Thursday, September 21, 2017

Product Of Our Edjamacation System?

Making change without a calculator
mind boggling for this generation ....

Me Missus was doing her bit for the local economy with the purchase of a new piece of clothing from a local shop, which will remain nameless to protect the guilty.

The person on the til was clearly no longer of school age but of course not nearly as old as us. She was indeed pleasant enough and made the obligatory chit chat as she rang up my wife's sale.

The total sale was $53.26 for which my wife tendered a $100 bill. The clerk punched the numbers into the register which of course told her how much change was due the customer.

My wife then realized she had the $3.26 and gave it to the clerk which would mean she would then be due $50.00 exactly.

This concept seemed to completely blow the clerks circuits as she first responded that she didn't think she could do it, and also noted that the til tape would no longer be accurate.

After much convincing on the part of my wife who tried to explain to the clerk her til would balance at the end of her shift and that everything would work out, the clerk finally relented and gave my wife the $50.00.

My wife was not convinced that the clerk actually believed. her.

I would have thought this was an isolated incident except for the fact I have also seen the same drama myself when the person on the til has to do some mental calculations that might differ from what the til says.

But not to worry this generation is much, much smarter than previous ones. Or are they? They do have smarter gadgets than I had, but I'm not so sure that has anything to do with being smart.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Sad Day At Nanaimo City Hall - SFN Flag Returned

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Video credit Nanaimo News Now

During a somber gathering at Nanaimo City Hall acting Mayor Bill Yoachim addressed the circumstances which have led to the returning of the SFN flag which had flown over city hall.

Yoachim also read a resolution of the majority of council (2 dissenters) which extend an apology to city manager Tracy Samra. The resolution accepts the findings of the Golder report.

Hopefully this will bring some resolve to the tensions that have existed at city hall which have their beginnings with McKay and Brennan opposing the hiring of city manager Tracy Samra.

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Cyclist Critically Injured Nanaimo Parkway

A cyclist has been critically injured after colliding with a cube van on the Nanaimo Parkway. The collision occurred at approximately 6 am on Friday September 15, 2017 and has closed the southbound lanes while RCMP officers examine the scene.

Police, Fire and BC Paramedics attended. The cyclist was transported to local hospital by attending paramedics and was then airlifted to Victoria General hospital. There is currently no update on their condition. The driver of the cube van was not injured.

Southbound traffic on the Parkway between Northfield Road and the Jingle Pot intersection is closed and is expected to remain closed for some time. Motorists are asked to avoid this area while the lane closures are in effect.

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Nanaimo Water Parks To Close Sept. 17

Summer Water Fun Wraps Up 

As the cooler weather rolls in, Parks staff prepare for Fall. On the to do list is to tidy up and shut off the water to the water parks until next Summer. Due to construction of the Multi-Purpose Covered Court, Harewood Water Park has already been closed. The last day to play in the remaining water parks (Departure Bay Centennial, Deverill Square and Mansfield Park) will be Sunday, September 17.

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful summer and had the opportunity to visit one or more of the water parks. Please be sure to move indoors to enjoy a fall and winter of water fun at Beban Pool and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

Aquatic fun continues throughout the fall and winter at Beban Pool and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is currently closed for maintenance and will re-open September 25. Until then, Beban Pool has extended hours to accommodate the community's public swimming needs.

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Small Business Takes Another Hit

Ottawa, September 14, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is renewing calls for the federal government to reduce the overall payroll tax burden on small businesses, following today’s announcement of an increase in the 2018 Employment Insurance premium rate.
The 2018 EI rate for employees, set by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC), is $1.66 per $100 of insurable earnings, a three-cent jump from 2017. Employers will pay $2.32 per $100 of insurable earnings, an increase of four cents from the previous year.
“This latest increase means that payroll budgets of every business will increase for six straight years when you take into account that the 2018 EI increase will be followed by five years of CPP premium hikes starting in 2019,” said Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President, National Affairs at CFIB. “These tax hikes — which come amid the spectre of the federal government’s proposed tax changes — will make it more difficult for small business owners to hire more workers, raise salaries and grow their businesses.”
In a recent CFIB survey of members, Employment Insurance was identified as a “serious” concern for 43 per cent of small businesses; total tax burden, including EI, CPP, and Workers’ Compensation costs, was the top concern.
To reduce the payroll tax burden on small business, CFIB will continue to push the federal government to adopt the following measures:
  • Create an EI tax credit that recognizes the investments that small and medium-sized businesses already make in hiring and training employees;
  • Put in place a permanent, lower EI rate for small businesses (e.g. gradually moving from a rate that is 1.4 times more than the employee rate to a 50/50 split over time); and
  • Implement an EI holiday for hiring youth, as was promised in the federal government’s election platform.

