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Sunday Morning Soccer

The FIRST and LAST Sundays of the month.

So Sunday October 4.

10:00 am @ Deverill Park

Everyone welcome!  You don’t need to be talented…just enthusiastic……..!  Call Ed at 753.1584 for more info.


Neighbourhood Plan Open House Tuesday Oct 6

Come and find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan for our South End community! An introductory Open House will provide residents with information on the plan process, an opportunity to ask questions and offer input into the neighbourhood plan.

The Open House will be held at the Bayview School, 140 View St., from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday October 6th.

Invitation have been distributed to every household in the South End.  If you are on a “no junk mail” list, you will NOT have received one.

In that case, click here to see the invitation.

For the Neighbourhood Planning page on the city website , click here or contact the City of Nanaimo Community Planning Department, Phone 250-755-4472 or 250-755-4483.



Wednesday  October 7 @  7 PM

Princess Royal Centre

Irwin at Farquhar

Mark off these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss any meetings!

  • Wed Nov 4
  • Wed Dec 2 (AGM)
  • Wed Jan 6, 2010


Mini-Litter Pickup – Saturday October 10

Think of it as a way to burn advance calories before digging into the Thanksgiving feed-o-rama.

We’ll meet at McDonald’s any time after 8:30.  Then at 9:30, we’ll fan out and start collecting for about 30 minutes.


Lynne Bowen Speaks at


Thursday October 15, 7:00 pm

Join multi-award winning author Lynne Bowen at our 7th AGM for her talk:

“Real Skookum Guys: the Volatile History of Italians in Vancouver Island Coal Mines”

Lynne Bowen, one of Vancouver Island’s best known author historians, has written five books: three on Island coal mining history. Her new work on B.C.’s Italian immigrants will be out in Spring 2011.

To access Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Road, turn east from the Island Highway onto Cedar Road, drive 4 km to MacMillan then north 300 metres.

Members and non- members welcome.

Further information: 250-714-0377 or cchristo [at]     shaw.ca


Wellington Action Group wins "Dirty Gertie"

Wellington Action Group wins "Dirty Gertie"

Plant Out at Maffeo Sutton Park  Sat Oct 17 from 1 to 4 PM

Perhaps you remember when the city held a plant-out in June, asking the neighbourhood associations to come and help?  We cheekily challenged the rest of the city to beat the South End in a) numbers and b) sheer outputm offering an Art Bin to the #2 team.  We had a blast, it was great fun….even though it was the hottest day of the year.

Now, they’re planning another event…this time to plant spring bulbs.  Chris Sholberg says:

We are currently sitting on about 26,000 spring bulbs (16,600 daffodils and 10,000 crocus).  We would like to propose another community plant-out event on Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m. at Maffeo-Sutton Park to put these bulbs in the ground.  Would your neighbourhood association/group be willing to participate in this event?

We will provide the plants and City gardeners to provide oversight.  Volunteers with their own shovels, garden tools would be welcome.  Kids are welcome too.

We can’t let our reputation as the hardest workers in the city be tarnished!!  If you can join in, please call Douglas at 754-0677.  Or send us an e-mail:  southendcommunityassociation      [at]     gmail.com.


Memorial Tree Planting for Gino Sedola  Sunday October 25

It’s been a year now since we lost our good friend and mentor, Gino  Sedola.  We’ll plant a tree in his honour on Sunday October 25 at 11 AM.  Following that, a pot luck lunch and some time for storytelling.

At the corner of Milton and Irwin Streets.


SECA LUCKY Beer & Burger Friday Nov 13

Who says Friday the 13th is an unlucky day?  It just might be your luckiest one yet if you come to our Annual SECA Beer & Burger night On Friday Nov 13, starting at 6 PM at  the Newport Bar & Grill. (the old Jolly Miner).

For only $13, you’ll get a great homemade burger and nachos and maybe even a little dessert.

You might win the 50/50 Draw or get your early Christmas shopping done at the Silent Auction.

By the way, we’re looking for donations….stuff, services, or support.

Phone Moni (250 753 1188) or Sandra (250 753 1394) for donations and ticket sales.

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Why this lane? was the question we started with on March 16th when the South End Community Association hosted a meeting of property owners, managers, and residents, as well as City of Nanaimo and law enforcement officials, to talk about problems in the laneway bordered by Haliburton, Milton, Nicol, and Farquhar.

With the help of city staff and RCMP, we identified places where gaps in fencing allow people to easily evade police, niches and ledges that encourage loitering, areas where high fences block sight lines, and weeds and refuse that send a clear message that “no one cares.”

