Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dale Schulz - NANAIMO - "As he sees it" - July 29

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.

 schulz july 29

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Dale's Post - July 28/16
Indy and I made the best of another very quick walk today - we went downtown for coffee and a snack. I think I got some interesting shots today even though I didn't shoot a lot. I was trying to work with the extremely bright day when shooting these - some in the shade - some with nice strong highlights.

First some figs ripening on Park Avenue - and paving on the same block - across from Robins Field. They also seem to be paving the parking lot of the park or at least the entrance.

Next some weeds growing along a fence in the alley between Pine Street and Farquhar Street.
On the way to coffee at the waterfront I shot the mural that seems to grow slowly on the wall of The Vault Café - this art off Albert Street. AND I like this shot: An urn waiting to be moved into storage or a banquet room at the Coast Bastion Hotel. This is on Wharf Street.

After coffee we checked up on the 'deconstruction' of the building on Church Street (the old Maps and Charts store) - this view from the back - off Bastion Street.

And ANOTHER shot of my friend Tim and his dog - he is just a beautiful person to photograph!


Stock the Lockers- Help Local Students


Downtown Nanaimo Development - 10 Church St.

Development 10 Church St. Nanaimo

If you have been past 10 Church Street lately you can't help but notice that the only thing remaining of the old building is the brick facade on two sides of a doorway. The building permit for this site is for the development of a three storey building with a total floor area of 7500 square feet.

It is reasonable to assume the brick walls remaining will be incorporated into the new building retaining some of the character of the original structure. You do have to wonder if it would not have been just as easy to demolish the whole structure and build from scratch.

You may recall that this was the long time home of a shop which specialized in marine charts for the west coast. At one time this was 'the' place for mariners to stop and get their charts as they proceeded through local waters on their way north. In recent years that business slowly changed and the previous owner finally closed and sold their building.

The building is now owned by Real Estate Webmasters who originally had taken out a permit to just do some minor renovations to the building. 

The picture below is the old Free Press building which in recent years was also renovated by Real Estate Webmasters founder Morgan Carey.


Concerts In The Park - Nanaimo Summer Fun

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Concerts in the Park change venues in August

Starting August 3, the community can enjoy free evening musical entertainment on Nanaimo's scenic waterfront when the Summer Concerts in the Park series moves from its current location at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre to Maffeo Sutton Park. The new location will see performances by Jupiter Jill, Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, Doctors of RocknRoll and Glen Foster Group. The series runs every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm until August 31.

The lunchtime Concerts in the Park series also moves. But from Maffeo Sutton Park to Bowen Park Amphitheatre starting Monday, August 8 with performances by Liz Stringer, Joan Wallace & the Martys, Karen Kelm and Little Crow. Showtimes are on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre until August 29.

August 3, 17, 24 and 31 (Wednesday evenings) concerts will be held at Maffeo Sutton Park from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. There will not be a concert on August 10 due to a Snowbirds Airshow.

On August 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Mondays) from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your lunch to the Bowen Park Amphitheatre for a special Lunchtime Concert in the Park. There will not be a concert on August 1 (BC Day).


Friday, July 29, 2016

Dale Schulz - NANAIMO - "As he sees it" - Jly 28/16

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.

 schulz jly 28

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Dale's Post - July 28/16
Today Indy and I walked downtown but didn't linger - it was TOO hot out there!

I did capture a handful of images though.

First a detail of neat old gnarled tree-trunk on Park Avenue and some cool red 'pod' flowers on Halliburton Street - they are quite beautiful and have a papery texture.

In the Harbour we chatted with well-known Nanaimo musician Paul Gogo - who survived a Bathtub Weekend concert in his Home Town with his band Trooper this last weekend. Here he is carrying a bag of groceries bound for some persons in need. Way to go, Gogo!

I took a picture of the BC Flag in the breeze because our Provincial Holiday is coming up this weekend!

Last - but not least - one of my best buddies 'Doggy'. He is the constant companion of Tim Lander. Tim is a poet and I'm currently designing the covers for his new book of poetry - Doggy might be featured on the front cover!


Zandra Burns Missing Person Alert

Concern for her safety and well-being
Missing person Zandra BURNS

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 39 year old Zandra BURNS. BURNS left a Nanaimo health facility on Monday July 18th and there is significant concern for her safety and well-being.