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Tara Dawn Brown Missing - Central Nanaimo


Tara Dawn BROWN 

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 41 year old Tara Dawn BROWN who was last seen at approximately 7 pm on Wednesday September 13. Her disappearance is out of character as she requires daily medication and left her central Nanaimo home without it, her cell phone or purse which contained all her identification. BROWN does not have access to a vehicle and has some personal contacts and family on Vancouver Island.

BROWN is a white female, 5 ft. 5, heavy build with shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and wears glasses. It is unknown what clothes she is wearing but BROWN often wears head coverings. The pictures provided are recent. If you have any information on the location of Tara Dawn BROWN please call Constable Mike Scott of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

John Albert Buchanan Charged

Second degree murder charge sworn

A 46 year old Nanaimo man has been charged with one count of Second degree murder in the suspicious death of a Nanaimo man that was reported to the Nanaimo RCMP on Monday September 11.

John Albert BUCHANAN was arrested without incident at approximately 5:30 pm on Wednesday September 13 by officers with the Nanaimo Serious Crime Unit. Charges were sworn this morning and BUCHANAN has since been remanded into custody to await his next court appearance which is set for September 26.

The deceased male has been identified as 42 year old Richard Steven SITAR of Nanaimo. His family has been notified and a forensic autopsy is pending. As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be released to the public.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Councillor Brennan Owes Taxpayers $1383.00 ?


Tamara Cunningham reports in the Nanaimo Bulletin that Councillor Diane Brennan has exceeded her annual expense budget by nearly $1400.00.

According to a report released by the city Councillor Brennan expended nearly $8,000.00 on legal fees bringing her year to date expenses to $12,883.00. This exceeds her annual budget of $11.500.00 by $1383.00 which arguably should be paid by the Councillor.

Fees related to ongoing battle with city manager?

Brennan and McKay were the only members of council to run up legal fees during the second quarter of this year which begs the question of why?

The running gun battle between Brennan and McKay and Samra could be the reason for Brennan's astounding legal bill. In the Bulletin article Brennan is shedding no light on the reason for the legal bill which leaves the door wide open for speculation.

It will be interesting to see if there is any mechanism to hold Brennan responsible for the nearly $1400.00 or will the taxpayer once again have to pick up the tab. It's easy to run up legal bills when you aren't picking up the tab!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

HOUSING IS A UP TO THE PROVINCE

Click image to read Nanaimo News Now report

An article on Nanaimo News Now reports the city hopes to have an affordable housing strategy in place by 2018 for the new council to act upon.

When did this become the responsibility of city hall, and isn't the cost of housing well beyond the control of city hall? It is not hard to see why the city's social planner thinks it is up to the city, it would be called job security on his part. But really, is it the city's responsibility to try and wrestle with such a complex issue? They seem to be challenged just getting the garbage picked up without spending millions and millions more that comes with each 'improvement'.

Affordable housing is a provincial responsibility
local MLA's need to be held accountable

It is recently reported in the Globe and Mail that the NDP are funding 1700 affordable rental units and funding an additional 2,000 units for homeless people. It is also noted that the promised $400 renters rebate was absent from the first NDP budget. Funding for the other 3700 units of affordable housing is available according to their budget.

Our members of the Leg. Mr. Krog and Mr. Routley are members of the ruling class and therefore it is reasonable to expect Nanaimo will receive it's share of the promised affordable housing. For once Nanaimo is represented by the party controlling the purse strings so Krog and Routley will have no excuses for not delivering to the faithful in Nanaimo.

Shouldn't need a city social planner
if our local MLAs do their job

Now that Nanaimo has such strong representation with members of the party committed to affordable housing, there should be little need for a city social planner. It should be expected that Nanaimo will see some of that affordable housing stock in place long before the city has completed their 'plan' on how to deal with affordable housing.

Perhaps it is time for another look at city hall staffing??

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Downtown Property Owners Whining Again??

Click image for Nanaimo Bulletin article

From the News Bulletin article:

"The list of recommendations includes adding two RCMP officers to patrol the downtown area plus two additional bylaw enforcement officers who are trained as peace officers who would also conduct foot patrols and deal strictly with public safety.

A team of mental health and addictions workers would also be created to work in the office and respond where needed with services downtown.

The recommendations also call for ambassadors to assist the local public and tourists.
"

That sucking sound is downtown emptying your wallet!!

