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It’s time for a little summer madness here in the South End, and our way involves a loopy hatmaker, some bossy royalty and fresh scones hot off the griddle! Come as you aren’t to our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Deverill Square
Park on Sunday, August 4th at 2 pm for some riddles and ridiculousness served up with homemade goodies and a nice cup of tea. Come in costume, or make a hat and explore our Tickle Trunk. Join the Queens, Caterpillar, Knave, and Singing Flowers for croquet, Maybepole dancing, a Hat Parade, and the odd beheading or two.

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 The Daily News has approached our Chair,  Douglas Hardie to provide a weekly column focusing on the south end.  We’ll post the articles here and welcome your feedback and suggestions for future topics.

This picture from the Nanaimo Community Archives of horse racing along Haliburton Street is one of my favourite portraits of life in the old south end. You can almost feel the excitement of the crowd thrilling at the spectacle as the horses thunder along one of Nanaimo’s oldest thoroughfares.

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The “wild west” image of Haliburton Street has been remarkably durable over the years and it’s been quite the challenge to shift this largely inaccurate perception. Not to say that the street hasn’t had its share of problems and there were certainly periods a few years back when the “wild west” description fit all to well.

 At the risk of stretching the wild west theme to it’s breaking point, it was around this time that the RCMP “rode into town,” though not on horseback and the distinctive red serge but on high end mountain bikes and in all weather cycling gear. The RCMP Bike Squad had arrived in the south end.

 Recently, the South End Community Association awarded Corporal Dave Laberge our “Friend of the South End” award. The award was a heartfelt recognition and thanks for the exceptional contribution he and his team have made to the well being of our neighbourhood over the past several years.

 The enforcement aspect of the bike unit has been considerable, (it’s a particularly effective method of tackling street crime), but their value to the neighbourhood has extended well beyond mere law enforcement. This method of policing allows for a quality of contact with the neighbourhood that is of a different order than is possible with the restrictions of the patrol car.

 Corporal Dave Laberge, Constable Dave Scherr and the other bike unit members “know” the south end in a way that makes the relationship between the neighbourhood and police that much stronger and more effective. The unit has also played an important role in connecting vulnerable individuals to the supports and services that they need and in supporting operations like the Balmoral Hotel, where once part of the problem, to become a valued part of the solution.

 Douglas Hardie is with the South End Community Association. He can be reached at dhseca@gmail.com

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Somewhere in the Night is an independent film produced by the Hub City Cinema Society. They can be found on Facebook, where you can see all of their events from monthly script sessions to Improv nights, guest speakers and more. The Hub City Cinema Society is a great place for local filmmakers to post their films. Written and directed by Jeff Monson, Somewhere in the Night is a short film that follows three old friends around Nanaimo. After catching up with each other they begin to drive home at the end of the night, only to find themselves caught in an endless cycle of the downtown. They become trapped, in a strange ghost town somewhere in the night, (Hence the name.) Shot in the Nanaimo area, I found that the excellent camera work gave the entire nighttime scene an eerily surreal effect. The acting, while a little awkward at first, was very good later. For an independent film I thought it was very well done and actually quite interesting to watch. To learn about the screenings of more films like this one and other cool stuff, check out the Hub Cinema Society on facebook. They are an awesome group of community filmmakers that you should be watching.

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Hello cob enthusiasts and Southenders!
Just a reminder, its our next cob workparty tomorrow night (Monday)! We will be mixing cob with our feet (dancing the twist more like it), building with cob and possibly placing bottles.
Also our next work party (and likely our last on this project) is Thursday 5-8pm!

Please note the below info about the day and the co-op as that and the attachments should cover all your questions…if you have others please let me know by email. This is a FREE event. If you’re interested in joining the Co-op (you want a cob structure at your home and neighbours to help you build – please let me know) ask me questions and we can talk about your project ideas and the $20 for each project.

July Workparties:

Monday July 22, 5-8pm &
Thursday July 28, 5-8pm
103 Strickland St.

