Archive for January, 2014


Join us for a meet and greet event on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Coast Bastion from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This is an opportunity to meet John Foden, Executive Director of the Canadian Energy from Waste Coalition.  John will be in Nanaimo and would like to meet our friends in the area and also explain how the Coalition supports the waste-to-energy industry.  John will provide background on the CEFWC’s charter, mission and support.

The Canadian Energy-From-Waste Coalition (CEFWC) represents industry, associations, and other stakeholders committed to sustainable environmental policies. We stand for the promotion, adoption, and implementation of energy-from-waste (EFW) technology for the management of residual materials within the context of an integrated solid waste management system.
Recognizing that EFW solutions are compatible with proactive recycling and other diversion efforts, the coalition seeks to promote the merits of the thermal treatment of waste to recover energy and garner support for waste derived fuels.

Mr. Foden is a communications executive and is published widely in many formats, ranging from trade magazines to daily newspapers. His analyses of global and North American developments have been presented to federal, state, provincial, and municipal agencies. With the support from the membership, he has led CEFWC from a concept about the converging potential of energy and waste into an organization widely recognized as the voice of an emerging industry. CEFWC is the sister organization of WTERT in Canada


For more information call:
Pat Bugera

John Lucas – 250-802-0095
Mark Schwartz – 603-929-5419

David Garcia de Herreros


Visit the Canadian Energy from Waste Coalition’s Web site at  www.energyfromwaste.ca

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Once upon a time Haliburton Street and Old Victoria Road were the two main thoroughfares that brought people into the city from the south. Today a four lane provincial highway, Nicol Street, cuts through the neighbourhood and links the No 1 Highway system with the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and all points North.

It’s fair to say that Nicol Street was not designed with the pedestrian in mind and it can be an intimidating and uncomfortable experience for anyone trying to cross or walk along beside it. The traffic thunders along in both directions, often at speeds well over the posted limits, and the lack of a median strip between the opposing lanes of traffic adds to the intensity of the experience. It’s been necessary for the school board to employ a crossing guard at the Needham Street crossing to ensure the safe crossing of children heading up the hill to Bayview Elementary.

In spite of its obvious limitations, Nicol Street has some real strengths and considerable potential as the gateway to Nanaimo’s downtown core. The street sits on the crest of the hill that looks out over the estuary, affording fantastic views for both potential developers and the many character homes that remain there. A number of long standing family run businesses call Nicol Street home and contribute to the south end in many ways. At the North end of Nicol,Street, Neal Brown’s Arbutus Books is a real treasure of a store and well worth a browse. Gallazin’s Locksmiths have been operating across four generations of this proud south end family, and the harbour view from the back of Moni Murray’s Nicol Street Hostel is simply spectacular.

The South End Neighbourhood Plan has identified a variety of measures that will hopefully, over time, create a calmer, more pedestrian friendly experience on the street. The new 7 11 is a good example of the kind of mix use residential and commercial development that the plan describes. On- street parking combined with wider pedestrian walkways and general greening of the streetscape are part of the vision, which will hopefully see Nicol Street evolve beyond its current function.

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

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Dear SECA members, neighbours and friends,
Nanaimo’s South Downtown Waterfront Initiative Committee has worked with community and stakeholders at various events and via its website (www.southdowntownwaterfront.ca) for the past six months to “develop a vision as well as framing principles for the future of the South Downtown waterfront.”  Their website also states that “This process involves developing visions and opportunities for this complex and challenging property that extend twenty to thirty years into the future.”
The Committee will present its final report to the community at a presentation on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at the Port Theatre.  This event will start at 2:00 and end around 4:30 and is open to everyone.
Your time spent in coming out and representing our community at this event would be appreciated.

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The South Downtown Waterfront Initiative Committee is presenting its findings and recommendations on Saturday January 11th at 2PM in the Port Theatre. I urge you to attend this presentation to hear from the Committee as it reports back to the community.

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 Gung Haggis Fat Choy is an evening of fun and food that combines some of 
 the traditions of Chinese New Year with Robbie Burns Day.  It's a silly 
 combo that started in Vancouver some years ago, and has now spread around 
 the world, even celebrated by the Chinese community in Scotland.

Here in the South End, our festivities include haggis-stabbing, dancing, 
music, poetry, auction and raffle as well as a completely non-traditional 
(but delicious) burger buffet.  (Haggis burger anyone???)  Bring your 
dancing shoes, your appetite, your poems, your songs, and ALL your spare 
change.  This is a SECA fundraiser and it's good luck for the New Year to 
give money away!
 Friday,  January 24th, 6 pm at Alice's Restaurant at 728 Nicol St.

 Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for kids, or $30 for a family.  Get yours 
 at Sandra's Head to Toe Salon, 721 Haliburton, or contact Sydney at 250 
753 1584 or fernville@shaw.ca.

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