Saturday, 31 January 2015

Bill McKay Makes Colliery Dam Position Crystal Clear

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During the election campaign Bill McKay was asked for this opinion on the Colliery Dams. His position is crystal clear, and on Monday we will have the opportunity to see a politician follow through on what they said to get elected.

Finally, we can put this waste of time issue behind us without wasting one more tax dollar and with any luck perhaps we can recover some of the money we have spent on questionable advice from engineers.


Super Bowl Ads 2015

 Super Bowl Ads 2015
Can't wait until tomorrow to watch the show within the show? Click image above or HERE to see this years ads. Maybe you should go and get a 6 pack and buffalo wings first though!


Nanaimo Free Skate - February 1/15


Things on the Net that make ya' say aaaaahhhhhh

Mastiff (weighing 132 pounds) befriends abandoned Chihuahua pup (1.1 pounds) at the RSPCA.


Friday, 30 January 2015

Nanaimo City Council Meeting Feb. 2/15

City Council Meeting
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
7:00 PM Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Is. Conference Centre

  • Meeting Dates and Agenda Circulation Times
  • DVP 5930 Nelson Street
  • Rezoning App. 4295 Jinglepot Road
  • Colliery Dams Update
  • Animal Control Standards and Care of Dogs
  • Animal Control - Cat Regulations
  • Hospital Area Transportation and Utility Replacement Tender
  • New Building Canada Fund - Small Community Fund Grant Application
  • Property Maintenance Bylaw remove materials from 2477 Rosstown Rd., 1520 Frew Rd., 673 Hamilton Avenue
  • 1520 Frew Rd. required to demolish buildings or bring up to standard
  • Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw
  • Councillor Bestwick motion regards 1406 Bowen Road development

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

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

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

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

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

    As this is a new council with 5 new members it is important to note that the following decisions were not made by this council. I will leave it posted for a time as a reminder of the type of spending that council is capable of when the electorate isn't paying attention. 
    If this new council makes questionable spending decisions as we go forward (and I am sure they will) It would be my intent to document them here and replace the following list with a 'new' list. Hopefully, it will be a very short list.


    In spite of promises to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, the first thing this council has done is approve a 6% increase in wages for CUPE employees over the next 3 years. This is well above the settlements the province is signing with other unions.

    Some Previous Council Decisions You Might Want To Think About

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Turn down the heat - Donate a sweater

    Turn Down the Heat 2015 Campaign

    The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association will once again participate in the provincial wide Turn Down the Heat campaign from February 1st-7th, 2015. Participating businesses in over 20 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) will turn down the heat at work and at home and wear sweaters to help promote energy conservation.

    Downtown Nanaimo BIA members will be encouraging people to bring in their gently used sweaters and other suitable clothing items to be donated. The two societies in Nanaimo that these donations will go to this year are Nanaimo Women’s Centre and the Men’s Resource Centre.

    The DNBIA is proudly working with other BIA’s in the province and FortisBC to raise awareness and to surpass last year’s donations of over 5000 sweaters. Our goal this year is to collect a minimum of 20 plus sweaters and other items, such as hats, gloves and coats, per donation box.


    Islands Short Fiction Contest 2015

     Short Fiction
    Click Image For Submission Form

    Islands Short Fiction Contest 2015

    In partnership with the Vancouver Island Regional Library & Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing & Journalism.

    Deadline for entries:  March 16, 2015. Over $2,000 in cash and prizes including a VIU Creative Writing Bursary!
    Click Here for more info. 


    Gord Fuller's Condition Updated By Robert Fuller

    Robert Fuller, the brother of Gord Fuller addressed a crowd of concerned folk at the Colliery Dam on Thursday under a clear blue sky. 

    He was pleased to report that while the road ahead for Gord is a long one, he is cautiously optimistic that Gord will make a full recovery. He noted that while concern for Gord is appreciated people should not try to visit him in hospital or make calls to the hospital as staff can not give out information and taking the call uses their time.

    Gord is still under sedation but has opened his eyes on occasion and seemed aware of people around him which as Robert put it is reason for cautious optimism.

    Robert noted that events of late put into sharp focus what is really important in life, and it is not the Colliery Dam or City budget or any of those other things we fuss so much about, rather it is about our relationships one with another. He commented that the number of people present represented what community was all about, which is something Gord has worked so hard for.


