Archive for May, 2011

Derek Spalding, The Daily News

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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..is Wed June 1 @ 7 PM

Princess Royal Centre, corner of Irwin and Farquhar.

Come meet your neighbours!



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At the Nanaimo Centre Stage

Tired of driving to the north end for theatrical entertainment?  How about the Centre Stage (the old converted church) on Victoria Road.

Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28, Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, 2011
Glengarry Glen Ross
Doors Open at 7:30pm, Show at 8:00pm

Written in 1983, David Mamet’s study of competitive capitalism has scarcely dated in our frenziedly consumerist society. But, watching four men engaged in a cut-throat contest to sell dud tracts of Florida land, we see the different faces of human desperation and laugh despite ourselves. Levene is the former top-seller down on his luck and vainly living off past glories. Moss is the abrasive line-shooter whose valid critique of the system is undermined by his attempt to involve his sidekick Aaronow in a shady enterprise. Roma, the new top dog, is also the insecure young opportunist whose only thought is of self. The smell that pervades the play is one of fear, and, by engaging with terrified individuals, Mamet offers a powerful assault on a society where salesmanship becomes too often a form of licensed criminality.

Director Gilles Leduc of Thin Ice Theatre is very pleased to have been able to assemble a cast worthy of the play: Gerry Fraser as Levene, Eric Holmgren as Roma, Gordon May as Moss, Jorg Scott as Aaronow,
Doug Campbell as Williamson, Vincent Wells as Lingk and Greg Rogers as Baylen
Tickets available at Fascinating Rhythm downtown and The Bite Café North End @ $15 advance – $18 @ door.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
The Sweet Lowdown
Doors Open at 7:00pm, Show at 7:30pm
The Sweet Lowdown will celebrate the release of their new album with a nine-show tour, performing in Nanaimo on Saturday, June 4 at Nanaimo Centre Stage.
The Sweet Lowdown is thrilled to announce the release of their self-titled second album! This young all-female trio has been creating quite a buzz in Victoria’s bustling oldtime, bluegrass, and acoustic music scene. The three band members—Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo), and Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle) each contribute to the album’s original repertoire. Their creative song-writing is heightened by the skillful blending of sweet harmonies and beautiful instrumental lines floating over relentless oldtime grooves and driving bluegrass rhythms.

For more information about the band’s tour information, please visit them at www.thesweetlowdown.ca or on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/the.sweet.lowdown.


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Reminder – Regional Growth Strategy Survey Closes May 27th 2011

 Thank you to those of you who have already completed the online Survey at  www.ShapingOurFuture.ca  to let us know what you think of the draft Regional Growth Strategy.

For those of you who have not yet completed the Survey yet please note that  you have 8 days left as the survey closes May 27th 2011.  Please encourage your family members, friends, co-workers and neighbours to do the survey and learn more about how the Regional Growth Strategy will influence our long term sustainability.

All* those who complete the survey will get a chance to win $400 in free groceries or bus & recreation passes. 

Hope you have an enjoyable long weekend.

*Regional District of Nanaimo employees and family members are encouraged to participate however they are not eligible to win prizes.

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Jim Tayor at nanaimo-Info-blog.com  has captured some of the wonderful stories of mining families that were presented at the Rededication on May 7.


Click here to read it.

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This just in from Mark at the DNBIA
Geetings Everyone!
It hasn’t broken in the local media yet, but it was announced this morning on CTV and the Great Places in Canada website…Commercial Street in Downtown Nanaimo was voted Greatest Street in Canada in the Great Places in Canada contest!!!!
What a fantastic endorsement of what many of us already knew in our hearts. Congratulations to the City of Nanaimo and all of the people past and present who created such a noticeably vibrant and “great” street!
“It’s terrific that Nanaimo’s historic Commercial Street has been recognized as the stand-out in the Streets category. Rich in heritage, it struggled to stay alive in the face of rapid suburban development. The City and the downtown business community, working together, have catalyzed growth, revitalized heritage buildings and welcomed year-round cultural activity.” – Linda Allen, President of CitySpaces Consulting and Fellow of Canadian Institute of Planners.
For the whole story, visit the Great Places web site by following the link below:

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FYI, Derek moved to the South End after covering the Balmoral issue.

‘Daily News’ reporter Derek Spalding wins National Newspaper Award

Published: Friday, May 13, 2011

‘Nanaimo Daily News’ reporter Derek Spalding has won a National Newspaper Award, one of four winners from Postmedia publications across Canada.

Spalding won the award for local reporting for the stories he wrote about the spread of Clostridium difficile at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital over a two-year period, starting in 2008.

Read the rest of the article here.

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2010..in sandals

This is a very important event and fundraiser for HAVEN SOCIETY http://havensociety.com/wp/.

The time for donations/pledges is winding down.
Last year I participated in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes to raise money for Haven Society and have agreed to do so again this year.   On May 14 2011, I am participating in the 2nd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Nanaimo Men’s March, to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence and to raise much needed funds for Haven Society.    This year I plan to do it wearing stilettos, more of a challenge than the wedges I wore last year (see attached photos).
If you would like to make a pledge, via credit card, in my name you can do it by clicking on the following http://www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1864&AID=1574&PID=202603 and then clicking on sponsor me .   if you wish to donate by cash or cheque e-mail me with the amount, your name and address (for recept purposes) and I will pick it up.  Donations of $20.00 or more are tax receiptable..

steppin' up to pumps in 2011...you GO, Gord...!

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Gordon W. Fuller

E:  gorfathome   [at]   yahoo.ca

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Wednesday, June 15th from 5 – 7pm there is a ‘planting’ b-b-q at 256 Needham (behind R-U Computing) to start the growing of the community garden. Everyone is welcome – garden is open to all.

Nanaimo Young Professionals who are working so hard to get these community gardens going and bring people together are looking for ways to raise money. Please go to www.refresheverything.ca and click on the $25,000 and then go to ‘revitalize abandoned gas stations to turn them into community gardens…and ‘vote’

The winner is the one with the most votes and already in a week, they have gone from 53rd place to 26th. Please take a minute to help them out.

But not so great news on May 16.

Someone went into the green house and took all the vegetable plants Madilynn had started. She had about 40 pepper plants, 6 big tomato plants, 6 cucumbers and melons and 6 goji berries and even her gloves!

Very disappointing!!


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First the background…

Group moves forward with big plans for community gardens

Robert Barron, The Daily News

Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Young Professionals of Nanaimo are moving forward with their plans to transform urban properties in the city into community gardens.

To read the article, click here.

And next, how you can support:

Hello Friends of the YPN,
We have recently started work on two community gardens. All food will be grown in raised beds and be donated to volunteers and the local food bank.
The North End site is located at the corner of Turner Rd and the Hwy (old Dot’s café). Our south end site is at the corner of Needham and Irwin, on the land behind RU Computing.
We would love your help in the following ways.
1)      We are applying for a $25,000 grant from Pepsi Canada. It is based on online votes so please go to http://www.refresheverything.ca/ypncommunitygardnes, and vote for the YPN community Gardens. Top two initiatives receive the grant so your help is very important. Once you sign up you can vote every day till June 30th.
2)      Volunteer your time. If interested in helping at either site please e-mail us at gardens@ypnanaimo.com
3)      Sponsorship! We are looking for both cash and in kind donations for the gardens. Sponsors will be recognized at the site and will have their sign on a particular raised bed.
4)      Spread the word! Please forward this e-mail to your distribution list.
Thank you for your support
Andre Sullivan,
YPN Community Garden Team

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