Please Bring: water bottle, sunhat, weather appropriate clothing, closed toed shoes, garden or leather gloves, and snacks if you (or your children) will require them while you are working
Be Prepared: You will get dirty! Be respectful of gardens, pathways and animals at all times. This is an all ages event – everyone welcome! Parents/guardians are completely responsible for and expected to look after younger ones safety.

The South End Cob Co-op continues! FREE work parties this July!
The South End Cob Co-op is back, and your next opportunity to get involved in cob, meet your neighbours, learn and have FUN with cob starts this June! As many of you know we started our first South End Cob project off with an oven and now we have the two attached benches to finish off! Join us this summer to get an intro to basic foundations and cob mixes. These work parties are open to everyone (Cob Co-op member or not) and FREE – get a quick intro and task to work on at whatever stage of the benches we are at. These work party times are also a perfect opportunity for those of you who are curious about the South End Cop Co-op and haven’t yet signed up – Join us! Check out the Co-op details attached.

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The Daily News has approached our Chair,  Douglas Hardie to provide a weekly column focusing on the south end.  We’ll post the articles here and welcome your feedback and suggestions for future topics.

What’s the link between John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and the US Parks system and the parks in Nanaimo? Well, perhaps tenuous at best, but as a proud Scot myself, I thought I’d reference this man’s historic influence on the idea of planned parks and green space as a way of writing about one of Nanaimo’s first and finest, Deverill Square Park on Haliburton Street.

Many of us consider this park to be the gem of the south end and it’s been a focal point in our efforts to revitalize and strengthen the neighborhood over the past number of years. Who can forget the situation a few years back when the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods were contending with problems related to homelessness, mental health and substance use issues. Like many parents in the neighborhood, I was deeply troubled that a park my children loved to play in was no longer a safe place. The South End Community Association decided that one way we could respond to the broader challenges in the neighborhood was to focus on the park and do everything we could to enhance and protect this precious neighborhood resource.

The support we’ve had from the City of Nanaimo and Parks Rec and Culture in particular has been extraordinary. SECA worked closely with Parks Planner, Kirsty Macdonald, (note the Scottish theme here!) to develop a revitalization plan which has seen a major investment in all new, universally accessible play equipment, new water park, floodlights for the playing field, and numerous other improvements. Residents have participated in various art and beautification projects in and around the park, and most importantly, we’ve flooded through its gates to use the facilities, play together and have fun. It really is a beautiful little park, shaded by a magnificent stand of ancient London Plane, Linden and flowering cherry trees.

Parks and Rec operate the “Play Program” for kids aged 5-12 in the park throughout the summer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-4. It’s an excellent program that has operated in parks throughout the city for a number of years. In our park, the program has played an important role in providing supervision, safety and above all fun for the many children who play there.

Our neighborhood has made remarkable progress over the past several years and nowhere is this more evident than in the smiling faces of the children and families who play in Deverill Square Park.

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Hello cob enthusiasts and Southenders!
I’m excited to announce our next two workparties, which will now be featured on weekday evenings, just to try that out. Next Monday and Thursday evenings we will be mixing cob with our feet (dancing the twist more like it), building with cob, placing bottles and possibly sculpting the octupus that came up as a theme.

Please note the below info about the day and the co-op as that and the attachments should cover all your questions…if you have others please let me know by email. This is a FREE event. If you’re interested in joining the Co-op (you want a cob structure at your home and neighbours to help you build – please let me know) ask me questions and we can talk about your project ideas and the $20 for each project.

July Workparties:
Monday July 22, 5-8pm &
Thursday July 28, 5-8pm
103 Strickland St.

Please Bring: water bottle, sunhat, weather appropriate clothing, closed toed shoes, garden or leather gloves, and snacks if you (or your children) will require them while you are working
Be Prepared: You will get dirty! Be respectful of gardens, pathways and animals at all times. This is an all ages event – everyone welcome! Parents/guardians are completely responsible for and expected to look after younger ones safety.

