Friday, March 31, 2017

More City Hall Drama ...... Special Prosecutor......

One council member was arrested
and released with conditions .......

A report in Nanaimo News Now, referring to the ongoing investigation at city hall makes reference to the fact a council member was arrested following an incident and released with conditions.

The article says nothing else about the arrest or the incident but goes on to cover the investigation that was began to look into claims made against Mayor McKay.

Being a curious council observer, I wonder if the 'incident' has anything to do with the apparent absence of Councillor Pratt from council meetings of late?

Nanaimo City Hall ........... you just can't make this stuff up!

Statement Issued by City of Nanaimo

CJB appointment of Special Prosecutor (March 31, 2017) - The City of Nanaimo is aware of the Criminal Justice Branch’s appointment of a Special Prosecutor in relation to matters involving Nanaimo City Council. City officials will cooperate with the Special Prosecutor during their investigation; regular business at City Hall continues to take place. No additional comment will be provided at this time as the matter is subject to an ongoing investigation.

British Columbia 
Criminal Justice Branch

Appointment of Special Prosecutor Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced today that on December 16, 2016, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk QC (the ADAG) appointed a Special Prosecutor in relation to matters involving the Nanaimo City Council. The Vancouver Island District General Investigation Section of the RCMP had previously sought the assistance of the CJB in dealing with an investigation involving the Nanaimo City Council.

Mr. Juk made the appointment under s. 7 of the Crown Counsel Act because he considered it in the public interest to do so. The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice in light of the nature of the allegations and the status of the members of Nanaimo City Council as elected municipal officials. 

Mark Jetté has been appointed as the Special Prosecutor. He is a senior Vancouver lawyer in private practice. Mr. Jetté was given a mandate to provide legal advice to the RCMP investigators as may be necessary, conduct any related charge assessment and assume conduct of the prosecution if charges were approved. 

The Branch understands that one council member is currently the subject of release documents that were imposed by police under the Criminal Code, following an arrest for an alleged offence. 

Announcement of the appointment of Mr. Jetté was initially postponed pending completion of the investigation. Following consultation with the Special Prosecutor, and taking into account the specific circumstances of the case, including the release, on conditions, of a member of council, the Branch concluded that issuing a Media Statement announcing the appointment was appropriate at this time. 

As this matter is currently subject to an ongoing investigation, neither the CJB nor Mr. Jetté will comment further or release any additional information at this time. 


Bombardier Execs Raise Eyebrows

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After receiving a $1 billion investment from the Quebec government last year (in exchange for 49% ownership) and a federal loan for $372.5 million, the top five executives for the company got a 50% pay raise!

I am a free enterprise, right winger, but this seems like the Canadian taxpayer (where Quebec and Ottawa get their cash) is being fleeced by this 'too big to fail' company. When you consider the PM and the feds concern over Bombardier compared with the state of the oil patch, it certainly should raise a few eyebrows. Shades of PET for those old enough to remember.

The top five at Bombardier saw their income jump from $21.9 million to a mere $32.6 million while the company is eliminating 14,500 jobs. The CEO saw his income increase from $6.4 million to $9.5 million. 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Overdose Prevention & Response In BC

B.C. has a Take Home Naloxone program in place to reduce the harm and deaths associated with opioid overdoses. The program provides training in overdose prevention, recognition, and first aid response.

To learn more about the BC Naloxone program visit the government website HERE.


Nanaimo Unsolved Crimes

March 13 - March 28

Call Nanaimo RCMP with any information

Nanaimo File # 2017-7619 Sometime overnight on Monday March 13, a 10 inch orange Rigid chop saw was stolen from a worksite on Norton Road. The saw is engraved with Oceangreen Homes or OGH.

Nanaimo File # 2017-7745 Sometime between 3 pm on Wednesday March 15, and 7 am on Thursday March 16th, a locked compound at 10 Wharf St was broken into and taken was a 24 inch Poulin chainsaw.

Nanaimo File # 2017-7913 On Friday March 17, just before 8 pm, a male shoplifter fled from the Real Canadian Superstore, after being apprehended by a loss Prevention Officer. The suspect had taken over 200 dollars of merchandise but dropped most of it when chased. The suspect is a First Nations male, approximately 5 ft. 9 and weighing 260 pounds. The only clothing description obtained was him wearing a black jacket.

Nanaimo File # 2017-8567 Sometime between March 16th, and March 18th, a hockey bag, one hockey stick and a vape pipe were taken from a vehicle parked on Orchard Circle. It appears the rear window was pried open and the equipment taken. The equipment is new and the cost to replace it is in the range of $2000.

