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The master of the C.T. Titan left the controls at full speed, causing the vessel to veer into the Albern, a TSB report found.
The master of the C.T. Titan left the controls at full speed, causing the vessel to veer into the Albern, a TSB report found. Transportation Safety Board

Tug at fault in 2016 sinking off Nanaimo left unattended at full speed: TSB

By The Canadian Press/Dominic Abassi
August 17, 2017 - 4:25pm

NANAIMO — The Transportation Safety Board says a six-to-eight-second absence from the controls of a tug boat caused the sinking of another tug off Nanaimo.

The annual weeks long Perseid meteor shower will hit its peak Saturday, with best viewing after midnight.
The annual weeks long Perseid meteor shower will hit its peak Saturday, with best viewing after midnight. Wikicommons

Despite smoke, annual meteor shower expected to be spectacular as ever

By Spencer Sterritt
August 11, 2017 - 4:44pm Updated: August 12, 2017 - 6:00am

NANAIMO — If you're patient, stargazing this weekend will have an extra spark.

Greg Arkos, a professor of astronomy at VIU's Nanaimo campus, told NanaimoNewsNOW the annual Perseid meteor shower will be especially spectacular on Saturday.

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Wildfire Service mum on potential punishment for firefighters caught enjoying campfire

By James Peters - CFJC Today
August 10, 2017 - 5:49pm Updated: August 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The BC Wildfire Service won't say if there was any discipline handed down to a group of firefighting personnel caught enjoying a campfire during a regional burning prohibition.

The group was discovered on the shore of Adams Lake on July 11, eating pizza around a campfire.

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Fire staff say no clear reason behind stark increase in local brush fires

By Spencer Sterritt
August 10, 2017 - 5:47pm Updated: August 11, 2017 - 6:34am

NANAIMO — The number of local brush fires has risen dramatically and there's no concrete reason why.

Fire prevention officer Umesh Lal told NanaimoNewsNOW many of the 15 reported fires between July 9 to Aug. 9 were caused by human error or intentionally set.

It's unclear what B.C.'s NDP government can do about the federally approved Trans Mountain pipeline, which they've vowed to overturn.
It's unclear what B.C.'s NDP government can do about the federally approved Trans Mountain pipeline, which they've vowed to overturn. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW Staff

B.C. government to make announcement about Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

By The Canadian Press
August 9, 2017 - 5:36pm

VANCOUVER — Two key British Columbia cabinet ministers are expected to outline the government’s next steps Thursday on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after campaigning against the project.

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