Over the past two decades downtown Nanaimo has become one gigantic black hole with an insatiable appetite for taxpayer dollars. In spite of the millions spent on downtown 'revitalization' which included the $100 million conference centre (should have cost $42 million) downtown property and business owners are still looking for more and more from the weary taxpayer.

For years and years they received a quarter million dollar a year gift from the rest of Nanaimo to bolster their enterprises. They have special tax concessions to aid in rebuilding the tired downtown and still they want more and more in the way of increased security.

What other group of businesses (any mall in town) gets special treatment from taxpayers and the RCMP and city hall? It's time this group of merchants and property owners stepped up to the plate and passed the hat among themselves and dealt with security matters, which arguably they bring upon themselves.

One other thing mentioned was for the city to pay more attention to sidewalk cleaning etc. Isn't keeping the sidewalk in front of your business presentable something you would expect each business owner to take upon themselves?

As for issues being caused by people with addiction and mental problems, that should be the purview of Island Health who should be putting forward a credible plan to deal with this ever-growing segment of our society. This is not an issue city hall councillors or staff are properly equipped to deal with. They need to quit letting Island Health duck their responsibilities as this is clearly not a policing or city hall issue, it is a health issue, plain and simple.



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Jazz Festival Parade - Sept. 16



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Confidential Shredding Day - Sept. 16

Proceeds support your local Crime Stoppers 

Back by popular demand is a day of confidential shredding in support of the Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers (CS) program. The event is set for Saturday September 16, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm at the Brooks Landing Save On Foods, located at 2000 Island Highway, Nanaimo. Google map link.
For a minimum donation of $20, your documents will be professionally and confidentially shredded by Best Shredding, a Vancouver Island based shredding and document storage company. As you wait and watch as your documents get shredded, help yourself by donation only , to a perfectly grilled hotdog or burger, graciously provided by Save On Foods.
 “Crime Stoppers is a registered non-profit organization which does not receive any form of government funding. Fund raising events such as these are essential to run a successful program. Shredding documents also significantly reduces your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft. This type of crime can destroy you financially, wipe out your good credit and could take you years to recoup your financial and personal losses, “said Constable Gary O’Brien, Crime Stoppers co-ordinator for the Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers program.  
The Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers hope to see you on Saturday the 16, rain or shine. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Constable Gary O’Brien, Crime Stoppers Co-ordinator for the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-755-3257.

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FEDS TARGET SMALL BUSINESS

PROPOSED FEDERAL TAX LEGISLATION 
“AN ATTACK ON SMALL BUSINESS”

If your business is incorporated, you could be facing a larger tax bill and big compliance costs from the government’s new proposals to change the way corporations are taxed according to the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.
Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO points out “This legislation will affect every business employing family members because the government wants to apply a much higher tax rate on income they consider ‘unreasonable’. If you invest profits from your business for the future – such as your retirement, the federal government is proposing to tax that income at an effective rate of 70%. And if you wanted to pass your business along to your children on retirement, tough new rules will make it difficult for young people to get the capital gains exemption and they could end up double-taxed. All of these measures translate to an attack on small businesses and the middle class.”
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are the engine of the Canadian economy – estimates range from 85 to 90% of all businesses in Canada are SMEs and in Nanaimo that number is over 90%.
“In 10 years at the Canadian Chamber, I’ve never seen an issue that has generated greater concern among our members. To make matters worse, allotting only 75 days for comment in the midst of the summer holidays is not a consultation, it’s a stealth attack on small businesses. The vast majority of the Canadian Chamber’s more than 200,000 members across Canada are small and medium size enterprises.” stated Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
“The government’s proposals, while intended to target the wealthy, will hurt middle-class business owners from every sector of the economy. These are shop owners, farmers, doctors, financial planners, homebuilders, realtors, tech startups and trades—the entrepreneurial families who are the backbone of the economy and responsible for the majority of the job creation in Canada,” said Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and member of the Coalition.
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce held a roundtable with MP Sheila Malcolmson and local business leaders and will be collecting letters of concern and individual case statements to forward to mid-Island MP’s to ensure the voice of our local business community is heard loud and clear. Businesses should check the resources made available at www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca. Deadline for input to the government is October 2.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

CONFLICTING HEADLINES ??

Interest Rate Hike -
economy's powerful performance
The Bank of Canada hiked interest rates again, citing the economy's powerful performance pointing to broader, more self sustaining growth.

Meantime, on the same day the following headline would seem to indicate that 50% of Canadians aren't really seeing the benefit of the economy's powerful performance.

Click images for complete Huffpost articles.

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STRAY BULLET STRIKES LANTZVILLE GOLFER

Golfer struck by errant bullet

A 60 year old Ladysmith male out for a round of golf at a Lantzville golf course is recovering after being struck in the lower leg by an errant bullet fired from an unknown area. The male is expected to make a full recovery.

