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Two more needle boxes like this one on Franklyn St. will soon be installed to help clean-up downtown Nanaimo
Two more needle boxes like this one on Franklyn St. will soon be installed to help clean-up downtown Nanaimo Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo council tackling downtown safety concerns

By Ian Holmes
June 20, 2017 - 4:17pm Updated: June 20, 2017 - 8:25pm

NANAIMO — City council has approved a short-term plan to address social disorder concerns in Nanaimo's downtown core.

The $45,000 interim strategy to improve public safety is designed to run through September and could be implemented within two weeks.

In recent months, Samaritan House in Nanaimo has had to turn away an increasing number of women because they're already full, and even have several seniors coming to them.
In recent months, Samaritan House in Nanaimo has had to turn away an increasing number of women because they're already full, and even have several seniors coming to them. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo homeless advocates visit Ottawa to speak on local issues

By Spencer Sterritt
June 17, 2017 - 3:37pm Updated: June 19, 2017 - 1:03pm

NANAIMO — Several Nanaimo organizations helping those experiencing homelessness spoke about their issues on a federal level last week.

A stz'uminus drummer entertaining a hotel ground-breaking celebration on Thursday
A stz'uminus drummer entertaining a hotel ground-breaking celebration on Thursday Cara McKenna/Salish Sea Sentinel

Hotel construction underway on Stz'uminus First Nation near Ladysmith

By Ian Holmes
June 2, 2017 - 6:43am Updated: June 2, 2017 - 8:46am

LADYSMITH — Construction has started on a large hotel just north of Ladysmith, which will hopefully anchor large-scale development plans by Stz'uminus First Nation.

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