Friday, May 27, 2016

Dale Schulz - Nanaimo- "As He Sees It" - May 27/16


Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.


 Dale Schulz May 27

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Dale's Post - May 27/16

I found a couple surprises on my walk today! Apples growing right in the downtown core beside the between the Bastion Street Bridge and the Parkade, as well as wild blackberries (or raspberries?) growing beside the sidewalk on Albert Street. I also photographed a couple boats in the harbour; the Pacifica Tower; a new native-art carving at Maffeo Sutton Park, and some lovely grasses and California Poppies (again on Albert Street).

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Have You Seen Justin Kory Evans?


The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 25 year old Justin Kory EVANS who has had no contact with his family since late April. 

EVANS had been residing at the Jingle Pot campground and had previously volunteered with the Errington Fire Department. There has been no activity on his Facebook account and his cell phone is not accepting messages. As a result of this and some personal issues, his family and friends are concerned for his well-being.

Justin EVANS is a white male who stands 5 ft. 11 and weighs 165 pounds. He has hazel eyes, brown hair and the picture provided is recent.  EVANS is associated to a blue, 1995, Geo Metro, BC plate # BR548L which he may be sleeping in.


If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Justin Kory EVANS, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Garage Sale Fundraiser - May 28/16



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Westwood Lake Park - Closures May 30 - Jun. 3

BC Hydro conducting brush clearing
and tree falling work

Starting May 30, the lake trail in Westwood Lake Park will be closed intermittently during working hours while BC Hydro crews perform brush clearing work. Crews will be working between the hours of 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Those wishing to use the area are permitted to do so outside of the mentioned working hours.

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, June 3. During the working hours from 6:00 am - 4:00 pm sections of the trail will be closed with signs posted notifying park users.

"While this project is underway we encourage the public to visit one of Nanaimo's many other trails."  -  Rich Coulthard City of Nanaimo 

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A Bit Of Sher Falls Photo Art 'brings a smile'

pale swallowtail
  pleasant phesant
 'Northwestern' Pacuvius Duskywing
'enjoy the little things'

More of Sher Falls work can be enjoyed at her website or you can also visit her FlickR page .

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Nanaimo Doctors Call System 'Unstable & Unsafe'

Screengrab - Times Colonist
Paperless electronic record system unsafe
doctors revert to pen and paper for patient safety

The Times Colonist reports physicians at NRGH as saying the new paperless health record system is unsafe and should be shut down.

Nine weeks after the system started up, physicians in extensive care and emergency reverted to 'pen and paper' out of concerns for patient safety.

Doctors fearing reprisal spoke with the Times Colonist under condition of anonymity but say the system is unstable and unsafe and that what you type into one end of the system is not what comes out the other.

You can read the entire Times Colonist article HERE.

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Paddlefest 2016 Nanaimo - Departure Bay

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Nanaimo Paddlefest 2016 
 Kin Hut, Departure Bay 
 May 28-29, 2016

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Harmac Fined $135,000 - Effluent Spill Into Channel

Nanaimo Info file photo

Power outage caused pump failure
spills 3,700,000 litres into Northumberland Channel

NANAIMO, BC, May 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd., under the trade name Harmac Pacific, was sentenced to pay a penalty of $135,000, of which $130,000 will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF). Harmac Pacific pleaded guilty in B.C. provincial court on May 17, 2016, to one offence for contravening subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

Harmac Pacific experienced a power outage on June 26, 2013, resulting in an estimated 3,700, 000 litres of untreated effluent being spilled into Northumberland Channel for approximately 90 minutes. The power outage impacted the outfall pumphouse located on the foreshore of Northumberland Channel, which connects to the Strait of Georgia and the Pacific Ocean.

The EDF is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Created in 1995, it provides a way to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments to projects that will benefit our natural environment.

As a result of the conviction, Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd. (Harmac Pacific) will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The registry was created in 2009 and contains the names of corporations convicted of offences under certain federal environmental laws.

