Archive for October, 2012

Last Sunday nine South End residents dug into the Chase River Estuary Park. Not digging for treasure or berries, rather to get rid of a load of ivy. Picking a hard to reach patch where ivy was already invading the trees, the party dragged out 8 tarps full of ivy.

This first try-out (meant to measure the difficulty level of this kind of activity) was all positive: (almost) no rain, no one cut his own fingers, lots of ivy got out and the celebration cake was easily digested by the entire party.

Thank you (in alphabetical order) Anita, David, Joan, Keith, Lorraine, Michaela, Sidney, Signey and Rebecca!
Thanks to Nanaimo Parks Department Deborah and Gail for their advice and gear.

To be continued..
Till soon!
Thomas, your volunteer park warden for Deverill Square and Chase River Estuary Park




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Update! We’ll meet this Sunday afternoon at 1pm at the parking lot Chase River Estuary, behin the Bold Knight.
We’ll keep going roughly untill 4pm.
All extra helping hands are welcome, for any amount of time you can spare. Please give Thomas a call on 250 797 0682 to confirm, or email at thomas_mol [AT] Yahoo.com.

Please bring garden gloves and dress for the rain.

See you then!

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Present: Gord F, Rosie, Joan, Douglas, Moni, Ron, Connie, Pat, Signey, Sandra, Larry, Charles, Thomas, Chris, Michael, Jacquie, David, Nico, Vanessa, Linda, Roy, Linda, Lisa, Anita, Floyd, Fred, Ron, Ed
2.Financial: $2784 general $4204 picnic; all cheques have cleared; liability insurance is due ($700)
3.Linda Hamilton-recipient of Friend of the South End, by-law officer (retired)
4.White House: NYSA has bought it and will run as rooming house for youth (12-14 units for working adults); Steve Arnett and Mike Hunter came to board meeting; Arnett gave commitment to operate responsibly and with accountability; Sandra spoke positively about the project, Bladerunners; NYSA did a clean up on Saturday and did a great job, a/c to Sandra; if we engage young people in this project, it could be a positive project for our neighbourhood
5. Possible presentation: Could we have Steve Arnett & Mike Hunter come to give a presentation to a larger meeting?
6.Deverill Park: Thomas Molineaux is our volunteer park warden. He has performed admirably and in Deverill Park & Chase River Park. Thomas: “VIP provides know how and permission to play park warden. You go to park weekly, prompt people to follow rules, clean up garbage, observe damages. Acts as Park Ambassador, reminds to clean up after themselves. Bottle cages have been installed and used. City is responsive to litter and vandalism. Anyone else can join in, doesn’t need coordination. Chase River has invasive plants that are close to the street (ivy damages trees). Can we organize an ivy pulling day at Chase River? Two workshops on invasive species coming up (free! with free BBQ Nov 17, 10-1)
7.Dog use in Deverill Square. Possible off leash area behind basketball court. Is it possible to get doggie doo stations at Chase River Park?
8.Port Authority. PNMG 30 year lease of Nanaimo Port is a done deal. Protection Island NA
9. Meeting: Could NA’s arrange a meeting with Bernie Dumas?
11.Needham/Haliburton redevelopment: Patricia and Jolly Miner activity has calmed down in the past month; Floyd’s plan would like to do definite changes on property. Eventually, would like to build apt or office building. They have to know what the rest of the neighbourhood is going to do. Floyd wants to look at housing for all price points (higher and lower). Has been working on Dalton (Dominion) Hotel in Victoria (upgraded all power transformers; 3 ½ year process). Built Liquor Express in Tillicum Mall. If SECA could lobby Nanaimo City Hall to make building development process go quicker that would be great for the developer.
12.Patricica. Bar Watch (If you’re barred in one bar, you’re barred in all Bar Watch bars) program has been started. There are ebbs and flows.
13.Traffic Lights Haliburton & Victoria. Community Plan is now 2 years old. Idea have controlled traffic light at that intersection. 12-15 people have been canvassing, a signing day was held at the Southgate Credit Union, Doug Routley has been helping (liasing with City Hall and Ministry of Transport). This intersection is next on the M of H list, but without political pressure this could take an indeterminate length of time. Routley has letter of support from Mayor. We have 500-600 letters . On Nov 19 (2 year anniversary of passing Neighbourhood Plan) Pat thinks we should present petitions to City Council and Prov Govt
14.Oct 11, Nanaimo Community Kitchens, Burger & Beverage Night, at Courts, $15, veggie option available,
15.Nanaimo Centre Stage hosting Haunted House (3 stories on Victoria), looking for sponsorships from businesses or organizations, also need volunteers, info on the blog

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No trial date for Hells Angels clubhouse case

By Jenn McGarrigle – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: October 10, 2012 7:00 AM

Almost five years after the province seized the Nanaimo Hells Angels’ clubhouse, no date for a civil trial has been set to determine the fate of the property.

To read article, click here.

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Many in area say they want to see traffic lights installed that will improve safety

Julie Chadwick, Daily News

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Members of the South End Community Association have started a petition to push Nanaimo council to take action on a “dangerous” intersection they say needs traffic lights before another accident occurs.

Click here to read the full article.

You can download a copy of the petition letter by clicking here.  If you support this project, would you consider printing off a paper copy and signing it ?

You can drop your copy off at Sandra’s (721 Haliburton), Sydney’s (163 Irwin) or Pat’s 934 Highview Terrace.

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After intending to call for ages, I ran into Vlado Brcic, the President & CEO of Dakova Management Group, the developer of the new condo project down at Robins Gardens last week.  He happily provided an update on the project.

This project, which by the time it is complete, will be  a $30 Million project, will be a real game changer in the South End, IMHO.

If you drive by, you’ll see that the first building is well on its way.  Four stories tall, the construction quality is superb (he didn’t say that…I’ve been watching as I walk the dog past).  Concrete based, the building will have a stone and brick exterior, dormers on the top floor, and an elevator.  This building will have 14 suites,with ocean views from most suites.  The average suite size will be 800 SF on the main floor, and 1200 SF above.  So far, over 50% have been committed to a variety of buyers.

The next building will be started shortly, and will be similar.

Planned for later are the buildings toward the back of the property.  They will be smaller, around 800 SF, and more likely to appeal to a different type of buyer than these initial ones.

A professional arborist came and assessed the trees at the start of the project, and was able to determine which of the trees were originally planted by Mr. Robins, and which were local varieties, sprouting from windborne seeds.  Most of the original/rare ones will stay, and a tree service firm should be coming in shortly to trim them.  The ones at the Fry/Esplanade end will be part of a park on the property, which Vlado says should be started soon.

In the meantime, the sidewalks are mostly in place and a brick fence with lighting should be going up in front of the first building soon.

I’ll try to provide more regular details more regularly…:)

In the meantime, I have had a few people ask me how this project will be marketed.  For now, the best way is to call the developer directly.  I’ve added the phone number to the slide show, below.

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Urgently Needed!!

Host Families

Nov 2 – Nov 5th, 2012

The students are 15- 17years old from Japan. They are looking to experience life with a Canadian Family.

Host Families will be required to:

  • Pick up and drop off at John Barsby School
  • Attend a Saturday Night Event
  • Provide 3 meals per day
  • Drop off at John Barsby School

$112 compensation for the weekend

Please contact MLI NOW!!

Virginia Fenton

Ph: 250-714-2893



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