Nanaimo File # 2017-8332 On Tuesday March 21st, a shed located in the backyard of a home on McGuffie was broken into. The unknown person also took some items from a 5th wheel parked nearby. Nothing of value was taken. Backyard sheds should always be locked as it reduces the opportunity of thievery which is often carried out by local teenagers.

Nanaimo File # 2017-8579 On Thursday March 23, a passerby reported seeing two youths, believed to be around 14 years of age dropping stones from the upper Lantzville overpass. No damage was reported and no description of the youths was provided. If this activity is seen, please call 911 immediately as this is an extremely dangerous activity which could bring death or serious bodily harm to an unsuspecting motorist.

Nanaimo File # 2017-8661 On Friday March 24, a break and enter was reported at 223 Commercial St and taken was a large company banner which spelled out "Real Estate Webmasters"  

Nanaimo File # 2017-9078 Sometime after 6:30 pm on Monday March 27, a utility trailer parked on Crestline Terrace was broken into. The lock to the trailer had been cut with bolt cutters and taken was a generator and nail gun
Nanaimo file # 2017-9075 On Monday March 28, at approximately 6:45 am keys and shampoo were taken from the women's locker room while the owner was having an early morning swim. The keys had been accidentally left on the changing bench and are described as being 3 keys on a key loop.

If you have information on any of these crimes call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477


Boilerplate Community Promotion Rhetoric??

Did everyone buy the same promotion package?

I came across this video promoting an Ontario community I used to live near. I was struck with the similarities in 'bragging points' this city in Ontario and our own harbour city share. It made me wonder, if there isn't simply an 'Our Community' playbook that everyone is reading from. 

It seems that most of our 'leaders' are singing from the same songsheet these days, you know, the way forward is to develop attractions to make us a destination city, and promote high tech and green industry as the way of the future.

If you stop and ponder for a moment, you might wonder if any of our 'leaders' really have clue one. After all it was all that brain power that gave us 1998 and 2008 and the current state of the economy.

Something to ponder as our provincial 'leaders' try and convince us they are the shining lights that can guide us into economic certainty in these perilous times.

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

Orangeville is a community of less than 30,000 people, median household income $73,953 with a median dwelling value of $299,173.

How does Nanaimo compare?


$150 Youth Passes SOLD OUT

1867 young travellers enjoy unlimited travel
 youth passes
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Via Rail quickly sold out 1867 $150 passes which entitles youth between ages 12 - 25 to enjoy unlimited travel during the month of July this year.

 The special passes are in honour of Canada's 150th birthday and of course the 1867 passes was not just some random number. 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Missing Makayla Chang Update

Update on missing 16 year old Makayla CHANG

The Nanaimo RCMP is continuing their investigation into the disappearance of 16 year old Makayla CHANG, last seen in Nanaimo on March 17, 2017. CHANG goes by the names of Makayla, Kayla or Finn and is described as part Asian/part Caucasian female. CHANG is 5 ft. 1, 110 lbs, with light skin, and short dyed red hair. CHANG wears glasses and has piercings in her lip and in the skin above her upper lip (picture attached). CHANG also wears wigs and may dress as a male at times.

CHANG may be in the company of 53 year old Steven Michael BACON. Photos of Mr. Bacon are being released as investigators believe he may have information which can assist police in locating CHANG. BACON is a Caucasian male who is 5 ft. 10, 209 lbs, with a short white buzz cut hairstyle. He has a thick white goatee that is yellowing, a teardrop tattoo under his left eye and a tattoo on the back of his right hand.

The Nanaimo RCMP is looking to speak with anyone who has information regarding CHANG’s disappearance. If you have information on her disappearance, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477. 


Insolvent Millenials - Student Loans & Consumer Debt

While this Huffpost article reports that an increasing number of 18 - 29 year olds are facing insolvency due to student debt, consumer debt and under employment issues is taken from a souce in Ontario, I suspect the same trend applies in B.C.


Julie Burtinshaw Book Launch April 3

Monday, April 3


Ukrainian Easter Bazaar - April 2 Nanaimo


Monday, March 27, 2017

Pot Task force Recommendations

The CBC reports that the marijuana task force set up by the Prime Minister has come forward with 80 recommendations to be considered when crafting our new pot laws.

They recommend that if possible the sale of recreational pot not be where alcohol is also sold, establish a system for licensed producers, keep medical marijuana separate from recreational sales outlets are a few of the recommendations.

