Spencer Sterritt

Only 25 per cent of smoke detectors found at fires worked in Nanaimo, a number even lower for those living downtown.
Only 25 per cent of smoke detectors found at fires worked in Nanaimo, a number even lower for those living downtown. File Photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo Fire hitting the streets for smoke alarm awareness

By Spencer Sterritt
September 22, 2017 - 5:32pm

NANAIMO — Even if there hasn't been a fire, downtown residents will soon see Nanaimo firefighters at their door.

Nanaimo Fire is expanding their awareness campaign about working smoke detectors and will go door to door downtown starting in October.

Organizers of the unauthorized overdose prevention site downtown say users who smoke or snort their drugs were welcome at the tent, since they aren't at the official Island Health site a few blocks away.
Organizers of the unauthorized overdose prevention site downtown say users who smoke or snort their drugs were welcome at the tent, since they aren't at the official Island Health site a few blocks away. Anita James/Facebook

Unauthorized overdose prevention site pops up to fill gaps in care

By Spencer Sterritt
September 22, 2017 - 1:21pm Updated: September 22, 2017 - 3:22pm

NANAIMO — An unauthorized pop-up overdose prevention site in downtown Nanaimo drew ire from residents but support from users and community leaders.

The announcement at VIU's Nanaimo campus was an upbeat affair with singing and dancing
The announcement at VIU's Nanaimo campus was an upbeat affair with singing and dancing Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

$13.5 million coming to VIU to help Indigenous students

By Spencer Sterritt
September 20, 2017 - 3:11pm Updated: September 20, 2017 - 5:16pm

NANAIMO — A multi-million dollar learning partnership hopes to bring more Indigenous students into Vancouver Island University and break down any barriers to a complete education.

In December, 2016, 214 people were turned away from the Salvation Army's New Hope Centre, since they were already grappling with increased homeless numbers in Nanaimo.
In December, 2016, 214 people were turned away from the Salvation Army's New Hope Centre, since they were already grappling with increased homeless numbers in Nanaimo. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo winter shelters already preparing for rough year

By Spencer Sterritt
September 19, 2017 - 12:14pm Updated: September 19, 2017 - 2:20pm

NANAIMO — Winter is still several months away but Nanaimo shelters are already getting ready for a tough year.

Superintendent John Blain, who will hold the position until his retirement on Aug. 1, 2018.
Superintendent John Blain, who will hold the position until his retirement on Aug. 1, 2018. SD68

SD68 superintendent announces retirement after 2 1/2 years in role

By Spencer Sterritt
September 18, 2017 - 5:07pm Updated: September 19, 2017 - 10:06am

NANAIMO — The head of Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools has announced this will be his last year as superintendent of District 68.

John Blain announced Monday he would retire on Aug. 1, 2018, which will mark three-and-a-half years in the role.

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