Archive for January, 2010

SECA Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting is at 7 PM, Wednesday, February 3 at the Princess Royal Centre, corner Milton and Farquhar


  1. Financial Report
  2. Trees on Haliburton.  Alan Kemp City Of Nanaimo Arborist
  3. Balmoral Update
  4. South End Heritage Makeover Team.  David Scott
  5. Litter clean up February ?
  6. Miners Heritage Picnic June 26
  7. Chase River Estuary Day
  8. Any Other Business

Litter Pick Up

The neighborhood’s needs a little sprucing up, even after this mild winter.  We are having a clean-up party on Sunday February 21. We will meet at 2 PM at MacDonalds and fan out from there.

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A rare flower called “bog birds trefoil” (Lotus pinnatus)  grows only in three locations on Vancouver Island and in no other parts of the world. Ninety percent of them grow on the Harewood Plains in Nanaimo. Other cities have floral emblems – Kelona has the Okanagan sunflower and Port Coquitlam has the azelea – why not Nanaimo? If adopted, it would make a great conservation statement and enhance Nanaimo’s image. Please e-mail Charles Thirkill  thirkill [at] telus.net in support. There will also be a May Flower Walk on the Harewood plains. We will keep you posted as to time and date.

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Police arrest man shortly after suspicious blaze guts home. 990 Milton Street fire may not have been an accident. From Jan 20 Nanaimo Daily News.

Police say calls to nuisance motel have dropped sharply. Value Lodge owner says problem tenants have been evicted.  From Jan 20 Nanaimo Daily News


Fowl Play

Fowl Play is an exhibition of artful birds. Opening reception Saturday February 6, 1 to 5 PM. at Studio 366 (366 Selby St.) Show will run until Feb 28. Submissions of birds of any kind are welcome. For more info artspace366 [at] gmail.com

Neighbourhood Plan still Sailing Ahead

A report from Friday Jan 15’s Daily News mentioned that the Neighbourhood Plans currently underway would be set back by at least 12 months.  Not so.

As you can see from the pics below, we are well underway, making great progress, excited as “all get out” , and grateful to city leaders for providing such an enriching process.

The delay will be for neighbourhoods currently waiting on the runway for take-off.  Boo-hoo for them.


A Beautiful South End  Calendar

An absolutely gorgeous 2010 calendar has been printed. It is an 1891 map of the South End with lots of photos from those days. The South End Calendar can be purchased for $10 from the Nanaimo Archives, Sandra’s Head To Toe Salon or phone 591-8471


Want to Know What Your Tax Assessment Is?

Find out at http://bcassessment.gov.bc.ca/index.asp

Use the link below to compare your house to the assessments of similar houses, or get a list of similar houses recently sold (with the sale price).



VIRL – Your Input Needed!

The VIRL 3 year plan is open for redevelopment. This could mean reduction
of/change of services, change of library locations… everything is on the table.

In order to let the administrators know what the borrowing public is happy/unhappy with, they have developed a survey with a questions describing a variety of services.
If improving your family’s library experience is important to you, please take a few minutes to complete the survey, allowing your opinions to be

There are paper copies available at each library location OR you can
complete the survey and send it online.



Nanaimo Community Gardens

The Nanaimo Community Gardens is getting ready to start a new season of growing food. The Annual General Meeting is on Feb 7, 2010 from 2-3pm at the Unitarian Fellowship Church on 595 Townsite Rd. Present society memberships expire at that time and there will be time to renew memberships.

Anyone interested in the Community Gardens please see the website, www.nanaimocommunitygardens.ca

Don’t forget Seedy Saturday (seed exchange) is on March 7, Bowen Park Auditorium, Nanaimo 10ak-3pm


Restaurant owner’s legal woes don’t hamper development plans

From the Jan 8 Nanaimo Daily News.

Interestingly, the proposal made at the Jan 6 SECA meeting was for a condominium building, not an apartment, as stated in this article.


Nanaimo News Bulletin

Open houses address school facilities plan

By Jenn Marshall – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Published: January 06, 2010 3:00 P

People with suggestions for a long-range facilities plan for Nanaimo school district have two opportunities to share those with trustees and district staff on Jan. 16.  (Click on header to be directed to the complete article.)


South End Planning Charette was Time Well Spent

When I mentioned to a friend of mine that we had a number of architects signed up to attend out Charette, she replied:  “oh, that’s a VERY GOOD thing…they will come up with ideas beyond what you can even imagine.”  And that’s exactly what happened.  Both they AND the other professionals who helped to lead the event were able to put residents’ vague floating ideas and concerns into tangible concepts.  (You know that feeling…stuff rolling around in your head, but not coming out clearly and succinctly.)

First, discussion about topics.

Experts help "draw" residents' ideas on paper

Ideas are shared with the whole group, getting more feedback and input

You’ll be able to discover some of the suggestions at a public session in February.  Stay tuned for more details…!


Nanaimo focus of US Comedienne Skit


More funny if you’re over 50 and able to withstand brash Americans.  Less funny if you are under 30 and working in tourism…:)

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IPI Moves Glass Operations to Duke Point

We received an e-mail from Mayor John Ruttan on Dec 24, stating that IPI have chosen to move their glass-crushing operations from their South End location to Duke Point.

This is blissful news to the residents around the area.  We are grateful to both Mayor and Council, and to Randy Churchill, city and RDN staff for listening to and coming to the assistance of our neighbourhood

Developers to make Presentations at January SECA meeting

SECA has received notices about planned condo and apartment construction at:

  • 275 Nicol Street (40 unit apartment building)
  • The site of the MGM Restaurant  (4 storey condo)
  • 13 Haliburton Street (6-plex)

Developers are being asked to present their plans to the South End Community for input and feedback.  The bulk of the meeting will be focused on presentations and in discussion about these projects.  City staff will attend as well.

Next SECA Meeting Wed Jan 6 @ 7 PM

at Princess Royal Centre

corner of Milton and Farquhar

We’ll start on time, and plan to end the meeting around 8:30.

Neighbourhood Planning Charette Jan 8&9

We’re really excited about this event, which focuses on what we need to be/have/do to create the South End that we want.  It’s highly interactive…if you’ve got ideas, this is the place to bring them.

There’s a whole separate article that outlines the event below.  Seating is limited, so please book early if you want to attend.

Board Finalized for 2010

A few fresh new faces have joined the SECA board.  Paula Beltgens has lived in the South End for a little over a year; she has a background in facilitation and learning design and has worked with both local and international clients.  Rebecca Chan has joined to add a voice for youth in the community, she is also on the Neighbourhood Planning team.

Chair: Douglas Hardie

Vice-Chair: Gord Fuller

Treasurer: Sandra Zuccolini

Secretary: Sydney Robertson

Communications, Publicity, Marketing: Barbara Densmore


Charles Torhjelm

Pat Portsmoth

Larry Gambone

Paula Beltgens

Rebecca Chan

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