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Tug Sinks In Northumberland Channel - Nanaimo

 tug sinks near nanaimo
In good weather and for no apparent reason a collision between two tug boats has sent one to the bottom of Northumerland Channel.

No one was injured in the incident which saw crew plucked from the water by the other tug. This CBC article reports the Nanaimo Port Authority is helping monitor environmental impact as the tug had about 800 litres of fuel onboard when it went down.

The Albern (sunk) and CT Titan are owned by the same company and were enroute to home base for a crew change when the incident occurred. The larger vessel C.T. Titan apparently overtook the smaller vessel causing the incident.

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Nanaimo Blues Society - Jack Semple

Nanaimo Blues Society presents
JACK SEMPLE
Thurs. June 9 - 8:00 pm
The Queens Hotel
Victoria Cres. Nanaimo


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dale Schulz - Nanaimo- "As He Sees It" - May 26/16



Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.



To view all images click image above.


Dale's Post - May 26/16

Here are photos from today - a BUNCH of them - and one shot from yesterday to start with. I was still suffering from a headache yesterday so I didn't shoot much - got a shot of the 'Book Nook' on Short Avenue though.

Today we crossed the Cat stream and turned right on Railway Avenue and shot some Roses and a purple-flowered hedge. On 7th we turned towards town after I shot a favourite shed. I also took a picture of the E&N Rail line at 7th and View Street. On Victoria Road I got a picture of a nice red rose.

On Strickland Street I shot a set of leaves on a tree. There were some Canada Geese in the Boat Basin - I took their picture - then Indy and I stopped for coffee before heading to Maffeo Sutton Park.
There I shot a partially painted bench leg; the new piece of artwork on the bridge over Swy-a-lana Lagoon; the Newcastle Island ferry; and two more pieces of art - 'Cerebrum Digitalis', and 'The Hug'. As we walked back along the waterfront I stopped to chat with Rodney Davis - a local musician - I like the Maraca taped to his boot!

We walked up through the Old City Quarter on our way home - on Selby Street I shot a pic of a gritty old wall with fennel growing beside it; and a chair that I'm not sure qualifies as an ‪#‎abandonedchair‬ - it is still pretty close to the building!

We found ourselves up on Kennedy Street where I got a shot of a nice Salmon-coloured rose and some Lavender flowers.

Back on Railway Avenue and almost home - I finally shot a picture of this house that amuses me - the roof just keeps getting piled with more and more stuff - in an attempt to stop leaks I'm thinking! Unfortunately this angle doesn't show the full extent of the rubbish on this house.

NOTE: My shot of the Railway tracks is out of order and Face Book just won't let me move it into it's correct position. Darn.

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Nanaimo Unsolved Crimes May 7 - 25/16


Unsolved crimes 
May 7th to May 25th

1. Nanaimo file # 2016-14375 On Saturday May 7, at approximately 2:30 pm, in the vicinity of the outdoor checker board near Harbor Air, pm and older male exposed his genitals to two girls, age 4 and 6. The suspect male is white, older with red hair and was described by the girls as looking like a "Grandpa"

2. Nanaimo file # 2016-15163 On Saturday May 14, a white Oryx Mountain bike was stolen from 1831 White Blossom Way

3. Nanaimo file # 2016-15240 On Sunday May 15, a theft was reported from a boat moored at 400 Newcastle Ave  Items stolen include: 3 fishing reels, 4 fishing rods, radar and GPS units, two small tackle boxes and safety gear.

4 Nanaimo file # 2016-15366 Sometime overnight on Monday May 16, a black Velec electric bike was stolen from a locked carport at 770 Poplar St

5. Nanaimo file # 2016-15382 On Monday May 16, a break and enter was reported to an electrical room at 6066 Molecy Lane. A male suspect was seen as he left with copper wire. The suspect is described as white, late 20's or early 30's with a stubbly beard and shaggy brown hair. He wore a black jacket with white lettering on the back, blue jeans and black runners with white stripes

6. Nanaimo file # 2016-15563 On Monday May 16, a 15 hp Nissan outboard motor was stolen from a boat stored at 107 Milton St.

