Friday , 21 July 2017

Food & Drink

Piper’s Pub Closes Its Doors in North Nanaimo

Pipers Pub in North Nanaimo has closed its doors. The announcement to close the pub effective immediately was made by staff on the pub’s facebook page. The pub on Hammond Bay Road hosted bands and organized events such as Oktoberfest, sporting events and Halloween parties. “It comes with great sadness that we have to announce that our journey here at ... 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 »

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 »

ACMe Food Co. Closes Tonight

by Kelly Whiteside ACMe Food Co. has announced their sudden closure. Today is the last day for the local family-owned downtown restaurant that has been around since 2009. In late August, restaurant hours were cut to exclude Mondays, but the complete closure comes as a shock to many Nanaimo residents who have been recommending the restaurant to visitors for years. ... Read More »

Beban Pool and Weight Room Reopens

by Kelly Whiteside The pool and weight room at Beban Park will reopen on Tuesday, September 8. During closure, renovations were done. An Energy Conservation Measure was implemented to use excess heat from the Ammonia Plant to help heat the main pool. A domestic hot water storage tank was added to Frank Crane Arena. The leisure pool will feature new ... Read More »

B.C. Ferries Slash Prices

by Kelly Whiteside Effective from September 8 through October 15, regular passenger fares on major and minor routes will be 50 per cent off. The discount applies Monday through Thursday, and Saturdays, but excludes Thanksgiving Monday. Only passengers sailing during off-peak times when there is extra capacity will save the $8.45. Experience Card and group discount rates will also benefit ... Read More »

Galaxy Cinemas Offer Half-Off Movies

by Kelly Whiteside Beginning this Monday, August 31, all Cineplex movie theatres across Canada, including Nanaimo’s Galaxy Cinemas, will be offering a 50 per cent discount on tickets. The discount is valid for 3D, IMAX, UltraAVX, DBOX, and VIP experiences as well and will run until Friday, September 4. Customers with a SCENE points card will receive an additional 10 ... Read More »