Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Leadercast Investigation Notice of Motion


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Bestwick Notice of Motion


The above is the audio of the notice of motion as read into the record by Councillor Bill McKay. We are now told that either city staff or city council sought legal advice relating to this motion. The advice they received apparently led them to the conclusion the motion must be dealt with 'in-camera'.

As with most things legal, differing opinions are the norm. One lawyer may think this warrants the secrecy of going in-camera, while another may not agree. I hope the citizens of Nanaimo have the opportunity to seek a second legal opinion, as it seems almost inconceivable what is contained in this motion that would warrant such secrecy.

Listen to the motion yourself, and as an armchair lawyer, can see you why this motion could not be dealt with in an open council meeting??

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Worth Repeating - Nanaimo City Hall & Democracy



This first appeared on Nanaimo Info Blog last April and certainly is worth repeating in light of what is currently happening with the Leadercast investigation motion and what appears to be an attempt to remove it from public view!! Listen to the two tapes of what senior staff think about the process!

Reduces Public Participation
Muzzles Councillors Who Don't Agree

Two alarming documents are currently being considered by this city council, which will affect how the city get's run for decades and they do nothing to comfort the average taxpayer. They will effectively reduce the opportunity for public input and can be used to control councilors who may be in strong disagreement with a council decision.

I have personally watched the committee meetings where both of these documents were considered in their draft form and as a big fan of democracy, the hairs on the back of my neck stood straight up! That is no exaggeration. My biggest fear, is that once again the average Nanaimo voter will simply continue to snooze as their ability to participate in the process is eroded further. The over use and mis-use of the in-camera process has been a hallmark of this council, and if implemented, these two new documents will pretty much shut out most of the public. In my opinion, based on different comments I heard at both of these meetings, there is a disturbing tone held by the majority of council as to how city governance should be conducted.

I urge anyone who wishes to hang onto the last shreds of public input in city affairs to visit the city website and download copies of 'Draft Procedure Bylaw of the City of Nanaimo, Revised March 18, 2014' and the 'City of Nanaimo Governance Framework Roles & Responsibilities".

If you think the public is being shut out of the decision making process now, with secret in-camera meetings, minutes of these meetings that are incomplete as to what was said and what advice was given by staff, then brother, if these two documents are adopted without revision ....... you ain't seen nothing yet.

These documents, if adopted will have affect on councilors elected this fall, and frankly, I think both should be put on the shelf until after the next election, and these documents need to be a hot item in the next civic election.

City Mayor & City Manager Not Qualified?

Between our Mayor and City Manager the taxpayers of Nanaimo are paying over $300,000 per year to govern the city of Nanaimo. The Mayor is in his sixth year in office, and I believe our city manager has over 20 years experience with the city, yet they had to hire three outside consultants to tell them how to do their jobs. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that people being paid that kind of money should be past the intern stage?

Listen Carefully to the opinions expressed by top city staff!






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What Is City Hall Afraid Of Now??

OPEN & TRANSPARENT?

ACCOUNTABLE & RESPONSIBLE?

More Democracy - 'Nanaimo'Style'??


What in the world is this city council up to now? Do they actually have any idea how this looks like they are afraid of what an investigation into the Leadercast fiasco will reveal if it proceeds in an open council? Does Nanaimo really need anymore bad press?

Councillor Bestwick's 'notice of motion' was read in open Council by Councillor McKay at the end of the July 14th city council meeting. Basically this motion (as I understand it) calls for an independent investigation into the events that led up to the Leadercast simulcast cancellation of May 5th.

For reasons unexplained we are now being told this is a 'labour' issue and is therefore being taken behind the veil of secrecy offered by the in-camera process. Those familiar with how information can be controlled and manipulated will take no comfort in this piece of manoeuvrings which once more would remove all public scrutiny.

If the suggestion is that this will somehow implicate staff, and therefore needs to be done in secret, it raises the reason for suspicion even higher in my humble opinion. If there is nothing to fear, then why the need for secrecy?

