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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.

Te'tuxwtun now watches over the lobby of the Centre for Health and Science building, where press conferences are often held.
Te'tuxwtun now watches over the lobby of the Centre for Health and Science building, where press conferences are often held. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Totem pole raised inside new VIU building

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
February 9, 2019 - 2:20pm

NANAIMO — Vancouver Island University students will now be studying under the watchful eye of a recently installed totem pole.

Te'tuxwtun, meaning Mount Benson, was officially unveiled in the Centre for Health and Science building on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The (stationary) view from the Queen of Cowichan ferry, which hasn't moved in several hours.
The (stationary) view from the Queen of Cowichan ferry, which hasn't moved in several hours. submitted/Adam Kreuzkamp

VIDEO: Two ferries forced to return to Nanaimo as winds cause damage at Horseshoe Bay

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
February 9, 2019 - 10:05am Updated: February 9, 2019 - 1:40pm

NANAIMO — Two BC Ferries sailings were forced to return to Nanaimo after being unable to dock in Horseshoe Bay due to dangerous wind conditions.

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.

The outside of the Terminal shelter and the inside of a unit on Labieux.
The outside of the Terminal shelter and the inside of a unit on Labieux. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Op-ed: emergency shelters shouldn't erode community support for proper supportive housing

By Jim Spinelli
February 7, 2019 - 5:55pm

A few years ago, I wrote an opinion piece for local media on changing the way the community labels and speaks about social housing. The article talked about terms like “wet housing” as being misnomers for subsidized rental housing for people with low incomes.

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.

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