Nanaimo

In its first month, the extreme weather shelter in Nanaimo was forced to turn away roughly 20 people, which is in line with what staff expected.
In its first month, the extreme weather shelter in Nanaimo was forced to turn away roughly 20 people, which is in line with what staff expected. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Many new faces during first month of Nanaimo's extreme weather shelter

By Spencer Sterritt
December 7, 2017 - 5:25pm Updated: December 7, 2017 - 6:27pm

NANAIMO — In the first 30 days of their season, the situation wasn't status quo at the extreme weather shelter in Nanaimo.

Six advocacy groups met with Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Premier John Horgan (centre) to lay out what they hoped to see in the future of B.C. public education.
Six advocacy groups met with Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Premier John Horgan (centre) to lay out what they hoped to see in the future of B.C. public education. Nanaimo Parents Support Public Education/Facebook

Province listens to concerns from parents, including Nanaimo advocacy group

By Spencer Sterritt
December 6, 2017 - 7:56pm

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo public education advocacy group, along with five others from across B.C., recently held the ear of Premier John Horgan and Minister of Education Rob Fleming.

Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank executive director Peter Sinclair expects about 5,000 people will receive food through the annual Hamperville program.
Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank executive director Peter Sinclair expects about 5,000 people will receive food through the annual Hamperville program. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

'The need is huge:' Hamperville Nanaimo campaign gears up for busy month

By Ian Holmes
December 6, 2017 - 3:45pm

NANAIMO — A mammoth seasonal undertaking is underway to make life easier for families who struggle to put food on the table over the winter holidays. 

Ministers Katrina Chen and Katrine Conroy at a day care after announcing millions of dollars in funding for new child care spaces.
Ministers Katrina Chen and Katrine Conroy at a day care after announcing millions of dollars in funding for new child care spaces. Province of B.C./Flickr

40 Francophone child care spaces coming to Nanaimo

By Spencer Sterritt
December 6, 2017 - 11:23am Updated: December 6, 2017 - 12:23pm

NANAIMO — With waiting lists stretching into the hundreds, child care spaces are at a premium for families all across Nanaimo and the mid-island region. But it's especially difficult for Francophone families, where there's only one space in town.

This page will possibly go dark soon, as they City looks for options to permanently turn off comments from the public.
This page will possibly go dark soon, as they City looks for options to permanently turn off comments from the public. City of Nanaimo/Facebook

'It's a step backwards:' Nanaimo's mayor wants City's Facebook page to stay

By Dominic Abassi
December 5, 2017 - 6:00pm Updated: December 6, 2017 - 11:14am

Nanaimo's mayor does not agree with a decision which will likely lead to the removal of the City's official Facebook page.

Roughly a year-and-a-half after the first Core Services Review was completed, Nanaimo Council says they want another one looking at departments not previously audited.
Roughly a year-and-a-half after the first Core Services Review was completed, Nanaimo Council says they want another one looking at departments not previously audited. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo Council embarking on phase two of Core Services Review

By Spencer Sterritt
December 5, 2017 - 5:03pm Updated: December 5, 2017 - 7:59pm

NANAIMO — The majority of Nanaimo's council is eager to get the wheels in motion for part two of the highly-touted Core Services Review.

Joe Smith with a 22 lbs. spring salmon caught near Five Finger Islands on May long weekend. DFO scientist Dr. Ian Perry said the Pacific Salmon is still challenged by a previously warm ocean.
Joe Smith with a 22 lbs. spring salmon caught near Five Finger Islands on May long weekend. DFO scientist Dr. Ian Perry said the Pacific Salmon is still challenged by a previously warm ocean. Craig Gentry

Impacts linger despite a return to normal ocean temperatures

By Ian Holmes
December 5, 2017 - 4:42pm

NANAIMO — The lasting impact of a marine heat wave on West Coast waters and the iconic Pacific Salmon have surprised scientists.

Pages