Ezra Levant will be in town tomorrow with Mr. Carpay hosting a BBQ at Maffeo Sutton Park, and while his style is 'over the top', perhaps he might have an opinion on how this city council is proceeding with the investigation that led to the Leadercast fiasco. Is this another example of how this council thinks that democracy should be administered? Only involve the public, when it is convenient, and shut them out when it means you might be held accountable?

I hope we are not heading for even more unwelcome national attention  with this latest example of 'Democracy - Nanaimo Style".

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The 'Real World' vs Nanaimo City Hall

A recent article in the local Daily referred to the severance pay being offered to employees of Canpar who are being laid off as Loomis is now taking over their contracts. The article said the union would be arguing for larger severance packages as what is being offered is 2 days for each year of service, according to Federal guidelines.

That is an example of the 'real world' which is in sharp contrast to the world of the entitled and privileged that work for the city of Nanaimo.

Consider the following examples of severance pay recently paid out, courtesy of the Nanaimo taxpayer:

Jerry Berry .........$480,000

Per Kristensen ...$272,473

Douglas Holmes .$239,602

Andrew Tucker ...$136,247

You might be wondering "who the hell has been watching our tax dollars?".

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Things on the net that make ya' smile

What could go wrong Billy-Bob??

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Is City Hall Trustworthy In Dam Decisions?


A Vote of Non-confidence Warranted?


Trustworthy by definition is worthy of confidence, as an adjective it means being able to be relied on to do or provide what is needed or right: deserving of trust.

One definition of confidence is faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way (have confidence in a leader).


The Dams Will Fail In A Seismic Event - 150 Deaths Possible


That was the official mantra coming from city hall last year in their efforts to remove the dams in Colliery Dams Park by convincing the public how dangerous they were. There was a very concerted, and costly exercise undertaken by city hall under Al Kenning's guidance to get the dams removed in spite of strong opposition. One could be forgiven for thinking the motive to get them ripped out, would be to destroy the evidence that they were not as vulnerable as we were being led to believe.

In the beginning it appeared that all of council supported this decision, but as public pressure mounted councillors Pattje, McKay, Kipp and Bestwick seemed willing to look at what might be considerably less costly options than they had first been presented with. However, Mayor Ruttan, Councillors Brennan, Greves, Johnston and Anderson held steadfast to the need to remove the dams since they presented such a high level of threat to Harewood. These five never seemed to be willing to accept any other opinion, other than that coming from the city manager who was leading the charge in concert with Mr. Simms, Ms Clift and Mr. Hickey. In spite of the lack of qualifications of these managers in the field of dams and dam safety, the majority of council seemed unwilling to listen to any other opinions.

Had it not been for the intervention of Chief Douglas White, city staff would have gotten their way, and the evidence would have been forever destroyed as the contract for removal was mere minutes away from council approval.

At that point we are now told we had spent $1,000,000 on what was a completely flawed process based on incomplete data and far too much speculation to base such serious decisions upon. This calls into question the ability of city staff and this city council to exercise trustworthy judgment in which we can put our confidence. If that judgment is so flawed in this instance, what does it say for other decisions that have been made in recent years?



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Nanaimo Bathtub Race & Marine Festival - 2014

Nanaimo Marine Festival and
World Championship Bathtub Race

Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, 2014

48th annual "Great" INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 
BATHTUB RACE
Salutes the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce 125th Anniversary

Friday to SundayMaffeo Sutton Park
Food Vendors, Arts & Crafts Fair, Children's Craft Tent, Static Displays, Kiddies Karnival
Saturday at 10:30amSailpast on Wheels Fun Parade
Starting at Selby Street, proceeding down Fitzwilliam Street and along Front Street to Cliff Street
Saturday at DuskFireworks in the Nanaimo Harbour
Sunday at 11:00amWorld Championship Bathtub Race
Race starts in Nanaimo Harbour and finishes at approximately Noon at Departure Bay beach


Download Schedule

Event Schedule


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Nanaimo Bathtub Race - Beginning Days


Bathtub Racing Started In 1967

The above picture shows Frank Ney with the earliest racing bathtub at Long Lake in Nanaimo. It really does look like a bathtub someone put the plug in and slapped a motor onto. Who would have thought that decades later the sleek racing machines of today, while still being bathtubs have evolved into three classes, Stock, Modified and Super Modified.

