Sunday, 29 March 2015

Spring Busting Out In Nanaimo

Another sign spring has arrived in Nanaimo. Meanwhile on the east coast of Canada, they still have need of snowblowers.



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Orcas' Rubbing Beach Caught On Video


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This amateur video was captured last January near Campbell River at Discovery Islands. Apparently this is an Orcas' idea of a day at the spa.

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Food Production Benefits of GMO


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Pro GMO Presentation

There is no shortage of anti-GMO information being presented by it's opponents, Mr. Saik offers an opposing viewpoint supporting the improved food production benefits. Like everything you see on the Internet; just because it is on the Net doesn't necessarily mean it is true. 

He raises an interesting argument, that through genetic modification crops can be more drought resistant, pest resistant and better able to extract nutrients from the soil. This ultimately helps support the organic goals of using less fertilizer and herbicides in the production of our food.

The date of this presentation is January of this year, so I presume his data is current.

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More Photo Artistry by Sheryl Falls


'A Walk in the Park' is the fitting title for another piece of paradise through the lens of Sheryl Falls. She included the following quote with this photo:

the front door to springtime is a photographer/s best friend - Terri Guillements

You can enjoy more of Sheryl Falls work by viewing either her website or photostream.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Colliery Dam Video by 5 Star Aerial Photography


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Wade Pringle of 5 Star Aerial Photography has put together this fantastic video which captures all the attributes of Colliery Dam Park that users love so much.

Take a look at this video, and if you aren't a Colliery Dam Park fan now, you are sure to become one.

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Earls Nanaimo Closing April 30/15

Earls Nanaimo Closes April 30/15

Earls Nanaimo Closes After 25 Years


The Earls restaurant in the Rock City plaza has announced they will be permanently closing as of April 30/15.

An announcement posted on their Twitter page offers no reason for the closure but thanks all their patrons and the service companies they have dealt with over the years for their support.

You can read the announcement on their Twitter page HERE.

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Nanaimo Future Shop To Reopen April 4

Nanaimo Future Shop reopens as Best Buy April 4

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Nanaimo Future Shop To Reopen April 4/15


The Nanaimo Future Shop located in Country Club Mall is temporarily closed until next Saturday and will reopen under the BEST BUY brand in the same location.

They might even have some door crashing, super hot deals when they reopen. Hmmm, maybe that new computer will be in my budget now. Can always dream!

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Future Shop Stores Close In Canada

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66 Future Shop Stores Close
65 Stores Re-brand as Best Buy


Best Buy Canada in Burnaby announced today they are closing all Future Shop stores in Canada and will be renovating 65 of them to re-open under the Best Buy brand. The following announcement was released today by the company:

BURNABY, BC – March 28, 2015 – To strengthen its position as Canada’s leading provider of consumer electronics products, services and solutions, Best Buy Canada, a subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) – which owns and operates both Best Buy and Future Shop stores – today announced it is consolidating the Future Shop and Best Buy stores and websites under the Best Buy brand and unveiled an ambitious plan to build a leading multi-channel customer experience.

Best Buy Canada also announced today it has reviewed its real estate footprint to address the fact that a significant number of its Future Shop and Best Buy stores are located adjacent to each other, often in the same parking lot. The result of this review is the closure of 66 Future Shop locations, effective today. Concurrently, an additional 65 Future Shop stores will be temporarily closed for one week as they begin their transition to the Best Buy brand. The company will now have a total of 192 locations across Canada, including 136 large-format stores and 56 Best Buy Mobile stores.

“Currently, 80 per cent of our customers are within a 15 minute drive to a store and this won’t change,” said Ron Wilson, President and COO of Best Buy Canada. “We will continue to have a strong store presence in all major markets in Canada.”

As a result of this consolidation, approximately 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time positions will be eliminated. The affected employees will receive severance, employee assistance and outplacement support.

Customers with any questions can visit BestBuy.ca/questions or call 1-866-BEST-BUY (1-866-237-8289). Customers who visit FutureShop.ca will be guided to BestBuy.ca.

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Watermain Flushing March 30 - April 3 2015

Nanaimo watermain flushing


March 30 to April 3:
  • Bowen Road/Meredith Road/Northfield Road area
  • Rosstown Road/Labieux Road/Diver's Lake area
  • Uplands Drive/Turner Road/Lost Lake Road/Rutherford Road area

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Nanaimo City Hall Top Earners

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Nanaimo City Hall Wage Increases


The above chart has been published before and of course is now out of date, and I will not have the numbers for 2014 until the end of June if reporting goes as usual.