That message changed on April 25th.  With the cooperation of many owners, tenants, and surrounding neighbours:

  • We cleaned and hauled.  We weeded.  We dug and planted.
  • We painted.
  • We created the image that this is not a neglected laneway.
  • Then we took back the lane, and held a lunch party, complete with DJ music and Gord Fuller’s famous BBQ hot dogs.

Over 50 people came out to turn the lane into a thing of beauty..ok, ok…better than it was…WAY better….!

For photos of the clean up event,  click HERE

Or click here for Daily News article!

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

What’s Next?

Residents asked for more painting in the lane, so we’re planning a second painting day in July.

Some are even dreaming about a community garden. which we’re likely too late for this year, but we can keep working on it.

But for now, we believe we’re getting the new message across loud and clear: that this is a strong community that is staking its claim on the laneway.

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‘War zone’ not always ideal for New Hope

Click here for an article on the current service situation at the New Hope Centre, from the April 17 issue of the Nanaimo Daily News.


New Election Boundaries – do they Affect YOU?

We originally posted an article about the boundary change when it was announced last August, along with a map.  In order to help you get a little more cozy with blogging, we’re going to show you how to access it here.

Over in the right hand column, you’ll see a heading titled “Tags.”  See how all the words are different sizes?  That’s because every time that topic is mentioned, the word gets larger.  If you wanted to read ALL the posts on a particular topic, just click on that word and voila….up will come all the posts.

Now, the post announcing the electoral boundary change  was under the title “Provincial Election 2009”.  So just click on it, and you will see the heading for the article: “Are YOU Losing Leonard?”

There you are, now you can say: “Yep, I can blog.” to anyone who remotely cares…:)


Neighbourhood Plan Passed!

We’ve just received word that the council budget  that contains the Neighbourhood Plan for the South End has received second approval!  This is GREAT news for all of us.  Thank YOU, councillors! (and Mayor Ruttan, too)


McDonald’s Grand Re-opening Ceremony Saturday April 25 @ 1 PM

If you’ve missed the ads in the papers, the Nicol Street McDonald’s is holding their gala-gala reopening event THIS week.   Deals on menu items every day until Saturday.  And an official invitation to join them on  Saturday at 1 PM for cake/cupcakes and their official ribbon cutting ceremony!

Congratulations, Wayne, Josh, and team.  The new update looks great.

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Neighbourhood Plan Delayed

In light of the current economic situation, city officials have been pouring over their budgets, trying to get as much for their dollar as possible.  One of the possible budget lines on the chopping block was the 2 neighbourhood plans slated for this year.

Now we’re not really sure about those other guys, but we believe that there is NO neighbourhood in the city undergoing as much change as the South End right now.  A neighbourhood plan will:

  • Allow us to plan for less light industrial and more residential.
  • Give us the clarity to get involved in issues like wharf lands development.
  • Help us better partner with downtown to deal with safety issues and Nicol Street improvements.
  • Ensure that if/when the Sandstone and Cable Bay developments south of town ramp up, we won’t become the default high-traffic corridor to downtown.

So we sprung..er, sprang to action (dictionary.com says both words are good, so we did both..:)  SECA board member Pat Portsmouth presented our case to City Council on March 16, and our board members attended council meeting on March 23.   Pat reminded them that: 1) we’ve been very busy since we applied for the plan back in September 2007,  2) that we’re ready to go and that 3) we’re a thrifty bunch of volunteers.  She and board Vice Chair Gord Fuller have been lobbying to get the votes we need from council to stay on the budget for this year.  We’re optimistic…as usual…!

News coverage:

South-End Residents Want Promised Plan

Thanks to Matt Hussman at the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership for writing a letter of support for our plan.


Deverill Square Park Improvements


You may have noticed some upgrades to the washroom building at Deverill Square Park.  The Parks Recreation and Culture Department has been working to make them safer and universally accessible. The upgrades are nearing completion.

In addition, families in the South End can look forward to a new tricycle trail and spray park for summer 2009.   Underground works will begin this April while paving and above ground work will be completed by June 15th (in time for the warm weather and Miner’s Picnic).  The conceptual water park design and elements are pictured below.

Parking and road end upgrades along Irwin Street are also planned for fall 2009.

~Kirsty MacDonald
Parks and Recreation


Omni Foods Moves To South End

Omni Building

The building at 106 Fry Street has been spiffed up and now houses Omni Foods.  Omni Foods warehouses and distributes a wide variety of food items to convenience stores including Shell, Husky, Esso, Gas n Go, and the General Stores and Markets.

