Thursday, 21 August 2014

VI Raiders Fundraiser This Sunday


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

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

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


Nanaimo Farmers' Markets This Weekend

 Nanaimo & Area Farmers' Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit their website at or call 250-668-5783


Activity Guide Out Aug. 23/14

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Concept Plans For Downtown Ferry Submitted


August 20, 2014 – Nanaimo, BC – Island Ferries submitted a Development Permit application to the City of Nanaimo’s Planning and Design Department on Monday, Aug 18th. The application is for the development of a temporary facility to serve as a terminal for a passenger-only ferry service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver. We expect the concept plans to be reviewed by the Design Advisory Panel within the next 10-14 days.

Currently referred to as the “Gadd Site”, the terminal is situated between the Nanaimo Port Authority property and the barge/rail trestle operated by Seaspan. Director of Operations Dave Marshall said, “The design is based on re-use of an existing heavy timber building completely renovated with new translucent cladding, sea views from within the building, an outdoor public viewing area, covered walkways, public washrooms, a small concession, and drop-off and pick-up points for small buses, taxis, and passenger vehicles.” Ample parking will be available nearby.

The design effort is being led by architect Christopher Rowe of Low Hammond Rowe and supported by a team largely made up of Nanaimo-based consultants.  “The terminal concept is based on that of a train station, where passengers are not expected to spend a long time in the terminal.  A limited number of passengers will use the waiting room, as the ship will be available for boarding almost 30 minutes before the sailing time,” noted Marshall.  Island Ferries believes the terminal facilities will be used as much for arriving passengers waiting for pickup.

The design proposal will provide arriving passengers a fresh and inviting introduction to the City of Nanaimo.  Similarly, within its short lifespan as a temporary facility, Island Ferries hope it will allow Nanaimo residents to feel some pride in this new piece of important transportation infrastructure.



A Space That Seems To Miss It's Potential

Early morning downtown with the sun just kissing all those different colors, shapes and textures is a delight for the eye and senses. Arguably this is when Diana Krall Plaza (aka the Krall Space) is at it's best.

There are few spots around the city which seem to possess so much raw potential and yet keep missing the mark. As you wander through this vast courtyard unless you are going to the library or credit union, there is little to draw you in except to perhaps wonder what those large, rusting structures represent.

Any suggestions as to how to breathe some life into this massive space right in the middle of downtown?



THURSDAY'S 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Vendor and street performer market at Maffeo-Sutton Park every Thursday until the rainy season starts. Includes farmers market, artists, craft, home-made product, art, specialty, antique, artisans, makeup, clothing and flea market vendors and street performers and more. To reserve your spot or for any questions, email parkmarket@shaw. ca or call 250-618-3684.


Downtown Summertime Music Series August 21



The arrival of the M/V Westwood Pacific at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal on August 19 marks the first container ship to berth at the Port’s facilities, providing the Canadian port with a direct link to Asia.

This trial call, with express service to Japan and Korea, and feeder service to other Asian ports, is expected to lead to a regular service, providing Vancouver Island manufacturers the option to ship their goods from Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has been working with DP World Vancouver to create a direct competitive connection for Vancouver Island customers to Asia Pacific markets and the arrival of this container ship is one step closer to realizing this goal.

The NPA recently received USD 4.11 million from the federal government as part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative Program. These funds are intended to upgrade the Port’s container operation at the Duke Point Terminal.

“The trial call from the M/V Westwood Pacific is an exciting time for Vancouver Island importers and exporters and will prove that the NPA can offer competitive deep-sea connections to global markets.

We are sure that Westwood Shipping Lines will be pleased with the service, efficiency and potential volume of business that can be provided from Vancouver Island, and will hopefully announce a regular containerized liner service from Nanaimo as part of their global operation,” said Bernie Dumas President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority.

“DP World Vancouver will first load two ships, but we expect the frequency of these shipments will increase and each departure will add 150 TEUs to 300 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container throughput to Vancouver Island’s container terminal,” said Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Vancouver.

“This gives customers the option of now having direct access between Vancouver Island and major Asian ports as well as using the container barge service DP World Vancouver operates from the same facility to ship to Vancouver.”

“Through the Port of Nanaimo gateway to Asia at Duke Point, Westwood Shipping Lines can provide consistent container/break bulk service designed to meet the needs of Vancouver Island. We have every expectation that our first two ship calls will demonstrate that the region will support continuation of the service. The Port of Nanaimo, ILWU Local 508, and DP World Vancouver have been very supportive in promoting this service” said Guy Stephenson, President and CEO of Westwood Shipping Lines, Inc.

The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authority’s across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for Cargo Operations.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Nanaimo Summertime Blues - This Weekend





The longest-running short film festival on Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF), is now accepting submissions for this year’s Festival — to be screened at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre in Nanaimo—for 3 shows on February 6 and 7, 2015.

