Federal Politics

A lack of for sale signs in front of Nanaimo area homes is pushing prices skyward.
A lack of for sale signs in front of Nanaimo area homes is pushing prices skyward. Sean Kilpatrick

Low inventory, record-high prices stressing Nanaimo real estate market

By Ian Holmes
April 27, 2017 - 6:12pm Updated: April 27, 2017 - 10:31pm

NANAIMO — An imbalanced mid-island real estate market has raised tensions for many people linked to the industry, according to the president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.

Janice Stromar said an inventory shortage is pushing sale prices to record levels.

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Federal health minister says provinces, territories not providing OD death data

By The Canadian Press
April 26, 2017 - 10:42am

VANCOUVER — Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she’s aiming to release statistics on overdose deaths in Canada but is frustrated with provinces and territories that haven’t provided data in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis.

Uplands Walk in north Nanaimo is a subsidized housing model which serves the most needy. The City of Nanaimo hopes to help a broad range of people with its new affordable housing strategy.
Uplands Walk in north Nanaimo is a subsidized housing model which serves the most needy. The City of Nanaimo hopes to help a broad range of people with its new affordable housing strategy. Pacifica Housing

City of Nanaimo hatches affordable housing plan

By Ian Holmes
April 25, 2017 - 9:55pm Updated: April 25, 2017 - 10:33pm

NANAIMO — The foundation has been laid at Nanaimo City Hall to fight an increasingly evident affordable housing problem in the harbour city.

City Council has voted in favour of identifying its role and priorities in tackling housing affordability over the next 10 years.

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