At approximately 4:30 pm on Thursday August 31, 2017 the victim was just finishing up his round of golf when he felt a sudden sharp pain in his lower calf. A group of golfers came to his assistance and applied basic first aid then transported him off the course. The male victim drove himself home and later attended to the hospital in Ladysmith where x-rays confirmed a bullet was lodged in his calf. The bullet was removed and the wound dressed.

Investigators conducted neighbourhood inquiries and learned from nearby residents gunshots were heard throughout the afternoon on the day of the shooting. 

There is nothing to indicate the male was targeted and it may have resulted from an individual or others target practising in the adjacent rural area. Having said that, it is not only unlawful but extremely dangerous to discharge a firearm within 100 metres of any building. Additionally the basic rule of firearm safety is always know your background and beyond," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 


If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

MORDEN MINE MONUMENT



On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon members of the Friends of the Morden Mine society gathered at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park for the official unveiling of a monument dedicated to the memory of those who worked in the old coal mines of Vancouver Island.

 Approximately one-thousand miners lost their lives in these mines and countless others succumbed to workplace injuries and mining-related diseases.  Morden is the appropriate location for such a memorial because it contains the last remaining sizable structures of the old Vancouver Island coal mining industry and because it is a provincial historic park, the only such park dedicated to our mining heritage.  

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Friday, August 25, 2017

UNSOLVED CRIMES IN NANAIMO AUGUST 2017

Nanaimo Unsolved crimes: August 12 to August 22. If you have information on any of these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.
1. Nanaimo RCMP file # 2017-26460 Sometime overnight on Sunday August 13 an earthquake kit was stolen from the backyard of a home in the 6300 block of Pinewood Lane. The kit was kept in a large bin that was not taken. The stolen goods consisted of clothing, food, rain gear, flashlights and pet supplies. Around the same time, several break ins were reported to vehicles parked in the neighbourhood.

2. Nanaimo RCMP File # 2017-26535 On Monday August 14 from 510 Nova St, 25-30 boxes filled with models and collectibles were stolen from a tent stored on the property. The items were earmarked for an upcoming yard sale and consisted of CD's, bike helmets, metal lunch kits, Superman print and airplane/ship/car model kits. The suspect may have had knowledge where the items were being stored and would need a vehicle to remove the stolen goods.

3. Nanaimo RCMP File # 2017-26673 Sometime overnight on Tuesday August 15 an unlocked garage located in the 3400 block of Monterey Drive was entered and 2 power washers were taken. One power washer is a yellow MCS with hose reel attached, the other is a Multi Quip mounted on an aluminum base with a 9hp Honda motor.

4. Nanaimo RCMP File # 2017-26835. Over the past two weeks there have been a number of random thefts from the yard of a home in the 300 block of Kennedy St. Items taken consisted of spot lights, boxwood plants and 4 bikes. The thefts are occurring overnight and to date no suspects have been identified. If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately. 

5. Nanaimo RCMP File #2017-27001 Between 8:30 pm and 11:30 pm on August 16 a boat was stolen from the back of a pickup truck parked in the Walmart parking lot. The fiberglass homemade boat weighs approximately 250 pounds and is dark green with white painting resembling a killer whale. The boat did not have a HIN number and there was no motor for the boat.

6. Nanaimo RCMP File # 2017-27903 On Friday August 18 a boat moored at 104 Front St was broken into. The front door to the vessel was pried open and taken were a large brown ottoman, TV wall mounts, LED bulbs and a set of keys.

7. Nanaimo RCMP File # 2017-27218 On Saturday August 19 between the hours of 12:30 am and 7 am a home in the 200 block of Bowlsby St was broken into. The home owner was sleeping during the incident and when they woke they realized several items were missing. It appears the suspect entered through an unlocked office window. Taken were some cash and a one year old Galaxy cell phone.

8. Nanaimo RCMP File # 2017-27428 On Monday August 21 at approximately 7 am a homeowner residing in the 400 block of Selby St awoke to find a male in his early 20's in their apartment attempting to take their beige Chitzu dog. When confronted the suspect male jumped off the balcony and ran off without the dog. The suspect male was approximately 5 ft. 8, slim build and wearing a black baseball cap, black pants and white shirt.

9. Nanaimo File # 2017-27603 On Tuesday August 22 a break and enter was reported at 55 Victoria Road. The property manager told police unknown persons had thrown a drainage grate through the front door then took art work from the lobby.


