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Torhjelm continues to champion the wonders of city’s south end

Nanaimo resident has spent two decades promoting area in a positive light

Krista Bryce, The Daily News

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Charles Torhjelm sits in the living room of his south-Nanaimo home, surrounded by pictures, posters and newspaper clippers from the past 20 years.

The items represent two decades of passion-driven work by Torhjelm, former president of the South End Community Association, to promote the south end in a positive light.

Click on headline link to go to the rest of the article.

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It’s the spring event of the season in the South End!

Chase River Estuary Park Day, April 28, 10:00 am to about 1:00 or so.

Event is at the South End of Haliburton St. behind the Bold Knight

Charles Thirkill, well-known biologist  and author, is our host for catching small fry salmon for youngster to net and release and adults to admire.  (Charles is also:-Champion for City of Nanaimo’s Official Flower > Bog bird’s-foot trefoil)

A person of Great Charm:- Molly Byrne, well known naturalist, will show us the way regarding interesting natural plants and the not so good boys and girls plants, who can cause us difficulties like naughty, disobedient weeds

 Steve Baillie, a well known naturalist will be our guide as – – It’s Bird Romance Time. Some do it on the Water. Some do it in the trees. Some do it on the ground and some on the telephone poles.

Deborah Beck, Recreation Coordinator, Bowen Social Centre, will assist in interesting Walks in the Chase River Estuary and perhaps Petroglyph Park later in the day.   She will also bring info about Nanaimo’s upcoming “Bike to Work” week (May 28 – June 3)

A terrific event for families of ALL ages!

Make a day of it!

After your interesting day at the Estuary, head to nearby Petroglyph Park. If you bring Art Paper and Rubbing Material  and then you can take home a Petroglyph work of art…:)

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The Nanaimo Estuary is a busy place this time of year.  And Chase River Estuary Park Day, an event that provides hands-on education, will be held on Saturday May 8.

“Few people know that Nanaimo has one of the largest estuaries on Vancouver Island,” says Rob Lawrance, Environmental Planner for the City of Nanaimo.  “It’s actually quite an active place; on a continental flyway for a number of bird species, it’s where they feed and rest.   The eelgrass beds provides both food for a number of fish species and protection for young salmon.  That, of course, attracts a variety of birds and the cycle of life goes on.”

You don’t often get the opportunity to see all the activity, but on Saturday May 8, you can, with the help of some local experts at Chase River Estuary Park.

□       Charles Thirkill, a well-known biologist and author, will be talking about the “small fry” salmon and encouraging youngsters to catch and release the little fish who will eventually become bigger ones. A few wader boots will be supplied.

□       Steve Baillie, a well-known naturalist, will be helping to point out the wide range of different birds in the park and their songs.

□       Molly Byrne, a retired biology teacher, will share her wealth of knowledge about both the interesting birds and plants in the park.

□       And Pamela Shaw, an adjunct professor at UVic and ardent estuary supporter will share some historical information about the Estuary, which contains fish weirs stretching back over 1,000 years.

There will also be guided nature walks, displays and a hotdog BBQ by donation.

“Chase River is a miniature version of the Nanaimo Estuary.  It’s like a secret little spot hidden in the city,” says Rob Lawrance.  You can access the park at the foot of Haliburton Street, just south of the Bold Knight restaurant.  Organized by the South End Community Association, the free event runs from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Click below for the poster.

Chase River Estuary Park Day

For a little more information on the estuary, click on the title below:

Needs of industry and nature collide in estuary. After more than a century of damage caused by industrial use, the Nanaimo River estuary is slowly returning to a natural state

Robert Barron, The Daily News,Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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We did a second 2 hour walk on the evening of July 29 which took up where we left off on July 22 – which was from the Newport Pub site down Haliburton, by the IPI Facility and Snuneymuxw Reserve Site then across the highway and up Needham into the View Street area.

A number of issues were discussed including :

  • The importance of Haliburton Street as a key pedestrian/vehicle link through the community and its importance as both a residential and commercial street.
  • We also talked about the Coastlands mills site, including the impact of heavy industry on the area as well as its economic benefits.
  • As John Horn, Social Planner for the City of Nanaimo, was along for the walk we also covered a number of housing and social issues in the area.
  • We talked about the IPI issues and Nicol Street as both a barrier and an opportunity.

We also revisited a number of issues and discussion points raised in the first walkabout.

Gord Fuller

The area of Victoria Rd. South of 7th St. is interesting in that some is zoned Industrial some residential but in some cases would make more sense to switch the zonings.  Also, west of Victoria Rd. to the Railway tracks is primarily single family zoning but could benefit with increased density through encouragement of Secondary Suites, Carriage House and some Multi Family zonings.” Gord Fuller

Having completed the two walks, City Staff are now looking at finishing up the research and data collection work started earlier this month and preparing the first Open House event planned for mid to late September. The next meeting of the Steering Committee will occur in early September and will be focused on reviewing the background information collected by staff and preparing for the Open House event.

Thanks to Heritage/Community Planner Chris Sholberg for this report.