7. Nanaimo file # 2016-15918 On Friday May 20, a vehicle parked outside 1540 Discovery Ave was broken into. Taken was a black zip up suitcase which contained 2 wooden masks purchased in Thailand.

8. Nanaimo file # 2016-15995 On Saturday May 21, a break in was reported to a garage at 711 Arbutus Crescent.  At 3 am an alarm was triggered to the side door of the garage and a side door was opened. A small black sweater was found on the hood of a car and appears to have been left behind by the suspect.

9. Nanaimo file # 2016-16484 Sometime overnight on Saturday May 21, two vehicles (a grey Audi and a F150 pickup) parked on Menzies Ridge road were broken into. Taken were 2 Apple I-pods.

10. Nanaimo file # 2016-16164 On Sunday May 22, at 5:25 pm a robbery occurred at the Chevron gas bar, located at the intersection of Norwell Rd and Highway 19a. The suspect male entered the business with his hand in his pocket but did not produce a weapon. He demanded cash from the till and when it was handed over, he left on foot running southbound along Corona Ave. The male suspect is white, mid 20's. 5 ft. 7 to 5 ft. 8, medium build. He was wearing a dark hoodie with an "Underarmour" logo on the front, grey pants and black shoes.

11. Nanaimo file # 2016-16231 Sometime overnight on Monday May 23, a theft was reported from a boat at 1956 Zorkin Road. Taken were 2 downriggers and a number of fishing rods.

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Core Services Review - Draft Review May 27/16



Core Services Review
 final report to be released soon

Draft copies of the City of Nanaimo's Core Services Review Final Report will be made available during two upcoming presentations.  On Friday, May 27 at 1pm, members of the public and media are invited to attend a meeting in the Boardroom of the Service and Resource Centre where the core review consulting team, WMC, will provide Council with a summary overview of the draft final report. 


 A second presentation will take place during the upcoming Monday night Committee of the Whole meeting when the final version of the report will appear before Council as a late item on the agenda.

 Members of the community or media who are interested in the Core Services Review are invited to attend either the scheduled meeting on May 27 or the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting on May 30th.



 A draft copy of the Core Services Review final report will be available to read on the City website Friday afternoon.


"Staff and Council are looking forward to receiving the report from WMC and sharing it with the residents of Nanaimo.  A considerable amount of time and work has been allocated getting us to this point.  I wish to thank everyone for their participation and input throughout the process."  -  Tracy Samra CAO City of Nanaimo

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vessel Berge Snowdon - Nanaimo Assembly Wharf

BERGE SNOWDON loading cargo at the assembly wharf 'B' berth

The vessel Berge Snowdon has been in Nanaimo since May 17 and is scheduled to depart on May 25 with another load of logs headed for Asia.

The cargo ship was built in 2015 and sails under the flag of Panama having a gross tonnage of 23,281 with a 180m length overall and a beam of 30m.

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How $2.99 = $5.55 At The Check Out


Does the RECYLE FEE actually pay for recycling
or just pay the sorting and hauling fee to the dump?

Until May 26 Save on foods was selling 32 - 500ml bottles of spring water for the low, low price of only $2.99. Given that some bottled water ends up costing more per litre than gasoline, this is a genuinely good price, especially going into the summer months.

I do not buy bottled water to drink at home. Our tap water is second to none for high quality, even before the new water treatment plant. Being summer however we will likely be doing some travelling and bottled water is handy. After all, not all places have such pristine water as Nanaimo is famous for.

I knew there would be a $1.60 deposit on the bottles, which of course is returned when you bring the empty bottle back. However I was not aware of the recycle 'fee' of $.96 which brings the grand total for the 32 bottles of water to $5.55.

I thought the recycle fee pretty much assured that someone would find the empty of enough value to return it, putting it into the recycling stream. But what exactly does the recycle 'fee' go to cover?? 

