Food Trucks Could Be Hosted in Nanaimo

For the first time in the city’s history, legislation has been introduced that would allow food trucks to serve food at predesignated areas in various locations in Nanaimo. The legislation was only recently brought up and it is unclear if it will pass. If passed, the new bill would allow food truck owners to file easy paperwork to open their food trucks at various parks and even on some streets. There might would even be an app that made the task of finding somewhere to set up a food truck even easier.

Officials have been crafting the document for over a year. Under the current legislation, food trucks are only permitted at certain festivals and activities in the city and are completely banned from serving food on the city’s streets. There is currently only one food truck in the city’s most popular park, which has become an issue of recent concern. The bill aims to make life for food truck entrepreneurs easier.download (8)

If enacted, the new legislation would allow the spots to be taken on a first come, first served basis. There would be an easy process to change spots frequently. The legislation also includes a requirement that food trucks be open at least 25 meters from the nearest traditional building restaurant. Other communities with similar food truck legislation have seen great success using this guideline, so Nanaimo is attempting to replicate the success that neighboring communities have had.

This food truck legislation will be reviewed in September 2015. In the meantime, legislators are asking any food truck company to please get safety signs, preferably from http://www.calgarysignage.ca/safety-signs/, to make sure all visitors are safe.


Nanaimo Police Recover Stolen Goods Valued at $47,000

The search through a breaking and entering suspect’s home conducted by the Nanaimo RCMP ended in the recovery of a highly valuable mountain bike, a distilling machine, and a variety of electrical equipment typically employed in the pulp industry.

These items were among a myriad of stolen goods that were recovered from a home, located in the 600 block of Rosehill Street during a police search last Friday. Law enforcement additionally harvested several instruments typically employed to commit a break-in, such as slim jims, lock picks, and glass cutting items in addition to some laptops that were stolen from Aspengrove School, projectors and other various electronics that are suspected of being pilfered in different burglaries conducted in Nanaimo, Ladysmith, and Parksville. The total value of the recovered items is estimated to be worth $47,000, according to the Nanaimo RCMP.

The investigation conducted by the Street Crimes Unit commenced in the latter part of July when Aspengrove School reported a break-in. The unit proceeded with it’s investigation, subsequent to discovering a suspect in the beginning of August.images

Multiple charges related to property were established against 43-year old Timothy Unrau and Sarah Le Page, 45, who are both residents of Nanaimo. Le Page is set to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on August 12, 2015, while Unrau will appear in court on August 25, 2015.

The Nanaimo RCMP stated that it’s important for property crime victims to report the offences to law enforcement so that officers are able to quickly identify items that have been stolen and establish charges against the suspects of these thefts. Police also urge for citizens to record serial numbers or other identifying marks on their valuable possessions to facilitate easier identification.

Nanaimo RCMP Investigators continue to work alongside investigators from both Oceanside and Ladysmith in anticipation of identifying those who own the recovered property.


Nanaimo Mounties recover $15,000 in stolen goods, arrest man

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Nanaimo RCMP arrested a man accused of breaking into electronics stores and businesses across the Island, stealing $15,000 in goods over the last five months.

The department’s street crime unit identified a suspect after break-ins were reported in Qualicum Beach, Courtenay and Nanaimo, said Nanaimo RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong.xxxpolice-car-roof-lights-generic

In March, a thief stole tools from a van parked in the School District 68 compound in Nanaimo. In April, also in Nanaimo, someone stole a high-end Trek mountain bike and biking apparel from Arrowsmith Bikes.

Oceanside RCMP responded to an alarm at the Source in Qualicum Beach on June 15, only to discover that a thief had made off with laptops, cellphones and headphones. A 50-inch television and a high-end speaker system were taken from a Courtenay business on July 5.

A break in the case came on July 23 when an employee interrupted a break-and-enter in progress at Pro Pacific Restorations in Nanaimo. The thief fled the scene but Nanaimo Mounties were able to identify the suspect through photos.

On Wednesday, officers arrested a man for break-and-enter and theft. Police received information that the man had allegedly been spotted riding around town on a high-end Trek mountain bike, believed to be the same one stolen from Arrowsmith Bikes.

