Friday, February 24, 2017

More Snow Coming For Nanaimo 5 - 10 cm

Special Weather Statement
Issued at 10:38 Saturday 25 February 2017
Heavy Snowfall over East Vancouver Island tonight and Sunday morning.

A low pressure system will track southward, just off the Coast tonight. As it approaches, mixed precipitation will spread across the South Coast this evening. Most areas will likely see precipitation start off as rain but then change to snow later this evening.

Along East Vancouver Island the snow is forecast to become heavy overnight. As usual, snowfall amounts will be highly variable. Immediately along the Strait of Georgia, wet snow will struggle to accumulate and amounts will likely stay below 5 cm. However, further inland and over higher terrain snowfall amounts will vary from 5 up to 15 cm tonight.

By Sunday morning, the heavy snow is expected to have shifted southward. Areas roughly south of Qualicum Beach and away from the immediate Coast, could see additional snowfall amounts of 5 cm or more before the snow ends near noon.


Jordan Bateman Weighs In On Event Centre

Quest of No Vote Society
Shares "the tale of two arenas"

As a Langely Township Councillor and a columnist with an Abbotsford newspaper Bateman has seen two different sports and entertainment centres with two different outcomes. The Langely Events Centre is described as a successful multi-partner venture while the Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre is described as a financial disaster.

In a letter sent to CTF members Bateman invites members to hear him share his experience in what he calls the tale of two arenas and why Nanaimo voters should be very skeptical of the City Council's $80 million plan that is too much like the Abbotsford experience.

Jordan is the guest of the No Vote Society sponsoring the event which will be held on Thursday March 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road Nanaimo.


Rogers Hometown Hockey - Nanaimo Feb. 25 & 26

 Roger Hometown Hockey
Click image to see Hometown Hockey events in Nanaimo

 Hockey Schedule
Click image to view/download Sat. & Sun. schedule

 Outdoor Skate

Click image to view/download Free skating details


Thursday, February 23, 2017

BC Ferries Adds 24 Defibrillators

BC Ferries just announced that the company has installed an additional 24 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at minor terminals for customers to use in the event of a medical emergency. 

Today, heart disease and stroke take one life every seven minutes. February is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s ‘Heart Month’, a key time to reach millions of Canadians and alert them to the risks of heart disease and stroke. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has supplied BC Ferries with the signage and cabinets for this potentially life-saving equipment through the BC Public Access to Defibrillation Program (BC PAD).

Now, 34 of BC Ferries’ 47 terminal locations are equipped with AEDs. The major terminals (Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Departure Bay, Duke Point, and Langdale) as well as the vessels have had AEDs available for use by BC Ferries’ Occupational First Aid Attendants for a number of years. The AEDs for Denman Island East, Denman Island West and Hornby Island terminals will be installed later this year due to construction on the waiting rooms, which will bring the number of terminal locations up to 37. BC Ferries was not able to install the equipment at some minor terminals that do not have a secure waiting room.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Events Centre Business Plan Published

 Event Centre Business Plan
Click image to view/download PDF

The City of Nanaimo has published a detailed events centre business plan to give Nanaimo citizens full access to information they may need to make a decision in advance of a March 11 referendum. The business plan provides extensive details around estimated costs, projected revenue scenarios as well as cost of borrowing and estimated economic benefits resulting from construction and the events centre’s ongoing operations. The business plan is a comprehensive summary of information that had been released in sections in earlier reports.

The full report, as well as other reports and background information, can be viewed at


Chamber Sponsors Events Centre Public Debate

Public Debate & Discussion Feb. 28 - VICC

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is presenting an evening of community discussion and debate on both sides of the Events Centre Referendum Question Tuesday, at 6:30 pm on February 28 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “The intent is to provide a forum for both sides to come together in a non-political environment, and respectfully present their side. We want to appeal to undecided voters especially. We’re providing a platform for the community to publicly and openly question each side, remembering we are friends and neighbours first.”

The YES and NO side of the ballot question have formed leadership groups and have confirmed that their representatives will attend this presentation which will include a traditional, moderated debate, information session in advance, and a Q & A period to follow.

“After several City-sponsored information events, Chamber members still urged us to generate further independent discussion on this $80 million subject”, Smythe stated.The Chamber is the appropriate organization to act as an independent third party and offer opportunities for further community discussion.“

Since the Events Centre proposal surfaced, the Chamber has committed to a role as an information conduit between both sides and the business community. This strategy has been repeatedly reported in the Chamber’s weekly e-newsletter “NewsLine”, published online every Friday.

A Chamber survey on the Events Centre is planned for March 3 with publication of the results of members’ opinions on March 6 so that the business community’s thoughts can be known prior to the March 11 vote.

There is no charge for admission to the Events Centre Debate at Vancouver Island Conference Centre on February 28. More details will be released as available. 


