Friday, September 14, 2018

Nanaimo Automated Garbage Bins

Operator Needs More Training?
or just doesn't like his new job?



We have been on an automated route since they were first introduced and while I still doubt the increased cost is justified have learned to live with the new system.

When the whole city came online with the automated system my street is now on a border, meaning a different driver now picks up the bins on the other side of my street on the day following my pick up.

The driver who does my pick up has learned the new skills that allows him to operate a mechanical arm using a joystick from the cab rather than jumping in and out of a vehicle emptying trash cans (like in the old days). He is able to precisely pick up, empty and set the bins back down with the skill of a surgeon.

The driver on the other side of the street however is either clearly lacking in dexterity or perhaps doesn't like the new system and drops the bins as I would slam a door to express my displeasure.

Last week was the first time I noticed this and chalked it up to a bit of a learning curve, but this is the second week so I presume this operator has had considerable 'practice'.

I wonder how many times you can slam a bin down and they fall over willy-nilly before something breaks? When that happens is the 'owner' on the hook to replace them? Hope not.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Nanaimo Tent City ..... Just Poor Homeless Souls?

Or a den of thieves and drug dealers??


Nanaimo News Now recently reported that a hard working 15 year old Nanaimo lad had his $400 bike stolen from in front of his workplace on Stewart Ave. The bike had been secured with a U lock.

Apparently after seeing the story an unidentified young man went to tent city where he was able to find the distinctive bike which he purchased for $50 and then returned it to the rightful owner.

You hear the cries from this armed camp of how all the poor souls are being mistreated by society. One might ask just what these poor souls are contributing to society.

In the meantime you can expect the left leaning judiciary and this city council to continue to fumble about not really knowing how to deal with this growing segment of society.

They claim to want affordable housing ............. question? how much money can these individuals put towards this affordable housing? If they want society to be accountable for their housing, then they need to be accountable to society for what they are contributing to their well being.

The irony of the above bike theft story speaks volumes as to the failures we are witnessing in our society. Sadly, with the present governments in place, nothing is likely to improve in the near future.

Shades of Mad Max and other Mel Gibson films of days gone by.



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Nanaimo Air Quality Health Risks Very High

BC Wildfires Wreak Havoc

For the second year in a row British Columbia is in a state of emergency due to the number of wildfires raging in the province. Air quality across the province is being.seriously impacted.



AQHI stands for Air Quality Health Index

The 'high' (7 - 10) is the result of fine smoke particles in the air which is the PM2.5 data on the following chart. Currently Nanaimo falls in the highest 'Very High' category meaning it is 10+ on the index. In this case, a high score is not where we want to be.

The air quality objective is 25 under the category of PM25 ug/m3 and as you can see Nanaimo posted a reading of nearly 10 times that level at 5:00 am this morning with a reading of 244.0.

This is the measure of fine particles of 2.5 microns in size of which 25 in a cubic meter is considered good. At 5:00 am this morning that number was 244.0 per cubic metre.

Nanaimo Air Quality Data

All information and graphics are taken from the BC Air Quality website.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Nanaimo Mayor McKay Welcomed Discontent City

Screengrab from VI Free Daily May 18

On May 18, Nanaimo Mayor McKay is quoted in the Vancouver Island Free Daily as saying:
“We’re taking a wait-and-see attitude over the weekend,” McKay said. “Our concern is they’re safe there now and as opposed to having them back at city hall or in one of our parks, for example. This is a good option for them. We’ve got the ability to fence the area off and provide some amenities simply for their personal health and hygiene, if you will, and a large dumpster so they can dispose of their garbage.”

Mayor McKay and Council once again demonstrate their complete ineptness

On May 18 a hand full of people broke into city property in downtown Nanaimo and rather than being immediately removed for trespassing our bumbling Mayor welcomed them with open arms.

Over the weeks and months that followed the braintrust at city hall has allowed this illegal occupation to grow to a point where you now have an armed encampment intent on defying city hall, the RCMP and the Supreme Court of BC.

Where is Leonard Krog these days??

Our MLA and Mayor wannabe needs to be pressed for his solution to this entire mess, which is far more a provincial matter than a municipal one.