Can anyone tell me what really happens to those plastic drink bottles when they go into the recycling stream. Are they actually recycled or just shipped off to some landfill.  The 'fee' is really just a transportation fee to haul it to a dump someplace, making us feel all warm and fuzzy because it is being RECYLCED.

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BC Ferries Adds Nanaimo Sailings - June 2016

BC Ferries is adding extra sailing to their busiest route starting in June.  Eleven additional trips have been added to the schedule on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route on Thursdays and Fridays during the month of June. For information about additional sailings on other routes visit BC Ferries HERE.


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Nanaimo COW Meeting - Mon. May 30/16


Regular
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Mon., May 30/16
4:30 pm 
Shaw Auditorium VICC



AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health regarding local health
  • CORE SERVICES REVIEW FINAL REPORT (will be on the city website May 27)
  • Garner Cres. & Emery Way Utility Upgrades Tender, tender call in excess of $250,000
  • Delegations (not related to a report to Council) ; Mr. Southward, Mr. Allen, Ms Tomlinson, Mr. Fuller, Ms Eykelenboom, Mr. Squire and Mr. Reeh. Various topics to be presented to Council.

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 on Shaw Cable are live streamed on the city website and are recorded and can be viewed on the city website HERE.







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Auxiliary Spillway Colliery Dams Park

 Anyone else think the trees looked better in that spot?
 This is one colossal monument to political determination
 This should get all that flood water downstream much faster
 Been doing the job for 100+ years
In over 100 years this has been able to handle the 'floods'

Multi-million dollar disaster-avoidance measure? or ..
Colossal waste of tax dollars and 
a monument to bureaucratic determination?

Finally had the opportunity the other day to take a look at a few more million tax dollars at work in Colliery Dams Park. The first thought I had was to wonder what kind of crowd-drawing, tourist-attracting feature we could have put in this park with the millions we spent on this 'over-designed' ditch.

The final numbers are not in, but when the whole Colliery Dams Debacle is finally tallied I would not expect much change from ten million or so.

To recap, it never was determined that the dam would ever overtop, or if it did the soil on the downstream bank would erode away, or if the dam would not simply continue to stand all on it's own. In short, it was never proven that the spillway was required at all. The other thing it does not address is the fact that now flood waters can get downstream just a bit faster than before, and whether there is any downside to that possibility.

Some day it would be nice to erect a monument with all the names of senior city staff and members of council who have contributed to this over-designed ditch.




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Rhythm Dance Academy presents .................

Sunday May 29th

For the Love of Dance!


6pm, Port Theatre

Rhythm Dance Academy presents FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE! Join us in celebrating 5 wonderful years of dance! An evening of ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary performed by the talented dancers of RDA!

Tickets at PortTheatre.com

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Nanaimo Hammond Bay Studio Tour

Saturday May 28th & Sunday May 29th


Hammond Bay Studio Tour

10am - 4pm

The Hammond Bay Studio Tour offers a unique opportunity to visit our artists in their creative places.  Weather permitting, you will be able to observe many of our artists making their visual magic. Our goal is to share and make available the wonderful range of professional-quality creative work of local artists and artisans. Mark your calendar, we look forward to seeing you!


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Tempo Dance Academy - Celebrates 23 Years

Saturday May 28th

Dance Like Everyone is Watching


1:00pm & 7:00pm, Port Theatre

Tempo Dance Academy is celebrating "23 years" in the community! Come and enjoy a fun and entertaining evening of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Musical Theatre of all ages three and up. Dance like "everyone" is watching!


Tickets at PortTheatre.com

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Is An Electric Car Environmentally Worse Than Gas?

EVs that depend on coal for their electricity are actually 17 percent to 27 percent worse than diesel or gas engines.
 Electric cars worse than gas for environment?
To read the complete article click on the image above.

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Familiar Nanaimo Personalities In Parade



Can you name the 'personalities'?

Last weekends parade had a few familiar looking characters participating in the true spirit of community involvement.

