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CDC resource development manager Michelle Kocourek is calling it a career after 17 years with the iconic non-profit agency.
CDC resource development manager Michelle Kocourek is calling it a career after 17 years with the iconic non-profit agency. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Tireless advocate for local children made her mark in Nanaimo

By Ian Holmes
March 23, 2019 - 2:14pm Updated: March 24, 2019 - 9:20am

NANAIMO — A pillar of strength supporting the renowned Nanaimo Child Development Centre is proud of what she accomplished after nearly two-decades with the non-profit agency.

Alana DiCredico spoke to roughly a dozen of Nanaimo's most vulnerable with crucial tips on how to save money and hopefully get them off the street.
Alana DiCredico spoke to roughly a dozen of Nanaimo's most vulnerable with crucial tips on how to save money and hopefully get them off the street. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

'Every little bit helps:' Nanaimo's homeless learn how to save through compassionate financial advice

By Spencer Sterritt
March 22, 2019 - 5:56pm

NANAIMO — “You can be in the roughest spot but you can always get out of it.”

A few remaining crew members aboard the Russian research vessel Kaganovsky bask in the sunshine in Nanaimo Wednesday following a month in the Gulf of Alaska.
A few remaining crew members aboard the Russian research vessel Kaganovsky bask in the sunshine in Nanaimo Wednesday following a month in the Gulf of Alaska. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

First-of-its-kind expedition unlocks mysteries of west coast salmon

By Ian Holmes
March 20, 2019 - 2:55pm

NANAIMO — A renowned DFO scientist praised an inaugural Pacific Ocean study as a surefire way to strengthen west coast salmon stocks.

A design drawing of the proposed Marcielo building at 77 Chapel St. It would be the second-tallest building in the city.
A design drawing of the proposed Marcielo building at 77 Chapel St. It would be the second-tallest building in the city. de Hoog & Kierulf Architects

Development permit approved for 24-storey Chapel St. high-rise

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 19, 2019 - 4:37pm

NANAIMO — A Vancouver-based developer is one permit away from being able to begin construction of a high-rise condo building in the heart of downtown Nanaimo.

Council is one vote away from approving rezoning for two car dealerships on this lot off Wills Rd.
Council is one vote away from approving rezoning for two car dealerships on this lot off Wills Rd. Google

Mayor's speech causes last second vote flip, disputed car dealership proposal moves ahead

By Dominic Abassi
March 14, 2019 - 10:46pm Updated: March 15, 2019 - 12:54am

NANAIMO — An eloquent and impassioned show of support from a seasoned political veteran was enough to trigger a last second vote flip and push through a cont

Lawyer Donald McKay estimated 10-to-15 legal aid lawyers in Nanaimo assist hundreds of clients locally every year.
Lawyer Donald McKay estimated 10-to-15 legal aid lawyers in Nanaimo assist hundreds of clients locally every year. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Legal aid in limbo as lawyers vote in favour of strike action

By Ian Holmes
March 14, 2019 - 1:08pm Updated: March 14, 2019 - 1:53pm

NANAIMO — Lawyers who represent the most vulnerable people around the province want a new verdict from the B.C. Government when it comes to legal aid.

The Queen of Cowichan ferry will be replaced in coming years and ferry riders have a chance to shape what the new vessel looks and functions like.
The Queen of Cowichan ferry will be replaced in coming years and ferry riders have a chance to shape what the new vessel looks and functions like. BC Ferries

How would you improve new ferries coming to Vancouver Island routes?

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 12, 2019 - 3:17pm Updated: March 12, 2019 - 5:47pm

NANAIMO — With five new ferries on the way, riders have a chance to share their input into how they'd make a trip across the water smoother and more enjoyable.

Dozens and dozens of vessels along the mid-island shore will be loaded with roe herring over the coming weeks.
Dozens and dozens of vessels along the mid-island shore will be loaded with roe herring over the coming weeks. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Annual herring run creates natural phenomenon along mid-island shores

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 11, 2019 - 6:02pm

NANAIMO — The spectacle that is the annual roe herring fishery is underway in the mid-island waters of the Strait of Georgia.

The annual fishery opened on March 9, with dozens of seine vessels taking part in a mad dash to catch their share of this year's 8,300-tonne quota.

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