Posts Tagged ‘Newport’

Controversial bar will open again
TAMARA CUNNINGHAM TCunningham@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4230
Nanaimo Daily News
22 Feb 2013

Nanaimo’s controversial Newport property will reopen its pub this spring under a high level of police scrutiny. The manager of the Newport apartments confirmed this week that the Haliburton Street watering hole will reopen to customers this March as…read more…

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In light of recent news that Nanaimo Youth Services has purchased the White House at 545 Haliburton, there was considerable discussion at the SECA meeting last week.  That opened a number of questions and concerns from the community.  So we’re in discovery mode…trying to figure out how this project (which appears to be a done deal) will impact our neighbourhood.  Perhaps this first step is to talk to NYSA.

SECA Chair Douglas Hardie has sent an e-mail to NYSA ‘s Steve Arnett, sharing some of these questions and concerns.  Here is what he sent:

Hi Steve, we talked about NYSA’s proposed project for the Whitehouse at our regular meeting this past Wednesday and we are looking forward to our discussion with you next week.  I thought it might be helpful for you and your board members if I provided you with advance notice of some of the issues that came up in that discussion and that we hope to explore further with you next week.  The owners and operators of both the Pat Hotel and the Newport were present at the meeting and we had a very positive discussion about our shared interest in developing the potential of this part of the neighbourhood, (an issue that we gave a great deal of thought about in our recent neighbourhood plan).

Overall I think your proposal is generating a mixture of apprehension and optimism.  As you know this house has been a real challenge in the neighbourhood and we are all pleased that it’s days as a poorly maintained rooming house appear to be over.  The immediate area has been a real hotspot for drug related issues over the past year and there is concern for the well-being of the intended youth residents and also for the impact that this project might have on the overall stability of this part of the neighbourhood.

Specifically some of the questions we have are as follows:

1.  Issues around the basic structure of the project with particular emphasis on security and safety,  24 hour on-site management, level of support for the youth residents, limits of the tenancy act etc
2.  Related to this, concern for the potential negative impact upon the neighbourhood related to tenant behaviour, substance use, parties etc
3.  How have you thought through the challenges that the location may present for the project given the vulnerable nature of these youth?

4.  How has your experience with the Waddington Youth Housing Project informed your planning for this project?

Steve, we are also thinking about how, as a neighbourhood we can actively engage with and support the project to be successful?  How can the project and the youth who live there become part of our neighbourhood and contribute to making this a great place to live?  We’ve been brain storming some ideas:  a neighbourhood mentorship program, community based art projects, drop in soccer at Deverill Park and so on, (ideas not thought through to any great extent but exciting nonetheless).

I’m hoping to post this letter and minutes from our meeting next week  on our neighbourhood blog as a way of sharing information with as many residents as possible who may be interested in the project but are not directly involved with our association and the conversations we are having with you.  Also it would be great as we move through this process if you could come to one of our general meetings so that more folks could learn about the project.  We really appreciate your willingness to meet with us.  Welcome to the South End!


Douglas Hardie
Chair, SECA

Beyond these, so YOU have any questions or concerns that you want posed to NYSA?  If so, post them here.

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Finally catching our breath after an AMAZING day on Saturday.  Over 50 folks came from near and far to really bring Lavender Lane to life.

More coming, but for now, here’s a link to the News Bulletin article.  It’s excellent!


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Former ‘slum’ will soon house youth

Building purchased by Nanaimo Youth Services Association will help 14 low-income young people

Julie Chadwick, Daily News

Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A notorious south-end rooming house that was once a hub of criminal activity will be transformed into affordable housing for low-income working youth, if all goes as planned with Nanaimo Youth Services Association.

Click here to read entire article.

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Over the years, we have seen the many faces of addiction in the laneway by our back yards, bordered by Nicol and Victoria, between Watkins and Needham.  We have seen drug dealing and prostitution.

We recognized that we needed to create positive changes.  After a few phone calls and introductions, several families from the immediate neighbourhood gathered one evening to brainstorm ideas and it was unanimous to create a plan for improving the alley.  The vision for Lavender Lane came into being.

Now if you don’t know this already, lavender has long been valued for its ability to produce calming, soothing and sedative effects when the scent is inhaled.  A hardy non-invasive perennial, it needs little water so survive.  And for you fans of language, the word “lavare” is Latin, meaning “to wash”, “to purify.”

Invites were sent to all neighbouring houses and a large community work party began on Saturday morning.  Gates in the laneway opened for the first time in years, neighbours shaking hands and introducing themselves.  Positive words of hope, love, and community were chalked along the whole alley to change the energy and help raise the vibration.  Everyone participated in the clean-up and laneway makeover: the RCMP bike patrol, security people and by-laws staff came out to show their support.

We ended the day with a BBQ, a strong sense of community, and great pride of our accomplishments together.

Our next work party will be on Saturday August 25, from 9:30 AM to 1 PM where we will focus on painting the fences and planting lavender along side the lane, which will be loved and cared for by the entire neighbourhood, because we LOVE the South End, and we believe in community.  We know that we can create positive changes only by working together.

We are especially grateful to the following LOCAL businesses for their support of this effort:

Rona, who gave us paintbrushes.

Buckerfields, who contributed 2 lavender plants.

Tim Horton’s, who helped out with morning snacks.

And Country Grocer, who provided the lunch items for our volunteers.

If you would like to donate paint or lavender plants, please call Angie @ 250.753.8279 or Madilynn @ 250.591.5096.  (We’re also planning to add motion lights and a solar panel sensor if you can help out with that, too.)

Angie Eyford

Before, During, and After  Photos

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Nanaimo home targeted in drive-by shooting

Daily News

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gunfire shattered the early-morning quiet Wednesday as a home on Nicol Street in Nanaimo was the target of a drive-by shooting.

Read more here.

And a different take on it from the News Bulletin.

Mysterious shooting in south Nanaimo

By Chris Bush – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: July 26, 2012 9:00 AM
Updated: July 26, 2012 2:29 PM

Police are investigating an incident of shots fired at a home in south Nanaimo.

The shooting happened shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday when police received a 911 call about gunfire heard in the south end of Nicol Street.

Read the rest here.

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Every once in a while I check back on the articles I have posted here to see what reader response has been.  The discussion from last Saturday’s Daily News article on the Newport continues and has gotten quite interesting, including one of the street workers and a few folks who are really “in the know” about the quirks in our neighbourhood.

Of course, there are the usual rants and raves, but if you have a minute, it will give you some insight as to how people really feel about what is happening here.  If people didn’t care, they wouldn’t bother posting.

Here’s the link.



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Nanaimo police don’t want sex-trade workers loitering

South-end community residents are once again upset about criminal activities

Tamara Cunningham, Daily News

Published: Friday, July 06, 2012

Sex-trade workers barred from the Newport apartments in Nanaimo shouldn’t be allowed to loiter at the Patricia Hotel, say police, urging “a firmer hand” and more consistent enforcement by hotel management.

To read the rest of the article, click here.


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Notorious old home remains a rooming house

Daily News

Published: Friday, July 06, 2012

A Haliburton Street home, once notorious for criminal activity, will likely continue operating as a rooming house, says a Nanaimo city staff member.

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