Archive for April, 2013

Don’t forget! Saturday, April 27, 3-7pm Kismet Theatre Academy, 112-55 Victoria Rd
Tickets at the door: $10 per person $25 family rate (3 or more)

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A celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 12 pm in the auditorium at Bowen Park, Nanaimo, BC.  For stories about David’s life go to leavenopots.com.

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MOA with Pacific Northwest Marina Group will not be extended, NPA announces.


Nanaimo, BC, April 15, 2013 — The memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) and Pacific Northwest Marina Group in May 2012, has not been extended past its April 1st, 2013 deadline and the Pacific Northwest Marina Group (PNMG) will no longer be taking on the revitalization and long-term lease of the Nanaimo marina.

“While we are disappointed to lose this opportunity for needed investment into our marina, we understand and respect the Pacific Northwest Marina Group’s desire to pursue other immediate opportunities,” said Bernie Dumas, CEO of Nanaimo Port Authority.

The NPA and PNMG had signed the MOA to work towards a 30-year lease of the Nanaimo marina. The lease agreement was to be finalized in the fall after PNMG had secured the necessary approvals for the redevelopment and satisfied several conditions precedent related to the operation of the marina. The expected total commitment to the project by PNMG was approximately $9 million and 100 per cent of the capital for the redevelopment was also coming from the developer. The changes to the CEAA environmental assessment process in 2012 shifted the responsibility of the lead review agency to the NPA on this project which caused delays during the transition period. PNMG perceived these delays have caused additional risks to the project which contributed to their decision not to renew the MOA.

“We will continue to manage the Nanaimo marina, and our door remains open to partners who can help us improve what is an incredible asset to the Nanaimo community,” says Dumas.

Nanaimo Port Authority
Created in 1961 and legislated under the Canada Marine Act, Nanaimo Port Authority is a federal agency mandated to administer, control, and manage the harbour, waters and foreshore of the Georgia Strait in an area adjacent to Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Harbour operations include management and handling of deep sea terminals, anchorages, seaplane operations, port and local marine security and safety, property management, leasing and environmental protection. For more information, visit http://www.npa.ca.

Bernie Dumas, Nanaimo Port Authority: 250-753-4146 ext 222 250-616-1722 (cell) or bdumas@npa.ca

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Dancing, live local music/performers, 50/50, yummy goodies, coffee, tea, juice, ice cream and more! Saturday, April 27, 3-7pm Kismet Theatre Academy, 112-55 Victoria Rd
Tickets at the door: $10 per person $25 family rate (3 or more)

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To see a wonderful slide show about our South End neighborhood click on the link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n059p0BQimQ


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Sad news to pass along from Nicole and Chris who have been close neighbours and friends to David Livingston who passed away last weekend, likely from complications related to the diabetes that he struggled with for many years. David was a lovely man, and we at SECA have always valued his thoughtful contributions, his gentle kindness and willingness to engage in all aspects of neighbourhood life. David was the original “guerrilla gardener,” planting trees and shrubs throughout the neighbourhood and gladly sharing his deep knowledge of all things horticultural with neighbours and friends. We heard the sad news during this past week’s SECA meeting and a few stories were passed about. David Scott told a great story about David, with whom he was talking about living in the Canadian North and some of the characters that he came across there. David Scott mentioned seeing this guy who was driving across the country in a converted Morris Minor with a strange dome shaped roof that the owner had somehow jury rigged. “Oh”, said David Livingston, “that was me!”

Chris and Nicole, have posted a memorial site for David at leavenopots.com. and watch this space for memorial service details.

Douglas Hardie
SECA Chair

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Come on down to the YPN South End Garden on Saturday, April 13th at 10 am for our kick-off work party! Stay for the BBQ lunch, and get your own rented plot ready to go as well.
We’ll tidy up the site (bring your weeding gloves and buckets), add soil amendments to the foodbank beds (bring your wheelbarrow and shovel) and do some early season planting. We have been able to secure extra donations of soil amendments for volunteers to use on your rented beds as well, so there’s added incentive to join in!
Where: Corner of Needham and Irwin
When: Saturday, April 13, 10am
What: Kick-off work party to tidy up the site and get the foodbank plots ready to grow
Who: Anyone who is interested, YPN member or not.
If you no longer wish to receive emails about the South End Garden, let me know and I will update our email list.

— Courtney Simpson

YPN Community Gardens, South End

The Young Professionals of Nanaimo
PO Box 291 Stn A, Nanaimo BC V9R 5K9

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