The VISFF is an annual event that brings filmmakers and filmgoers together with films from around world. The deadline for entry into the VISFF is November 1st, 2014, for films in all genres with a run time of 12 minutes or less (including credits). Filmmakers of all levels of experience are encouraged to submit entries.

“The VISFF has been so successful because we show films for every type of filmgoer, made by every type of filmmaker. We are looking for young and old, rookies and veterans – we are looking for filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and interests who will create well-told stories to delight and engage our audience,” said Zachary Tannar, VISFF Submission Coordinator.

Now in its tenth year, the VISFF has been expanding each year, with films of all genres received from all across the globe. Last year’s submissions included films from all over Canada and as far away as France. Both shows were nearly sold out, and the volunteers for the VISFF expect an even larger turnout to the 3 shows in 2015 thanks to increasing popularity among filmgoers from Nanaimo and across Vancouver Island.

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form and entry fee. Each film must be submitted separately and no filmmaker shall have more than two films selected. The VISFF is a juried event, and filmmakers receiving the distinction of official selection are entitled to receive artist fees.

Tannar is proud that filmmakers receive artist fees and also have a chance at cash prizes. “The Festival has a commitment to rewarding filmmakers that produce outstanding work. Cash awards will be given out in several categories, including Best Film. Thanks to the continued support of the Nanaimo Arts Council and its members, this year promises to be the best yet.”

To make submitting easier for everyone, the Festival has moved to an online submission system. Filmmakers can submit their films online at The online entry fee is $25 per entry, and the submission deadline is November 1st, 2014.

To encourage local filmmaking, the entry fee for local filmmakers will be waived this year. To qualify, local filmmakers need to submit their film and completed entry form, in person to the Film Festival office via the Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North Town Centre by November 1st, 2014. No submissions will be accepted through mail.

Entry forms and Festival guidelines are available at For more information visit the website, call 250-729-3947, or email


Bowen Road Farmers' Market August 20

Bowen Road Farmers' Market
 Open Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, 18 August 2014


Rod Davidson Parking Services Mgr. notes: "These changes will ensure there's a consistent turnover of vehicles downtown and in the Old City Quarter, while providing alternative off-street parking facilities at a reasonable cost. In addition, by adjusting our parking rates the City can better maintain and repair our off-street parkades without using funds from General Revenue."

Over the next two years the city will install pay parking areas in the downtown and Old City Quarter. Resident only parking will increase and include Nob HGill and the upper streets of the Old City Quarter.

Increased parking rates both on-street and off-street will provide extra revenue to cover future maintenance and operating costs.

The new strategy is intended to promote vehicle turnover of vehicles parked on city streets, reduce congestion in residential areas and increase revenue.

The City will also offer free parking in the Bastion Parkade on weekends  and during the evening.


Canoe and Kayak Club Win $25,000

Nanaimo Gets Fantastic Promotion On TSN

Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club entered the contest which they won
Resulting in TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour coming to Nanaimo
Mobile live broadcast studio airs live on TSN from Nanaimo
Kraft Foods free BBQ was popular with everyone, the lineup never stopped
Nanaimo crowd provides enthusiatic back drop for live broadcast
Kraft presents $25,000 cheque to Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club

The Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club entered the Kraft Celebration Tour contest which resulted in them winning $25,000 to help build their new boathouse on Long Lake, They are one of ten communities that are still in the running for the $100,000 grand prize to be announced later this month.

During the event Kraft Foods provided a first class BBQ which saw a never-ending stream of folk lining up. They also were handing out a variety of samples of their different products which they were dispensing by the skid-load.

During the broadcast portion of the event there was a one hour live broadcast which appeared on TSN as well as several different promotion pieces that were being taped to promote the show as well.

Hats off to the industrious and hardworking folk with the Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club who single-handed got some first class promotion for Nanaimo via TSN. We just couldn't afford a one hour commercial on that network, and we got all that great coverage for free!


Sunday, 17 August 2014



As all of us know who live here, Nanaimo is truly an outdoor paradise with our miles and miles of trails and acres and acres of parks and miles and miles of shoreline, the outdoors beckons at every turn.

One of the more alluring calls of our great outdoors is the opportunity to catch a fresh salmon for supper right from the shore! The above pic was snapped yesterday at the mouth of the Millstone River right beside Maffeo Sutton park. I doubt if the salmon are back yet in huge numbers but one report was that fish were being taken and that there were lots in the area right now.

Another popular spot for land-locked anglers is Departure Bay, where the salmon have also been returning the past week or so.

What a great way to spend another sunny Sunday in Nanaimo.


Saturday, 16 August 2014


Officials sign agreement in ceremony at the VICC
Suzhou representatives present Nanaimo Chamber with an embroidered scroll
Recently officials from the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and the Suzhou Commercial Associaton of Canada signed an agreement that should build business relationships between Nanaimo and Suzhou.

