Archive for August, 2013

This September 27th-28th marks our first annual Chalk Walk – another South End Quirk Works initiative.  Community members of all ages and levels of artistic abilities are invited to liven up our neighbourhood sidewalks with chalk drawings.  Go as big or small, as fancy or as simple as you like!  Work on your own or with your family, friends and neighbours.  This is a bit of an experiment and we’re very curious and excited to see what will emerge!  (And we’re crossing our fingers the weather will cooperate!)

chalkbabyTo register to be on the Chalk Walk Tour, please fill in this brief form by September the 18th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChalkWalk

We are making a downloadable map with all the chalk art locations and will post it a few days before the Chalk Walk Tour on September 27th-28th so make sure to register in time so that your location gets on the map!

If you have sidewalk to spare and would like to share a portion – or if you don’t have any sidewalk but would like to use some, please email: chalkwalk@enco.ca Or email if you have any questions!

Here is a link to a Martha Stewart recipe on how to make sidewalk chalk: http://www.marthastewart.com/268868/how-to-make-sidewalk-chalk  (not to be mixed up with chalkboard paint which won’t come off your sidewalk!!!)  And here is a video of Martha and Brendan Fraser (actor) making chalk together: http://www.marthastewart.com/252020/sidewalk-chalk-brendan-fraser


Hopefully this is a cheaper way to go than buying chalk but if you have a good source for sidewalk chalk, please comment here in the blog.

You may want to experiment with making chalk and chalking before the big weekend.  We’ll be posting about our experiments as well.  Your comments and suggestions for the best way to make sidewalk chalk or how to go about chalking are very welcome too!

Stay Tuned to this blog for more information in the weeks leading up to the Chalk Walk Tour!

To read more about the Chalk Walk and the inspiration/vision behind it, check out this article written by Paula Beltgens: Nanaimo News Bulletin Aug 27, 2013

If you want some inspiration, just Google “sidewalk chalk” and go to “Images”.  Here are a few to get you going…

http://popcultureaddictlifeguide.blogspot.ca/2013/04/ode-to-sidewalk-chalk.html (scroll down)

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Hi Everyone

I just wanted to get the word out that the Young Professionals of Nanaimo is having a Footy (soccer) Tournament (open to kids, youth and adults, co-ed) on Saturday, Sept 21.  If you are interested or know anyone who would be interested in joining a South End Team (“The South Enders”) please contact me or pass along my contact info.  


It should be a lot of fun!

Ed Chan

Who: kids, youth, adults, co-ed
What: Young Professionals of Nanaimo (YPN) Footy [Soccer] Tourney
When: Saturday, September 21, game times to be determined
Where: John Barsby/Centennial Fields

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Great story in the NDN see http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/david-scott-mad-hatter-s-tea-party-a-big-hit-in-south-end-1.594294

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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.


One of the unique characteristics of the south end is its mix of residential, light and heavy industrial land uses. This reflects the way in which the original neighbourhood developed as homes were built around the coalmines and supporting industries that provided work for the early settlers to Nanaimo.


The shoreline, to the north and south of the Snuneymuxw No 1 Reserve is a tangle of industrial land use including sawmills, rail yards and the Nanaimo Port Authority. It’s both an industrial legacy and present day reality that leaves residents of the south end with a waterfront neighbourhood while denying them access to it.


Access to the waterfront was just one of the neighbourhood priorities that emerged through the development of the South End Neighbourhood Plan. The plan, which was adopted into the Nanaimo OCP in November 2010, lays out a detailed vision for the south end that will guide its development over the next fifty or so years.

Neighbourhood plans represent a unique opportunity for citizens to engage in shaping how their neighbourhoods will develop over time. The South End Community Association had long identified our need for a formal plan and fully embraced the opportunity when it came.


Our plan is beginning to exert its influence on how the neighbourhood is changing. The new residential development in “Robbins Gardens” at the foot of Milton Street fits well with the kind of scale and design outlined in the plan. Also, much of the industrial and light industrial land has had its zoning altered to allow for the future possibility of different uses including residential development. Importantly, when a developer approaches city hall about a south end property, the plan provides the context for the conversation that takes place.


I’m pleased to be representing SECA and the South End Neighbourhood Plan as part of the newly formed South Downtown Waterfront Committee. How our working harbour develops and how the public interacts with it is going to be a central theme to this important planning process, and I’m excited to be part of the conversation.


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


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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.

Location, location, location! Once upon a time the south end was THE location in Nanaimo, filled with shops and services that catered to the residents that lived and worked there. Not long ago I listened to a talk by Muriel Mackay Ross, “a coal miners daughter”, and long time champion of the south end, now sadly departed. Muriel described the intimate connection between business owners, shopkeepers and the residents they served and the vital role that local business played in supporting the community through difficult times.


Like many older neighborhoods across Canada, the south end has seen much of it’s economic and business activity decline as shopping malls and corporate retail have swallowed up the little guy. Look carefully though and you can see many examples of small business in the south end, not just surviving, but thriving.


Sandra Larocque, (nee Zuccolinni) of “Sandra’s Head to Toe Spa and Salon” on Haliburton Street is a great example. Sandra has worked incredibly hard to make her home based business such a success. It’s a relationship with the neighborhood that goes beyond mere “location” and one that promotes a mutual connection and loyalty that is quite special.


The same is true for Brent and Madilynn Rotar who own and operate RU Computing on the corner of Haliburton and Needham. They have a successful business serving clients across the central island, and their commitment to the neighborhood that they live and work in has been extraordinary. Moni Murray, who owns the Nicol Street Hostel, The Gallazin’s Locksmith on Nicol Street, these are just a few examples of successful and longstanding businesses that are owned and operated by proud south enders.


It’s interesting, and somewhat ironic, that the kind of neighborhood described so inspiringly by Muriel Mackay Ross, has become the template for a new generation of urban planners. The south end is unique in Nanaimo in terms of its location and potential for growth and development. How this potential unfolds depends upon many variables, but the hard work and commitment of our small business community will play a central role.


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

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