Wednesday, 27 August 2014

PARKSVILLE STREET MARKET

Lineups at the food carts................
Streets shoulder to shoulder with shoppers
Craig Street Market bustling from one end to the other

CAN NANAIMO LEARN ANYTHING FROM PARKSVILLE?

This is the second time my wife and I have gone up to Parksville to check out their Tuesday Night Street Market and I must say we have been equally as impressed both times.

The sheer orgnanization is something to observe as an instant market springs up in short order when at least 100 (most likely many more) merchants set up their tents and set out their wares offering just about anything you can imagine, and some stuff you can't imagine.

The market officially opens at 6:00 pm and by 6:20 pm when we arrived the street was already crawling with shoppers. This was the last market of the season which is organized by the Parksville Chamber of Commerce.

What could Nanaimo learn from Parksville?

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THINGS ON THE NET THAT MAKE YA' SMILE

He finally caught one ..... but the rest of it got away..........

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DOWNTOWN MUSIC SERIES - AUG. 28

LAST ONE FOR THIS YEAR!
BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT!

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GOOGLE MAPS STREET VIEW IN NANAIMO



Google Maps street views are likely in for some updates soon as the Google Maps car complete with roof-mounted camera was spotted in the Townsite area of Nanaimo on Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Jim Taylor For Nanaimo City Council 2014


JIM TAYLOR SEEKS 
CITY COUNCIL SEAT


The civic duty of every member of a community is to engage in its governance. That belief compels me to announce my candidacy for a seat on Nanaimo City Council.

I face a tough, uphill battle as many candidates have wider recognition and potential support in the community, particularly the incumbents and those with lots of 'other people's money'.

I have attended nearly every City Council and Committee of the Whole meeting in person for the past six years, speaking as an independent delegate at many. I attended over 80 hours of budget review meetings. I have used my blog to question many, many spending decisions of this Council including major opposition to the $16 million city annex in-camera contract awarding in 2011. Most recently I have asked tough questions about the Lantzville water deal and the renovations to 25 Victoria Road and other issues not proven to be cost-effective or wise investments for Nanaimo taxpayers.

My hours of observing city hall convinces me there is a tax and spend mentality amongst council and staff that simply thinks the taxpayers’ purse is bottomless.

I operate the website www.nanaimo-info-blog.com and am a co-founder and president of the Nanaimo Ratepayers Association.

All this time I have been apprenticing for the honor of being a Nanaimo City Councillor and have earned a good understanding of how city hall works, or doesn’t work depending on your point of view.

In the coming weeks I will be introducing myself on the campaign trail for what I believe is one of the most important elections, Nanaimo has held in many years.

Platform bullet points:
  • ZERO TAX INCREASES FOR 5 YEARS ARE POSSIBLE
  • SENSIBLE SPENDING - WHAT TAXPAYERS CAN AFFORD NOT WHAT CITY HALL CAN IMAGINE
  • SENIOR STAFF WAGES, BENEFITS & GOLDEN HANDSHAKES ARE OUT OF CONTROL 
  • COUNCIL HAS TO START RUNNING CITY HALL NOT CITY STAFF 
 I look forward to your questions and ideas. www.JimTaylorForCouncil.com .

You can also visit and ask questions on my Facebook page.
 

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NEW VIHA OFFICE IN TERMINAL PARK


OUTSIDE WORK COMPLETE 

The outside work including the landscaping and parking lot changes are now complete on the new VIHA office buidling at Terminal Park Plaza.

When finished later this fall the building will house administrative staff working with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The building and dedicated parking has removed a considerable amount of parking from this area of the plaza.

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THINGS ON THE NET THAT MAKE YA' SMILE

You really can herd cats ...... and even put little hats on them......

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BURGER KING BUYS TIMMIES

Burger King Buys Tim Hortons
WARREN BUFFETS' COMPANY 
PUTS UP $3 BILLION IN DEAL

The Financial Post reports a $12.5 Billion merger deal that will see Burger King acquire Tim Hortons Inc making it the third-largest fast-food company and will see the company move it headquarters to Canada.

It has been reported that Canadian tax advantages are one of the reasons for the merger which will see combined business of about $23 Billion US in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.