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Colliery Dam Park Improvement Plan

Public invited - April 1 - Colliery Dam Park

In 2016, City Council adopted an improvement action plan for Colliery Dam Park to keep current with changing park use and community needs. Planned work for this year includes:
  • Locating a new Fishing Float 
  • Locating a new Picnic Shelter 
  • Artwork in the Spillway area 
Join us as we provide an update on the above planned improvements. City staff will be on hand to answer questions and hear your input.

When and Where: Saturday, April 1, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Colliery Dam Park, Lower Lake
between the washrooms and old spillway.
Who is invited to attend: All members of the public.


Beta Testers - New City Website

The City of Nanaimo is currently developing a new website. Now entering its final stages of testing, we are seeking feedback from the public via beta testing before launching the site. Beta testing will likely take one to two months for testers to use the site and provide feedback, afterwards City staff will review and/or incorporate any changes. We invite anyone interested in beta testing the new to join us for an information session.

When and Where:
Tuesday, March 28, 5:00-7:00 pm, Service and Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street

Who is invited to attend: All members of the public. Please RSVP in advance to


Do We Really Want To Experiment With Energy??

When electricity becomes a political talking point 
and an ideal replaces reality
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Some Liberal Philosophy At Work

PM Trudeau claimed "the budget will balance itself"
Email subscribers may have to visit Nanaimo Info Blog to view video.

So how is he doing with that???

An interesting approach to balancing the budget:


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Russian Volcano Surprises Scientists

Erupts for first time in 250 years
Email subscribers may have to visit Nanaimo Info Blog to view.

Researchers are genuinely surprised by the Russian volcano Kamchatka. While this is a marvel it may also be hiding a threat. 

The volcano spewed ash to a height of 7,000 metres which was described as both impressive and scary.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Makayla Chang - Missing Since March 19

Public Assistance Needed

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 16 year old Makayla CHANG, last seen in Nanaimo on Sunday March 19th.

CHANG is usually very active on various social media platforms but since Monday March 20th she has not posted anything which is out of character for her. Her family and friends are worried for her well-being and have exhausted all avenues as to where she may be. Investigators are following up on information received that CHANG may have travelled to the Lower Mainland with a male in his early 50's who goes by the name of Steven Bacon. Bacon is 5 ft.10, 210 pounds and has white hair.

CHANG is a 16 year old Caucasian female who is 5 ft. 1, 110 pounds with dyed red hair and hazel eyes. The picture attached of her is current. When last seen she was believed to be wearing a grey hoody and multi-coloured leggings with scattered stars and planets.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Makayla CHANG, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Friday, March 24, 2017

DNBIA Dissolution ------ what's up here??

Where's the money & assets??
Does this pass the smell test??

The other night the board of the DNBIA presided over a membership meeting which saw the membership vote to dissolve the organization. Blaming the city for not providing matching funding is being given as the reason for not being able to carry on, it has nothing to do with the management of the organization.

The membership was provided with a copy of last years financial statement (ending June/16) and an unsigned budget which shows funding to date. There was not however, a proper financial statement presented for the period from July 1 2016 to the date of dissolution.

It was also disclosed that the sum of $25,000 had been set aside for some purpose and that the hard assets of the society had been given away by the members of the board without any accounting to either the membership or the City of Nanaimo.

Nanaimo taxpayers have a stake in this little drama

The DNBIA has for many years benefited from a grant which matched the BIA levy courtesy of Nanaimo taxpayers. It could therefore be argued that the Nanaimo taxpayer has an interest in any funds that have not been used for operations as well as any of the physical assets owned by the society.

Hopefully some of our Councillors will look into this matter in the interest of protecting the interests of Nanaimo taxpayers.

A few questions:

  • Where is the financial statement showing how funds were used from July 1/16 to the date of dissolution?
  • What is the value of the assets that seemingly have been given away at the whim of the board?
  • Are directors personally responsible for any misuse of finances or assets which have been in part paid for by the taxpayers of Nanaimo?
  • Are Nanaimo taxpayers entitled to 50% of the unused operating funds, and 50% of the value of the assets held by the society?


City Welcomes Immigrants To Nanaimo

2016 reception City of Nanaimo photo

A warm welcome for Nanaimo's new immigrant arrivals

New immigrant residents will be officially welcomed to Nanaimo during a special reception being hosted by the City of Nanaimo on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm. This event is held yearly with Municipal, Federal, Provincial and School District elected officials, Snuneymuxw First Nations, RCMP, staff and board members of the Immigrant Welcome Centre and City of Nanaimo staff all in attendance.

The welcome reception will be held in the Newcastle Island Lobby of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (101 Gordon Street) on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm.

