Dominic Abassi

MLA Doug Routley, mayor Leonard Krog, school board chair Charlene McKay and housing minister Selina Robinson announce a new partnership in Nanaimo Monday.
MLA Doug Routley, mayor Leonard Krog, school board chair Charlene McKay and housing minister Selina Robinson announce a new partnership in Nanaimo Monday. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Partnership aims to transform Harewood sites to help 'community under stress'

By Dominic Abassi
December 17, 2018 - 5:55pm

NANAIMO — There's no timeline, budget or firm plans in place, but there is palpable excitement over a new partnership with the potential to transform underutilized sites in the heart of Harewood.

The Good Food Box program, around for nearly 30 years in Nanaimo, is in need of some financial support after losing provincial funding.
The Good Food Box program, around for nearly 30 years in Nanaimo, is in need of some financial support after losing provincial funding. Nanaimo Foodshare Society

Nanaimo Foodshare turns to community after losing funding for Good Food Box program

By Dominic Abassi
December 10, 2018 - 6:12pm Updated: December 10, 2018 - 10:00pm

NANAIMO — A program which provides the only fresh, healthy food many Nanaimo homes get every month is facing an uncertain future.

WorkSafe claims for injuries and stress among City staff are driving up premiums for the 2019 budget and likely beyond.
WorkSafe claims for injuries and stress among City staff are driving up premiums for the 2019 budget and likely beyond. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Hike in WorkSafeBC premiums related to increasingly complex claims: City

By Dominic Abassi
December 7, 2018 - 5:36pm

NANAIMO — Increased WorkSafeBC premiums are putting pressure on the City's budget and it's likely that pressure won't be relieved for a few years to come.

The Ecole North Oyster PAC says speeding is often an issue in front of the school, which has no sidewalks or lights.
The Ecole North Oyster PAC says speeding is often an issue in front of the school, which has no sidewalks or lights. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

'Quite chaotic:' parents at Ecole North Oyster petition for road safety improvements

By Dominic Abassi
December 7, 2018 - 2:10pm

NANAIMO — Despite a glaring example of the hazards at play, parents of children at a rural Ladysmith school are still fighting for road safety improvements.

Ashley Stevenson was left with a bloodied knee and some other injuries after getting into an altercation with a woman suspected of breaking into her home.
Ashley Stevenson was left with a bloodied knee and some other injuries after getting into an altercation with a woman suspected of breaking into her home. Ashley Stevenson/Facebook

Nanaimo woman follows, tackles suspect after midday B&E

By Dominic Abassi
December 6, 2018 - 10:01am Updated: December 6, 2018 - 12:52pm

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo woman and her partner took matters into their own hands, chasing and then tackling a woman suspected of robbing her home in broad daylight.

More than 100 staff critical to operations at Nanaimo's Coast Bastion Hotel are ready to strike.
More than 100 staff critical to operations at Nanaimo's Coast Bastion Hotel are ready to strike. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Strike 'imminent' at Nanaimo's Coast Bastion after union issues 72-hour notice

By Dominic Abassi
December 5, 2018 - 5:50pm Updated: December 6, 2018 - 5:46pm

NANAIMO — After four months of little progress at the bargaining table, unionized staff at Nanaimo's largest hotel are ready to walk off the job.

Former CAO Tracy Samra is now the third member of the previous senior management team to file a human rights complaint.
Former CAO Tracy Samra is now the third member of the previous senior management team to file a human rights complaint. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Former CAO Samra 3rd member of former City management team to file human rights complaint

By Dominic Abassi
December 4, 2018 - 12:37pm

NANAIMO — Six months after she was fired for cause, it appears Tracy Samra is not ready to move on from her time as the City of Nanaimo's top employee.

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