Nanaimo

The gates are officially shut at Discontent City at 1 Port Dr. with leftover belongings stretching down the outside of the fence.
The gates are officially shut at Discontent City at 1 Port Dr. with leftover belongings stretching down the outside of the fence. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Discontent City closes, 155 homeless now living in new temporary housing

By Spencer Sterritt
December 10, 2018 - 12:07pm Updated: December 10, 2018 - 4:07pm

NANAIMO — It's the end of an era at downtown Nanaimo's Discontent City, as bulldozers collect garbage and belongings at the now empty lot.

John Lee Whyte, 53, has serious health issues and his family is very concerned for his well-being.
John Lee Whyte, 53, has serious health issues and his family is very concerned for his well-being. Submitted/RCMP

UPDATE: Missing 53-year-old man John Lee Whyte found by RCMP

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
December 10, 2018 - 11:09am Updated: December 11, 2018 - 9:04am

NANAIMO — Police say they've found a missing Nanaimo man who hadn't been heard from for months. 

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien confirmed John Lee Whyte was found shortly after notice of his disappearance was circulated to the media. 

The province's chief veterinarian said a lack of new reports of a fatal rabbit disease does not mean the threat is over.
The province's chief veterinarian said a lack of new reports of a fatal rabbit disease does not mean the threat is over. Mathias Appel/Flickr

Status of deadly rabbit virus that hit Nanaimo unclear

By Ian Holmes
December 9, 2018 - 2:38pm Updated: December 10, 2018 - 6:56am

NANAIMO — B.C.'s chief veterinarian is perplexed by the abrupt end to reports of mass casualties among feral rabbits in Nanaimo and other areas of the south coast.

A Southern Beam tree on Wesley Cres. in Nanaimo's Old City Quarter neighbourhood is categorized as a protected heritage tree.
A Southern Beam tree on Wesley Cres. in Nanaimo's Old City Quarter neighbourhood is categorized as a protected heritage tree. City of Nanaimo

'We need to protect them:' City pushes to improve Nanaimo's tree canopy

By Ian Holmes
December 9, 2018 - 2:25pm

NANAIMO — While more people seem to be following local tree removal rules, the City says keeping Nanaimo green amid constant development is an ongoing grind.

More than 900 families this year will receive a gift from the Christmas Angels, chosen just for them.
More than 900 families this year will receive a gift from the Christmas Angels, chosen just for them. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Christmas Angels program seeking donations to help families in need have a joyous holiday

By Spencer Sterritt
December 7, 2018 - 5:40pm

NANAIMO — It's a joy to receive presents at Christmas, but it's also a joy to give a present and help out a family in need.

WorkSafe claims for injuries and stress among City staff are driving up premiums for the 2019 budget and likely beyond.
WorkSafe claims for injuries and stress among City staff are driving up premiums for the 2019 budget and likely beyond. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Hike in WorkSafeBC premiums related to increasingly complex claims: City

By Dominic Abassi
December 7, 2018 - 5:36pm

NANAIMO — Increased WorkSafeBC premiums are putting pressure on the City's budget and it's likely that pressure won't be relieved for a few years to come.

Elder Lolly Good leading everyone in an opening song at the Snuneymuxw Community Building on Friday, Dec. 7.
Elder Lolly Good leading everyone in an opening song at the Snuneymuxw Community Building on Friday, Dec. 7. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Transitional beds for Snuneymuxw to help with 'stark reality' of women fleeing violence

By Spencer Sterritt
December 7, 2018 - 3:23pm

NANAIMO — It's hoped new transitional housing for Snuneymuxw First Nation will help women and families take the first steps away from abusive relationships.

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