Archive for April, 2009

Next SECA Meeting set for Wednesday May 13

The next SECA meeting will be delayed one week, and is set for the usual time (7 PM) at the Princess Royal Centre.  We’ll send out a reminder in advance.


Laneway Makeover set for Saturday April 25 at 10 AM

Cpl Dave Laberge explains the finer points of CPTED design on April 9

Cpl Dave Laberge explains the finer points of CPTED design on April 9

Oh that poor tired and neglected laneway that is bordered by the 200 block of Haliburton and Nicol!  She’s dull, drab, frumpy and not attracting the right kind of suitors!

If you like those makeover programs, then this may be right up your alley (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun…:)

Come and join us at 10AM on Saturday.  We’ll work until till noon, then in true South End fashion, we’ll hold a lane party — to step back and admire your work and hang with the coolest neighbours in Nanaimo!

We hope to:

  • clean up  litter and debris
  • remove some of the brush and overgrowth
  • create a flowerbed or 2
  • cover up grafitti
  • paint some South End character on/around the lane
  • put some art bins in place

What to bring:

  • gloves, a few grocery and/or garbage bags
  • if you’re the gardening type, a weedeater or some  snippers or shovels
  • some yogurt tubs for paint would be appreciated

And for the party part:

  • lawn chairs
  • a few folding tables for the food
  • we’ll provide BBQ hot dogs and beverages, bring a potluck dish to round out the lunch if you are able.

If you have any questions, please call Sydney at 753 1584 or Barbara at 740 0123.

Before and Afters

No makeover would be complete without before and after shots.  If you can’t make it on Saturday, come back  here NEXT week to see the bee-you-ti-full changes!

Getting ready to paint. We made up a bunch of  paint containers for the youth at Snuneymuxw FN, who will be painting their first 6 art bins this week.

Sorting paint colours

The rest will be used to paint the laneway on Saturday.

Thanks for Ken Jones Painting for their GENEROUS paint donation…we REALLY appreciate it!

And as usual to the folks at Nanaimo Recycling Exchange…you’re the best!

Kudos to McDonald’s for their help with coffee, disposal and manpower.

And to the RCMP and city staff for all your ongoing support.


The IPI Problem – A Step Forward

Oh the joy of living in a neighbourhood with light industrial!  For years, residents endured the noise of Harris Rebar before they blessedly moved to Duke Point.  But neighbours around the south end of Haliburton are still struggling with the IPI (International Paper Industries) plant as it bursts at its seams, delivering and crushing class and cans from all over Vancouver Island.

Finally, something is happening.

After an initial meeting with Mayor Ruttan and key city staff on April 3, a formal meeting was held April 21 at the Conference Centre.  The panel included:

  • Mayor John Ruttan,
  • Chief Viola Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation,
  • Douglas Hardie of SECA,
  • Dennis Trudeau of the Regional District of Nana
  • Randy Churchill and Toby Seward from By-law Services
  • IPI General manager Ed Walsh.

Also present at the meeting were MLA Doug Routley and city councillors Fred Pattje, Jim Kipp, Bill Holdom, Loyd Sherry and Bill Bestwick.

A hush fell over the room when a representative of the RDN stated that work hours were 7AM to 5:30 PM Monday to Friday only.  Wow…who knew that one?  And that if IPI wanted to extend the work period there would have to be consultation with the neighbours living next to the operation. These regulations, previously unbeknownst to local residents were perhaps the most surprising statements at the meeting, especially given that summer operations appear to have historically fallen well outside these limits.

MLA Doug Routley who has been actively involved, pointed out the need for a solution that will benefit everyone. He emphasized that if a solution were not forthcoming, the neighbours might then engage in some sort of unspecified direct action to rectify the situation with IPI.

Perhaps the most important point raised was the need to think long-term and to consider eventually moving the recycling plant to a more congenial location, both for them and for the neighbourhood…one that will allow IPI to expand and create more jobs and a better work environment for their employees.

Some key points from the meeting:

  • Douglas delivered the South End Community Association position on the IPI situation, followed by a supportive statement, emphasizing traffic problems, from Chief Wyse.
  • Ed Walsh then read a report giving IPI’s viewpoint.

  • Mayor Ruttan and Randy Churchill were both emphatic about the need to find a solution to the problem by working together as a community.

  • Toby Seward stated that it was necessary for IPI to properly fence their south lot.

  • Mayor Ruttan pointed out that it was illegal for trucks to park in most areas along Eaton Street and asked if it was possible for IPI to park their trucks in their yard.

  • Ed Walsh of IPI said that parking will be within IPI property and semi-trailers are to be loaded on the south lot.

  • Discussion from the floor involved first-hand accounts of the noise and truck problems and responses from several IPI employees.

  • A number of residents said they would hold IPI to account, and video-tape their activities when they went beyond the stated guide-lines.

In closing, Mayor Ruttan emphasized the need for action and asked Ed Walsh of IPI to consider a thirty day period to address the problems outlined in the meeting.  Mr. Walsh agreed to do so.

Click here for the Nanaimo Daily News article on the IPI meeting. Readers can add their comments at the end of the story.

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One of our famous South End Community   Association tee shirts was seen last summer in Italy.

