RDN to mark golden anniversary

Several initiatives planned to mark 50-year history of regional district

The regional district will reach its golden anniversary this summer.

RDN committee of the whole members, at their meeting Tuesday, recommended moving forward with a few initiatives to mark the 50th anniversary of the Regional District of Nanaimo’s incorporation on Aug. 24, 1967.

An open house or some other form of public gathering has been tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.

“We are also looking at doing a social media campaign, looking to find ways of gathering old photographs, maps and information about the RDN,” said Joan Harrison, the RDN’s director of corporate services, in a report to the committee. “We also have a number of other activities that would have been happening anyway, but it just seemed like a good opportunity to tie them in to the 50th anniversary.”

A $20,000 website renewal has been recommended, and regular budget items that will be linked to 50th-anniversary celebrations include the May opening of the Parksville to Coombs E&N Rail Trail and the annual parks and rec Golden Shoe treasure hunt in April and May.

The only committee member to oppose moving forward with 50th-anniversary initiatives was Area F director Julian Fell, who had reservations about the region “patting ourselves on the back” and said his area, in the past, hasn’t been well-served by the RDN.

“In fact, I believe hanging the regional district in effigy has happened many times in my area,” said Fell. “I have a hard time celebrating the founding of an entity that has caused so much grief to my area.”

Just Posted

Ballenas students question Parksville council on city issues

Students grilled council on homelessness, snow removal and the need for more activities for youth

Ballenas students launch fundraiser for U.S. travel to promote science experiment

Students’ experiment headed for International Space Station

Search is on for parties to build $10.7M Bowser sewage project

Further investigation of land disposal option rejected by RDN board

Parksville council won’t ban single-use plastic bags

Politicians vote 6-1 against proposed bylaw

RDN dealing with high interest in backyard cannabis production

New policy proposed to address challenges with Health Canada licences

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Vehicle smashes through front of furniture store in Nanaimo

No injuries reported in Friday incident

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

One dead, two seriously injured in Hwy 4 crash west of Port Alberni

A man has died following a single-vehicle collision west of Port Alberni… Continue reading

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Most Read