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About 350 people attended the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon in Nanaimo on Thursday at the Beban Park Social Centre.
About 350 people attended the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon in Nanaimo on Thursday at the Beban Park Social Centre. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo's many volunteers praised at annual appreciation luncheon

By Ian Holmes
April 20, 2018 - 4:38pm

NANAIMO — A community would be nothing without its volunteers.

That was the message behind the 23rd annual Volunteer Nanaimo luncheon on Thursday at the Beban Park Social Centre. The event, attended by more than 300 people coincided with National Volunteer Week.

SFN's Erralyn Thomas explains the potential in sharing Snuneymuxw's culture during a Newcastle Island business case unveiling.
SFN's Erralyn Thomas explains the potential in sharing Snuneymuxw's culture during a Newcastle Island business case unveiling. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Restaurant, longhouse among development plans for Newcastle Island

By Ian Holmes
April 13, 2018 - 5:11pm Updated: April 14, 2018 - 12:05am

NANAIMO — Several new culturally inspired amenities on Newcastle Island highlight Snuneymuxw First Nation plans to develop the former site of their sacred village.

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll and the board's vice-chair Sandra Hudson holding a cheque at the Coast Bastion Inn Wednesday.
Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll and the board's vice-chair Sandra Hudson holding a cheque at the Coast Bastion Inn Wednesday. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo gets a piece of $4.7M child healthcare announcement

By Ian Holmes
April 11, 2018 - 7:32pm Updated: April 12, 2018 - 11:54am

NANAIMO — Significant funding was announced to enhance children's health outcomes on Vancouver Island, with some of the money allowing several Nanaimo programs to continue serving the community.

There is confusion among some people in Nanaimo on where to take recyclables since the Nanaimo Recycing Exchange shut down.
There is confusion among some people in Nanaimo on where to take recyclables since the Nanaimo Recycing Exchange shut down. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

City, private operators raise recycling awareness in absence of NRE

By Ian Holmes
April 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

NANAIMO — If you can't put it out at the curb, where do you take it?

It's a question many people in the harbour city are asking since the non-profit Nanaimo Recycing Exchange (NRE) closed down, according to the City's Charlotte Davis.

The province has agreed to provide capital funding to expand Hammond Bay Elementary School. It's unclear what the final price tag of the multi-million dollar project will be.
The province has agreed to provide capital funding to expand Hammond Bay Elementary School. It's unclear what the final price tag of the multi-million dollar project will be. Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools

Province agrees to fund expansion to cramped north Nanaimo school

By Ian Holmes
April 5, 2018 - 12:11pm

NANAIMO — The province agreed to pay for expanding a chronically over-capacity north Nanaimo elementary school.

Supt. John Blain announced the Ministry of Education approved the local school district's business case to increase the size of Hammond Bay School from nine to 15 classrooms.

The 2018 property tax increase could be around 3.18 per cent, significantly higher than originally expected.
The 2018 property tax increase could be around 3.18 per cent, significantly higher than originally expected. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Proposed 2018 property tax increase up 0.6 per cent, could rise more

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
April 4, 2018 - 1:17pm Updated: April 4, 2018 - 6:02pm

NANAIMO — Barely a month before the deadline for approval, there's little clarity about the City of Nanaimo's 2018 budget and what the final property tax increase will be.

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