Dominic Abassi

The City says it is not late releasing staff expenses because they are not bound by a policy.
The City says it is not late releasing staff expenses because they are not bound by a policy. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

'No policy is required:' City of Nanaimo denies release of staff expenses overdue

By Dominic Abassi
January 18, 2018 - 3:11pm

NANAIMO — The City of Nanaimo denies it is behind schedule releasing expense reports for top earning staff.

While third quarter expense reports for councillors were included in the agenda for the Dec. 7 Finance and Audit Committee meeting, staff expenses were not.

The sign gracing a pop-up overdose prevention tent in Nanaimo for international overdose awareness day in August.
The sign gracing a pop-up overdose prevention tent in Nanaimo for international overdose awareness day in August. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

'We don't have the resources:' City to call on province for mental health, overdose support

By Dominic Abassi
January 9, 2018 - 5:56pm Updated: January 10, 2018 - 12:47pm

NANAIMO — Don't forget about us.

That's the message the City of Nanaimo hopes to convey, as the provincial government begins to roll out potential solutions to the overdose crisis gripping the harbour city and many other communities in B.C.

The lineup just 10 minutes after the voucher sale began in Bowen Park last April.
The lineup just 10 minutes after the voucher sale began in Bowen Park last April. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

City bringing back wildly successful cheap tree offer

By Dominic Abassi
January 8, 2018 - 3:45pm

NANAIMO — A hugely popular program designed to increase the number of trees in Nanaimo has sprouted once again.

The City of Nanaimo's tree voucher offer will return starting Jan. 15. For $20, residents can get a $75 voucher to be redeemed for a tree at Green Thumb Garden Centre.

A nightmare to traverse at the best of times, it appears an upgrade at this Nanaimo intersection will go ahead despite higher costs.
A nightmare to traverse at the best of times, it appears an upgrade at this Nanaimo intersection will go ahead despite higher costs. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Province boosts funding as upgrade costs rise for dangerous Nanaimo intersection

By Dominic Abassi
January 4, 2018 - 5:19pm

NANAIMO — The province is stepping up with more funding as costs rise for a priority intersection safety upgrade in Nanaimo.

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