Police searched the man’s home and recovered about $15,000 worth of stolen goods, including the Trek bike, a 50-inch television, a wireless speaker system, and tools. Officers also found a small amount of drugs, believed to be heroin.

The 44-year-old Nanaimo man is known to police and will be remanded into custody until an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Aug. 4.

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Can Every Month be July for Tourism in Nanaimo?

Nanaimo’s hospitality industry, bolstered by festivals and events, is enjoying its best year in recent memory. Although July has traditionally been the busiest month for Nanaimo tourism, largely due to festivals, the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and local hospitality industry want to add new events to attract tourists year-round. Currently, Nanaimo’s Marine Festival is the city’s single biggest downtown event and its third major weekend one, following the city’s Dragon Boat Festival and Silly Boat Regatta. This year, according to Nanaimo Hospitality Association chairman Dan Brady, hotels were fully booked during the Dragon Boat Festival because the British Columbia (B. C.) Athletics Jamboree, a track-and-field event, occurred during the same weekend. People flew into the city and took an airport limo to their destination which was usually a nice hotel. Brady, who manages the Harbourside Howard Johnson Hotel, said the event buoyed already strong tourism numbers during the historically busy month of July. Again, this weekend, a sporting event is enhancing tourism with the B.C. Baseball 18U Midget AAA provincial baseball championships.emailDowntownNanaimo2

Although Nanaimo appreciates the recent boost in tourism, it wants to make it a more routine occurrence. To this end, the hospitality association will soon start accepting proposals for new festivals. Successful proposals will qualify for funding from a two-percent hotel tax. The ultimate goal of this grant, according to Brady, “is to have events every month of the year.” However, as experienced festival organizer GNCC CEO Kim Smythe noted, successful events need effective organizers and “it’s unfortunate [we are] lacking people with enough professional expertise to properly organize a good festival.” Smythe hoped more successful festivals could be developed like the Comox festival in July, the Pemberton Music Festival and the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival in August. He believed that August was under-utilized and that “a concerted effort” should be made to add to its event offerings, as well as to those of September.


Nanaimo motorist, 84, injured when car flips in parking lot crash

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NANAIMO – An 84-year-old Nanaimo man was taken to hospital with injuries this morning after his car careened into a parking lot, slammed into two other cars and then crashed into the side of a Nanaimo Tim Hortons before flipping over, leaving him trapped.

The man was heading northbound on the North Island Highway just before 9 a.m. when suddenly his car launched over the curb and came into the parking lot of the Brooks Landing shopping centre “at an extreme rate of speed,” said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

His grey four-door sedan hit a parked truck so hard, it broke off the truck’s axle.
The truck was sent into another parked car and the vehicle continued into the side of the coffee shop.

“The manager thought there was an explosion in the parking lot, it shook the building that bad,” O’Brien said. “By looking at the debris, it looks like a bomb went off because there’s so much debris in the parking lot.”

The driver was pinned in the vehicle, but Nanaimo firefighters were able to extricate him.

Nanaimo RCMP and B.C. Ambulance paramedics rushed to the scene and the elderly man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

It’s still unclear what caused the man to lose control but police are looking into whether the man suffered a medical emergency. A traffic analyst remains on scene investigating.


Nanaimo Marine Festival Honors the Navy

This year, the annual Nanaimo Marine Festival is taking place Thursday (July 23) to Sunday (July 26). It will still be the same festival that everyone loves, but there have been a few changes made. For example, the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race has a different finish line. In years past, the racers have finished the race at Departure Bay beach, but this year they will start and finish at the same point: Maffeo Sutton Park. According to Bill McGuire, Nanaimo Bathtub Society commodore, this change will allow more people to watch the beginning and end of the race. In the past, people would generally only see either the starting line or the finish line, since they were in two different places. With the 50th anniversary of the festival taking place next year, the coordinators decided this year was the best chance to change the course of the featured event.


Another thing that will differ slightly this year is that there will be a large military display at the festival in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges Ranch Point. An extensive amount of testing on different parts of the navy has been done there. There will be a parade honoring the navy on Saturday at 10:30 AM, in addition to fireworks at 10:00 PM. The Bathtub race will begin at 11:00 AM Sunday.

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