On Monday city council will be taken through a financial plan review process where they will go over line by line of individual expenses included in the budget. By the time they have gone through that exercise they will be convinced there is likely nothing that can be taken out of the budget.

However, you will note that the subject of wages and benefits at city hall are never part of this discussion or comparison which makes you wonder if either council or city staff have ever been serious about dealing with rising taxes.

Council recently approved another 6% staff wage increase over the next three years, an increase that the exempt staff will enjoy as well. Not only is this wage increase well ahead of the private sector but is even out of line with other union settlements across the province. For example, it was recently announced that COPE had settled with ICBC for 5.5% over 5 years.

When exempt staff increases are going to go up in lock-step with union increases, you have to wonder if this doesn't introduce a conflict of interest in the whole process.

You have to wonder how anyone feels entitled to wage increases ranging from $31,000 - $53,000 over a five year period. 

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Lions FREE Skate March 29, 2015



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Friday, 27 March 2015

Sun Shines On Nanaimo Boat Show 2015

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Nanaimo Boat Show 2015

1000 Stewart Ave. Nanaimo

March 27 - 12:00 - 6:00 pm
March 28 - 10:00 - 6:00 pm
March 29 - 10:00 - 6:00 pm

One Day Pass - $8.00
Weekend Pass - $10.00

Children under 12 - free


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Harbour City Star Stops Publishing April 10


An article in the local Daily about the recent Black Press purchase of the Nanaimo Daily News and the Harbour City Star reports the Star will cease publishing on April 10.

The new owners intend to focus their energies on growing their circulation and improving the quality of the product in this market. Eventually the printing and mail room at the Daily News will close and the paper will be produced at Black's more modern printing plant in Ladysmith. The move will mean the loss of about 20 jobs at the Daily.

This means that with the ownership of the News Bulletin and the Daily News there is no advertising competition in the local market in the print media. Whether that serves the business community well or not, only time will tell as market pressures to keep ad rates down, don't likely exist.

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Nanaimo Needs A 'Sun-Dance' For The Weekend


Nanaimo residents are never deterred by a little 'liquid sunshine' but more of the other kind would be appreciated for the last weekend of spring break. 

The Nanaimo Boat Show returns this weekend and there are events planned in Diana Krall Plaza for Saturday, both of which could benefit from clear blue skies and a a smiling sun shining upon us.

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50 Shades of Grey - West Coast Style

Photo artist Sheryl Falls aptly titled this picture '50 Shades of Grey'

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Hydro Bill and Pre Paid Credit Cards Scam

Nanaimo RCMP warn residents of a scam with a call from someone claiming to be with BC Hydro, and instructions to use pre-paid Visa cards. A Nanaimo woman lost hundreds of dollars as a victim of this con.

Near the first part of March, the 48-year-old woman got a call from a person saying they worked for BC Hydro. Call display identified the call was coming from Utah. The woman was told she owed money and her power would be shut off for non payment.

She was instructed to buy pre-paid Visa top-up cards, scratch the back off and give the numbers to “BC Hydro”. She purchased $1000 worth, and gave the information to the caller.

When called a few days later saying they needed more money the victim became suspicious and called the real BC Hydro in Nanaimo. She was told that BC Hydro would never do such a thing.

Nanaimo RCMP investigators called the phone number in Utah. The person quickly hung up when asked for their location. A Google search revealed numerous fraud complaints linked to the same number.

The victim will not be able to recover her money, but could have avoided the loss by simply calling BC Hydro in Nanaimo.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Colliery Dams Delegation March 16/15 'Opinions'


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Lack of public scrutiny of 'Professional Opinions'

I appeared before Council on March 16 and attempted to make the point that at one time we had an 'opinion' with a P Eng. stamp attached claiming 150 people could die as the dams failed catastrophically in a seismic event. We spent about $1,000,000.00 to get that professional opinion under the direction of city staff. That process was never subject to public scrutiny.

We have now spent another $1,500,000.00 on another study which has disproved the first conclusion about seismic failure and loss of life. This study, complete with a P Eng stamp affixed now claims we need to spend upwards of $8 million to deal with a possible overtopping event.