BURNS may be driving a newer model Nissan Micra, BC plate # 983MPM. This vehicle was reported stolen from the Parksville area on July 23rd.  It is believed BURNS may be travelling to Manitoba as she has family and friends there. She is considered a talented jazz singer and plays the piano. She may be busking to support herself.
Similar to stolen vehicle

Zandra BURNS is a white female, 5 ft. 4 180 pounds with shoulder length brown hair and hazel coloured eyes. The picture of her attached is recent. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Zandra BURNS, please call Constable Tanaska Armstrong of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at text your tips to 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Composite Sketch - Indecent Exposure Suspect

The Nanaimo RCMP has released a composite sketch of male involved in an indecent exposure. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 pm on Saturday June 25th, in Maffeo Sutton Park.

The complainant called the Nanaimo RCMP and reported that a male  had walked past her with his penis exposed. The complainant also told police this happened while she was out for a walk with her 4 year old daughter. The two continued walking in the opposite direction but keep an eye on the suspect as he made his way towards Front St. Officers attended immediately and made extensive patrols but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as follows:
  • First Nations male
  • 5 ft. 5 , middle age , slim build
  • Dark skin, medium length hair

  • Black pants, beige jacket, beige hat

If you have any information on the identity of this person, call Constable Chris Buxton-Carr of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at , text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Watch Winds At The Beach

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Watch the winds and current at the beach

The other day while at Pipers Lagoon which was enjoying one of our famous Nor Westers blowing up at a good clip a young fellow was noticed paddling about near the shore in this small inflatable.

He was neither wearing a lifejacket, nor did he have paddles in the small craft. He was happily paddling about using his hands for propulsion enjoying himself until he realized he was being blown away from shore faster than he could paddle towards it.

Luckily for the hapless sailor his mother and another adult were able to swim to his aid and between them provided the power necessary to make shore. Moments later while still playing with his little boat near shore he let go of it for a moment and the above little clip is the last it was seen. Next stop the mainland?

Moral of the story? You can find yourself in real trouble, very fast if you are not aware of the power of wind and waves, even on a nice sunny day at the beach.


Human Remains Identified - Marlon Orozco-Castillo

The BC Coroners Service has made a positive identification of the human remains found on July 4th near Bowen Road.

The remains have been identified as 40 year Marlon Orozco-Castillo of Nanaimo reported missing from Nanaimo in May of this year. Orozco-Castillo's family and next of kin have been notified. The resulting investigation found no evidence of foul play and the death continues to be investigated by the BC Coroners Service.


Parksville Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition

First place doubles team winners from Russia & Netherlands

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Daily
July 15 - August 21/16


The World Famous 'Nanaimo Bar Trail'

 nanaimo bar trail

Aside from Bathtub Racing, Nanaimo is most well known for that delectable sweet-tooth saviour, the Nanaimo Bar. A flavour combination that was even featured in some of the Golden Arches restaurants recently.

Tourism Nanaimo has taken this humble little bar and exploited it's universal appeal into a key element of their Nanaimo marketing magic by developing the one and only 'Nanaimo Bar Trail'.

Like most local gems that get over looked by we locals, the Nanaimo Bar trail is something visitors inquire of constantly. This long weekend, you could download the Nanaimo Bar trail map and take a self guided tour of this famous trail for yourself.

Click image to download Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dale Schulz - NANAIMO' - "As he sees it" - July 27

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.

 schulz july 27

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Dale's Post - July 27/16
Just a few photos from a short walk into ‪#‎Harewood‬ today folks. A couple close ups of a post on Bruce Avenue near 7th Street, and a picture of John Barsby School from Bruce Avenue - I like the stacked Geometrics in this view.

Last is a shot that I took in the yard - I came across a box full of old props and stuff and it was HOT with wasps - I got bit twice when I accidentally kicked the box and angered the hive. Anyway last night I had to get in there and exterminate the poor things. What I found funny is that a good portion of their nest is attached to a carved styrofoam 'bee's nest' that was used in a local play. Nature wants to live with art too!


Nanaimo Weekend Weather


Baseball Bat Assault Leads To Arrest

A 52 year old male was taken to hospital Tuesday evening after being struck with a baseball bat during an altercation at a home on Barclay Rd in Nanaimo. The incident occurred shortly before 9 pm on Tuesday July 26th.