Jazz Birthday Party Celebration

Sunday, February 26


Port Theatre, Nanaimo
7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $30
$25 for Nanaimo Jazz Festival Members
$15 for University or Diploma Students
$5 for High School and Younger Students

You're invited to a birthday party celebrating the first jazz recording - made on this day 100 years ago! Nanaimo may be the only place in the world to celebrate this birthday. What do you say to that, New Orleans, Chicago, New York . . . ? Featured are James McRae's Black-Lister-McRae Trio; Andrew Homzy's Nola NightHawks; and Nanaimo Jazz Jam, Inc.
Buy Tickets
Telephone the Ticket Centre 250-754-8550
Fascinating Rhythm, 51 Commercial Street, Nanaimo
Become a member of the Nanaimo Jazz Festival


Events Centre Open Houses - One New

Nanaimo residents wishing to learn more about a proposed events centre located on the downtown waterfront at 1 Port Drive are encouraged to attend one of four remaining open house events, including an additional event scheduled at Vancouver Island University. 

Each open house allows residents to get involved in this decision-making process by asking questions and examining the information that has been made available. The remaining open houses are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

February 23 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Harewood Activity Centre

March 1 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Beban Park Lounge

*NEW* March 7 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Vancouver Island University, Royal Arbutus Room


Nanaimo Events Centre Analysis

 Analysis of events centre

This article appears on Nanaimo Net, which is a Nanaimo news site published by well known journalist and past councillor Merv Unger. Mr. Weikum has appeared before council on a number of occasions expressing his concerns about the proposed Events Centre. During his most recent appearance he did give a brief summary of his extensive work history which I believe gives much weight to his analysis expressed in this article.

It is a lengthy and in-depth analysis and should be required reading for anyone wishing to make an informed decision come March 11 when you will be asked to give the City borrowing power for $80 million.


Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Cruise Ship Season - Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Schedule 2017
6 ships at Nanaimo terminal

Victoria Cruse Ship Schedule 2017
220+ ships at Ogden Point this year
 victoria crusie ships 2017
Click image to view complete 2017 schedule

It comes as no surprise that Victoria's cruise ship business continues to boom while Nanaimo's cruise ship business barely seems to sputter.

Since opening, the Nanaimo cruise ship terminal has never hosted as many ships as we did when they had to anchor in the harbour and bring passengers in via tender. This could have nothing to do with the terminal itself, but rather the fact that as much as we don't like to hear it, Nanaimo may simply not be a very attractive tourist destination.

We are just kidding ourselves if we think we can honestly compete with Victoria as a destination location for vacationers wanting to see beautiful British Columbia. We have/had a clean, interesting little downtown to stroll through, but hardly anything to write home about. Yes, we do have a waterfront walkway, but it really does pale compared to the Victoria inner harbour. Those with understanding of the cruise ship business realize you need more than a state of the art dock if you are going to gain reputation as a 'must-do' place in the cruise ship business.

With the upcoming referendum on building an $80 million event centre one has to wonder if the comparisons made with Victoria might be as invalid as comparing our cruise ship business with Victoria.

Just an idle thought, from an idle mind.


Clerk Threatened With Syringe - Robbery Attempt

Suspect caught minutes later

A 22 year old male is in police custody following an attempted robbery involving a syringe. No one was injured during the incident although several employees of the business were traumatized. The incident occurred at approximately 2 pm on Sunday February 19, 2017 at the Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns located on Wesley St.

Police were called by an employee of the business after a male entered carrying a syringe and demanding money from the till. Before receiving any cash, the suspect panicked and fled on foot. Numerous police officers were on scene within minutes and managed to locate the suspect in the area of Commercial St and Bastion. When found the male appeared to be in medical distress from a possible drug overdose and was immediately transported by attending paramedics to local hospital. Later that night, the suspect was cleared to be released from hospital and was turned over to waiting officers who arrested him for breaching the terms of a Recognizance from a previous robbery file. The actual robbery incident is still under investigation and the 22 year old will be making an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court later today.

The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services has been engaged and is actively assisting employees of the business who witnessed the ordeal


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cities Can Ban The Sale Of Pot

Can refuse business licence and ban sale
This CBC article reports a BC Supreme Court judge ruling that municipalities can regulate pot dispensaries through the use of bylaws which can deny a business licence and ban the sale of pot.

A few highlights from the judge's findings:

  • Pot can be regulated by a lower authority (Federal regulation does not negate this)
  • Federal laws don't guarantee access to medical pot through dispensaries

It would seem that our local governments can now quick ducking their responsibilities for not allowing illegal businesses to operate within their jurisdictions. Wonder if our Council will now finally step up and do something or will they keep their heads firmly planted in the sand?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Earth 'Shift' Causing Climate Change?

Visit Nanaimo Info Blog To View Video
Inuit Warn NASA and The World
"the Earth has shifted"
Climate change is not due to global warming, but by a shift in the earth.

Note: not speaking the language, I can't verify the subtitles that are being added, but it does seem these folk would know a lot more about weather patterns than the hired guns working on the carbon tax agenda.


Rogers Hometown Hockey Comes To Nanaimo

Welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey
to the Harbour City

Outdoor Skating rink opens Saturday Feb. 18 and will be open until Feb. 26. FREE admission, check the schedule HERE.