10. Nanaimo RCMP File #2017-27630 On Tuesday August 22 at approximately 4 pm a cell phone was stolen from an outside table at the Modern Cafe on Commercial St. The owner of the phone told police she was sitting at a table when a white male walked by, grabbed the phone and ran off with it. The suspect male had short darkish hair and was wearing a black shirt and black shorts with a green stripe. The owner used her Find my phone App and tracked it to the area of Museum Way. Shortly thereafter the phone was shut off. The owner has advised her service provider and the phone will be locked preventing any unauthorized usage.

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CANADIAN ECONOMY NOT SO ROSY

 Toronto Housing Bubble
Click image to view Huffppost article.

 household debt

Click image to view Huffpost article.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TWO FLEE BOWEN ROAD CRASH

Photo contributed: Nanaimo RCMP
Crash puts resident out of house

A homeowner was abruptly awakened late Monday night after a car driving southbound along Bowen Road crashed into the front of her home. The 32 year old homeowner was not injured although the vehicle caused major structural damage to her residence and surrounding yard. A 23 year old male driver was arrested at the scene for impaired driving and when officers arrived, he was still behind the wheel of his vehicle attempting to reverse out of the yard. The crash occurred at approximately 11:25 pm on Monday August 21 and took place at the intersection of Ashlar and Bowen Road.

Officers responded along with City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue to reports of the crash which resulted in a newer model black SUV driving through a fence and the main supporting wall of the home. Officers learned there were two passengers in the vehicle that fled prior to police arriving.

The homeowner was offered short term accommodations through the City of Nanaimo Emergency Services but declined the offer after a nearby neighbour stepped up and took her in for the evening. The male driver later provided two breath tests at the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment with both being over the legal limit. As a result he was served with a Promise to Appear with police recommending charges of Impaired Driving. The 23 year old was also issued with a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without a valid driver's license.

"Investigators would like to speak with the two passengers who fled to ensure they were not injured and to learn their version of events," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. If anyone has information on the identity of the passengers please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

City Uses Lego To Promote Boondoggle

Using Lego to sell the latest taxpayer ripoff
Why taxes keep going up??
City Hall invents ways to burn your money!!

The latest effort to keep dipping ever deeper into your pocket is coming your way this fall, courtesy of the city garbage collection department headed up by Charlotte Davis. That would be the same person who spent a few hundred bucks on pocket ashtrays and several thousand bucks on a 'quit littering' campaign a year or so ago. Remember?? No?? That could be because it had zero effect on the problem of pigs throwing their garbage and butts where they happen to be standing.

Automated garbage trucks being forced by 'staff safety' concerns

At least that is the official rationale being promoted by city hall to support this outrageous use, or misuse of your tax dollars. The claim is that ever since we started the green bin program there has been an uptick in staff injury claims which can only be resolved by the taxpayers spending millions and millions of dollars to switch to automated truck pick up. 

One of the biggest expenses is the $6.5 million that is going to be spent on new garbage bins which we are now going to have to deal with instead of our current collection system.

Bogus 'staff safety' arguments

One of the reasons Ms Davis offered for the increase in injury claims was the fact the garbage men have to pick up twice as much now as they used to since the garbage is in one bag and the green bin is a separate item. Well, there may be two items to handle, however the combined weight would be the same if it were all in one bag, as it used to be. Of course there are only two items every other week, as the recycle bag is not collected by the city garbage man. At least not yet.

You may recall it was not that many years ago that each household could put out two garbage containers every week and the garbage men of the day, seemed to be able to deal with them without any 'safety issues'. 

What do you want to bet, that it turns out that the new system can not handle as many pick ups in the same time frame, as clearly it will take more finessing to pick up the trash using a joy stick and robotic arm than it takes one healthy, able bodied person to jump off the truck and pitch the container into the truck. Just wait and see how the cost of trash pick up will grow in years to come. It is already going up 15% this year alone.

Is safety really the issue, or is the union just using some of it's muscle to lock in more union jobs which can be handled by the aging workforce, who arguably should step aside and let younger more able bodied people take their place?

There has never been any explanation as to why the final decision about this garbage boondoggle was decided at an in-camera meeting, away from prying eyes. 
Was it so that the public could not see the role the union played in this waste of tax dollars?

Nanaimo taxpayers may think they elect their decision makers at election time, but a lot of the shots called at city hall are by the local CUPE union which of course is not answerable to the public in any way shape or form. 

That is why a level one union member (not qualified as a laborer) starts at $24.40/hr. with three weeks holiday and health and dental benefits to die for. All courtesy of the local Nanaimo taxpayer.

The fact that several city councilors received thousands of dollars from unions to use at election time could raise the question of whether union or taxpayer interests are foremost when decisions are being made.

