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Members of the city's cannabis task force, including members from other City committees, got down to work on Thursday, April 19.
Members of the city's cannabis task force, including members from other City committees, got down to work on Thursday, April 19. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo's cannabis task force starts grappling with marijuana legalization

By Spencer Sterritt
April 19, 2018 - 7:56pm Updated: April 20, 2018 - 7:11am

NANAIMO — The heavy and often hazy issue of marijuana legalization is now being tackled at the local level.

Patrick Bajkov and Dylan Coghlan of Nanaimo will meet in the WHL Western Conference final.
Patrick Bajkov and Dylan Coghlan of Nanaimo will meet in the WHL Western Conference final. NHL.com

Friends off: Nanaimo's Bajkov and Coghlan square off in WHL semi-final

By Ian Holmes
April 19, 2018 - 7:01pm Updated: April 20, 2018 - 7:23am

NANAIMO — They hang out and train together in the off-season as friends in Nanaimo. Now they are about to go head-to-head for a chance to advance to the Western Hockey League final.

The tent city at Nanaimo City Hall, helped by the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users.
The tent city at Nanaimo City Hall, helped by the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Homelessness & drug user advocates creating ties, cleaning up needles in Nanaimo

By Spencer Sterritt
April 18, 2018 - 5:25pm

NANAIMO — With their grant set to expire, a relatively new advocacy group in Nanaimo hopes to keep roots in the community and continue to find ways of helping those in

Therapy dog Tigger, on his first day at VIU's library helping students unwind and clear their minds.
Therapy dog Tigger, on his first day at VIU's library helping students unwind and clear their minds. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

VIU students discover adorable dogs are the perfect way to destress from exams

By Spencer Sterritt
April 12, 2018 - 6:17pm

NANAIMO — University libraries during exam season are stressful places, filled with students pulling their hair out and second-guessing their life choices. 

But this week there's been an adorable repreive. 

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll and the board's vice-chair Sandra Hudson holding a cheque at the Coast Bastion Inn Wednesday.
Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll and the board's vice-chair Sandra Hudson holding a cheque at the Coast Bastion Inn Wednesday. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo gets a piece of $4.7M child healthcare announcement

By Ian Holmes
April 11, 2018 - 7:32pm Updated: April 12, 2018 - 11:54am

NANAIMO — Significant funding was announced to enhance children's health outcomes on Vancouver Island, with some of the money allowing several Nanaimo programs to continue serving the community.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Kartin Kortas looking for distracted drivers on Bowen Rd. during increased enforcement in March.
Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Kartin Kortas looking for distracted drivers on Bowen Rd. during increased enforcement in March. Facebook

Nanaimo RCMP 'disappointed' by number of distracted driving tickets issued

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
April 10, 2018 - 1:17pm

NANAIMO — Distracted driving appears to be a tough habit for some Nanaimo motorists to break.

Twenty-seven violation tickets were written up by Nanaimo RCMP for distracted driving related offences during a month-long enforcement and education campaign in March.

Homeless encampments like this one along the Millstone River will be visited during an upcoming census.
Homeless encampments like this one along the Millstone River will be visited during an upcoming census. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Volunteers sought as 'important' Nanaimo homeless census approaches

By Ian Holmes
April 9, 2018 - 5:03pm

NANAIMO — An upcoming homeless count will shed more light on a problem believed to be getting much worse in Nanaimo.

A federally funded homeless census happens Wednesday, April 18 in Nanaimo, one of 70 counts happening across the country.

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