The bottom picture shows the frothing sea when as many as 200 tubs and 800 escort boats took part in the test of endurance and bravery as man and machine pitted themselves against each other but more importantly against the unforgiving ocean just waiting to take them to Davey Jones Locker!

In the early days, all the tubs and their escort boats assembled in the harbour and took off together, with the resulting prop wash sinking many hapless tubbers before barely getting past the starting line. A special award was given to the tub with the dubious distinction of being the first to sink!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

BC Summer Games Nanaimo - Close



The 2014 BC Summer Games came to a close on Sunday in Nanaimo.  Over 3200 athletes, coaches and officials from across B.C. competed in 19 sports during the four day event.

The rain held off at the Closing Ceremony and the audience was treated to entertainment from local talents, Mikaila Tombe and dancers from Vibrant Dance Studios and Tempo Dance Academy as well as 13 year-old Ian Perry and his band from Gabriola Island.

Four time Olympian and BC Games Society Board member, Dave Calder, spoke to the athletes and reminded them that medals and sucesses are not the only things to be taken from these Games.  "Remember that you learn lessons from all your successes and failures and each experience is important."

Port Alberni Wrestler, Nolan Badovinac was recognized with the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence.  With two gold medals at the 2014 BC Summer Games and an impressive resume of sport and leadership success, Badovinac receives a $2500 bursary to support his future sport or educational expenses.

The City of Nanaimo was a suberb host with over 3200 volunteers working on every detail of the planning and staging of the Games.  Local businesses contributed in excess of $900,000  as to support the Games.

Her Honour the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was present to speak to the audience and officially close the Games.

The next BC Games will next be hosted in the City of Penticton for the 2016 BC Winter Games.  Penticton Box Lacrosse athletes, Travis Hamilton and Michael Maclean, accepted the BC Games flag from Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games President, Jeff Lott to take back to their city.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Nanaimo Fire Rescue - Rooftop Rescue

 Injured worker on roof receives first aid
 Bucket pressed into service to bring the injured man safely down
 Delicate work manoeuvring over trees and avoiding overhead wires
Getting into the 'just right' position, not as easy as it looks
Preparing to move the injured worker into the bucket
Worker safe and secure in the bucket
The return trip from rooftop to the waiting ambulance
Waiting for the patient to be delivered
Safely moved to the gurney and headed for more care
Patient loaded into ambulance headed for the hospital
Everything going back into place and ready for the next call

Rooftop Injury leads to delicate rescue


Saturday morning on the job didn't turn out quite the way one worker had planned I am sure. While working on the roof of a house on Terminal Ave. the worker slipped and apparently broke his leg making it impossible for him to get off the roof under his own power.

This resulted in Nanaimo Fire Resuce crews having to execute a rather delicate exercise to offer first aid to the injured man while on the roof and then safely bring him down for a trip in the waiting ambulance.



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Nanaimo Vital Signs® Survey


Nanaimo's First Vital Signs® survey
Needs YOUR Input (Win $200)

How do you feel about the overall health of Nanaimo's residents? Is it easy to get around the city? What about the availability of suitable housing? Where does the city stand on current environmental issues? These are just a few topics that are identified in Nanaimo's first-ever Vital Signs® survey.

Sponsored by Island Savings, the Nanaimo Foundation together with the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island and the City of Nanaimo are pleased to be presenting Nanaimo's very first Vital Signs® report -- a check-up on our community.

Community engagement is key to the success of this annual check-up, and we need you to weigh in on ten critical issue areas. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete and no personal information will be kept and you will not be contacted as a result of completing this survey.

Also, respondents to this survey are invited to enter a prize draw (minimum $200 value) to be made on August 16th, 2014. To be eligible, please complete this survey and fill out the prize information section at the end of the survey by August 15, 2014.


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Friday, 18 July 2014

Let The Games Begin



Competition Heats Up on Day One at the 2014 BC Summer Games

The first full day of competition at the Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games is complete.  Preliminary qualifiers for all team sports are underway leading towards the final rounds later this weekend.  Some of the highlights from some of the individual competitions are listed below.

