It's been exciting to see the provincial government turn its sights on Nanaimo in the past several months, as Premier Gordon Campbell has made several visits where he made multi-million dollar announcements to help fund the Nanaimo Airport, Port of Nanaimo Centre and the to-be-built cruise ship terminal.
Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon was front and centre for the announcements, and so he should be. He was a major proponent of the Port of Nanaimo Centre, and as an MLA, one of his jobs is to wrestle funds from the provincial coffers and bring them "home." We won't labour the fact they're really giving us our money back, due largely to the fact we have, for so long, received virtually nothing in terms of substantial hand-outs from either the provincial or federal governments. The money to help build the Nanaimo Ice Centre under former MLA Mike Hunter excepted.
However, I couldn't help but notice a press release declaring that Cantelon was dishing out almost $800,000 for the creation of 61 new licensed child-care spaces in Duncan and Ladysmith.
That's Leonard Krog's riding. Sure, he's a member of the opposition. But Cantelon isn't a cabinet minister, and doesn't represent that constituency. It just seemed to add a hint of mean spiritedness to an otherwise good news announcement. Besides the obvious political reasons, why not put out an olive branch and allow Leonard to give our money to his people - for once?
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE. . .
Impact Visual Communications is excited about the fact they've acquired a new location for their flourishing graphics and printing business. President Mike Thompson and partners Gio Brassens and Jason Clayton are part of a group that has purchased the building at 25 Cavan Street, at the corner of Albert Street in downtown Nanaimo. Currently at 2321 Cienar Drive, Impact will announce in the near future when they will move to the new location.
Speaking of Impact, Gerry Patenaude is the new Artistic Director at Impact, which, besides a large number of local and regional clients, has 7-Eleven as one of its major accounts.
Impact just received notification that they have won four major international awards for graphic arts excellence. They've captured two Hermes Awards - Platinum for company branding for Comox Valley realtor Stephen John , written by Communication Ink, and Gold for Stuffed With Love, Kiyo Salon, and the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.
They also won Summit Awards: A silver for Kiyou Salon and bronze for Ucluelet realtor Judy Gray.
Darren Hauca of Communication Connection Inc. is pleased to note that Michelle Owens has joined the team as a Financial co-ordinator. Michelle's husband is Jim Owens, who is busy filling up the calendar for the Port of Nanaimo Centre, like he did prior to arriving in Nanaimo from years as head of the Penticton Convention Centre.
Judy Wise will be starting her own business, called Addison Collection Services, a debt collection agency, in Lantzville.
Brad McAuley is excited about his Kwik-Kopy Design & Print Centre's upcoming move. After many years downtown, they're consolidating their production facilities and operations at 2217 Wilgress Road.
Monica Briggs of the Zorkin Group says the company is planning to build again downtown. This time, it's a 23 unit apartment building on Selby Street.
Demolition of the Fiesta building at 99 Chapel Street is underway. Malcolm Johnson of Coast Realty says the 72 unit commercial-residential Studio NA project will be built on the site, with an expected completion of fall, 2009.
Courtney Hulme tells us that Jolly Miner Pub at 540 Haliburton Street has been acquired by FJP Hospitality, a Victoria based hospitality group that specializes in pubs and restaurants.
Mark MacDonald is publisher of Business Vancouver Island. Contact him at email@example.com.
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