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This is reminder, SECA’s  March general meeting will be held Wednesday March 4th , starting at 7:00 p.m., in our usual place, Princess Royal School.
Listed below are topics to be discussed.
Agenda
SECA Insurance review
David Livingston gathering place
Neighborhood safety
Community hall update
Litter pick up
Chase river estuary park
Bee hive workshop
Happy March Southender’s, we hope to see you there.
Best Regards, Sandy McLellan, SECA Membership Secretary.
Mason bees, and other pollinating insects will help your garden to flourish!
When helping these fantastic hefty workers, they will help us pollinate our flowers, fruit trees and berry bushes.
More pollination = more yummy food!
What: Mason Bee and Pollinator Q&A and Workshop – FREE!
When: Saturday March 21 – 10am Mason Bee 101 – 12pm build your own Mason Bee home or Pollinator Hotel!
Where: Princess Royal Family Center on 260 Irwin Street
Bring: tools and materials if you can – see below
Click on the poster below to see it large :)
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PDF poster to print click this link: small – bee hotel workshop march 21 2015
Come learn all about the benefits of mason bees and other pollinators. Local expert Rose McCulley will answer all your questions about how to give mason bees the best possible start. Rose will bring a few ready-made mason bee houses for sale to get you started, if you don’t want to stay and build your own.
After noon, stay a bit longer if you wish to build your own pollinating insect house to take home. We will provide help and some equipment and materials, extra is greatly appreciated!
Bring your own tools: hammer, screwdriver and bits
Bring extra supplies (and clean out your shed in the process): bricks, broken bamboo stakes, and/or old plant pots (ceramic works best), old wood, pallets etc.
Sand or paint your pollinator house at home if you wish.

Confirm your attendance with Thomas Molineaux (that’s Moh-lee-noooh)
250 797 6055 (after 5pm on weekdays, or leave a voice message)
See you there, and spread the buzz!
Quick facts!
YES, you can host many different insects in one house
NO you don’t need a lot of space, just a bit of morning sunshine
NO you will not start attracting wasps!
NO, you will not need to start harvesting honey
NO, you don’t need safety clothing or to be weary around your pollinator house

Dear South End residents. This is Thomas, your volunteer Park Ambassador inviting you to come and have a stroll at Chase River Estuary Park. As you may have noticed, part of the walkway has been removed, but there is something new that may catch your eye!

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An unknown artist has been blessing our park with three owls, made
with natural materials. They are a bit hidden, and finding them yourself is
twice the fun! Take a look at the pictures below to know what you are
looking for.

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On a side note, did you know that our beautiful park is home to some impressive Garry Oaks? There are not many places in Nanaimo left where
these beautiful native oaks grow, and we are happy to have a home for them at Chase River Estuary
Park.

If you have any questions or remarks about the park, drop me
a line at thomas_mol@yahoo.com and I will answer quickly!

See you on the trails!

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What: Removing blackberry roots from the site to prepare grounds for sheet mulching
When: Saturday Feb 28th, 2015 10:00am- 4:00pm
Where: David Livingston Food Forest – The empty lot (leased property/City of Nanaimo right-of-way) behind the Samaritan House; Across from 345 Haliburton St.

Bring: gloves, pick axes, warm clothes, boots, shovels, rakes, some food for lunch to share, AND a bowl (Hot Soup will be provided over a toasty bon fire :)
Caution: needles have been found onsite so please wear heavy soled foot wear and protective gloves.
Sign up for the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1382176148762404/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

For more information see the previous post:

http://nanaimosouthend.ca/2015/02/12/come-back-to-your-southend-roots-workparty-feb-28th/

AGENDA

  1. Financial Report
  2. Gung Haggis Fat Choy
  3. Gord Fuller
  4. C. Davis ­ Litter
  5. Community Safety – D. LaBerg
  6. Deverill Park – Summer Program
  7. Community Facility
  8. SECA Storage
  9. Other: Downtown Waterfront Initiative continues

Guests:
Ms Charlotte David, Mgr – Sanitation & Recycling, City of Nanaimo
Ben & Michael Geselbracht – David Livingston Food Forest/ Samaritan House Gathering Place, (MYCDC)


 

1. Financial Report: The Treasurer reported the following balances:

  • General Account ­ 3,075.67
  • Picnic Account ­ 2,808.54
  • Proceeds Gung Haggis ­ 813.91

2. Gung Haggis Fat Choy Fundraiser: Thanks was extended to all the volunteers with special mention to Sandra, Joan, Chris, Blake, Kathryn, Kenny and Michelle for their work. Thanks also to Sydney and her dancers and to Ed… ‘thanks for all the fish!’ Quality Foods again supported SECA events generously. The success of this event was due to the hard work and support of all.

3. Gord Fuller: The group was backgrounded on Gord Fuller’s accident and improving condition.

Attention was called to the donation site on the Net. The web address will be put on the blog for individuals who wish to contribute. The group discussed what assistance SECA might give to him and his family.

Motion by E. Chan, Second L. Gambone; That a $200 grocery gift card from Quality Foods be presented to his family.

4. LitterIn response to the on­going problem with casual dumping in the neighbourhood, Charlotte Davis of City Sanitation attended to background us on the City’s policies and programs around litter and casual dumping:

  • Report dumping in the neighbourhood to City Sanitation – they will dispatch a worker to remove it.
  • To report dumping on railway property contact the Island Corridor Foundation.
  • For problems with excess garbage/litter at a residence, contact R. Churchill, City Bylaws officer. He will direct cleanup by the owner.