Originally located on Boban Road, they outgrew their former location and moved to the South End in December.  Welcome to Barry, Donna, Dave and the rest of your staff, and thanks for the great reno job!


Nanaimo VIPs attend SECA Meetings

We’ve been really fortunate over the past few months to have some great resource folks attend our meetings and give us updates.  We’d like to say “thanks” to:

  • Chris Sholberg, who is our neighbourhood plan expert
  • Dave Laberge and Cameron Thompson from the RCMP, who have attended the past 2 meetings to give us updates on their efforts
  • Matt Hussman from the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, who has been keeping us abreast of their activities
  • MLA Doug Routley, who dropped in in February
  • Councillors Fred Pattje and Jim Kipp, who were great resources at our March meeting.

We know it takes extra time for you to come and attend, and we are really grateful for your ongoing support in the South End!


Haliburton Loses a Bit of Traffic

Two houses containing illegal suites at 45 & 47 Haliburton Street were the source of inspection by the fire department, leading to tenant evictions.  As well, the RCMP executed a search warrant at 47 Haliburton St on March 18, resulting in the arrest of numerous individuals and the seizure of drugs, money and weapons.

Links to news articles:

From the Nanaimo Daily News:

Hazards prompt fire chief to evict downtown tenants

Evicted tenants scramble to move :Fire department orders occupants to vacate dangerous illegal suites in downtown home

From the Nanaimo News Bulletin:

Tenants forced out of unsafe Nanaimo rental suites



Fencing Guys Not Impacted by Recession!

Once upon a time this whole part of Esplanade had shrubs and was a problem area that attracted litter and vagrancy.

This fence has been recently installed; going all the way from the harbour truck entrance at Crace and Esplanade around the corner at Front Street.

Dog inspecting new fence just before christening it (if you know what I mean!)


Laneway Clean-up Started

A small, creative group of folks met a few weeks ago to talk about the problems in the lane between Nicol and Haliburton Streets (200 block.) Five property owners took up our invitation to meet with a few SECA Board members, our Bylaw officer, Bill Kiselbach, and Chris Sholberg and John Horn from the City Planning Department.

As happens so often here in the South End, the discussion dealt with a very tough issue with loads of cooperation, good sense, empathy, creativity, and even a measure of fun!  The group will begin forming a more detailed plan in the next few weeks, including both short- and long-term ways to deter drug-related activity in the lane.  Look for some aesthetic improvement very soon!

Thanks to John Cross for providing the meeting space!

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Monthly Mini-Litter pickup Saturday March 28

Well, the snow is gone and we can get back to work!  Let’s check out the new renovations at McDonald’s.  Meet for breakfast/coffee anytime after 8:45. We’ll fan out around 9:30 to clean up for an hour and then deposit our litter in McDonald’s bin.  Bring gloves and extra plastic grocery bags. By 10:30, you’re on your way, and will have done your bend-and-stretch exercises for the day!


SECA meeting: Wednesday April 1 @ 7 PM

Princess Royal Family Centre, corner of Irwin and Farquhar

Planned Agenda:

We’ve started working on the laneway between Nicol and Haliburton, and will update on the initial meeting and the plans/feedback so far.  We’re planning a lane makeover party as a part of the process, so we’ll do some brainstorming around that.

Matt Hussman from the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership will give us an update of the safety survey results so far.  If you haven’t participated, there should be more copies at the meeting.

There’s been a lot of activity around the neighbourhood, if they are not run off their feet, we’re hoping that one our finest (RCMP) will attend.  March 27: Confimed Dave Laberge will be coming to check in.

You may have read or heard rumblings about VIHA budget cuts to the intially planned 24 hour support component at the Balmoral.  We’ve invited Christina Martens to discuss how CMHA is dealing with the news.


APRIL 4th – “Voices from the Street”

Let’s take action in 2009 – Province-wide Stands lead up to provincial election

On April 4 2009, thousands of people throughout B.C. will march to demand that the government in Victoria build enough affordable rental housing to meet urgent B.C. needs. Together we can make affordable housing a key issue in the election.

Local Social Activists Gordon Fuller and Katie Durvin have been making the community aware, on a monthly basis through STANDS, of the need for HOMES For All since may of 2008.  With an upcoming Provincial Election the two are working to put together a Rally & STAND on April 4th.  Called “Voices From the Street” Gord and Katie are arranging to have a number of STREET PERSONS talk about their experiences.  They will also invite the candidates for the Nanaimo ridings to come out and have a say.  5 minutes per person and three questions to each by the audience.  Following the rally people will be invited to march down to the Highway with signs in support of HOMES FOR ALL where we will line the Street and STAND in an effort to create awareness about the need for housing.