The similarities of these two processes is the complete lack of public scrutiny of a city staff directed process. The result is a complete lack of confidence in the findings of either process.

As I stated before council " I certainly hope we can get a refund for the first conclusion". Perhaps a third, totally open process will result in us being able to get a refund for the second conclusion as well.

City Hall has expended all of it's 'credibility capital' on this file.

Why the URGENCY?

When we were being told as many as 150 lives could be lost in a sudden seismic event which could cause the dams to fail in less than 4 minutes, there was the sense of urgency that we needed to get something done NOW.

Well, it turns out that whole seismic scenario was not supported by the facts, the second study proved that detail. The new scenario requiring our concern and expending of millions of tax dollars involves the possibility a huge rain event would cause the dams to overtop, wash away tons of rock and fill which would expose the dam wall, which would then fail.

Even if all of those 'could happen' events did in fact happen, there would be sufficient warning to evacuate everyone from harms way. Now the sense of urgency has been eliminated, so why are city staff and some city councillors so hell-bent on spending as much as $8 million to solve a problem that may not actually exist?

There seems to be a pretty cavalier attitude on the part of some councillors as to how much scrutiny they should give to this issue which may in fact not be an issue at all.

This is hardly the time to let DSB bully Nanaimo taxpayers into spending $8 million on an opinion of one P Eng that may be no more valid than the opinion of the first P Eng.

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Nanaimo Woman Loses $125,000 On Facebook



A Nanaimo woman lost $125,000 dollars after being scammed by a male she met on Facebook.

The female victim, who is in her 70’s, met the suspect after accepting a “friend” request from him on Facebook. Over the course of several months she developed what she believed was a close friendship. The suspect, who went by the name of “Tom BROWN”, told our victim he was an engineer for an oil company in Africa, he was from the United Kingdom, and had a ten year old daughter who still lived there. He needed money to fix his work equipment and the money began to flow. On another occasion he asked for money to assist with a medical emergency after he claimed to have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.

At one point, a “friend” of the suspect contacted our victim to let her know BROWN had slipped into a coma as a result of the motor vehicle accident. To further convince her the accident was legit, the “friend” sent a picture of BROWN in a hospital bed. Investigators later examined it and it was clear a different head had been photo shopped onto the person lying in the bed

Our victim did become somewhat suspicious but nevertheless continued having dialogue with the suspect. Soon the plot took an expected turn after she was contacted by an agent claiming to be working with “Interpol”. This person told her BROWN was being investigated for fraudulent activity, however for the investigation to continue she would be required to pay $5000. At this time, she contacted the Nanaimo RCMP and broke off dialogue with Tom BROWN.

“You can take the spots off a leopard but at the end of day, it’s still a leopard, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. “This ploy had all the bookmarks of a scam. First, the suspect develops a relationship with the victim and used it to tug at your heart strings. Next is a personal tragedy where money is desperately needed. Fraudsters troll popular social media sites assuming a variety of online personas. It is also not uncommon for men to create a female profile and vice versa for females. It is probable too the suspect was working a number of potential victims at the same time,”said O’Brien.

The best advice in situations like this is to never send money to anyone you meet on line and cannot verify their existence. “Our investigators will attempt to identify the suspect but it is an arduous process and at the end of the day may not result in criminal charges,”said O’Brien.

For more info on frauds, scams and on line security, visit www.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca or www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

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Special COW Meeting - Mon. Mar. 30/15




Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, March 30, 2015
9:00 AM Board Room
411 Dunsmuir Street

Note: This is a Special Open Committee of the Whole Meeting
  • 2015 - 2019 Draft Financial Plan Discussion; presentation by Mr. Clemens
  • Garbage Truck Automation - presentation Mr. Geoff Goodall 

     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 "!







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    B.C. Societies Act Provides Flexibility, Accountability


    Michael de Jong
    VICTORIA – A modern and updated Societies Act will allow not-for-profit organizations to operate more effectively and efficiently, while at the same time protecting the public interest, Minister of Finance Michael de Jong announced today.

    Bill 24, the Societies Act, was introduced in the legislature today. The statute provides rules for the creation and governance of not-for-profit organizations in B.C.