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Never a dull moment in the South End…as they say, and 2008 has been no exception. My sincere thanks to the SECA Executive and the many members of the association who have been so very generous with their time and efforts on behalf of the association. As you can see from the list below, it’s been a busy year and we have continued to grow in the scope and reach of our many activities.

2008 15th Annual Miners Heritage Picnic

Our marquee event was as big and successful as ever, sponsored by local business that contributed close to $5000 that paid for a wonderful day for south end children and families.

Chase River Estuary Park Day

S.E.C.A continues to promote public awareness and use of this lovely park. Our annual celebration includes guided walks, “fishing” in the river for smelt and family bbq

Litter Campaign

SECA is tackling the litter on our streets in three ways. Our annual litter pick up, sponsored by the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, is a one day large scale community clean up which annually collects an amazing amount of trash from our streets and lanes. In addition we have instituted a monthly, (last Saturday of the month) pick up for approximately one hour, with local restaurants hosting our breakfast gathering and then disposing of the litter collected.

Thirdly, the Art Bin Project continues to grow and develop. A recent community painting day has added a further 12 bins to the ten already located throughout the neighborhood. It’s a great little project that just keeps growing…

The SECA monthly Newsletter

Many thanks to Barbara and Larry for all their hard work in producing such a fabulous on-line newsletter and community blog. This project has really revolutionized the way we connect and share information in the neighbourhood and beyond. We also produce a hard copy for the non-computer savvy that is available at various locations in the neighbourhood

2008 South End Election Blog

The South End Community Association hosted an on-line forum for prospective mayoral and council candidates in the lead up to the recent civic elections. This innovative strategy allowed South End voters to pose questions to candidates regarding issues of concern to us. It was an excellent process that informed the voting public and raised our profile as a neighborhood association with the new administration. Many thanks to Anne Thompson and Barbara for their great work on this project

Balmoral Hotel

CMHA and VIHA amended their plans for the old Balmoral Hotel following widespread opposition within the neighborhood to locate the Living Room at the site. The neighborhood came out in force and was duly heard. Thanks to Councilors Diane Brennan, Merv Unger, CMHA and VIHA for responding to our concerns and we look forward to supporting and sharing in the success of the new social housing project.

Deverill Square Park Improvement Project

This project has been the cornerstone of our efforts to build upon our strengths and resources as the best way to address the social problems that persist in the neighborhood. Thanks to tremendous support from the City, the project is now well under way with new equipment being installed, floodlit soccer and lacrosse most nights of the week, $10,000 donated by the Gyro Club towards the project, $50,000 by the Rick Hansen Foundation, other fund raising pending. Many other upgrades in and around the park are planned, including a redevelopment of the Irwin / Milton barrier with a possible art installation and community bulletin board. Thanks to Kirsty MacDonald for all her efforts on behalf of Parks and Recreation.

Beer and Burger Fund Raiser

Our second annual fund raiser for the association was held just last weekend at the old Jolly Miner, now the Filling Station, and raised an astonishing $1500 dollars for the association. They have both been great events, bringing together the neighborhood as well as raising invaluable funds for the association. We are now required to carry insurance for the association at an annual cost of approximately $700, so this kind of fund raising is increasingly important.

S.P.A.C. Grant

SECA applied for and received $2000 from the City to support our activities in the neighborhood. This has been placed in our general revenue account and has contributed to recent art bin costs as well as other administration costs so far. We now have a healthy balance in the account and we can afford to fund some new projects that support our mission.

S.E.C.A. T shirts and art cards.

Yvonne vander Kooi’s Haliburton Street inspired image adorns the new and extremely popular SECA “T” shirts that have been selling like hot cakes. $20 for a T shirt and the cards sell for $3. See Sandra for details.

R.I.P. Gino Sedola

Gino passed away a couple of months ago and is sadly missed by many of us who cherished his friendship, wisdom and encouragement. He was a great champion of the South End, was enormously proud of his neighborhood, and spent his life giving to the community in a way that can inspire us all. SECA plans to honor his memory by planting a tree in Deverill Square Park

Looking Forward to 2009

Neighbourhood Plan

Subject to final council approval we will shortly be embarking on a formal neighborhood plan for the South End. We have been working towards this for many years and it is a unique opportunity for the neighborhood to shape a vision that will guide planning and development in the south end for many years to come.

Drug Problems

The number one concern in the neighborhood is the entrenched street level drug activity which has anchored itself in the alley between Nicol and Haliburton. SECA is committed to working closely with the RCMP and the City to address this complex problem. We are interested in hosting a forum of property owners and residents who live adjacent to the lane with a goal of addressing some of the physical characteristics of the lane that contribute to the problem. Thanks to the RCMP and By Law Services for there continued support. Our job is to continue to strive for the kind of neighborhood that promotes pride and caring as the best way to deter this kind of activity.

International Paper Industries

This company and its expanded recycling operation continues to create an intolerable noise and air pollution for those that live adjacent to it. SECA plans to renew our efforts to seek some redress for these problems in the New Year.


Wednesday January 7 at 7 PM. Princess Royal Family Centre.

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