Nanaimo

Funding announced by the Civil Forfeiture Office will help both victims and perpetrators of crime and violence take their next steps towards a better life.
Funding announced by the Civil Forfeiture Office will help both victims and perpetrators of crime and violence take their next steps towards a better life. Flickr/B.C. Gov't

Funding opens doors for non-profit programs helping victims of crime and violence

By Spencer Sterritt
April 18, 2019 - 1:05pm

NANAIMO — The proceeds of crime are being turned around to help those in need.

Nearly $120,000 for five local programs is being funded by the Civil Forfeiture Office, which takes money obtained through crime and redirects it back into programs designed to protect vulnerable citizens.

Eight cases of arson at Nanaimo's Brechin Elementary School are under investigation.
Eight cases of arson at Nanaimo's Brechin Elementary School are under investigation. Google

'We're taking this seriously:' police probe arson spree at Nanaimo school

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
April 18, 2019 - 10:34am Updated: April 18, 2019 - 11:12am

NANAIMO — Eight purposely set fires ignited at Brechin Elementary School this month has authorities increasingly concerned.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said the fires were small, with two of them started inside the school while it was open.

Aaron Macrae pleaded guilty to a pair of child porn charges, which the Crown said amounts to hundreds of thousands of images.
Aaron Macrae pleaded guilty to a pair of child porn charges, which the Crown said amounts to hundreds of thousands of images. The Canadian Press

Man pleads guilty to one of largest child porn seizures in Nanaimo

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
April 17, 2019 - 3:28pm Updated: April 17, 2019 - 4:37pm

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo man pleaded guilty to a massive child porn seizure involving hundreds of thousands of images.

Aaron Micheil Macrae pleaded guilty Tuesday at provincial court in Nanaimo to possessing and distributing child porn.

Roughly 30 activists and supporters took their message directly to Nanaimo City Hall in an effort to bring about change.
Roughly 30 activists and supporters took their message directly to Nanaimo City Hall in an effort to bring about change. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

'People shouldn't be dying:' rally tries to shed stereotypes and stigma of drug addiction

By Spencer Sterritt
April 16, 2019 - 5:28pm

NANAIMO — Activists took their message directly to Nanaimo City Hall in an effort to reduce the stigma about drug addiction.

The plan to revitalize downtown Nanaimo and specifically Diana Krall plaza features a community garden and more art walls.
The plan to revitalize downtown Nanaimo and specifically Diana Krall plaza features a community garden and more art walls. ACE Nanaimo

VIU students bring new plan to brighten downtown Nanaimo

By Spencer Sterritt
April 15, 2019 - 5:27pm

NANAIMO — A fresh pair of eyes has brought new ideas about how to revitalize downtown Nanaimo.

A group of VIU graphic design students, known as ACE Nanaimo, developed a project to bring colour and events to the downtown.

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