Programs offered by the City are:

  • Community Litter Pick Up Program. Twice yearly. City provides $50.00 plus cleaning supplies to neighbourhood groups. RDN accepts waste free for the program. Must have own insurance coverage. Apply for specific Streets/Areas. Applications currently being accepted.
  • Re­use Rendezvous. Once yearly curbside exchange of unused items. She indicated that this program is under­-utilized.

Discussion:
Comment was made that under­use of Re­Use Rendezvous is because City does not pick up items not taken. It was pointed out that ‘Free­cycle.org’ is used by some southend residents for such items.

Ms. Davis told the group that the Regional Solid Waste Program is currently under review. As a Technical Advisor, she is collecting feedback from the population on waste issues such as; recycling at multi­-family sites, yard waste, waste collection for the disabled, and ‘disposable’ diapers. She will e­mail the Chairman with a request for suggestions.

She pointed out that the status of the NRE is currently in limbo. We can best support NRE by voicing our viewpoint at the Public Hearing.

Comment was made that the new Recycling Depot seemed to be working well. It was pointed out by one resident that noise was a problem.

Finally, she requested e­mail submissions to ‘Nanaimo Recycles’. Give the reasons you feel recycling is important.

5. Community SafetyD. LaBerge – The Police Department fielded 35­36,000 calls last year. Due to budget cuts, the Department has a shortfall of 20­25 Officers. They have requested 3 additional Officers. Constable LaBerg indicated that property crime is up significantly throughout BC. In Nanaimo, an increase in property crime is occurring throughout the City The South End is not experiencing more growth than the North. This rise may be due to drug problems with crystal meth, heroin and phentonal (a pharmaceutical analgesic 100x stronger than heroin) currently on the street.

Conditions around the 7/11 and McDonalds have improved somewhat.

Bill C36, enacted in December, targets sex­trade clientele as opposed to workers.

The Patricia and the Jolly Miner are now closed except for the apartments above the Jolly Miner.

Increased foot traffic along the railroad tracks due to the homeless bringing bottles etc., to the new recycling depot may cause an increase in break­ins. It is illegal to use railways as pedestrian walkways and this can be used if there are complaints.

6. David Livingston Gathering Place/Food Forest: Ben and Michael Geselbrecht attended to alert the group to the need for a work party at the site in February to:

  • dig out the remaining blackberry roots. A roto­tiller or bush hog would be helpful for this task and it was suggested that Robinson Rentals be approached to see if they would donate the equipment for the day.
  • Trim the lower branches of the Maple tree.
  • Demarcate the planting beds with stakes.

February 28 from 10am-­4pm has been selected as the date. Hot drinks and lunch will be provided for the blackberry rooters.We need to advertise the work day effectively to garner the needed volunteers. Information will be posted on the Blog and the Membership Secretary will email all members asking for their help.

Another work party will be needed in March to:

  • feed the beds with manure and cover them in cardboard for weed control.
  • Plant and mulch the beds with leaves
  • create pathways with cedar mulch.

A water tank/irrigation system for passive watering of the fruit trees/plantings will need to be acquired. B.Geselbrecht will cost out the totals for the elements of the plan.

7. Deverill Park/Summer Program: The Summer Day Program usually funded by the City will, in all likelihood, be withdrawn due to dwindling attendance. The park itself is well­used by Day Cares and families coming with their children. The City would fund 1 or 2 youth to run a small program or act as ‘ambassadors’ in the park. In past FoodShare has provided lunch for the Day Program; would this continue? The Parks Department would like our suggestions.

8. South End Community Facility: The group was informed on the purpose of the Committee, formed to explore the options for acquiring a Community space. A handout was provided outlining the purpose, scope of responsibility and reporting practices for the Committee.

In discussion, the impact of the possible designation of Bayview as a Community School was examined.

9. Downtown Waterfront Initiative continues: Chair, D.Hardie reported that he is still serving on the Downtown Waterfront Committe tasked with creating a charter to guide waterfront development in the coming years. He indicated that the Committee is working to engage the Snuneymuxw in the process, but have not yet met with success. He informs also that a guest from the Seattle Waterfront Development Committee will be attending one of their meetings to demonstrate how such initiatives can work.

 

Adjourned. 8:50pm

Blackberry root pulling Workparty at the David Livingston Food Forest!

Come help us collaboratively continue this community centered project: public gathering place, future educational garden and food forest!Samaritan Design 2
Where: David Livingston Food Forest – The empty lot (leased property/City of Nanaimo right-of-way) behind the Samaritan House; Across from 345 Haliburton St.
What: Removing blackberry roots from the site to prepare grounds for sheet mulching
When: Saturday Feb 28th, 2015 10:00am- 4:00pm
Bring: gloves, pick axes, warm clothes, boots, shovels, rakes, some food for lunch to share, AND a bowl (Hot Soup will be provided over a toasty bon fire :)
Caution: needles have been found onsite so please wear heavy soled foot wear and protective gloves.
Sign up for the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1382176148762404/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
If you are interested in supporting this event but cannot attend or do not want to labour please contact Michael Geselbracht or Larissa Coser to offer to help in another way (make soup, provide music, help promote etc.)

For more information on the project’s planning and community input process from the fall: http://nanaimosouthend.ca/2014/08/05/samaritan-green-space/

For .pdf docs of the design plan and plant list click below:
Samaritan Design 2
Samaritan Plantlist

There are wonderful amounts of community support for Gord Fuller and his family. Please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign below which helps with the additional burden of living expenses for Gord and his family members. Here’s to a full recovery and support in every way you require Gord!
http://www.gofundme.com/le987c

Nanaimo Daily News article on campaign for Gord:
http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/nanaimo-region/supporters-continue-to-offer-aid-to-fuller-1.1753276

 

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