Thursday , 20 July 2017

Author Archives: Kelly Whiteside

New Comic Book and Video Game Store is a Success

by Kelly Whiteside For 12 years, James McIlwraith and Scotty Rivest talked about starting a business together. This year, they decided to make their dream a reality. The announcement for the new specialty store came at the beginning of February. On September 18, The Two-Headed Giant, a comic book and video game store, opened their doors to the public. Their ... Read More »

Gabriola Chamber to Investigate State of Economy

by Kelly Whiteside Gabriola Island’s Chamber of Commerce is launching a project this fall to determine what the island’s business community looks like and what local businesses need to grow and thrive. The Chamber has partnered with Wave Consulting Ltd. for this new project. The goal is to build and sustain a thriving island-based economy that is firmly rooted in ... Read More »

Grants Offered for Northern Community Projects

by Kelly Whiteside The Northern Community Economic Development program is offering grants for economic development initiatives in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas.  Projects must clearly demonstrate economic benefits to one or more of the communities participating in the program in order to be eligible. The Regional District of Nanaimo’s (RDN) Board has a vision for a strong, thriving, and ... Read More »

Nanaimo Books Additional Cruise Calls for Next Season

by Kelly Whiteside This year, Nanaimo hosted three cruise ships, including the Celebrity Infinity on June 5, the Silver Shadow on July 15, and the Celebrity Solstice on September 21. After this successful tourist season, six cruise ships were scheduled to visit Nanaimo in 2016. The decision to double the number of cruise ships stopping by the harbour city came ... Read More »

Ferry Fares to Rise in April

by Kelly Whiteside Ferry fares will begin to rise in April. Between 2016 and 2020, there will be a 1.9 per cent per year maximum increase in price. Thanks to the $30 million jump in net earnings from last year, the fare increases are able to stay at or below projected inflation rates. Ferries commissioner Gord Macatee said that answering ... Read More »

My Street Event Prevails Against Wind

by Kelly Whiteside Block Builders Nanaimo helped give the public a look at the potential that Nicol St. has today at their one-day event called My Street. Currently, Nicol St. is simply a highway built to move large amounts of traffic in and out of Nanaimo. However, the South End Neighbourhood Plan envisions a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape, and Block Builders ... Read More »

City Seeks Input on Heritage Conservation Program

by Kelly Whiteside The City of Nanaimo is beginning to review and update the Heritage Conservation Program, and they would like the public’s input regarding heritage values. The purpose of the review is to collect input, create collaborative opportunities, explore the connection between Nanaimo’s heritage and culture, and update program initiatives that support community values and priorities. On September 15, ... Read More »

Free Online Reputation Management Seminars

by Kelly Whiteside Destination British Columbia, in partnership with Tourism Nanaimo, the DNBIA, and the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce are offering free online reputation management seminars. Daniel E. Craig will be the workshop facilitator for these free seminars. Craig is the author of Destination BC’s Online Reputation Management guide. He delivers seminars across the province as part of the ... Read More »

A New Look for Nanaimo Daily News

by Kelly Whiteside The Nanaimo Daily News is expanding and changing their look. They have a new tab format designed to be more accessible and portable for readers. This dynamic, bold design will catch more attention on newsstands and doorsteps. The newspaper is also expanding their coverage and taking advantage of having the largest newsroom in central Vancouver Island. In ... Read More »

Nanaimo’s Job Market Grows

According to StaffQuest Placement Group Inc., Nanaimo is number 45 on a list of hottest job markets in Canada. This is an improvement from last year, when it was ranked at 48. The list was created by cross-referencing Statistics Canada’s population data with advertised job postings on the federal government’s job bank rather than comparing populations with employment data in ... Read More »