A free tour of the new Nanaimo annex boardroom for the first person to successfully name all four well known Nanaimo city celebrities.




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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Young Nanaimo Musicians JAZZ AFFAIR Fundraiser


Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society present 
JAZZ AFFAIR on the coast
Friday, May 27th   6:30 pm

Doors open at 6:00pm / Dinner at 6:30pm

Join Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society for the 10th Annual Jazz Affair fundraiser at the Coast Bastion Hotel.

This year our headliner is Delfeayo Marsalis. Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in Jazz today. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the US’s highest jazz honour – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

In addition to Marsalis, the Nanaimo Musician’s Association will also entertain the crowd. Top notch award-winning high school musicians will play as well, showing the musical talent the society has been fostering.

Tickets to the event include a fabulous buffet dinner. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

All seats $60


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FREE Youth Concert - Thurs. May 26/16 - Nanaimo


The Port Theatre Society presents
AMP IT UP! Free Youth Concert 
with Gay Nineties, Lovecoast, Ian Perry
Thursday, May 26, 7:00pm

We're one week away from AMP IT UP! a free night out for the youth of Nanaimo with great live music, free food from Mambo's Gourmet Pizza and Thrifty Foods, and a LIVE Green Screen photobooth courtesy of the Hub City Cinema Society.

AMP IT UP! is headlined by Vancouver rockers Gay Nineties, whose undeniable live show will have you feeling freaked out, alive, and free. We're also showing off young local talent coming straight out of Nanaimo. Lovecoast's blend of old soul, fresh pop and hard hitting grooves has graced stages at the Pemberton Music Festival 2015 and JUNOfest 2016. Nanaimo teen Ian Perry began performing at the age of nine and has since built an impressive resume including performances with Loverboy and Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason, plus gigs at the BC Summer Games and Nanaimo's Summertime Blues Festival. Read more. 

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Dale Schulz - Nanaimo- "As He Sees It" - May 24/16


This is the sixth in what I know will be a welcome addition to Nanaimo Info Blog.

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.


 Dale Schulz May 24/16


To view all images click image above.


Dale's Post - May 24/16
Well, FINALLY! Photos for today. So sorry it took all day to get these posted folks. I've had a killer headache all day - wasn't even sure if my photos were passable today. Indy and I walked downtown yet again! 

But we walked around Harewood Mall (University Village) where I found a funny ‪#‎signofinfinity‬ - on a 'Green Cigarette' package. Good thing that smoker cares about the environment!

I took a bunch of pictures at Pioneer Plaza - of the fountain, Cameron Island, and the Bastion. I also snapped a shot of the cannons on Front Street with the Dorchester Hotel behind.

At home I got a rushed shot of a beautiful big Swallowtail Butterfly.

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Chevron Gas Bar Robbery - May 22/16


Police investigating robbery of local gas bar

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a robbery of a Chevron gas bar which occurred at approximately 5:25 pm on Sunday May 22nd. The Chevron is located at the intersection of Norwell Drive and Highway 19a.

Police responded to a 911 call from the clerk who told investigators a lone male entered the business and demanded money from the till. When the money was handed over he left on foot and was last seen running southbound on Corona Ave. Officers assisted by Police Dog Services attended but was unable to locate the suspect.

The male suspect did not produce a weapon. The clerk was not injured but was left shaken by the ordeal. RCMP Victim Services was contacted and will be following up with the clerk. The suspect is a white male, mid-twenties, 5 ft. 7 and was wearing a black hoodie with an "Underarmour" logo on the front, grey pants and black shoes.


If anyone has information on the identity of this person, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Bowen Road Farmers' Market - Wed. May 25/16



Bowen Road Farmers' Market
 Open Wednesday
Open Saturday
May - Oct.
Note: the first Saturday Market is May 28/16

The Bowen Road Farmers' Market is open every Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:30 pm and beginning this year they are also open on Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This market is 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 & Saturday'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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China Steps - Improvement Coming Soon?

How long before this area is cleaned up?