Swimming


A lot of hardware was handed out at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre this afternoon. Campbell River’s Cianna Dunn had a standout day, winning both Gold and Silver in her events. 13-year-old Austin Phillips from Kamloops took home a pair of Gold medals in the pool.  Special Olympic athlete Amanda Schleppe from Okanagan Falls took home a full set of medals today and will compete for five more over the course of the weekend.  Michael Mitchell won double Gold in 200m backstroke and 50m free.  Nanaimo’s own Reid Della-Rosa took home a Gold and Silver before an excited hometown crowd.


Synchronized Swimming

Making a splash at the Beban Park Pool the synchronized swimming got underway today with the figures competition.  Tier 2/3 winners were Julie Preston from Parksville, Gold; Jenna Krawchuk from Nanaimo, Silver and Kendall Stirrat from Vancouver, Bronze.  In Tier 4/5 Figures; Claire Heir-Salvi from Burnaby was awarded Gold, Julia Palfryman from Vernon, Silver and Zara Herbert from Vancouver took home bronze.

Equestrian 

Equestrian competition kicked off today at the Beban Park Equestrian Centre with four sets of medals being handed out in Dressage, Para-Dressage, Vaulting and Jumping.  Daelen Cleugh from Duncan and his horse Victor took the Gold in Para-Dressage and Lea von Salzen from Victoria also took gold in Dressage with her horse Lady Londonberry.  Casandra Lashmar and her horse Big Sky leaped their way to Gold in the Jumping Competition.  After just a few months of training together, Hailey Down from Cloverdale took gold with her horse Tristen.

Athletics

Vancouver Island heated up the track today at Rotary bowl, taking home a combined 3 Gold medals. Madison Heisterman from Nanaimo took home Gold in the 1200m race.  Dominic Boar pole vaulted his way to Gold before a hometown crowd.   Vancouver Island-Central Coast boy won Gold in the 4 x 400m relay.  Members of the team include; Luke Armstrong from Duncan, Simon Morrison from Nanoose Bay, Jack Cooper from Victoria and Daniel Beaule from Comox rounded out the team.

Canoe/ Kayaking

It was all in the family for the Atkins sibling duo from Chilliwack, who paddled their way to the podium this afternoon at Nanaimo River.  Austin Atkins took home two Gold medals in the C-1 and K-1 Slalom events.  Sister Madison took home Gold in the K-1 and a bronze in C-1 on Long Lake this afternoon. Other top K-1 girls’ finishers were Isabel Taylor and Isabel Peters taking Silver and Bronze respectively.

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Pipers Lagoon On A Summer Eve



One of our favourite spots for an evening stroll is Piper's Lagoon Park where you can take a refreshing evening stroll and watch the sun set as it dances across the Lagoon and kisses an arbutus 'good night'.

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Bulk Barn Opens In Terminal Park Nanaimo

Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening

Located in the storefront once occupied by Blockbuster Video in Terminal Park, Bulk Barn is now officially open offering a huge assortment of quality bulk food products and complementary packaged items. The store is a family owned and operated franchise offering Nanaimo shoppers a wide range of premium quality bulk food products.

Bulk Barn is Canada's largest bulk food retailer with stores across the country. Established in 1982, Bulk Barn has successfully expanded to over 200 stores offering its customers an amazing assortment of products for an exciting unique shopping experience. The Head Office is located in Aurora, Ontario.

Bulk Barn has become synonymous with a wide range of premium quality bulk food products and complementary packaged items. Our concept is built around a bright, clean, controlled environment with friendly and courteous staff. Emphasis is on freshness and selection of quality product at competitive prices, where customers may buy as much or as little as they wish.

Bulk Barn we carries over 4,000 products — everything from soup to nuts, candy, snacks, baking and candy-making ingredients and supplies, cereals, grains, spices from the everyday to the exotic, dried fruits, nutritional vitamins and supplements, health and natural food products, pet food, plus everything you need to throw a great party. They strive to keep their product offering current with their customer's needs.