    The new Societies Act distinguishes between publicly funded societies and member-funded societies. Publicly funded societies, such as charities or others that receive significant public funding, will be subject to several new accountability measures. These include requiring that the majority of board directors not be employees or contractors of the society and that directors’ compensation be publicly disclosed.

    Member-funded societies, such as sports clubs and professional organizations, will be exempt from these requirements.

    The new act adopts specific corporate governance procedures from the Business Corporations Act, but generally provides societies with the flexibility to create governance bylaws based on their unique characteristics and the needs of the communities they serve.

    As well, societies will be able to file documents electronically with the corporate registry.

    The introduction of the new act follows two rounds of consultations with stakeholders and members of the public, during which the Province received more than 200 unique submissions. The input gathered from the consultation process allowed the Province to reflect and accommodate the diverse nature of the not-for-profit sector in B.C.

    Subject to the approval of the legislature, the government expects the new act will come into force approximately 18 months after royal assent.

    The current Society Act was enacted in 1977 and governs more than 27,000 societies in B.C. which range from small community-based organizations to large charitable ones.

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    Mayor and Council Mail Goes To City Manager

    This morning I sent an email to Mr. Pamminger with some questions about the city's energy savings as outlined in their recent press release. I copied the email to Mayor and Council just as a matter of information to my city council.

    To my surprise I got an autoresponder email saying that Mr. Swabey was out of the office until April 5 and that Mr. Seward was acting City Manager in the meantime.

    I emailed Mayor McKay to confirm that copies of emails being sent to Mayor and Council are also copied to the city manager as I had not addressed it to Mr. Swabey. He replied in the affirmative.

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    Nanaimo Energy Management Yields Big Saving


    $1.9 Million Saving Follow Upgrades

    The City of Nanaimo has cut energy costs by a total of $1.9 million between 2009 and 2014 thanks to a mix of building, vehicle upgrades and other measures.  These reductions equate to saving 11,508 litres of oil and 11.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

    The results show the City is exceeding its annual target of reducing its energy consumption by one per cent each year.  The City spends an estimated $4 million each year on energy. Of that amount, $2.2 million or 54 per cent is spent on electricity, including lighting costs. The next largest costs are natural gas, which total $857,148 a year, or 21 per cent.  Gasoline and diesel costs make up 13 per cent and 11 per cent of the total costs.

    All energy costs have seen a downward trend over the past five years to varying degrees.  A one per cent  energy savings would yield $30,000 in savings to the City a year; last year the City avoided $117,000 in energy costs.  BC Hydro and other organizations have so far provided - or are set to provide - the City with $1.4 million in financial incentives to switch to energy efficient upgrades on various City projects.

    "Results show the City is exceeding its annual target of reducing its energy consumption by one percent each year." Bruce Joiner  Retired Infrastructure Planning and Energy Manager City of Nanaimo 

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    B.C. Ferries Fares Increase April 1, 2015


    BC Ferries announced today that both a tariff increase approved by the BC Ferries Commissioner, as well as a fuel rebate will occur on April 1, 2015.

    Fares for vehicles and passengers will rise by 3.9 per cent on average on April 1, 2015. At the same time, a fuel rebate of 1 per cent will be implemented on major and minor routes. On the northern routes between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert and Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii, fares for vehicles and passengers will increase by 2 per cent on average.

    Effective April 1, 2015, the net effect for customers on the major and minor routes will be an increase on average of 2.9 per cent on the price of a ticket. The northern routes are not subject to fuel surcharges or rebates. The fuel surcharge/rebate mechanism is separate from the tariff calculation and any fuel rebate or surcharge is strictly a pass through from the fuel deferral accounts. With the company's fuel hedges in place, the fuel rebate should stay in place at least through the summer months, and possibly into next year. BC Ferries will keep a close watch on the fuel deferral account balances with a view to extending the rebate as long as is practical.

    April 1, 2015 Nanaimo and Gabriola Fares

    Horsehoe Bay - Departure Bay and Tsawwassen - Duke Point
    Departure Bay - Horsehoe Bay and Duke Point - Tsawwassen

    Passenger fares current = $16.25  increases to $16.70
    Vehicle fare current = $53.25 - $54.80

    Gabriola - Nanaimo Harbour (return fare)

    Passenger fare = current $10.80 increases to $11.10
    Vehicle fare = current $25.45 - $26.15

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    Wednesday, 25 March 2015





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    Nanaimo Watering Restrictions Watched This Year


    City Monitoring Water Levels

    With zero snow pack this past winter, the City is concerned that water supply may be stressed. Rain will help keep the reservoir level full, but long stretches of dry weather can deplete the reservoir quickly.