The event, music & speakers, will be from 11:00 to 1:00 with the rallying point at Dianna Krall Plaza, on Commercial St. beside the downtown Library.

People are encouraged to bring signs ie: HOMES FOR ALL, HOUSE THE HOMELESS, AFFORDABLE MEANS AFFORDABLE TO ALL, POVERTY SUCKS, END LEGISLATED POVERTY etc., short catchy slogans regarding poverty and housing.


Robbery Prevention” Workshop April 17

Friday, April 17, 2009: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial St.

Cost:  FREE !

The CPSO is pleased to present three robbery prevention workshops featuring Gord Nixon and Cst. Wally Taylor. These workshops will educate people and businesses on what to do during a robbery, what to do after a robbery, and preventative measures to take to avoid becoming the victim of a robbery.

In addition, Cst. Taylor and Sharon Welch will introduce Nanaimo’s Retail C.O.P. (Cameras on Patrol) Program, available free of charge to all business owners, managers, and Loss Prevention Officers. The program allows access to a secured website with pictures and descriptions of previous offenders and other subjects of concern, and outstanding warrants.

Limited seating available. Please reserve your seats by calling Sharon Welch at the Community Policing & Services Office (250-753-3777).


Lane Makeover Day Saturday April 25

Stemming from the work we’ve started to do in the infamous lane between Nicol and Haliburton, we’ve planned a community work party to get going on all the things on the “to-do” list.  They’ll be simple and easy.  And of course, in true SECA spirit, we’ll finish with a lane party with music and food.  We’ll begin planning at our meeting April 1 and will post details as they unfold.


The Miners Heritage Picnic  June 20

Mark off June 20th on your calendar for our 17th “Picnic”.  Thanks to our generous corporate and individual donors, and we’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary as an association.

Some of the highlights planned so far:

  • a free pancake breakfast, courtesy the Women of the Moose.
  • lots of musical entertainment, headlined by Shawn Phillips (sp?)
  • B.C. Hydro Power Smart Team will supply a large tent, under which a soccer like game will be played.
  • some very interesting activities courtesy the Nanaimo District Museum.
  • kids will look forward pony rides and petting farm.
  • the Guided Heritage Walk with focus on the tragedy at the Number 1 Mine and heritage houses. There will be related displays.
  • for kids of all ages, the enormous 25 ft. Inflated Slide and Castle Bouncer plus the El Paso Train Adventure.
    fun at the 2008 picnic

    fun at the 2008 picnic

    Don’t forget the Pet Parade, Silent Auction and the famous Reunion Strawberry Social for past and present Seniors of the South End.  And these are only the events confirmed so far!

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Mini Litter Pickup THIS Saturday Feb 28 CANCELLED due to SNOW

Meet for coffee or breakfast at the MGM Restaurant (240 Nicol)
@ 8:45. We’ll fan out around 9:30 to clean up for an hour and then deposit our litter in MGM’s bin (thanks Tony and Katrina).
Bring gloves and extra plastic grocery bags. By 10:30, you’re on your way, and may even have burned off the calories from breakfast!

Next SECA Meeting Wed March 4

7:00 PM
at  the Princess Royal Family Centre
(Corner of Irwin and Farquhar)

Planned Agenda

1.  Miner’s Heritage Day

The newsletter editor would like to acknowledge that this event rests solely on the shoulders of Charles Torhjelm and a handful (and I MEAN handful) of stalwart volunteers. Charles’ dedication over the years has been the engine behind the South End’s summer event of the year.

Come and tell us what you love about the event and what else you’d like to see this year.

2.  Mega Litter Pickup Day

Our annual mega-litter pick up jointly sponsored by SECA and the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange will be happening at the end of March – early April.   We have held the event for the past 7 years and annually gather a tremendous amount of garbage from our streets and lanes, followed by a BBQ in the park.  It’s a fun day that makes a real impact on the physical appearance of the neighbourhood.

THIS event has been shouldered single-handedly by our great and glorious leader, Douglas Hardie.

So let’s figure out how we can get the best out of this effort.  For example, we’ve talked about adding some extra focus on the lane that’s been the centre of drug activity.  Maybe you have some more ideas.

3.  Getting organized:

We’ve talked about ways to “spread the word” to people who aren’t internet savvy i.e. phone trees, print newsletter distribution.  We’d like to share those ideas and get your feedback.

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