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It was a packed house Friday morning as community members turned out to kick off the United Way's annual fundraising campaign.
It was a packed house Friday morning as community members turned out to kick off the United Way's annual fundraising campaign. Harper Bauer/NanaimoNewsNOW

United Way kicks off annual campaign in the face of dynamic challenges

By Dominic Abassi
September 22, 2017 - 6:04pm

NANAIMO — A local charity which helps more than 40,000 people in the region is evolving in the face of more challenging issues than ever before.

Organizers of the unauthorized overdose prevention site downtown say users who smoke or snort their drugs were welcome at the tent, since they aren't at the official Island Health site a few blocks away.
Organizers of the unauthorized overdose prevention site downtown say users who smoke or snort their drugs were welcome at the tent, since they aren't at the official Island Health site a few blocks away. Anita James/Facebook

Unauthorized overdose prevention site pops up to fill gaps in care

By Spencer Sterritt
September 22, 2017 - 1:21pm Updated: September 22, 2017 - 3:22pm

NANAIMO — An unauthorized pop-up overdose prevention site in downtown Nanaimo drew ire from residents but support from users and community leaders.

A lightning strike on a Pacific Coastal Airlines plane forced an emergency landing Monday night at Vancouver International Airport. No injuries were reported.
A lightning strike on a Pacific Coastal Airlines plane forced an emergency landing Monday night at Vancouver International Airport. No injuries were reported. Pacific Coastal Airlines

Lightning strike forces emergency landing of Comox to Vancouver flight

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 19, 2017 - 12:56pm

COURTENAY — A lightning strike on a plane flying from Comox to Vancouver was forced to make an emergency landing.

Pacific Coastal Airline's Kevin Boothroyd says it happened shortly after 7 p.m. Monday night.

B.C.’s only support group for HIV-positive women closes after funding cuts

By The Canadian Press
September 17, 2017 - 4:51am

VANCOUVER — Valerie Nicholson believes she might be dead if not for Positive Women’s Network.

She was addicted to drugs and sleeping in decrepit hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when she was diagnosed with HIV about 13 years ago. She assumed it was a death sentence.

A judge has ordered a blood test after a Nanaimo firefighter was hit with bodily fluid during a recent overdose call.
A judge has ordered a blood test after a Nanaimo firefighter was hit with bodily fluid during a recent overdose call. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Judge orders blood test of overdose victim after Nanaimo firefighter hit with vomit

By Ian Holmes
September 13, 2017 - 7:52pm Updated: September 13, 2017 - 10:22pm

NANAIMO — A provincial law designed to better protect emergency responders and Good Samaritans has been used for what's believed to be the first time in a case involving a Nanaimo firefighter.

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