"It is such an honour to welcome Canada’s new arrivals who have chosen Nanaimo to call their home. As a community, we appreciate the cultural vitality new residents bring which enhance the quality of life in this area." Mayor McKay


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nanaimo Man Scammed Airbnb Rental

Do not pay through 'off site' locations

A Nanaimo man is out several thousand dollars after being duped into believing he was paying for a legitimate Airbnb rental unit.

The victim told police he responded to an ad from an individual claiming to reside in the United Kingdom, who was advertising an Airbnb in a high end condo in Nanaimo. After several weeks of exchanging e-mails the two agreed upon an amount, and he was directed to send the money via a Moneygram to a third party in the UK. Shortly after wiring the money he was contacted by the same person and told more money was required to secure the rental unit. Only then did he realize he had been scammed.

"The official Airbnb website warns users to not pay for rental units through off site locations as it could lead to personal information being compromised and subject the payer to potential fraud and other security issues. This is exactly what transpired here, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


Do Your Car A Favour



A Nation Of Serfs?

According to Wiki, serfdom is explained thus:

Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for the lord of the manor who owned that land, and in return were entitled to protection, justice and the right to exploit certain fields within the manor to maintain their own subsistence. Serfs were often required not only to work on the lord's fields, but also his mines, forests and roads. The manor formed the basic unit of feudal society, and the lord of the manor and the villeins, and to a certain extent serfs, were bound legally by taxation in the case of the former and economically and socially in the latter.

Liberal Government's current deficit (remember what they 'thought' it would be?)

Canadian Federal and Provincial Debt (remember they have no money)

Budget deficits and increasing debt are key fiscal issues as the federal and provincial governments prepare to release their budgets this year. Combined federal and provincial net debt has increased from $834 billion in 2007/08 to a projected $1.3 trillion in 2015/16. This combined debt equals 64.8% of the economy or $35,827 for every man, woman, and child living in Canada.  From: Fraser Institute report for 2015/16, does not include 2017.

The Toronto Star reports Canadian consumer debt has set another all time high climbing to 167% of disposable household income. They report that total household credit market debt now totals a staggering $2.029 trillion in the final quarter last year. Mortgage debt accounts for 65.5% of that total.

The Financial Post reported that for the first time Canadian consumer debt is now bigger than our entire GDP. We now have the distinction of having the highest consumer debt of all G7 countries a debt which is described as a straitjacket to our economy. 

"Canada was the only developed country showing early signs of stress in its domestic banking system amid "unusually high" credit growth relative to GDP, the BIS said.

"This debt overhang represents one thing and one thing only: a pervasive constraint on Canada's economic growth potential," David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. said by phone from Toronto. "When you get to levels on total debt that makes even the Italians blush, you know you're in a straitjacket."

It would appear while we may think we are free individuals we really are mere serfs toiling away giving up massive amounts of our income to support a grand illusion fueled by out of control government and consumer debt.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Owners Of Surveying Instrument Sought

Are you missing your survey equipment?

On Wednesday February 22, 2017 at approximately 4:40 am the Nanaimo RCMP attended to the 200 block of Taylor Place for a reported theft from a motor vehicle. The suspect male managed to flee before officers arrived but not before leaving behind a pack sack which contained suspected stolen items. The items in the packsack were not from the vehicle he attempted to break into.

Officers retrieved the packsack and inside it were an orange Pelican case and a surveyor tool.  Investigators have been unable to determine who the lawful owner is of these items. If you have information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345


Nanaimo Backyard Burning Ban In Effect

Unless you live on Protection Island or on a city lot of one acre or larger backyard burning is banned within the city of Nanaimo.

If you live on one acre or larger, or Protection Island you may apply for a permit to burn only in the months of April and November. A burning permit can be obtained by calling Nanaimo Fire Rescue at 250-753-7311.

If you wish to report what appears to be a backyard fire you are concerned about you can report it to the non-emergency phone number 250-753-7311, unless of course it is a fire that needs immediate attention then you should call 911.


Nanaimo Concert Band SPRING CONCERT


Culture & Heritage Awards 2017


Nanaimo Arts Council - Call To Artists


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Island Health Bans Edible Cannabis Products

Ban will be enforced on Vancouver Island
Island Health has ordered Victoria marijuanna dispensaries to stop making and selling cannabis food products. Although Medijuanna was the first dispensary to receive notice of this new rule VIHA will be enforcing the ban across Vancouver Island, reports the Times Colonist.

The sale of pills and oils has not been banned.

