Friday , 21 July 2017


Roadwork To Close Wakesiah Avenue August 4 – 10

Construction is starting along Wakesiah Avenue starting the week of July 27th and is expected to be complete by the end of September. Single lane alternating traffic will be necessary at times throughout construction between Second and Third Street. Delays are anticipated; drivers are encouraged to plan alternative routes. “The road closure has been coordinated to take place within Environmental ... Read More »

Mentor Of The Year Award & Helping The Salvation Army

Nanaimo’s Jenn Houtby Ferguson, the owner of Twist Consulting, has yet another accolade to add to her resume – that of being named Mentor of the Year by the BC Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). In its announcement the MPI statement said Jenn was nominated for her breadth of knowledge, experience and expertise in her field. “Jenn’s mentorship and ... Read More »

Roadwork To Affect Central Nanaimo Traffic Flows

Commuters and commercial operators travelling between the Nanaimo Parkway and Bowen Road along Northfield Road should expect some delays for the next couple of weeks, thanks to planned roadwork being undertaken by the City of Nanaimo. Motorists travelling along this route are being advised to plan ahead, due to delays anticipated because of rock blasting. “This section of Northfield Road ... Read More »

Chevron/Government Hoping To Increase Island Ethanol Sales

Working with Chevron Canada, the province of BC is hoping to increase the amount of ethanol blended gasoline used on Vancouver Island. Chevron is retrofitting its existing facility at Cobble Hill in the Cowichan Valley to increase the supply of ethanol blended regular unleaded fuel to Vancouver Island, as part of its corporate efforts to achieve a 10 per cent ... Read More »

Top-Lite: Part Of Local Car Repair Scene Since 1985

For Mike Balatti the owner of Top-Lite Car Service Ltd., a change of ownership at his former location on Old Victoria Road was the motivation he needed to move his long-standing auto repair business into the city’s downtown core. “The new location is a chance to tighten up the business a bit. Here I’ve gotten into a nice little clean ... Read More »

Parksville Downtown Roadwork Project Delayed Until Fall

Announced roadwork in the City of Parksville’s downtown core has put on hold until sometime in the fall. The work planned for Craig Street was originally to have started in early June. The change in schedule for the upgrade work was announced by the City of Parksville June 10. In the fall, the work will include the removal of all ... Read More »

VIEA Forum Focussed On Transportation Issues

An examination of Vancouver Island’s transportation systems was just part of the discussion at a special session organized in Victoria March 31. More than 170 people filled the Capital City’s Union Club ballroom to participate in the event. Entitled; Moving Forward: Vancouver Island Transportation Forum, the day-long session was organized by the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA). The purpose behind ... Read More »

City Energy Program Paying Dividends

Since its introduction in 2009, the City of Nanaimo’s Energy Management Program has saved the community nearly $2 million in energy savings, according to a March 25 media release. “The City of Nanaimo has cut its energy costs by a total of $1.9 million between 2009 and 2014 thanks to a mix of building, vehicle upgrades and other measures. These ... Read More »

Government Announces Parksville Road Upgrade Project

A quarter million dollar roadway improvement project will be launched in Parksville, beginning as early as next month. Organized as part of the provincial government’s “B.C. on the Move” program, which is part of the government’s new 10-year transportation plan, the improvements are planned to make this main artery safer for residents, schoolchildren and motorists. “These improvements to Wembley Road ... Read More »

Big-O Tires: Serving Nanaimo For Nearly 50 Years

An iconic Nanaimo business for nearly 50 years, Big-O Tires on Albert Street is a true family business. While the tire sales and service centre has operated in the city since 1966, its origins go back much further. “This business here in Nanaimo started in 1966, but it’s what happened before that which led to the store we have today,” ... Read More »