A 58 year old male was arrested at the scene for Assault Causing Bodily Harm and held in custody for the night. The suspect male was released Wednesday morning on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court on October 18th.

Police were called to the residence for a report of a disturbance. When officers arrived they found the victim bleeding from an apparent head injury. The victim was transported to local hospital by attending BC Paramedics. The injuries the victim sustained were not as serious as first thought and he was released from hospital early Wednesday morning after receiving several stiches to his head.

Investigators were granted judicial authorization to enter the home on Wednesday morning and seized various items for forensic evaluation, including the baseball believed to have been used in the assault.


You Havta 'B' Careful When Setting A Heading

Apparently someone in the Global newsroom was in a hurry to make it to air when they set the copy for what appeared on the news broadcast.

It just might result in a bigger turnout for the festival on Hornby Island starting this weekend.


Top Ten Things To Do In Nanaimo

Things to do in Nanaimo this long weekend. There are lots of fun and interestig things to do right here in Nanaimo and region. No need to pack up the car and head for distant points. The following comes from Tourism Nanaimo and lists the ten top things to do right here. So, save the fuel and go on a mini vacation right here at home. Whatever else you decide to do, make sure you include a trip to Newcastle Island as one of your 'must-do' things this weekend. Note: bold type is linked for more information.

Top Ten Things to Do

Top Ten Things To See & Do in Nanaimo & Region
Hilary Kayaking Gabriola Island
  1. Nanaimo Bar Trail - Follow a self-guided trail tasting variations of the traditional Nanaimo Bar dessert.
  2. Snorkel with Harbour Seals - Take a boat charter to meet these playful pups with one of two local companies: Sundown Diving or Nanaimo Dive Outfitters.
  3. Catamaran Cruise - Relax while taking in the sights, wildlife and action of the Nanaimo Harbour or take a wild ride on the open water via a real hovercraft!
  4. Craft Beverages & Culinary Tour - Book a culinary, craft beverage and Estate Winery experience with a local guide. Choose a local tour company of your choice! Vancouver Island ExpeditionsTracks Outdoor AdventuresHarbour City Transportation or Canadian Craft Tours.
  5. Historic Cannon Firing - May through September watch the cannon firing ceremony at 12 noon daily.
  6. Island Hopping - Take a short ferry to Newcastle,Protection & Gabriola Islands for unique culture, arts and dining.
  7. Artisan Trail - Drive the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Trail loop visiting farms, fields and artists crafting one of a kind creations.
  8. Fishing & Crabbing Charter - book a local guide and catch fresh seafood to take back for a feast!
  9. Paddles Up - Rent a kayakbook a tour, a paddle board or a canoe and explore our protected waters capturing the perfect sunset.
  10. Nanaimo's Natural Wonders - Tidal lagoon at Pipers Park, Ammonite Falls, Sandstone rock formations at Malaspina Galleries, the Abyss Fault line & more! Check out our Parks & Trails and Outdoor Recreation pages for more info


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dale Schulz - NANAIMO - "As he sees it" - July 26/16

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.

 Schulz July 26

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Dale's Post - July 26/16
Hi Folks! It is a HOT day out there and Indy and I had a good walk but only stopped to take a handful of photos - so in addition to the five from our walk I've included three shots of insects on our fennel plants - just to round things out a bit.

The first two shots are of the back of the Patricia Hotel on Halliburton and Baker Streets. I always wonder how long it will be before this building comes down.

The next two are a little 'prettier' - newly-painted rocks in the boulevard garden/gallery on Albert Street. I appreciate these little bits of colour and detail added to the street.

The last from the walk is a subject I've shot before - an ‪#‎abandonedsofa‬ on Hecate Street - the gate that shielded it from the street has disappeared, but the ivy has grown in to add protection.

At home I stood out in the hot sun for a few minutes and got pictures of a bee, a ladybug, and a wasp (I think it's a wasp).


Cougar Sighting At Westwood Lake Park

The following notice is posted on the city of Nanaimo Facebook page:

"There was a cougar sighting at Westwood Lake Park at kilometre 2 when heading Northwest on the trail. Conservation officers are recommending dogs-on-leash in all areas, including in the approved off-leash area. Signage is being posted."


