Archive for April, 2011

Motel continues to work to push aside checkered, unseemly past

Value Lodge owners manage to get property off the city’s nuisance list

Danielle Bell, Daily News

Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Lots on the go!

A couple of agenda items for Wednesdays meeting, thanks to SECA Chair Douglas Hardie.

The Robins Gdns developer is coming to talk about some design changes and up date us on imminent start!  (trees are safe apparently)

Also Nanaimo’s Young Professionals are coming to talk about their collaboration with Brent and Maddy at RU computing to turn the lot on Irwin into a community garden.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday May 4 @ 7 PM.  Princess Royal Centre, corner of Irwin and Farquhar.

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On May 3, 1887  the Nanaimo No.1 Esplanade Mine exploded, one of the biggest accidents in Nanaimo’s history.  On May 7, the citizens of Nanaimo will gather to remember this tragic event.

Operated by the Vancouver Coal Company, the Number One mine opened in 1884 at the foot of Milton Street in Nanaimo. Its shafts and tunnels extended under the harbour to Protection and Newcastle Islands and to the Nanaimo River.

The explosion started deep underground, after explosives were laid improperly. The mine burned for a full day.  Although many miners died instantly, others were trapped by the explosion. These men wrote farewell messages in the dust of their shovels. Nearly 150 children lost their fathers and 46 women became widows.  Only 7 survived.

Amongst those who died were 53 Chinese workers, listed simply in Minister of Mines records by their employee numbers. Those numbers, as well as the names of the workers, are listed on a historical kiosk, which has been recently upgraded and refurbished.

Storytellers at the event include retired journalist and writer Roger Stonebanks, and Muriel MacKay-Ross a native daughter of Nanaimo.

Attendees may wish to bring a single flower to lay at the memorial, to remember the 150 lost miners who didn’t get to see the spring flowers.

The event, which will take place on Saturday May 7th between 1 and 3 PM, will be held at the historical kiosk at the corner of Esplanade and Milton Street.  It will be hosted by the South End Community Association .

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Darrell Bellaart, The Daily News

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011

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By Toby Gorman – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Published: April 27, 2011 10:00 AM
Updated: April 27, 2011 10:48 AM

One of the city’s largest and most complex bylaws could be getting a complete rewrite that, if adopted, will change the face of Nanaimo in the years to come.

Click here for the full article.

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By Chris Bush – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: April 28, 2011 8:00 AM
Updated: April 28, 2011 8:07 AM

Brad Smith, manager of the Value Lodge Motel on Nicol Street, got some welcome news in mid-February when he was told the city lifted the motel’s nuisance property designation.

for the complete article, click here.

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This from Rebecca Tubbs from the City of Nanaimo.

What a frabjous idea!  Thanks so much, Rebecca….!


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