During the last election Councilor Bestwick received $5250 or 63% of his total funds from unions, Councilor Brennan received $4250 or 71% of her funds from unions and Councilor Yoachim received $6750 or 37% of his funds from unions.


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Suspicious Fire Destroys Community Centre

Fire destroys First Nations community Hall 

At approximately 5 am on Saturday August 19 a structure fire was reported at the Nanoose Community Centre located on the Snaw Naw As First Nations territory.  Lantzville Fire Crews battled the blaze for most of Saturday which destroyed the unoccupied building and one vehicle parked adjacent to it. No injuries were reported and no other damage was reported to nearby homes.

Nanaimo RCMP fire scene investigators along with City of Nanaimo Fire investigators examined the scene on Saturday. In addition to forensic evidence gathered at the scene Investigators are following up on information that a number of young people were seen in the area prior to the fire starting. "At this time the actual cause of the fire has not been determined and it is considered suspicious in nature," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


If anyone has information on the fire, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

AMERICAN ECLIPSE - JUST A COINCIDENCE?

THE COMING ECLIPSE
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE?

The fact the path of the eclipse intersects the three major earthquake hazard zones in the USA would seem an unlikely coincidence.

Pastor explains possible end time warning for the United States. Harbinger of things to come, or just another celestial event? 


If you are an email subscriber you may have to visit Nanaimo Info Blog to view this video.

Map showing paths of solar eclipse over the USA 1918, 2017 and 2024.




The year 1918 saw the worst flu pandemic killing between 50 - 100 million fatalities with 675,000 of those being in the US alone. That year also marked the end of WWI.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE CASE FOR SITE C HYDRO ELECTRICITY

Email subscribers may have to visit Nanaimo Info Blog to view this video.


This is the case for Site C, take the time to listen to someone who actually understands the need for this project and is not being driven by a political ideology.

I would challenge either Mr. Weaver or Mr. Horgan to sit down in a public arena and debate the merits of Site C with Jessica McDonald.

Shutting down this project to chase the green dream will prove a costly decision that will cripple the province for generations.

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PETITION GAINS TRACTION - COUNCIL DOZES


Another bit of national attention for Nanaimo.

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CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO MAKE A DECISION

Jim Taylor
Make a decision
get Ms Samra back on the job


When is this council going to decide what to do with the findings of an independent consultant that found the city manager was enduring a toxic work environment? When is council also going to make public the facts that are contained in this report? Continuing to wait and punt this down the road is only resulting in more and more speculation in the public arena, and that is never a good thing,


So, Nanaimo City Council........ you have had this report for over a month now, and it is time you made a decision as to how to address the problems identified. A recent petition is now suggesting this is an issue of racism on the part of the mayor, and that is not the kind of publicity we need. Deal with it!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SUSPECTED IN TWO ACTS OF THEFT

NANAIMO RCMP SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE 


Theft of lotto tickets and purse

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the male shown in the attached photo who is a suspect in at least two recent thefts.

On Wednesday August 2 at approximately 3:15 pm the male allegedly stole a lady's purse while she shopped at Fairway Market located in the North Town Centre Mall. Then on Sunday August 6 at approximately 5 pm he struck again, allegedly stealing lotto tickets from the Shoppers Drug Mart in the Country Club Mall.

The suspect male is white, 40-50 years of age, 5 ft.10, short hair, greying on the sides. If you know the identity of this individual, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-7540-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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FALL 7 WINTER NANAIMO ACTIVITY GUIDE


TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE NEW ACTIVITY GUIDE VISIT CITY WEBSITE HERE

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MORE FREE FUN ON VICTORIA CRESCENT


Saturday, August 26, The Victoria Crescent Association is proud to present our second street fair of the summer – and Pro-Wrestling is the main event!

Beginning at noon, there will be all kinds of kid’s activities: from face painting to games. Slide down a gigantic 35-foot blow-up slide, bounce around in a big play fort. Try your skills at jousting or put on a Sumo Wrestling Suit and take your opponent to the mat – AND IT’S ALL FREE!

Then get ready for our main event at 6 o’clock - scream, yell or boo for your favourite Vancouver Island Pro Wrestler, who will be performing live, right in a ring set up in the middle of Victoria Crescent, downtown.


So don’t forget, Saturday, August 26 – Crescent Day on Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo. A whole lot of good, wacky, crazy fun for the Whole Family!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

PETITION CALLS FOR NANAIMO CITY COUNCIL ACTION

326 Signatures already

A petition started by Zoe Todd has gathered 326 signatures so far. In part the petition says:

Action needs to be taken now. It is time for Council to act upon the legacy of violence against Indigenous women in Canada, and to acknowledge the violence Ms. Samra has endured in her duties as Nanaimo's CAO. It is time for an official apology to be issued by municipal leadership for the violence against Ms. Samra, and it is time for Mayor McKay to resign.


