Education

View from a drone of the new NDSS Community Field
View from a drone of the new NDSS Community Field Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools

Officials to discuss features to complement new artificial turf field at NDSS

By Ian Holmes
December 8, 2017 - 5:51pm Updated: December 11, 2017 - 9:54am

NANAIMO — A new artificial turf field at Nanaimo District Secondary School is open, but the facility is far from a finished product as officials huddle to determine what features are still needed.

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.

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.

The field of BC Liberal leadership candidates has narrowed to six, losing two candidates in the lead up to the third of six debates.
The field of BC Liberal leadership candidates has narrowed to six, losing two candidates in the lead up to the third of six debates. BC Liberals/Facebook

BC Liberals tackle feelings of abandonment on Van Isle at Nanaimo leadership debate

By Spencer Sterritt
November 19, 2017 - 3:33pm Updated: November 19, 2017 - 10:36pm

NANAIMO — The six candidates running for leader of the BC Liberals had a lot of making up to do at their most recent leadership debate in Nanaimo.

It was often referenced how Vancouver Island is seen as a BC NDP stronghold and there's only one BC Liberal MLA on the island.

Children play on the gym floor of Fairview Community School at an event Friday hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership.
Children play on the gym floor of Fairview Community School at an event Friday hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership. David Seath

1/4 of young Nanaimo children live in poverty: report

By Ian Holmes
November 17, 2017 - 4:08pm Updated: November 18, 2017 - 6:58am

NANAIMO — An increasing number of young Nanaimo children belong to families struggling to make ends meet.

The semi-annual State of the Child Report, released by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership on Friday, points to several concerning poverty-related indicators.

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