    Nanaimo Engineering & Public Works staff are monitoring water levels closely, and will issue biweekly updates on the level of watering restrictions. Watering restrictions will start as usual this year on June 1 and reservoir levels will be monitored with an eye to increasing the restrictions from Level 1 (normal) to Level 2 which imposes further restrictions if needed.

    For Conservation Level 1, even numbered addresses can water on the EVEN days of the month (e.g. June 2, 4, 6). Odd numbered addresses can water on the ODD days of the month (e.g. June 1, 3, 5)

    For Conservation Level 2, even numbered addresses can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Odd numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays.

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    Nanaimo Daily News Loses 20 Jobs

     Island Newspapers Close
    Black Press Closes Two Island Papers
    Cuts Twenty Nanaimo Jobs

    CHEK News reports that the purchase of eight Island newspapers by Black Press from Glacier Media is resulting in the closing of the Campbell River Courier-Islander and the Oceanside Star. For the time being the other papers including Comox, Nanaimo and Port Alberni will continue to operate.

    The printing and mailing staff at the Daily News will be losing their jobs as production is moved to Black's Ladysmith printing plant.

    How long the Nanaimo Daily News, the Harbour City Star and the Nanaimo News Bulletin will operate in the same market, competing for the same ad dollars will likely be the subject of Black Press boardroom discussions over the coming few months.

    Whether Nanaimo can support a daily publication is questionable as the Daily struggles to retain it's daily subscription base, having less than 5,000 subscribers currently. The big 'prize' in the local market is the flyer distribution which has been dominated by the Bulletin, with it's city-wide coverage for quite sometime.

    I predict, it is only a matter of time before whatever papers survive in Nanaimo are produced from one facility employing amalgamated staffing under one roof. Maintaining duplicate overhead, simply doesn't make any business sense.

    How people get the news and stay engaged in their community has become a moving target with the advent of the internet and online publishing. Providing effective advertising which costs big bucks has become more and more challenging for the print media.

    On a local level, this little blog (Nanaimo-Info-Blog) has been online since 2007 and has gradually gathered a following of several thousand on a daily basis, and as many as 10,000 on a weekly basis depending on what 'news' is the hot item that week.

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    Nanaimo Boat Show This Weekend


    Nanaimo Boat Show 2015


    The Nanaimo Boat Show is returning to the Harbour City from March 27 - 29 at the new, state of the art marina at The Waterfront Suites and Marina, 1000 Stewart Avenue.

    For more information about this great event visit the Nanaimo Boat Show website.

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    Tuesday, 24 March 2015

    Public Sector Workers Earn More, Work Less


    Topping-up government wages & benefits costs taxpayers $20 billion per year

    VANCOUVER, March 23, 2015 – If you work in the private sector, you’re making up to $8,500 less per year, and working up to six hours more each week, than someone doing the same job for the government. This is one of several key findings from the latest Wage Watch report released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), pointing to a huge wage and benefits advantage for public sector workers over their counterparts in the private sector.

    When salaries, benefits and working hours are factored in, the average federal, provincial or municipal employee makes 18-37 per cent more than someone doing the same job in a private business. Canada Post workers and federal government employees are the biggest beneficiaries. 

    Urban transit in B.C. also had one of the biggest gaps in the country, with workers making 25.6 per cent more in salaries than their private sector counterparts, and 36.7 per cent more in salaries and benefits. 

    The report compares private sector employees to those at various government employers, and offers clear solutions to close the earnings gap between these workers, such as capping taxpayer-funded contributions to government pensions.

    If government workers were paid at the same rate as their private sector equivalents, taxpayers would save $20 billion each year. 

    “The public-private wage gap is the elephant in every room when it comes to setting the public policy agenda in this country,” said Ted Mallett, chief economist and vice-president at CFIB. “Public sector earnings have been allowed to drift well above market-tested norms, and cash-strapped governments are looking for ways to invest in infrastructure and other priorities. Closing the gap is not just what’s fair, it’s what is needed.” 

