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Cassie Gamlin and Twila Konynenbelt after Cassie spoke to the classroom about art, which is one of her biggest passions.
Cassie Gamlin and Twila Konynenbelt after Cassie spoke to the classroom about art, which is one of her biggest passions. submitted/Katerina Gamlin

Nanaimo teacher receives national honours for creating inclusive classroom

By Spencer Sterritt
May 25, 2018 - 9:17pm Updated: May 25, 2018 - 9:47pm

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo teacher is being honoured for her work making her Brechin Elementary classroom a safe space for a Grade 5 student with autism.

Twila Konynenbelt received a National Inclusive Award on Friday, one of six teachers from B.C. honoured.

Broombusters volunteers recently cut dozens of the invasive plant from a small City-owned lot on Rutherford Rd.
Broombusters volunteers recently cut dozens of the invasive plant from a small City-owned lot on Rutherford Rd. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

'We've come a long way:' volunteers getting upper hand on scotch broom in Nanaimo

By Ian Holmes
May 25, 2018 - 3:03pm Updated: May 25, 2018 - 9:20pm

NANAIMO — A once dominant invasive plant on the mid-island isn't nearly as widespread, thanks to awareness and a coordinated group of volunteers.

392 RDN staff have a new three-year contract, which includes pay hikes of 2 per cent each year.
392 RDN staff have a new three-year contract, which includes pay hikes of 2 per cent each year. Regional District of Nanaimo

Unionized RDN staff sign new contract

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
May 25, 2018 - 12:16pm Updated: May 25, 2018 - 9:15pm

NANAIMO — Hundreds of unionized Regional District of Nanaimo employees have a new three-year contract.

The RDN and CUPE Local 401 jointly announced the deal, effective at the start of this year, which features wage increases of two per cent each year.

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.

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