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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SECA is hosting it’s annual neighbourhood litter pick up this Saturday, April
13, at 10am. Meeting at “Gino’s tree” at the corner of Milton and Irwin, by
Deverill Square Park, volunteers will fan out through the neighbourhood and pick up as much litter as we can by 12 noon. This is the first year that we are going to try to recycle the litter and thanks to Sandra for coordinating this part of the effort. Hope to see you on Saturday

Douglas Hardie
SECA Chair

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Volunteers in Parks Program – This is for community based public art. Funds are available for neighborhoods to submit a proposal. Proposal is sent to a program committee. Parameters include working with an artists, using ideas from the community and setting a budget. Amounts vary between $2000-$5000. We could possibly continue public art along fence lines. If interested, please contact Yvonne care of “What’s Up in the South End”

Coffee House – This will be a SECA fund raiser on Sat April 27 2-7PM. Quality coffee and food, local performers. Tickets at door are $10 or $25 for a family. Need volunteers, food, an espresso maker. Watch this blog for further info.

Updates on Community Safety Issues – Newport pub opening delayed another month. The manager is effectively managing the situation. Rental for students a possibility in the future as part of the changes being made there. The White House reno is almost complete. There will be an open house for the neighborhood when complete. Should be fully rented out by end of summer.

Waterfront Planning Process – City Staff and Council mentioned SECA as participant in overseeing project. This is a direct result of working on our Neighborhood Plan.

Blog Transition. “What’s Up… is doing a good job. Wilcox Lands article ended up inspiring a Daily News story as but one example. But we need to find someone to help out. We have a volunteer interested in the City Council and Neighborhood Plan. Need a summary of the Plan history and process. Also need a liason person between the blog and the SECA Executive as neither Larry or Barbara are directors anymore. We now have a Facebook page, but this is not an official SECA page, but a link to “What’s Up…” which is officially a SECA media outlet. Larry and Barbara intuitively know what the blog should or should not publish, but eventually we ought to have have some guide lines drawn up, as “What’s Up…” is the voice of SECA to much of the public.

Litter Pick-up – Meet at Gino’s Tree (NE corner Deverell Park) 10AM Saturday April 13th.

Boat Basin – There is a lot of support for keeping our harbour and no one seems in favour of corporatizing it. People have seen the memorandum (the proposed agreement between the Port Authority and the corporate developer) and there is nothing in it that protects the stakeholders. Good support is coming from City Council via two different motions passed. One is that City Council, Jean Crowder MP, Leonard Krog MLA and James Lunney MP ought to meet with the Port Authority over the issue. Council wants study as to how privatizing the port will effect down town business.

Tree Planting – We will plant a tree for Muriel McKay Ross and also for Peter Presotto.

Sad News – We just got word at the meeting that long-time SECA member and friend David Livingston is no longer with us, having recently passed away. He will be sorely missed. We ought to plant a tree for David too.

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It’s my great pleasure to announce that Charles and Kathy Torhjelm have been awarded “Patron of the City” by Mayor and Council. As you know Charles and Kathy have been longstanding members of our association and have contributed in many ways to our efforts in the south end over the years. It was my pleasure to contribute a letter of support for this award application earlier in the year and I’m sure all south enders will join me in congratulating Kathy and Charles on this richly deserved recognition.

Douglas Hardie

Chair, SECA


Click below to see award –


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