    Buttertubs Beaver Shot

    Buttertubs Beaver Basking In The Sun

    Local photo artist Sheryl Falls 'shot' the Buttertubs Beaver yesterday, who like us two-legged creatures was enjoying another late January winter day in Nanaimo.

    Some of the marsh regulars commented that they hadn't seen the beaver for quite some time and had been concerned he/she had come to a bad end. Last seen slowly swimming back to the lodge in the marsh.


    Thursday, 29 January 2015

    Nanaimo Circus Lessons - Sundays

    Finally! Ongoing Circus Lessons in Nanaimo!
    For kids, AND ADULTS!

    We're so happy to be partnering with Nanaimo Gymnastics School this fall to offer CIRCUS training! This ongoing ground-based circus class will focus on prop manipulation, performance skills and partner work. Circus is a non-competitive, creative sport that provides the basics of rhythmic gymnastics prop work. Hoop, baton, and ball will be explored, as well as juggling, stilting, slackline, unicycle, character work, and other fun circus skills.

    Come Play With Us! SUNDAYS! 
    For children 8-12 yrs: 10 am to 11 am. 
    Adult/teen 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Click HERE for more info! 


    Theatre One Fringe Flick 'Force Majeure' Feb. 1-2

    For Tickets & Information Visit Theatre One Website HERE


    Wednesday, 28 January 2015

    Vancouver Doesn't Make The Cut


    The Economist's Intelligence Unit (EIU) Safe Index 2015 released on Monday, which rates the safety of major cities all over the world, placed Toronto in eighth for its safety measures (and first for North America), while Montreal came in fourteenth. But when it came to looking at where the best place to live overall were, Toronto was on top, and Montreal came in second place.


    Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Feb. 6 & 7 2015

    VISFF Matinee Show and Filmmakers Q&A

    February 6th at 7pm with music by Top Men
    February 7th at 2pm with Q&A
    February 7th at 7pm with Award Ceremony

    Held at VIU Malaspina Theatre building 310
    Tickets $15 (students $10)

    Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival. Celebrating short films from Vancouver Island and around the world, all films are 12 minutes or less and include a diverse range of genres and styles.

    The festival has three shows this year at the Vancouver Island University Theatre on February 6th and 7th. The opening night will start at 7pm and will also feature a musical performance by Nanaimo's own Top Men. After the matinee on Saturday at 2pm, there will be a filmmakers Q&A with several of the films' directors. Following the final show on Saturday at 7pm there will be the Awards Ceremony and after-party. All the films will be shown at each of the three shows

    The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. For complete details, check us out on, email or call 250-729-3947. To purchase ticket




    "How is a man with 57 convictions and 30 pending charges against him free to be at a casino on a Saturday night?

    A man who the Parole Board of Canada once called "a dangerous person who has demonstrated blatant disregard toward the criminal justice system as well as a lack of respect to the public in general."

    These are the questions that remain after 34 year old Shawn Rehn shot two RCMP officers outside of a casino in Edmonton, killing Constable David Wynn."

    This Sun News Network article by Rachael Segal concludes it was not the failure of the system but not using the tools within the system that allowed Shawn Rehn to be free at a casino on a Saturday night.


    Millions of downloads tracked daily

    "Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned."

    This CBC report claims that as many as 10 - 15 million uploads and downloads can be accessed every day in the hunt for terrorists.


    More West Coast Beauty

    From the lens of photo artist Sheryl Falls, another West Coast Moment titled 'The Eagle has landed'. More of Falls work can be seen on her website

    Simple pleasures ..............


    Port Theatre Nanaimo - February 2015 Schedule

    For more information and to purchase event tickets online, visit the Port Theatre's website HERE.


    Tuesday, 27 January 2015

    Do Politicians 'Play Fair'? Is Santa Real?

     Smear Campaign

    “We can plant anything we need to through him,” Routley tweeted to Heaney on Saturday. “He does a lot of mudline research and also creates memes. Some of … [them are] mine but not what I necessarily wanted to own. You may want to figure that resource into the equation.”

    The preceding comes from a Vancouver Sun article which suggests that beneath those smiling 'elect-me' faces there could lurk the devious mind of a modern day politician willing to do whatever it takes to win.

    Politicians may muse about apathetic voters etc., but it is this kind of behaviour that just reinforces the general public opinion of politicians in general. A little bit of 'Googling' and you will find that politicians seem to make the top ten most hated professions lists along with telemarketers, used car salesmen and the tax man.


