Nanaimo

Houses aren't going up fast enough in the Nanaimo area, likewise with apartments, according to real estate experts.
Houses aren't going up fast enough in the Nanaimo area, likewise with apartments, according to real estate experts. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo vacancy rates dwindle to buyer's chagrin

By Spencer Sterritt
January 30, 2017 - 9:44am

Nanaimo isn't a renters market.

According to statistics gathered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the vacancy rate for apartments dropped to 1.5 per cent in 2016, down from two per cent in 2015.

A popular trailhead not far from where Spencer Hunt was last seen.
A popular trailhead not far from where Spencer Hunt was last seen. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

UPDATE: RCMP, family say Spencer Hunt has been found alive

By Dominic Abassi
January 29, 2017 - 2:36pm Updated: January 30, 2017 - 12:21pm

NANAIMO — Family members and RCMP confirm Spencer Hunt has been found alive. A helicopter is being used to pull him out. Apparently found in or near a river. No word on his condition at this point. More to come.

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Hwy 4A is closed in both directions and is expected to remain that way for several hours.
Hwy 4A is closed in both directions and is expected to remain that way for several hours. Google Maps

UPDATE: Hwy 4A at Hwy 19 open again after closure

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
January 29, 2017 - 7:55am Updated: January 29, 2017 - 11:26am

PARKSVILLE — DriveBC says both lanes are now open. Still no comment from RCMP on details of the "vehicle incident."

 

EARLIER:

Hwy 4A is closed in both directions at the junction with Hwy 19, according to RCMP.

A map and GPS tracking helps Nanaimo SAR monitor the 12 teams in the field Saturday night.
A map and GPS tracking helps Nanaimo SAR monitor the 12 teams in the field Saturday night. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Crews search for man missing in bush near Ammonite Falls

By Dominic Abassi
January 28, 2017 - 11:55pm Updated: January 29, 2017 - 10:49am

NANAIMO — Nanaimo RCMP say the search for Spencer Hunt continues. Search teams were in the bush until about 4 a.m. Sunday and then began again with daylight Sunday morning.

The topic of electoral reform, which was a major campaign promise of the federal Liberal Party, is still a major attainable goal, according to MP Gord Johns.
The topic of electoral reform, which was a major campaign promise of the federal Liberal Party, is still a major attainable goal, according to MP Gord Johns. File photo/Gord Johns NDP

Electoral reform should still be a priority: Vancouver Island MP

By Spencer Sterritt
January 27, 2017 - 4:03pm

NANAIMO — Electoral reform, which was a major promise from the Liberal government in the last federal election, should still go full steam ahead according to an island MP.

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