Volunteers are set to converge on Neck Point Park today to plant 200 native species of shrubs and trees.
More than 40 volunteers, including children from local Brownie and Guides troops and workers from local TD Bank branches, will work alongside city parks and recreation staff members from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to plant the new vegetation.
The effort is part of the national TD Tree Day campaign, which is taking part in 140 sites across the country, a city press release states.
Additional helping hands are welcome to join in, but will be asked to check in with Nanaimo city workers on site first.
TAX BREAKS BEFORE CITY
Council is set to decide on recommendations to award or deny permissive tax exemptions to a variety of community groups on Monday.
The recommendations are put forward by the grants advisory committee, chaired by Coun. Diana Johnstone.
ADDRESSING CHILD POVERTY
Nanaimo should petition the province to develop a poverty reduction plan, with an aim focused squarely on address child poverty, a city committee suggests.
The recommendation comes before council on Monday, and originates from the social planning advisory committee, which looked at the issue following a petition presented by a resident of the city. Committee chairwoman Terre Flower headed the report on Monday's council agenda, and cites statistics that show B.C. does not measure favourably on poverty when compared to other parts of the country.
The province wallows at a poverty rate of 15.5 per cent, "the worst rate of any province in Canada using the before-tax low income cutoffs of Statistics Canada as the measure of poverty," the report says.
Flower's report also notes B.C.'s child poverty rate - 14.3 per cent, second only to Manitoba.
Nanaimo has a low income household rate of 12.3 per cent, below the B.C. average of 13.1 per cent.
NEW EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has recruited an events co-ordinator with deep ties in the community.
The business group announced the appointment of Renee Bohun to the position this week, crediting her breadth of experience in event organization and "relationship-building."
Bohun co-ordinated the Festival of Trees at Vancouver Island University and has also contributed her efforts to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.
One of her first tasks with the chamber will be organizing the move of this year's Business Expo - the chamber's annual trade show and networking event - over to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. It was held at Beban Park last year.
Bohun applied with a pool of candidates for the job, and was one of two applicants who were short listed for the position.
Interim chamber CEO Kim Smythe said Bohun's work is admired and well-known in the city, including at the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, where she took over from his previous post.
"She has so much familiarity in the business community already," he said. "That's a huge bonus."
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