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Ballenas Basin: The Grand Canyon of Nanaimo

As people look out over the Salish Sea from North Nanaimo, Lantzville and Nanoose they are overlooking the Ballenas Basin which is the deepest part of the Strait of Georgia with an average depth of 400 meters. This makes it the ideal place for the military to test torpedoes.

Whiskey Golf is a military test range and the area is monitored for boats from the North Winchelsea Island. So if you paddle too close, naval personnel appear and shout at you to stay clear. Over 56 square nautical miles are monitored.

It is the most important of the four test ranges maintained and operated by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport (NUWCDIVKPT),  jointly operated by the United States and Canada.

Read more about this amazing area and be sure to check out the new page on Whiskey Golf Military test range and the Ballenas-Winchelsea Archipelago.

Public Events on Rural Development

Many people expressed an interest to review the policies relating to subdivision development in rural areas in the Regional District of Nanaimo. All next week you can bring your thoughts on alternatives to conventional subdivision developments. What do you want to see for future land development? Bring your ideas.

The following public events are:

Wednesday, May 23rd – Arrowsmith Hall, 1014 Ford Road, Coombs
4:00pm to 7:00pm – Open House
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Workshop

Thursday, May 24th – Lighthouse Community Hall, 240 Lion’s Way, Qualicum Bay
4:00pm to 7:00pm – Open House
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Workshop

Saturday, May 26th – Cranberry Community Hall, 1555 Morden Road, South Wellington
12:30pm to 3:00pm – Open House
3:00pm to 4:30pm – Workshop

Tuesday, June 5th – Nanoose Community Hall (Library), 2489 Nanoose Road, Nanoose Bay
4:00pm to 7:00pm – Open House
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Workshop

You are also encouraged to visit www.ruraldevelopment.ca and fill out a short survey.

Nanoose Annual Feat for Food

Would you like to get some exercise outdoors and raise money at the same time?

The 2nd Annual Feat for Food 5km walk or run takes place Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 10am rain or shine to raise awareness and donations for Nanoose Food Cupboard. Start and finish at Nanoose Bay Dental located at 2461 Collins Crescent behind Red Gap Centre.

Registration is by donation, and a $40 or more donation will receive a free technical t-shirt printed with the “Feat for Food” t-shirt logo.  For more information contact Rhonda at 250-713-0048.


Moorecroft Planning Open House – Nanoose Bay

You can get involved in the next phase of the Moorecroft Regional Park Management Plan at an open house on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The open house event is scheduled for 12 noon to 4pm at Kennedy Lodge in Moorecroft Park, located at the end of Stewart Road in Nanoose Bay.

Participants will have the opportunity to comment on three different strategies for managing the park.

RDN staff is working with O2 Planning and Design, the Nature Trust of BC, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada to facilitate and oversee the plan, which is scheduled to be complete in November 2012.

For more information about this open house and other opportunities for public engagement, email moorecroft(at)rdn.bc.ca or contact Kelsey Cramer, RDN Regional Parks Planner.

Nanoose Bay Parents Fundraiser for Education

Parents of the students at Nanoose Bay Elementary School (NBES) are collecting metal as a way to raise money for their school’s education programs.

There is a large steel recycling bin at the far end of the road by the school at 2875 Northwest Bay Rd. Please feel free to drop off clean metal items like old barbecues, metal bed frames, wire, washers, dryers, fridges, stoves, old baby strollers, tin cans, pots and pans of any size, motor parts, bikes etc.

This Parent Advisory Committee is a group of parents working with the common goal of supporting education. Shrinking school budgets have made committee-based fundraising more challenging than ever before.

If you have a lot of metal items to donate, please phone 250-468-7414 or email amber(at)amberscotchburn.com.

Vancouver Island Symphony Hero Concert

The Vancouver Island Symphony will be starting 2012 with a concert to honour first responders and four Mid Island heroes.

This is your opportunity to nominate someone who has made a difference or saved your life! Local heroes should reside between Ladysmith and Nanoose Bay.

Four heroes will each receive four free symphony tickets and the nominator will also receive two free tickets to the celebration concert on January 28, 2012.

Deadline for Nominations:
Friday December 9, 2011 to the Vancouver Island Symphony office: Box 661, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5L9   OR
150 Commercial Street (Wharf St entrance)   OR   fax: 250-754-0165
OR email: info@vancouverislandsymphony.com

The four heroes selected will be notified by January 9, 2012.

All Nominations will be on display for the community to view on Saturday February 18 at the Symphony’s Community Day from
11:00 – 1:30 p.m.