Dominic Abassi

The dead cougar was spotted floating the water on Wednesday morning after being shot by RCMP officers.
The dead cougar was spotted floating the water on Wednesday morning after being shot by RCMP officers. Lou-Lou Swanek/Facebook

Cougar shot and killed on Nanaimo docks; believed to be same animal roaming Newcastle Island

By Dominic Abassi
July 18, 2018 - 1:34pm Updated: July 18, 2018 - 2:51pm

NANAIMO — A cougar, believed to be the same one prowling Newcastle Island for nearly two weeks, was shot and killed by Nanaimo RCMP.

This picture of the cougar lounging in the sun on Newcastle Island was posted on Facebook on July 14. The post was shared 800 times.
This picture of the cougar lounging in the sun on Newcastle Island was posted on Facebook on July 14. The post was shared 800 times. Ândria Lopes Dos Santos/Facebook

Conservation officers to trap and remove cougar roaming Newcastle Island

By Dominic Abassi
July 16, 2018 - 5:17pm

NANAIMO — After multiple sightings around the popular summer destination, conservation officers are taking the extraordinary step of trying to trap and remove a cougar from Newcastle Island.

The boat shown here belonged to the late Tom Harris and has a long history in Nanaimo. It has been recovered after being stolen last week.
The boat shown here belonged to the late Tom Harris and has a long history in Nanaimo. It has been recovered after being stolen last week. Submitted

Harris family boat recovered in Port McNeill, suspect arrested

By Dominic Abassi
July 14, 2018 - 11:56am

NANAIMO — After involvement from RCMP detachments spanning almost all of Vancouver Island and an explosion of social media reaction, a suspect was arrested and a boat belonging to the late Tom Harris recovered.

A bush fire sparked in the northbound lanes on the Parkway late Friday night, leading to a fatal crash.
A bush fire sparked in the northbound lanes on the Parkway late Friday night, leading to a fatal crash. Becky Woodland/Facebook

Distracting bush fire causes fatal crash on Nanaimo Parkway

By Dominic Abassi
July 14, 2018 - 11:03am

NANAIMO — A man is dead after a bush fire caused a serious crash on the Nanaimo Parkway.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said southbound traffic was slowing and stopping around 10 p.m. Friday because of a bush fire on the northbound side of the highway between Mostar and Aulds Rd.

Carole James speaks about the speculation tax during a visit to Nanaimo in early March.
Carole James speaks about the speculation tax during a visit to Nanaimo in early March. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo mayor 'disappointed' after Minister declines to exempt region from speculation tax

By Dominic Abassi
July 13, 2018 - 3:34pm Updated: July 13, 2018 - 5:44pm

NANAIMO — B.C.'s Finance Minister was ready to listen, but not ready to change her mind during a meeting with Nanaimo officials on the incoming speculation tax.

Jake Rudolph toured City Hall, meeting with staff and media on Wednesday.
Jake Rudolph toured City Hall, meeting with staff and media on Wednesday. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo's interim CAO aims to rebuild trust, bring experience on homelessness issue

By Dominic Abassi
July 11, 2018 - 6:10pm Updated: July 11, 2018 - 8:32pm

NANAIMO — His contract is only eight months long, but Nanaimo's new interim chief administrative officer has several years of City Hall turmoil to untangle.

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