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BOWEN ROAD FARMERS' MARKET Aug. 27



Bowen Road Farmers' Market
 Open Wednesday

The Bowen Road Farmers' Market which is open every Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:30 pm has become a very popular spot for those seeking local produce, meats, bread, baking, cheese, preserves etc. etc.

Musicians add to the 'flavour' of the market which is truly a unique experience in Nanaimo offering a wide range of specialty products and quality food items.

There are many vendors offering locally grown produce that is as fresh as it can be, unless you grew it yourself. You will also find artisan bread, meat products, soaps, honey, organic bird seed (for your feathered friends) to name a few items.

So put a big circle on your calendar for Wednesday's and be sure to arrive early as some of the most popular vendors, simply sell out of product.

The market is located at Beban Park on the VIEX grounds ....... you can't miss it!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

BOAT FLIPS PUTS 9 IN WATER



A boating accident near Entrance Island resulted in 9 people ending up in the water Monday afternoon. Apparently for reasons not yet clear the boat flipped spilling the occupants into the chilly water, where they were rescued by the Entrance Island light keeper.

They were brought to the inner harbour docks by the Port Authority vessel where several were treated for hypothermia and given dry clothing.

The cause of the accident will be under investigation by Transport Canada Marine Safety. The above photos show two ambulances in attendance and several people being treated on the pier after coming off of the Port Authority vessel.

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NANAIMO DAILY PUBLISHER MOVES ON


Hugh Nicholson Daily News Photo
PUBLISHER HUGH NICHOLSON 
LEAVES NANAIMO DAILY NEWS

It was reported in the Daily that publisher Hugh Nicholson will be leaving the Daily and Nanaimo headed for his 'dream job' in Toronto with NRS Media.

Commenting on Nanaimo Nicholson is quoted as saying: "Nanaimo needs strong leadership and more people willing to get engaged. I don't think that I've ever worked in a place where taxpayers were held in such contempt by senior city staff and most of council. It's been wonderful from a newspaper standpoint: it's the gift that keeps on giving. There is never a dull moment."

We wish Mr. Nicholson all the best in his new position and since he is moving to Toronto from Nanaimo we feel compelled to offer our heartfelt condolences.

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STOCK THE LOCKERS PROGRAM NEEDS SUPPORT

Karma van der Goes, 8 years old, donates $10 of her birthday money

STOCK THE LOCKERS CAMPAIGN 
Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 2014

You can help Stock the Lockers for local students in need by making your cash or cheque donations at:
  • Staples
  • Ladysmith & District Credit Union
  • Nanaimo Coastal Community Credit Unions
  • Nanaimo - Ladysmith Shools Foundation
The foundation hopes to raise $50,000 this year to help local students in need. Your donation can buy school supplies as follows:
  • $25 for Kindergarten
  • $40 for Grade 3
  • $50 for Grade 7
  • $50 - $200 for high school, depending on courses

Phone 250-753-4074 or visit the Foundations' website.

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Yup ----- IT DOES LOOK LIKE THE NEW COMMERCIAL ST.


The new 'street' that now goes through Port Place Mall from Terminal Ave. to Front Street looked every bit the commercial street on Saturday afternoon with pedestrian traffic everywhere and a steady stream of cars taking advantage of the angle parking in front of the shops.

Commercial Street at the same time did have some activity but I dare say there was far more trade and commerce transacted in Port Place than along Commercial Street. The one thing the new commercial street has that the old Commercial Street is sadly lacking is a mix of merchants that attract you to the area.

Now about that Italian Fountain ....... when are the owners of Port Place Mall going to pony up and restore it to it's former glory like they should?

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Since 1923


Lawn Bowlers enjoying perfect weather on Saturday afternoon at the bowling green located in Bowen Park.

The club is always looking for and welcoming new members who are interested in the benefits the sport provides such as fresh air, friendship, competition and co-operation.

For more information about the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club you can visit their website.

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Must Live Close By



This looks like the same cute fellow I saw on the fence the other day. This time he/she was playing hide and seek in the backyard tree. He is the reason I have to put a screen over my fish every night.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

CHROME WRAPPED FERARRI SHOW STOPPER


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It took six days and $13,000 to wrap this Ferarri in a shiny chrome 'wrap'. It is the same process as you usually see with vehicles covered with advertising or other messages. Apparently the material lasts about five years and can easily be removed.