Sasha Angus of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corp. described the agreement as calling on both parties to promote business exchanges which would include connecting local businesses with their counterparts in Suzhou. The purpose of the relationship would also raise awareness about business and investment opportunities in each community. Angus further explained there is strong interest from a number of their companies about investing in our market as well as sourcing products from Nanaimo for sale in China.
Suzhou is located the southeast province in Eastern China and was founded in 514BC with 2500 years of rich history. It boasts a population of nearly 11,000,000 in 2010 and is noted for canals, stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously designed gardens.
Suzhou's economy is based primarily on its large manufacturing sector—China's second largest—including iron and steel, IT and electronic equipment, and textile products.  The Suzhou New District was established in 1990. In November 1992, the zone was approved to be the national-level hi-tech industrial zone. By the end of 2007, foreign-invested companies had a registered capital worth of US$13 billion. SND hosts now more than 1,500 foreign companies. Some 40 Fortune 500 companies set up 67 projects in the district.




The super yacht D'Natalin IV was seen docked in Nanaimo's harbour on Saturday enjoying clear blue skies and a delightfully balmy afternoon.

The super yacht was just launched this year in April by Christensen Shipyards of Vancouver Washington and after sea trials was delivered to it's owners in May of this year. As the name implies this is the fourth yacht it's owners have had, and is described as a family yacht.

A little bit of information gleaned from the Net include the fact she is 164' long with a 29' beam and draws nearly 8' of water. She has four levels and is finished combining traditional raised-panel millwork with furniture and fabrics that are more contemporary.

If you want to head off on a sea cruise she has a range of 4,000 nm at 10 knots powered by two Caterpillar 3512C, 1650 HP @ 1800 RPM. Cruising speed is 15 knots with a max speed of 17 knots.

Before you head out, you will have to stop by at your local fuel dock and top up the tanks which hold 57,920 ltr or 15.300 gallons.

She is one striking vessel and clearly the owners have impeccable taste, witnessed by their choice of ports to visit.




Lots of public interest for the in-camera meeting on August 11
Public doesn't trust city's own investigation
Council 'forced' to discuss Leadercast motion in public
Councillor Bestwick tries to find out what happened to HIS Notice of Motion


In what should have been an exercise to let the public know exactly what happened at city hall before the infamous Aug. 5 motion which cancelled Leadercast; the city has simply brought even greater suspicion to their door.

A one hour public debate/discussion about this whole affair does nothing to increase confidence in the legitimacy of this procedure which has the distinct aroma of 'cover-up' all over it.

Listen to the city solicitor explaining why the city was justified in dealing with this simple 'notice of motion' in such a bizzarre manner. I wonder what noted Parliamentarian, and city advisor Eli Mina would have to say about this whole process.

Click on the image to listen to the audio-only recording of the one hour in public meeting. If the explanations for discussing YOUR business in-secret don't get you riled up, you should check your pulse. What it ultimately boils down to, is that there is nothing city staff and council can not hide from public scrutiny if they so wish.

This is the kind of democracy we get, when we leave it up to politicians and bureaucrats to decide what we can and can't hear.




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So ....................... that's how the cash machine really works!!!

A friend sent along a few pictures being used by a job agency in Germany, which I am sure get attention and bring many a smile. They are described as life size, 3-D images.


Nanaimo Blues Festival Event Schedule

 Nanaimo Blues Festival


Friday, 15 August 2014

Over My Back Fence

Around about 5:30 pm yesterday (Thursday) while standing at my kitchen sink I noticed this masked fellow making his/her way long my back fence. Cute, isn't he/she?

I suspect it's home is not far away, as recently I did see Mom and two young-uns' strolling through the yard also. They are also the reason I have to cover my koi pond every night, as these folk seem to have a taste for fresh fish.


Pastafararian - Religious Headgear Battle

A Surrey fellow is doing battle with ICBC claiming it is his religious right to wear a colander on his head for his BC Drivers licence picture. Apparently he was successful in obtaining such a photo on his BC Services card last year, but has hit a snag for his drivers licence photo. While he claims a right to wear the headgear, ICBC points out their is no requirement not take the headgear off for the photo.


Kraft Celebration Tour Visits Nanaimo

FREE BBQ with lots of activities for all ages Aug. 16 1:00 PM
Live broadcast of TSN's SPORTSCENTRE begins at 3:00PM
with anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness

Saturday August 16 Maffeo Sutton Park


Nanaimo was named a Top 10 Kraft Celebration Tour community on July 1, and community members participated in a Canada-wide online vote on July 21 - 22 to decide the winner of this year's new $100,000 Kraft Celebration Tour grand prize. The grand prize winner will be revealed on SPORTSCENTRE on August 25 - the day after the final Kraft Celebration Tour stop.


VIEX Country Fair Nanaimo Aug. 15 - 17, 2014

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Mambo Pizza 20th Anniversary Street Party