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Nanaimo is still in a state of flux about marijuana dispensaries, deciding whether to follow the federal Liberals' lead or make their own regulations.
Nanaimo is still in a state of flux about marijuana dispensaries, deciding whether to follow the federal Liberals' lead or make their own regulations. The Canadian Press

Where does the City of Nanaimo stand on marijuana dispensaries?

By Spencer Sterritt
February 21, 2017 - 9:50am Updated: February 21, 2017 - 10:32am

NANAIMO — The legalization of marijuana has been a contentious and complicated issue, especially surrounding who has the power to regulate dispensaries.

B.C. fishing industry upset over pending announcement of marine protection area

By The Canadian Press
February 16, 2017 - 11:09am

VANCOUVER — The federal government’s decision to ban all fishing in some marine protected areas off Canada’s west coast threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of Canadians and ignores years of discussions with the fishing industry, says the country’s largest commercial fishermen’s association.

Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on advertising

By The Canadian Press
February 14, 2017 - 2:39pm

VANCOUVER — Garfield Mahood has spent 30 years fighting for the Canadian government to require plain packaging for cigarettes.

So, the long-time non-smokers’ rights activist says he doesn’t have much faith in the government’s ability to regulate and restrict the marketing of marijuana.

2016 was a busy year for log ships at Nanaimo's Assembly Wharf.
2016 was a busy year for log ships at Nanaimo's Assembly Wharf. submitted/Nanaimo Port Authority

Cruise outlook 'disappointing' as Nanaimo Port Authority boasts strong shipping year

By Dominic Abassi
February 7, 2017 - 12:28pm Updated: February 7, 2017 - 9:05pm

NANAIMO — The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) reported a strong year for shipping in 2016, however they continued to struggle attracting coveted cruise ships to the harbour city.

The Snuneymuxw First Nation hopes to have significant parcels of land returned to them as part of ongoing negotiations after a nearly $50 million settlement.
The Snuneymuxw First Nation hopes to have significant parcels of land returned to them as part of ongoing negotiations after a nearly $50 million settlement. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

SFN eager for negotiations to help solve land issues

By Spencer Sterritt
February 2, 2017 - 1:26pm Updated: February 3, 2017 - 1:28pm

NANAIMO — The Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) is anxious to get negotiations underway with the provincial and federal governments to reclaim their land.

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