

  Nanaimo Real Estate Home Sales

Nanaimo House Prices January 2016

Prices Increase 5% - Sales Flat 0%

The following information is taken from the MLS sales data from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. The information is based on single-family residential unit sales.

The month of January 2016 saw 63 homes sold, compared with 73 homes the previous month, and compared with 63 homes sold in January
 2015. This represents a 0% increase when compared with last year.

The average sale price increased in January
 2016 to $386,056.00 compared with $366,694.00 in January 2015 an increase of 5%. The median Nanaimo house price for January 2016 was $350,000.00.

VIREB cautions that average price information can be useful in establishing trends over time, but does not indicate the actual prices in centers comprised of widely divergent neighbourhoods or account for price differential between geographic areas.

In January 2016, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $340,200, up 5.94 per cent from one year ago. Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area. The average MLS® price of a singlefamily home in January was $365,850, a seven per cent increase from January 2015 and up slightly over last month.

The January 2016 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $268,300, down 1.22 per cent from last year. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $332,100, up 3.77 per cent from 2015. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $304,700, an increase of 7.22 per cent over the same month in 2015. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 6.17 per cent to $358,200 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price rise by 10.03 per cent to $388,000. The price for a benchmark home in Port Alberni was $186,800, an increase of 10.64 per cent since January 2015.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

Lions FREE Skate Sunday Feb. 7/16

The Lions Club of Nanaimo will once again be hosting Free Everyone Welcome skate sessions from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on Sundays from Sept.13/15 until March 27, 2016 at Frank Crane Arena. On Nanaimo Clippers Junior 'A' game days, the Lions Free Skate will run from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm. This valued project continues the long tradition of the Nanaimo volunteer service to the community of Nanaimo.

The Lions Free Everyone Welcome skate sessions include admission, helmets and skate rentals.

There will not be a Lions Free Everyone Welcome skate session on December 27 due to the Winter Wonderland event.