Unsolved Crimes In Nanaimo - - -

July 10 - 23

1. Nanaimo file # 2016-22710 Sometime between July 10th and July 12th a 2007 Dodge ram at 1930 Island Diesel Way was broken into. Taken was a large black hockey bag with Strata Soil Sampling written on the side. The bag contained a Go-Pro, work clothes, hard hat, high visibility vest and rain paints.

2. Nanaimo file # 2016-22725 Sometime overnight on Wednesday July 13th, a rental car parked on Sealion Place was broken into. Taken was a Samsung S4 phone, 2 para-gliders (one orange, the other blue), a hand held radio and numerous other items used in para-gliding.

3. Nanaimo file # 2016-22883 Sometime overnight on Thursday July 14th, a home at 1074 St George Crescent was broken into. Point of entry appears to be the back upper kitchen window. Taken was an Apple/Mac book pro laptop, purse with a skull decoration and some cash.

4. Nanaimo file # 2016-23086 On Friday July 15th, a bike was stolen from in front of the Country Club Save On Foods. The bike was locked and most likely taken from between 1:45 pm and 10:15 pm. The bike is a grey Kona with no seat and has a blue and red chain.

5. Nanaimo file # 2016-23297 On Friday July 15th, a male exposed himself to a female as she walked along the Pearson Bridge located on Terminal Ave. The female witness told police she believes the male suspect was waiting in nearby bushes until she walked by. The suspect is described as a white male, 40ish, with a slim athletic build and dark complexion. He was wearing shorts baseball cap, t-shirt and black jeans and was last seen walking northbound along Terminal Ave.

6. Nanaimo file # 2016-23345 Sometime between Saturday July 16th and Monday July 18th, Kaycan Ltd Vinyl located at 4810 Ledgerwood Rd was broken into. Locks to two small exterior propane cages in the loading area were cut and taken was a full tank of propane.

7. Nanaimo file # 2016-23583 On Tuesday July 19th, two bikes were taken from the back of a truck parked in the Woodgrove Mall parking lot. One of the bikes was a white Santa Cruz adult mountain bike and the other, a black and green Opus kid’s bike.

8. Nanaimo file # 2016-23644 On Wednesday July 20th, a motorized scooter was stolen from 1597 Boundary Crescent. The scooter is a black Go, with a green cart on the back.

9. Nanaimo file # 2016-23981 On Friday July 22nd, a bike was stolen from 1825 Bowen Road. The bike is a red and silver folding bike with a 6 inch top bar and has a brown wicker basket on the back.

10. Nanaimo file # 2016-24086 On Saturday July 23rd, an attempted break and enter was reported to the main building at the McGirr Sports Complex. Numerous drill holes were found in a steel door that leads to a small interior that holds an ATM. Entry was not made into the ATM room. An alarm was activated at 3:00 am but when officers arrived they did not find anything suspicious indicating the attempted break most likely occurred sometime after 3 am.


BC Ferries August Long Weekend 2016

Summer sailings are getting busier and busier. To avoid long waits consider the reservations option available on many major routes. For more information about reservations click HERE.


Green Party - Not So Squeaking Clean

Wonder why voters just throw up their hands?

This Vancouver Sun article reports: The Green Party of Canada has admitted it deliberately misled voters in Victoria on the eve of the 2015 election during the party’s frantic bid for a breakthrough.

No sir that happy trio of smiling women doesn't look like the 'same old' many Canadians despise about politics, but it seems the 'same old' just put on different outfits.


New Life To Industrial Part Of Town

Esplanade condos now on the market

Have you ever wondered what that multi-story brick building is that has been under construction for a few years now on Esplanade? It is on the site of Robins Gardens and was the home site of a coal mine superintendent in the late 1800's. Apparently the owner was a serious gardener and imported many exotic plants and trees from far and wide. Many of these have been preserved by the current owner/developer who is clearly at the forefront of bringing new life to this very tired part of Nanaimo.

The condos are being sold by a local company and it is said the units are selling in the $600K range. The owner has plans for two more buildings on this site eventually as the development proceeds.


'Selfie' Thief Arrested - Court Appearance Aug. 8

A 39 year old man who took a picture of himself with a stolen iphone has been arrested.

The picture of the 39 year old male was circulated to various media sources and throughout social media. The resulting attention assisted investigators in locating the male and within 48 hours of the picture and story being released, the suspect male was arrested.

The 39 year old was arrested for Theft Under $5000 and served with a Promise to Appear for court on August 8th in Nanaimo Provincial court.