Anyone asking for your support to be elected to council this year, needs to be very clear as to their intentions to deal with this festering sore that will continue to grow.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Nanaimo Summer Fun --- Downtown on Victoria Cres.




You'll wanna celebrate the last few weeks of summer with Free Fun downtown!

On Sunday, August 26th, Victoria Crescent in Nanaimo is the place to be with kid's slides, a bouncy castle, obstacle course, games and more.

The highlight of Crescent Day will be a free concert at five with Canadian folk singing legend VALDY.

So mark the date on your calendars, and come and enjoy free fun for the kids and a bunch of Good Songs, a Rock 'n Roll Song, the Simple Life for Peter and Lou and everyone else.


It's the Victoria Crescent Street Festival, Sunday, August 26, beginning at noon

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Nanaimo's Recycling Dirty Little Secret

 Recycling Scam
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Recycling is not a reality, but an idea. Like Communism, it can never be achieved, but must be aspired to.

Recycling is in crisis. But the environmental scam is too big to fail.

This article exposes the dirty secret about the global recycling scam which does nothing like what we have been told it accomplishes.

While this article is not specific to Nanaimo, it is specific to the worldwide scam that is called recycling. It has become a sacred cow we are willing to through millions and millions of dollars at, all for a 'cause' that is nothing short of a pure scam which takes millions out of our pockets and gives it to the 'recycling' industry.

In the past I have challenged the local champions of the religion of recycling to take me by the hand and show me how my sorted trash becomes something of true value. No surprise ............ no one has accepted the challenge......

Think about this article the next time you are told why the cost to 'recycle' your trash keeps increasing year after year.

We had an opportunity to actually deal with our trash in an environmentally sound fashion a few years ago via a waste to energy plant, which of course was shouted down by the local green screamers ..............

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend Fun - Victoria Cresent


VICTORIA CRESCENT STREET FAIR ON BATHTUB WEEKEND 
SATURDAY JULY 21, 9:30am-4:00pm


Come - have fun - and enjoy the free Victoria Crescent Street Fair in downtown Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend!

On Saturday, July 21, between 9:30 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, there will be giant slides for the kids, a bouncy castle and a 60-foot obstacle course. Children can have their faces painted, play games and take home animal-shaped balloons.

On Crescent Square, there will be lots of neat cars to marvel at and Nanaimo Search and Rescue will be on-hand to show-off their big Command Vehicle and other life-saving equipment.

On Crescent Stage, listen to the Nanaimo Fiddle Society or relax and learn Tai Chi.

Don't miss the weird and wacky bicycles, have a game of outdoor ping pong or giant darts and you'll definitely want to be here for the famous Server's Race - a Bathtub Weekend tradition. Bar Staff from throughout the city compete for the coveted trophy - balancing their tray of drinks, trying not to spill a drop, while they run from table-to-table.

It's all on Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend - Saturday, July 21. And it's All free!

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Cottonelle Conning Canadian Consumers??

10% Price Increase Hidden By Packaging!!
"New" 12 roll package
contains only 11 rolls

As consumers we know we are having our pockets picked at nearly every turn. Whether it is the gasoline cabal or the latest charges coming from city hall (for no increase in services) most consumers are finding their dollar just isn't going as far any more.

Deception at the gas pump, pretending to be a free market system while all stations charge the same price is one way our pockets get picked.

Calling the cost of garbage pick up a 'fee' so they can claim taxes aren't going up  is another example of the deception to keep the wool over our eyes.

Smaller packages with less product for the same price is another common deception employed by the corporate bean counters.

Cottonelle Cons Canadian Consumers

The above picture shows two packages of Cottonelle bathroom tissue purchased a few months apart. Both packages were 'on sale' for $4.99, which is not a bad deal in today's market.

At first blush they appear to be the same product but that is all a part of the deception.

The 'new' package contains 12 rolls of 170 1-ply tissue which is the equivalent of 2040 single sheets.

The 'old' package contains 12 rolls of 190 1 - ply tissue which is the equivalent of 2280 single sheets.

Simply put, for the same price the 'new' 12 roll package is not the equivalent of 11 'old' rolls for the same price. A whopping 10% increase!!

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