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

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Award-winning Qualicum Beach choir performs for Lt.-Gov

The Gardens Choir gets visit after winning Lt.-Gov contest for second year

Qualicum Beach Hemsworth Road Trailway Project begins

Trail closed until construction is complete in Septmeber

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Crashes reach ‘all-time high’ across B.C.: ICBC

Auto insurer recorded more than 350,000 crashes n in 2017

Pressure on for ride hailing, bus options in B.C.

Premiers to press Ottawa for help replacing Greyhound service

Usain Bolt to make run at pro soccer in Australia

Olympic sprint great has long expressed his love of the game

Duchess of Sussex wears dress by Calgary’s Nonie to Mandela exhibition

Nonie is believed to be the first Canadian based ready-to-wear designer for the duchess

Amazon’s hopes its Prime Day doesn’t go to the dogs

Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links after the 3 p.m. ET launch in the U.S. got images of dogs

Trudeau blasts Putin, Russia following Finland summit but stays mum on Trump

Strong words come one day after a controversial summit between Putin and Trump in Finland

Temperature records break across southern B.C. as heat continues

Whistler broke a 70-year-old record high of 32.2 C with a temperature of 32.9 C

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers.”

Most Read