    Based chiefly on National Household Survey (NHS) returns from 2011, the findings represent average full-time employment earnings for more than 7.2 million Canadians. Occupations that don’t exist in both sectors are excluded.

    In British Columbia, it was pretty much the same story as the national picture: a continued and substantial gap in salary and benefits in favour of public sector employees, even after adjustments for differences in occupational mix, age, and education. 

    “It comes down to a basic issue of fairness. Since these jobs are supported by taxpayers, it is completely appropriate to ask questions about these salary and benefit gaps, and the impact on the public purse’, said Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President for CFIB.
     
    “This is particularly true since people in the Metro Vancouver region are voting, as we speak, in a plebiscite to add a new municipal sales tax to pay for infrastructure. Yet, even a small narrowing of the compensation gap over time could produce savings that would completely nullify any arguable need for new tax revenues”, concluded Jones.

    The full CFIB report is available online at their website HERE.

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    The Cost Of Housing The Homeless


    Taking care of the vulnerable in our society is something, we as Canadians have done a reasonably good job of. Our current poverty issues are not limited to local circumstance (although our local economy is an issue) global finance and market pressures all have their role to play.

    In Nanaimo what is being called a Provincial Homelessness Initiative is under construction, and when complete will provide housing for 41 people, men or women.

    You have to wonder if the cost of housing 41 souls who are either 'homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless' is really being administered in the most cost effective manner possible.

    Total cost of this project (to build) is $9.6 million which I don't believe includes land cost, or development fees the city waived. The ongoing provincial commitment for this facility is said to be $1.2 million.

    If my calculator is accurate this means the per unit cost of this housing is at least $234,140.00 and the ongoing cost per unit is $29,268.00 per year.

    The last time I checked on average rents in Nanaimo, for decent accommodation a 2 bedroom apartment was renting for about $800.00/mo all in. If this is an accurate comparison, it means that people who are either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless could be housed for about $9600/yr.



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    Pirate Swim Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Mar. 29


    Pirate swim at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre

    Nanaimo Aquatic Centre will "batten down the hatches" and get the plank ready for some pirate fun this upcoming Sunday with a special Pirate Swim.

    From 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, the aquatic centre will be host to a number of pirate themed games and activities including a treasure hunt, water walkway, walk the plank and prizes. There will be a special $3 admission for this event.

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    Monday, 23 March 2015

    British Columbia Auditor General Fired

    Coralee Oakes

    VICTORIA – Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, has released the following statement in response to a recommendation received from the Audit Council for the Auditor General for Local Government:

    “Under the Auditor General for Local Government Act, I am required, as the minister responsible, to seek the Audit Council’s recommendation regarding the removal of the auditor general for local government. Pursuant to its mandate under the act, the Audit Council considered my request and subsequently issued a recommendation and resolution to remove the auditor general for local government.

    “The auditor general for local government’s obstruction of an intended review of her office has created an intolerable situation that compounds the unstable work environment and lack of performance from that office.

    “I believe removing the auditor general is necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the office.

    “Accordingly, I have therefore recommended to the Lieutenant Governor in Council that the auditor’s appointment be rescinded.

    “The Audit Council will be recommending a qualified person to be appointed as acting auditor general for local government, pursuant to the act, for government’s consideration.”

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    Nanaimo Watermain Flushing Program March 23 - 27

    March 23 to March 27
    • Stephenson Pt./ Departure Bay area
    • Waddington Road/Boundary Avenue area
    • Quarterway/East Wellington area
    • Bowen Road/Meredith Road/Crescent View Drive/Northfield Road Area
    • Smuggler's Hill/Sherwood Drive/Nottingham area
    • Uplands Drive/Norwell Drive/Country Club Drive area

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    Most Canadian Picture Of All Time?


    Huffpost BC published what has to be the most Canadian picture of all time. It was shared on the BC RCMP  Twitter page and was taken at a once-in-a-lifetime trip with his oldtimers' hockey team the Kaslo AfterBurners.

    RCMP Cpl Shaun Begg had the picture taken to maybe use on a Christmas card or personal screen saver and had no idea the kind of fanfare his picture has gotten.

    He and nine other members pooled their money for a helicopter excurison to Shamrock Lake which is at 9,000 feet on a glacial-fed lake in the Purcell Mountains. The team flew in and played a five hour game of shinny against another squad of 10 people from Western Canada. 

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