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BC Summer Games - Nanaimo Schedule


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Canoe and Kayak Races - July 18 - Nanaimo



The Calm Before the Storm for Canoe and Kayak Athletes  

Starting Friday morning, BC Summer Games athletes will be kayaking and canoeing through the slalom course seen from the Cedar Bridge.

In this event, racers must navigate between gates that are suspended from wires stretched across the river. Athletes must race through the gates in the fastest time, without touching them to avoid a time penalty. The gates are coloured, meaning that some must paddle through by going upstream or downstream throughout the course.


This will be an exciting event to check out that is full of speed and precision. Spectators can watch the races from Cedar Bridge, which has an eagle's eye view of the finish line, or from the water's edge. Come early and grab a spot as some spectators have already visited the race site to scope out the best views.
Races will begin at 8:30am with the Mens Kayak and Canoe races, followed by the Women. Once the slalom course is finished, competitions will continue at the next location on Long Lake starting at 1:00PM. Metal presentations will be held at 4:30PM at the Inn on Long Lake.



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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Nanaimo City Council Meeting July 21, 2014


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  Nanaimo City Council Meeting

Monday July 21, 2014
4:30 PM Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Island Conference Centre
  • Dr. Dave Witty presentation regards the next steps for the South Downtown Waterfront Initiative
  • DVP 6057 Doumont Rd.
  • Nanaimo Yacht Club Waterfront Walkway Upgrade
  • Summary Cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication reports
  • New provincial liquor policy changes
  • Changes to pricing in licenced establishments
  • 2014 Grants advisory committee recommendations PTE requests
  • Unresolved building defiiencies
  • Island pallet solutions ltd. termination of lease and demolition of improvements
  • Request for qualifications for environmental services 1 Port Drive
  • Strategic plan implementation progress
  • Lantzville water agreement update
  • 2014 Reserves
  • VIEX and pacific sport grants
  • Quarterly direct award purchases
  • Quarterly single submission purchases
  • South Fork water treatment plant update
  • Partnership with BC Hydro, appliance rebate program
  • 2014 sport tournament grant requests - final uptake
  • Travel assistance grant recommendations
  • Request for approval in principle Nanaimo Curling Club Lease
  • Delegation regarding the cancellation of the Leadercast event at the VICC

      Democracy Is Too Important To Leave To The Politicians
      Do Your Civic Duty By Getting Informed and Getting Involved

      If you say: " I'm too busy just trying to keep it together to get involved, consider that perhaps, if you were more involved you might not be having so much trouble keeping it together "!

      You can view this Council Meeting Agenda here - - -  Agenda .

      If you can't attend council meetings in person (preferred) you can watch regular council meetings on Shaw cable channel #4. You can also watch the meetings live on the city website using this link. 

      The regular city council meetings are the only ones broadcast live on either Shaw Cable or streaming video from the city website. The Committee of the Whole meetings, while not broadcast live are recorded and can be viewed on the city website HERE.


       Some Council Decisions You Might Want To Think About

      The city just agreed to pay an outside firm nearly $25,000 to review the city website's content and set up a navigation structure. Our IT head gets paid about $150,000 a year and IT staff are paid at least $37.00/hr. and yet they can't properly set up the city website?

      The city paid a consulting firm $75,000 for the purpose of reviewing and developing governance-related policy, structures and processes. (In other words to tell the city manager and mayor how to do their jobs). A recommendation that came out of this report was the hiring of Alison Habkirk (an associate of Jerry Berry) at a cost of $8500, again to tell city management and council how to do their jobs.
       
      Council decided to spend $120,000 to install a public toilet at Diana Krall Plaza.

      Council decided to spend at least $200,000 on the old theatre on Victoria Rd. when a $20,000 solution would have done, until it is decided what is to be done with the building long term. Two engineers have raised questions about the seismic standard of the building, but staff seem content to ignore the concern.  

      By deciding to bring downtown parking enforcement 'in-house' which was supposed to save tax dollars, we are now going to lose $140,000 in the first year.

      We are paying over $60,000/yr. for downtown parking attendants (meter maids).

      We gave a $300,000 tax exemption to the bar operating in the old train station. This exemption was originally thought to apply to the area of the train station used as a train station and not the area operating as a pub.   