The healthy-looking tourist modeling our finest is none other  than our MLA Leonard Krog, well known for his support for our community.

Could that be Mount Vesuvius in the background?

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Talk about your Old South and the sweet scent of magnolia wafting on the breeze! The sunny South End of Nanaimo has the magnolia3largest magnolia in the city blossoming on  Haliburton Street. Can anyone prove otherwise? If your neighborhood has a bigger one, well, prove it.

What makes  makes our magnolia grow so profusely? Folks are known to be warmer down this end of town, maybe the climate is too!

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‘War zone’ not always ideal for New Hope

Click here for an article on the current service situation at the New Hope Centre, from the April 17 issue of the Nanaimo Daily News.


New Election Boundaries – do they Affect YOU?

We originally posted an article about the boundary change when it was announced last August, along with a map.  In order to help you get a little more cozy with blogging, we’re going to show you how to access it here.

Over in the right hand column, you’ll see a heading titled “Tags.”  See how all the words are different sizes?  That’s because every time that topic is mentioned, the word gets larger.  If you wanted to read ALL the posts on a particular topic, just click on that word and voila….up will come all the posts.

Now, the post announcing the electoral boundary change  was under the title “Provincial Election 2009”.  So just click on it, and you will see the heading for the article: “Are YOU Losing Leonard?”

There you are, now you can say: “Yep, I can blog.” to anyone who remotely cares…:)


Neighbourhood Plan Passed!

We’ve just received word that the council budget  that contains the Neighbourhood Plan for the South End has received second approval!  This is GREAT news for all of us.  Thank YOU, councillors! (and Mayor Ruttan, too)


McDonald’s Grand Re-opening Ceremony Saturday April 25 @ 1 PM

If you’ve missed the ads in the papers, the Nicol Street McDonald’s is holding their gala-gala reopening event THIS week.   Deals on menu items every day until Saturday.  And an official invitation to join them on  Saturday at 1 PM for cake/cupcakes and their official ribbon cutting ceremony!

Congratulations, Wayne, Josh, and team.  The new update looks great.

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Green glass lampshades from old Balmoral bar:  Someone called me ages ago looking for one and I can’t find their name.  We have found a few.  If you’re the person, please contact me at (250) 244-4042 local 153.
Christina Martens, CMHA

Neighbourhood Bookshelf on Irwin St. Thanks to all the generous donors of books, both locals and freecyclers!

Have domain name, need technowizard. We’ve got out own domain name now,  just need to link this blog to it….duhhh~!!  Can you help?  If so e-mail us at southendcommunityassociation@gmail.com   Thanks!

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easter Well, it’s confirmed…the Easter bunny lives in the South End.

S/he left out this delightful display in front of his/her home just in case  s/he didn’t get back to the neighbourhood on time to deliver to the local kids.

Original, creative and generous…!

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Gang Awareness Workshop Tuesday, April 28

The Community Policing and Services Office is presenting a Gang Awareness Workshop for parents on Tuesday, April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the multipurpose room at John Barsby Community Secondary School.

Rick Stewart a retired staff sergeant from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) will be presenting important information on the following topics:

  • the definitions of gangs
  • tier levels of gangs and an overview of gangs in B.C.
  • why children are joining gangs
  • understanding gang culture
  • the impact of media
  • what parents can do

He has been investigating street gangs since 1997 and was heavily involved with the development of EPS’s Gang Unit.  He is currently involved with the RCMP in B.C., working for the Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service (DOCAS) of E Division, and is the Project Coordinator for the Vancouver School Board’s YES (Youth Empowered and Safe) gang prevention project.

For more information, contact Sharon Welch by email Sharon.Welch@nanaimo.ca or call 250 753-3777.


McHappy Day is Wednesday May 6

Come and support the local Child Development Centre by dining at McDonald’s on Wednesday May 6.  Watch local community leaders try to emulate McD staffers by helping out, either out front or behind the counter.  Service with a smile!


Next SECA Meeting set for Wednesday May 14

The next SECA meeting will be delayed one week, and is set for the usual time (7 PM) at the Princess Royal Centre.  We’ll send out a reminder in advance.


Be Part of the E. J. Hughes Exhibition and Mural  May 15 to June 7

Word of the day: Docent. A person who is a knowledgeable guide, esp. one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions.

The restoration of the EJ Hughes Mural which was discovered in the Malaspina Hotel is almost complete and the Mural will available for public viewing in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) as of May 15, 2009. The Nanaimo Art Gallery is coordinating a number of events to celebrate the restoration and unveiling of the mural and the most significant of these events will be a major exhibition of EJ Hughes work at the Downtown Gallery from May 15 to June 7.

The Gallery is looking for volunteer docents to be

1)  on site at the Downtown Gallery during the EJ Hughes exhibit (May 15 to June 7) and

2) at the Mural site in the VICC during the initial weekend (May 15 to 18) to provide interpretation and information to the public.

Docents will receive training on EJ Hughes and his work as well as on the Mural and the restoration process.

If this is of interest to you and you would like to volunteer your time to be a docent please let me know.


Ed Poli

Ed Poli & Associates, Management Consulting

Ph – (250) 716 1277 Fax (250) 716 1244


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