Dominic Abassi

It was a packed house Friday morning as community members turned out to kick off the United Way's annual fundraising campaign.
It was a packed house Friday morning as community members turned out to kick off the United Way's annual fundraising campaign. Harper Bauer/NanaimoNewsNOW

United Way kicks off annual campaign in the face of dynamic challenges

By Dominic Abassi
September 22, 2017 - 6:04pm

NANAIMO — A local charity which helps more than 40,000 people in the region is evolving in the face of more challenging issues than ever before.

Philip Cooper is the latest senior manager to leave Nanaimo City Hall.
Philip Cooper is the latest senior manager to leave Nanaimo City Hall. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

City of Nanaimo silent on departure of communications director

By Dominic Abassi
September 21, 2017 - 6:07pm

NANAIMO — There's more upheaval at Nanaimo City Hall with the sudden departure of the director of communications and engagement.

CUPE local 401 president Blaine Gurrie confirmed unionized communications staff were informed Wednesday, Sept. 20 Philip Cooper is no longer with the City.

Local advocates and experts say proposed tax changes by the federal government will hurt small businesses.
Local advocates and experts say proposed tax changes by the federal government will hurt small businesses. Pixabay

Small biz tax reform sparks concern over loss of local jobs, doctors

By Dominic Abassi
September 18, 2017 - 10:23pm

NANAIMO — Small business owners and professionals in Nanaimo are scrambling to add their voices to a growing chorus of discontent over Ottawa's plan to end what it calls "unfair tax advantages."

Nanaimo coun. Bill Yoachim, a former Snuneymuxw councillor, returned the First Nation's flag to their chief on Friday
Nanaimo coun. Bill Yoachim, a former Snuneymuxw councillor, returned the First Nation's flag to their chief on Friday Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

SFN flag taken back from Nanaimo City Hall over denial of 'violence' against CAO

By Dominic Abassi
September 15, 2017 - 6:16pm Updated: September 15, 2017 - 10:56pm

NANAIMO — Solemn faces lined the steps of Nanaimo City Hall as Snuneymuxw First Nation took back the flag they raised there barely two years ago.

The red-light cameras along the Island Hwy. in Nanaimo will be on-duty 24/7 in the coming months.
The red-light cameras along the Island Hwy. in Nanaimo will be on-duty 24/7 in the coming months. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Red-light cameras in Nanaimo to be on-duty 24 hours a day

By Dominic Abassi
September 7, 2017 - 9:42pm Updated: September 7, 2017 - 10:13pm

NANAIMO — After more than 400 people were nailed last year, it's likely many more drivers will be dinged for running red lights in Nanaimo in the near future.

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