An upside to the wrap is that the paint underneath stays protected and retains it original finish. It is owned by a nightclub owner in Victoria who makes a habit of stepping outside the box.

Obviously sunglasses are a must if you are driving this beauty on a nice bright sunny day.

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NOT NANAIMOS' COMMERCIAL STREET . . . . . . OR IS IT ?


PORT PLACE MALL 


The renovations to the old Harbour Park Mall have clearly been a big improvement to the tired old mall that had been the centre of shopping for years. It gradually fell into decline as the commercial-march-north forever changed Nanaimo shopping habits. Once upon a time downtown Nanaimo was crawling with shoppers on a Saturday morning as Sears and Eatons offered up their wares from Harbour Park Mall. That trend of course now has changed and the same hordes head for Woodgrove, Nanaimo North Town Centre and Country Club Mall.

The same company that has renovated Port Place Mall are also the owners of the retail space on Commercial Street beneath the conference centre. Of note is the fact that Port Place Mall is all but leased out, while there are still many vacancies along Commercial Street. I dare say a traffic count on any given day would reveal that Port Place 'Mall' has replaced Commercial Street as the commercial street downtown.

It is unfortunate that city hall did not insist on the developer making the needed improvements to the Italian Fountain which arguably is a potential show piece for the new mall. Now it would appear the Nanaimo taxpayer is going to be fully on the hook for the repairs resulting from years of neglect.

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CALEDONIA READY FOR RAIDERS SUNDAY



The new bleachers and change rooms are ready for the second VI Raiders home game this weekend when they host the Langley Rams on Saturday Aug. 23 at 4:00 PM. The Raiders will be looking to even the score after losing to the Rams on their home turf 36 - 44 last July 26.

The new digs failed to work magic at the Aug. 16 home opener against the Okanagan Sun when they were trounced 64 - 20 at home which followed a 38 - 0 defeat on the Suns' home turf August 9th.

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NAC Closes For Maintenance Aug 30 - Sept. 29



The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (NAC) will be closing for annual maintenance and upgrades starting Saturday, August 30 and will reopen Monday, September 29.

The work being done in the pools this year include maintenance of the boat play feature, moveable floor, bulkhead, tanks and wave machine. Just as with the Beban Park pool, NAC will be converting the pools from chlorine gas to chlorine pucks. New showers will be installed in the disabled change rooms.

Beban Park pool and weight room will reopen Tuesday, September 2 with extended hours during the NAC shutdown. Please note all facilities are closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 1 however, lifeguards will be on duty at Westwood Lake from 12 pm to 6 pm that day.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

YOUNG ANGLER TRYING HER LUCK

 FISHY FISHY ON MY HOOK

While checking out local fishing the other day I observed a pleasant site. The young lady on the right was being instructed in the finer points of angling (by her father or brother) as she tried her luck at the mouth of the Millstone River downtown.

Large numbers of pinks are expected back this year which is great news for local fishing fans. Some folk turn up their nose at pinks, claiming they are only good for smoking, but I tend to disagree. I seldom have complaints when I add some lemon, butter, brown sugar, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce to a filet, and then lay it skin down of the BBQ. I make sure to oil the skin, and put the filet into a basket to make it easy to lift off the grill.

Should there be some leftover (not likely) it makes for a great salmon sandwich when you mix the cold salmon with your favourite mayo and spice.

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NOT SOMETHING YOU SEE EVERY DAY

SMALL MOTORCYCLE COMPLETE WITH SIDECAR

Not something you see everyday cruising around Nanaimo, this small motorcylce and sidecar caught my attention the other day on the Highway just before the Brechin Road intersection.

If you look closely at the sidecar you can see the top of a yellow helmet worn by a young passenger. From what I could see the sidecar could only accommodate very small people.

(In case you are wondering, yes we were stopped, and no I did not take the picture while driving.)

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DEPARTURE BAY RD. CONSTRUCTION

 One Lane Traffic Each Way

Construction on Departure Bay Rd. right behind Brook's Landing has two lanes closed temporarily. It creates a few bottlenecks from time to time as normal two lane traffic has to squeeze into one lane.

It is a tricky place to control traffic as you have a very busy spot with traffic heading into or out of Departure Bay all day long and it is close to the Island Highway intersection as well, so it can get quite congested quite quickly if they don't keep traffic rolling along.