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BC CHALLENGES ANOTHER CANADIAN RESOURCE INDUSTRY

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B.C. hires retired Supreme Court justice to advise on the provinces next steps in it's efforts to kill the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

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A CANADIAN TRAGEDY - PETRONAS CANCELLATION


To read this Financial Post article follow this LINK

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FIFTEEN BRUSH/WILD FIRES IN NANAIMO

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FIVE FIRES IN THE PAST WEEK ALONE
Everyone has a role to play in preventing brush/wild fires

"The number of fires are very concerning, especially since the majority are human caused." Umesh Lal Fire Prevention Officer 

August is traditionally the most active month for brush/wild fire season as a result of the extremely dry conditions. Given the number of fires the City has recently had, and observing what is happening in the interior, Nanaimo Fire Rescue is encouraging the community to remain vigilant when outdoors regarding fire safety.

There have been 15 brush/wild fires during this past month compared to zero last year. Five of those fires happened within the past week alone. Four of the fires are attributed to discarded cigarettes, three were intentionally set and one was caused by fireworks.
If you see a fire call 911



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NANAIMO FREE SUMMER CONCERT AUG. 12



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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Nanaimo Air Quality Index Hits 7 - High Risk

At-Risk Population
Reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activity. The elderly and the young should also take it easy. To find out if you are at risk CHECK HERE.

General Population
Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activity if you experience coughing or throat irritation.

An index of 7 (high risk) is forecast to remain through Saturday night and Sunday.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Why Wendy Pratt Resigned From Council ?

Visit Nanaimo Info Blog to view video if it doesn't show on your email.

Did Assault Lead To Resignation?

City Press Release:

Independent consultant confirms Mayor, Councillors
created hostile work environment for City of Nanaimo CAO


NANAIMO, July 31, 2017 – An independent consultant has confirmed that the conduct of Mayor Bill McKay, Coun. Diane Brennan and former Coun. Wendy Pratt has created a hostile work environment for City of Nanaimo CAO Tracy Samra.

The official report of independent consultant Roslyn Goldner was released to council July 20.  

Samra filed complaints under the City of Nanaimo's Respectful Workplace Policy and violence in the workplace policy resulting in an independent investigation by Roslyn Goldner. 

Goldner began her investigation after Ms. Samra was physically assaulted by then Coun. Wendy Pratt as shown in above video. 

“On February 27, 2017 I was assaulted by Coun. Wendy Pratt at a closed council meeting in front of nine witnesses,” Samra states. “At least six witnesses were interviewed by the RCMP and a video tape of the incident was marked into evidence that night.  I sustained minor physical injuries”.  

“I was advised that Ms. Pratt was arrested and released on a promise to appear and an undertaking that she not attend my workplace at city hall, SARC and the Shaw auditorium.”

The sudden resignation by Coun. Pratt took place following the assault.  Ms. Samra was advised that the criminal matter went to “diversion” and that Ms. Pratt is expected to make an apology to her.

Samra states that a prior assault by Pratt on Samra took place January 11, 2017, which was reported to the RCMP and taken to the Crown, but did not result in charges as there were no witnesses in the room.  

“I filed this complaint after the Feb. 27 assault by Coun. Pratt so there would be a mechanism for this to stop, and to get Mayor McKay to stop targeting me,” says Samra. “I believe Mayor McKay needs to be held accountable for his conduct, as I am entitled to be treated professionally in my workplace in front of my staff and the public.”

“The Mayor has consistently made defamatory remarks about me in the media over the last 20 months calling into question my capabilities to do the job and my ethics.”

Ms. Samra maintains that the Mayor has also made disparaging remarks in public on multiple occasions about her to her colleagues at other institutions, including at an aboriginal graduation ceremony, a joint City-SD68, and at an RCMP panel in front of a representatives from Snuneymuxw First Nation.

“I went on leave after the assault by Coun. Pratt. I attempted to return to work on a limited basis,” Samra says. “I know now that I should have gone on leave after the first incident to address the anxiety and fear I faced going to work each day after months of targeted by Wendy Pratt, Diane Brennan and Bill McKay.”

