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Dennis Lynch sitting triumphantly at his sister's house with his silver medal from the 2017 Special Olympics.
Dennis Lynch sitting triumphantly at his sister's house with his silver medal from the 2017 Special Olympics. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo Special Olympics athlete brings home hardware

By Spencer Sterritt
March 27, 2017 - 2:30pm Updated: March 27, 2017 - 8:47pm

NANAIMO — Nanaimo Special Olympics athlete Dennis Lynch is still winning medals at the age of 51.

He returned to Nanaimo Sunday, March 26 from the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria with a silver medal in the 1K cross country skiing relay event.

Noelle Hanuse is VIU's first Indigenous counsellor. She says she most often sees depression and anxiety in her clients from the ongoing and historical trauma the students have faced.
Noelle Hanuse is VIU's first Indigenous counsellor. She says she most often sees depression and anxiety in her clients from the ongoing and historical trauma the students have faced. Photo Credit: Vancouver Island University

VIU Nanaimo's first Indigenous counsellor helping students

By Spencer Sterritt
March 26, 2017 - 9:15am Updated: March 27, 2017 - 9:11am

NANAIMO — Vancouver Island University-Nanaimo's first Indigenous counsellor is addressing trauma from her student's past in order to help set the next generation up for a more productive future.

Chester, who was attacked by a wolf at Wickaninnish Beach, recuperating from his injuries.
Chester, who was attacked by a wolf at Wickaninnish Beach, recuperating from his injuries. submitted photo/Isabel Flood

Beach closed after Nanaimo woman's dog attacked by wolves

By Spencer Sterritt
March 24, 2017 - 5:18pm

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo woman and her dog know how dangerous the newly emerging wolves near Ucluelet, B.C. can be.

The evening of Tuesday, March 21, Isabel Flood and her dog Chester were walking along Wickaninnish Beach when Chester was attacked by wolves.

The number of reported thefts from cars is lower in 2017 than 2016 but RCMP still have to remind residents to lock their cars and not leave anything important in plain sight.
The number of reported thefts from cars is lower in 2017 than 2016 but RCMP still have to remind residents to lock their cars and not leave anything important in plain sight. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

RCMP again warning Nanaimo residents to lock up their cars

By Spencer Sterritt
March 23, 2017 - 5:22pm

NANAIMO — A string of theft from cars has prompted Nanaimo RCMP to warn residents of the danger of leaving their cars unlocked.

According to Cst. Derek Balderston, there were seven reports of theft from cars between March 12 and 19, specifically near Hammond Bay Rd. and Uplands Dr.

Two parking lots, which sit empty even during peak season at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, are being converted into campground sites.
Two parking lots, which sit empty even during peak season at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, are being converted into campground sites. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Unused Rathtrevor Beach parking lots being converted to camp sites

By Spencer Sterritt
March 23, 2017 - 12:24pm

NANAIMO — Modern times are known for paving over paradise to put up parking lots, but it's the exact opposite at Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park.

Speaker Sophie Harrison, at VIU's Malaspina Theatre on Tuesday night, says the Kinder Morgan pipeline has undermined B.C.'s government.
Speaker Sophie Harrison, at VIU's Malaspina Theatre on Tuesday night, says the Kinder Morgan pipeline has undermined B.C.'s government. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

B.C. Liberal gov't focus of anti-Kinder Morgan discussion

By Spencer Sterritt
March 22, 2017 - 5:30pm

NANAIMO — How the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion has infiltrated various levels of B.C.'s government was the most talked about point in a recent discussion on the pipeline at VIU.

Six racist posters were discovered at VIU, just a day before the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Six racist posters were discovered at VIU, just a day before the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Racist posters found at VIU's Nanaimo campus

By Spencer Sterritt
March 21, 2017 - 1:28pm Updated: March 22, 2017 - 8:50am

NANAIMO — An investigation is underway after several racist and discriminatory posters were found around VIU's Nanaimo campus early Monday.

Dr. Carrie Chassels, director of student affairs at VIU, said thankfully the six posters were found before many students could see them.

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