Dominic Abassi

A massive crowd gathered to remember and celebrate Tom Harris on Saturday in Nanaimo.
A massive crowd gathered to remember and celebrate Tom Harris on Saturday in Nanaimo. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

A Nanaimo icon: Friends, family celebrate the life of Tom Harris

By Dominic Abassi
July 22, 2017 - 4:57pm Updated: July 22, 2017 - 5:39pm

NANAIMO — On a weekend dedicated to celebrating Nanaimo's heritage, it seemed only fitting to honour the life of a man woven into the very fabric of the harbour city.

A speed hump designed to slow traffic on Nanaimo's Oliver Rd.
A speed hump designed to slow traffic on Nanaimo's Oliver Rd. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo councillors quiz City staff over placement of new speed humps

By Dominic Abassi
July 7, 2017 - 2:27pm

NANAIMO — Some Nanaimo councillors are wondering why a north-end road will get traffic calming measures instead of other routes considered more dangerous.

Two speed humps will be placed on Ross Rd. this month after the City received complaints from area residents.

The Findlay family, who will get the keys to their new home this month.
The Findlay family, who will get the keys to their new home this month. Habitat for Humanity mid-Vancouver Island

Mid-island Habitat chapter ponders future as subdivision nears completion

By Dominic Abassi
June 30, 2017 - 5:17pm Updated: July 4, 2017 - 8:18am

NANAIMO — With their first ever community development nearing completion, the mid-island chapter of Habitat for Humanity is turning their focus to the future.

Councillors debated $30,000 in funding for INfilm for nearly an hour Monday evening.
Councillors debated $30,000 in funding for INfilm for nearly an hour Monday evening. City of Nanaimo

Council amends policy to fund non-profit despite concerns from staff

By Dominic Abassi
June 30, 2017 - 12:17am Updated: June 30, 2017 - 12:14pm

NANAIMO — A senior staffer at City Hall is concerned Nanaimo council is setting a dangerous precedent by ignoring their own policies to fund a Campbell River-based non-profit.

Tom Harris passed away suddenly Wednesday night while visiting a friend in Washington State.
Tom Harris passed away suddenly Wednesday night while visiting a friend in Washington State. YouTube

Respected Nanaimo businessman, philanthropist Tom Harris dies

By Dominic Abassi
June 29, 2017 - 9:22pm

NANAIMO — One of Nanaimo's most prominent businessmen and philanthropists has passed away suddenly.

Tom Harris died Wednesday night in Roche Harbour on San Juan Island in Washington State, longtime friend Michael O'Connor told NanaimoNewsNOW.

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