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Island ConnectED teacher Louise Massey and the team who won the Innovative Solution Award.
Island ConnectED teacher Louise Massey and the team who won the Innovative Solution Award. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo students win award for innovative mental health project

By Spencer Sterritt
February 9, 2019 - 4:06pm

NANAIMO — What to do when you're up in space and miss your friends and family back home on Earth?

Several students from the Island ConnectED school recently won an award for their answer: growing plants as a substitute for a pet.

More than 200 people experienced a cold night on the streets last year to raise money for the Island Crisis Care Society.
More than 200 people experienced a cold night on the streets last year to raise money for the Island Crisis Care Society. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo and Parksville to come together for the Coldest Night of the Year

By Spencer Sterritt
February 8, 2019 - 5:11pm

NANAIMO — An essential annual fundraiser is increasing the fundraising goal to help provide as many services and programs as possible for those experiencing homelessness.

34 people fatally overdosed in Nanaimo in 2018, a sharp decline while the rest of the province stagnated at roughly 1,500 fatalities.
34 people fatally overdosed in Nanaimo in 2018, a sharp decline while the rest of the province stagnated at roughly 1,500 fatalities. The Canadian Press

Decreasing overdose deaths in Nanaimo not a sign crisis is over: Island Health

By Spencer Sterritt
February 7, 2019 - 5:19pm

NANAIMO — A significant decrease in the number of fatal overdoses in Nanaimo is leading to new concerns among health professionals.

An artistic rendering of what it can feel like to suffer from schizophrenia or other mental illnesses.
An artistic rendering of what it can feel like to suffer from schizophrenia or other mental illnesses. Pixabay

Advocates 'frustrated,' claim systemic neglect after man spirals and lights himself on fire

By Spencer Sterritt
February 5, 2019 - 5:56pm Updated: February 5, 2019 - 9:19pm

NANAIMO — “How many people are falling through the cracks? There needs to be something more in place.”

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