It would appear the authorities are paying more and more attention to the illegal pot shops with two recently raided in Nanaimo and the warning that others were being watched by local RCMP.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Newfoundland Kitchen Party held at

St. Paul’s Anglican Centre for Ministry
100 Chapel Street

Saturday March 18th at 6:00pm

Traditional entertainment and Jiggs Dinner ($30)

Tickets available at Church Office - 250-753-2523


Western Edge Production

Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25
Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2



March 25, 25, and 31 and April 1, 7:30 p.m.; April 2, 2:00 p.m.

Harbour City Theatre, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo
$24 for Adults, $25 for Seniors 65+, $12 for Students

Reasons to be Pretty is a keen-eyed comedy in which appearances aren't just deceiving -- they're downright dangerous. In it, word gets back to 20-something Steph that her boyfriend, Greg, described her as not "beautiful," not "pretty," just . . . "regular." Greg quickly learns the error of his ways, and the emotional fallout spreads to their friends, who have secrets of their own. The play comes with an audience advisory for adult language and content.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 250-816-6459, and at Catwalk Fashions, 13 Commercial St., Nanaimo.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Online Romance Scams - Protect Yourself

Romance scams
Social media sites such as Facebook and free online dating sites are the favoured means used by fraudsters to lure potential victims in to accepting their friendship, then swindling their hard earned money. This can often lead to financial hardship and a life time of embarrassment.
Millions of people are online connecting with people of similar interests. Criminals will gain your trust over a period of weeks through overt displays of affection while online. The fraudsters are patient and will wait for a level of trust to develop before mentioning the need for money, which will inevitably be brought up in some manner or another.
The fraudster presents themselves as a world traveller who works in a foreign country for extended periods of time. At some point the ploy will be introduced. They either want to meet you in person or they have come into some financial hardship that without your support will make their lives intolerable. They will ask for money to assist them and will always promise you that it will be paid back in full.
How to protect yourself
  • Be cautious of entering into relationships with people online if you have never met in person 
  • Remember, anyone can take on any persona online and if they are professing their love to you they are professing it to others as well
  • Do not accept friend requests on social media sites from people you do not know
  • Never send money to someone you have never met in person
  • Bells and whistles and alarm bells should be sounding when you hear they work in a distant country but actually reside near you
  • Never cash a cheque they send and they ask you to keep a portion of it. It is most likely stolen or fraudulent

For more information on current frauds and scams go to Government of Canada Anti Fraud website. 
Canada Revenue Agency Scam

This involves an individual calling you at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes. The caller states that repayment is required immediately. The caller will often threaten that failure to pay will result in additional fees and/or jail time or deportation. The caller then requests payment by a money service business or pre-paid cards / gift cards (i-tunes).

The second part of this scam involves consumers receiving an email indicating a refund is pending from the CRA. The email includes a link that directs consumers to a website that mimics the actual CRA. Consumers are told to input personal information before receiving the refund (email money transfer). Victims that input their information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN), Date of Birth (DOB), banking information, are subject to identity fraud. No refund is ever issued.

How to protect yourself

1.  The CRA will only use only registered mail to contact consumers and will never use email or contact you by phone.
  1.    If in doubt, contact the CRA to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund    at
3.   Never provide personal information to anyone over the phone. Ask who is calling, document information and do your homework.
4.   The CRA would never request payment by money service business or i-tunes gift cards.
5.   For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.
6.   If you've shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.
7.   If you've mistakenly shared banking information, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.
8.   If you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming to represent the CRA, it is a scam. Simply hang up on the call and if it is an email, delete it.
9.   If you were tricked into providing personal information, contact your local police agency. Otherwise , report the incident the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre does not conduct investigations but provides valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies all over the world by identifying connections among seemingly unrelated cases. Your information may provide the piece that completes the puzzle


Ferry Fare Increases Both Nanaimo Routes

Effective April 1, 2017 passenger fares will not increase on Nanaimo routes, but vehicle fares will increase by 1.9% on the Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay and the Duke Point - Tsawwassen routes. These two routes and the Schwartz Bay - Tsawwassen routes are the only three of twenty four routes that will see increases.

The cost for a vehicle increases from $54.80 currently to $55.80 on April 1/17. Passenger fares remain unchanged at $16.70. In addition the cost for reservations made at least 7 days before sailing will decrease from $15 to $10. Full details can be seen HERE.


Canada Day Food Vendors Wanted In Nanaimo

To view/download PDF information and application forms visit HERE.

The City of Nanaimo is inviting food vendors to apply for a spot on Canada Day, the above link will take you to the information and forms needed for interested parties.

A few highlights for those who may be interested: the fee is $175.00, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, have to be out by 4:30 pm and will be charged $200.00/hr. if not out by 4:30 pm.