Mayor recognizes 25 years of Harbour City

It was 25 years ago Sunday (May 1) that Nanaimo officially dubbed itself the Harbour City.

It was 25 years ago Sunday (May 1) that Nanaimo officially dubbed itself the Harbour City.

In 1986, during their visit to Vancouver’s Expo 86, Prince Charles and Princess Diana made a side trip to Nanaimo to help then-mayor Graeme Roberts proclaim the new slogan. One of his proudest moments as mayor, Roberts welcomed the Prince and Princess of Wales and presented them with a hand-carved native mask after they unveiled the Harbour City plaque and cairn in Maffeo Sutton Park.

The new slogan was a contentious issue with Frank Ney, whom Roberts defeated in the city’s 1984 election. Ney, who held the mayor’s seat for 16 years prior, wanted the city’s slogan to be Hub City.

Roberts won the election on the platform that he didn’t think city hall was being run properly. During his three-year term, Roberts oversaw the city’s waterfront transform through development and revitalization before being defeated in 1986 by Ney.

Current Mayor John Ruttan had hoped to present Roberts with a copy of the historic proclamation, complete with signatures of Charles and Diana, and a plaque at Monday’s council meeting, but Roberts, who still lives on the Island, was unable to attend.

Just Posted

Actress tells war stories in D-Day remembrance play in Nanaimo

‘Jake’s Gift’ follows a Second World War veteran coping with his past

Man pleads guilty to child porn charges in Nanaimo, Crown alleges 250,000 images

Psychiatric assessment requested by Crown, sentencing to be set June 4 in Nanaimo court

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fuel supply requires pipeline expansion

As gasoline production is curtailed, consumer demand will force prices higher, says letter writer

IIO B.C. looking into allegation of assault by Nanaimo RCMP

Police arrested a cabin break-in suspect in the Nanaimo Lakes area in February

Man sentenced to 5.5 years for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, formerly of Nanaimo, was charged in 2015 after cold case reopened

UPDATE: Four victims identified in deadly Penticton shooting spree

John Brittain, 68, faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder

Nanaimo Business Awards celebrate an ‘outstanding’ year

Winners were revealed last week at a gala event at the Port Theatre

Prince George sweeps to first-ever BC Hockey League crown

Spruce Kings beat Vernon Vipers 3-1 in the Okanagan Wednesday for 13th straight playoff win

Hwang’s first MLS goal lifts Whitecaps to 1-0 win over LAFC

Vancouver picks up first victory of season

Child-proof your windows ahead of warm weather: B.C. expert

Fifteen children were taken to BC Children’s Hospital for falls in 2018

B.C. trucker pleads guilty to lesser charges in fatal Manitoba crash

Gurjant Singh was fined $3,000 and given a one-year driving prohibition.

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cull sea lions

Letter writer offers ‘easiest and quickest solution’ to declining fish stocks

B.C. Ferries reveals plans for downtown Nanaimo terminal improvements

Terminal development plan proposes more vehicle space, better terminal access, and twin ferries

Most Read