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MORE TEMPORARY ART IN NANAIMO


A carving of an Octopus by local artist Dan Ritchie adorns a corner in the popular downtown waterfront park which is also home to the Dunganess Crab carving installed last year by the same artist. If you look closely you will see a young visitor getting close up and personal with Mr. Crab.


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Thursday, 21 August 2014

VI Raiders Fundraiser This Sunday

FORD DONATES $20 FOR EVERY TEST DRIVE

This Sunday, August 24 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Steve Marshall Ford will be at the Country Grocer on Bowen Rd. helping raise money for the Vancouver Island Raiders.

Steve Marshall is teaming up with Ford Canada who will donate $20 to the Raiders for every person who drives a Ford vehicle during the event.

You can come out and test drive a Focus, Fiesta, Fusion, F-150 and Escape and help out the VI Raiders Football club. Great cars ............... great cause!

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Nanaimo Farmers' Markets This Weekend


 Nanaimo & Area Farmers' Markets

Nanaimo Downtown Farmers' Market
Open Friday ( May 11 - Oct. 5, 2012)

We are proud to say that we believe our market is one of the prettiest on the island. We have a large base of drop in vendors which keep our market ever changing. We enjoy watching the eagles fly overhead, the boats coming and going and the planes taking off every Friday. Our vendors always have a smile for our visitors. Open from First Friday in May to Friday before Thanksgiving.

Also open for all cruise ship dates Fri 10:00am to 2:00pm.

90 Front Street, Nanaimo. On Pioneer Waterfront Plaza  For more information visit their website at www.nanaimofarmersmarket.com or call 250-754-1998.


Bowen Road Farmers' Market
Open Wednesday (May 16 - Oct. 2012)

The Bowen Road Farmers’ Market is brand new! It was started by a group of people concerned about our ever quickly changing world, the loss of rurality, food production, food sustainability and the connection to the earth. Our market is fun and vibrant market. Weekly we feature musicians and of course a wide variety of friendly vendors and excellent products produced by organic growers who transport their food within a 50 mile radius. Come to the Bowen Road Farmers’ Market and meet the person who grows and produces the food you eat. See you soon!

Open from May 16 to October 31, 2012, Wed 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Located at 2300 Bowen Road Behind Beban Park,in the VIEX fairground. For more information call 250-390-5199 or visit their website HERE.


 Lantzville Farmers' Market
Open Sunday (May 27 - Oct. 2012)
Located in the parking lot of St. Philips Church, 7113 Lantzville Road this new market will be open from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Sundays from May 27th through to October.
The new market promises to be a meeting place for friends and neighbours giving access to healthy, local food.
For information contact lantzvillefarmersmarket@gmail.com.




Cedar Farmers' Market
Open Sunday (May 13 - Oct. 28, 2012)

Take a Sunday drive out into the country, park in the fields of the Crow and Gate Neighbourhood Pub, feel grassy field below your feet and talk with the farmer that grows your food.

Open from May 13 to October 28, 2012 Sun 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Field of the Crow and Gate Pub, 2313 Yellowpoint Road, Nanaimo, B.C.

For more information visit their website at www.cedarfarmersmarket.com or call 250-668-5783


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Activity Guide Out Aug. 23/14



It's that time again - the City of Nanaimo Fall and Winter Activity Guide will be ready for pick up starting August 23.

The guide features a variety of programs for all ages at facilities and parks throughout Nanaimo as well as information on other community programs. Starting Wednesday, August 27, registrants can sign up for programs such as Parent and Tot Floor Hockey, Learn to DJ, Creative Christmas Cards, Thai Cooking, Adult Hip Hop, Spanish Conversation, African Drumming, Spin Class, Circus Yoga, Streetwise Cycling, Dodge Ball, Skating Lessons and Swimming Lessons.

The public can also try out a variety of classes and activities for free during one of two Sampler Weeks being offered in the Fall and Winter. The first Sampler Week will be held Sunday, September 7 to Friday, September 12 and the second will be held Monday, January 5 to Saturday, January 10.

The Fall and Winter Activity Guide will be out Saturday, August 23 and can be picked up at all City of Nanaimo recreation facilities, local grocery stores, malls and libraries.

For online registration login information, contact the City at 250-756-5200.

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