“When the Report was released last week I made unprofessional comments that were overheard outside the boardroom.  I apologize to those who heard my remarks.”  Ms. Samra expects to remain on leave while Council considers the Report findings and what steps can be taken to address the toxic work environment.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

CANADA DAY .................... SHACK ISLAND STYLE

Photo credit Sher Falls

You won't likely find a more impressive display of patriotism than some of the residents on Shack Island displayed to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

This Time I Really Really Really Mean It


Not sure exactly how I talked myself back into writing about the goings on in our fair city after enjoying four months away from the drama that is Nanaimo City politics.

The political scene and battle for the golden purse at city hall has always been interesting. That said, lately Nanaimo politics has become very mean-spirited and just downright nasty. It is hard to imagine that with a year and a half to go in this term the rift at city hall would still be an open, festering wound. A councillor actually being arrested and released with conditions for taking a run at a city manager. A mayor, asked by 7 of 8 councillors to resign, then being subject of an investigation involving the RCMP whose term will be remembered as being the most divisive, combative council in memory, if not history.

The sidelines and especially social media are rife with biased, bigoted and mean spirited folk who are expert at telling city hall what they are doing wrong while offering no positive input. Some critics are made up of councilor wannabes jockeying for position to try and regain control of the city hall purse.

I am sure that much of the criticism from all the new council watchers is fueled by those who don't like some of the tightening of the purse strings at city hall. Those used to feeding at the trough and suckling at the city teat are having fits trying to upset the current council and won't rest until they make conditions as untenable as possible.

The NDP - CUPE - Labour Council - City Councilor connection is one that among other things has resulted in the average Nanaimo taxpayer seeing over 80% of their property tax dollars doing nothing other than paying wages and benefits the average taxpayer can only dream about. Someone working for the city who does not qualify to be a labourer starts at $24.14/hr. plus 3 weeks vacation from the get-go and benefits to die for. In what universe is that sustainable? On the other side of the work force, there was a city hall manager who (according to official statements) wanted to leave the job early, and for some reason it was in his employment contract (written by whom?) that he was 'entitled' to over half a million dollars as a going away gift courtesy of the Nanaimo taxpayer. 

The next year and a half of Nanaimo politics is just going to get meaner and nastier and uglier as the blood sport continues to control the $200 million corporation, that is the City of Nanaimo. For that reason I have decided that it is impossible to pay attention to Nanaimo politics without "getting some on ya'" and no amount of scrubbing gets it off.

The problem we have with all levels of governance, whether it is in the regional, municipal, provincial, federal or global scene is rooted in the fact that we are a woefully inadequate people who choose from our numbers those to govern us, and seem surprised when we find that they too are incompetent. No longer seeking or acknowledging the need for the Divine in our lives, we are left to our own resources, with predictable outcome.




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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fuller's RDN Appointment The Right Choice

Fuller Clearly Has Voter Confidence

It should come as no surprise that in the continuing battle for city hall supremacy there is an effort to promote Councilor Brennan into the RDN seat vacated by Pratt's resignation.

That however flies in the face of RDN seats being appointed based on voter confidence as expressed at the ballot box on election day.

Past experience does not trump voter confidence as was demonstrated when George Anderson was appointed to the RDN based on ballot box count and not experience.

To the question of experience trumping votes, that is a spurious argument as experience does not prove voter confidence in the performance of duties. A more accurate measure of evaluating performance was demonstrated at the ballot box which saw Councilor Brennan fall from 7885 votes in 2011 to 6547 votes in 2014. 

I suspect there will be another spurious argument put forward by some suggesting this is a gender biased issued pointing to accusations of misogyny on city council. Such charges are likely directed at Councilor Kipp for his outburst directed at ex-councilor Pratt, although I suspect a case for the same charge could be levelled at the Mayor for his treatment of the city manager.

Ahhh Nanaimo politics........ can't imagine why I want to have a long hot shower.  

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Friday, April 21, 2017

86 Year Old LANCE PARKER Is Missing


Lance Parker 

FOUND - SAFE & SOUND

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing elderly male who left his home around noon today and has not been seen since. His family is extremely worried for his well-being as he has significant medical issues and requires daily medication.

86 year old Lance Parker resides on St George St in central Nanaimo and left home at approximately 12:30 pm today. When he did not return to his home by 8 pm his family contacted the Nanaimo RCMP and reported him as missing. Nanaimo Search and Rescue have been called out and are currently conducting and urban search throughout central Nanaimo. PARKER does not have access to a vehicle and had no money with him.

Lance PARKER is described as follows:
  • white male, 5 ft. 9, 175 pound
  • silver coloured hair, glasses

Clothing:
  • dark coloured shirt
  • blue and green coloured flannel hoodie
  • blue jeans and slippers 

If anyone sees Lance PARKER call 911 immediately or the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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