The fire which tore through the Jean Burns building on March 30 has left an ugly scar on the downtown landscape and has done nothing to enhance the 'China Steps'. The China Steps is a landmark shown on the information map which would have been given out to visitors on the recent cruise ships coming to our fair city.

No one would expect this building to be taken down within two months of the fire as I am sure engineers and insurance adjusters and the like have to decide on the course forward.

However, Nanaimo does have some strict bylaws which I have seen enforced when it comes to dealing with fire damaged residences. They are either dealt with, or the city deals with it and charges the property owner.

Different rules for derelict commercial property??

If the old Jean Burns building follows a typical Nanaimo course, we will likely be looking at a burnt out shell of a building well into the future. Downtown Nanaimo does host several derelict buildings or stalled commercial projects that do nothing to enhance the downtown ambiance.

The big hole in the ground on the site of the 'Hilton' project has been like that since 2008. The 'Barney' building, while now sporting a new coat of paint occupies some prime downtown real estate as well.

When might we expect the city to consider applying a bit of monetary pressure on some of the owners of these derelict building to perhaps spur them on. That said, one of the first derelict buildings they might want to do something with is the old city hall annex, they gave away for $2 and the current 'owner' is still paying no taxes.

The Nanaimo-Way???

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Millstone and Townsite - 'Grennery Makes A Comeback!'

Mulch not controlling weeds

Just a few short weeks ago the city lot on the corner of Townsite and Millstone had the overgrown weeds removed and a fresh top dressing of bark mulch added.

The above picture taken this weekend clearly shows how ineffective the mulch is when it comes to controlling weeds. I  think this corner is going to be a real pain in the neck for city work's crews unless another solution is adopted.

A short time ago

Before corner 'cleaned up'
Immediately after 'clean up'

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Dale Schulz - Nanaimo - "As He Sees It" - May 23/16


This is the fifth in what I know will be a welcome addition to Nanaimo Info Blog.

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.


 Dale Schulz May 23
To view all images click image above.

Dale's Post - May 23/16

Here are photos from a walk this morning with Indy and then a walk this afternoon with Indy, Dyan and our visitors from Victoria - my buddy John and his lovely dog Izzy.

First thing today, Indy and I walked through the South End into Downtown - we crossed the tracks between Railway Avenue and Columbia Avenue where I took a shot of California Poppies growing near the rails. 

On Esplanade I shot two of my favourite old pieces of machinery - a couple old cranes in work yard - heavily overgrown. 

On Commercial Street we saw a little action - there were a couple firetrucks dealing with what must have been a pretty small fire - I think at Koma Restaurant. 

Last shot from that walk is a selfie that Indy and I took on Victoria Crescent using a window as a mirror.
From our walk this afternoon: Dyan, Izzy and Indy at Maffeo Sutton Park; The inimitable Willy Thunder at Georgia Park; Foliage on Cameron Island; and last - John and Izzy relaxing at our house after our walk.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Little Wildlife Drama At The Feeder

 Mr. Blackbird is not a squirrel fan
He dive bombed this squirrel until it finally left

Brewer's Blackbird attacks black squirrel

We have at least one family of Brewer's Blackbirds making nearly continuous feeding runs from our back porch feeder. The male and female come in one after another, pick up some food for their brood and off they go to return in a few moments.

This afternoon, apparently a neighbourhood black squirrel thought she had found the mother lode and was chowing down when Mr. Blackbird took serious exception to her presence.

It was the noise as the Blackbird dove at the squirrel squawking out his displeasure that caught my attention. The squirrel finally left the feeder and I watched as the Blackbird pursued it and continued the assault even once the squirrel was well away from the feeder.

I don't think those little rats with cute coats are very popular with the local bird population as I understand that eggs and baby birds are also on the menu for squirrels.

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Heritage Parade 2016 Pictures

 Firetruck always leads off the parade
 A reminder of things to come
 Marching in step is not as easy as they make it look
 Every parade needs a marching band
 Flashy sports cars - always a crowd pleaser
Do not attempt this at home - they're professionals

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