Dominic Abassi

A Nanaimo bylaw officer hands an eviction notice to a camper at City Hall. It's part of the evolving duties the department is dealing with.
A Nanaimo bylaw officer hands an eviction notice to a camper at City Hall. It's part of the evolving duties the department is dealing with. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

New manager to focus on Nanaimo's emerging public safety crisis

By Dominic Abassi
May 24, 2018 - 5:17pm

NANAIMO — The City of Nanaimo is looking for some leadership in a department that is becoming less about parking tickets and more about frontline interactions with the surging homeless population.

The front page of the leaked report leaves no doubt that the document was not for public consumption.
The front page of the leaked report leaves no doubt that the document was not for public consumption. KPMG

City of Nanaimo 'extremely frustrated' after councillor's brother leaks confidential report

By Dominic Abassi
May 18, 2018 - 3:35pm

NANAIMO — The province's privacy watchdog is once again investigating the City of Nanaimo after a councillor's brother leaked a "privileged and confidential" report on Facebook.

A group of grade 4 and 5 students were a hit with their playground research presentation to Council this week.
A group of grade 4 and 5 students were a hit with their playground research presentation to Council this week. Erin Hemmens/Facebook

Nanaimo students get rave reviews for playground presentation to Council

By Dominic Abassi
May 17, 2018 - 1:09pm Updated: May 17, 2018 - 4:12pm

Nanaimo's Council chambers haven't exactly been known for exuding lighthearted positivity over the last few years, but thanks to a group of local students there was plenty to go around this week.

Experts say breed-specific regulations do little to make communities safer from dog attacks.
Experts say breed-specific regulations do little to make communities safer from dog attacks. Nanaimo Animal Control Services/Facebook

'Illusion of safety:' experts call for more education, resources after vicious dog attack

By Dominic Abassi
May 15, 2018 - 5:27pm

NANAIMO — Experts say stronger laws and more resources, instead of breed-specific regulations, are needed to prevent dog attacks locally.

This post, now deleted, is drawing widespread criticism and calls for the CJFL to take action against its deputy commissioner.
This post, now deleted, is drawing widespread criticism and calls for the CJFL to take action against its deputy commissioner. Facebook

Raiders call on CJFL exec to resign after controversial Facebook post

By Dominic Abassi
May 14, 2018 - 6:01pm Updated: May 14, 2018 - 6:37pm

NANAIMO — The VI Raiders are calling on the Canadian Junior Football League to take action after a controversial Facebook post from a high-ranking executive made national headlines.

Tony Harris hopes to inspire Nanaimo residents to think about their own impact on the community and how they can give back in many ways.
Tony Harris hopes to inspire Nanaimo residents to think about their own impact on the community and how they can give back in many ways. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

1st annual Tom Harris charity golf event aims to inspire 'spirit of giving'

By Dominic Abassi
May 11, 2018 - 4:46pm

NANAIMO — There will be dozens of charity golf tournaments around the mid-island this summer, but only one of them bears the name of a Nanaimo icon.

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