Wednesday, March 23, 2011

News Notes From Around Nanaimo March 23, 2011

Advance Voting: a reminder, that if you are not able to vote this Saturday in the civic by-election, you can cast your ballot today, in the advance poll at the Conference Centre downtown.

Kayak Trail System: opening in May, a kayak trail system connecting Nanaimo and Sidney in Saanich will offer kayakers two trail systems for overnight or several day trips for paddlers. Paddlers can access the trail at Cedar by the Sea boat ramp or Newcastle channel. The trail includes 30 sites offering camping, day use and access, giving paddlers a trail with calm, protected waters.

Local MP Says NO to Budget: Jean Crowder local NDP MP for Ottawa echoes her leaders assertion that the Conservative budget as presented yesterday will not get their support.

Get Walking: the Bastion City Wanderers is hosting a 10k walk in Cedar this Saturday. Register at 9:15 am in the parking lot at Yellow Point Rd., for details call Ethel at 250-756-9676.

Tofino Air: moves their operation to the Inner Harbour instead of Departure Bay as of April  1. They will operate from their new office at #7 - 90 Front Street. The new location offers their customers a more convenient, accessible location adjacent hotels, shopping etc.

EDC Head Hunt Not Cheap: The city as contracted with a 'head hunter' firm to try and attract and secure someone to fill the lead position on the yet to be formed Economic Development Corporation. The exact cost of the search is unknown as it is based on the salary which comes with the position. The head hunters charge 28% of the successful candidate salary, so if the position offers $100,000 the head hunter fee is $28,000. It is unlikely anyone truly qualified would earn less than $200,000 so, that finders fee could grow to $56,000 to conduct a successful executive search. This is not the kind of position you are likely to fill by running a help wanted in the local paper, hence the seemingly costly search to fill the position. The actual hiring will be done by a committee established by the Economic Development Commission, of which Mayor Ruttan is head.

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