Monday, July 25, 2016

eTown Hall Meeting Over --- back to beach!!

Just had to check out the eTown Hall meeting .....
that was interesting, must say summer is much more enjoyable when focusing on our lovely island rather than city hall.......


An Important Safety Message --- Pay Attention

While this originally comes from the UK the warning applies everywhere

One sunny summer Sunday when I worked for the Fire Service in Shropshire I attended a road traffic accident involving two young occupants of a saloon car that had been involved in a collision. The young female passenger was seriously hurt with life changing injuries when the passenger airbag deployed while she had her feet up on the dashboard. 

Every day during this warm weather and in my 60,000 miles a year in my business I see at least one vehicle occupant with their feet on the dashboard and I wonder if they realise the dangers?

Could I ask please that you [Share] this post, copy and paste the image for your own social media use or show it to anyone you know does this? Airbags deploy with 'massive' force at surprisingly low speeds and the sight I saw that day will stay with me forever!
(Image posed by models)


Nanaimo Council & eTown Hall Meeting - July 25

Public input or campaigning session?

The special open council meeting which went in-camera at 4:00 pm was estimated to reconvene in open at 6:00 pm (according to the notice on the city website). The eTown hall meeting was scheduled to start at 7:00 pm.

The live streaming did not start until about 7:13 pm and the eTown Hall was already underway, and the agenda items listed were not dealt with until the eTown hall meeting ended at 9:30 pm. The city rep on the Port Authority gave a brief update about activities at the Port Authority which is perhaps the first time I have heard anything from the Port Authority in an open council meeting. The other agenda item, a report on the VICC hotel feasibility study was cancelled.

The in-camera portion of this meeting went beyond the anticipated 2 hours.

Public Input??

While I did not actually count, I doubt there were 20 different members of the community offering their input or asking questions of council. In some cases the response from council sounded as much like election campaigning as it did simply addressing a question from the public.

That said, there seemed a genuine openness and real desire to hear from the public something lacking the last two times this exercise was undertaken.

Councillor Yoakim made the suggestion he would like to see another eTown Hall scheduled ASAP bringing a response from the City Manager that the intent was to hold another one in Sept. after summer holidays are out of the way.

Perhaps in the future if councillors can resist the urge to debate each other, there will be the opportunity for more meaningful public engagement.

The last person to address council during question period, clearly had not been impressed with the whole event. He did ask an interesting question; 'if this is a town meeting ... where's the town, you guys outnumber the audience'. 

One observation, there seems an organized effort to not have culture or the environment lumped in with other committees. Valid objection, or protecting a special interest? There seems to be some familiar alliances.


Dale Schulz NANAIMO 'As he sees it' - Jly 25

Lifelong Nanaimo resident, professional artist and illustrator Dale Schulz 'sees' much of Nanaimo many of us simply walk by without giving a second thought.

Through the eyes of an artist the everyday can become almost magical and with a few simple photos of his daily walks, Dale captures and shares some of that magic on his Facebook page.

The following is the most recent example of what Dale sees when he walks about our lovely seaside community many of us just take for granted.

 schulz jly 25

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Dale's Post - July 25/16
Today I got a bit of everything photo-wise on my Monday Morning walk with Indy. An ‪#‎abandonedchair‬ at the end of Farquhar Street, and a close-up of red leaves in a planter on Gordon Street (downtown). Also from Gordon Street I gat a pretty good picture of the Port Theatre - backstage entrance.

On the waterfront I was setting up for my shot of The Lighthouse Pub and patio and a happy couple walked around the building into my shot - she smiled and said "Go ahead, take the picture!" so I did - I'm not sure who she is but thanks!

From the waterfront Indy and I walked up onto Bastion Street where I took a look at the building on Church Street that is being worked on - first I shot the corner of a building on Bastion and then three shots of the Church Street building. The Brick front is remaining intact and a new building is going up behind it - the old building is now pretty much gutted. The new building will be 2 stories with shops below and living above.

We had to make a stop in Harewood before coming home so I took a pic of my favourite little tree behind 7Eleven - and the fruit growing on it. Is it maybe a Persimmon?


Assault & Robbery Beban Park Centre

14 year old female assaulted and robbed
black iPhone5 in purple case

On Sunday July 24th, at approximately 5:20 pm, a 14 year old female was punched in the face then robbed of her iPhone, in the vicinity of the Beban Recreational Centre, located at 2300 Bowen Road. 

