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There was a buzz of activity at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Wednesday, March 1 as voters made their voice heard in the event centre referendum.
There was a buzz of activity at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Wednesday, March 1 as voters made their voice heard in the event centre referendum. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Strong, steady turnout from Nanaimo community in early referendum vote

By Spencer Sterritt
March 2, 2017 - 4:28pm Updated: March 2, 2017 - 5:38pm

NANAIMO — Voting in the event centre referendum is underway with a strong turnout so far.

According to chief elections officer Sheila Gurrie, just shy of 1,100 people cast their ballot in the first of two advanced polls on March 1 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

SFN will use this boat for passenger ferry service between Nanaimo and Newcastle Island.
SFN will use this boat for passenger ferry service between Nanaimo and Newcastle Island. Snuneymuxw First Nation

Snuneymuxw First Nation has big plans for Newcastle Island ferry

By Ian Holmes
March 2, 2017 - 1:04pm Updated: March 2, 2017 - 1:39pm

NANAIMO — Taking the Newcastle Island ferry will soon be easier and cheaper.

Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) has purchased a 48-passenger ferry to operate the service between Nanaimo and Newcastle Island beginning April 1, according to SFN councillor Erralyn Thomas.

Police are hoping someone can help identify these suspects in a Feb. 16 home invasion.
Police are hoping someone can help identify these suspects in a Feb. 16 home invasion. Submitted/RCMP

Mounties release sketch of suspects in home invasion involving guns in Nanaimo

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 2, 2017 - 10:54am

NANAIMO — Mounties hope the public can help identify two men accused of wielding hand guns in a home invasion in central Nanaimo.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said three men went into an apartment building on Feb. 16 and used hand guns to threaten and assault three men inside.

The overdose prevention site on Wesley St.
The overdose prevention site on Wesley St. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo's overdose prevention site marks one month anniversary

By Spencer Sterritt
March 1, 2017 - 2:23pm

NANAIMO — It's been one month since Island Health opened the doors of their first overdose prevention site in Nanaimo.

Dr. Paul Hasselback, the medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island, said the site at 437 Wesley St. has been used roughly 370 times in the first month.

Both the no (top) and yes (bottom) representatives said they have questions and concerns about how Nanaimo's city council has handled the proposed event centre.
Both the no (top) and yes (bottom) representatives said they have questions and concerns about how Nanaimo's city council has handled the proposed event centre. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Both sides of event centre debate target Nanaimo city council

By Spencer Sterritt
March 1, 2017 - 1:10pm

NANAIMO — Conversation and questions focused more on Nanaimo’s city council than the subject of the upcoming referendum during a debate about the proposed event centre.

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