Archives for August 2014

Starboard spectacles

By Ben Chessor The ocean has always been an important part of Vancouver Islanders' livelihoods. It fuels local tourism — including the whale watching industry — and gives flavour to our best restaurants. An orca even appears on the logo of the province’s most popular sports franchise, the Vancouver Canucks. Because the ocean plays such a large part in the lives of Island residents, whenever some of the Salish Sea's most majestic inhabitants make an appearance, their neighbours are bound to … [Read more...]

9/11 in Nanaimo

By Anja Hamerski Screams. Panic. Dust. Shrapnel. That was a Tuesday morning in New York when the two main towers of the World Trade Centre were destroyed. September 11th claimed 2819 lives, of which 23 were police officers and 343 were fire fighters. In memory of those who died, and to honour the brave fire fighters who lost their lives trying to save the innocent, Nanaimo has erected a monument to 9/11 displaying a piece of the towers. The steel fragment traveled a long way from Hangar … [Read more...]

Kid walks into a bar . . .

By Jessica Key When BC premier Christy Clark announced that the Liberal government was supporting a revamp of "antiquated licensing rules," the province's imbibers put down their pints and listened up. The 73 changes stemming from “The Liquor Policy Review" led by Parliamentary Secretary John Yap are already appearing in pubs and lounges, but it will be a while before you'll be able to buy a bottle of Pinot Grigio at your neighbourhood Thriftys or Save-On-Foods -- if ever. Allowing wine, … [Read more...]

Good times in the Snoezelen room

By Leah Myers Almost everyone has a schedule they need to adhere to, whether for school, work, or otherwise. But during a busy week, who doesn’t want an hour to rock out to AC/DC or fall asleep in a large ball pit? Visitors to Nanaimo’s only Snoezelen room have the opportunity to do just that. The term “Snoezelen” comes from two Dutch words: “snuffelen,” meaning to seek out or explore, and “doezelen,” which means to relax. Snoezelen rooms are both recreational and therapeutic, appealing … [Read more...]