The female told police she was sitting at the tables outside the entrance to the pool when the male approached. He suddenly grabbed her iPhone and while attempting to stop him, she was punched and fell to the ground. An adult male intervened and chased the suspect with his vehicle but was unsuccessful. The female sustained some facial bruising and cut to her knee but did not require medical attention.

Investigators along with a Police Services Dog attended but were unable to located the male, who was last seen riding a bicycle into the area of the barns located on the east side of the complex. 

Investigators spoke with the female victim and Good Samaritan and based on their observations, the suspect is described as follows:
  • white male, 5 ft. 8 to 5 ft. 10, late teens to early twenties
  • short brown hair, medium build
  • white t-shirt, coloured shorts, blue napsack
  • black small bicycle, possibly a stunt bike ( described as a mountain bike which was too small for him) 
Investigators have found no connection with between the suspect and victim and are asking the public to assist in furthering this investigation, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please call 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


More In-Camera Meetings Now Than Before

Open and transparent --- just an election slogan?

Local council-watcher and engaged citizen, Robert Fuller posted the following on Facebook recently. He was looking into the number of in-camera meetings where city business is conducted away from the prying eyes of either the media or citizens. Granted, there are legitimate reasons for conducting some business behind closed doors but the trend seems contrary to the advice of the provincial ombudsperson.

On another note, it appears that this council is once again having information meetings with staff to go over agenda items on the upcoming council meetings. While I am told they are not the same as what was once referred to as 'rehearshals' I am always a little 'antsy' when there is the appearance of council possibly making decisions without oversight.

A few years back, and under the administration of Mayor Ruttan, I remember sitting in on a presentation from the provincial ombudsperson. While the councillors of the day seemed to me like they were paying attention she explained that all meetings held by governments should be as open as feasibly possible. Play it forward a few years later, why is it that the use of in camera meeting to conduct city business is on the increase? More legal mumbo jumbo? Less oversight on the part of our elected officials on the reasoning to move meetings behind closed doors? Just plain blind support of city staff wishes to do so? Good eats (hopefully just kidding)?

To prove my point I went back through the archive of council meetings and was rather dumbstruck by what I found. During the council under Mr John Ruttan and from July 23, 2013 to July 21, 2014 there were a total of thirty six, 36, in camera council meetings. Seems like a lot folks, doesn't it? But hold onto your hats! During the present council's tenure and from July 27, 2015 to July 25, 2016 there were forty seven, yep 47, in camera meetings. Quite the jump don't you think! Has the notion of transparency fallen on deaf ears? Do these folks even care?

The Community Charter, section 90 (1,2,3), has a list of 15 reasons as to why a meeting may, key word MAY, be closed to the public. It just appears that these principles are applied so loosely, that at the drop of a hat, if one so desired, that one MAY proceed in camera with virtually any reason. When are our governors going to take a stand enmass to insure the principals of transparency and openess when conducting our business? Why even bandy about these words, more often than not at election time, when they are not to be adhered to? Perhaps the premise that until a meeting can be determined that it MUST, rather than MAY, be in camera then the meeting and the business conducted SHOULD be open to the public!

Robert Fuller


Snowbirds In Nanaimo August 10 - 6:00 PM

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Fly for CH.I.L.D. August 10th Over the Nanaimo Harbour! Everyone is Welcome to Come See the Amazing Snowbirds in Action and Support a Great Cause!


Nanaimo Weather Sunny & Hot


Departure Creek Archeological Impact Assessment

To determine feasibility of creek realignment

As part of an ongoing collaborative effort to improve habitat values along Departure Creek, the City of Nanaimo will be completing an archeological impact assessment of the City-owned lands located at 1420 Bay Street. The assessment is intended to help decide if restoration and realignment of Departure Creek is feasible at that location.

Work is expected to begin the week of July 25 and will be completed under the oversight of the Provincial Archaeology Branch and members of Snuneymuxw First Nation.

The goal of realigning Departure Creek away from neighbouring buildings on Departure Bay Road will allow for a larger riparian setback area and improved in-stream fish habitat.

The City of Nanaimo will be working with Golder and Associates to complete an archeological impact assessment of the City-owned parking lot at 1420 Bay Street starting the week of July 25.