    Irish Rovers - Nanaimo March 16 & 17

    THE IRISH ROVERS' 50th Anniversay Tour
    March 16 & 17

    The March 17th show has sold out but there is still limited seating available for the March 16th performance. You can check for more information and order tickets online using this LINK.


    Island Roots Market Co-op Nanaimo Jan. 28/15

    Pleasant Valley Hall
    6100 Doumont Rd. Nanaimo
    Wednesday's 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    Monday, 26 January 2015

    Winter Weather Warning For Nanaimo

    Be Careful Not To Over-Heat By Over-Dressing

    Due to daytime temperatures climbing into the double digit range, Nanaimo residents are advised to not dress in heavy winter coats or multiple layers that are required winter-wardrobes in the less fortunate parts of our great Dominion. Failure to heed this warning could result in possible heat exhaustion or in some extreme cases even heat stroke.


    Some Construction Around Downtown Nanaimo

     Changing skyline on Front Street
    The new condominium on Chapel Street is flanked by Nanaimo's oldest highrise on the left, and the newest highrise on the right. The building was sold on the basis that two rental units in the building would supply sufficient income to eliminate strata fees.

    Tim Horton's Gets a Makeover
    The Tim Hortons at the corner of Wallace and Comox Rd. is still providing their customers with a drive-thru service during their current renovation. The Timmy's at Brooks Landing recently underwent a similar makeover.


    Things on the Net that make ya' smile


    Indecent Exposure Suspect 375 Selby St. Nanaimo

    Nanaimo RCMP are seeking the public's assistance to identify a man involved in an indecent exposure outside the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, located at 375 Selby St., on Friday at approximately 4:45 pm.

    An 11-year-old girl was waiting for her mother to arrive, when she saw a man standing outside the front door of the Conservatory of Music that opens onto Selby St. The man  exposed himself and began masturbating, he then left the area. The girl's mother arrived, and when told what happened she reported the incident to the Nanaimo RCMP.

    Patrols of the area did not locate the suspect.  The young girl provided a description to an RCMP forensic artist and this sketch was prepared. The suspect is believed to be a white man, or possibly First Nations, in his 30s, five foot 11 with a dark tan and short brown hair. No clothing description was obtained.

    If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at or by phone at 1-800-222-8477.


    B.C. Fish & Wildlife Permits Move Online

    Streamlined fish and wildlife application moves to online only

    VICTORIA – To improve service, a variety of fish and wildlife applications will be available online only effective Monday, Feb. 2, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

    The latest permits to move online include:

    • Angling guide, game guide outfitters and transporters’ licences; 
    • Export permits; 
    • Transportation permits for endangered species, rainbow trout and farmed sturgeon; 
    • Scientific fish collection permits; 
    • Fur trade and trapping licences; and 
    • Various permits specifically required under the Wildlife Act, including permits for: 
    1. possessing dead wildlife or wildlife parts; 
    2. capturing, possessing or importing live wildlife; 
    3. rehabilitating injured wildlife; and, 
    4. operating a vehicle in an area closed under the act. 

    Hunting and fishing licences will continue to be sold through retailers. Fishing licences will still be available online.

    FrontCounter BC is the integrated, one-stop service for clients of B.C.'s natural resource ministries and agencies. For applications and further information, call toll free at 1-877-855-3222 or


    Sunday, 25 January 2015

    January 26th Nanaimo COW Meeting Cancelled

    According to several different posts on Facebook the Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for 4:30 pm January 26th has been cancelled.

    This is obviously due to the heart attack suffered by Councillor Gord Fuller who is in intensive care, heavily sedated and intubated. The next 24 hours are a critical time for a most loved Nanaimo personality.


    Nanaimo Councillor Gord Fuller In Hospital

    It was gut-wrenching to hear the news, that Nanaimo City Councillor and advocate for the disenfranchised, Gord Fuller was stricken with a heart attack on Sunday about noon.

    Information about Gord's attack was posted on his Facebook Page by friends and family who were attending at NRGH emergency.

    The only information released at this time is that Gord is in serious condition in ICU and nothing will be known of his condition until tomorrow. His brother Robert Fuller is the person information will be released through and the public is asked to not call NRGH as they can not give out any information on Gord's condition.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gord and his family for a full and complete recovery.