The zipline will open February 18, 19, 25, 26 from 10am - 5pm. Donations will be accepted by the local chapter of Kidsport February 18 & 19 and Loaves and Fishes Food Bank February 25 & 26.

In less than two weeks, Rogers Hometown Hockey will arrive in Nanaimo and we need your help giving them a warm welcome to the Harbour City!  Ron MacLean and Tara Slone are travelling coast-to-coast, making 24 stops in various communities across Canada. Nanaimo is one of the lucky ones this year, getting the opportunity to celebrate our love of hockey with several events leading up to their visit.

Paint the Town Red - This tradition started last year as a way to welcome the tour to each host city. Decorate your store displays and front doors, put posters in your windows, hang Canada flags, put those red Christmas lights back up or whatever other fun ideas you come up with to welcome the tour. In honour of Paint the Town Red, the Italian fountain (in front of Port Place Mall) and the HBC Bastion will have red lights shining until the end of the month.

Jersey Day - Mayor McKay will sign a proclamation on February 17 declaring February 24 to be Jersey Day! Wear your team jersey to celebrate hockey in Canada while you participate in the many events happening in Nanaimo in celebration of the tour stop.

Cheer Like Never Before Contest - Upload a video of your hockey team's cheer to win big with Rogers Hometown Hockey. The top five teams with the most votes on the Hometown Hockey website will be invited to take part in the festivities when the tour visits Nanaimo. The winning team will be in the running to win the ultimate NHL experience including a playoff viewing party hosted by a surprise NHL Alumni.

Many groups have come together to offer a list of events happening throughout the city to celebrate Rogers Hometown Hockey, including an outdoor skating rink, zipline over Swy-A-Lana Lagoon, a ball hockey tournament downtown, and more. For a full list of events please visit the link below.


Pianist Sarah Hagen - Port Theatre Feb. 21

Tuesday, February 21

The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and the Port Theatre present

Port Theatre, Nanaimo
7:30 p.m.
 Adults $32 | Members $28
Students $15 | eyeGO $5

Known for interpretations that exude passion and expressiveness, Sarah is performing Rachmaninoff’s complete Preludes Opus 32, a powerful, undiluted set of thirteen preludes composed in 1910 and rarely performed as a complete set. This incredible show is 90 minutes of music and insightful artist talk back.




Help first responders do their job safely 

The Nanaimo RCMP would like to remind the motoring public to Slow Down and Move Over when approaching emergency or official vehicles stopped on roads in British Columbia.

On January 1, 2015 the law was amended to require motorists to Slow Down and Mover Over, for all vehicles stopped alongside the road, which have flashing red, blue or amber lights. This change under the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations enhances safety for people working on roadways, such as police officers, paramedics, and fire crews. The laws also apply to maintenance crews, tow truck operators, or any other people authorized to work along roadways and utilize emergency lights.

Drivers must decrease their speed when approaching and passing a stopped emergency vehicle with emergency lights activated. Further, if there are two lanes in the same direction, drivers must move into the lane farthest from the emergency vehicle, if it is safe to do so. This gives emergency workers as much space as possible to complete their duties.
On a two lane roadway (single lane in each direction) motorists must slow down and pass the emergency vehicle only when it is safe to do so (motorists must yield to oncoming traffic).
Where the speed limit is 80 km/h or higher, drivers must slow to 70 km/h; where the speed limit is below 80 km/h, drivers must reduce their speed to 40 km/h. (Hint: think of it as the 70/40 rule.)
"We are worried for our safety every time we stop roadside,” said Steve Blunt, a local tow truck operator. “We can only assume motorists don't realize the law also applies to tow trucks. Cars and trucks keep blowing by us forcing us to always be looking back. We’re always wondering if one of the passing vehicles will side swipe us or run into. It’s just not right. “said Blunt.
City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue Chief Craig Richardson added “First responders are at risk on a daily basis. Citizens of Nanaimo can help protect us by slowing down and moving over so we can help others more safely.”
Constable Wayne Vaughn of the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit sees it all too often. “Just recently I stopped to assist a family whose vehicle, which was pulling a boat trailer, had blown a tire and as a result, were stranded roadside. I blocked the shoulder lane the best I could with all of my emergency lights on, including my direction arrow. I needed a safe pocket to get the tire repaired. Even then, there were vehicles squeezing past the broken down vehicle and my marked police car, honking their horns and not dropping to the 70 km/h zone. Some were well over 100 km/h.”  


$1800 Gold Bracelet Stolen

Thieves make off with high end jewelry

On Wednesday February 15, at approximately 3:30 pm a gold bracelet valued at $1800 was stolen from a north end jewelry store. 

The two suspects entered the business and asked the lone clerk to remove various pieces of jewelry from the display case. While the clerk was distracted, one of the suspects pocketed the bracelet. The theft was not realized until the two had left the business. 

The suspects were of Eastern European descent and had strong accents. Both were dressed all in black and one wore a traditional Russian fur hat with flaps that fold down. One suspect was approximately sixty; the other in his 30's and they said they were father and son.

It was later confirmed the two had visited several other jewelry stores throughout the day in Nanaimo. If you have information on this crime or the identity of the two suspects, contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.