The South End Cob Co-op continues! FREE work parties this July!
The South End Cob Co-op is back, and your next opportunity to get involved in cob, meet your neighbours, learn and have FUN with cob starts this June! As many of you know we started our first South End Cob project off with an oven and now we have the two attached benches to finish off! Join us this summer to get an intro to basic foundations and cob mixes. These work parties are open to everyone (Cob Co-op member or not) and FREE – get a quick intro and task to work on at whatever stage of the benches we are at. These work party times are also a perfect opportunity for those of you who are curious about the South End Cop Co-op and haven’t yet signed up – Join us! Check out the Co-op details attached.

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The Daily News has approached our Chair,  Douglas Hardie to provide a weekly column focusing on the south end.  We’ll post the articles here and welcome your feedback and suggestions for future topics.

What defines a neighborhood? It’s an interesting question and one that I’ve been mulling over since I was asked to write this column providing news, information and my perspective on living in Nanaimo’s south end. Geographically speaking, the neighborhood is roughly defined by the railway tracks to the west, Chase River to the south, the downtown core to the north and Snuneymuxw No.1 reserve and the shoreline to the east. I’d like to acknowledge the Snuneymuxw First Nation upon whose traditional territory the south end sits, and whose people play such an important part in the life of our community.

One of the defining events in our neighborhood took place a couple of weeks ago in Deverill Square Park. It was the 21st Miners Heritage Picnic which is organized annually by the South End Community Association. The event is funded by the remarkable generosity of south end businesses. This allows us to provide a fun free day for children and families in the neighborhood and beyond. The picnic is the largest gathering of south enders each year and it does much to foster that sense of connection and togetherness that a thriving neighborhood seems to need. A great example of how this works is the Laura Ramsey Memorial Tea which is a regular feature of the picnic and involves local children, (dressed in historic costume), serving tea and cakes to the forty or so senior south enders who attend every year. What’s apparent is the deep sense of pride that these seniors have for the neighborhood that they grew up in and where they raised their families. The tea party serves as a wonderful connection between our past and the present and is quite inspiring to all of us who call the south end home.

Like any neighborhood, the south end has its trials and tribulations too. I’m looking forward to exploring some of those issues with you and sharing some of what we’ve learned about how to handle our challenges. What does the Miners Heritage Picnic have to do with tackling poverty, mental health and addictions? Well, everything really.

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Re: Re-zoning application for expanded Samaritan House operation by Island Crisis Care Society.

 

Dear Mayor and Council

Jack Anderson and Ronell Bosman attended a general meeting of the South End Community Association to seek our support for the planned expansion of the Samaritan House operation. Together they provided an overview of the project and fielded a number of questions from our members. We are pleased to support this proposal. A number of members noted that this has been an excellent community consultation process, with particular reference to the planning charette that we were invited to last year and the willingness on the part of the proponents to include the community in the process. Overall the impression given is that the Island Crisis Care Society has arrived at a well thought through concept that should greatly benefit the clients served.

 

 

 

On a broader neighbourhood note, we continue to be concerned about the concentration of services in the south end. We now have an expanded Samaratin House, NYSA’s Rowe House, and the Balmoral Hotel all located within an area that continues to be challenged by issues related to poverty, mental health and addictions. The challenge is to somehow strike a balance between providing needed services for vulnerable citizens in our community while not placing a disproportionate burden on any one neighbourhood.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Hardie

 

Chair

 

South End Community Association

 

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From Chief Douglas White of the SFN,
“As announced yesterday, Katherine Gordon has been appointed as a facilitator to assist all of us in the 30-day review of options process for the Chase River Colliery Dams issue. Her email for this work is: collieryfacilitator@shaw.ca. In accordance with her instructions, she is happy to receive all options – it will be most helpful if people provide background to the options they propose, any detailed data or research they have in that regard, and the rationale for the option, to support its validity and viability.”

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