      Council decided to spend $170,000 on an electric Zamboni, when a propane fueled one costs $80,000 and does the same job.

      Council decided to spend thousands of dollars to implement a policy of banning the sale of bottled water at civic facilities.

      Council decided to add another $700,000 to the $844,000,000 financial plan to pay for a communications person (spin doctor), do you think that is a good use of YOUR tax dollar??

      Two years ago they decided to spend $16,000,000.00 on a new staff office, an amount equal to YOUR tax increase for 5 years! 





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      Bathtub Race July 27, 2014

      Nanaimo Great International World Championship Bathtub Race
      Nanaimo Marine Festival July 25 - 27 2014

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      Heatwave Coming To An End?

      More moderate temperatures coming our way

      While you will never hear me complain about the sunshine or the heat, and I have enjoyed the recent warm spell as much as anyone I must say the forecast for a return to more moderate temperatures is welcome.

      We still we be having lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures, but we are also supposed to get some much needed rain (my garden says awwwwww).

      The more moderate temperatures should also be good news for all the athletes competing in the BC Summer Games this weekend also.

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      Wednesday, 16 July 2014

      Complete Burning Ban In Nanaimo Effective July 17

      All Open Burning Prohibited

      PARKSVILLE – Effective at noon on July 17, 2014, all open burning (including campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires) will be prohibited in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre except the “fog zone” and Haida Gwaii.

      This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The fire danger rating is currently “high” throughout most of the Coastal Fire Centre, with scattered pockets of “extreme”.

      This prohibition will remain in place until Oct. 15, 2014, or until the public is notified that it has been rescinded. A map of the areas affected by the prohibition is available online at: http://bit.ly/1yov78I
      This prohibition applies to campfires and open burning of any size or description, including fires with a burn registration number and industrial burning. The use of fireworks, burning barrels, tiki torches and sky lanterns is also not permitted.

      The prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

      This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. Please check with local governments for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.
      With the current trend of warm and dry weather, as well as lightning-caused wildfires in the region, human-caused wildfires can divert critical resources and crews needed to fight naturally occurring wildfires.

      The Coastal Fire Centre covers the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including South Tweedsmuir Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, all of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

      Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

      To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

      For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://bcwildfire.ca


      In Nanaimo City

      All open burning is banned in the City of Nanaimo with the exception of propane fired burners and briquette bbq's.

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      #ExploreNanaimo Campaign



      TOURISM NANAIMO AND NANAIMO AIRPORT 
      LAUNCH NEW #EXPLORENANAIMO CAMPAIGN

      With an expected 4000 visitors coming to Nanaimo for the 2014 BC Summer Games, Tourism Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Airport are engaging locals and visitors to share their favourite places and experiences in the region. The brand-new “#ExploreNanaimo” campaign microsite www.explorenanaimobc.com showcases content contributed by residents of the Nanaimo region, allows visitors to get the inside scoop on what to do, see and experience, and connects them to exclusive #ExploreNanaimoOffers deals. This is a great way to create raving fans and advocates for our stunning destination!

      The #ExploreNanaimo campaign launched the first week of July, and will continue until July 20th (and beyond). The microsite www.explorenanaimobc.com aggregates social content from Twitter & Instagram tagged with #ExploreNanaimo, and is also be fed by Tourism Nanaimo’s Facebook & Pinterest ExploreNanaimo pages. The site also features a “Create your own postcard” function, with which visitors can select from a variety of photos & captions, and send a little Nanaimo to everyone they know!

      There will be weekly prize giveaways and a Grand Prize for a GoPro camera, as well as some bonus prizing for sharing content, overall engagement & use of the hashtag.

      Local Nanaimo & Region businesses are encouraged to participate in the campaign by tagging offers and deals promoted through their own social media channels with the #ExploreNanaimoOffers tag. Using this tag will aggregate the offers onto the campaign website. There’s also a prize available for the best stakeholder engagement in the campaign as well as an incentive for our local businesses to get on board. Businesses can download the campaign toolkit at www.tourismnanaimo.com/stakeholders

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      Summertime Music Series Downtown



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