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Derek Spalding, Daily News

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A new development planned for Milton and Esplanade streets gives promise that Nanaimo’s once-downtrodden south end may see some substantial improvements in the coming years.

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The Number One Mine Memorial was a great success. In spite of the dampness, more than 60 people attended. Mayor John Ruttan, MP Jean Crowder and MLA Doug Routley all spoke about the need to remember the mining disaster of 1887. Muriel MacKay Ross, Beverley Sherry and author Roger Stonebanks spoke about the old mining days in Nanaimo. Councilors Fred Pattje, Loyd Sherry and Ted Greves also attended. Music was provided by Trinitude and the Owl and the Pussycat (plus friends) The Tea Wagon was there in all its glory and SECA members dispensed tea and cookies. A special thank you to Charles Torjhelm for getting the original kiosk, its present renovation and for helping organize the ceremony.

Here’s a link to the article in the Nanaimo Daily News.

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Want to learn more about the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Regional Growth Strategy

A special Neighbourhood Network meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 7-9 p.m. at Activity Room #1, Bowen Park Complex.  The meeting will feature a 30-45 minutes presentation by the planning staff of the Regional District of Nanaimo providing an overview of the draft Regional Growth Strategy followed by time for questions and general discussion.  Meeting is OPEN to ALL.

NEW draft Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is now available for review at www.ShapingOurFuture.ca.  Hard copies of the new draft RGS can be viewed at the RDN Administration Building, RDN Recreation Facilities, all regional libraries, and municipal offices in the RDN.  The (RGS) is a strategic plan that aims to establish a more sustainable pattern of population growth and development in the region over the next 25 years.  The new draft includes policies on food security, water conservation, transportation, economic development, affordable housing and climate change.

Tell us…& Win!   Tell us what you think about the draft RGS by doing a survey linked to our website and get a chance to win $400 in free groceries, or Bus & Recreation passes.

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The Daily News Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Nanaimo cruise ship dock will be christened on Friday. The grand opening follows nearly a decade of lobbying senior governments for funding, marketing to cruise ship lines and community consultation.

The facility took 10 months to build, on the northeast corner of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf terminal, near the Gabriola Island ferry terminal. It has a 350-foot floating dock capable of berthing 1,050-foot vessels and a 13,775 square foot welcome centre that will have a Canadian Border Service Agency office. The port authority administration office will relocate there this summer.

Improved access, new roadways, parking and a pick-up and drop-off for coaches are also included in the design. The grand opening is Friday at 2 p.m.

© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2011

Cruise ship terminal opening will be invitation-only

Daily News

Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Nanaimo Port Authority plans to officially launch its new cruise ship terminal on Friday, but it will be an invitation-only event.

A public launch will be announced at a later date.

© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2011

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Flags fly at half mast to honour dead miners

By Toby Gorman – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: May 03, 2011 12:00 PM

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