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Diego was brought in to the free animal clinic for a checkup and appears to be doing well.
Diego was brought in to the free animal clinic for a checkup and appears to be doing well. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Free animal clinic gives heartwarming help to low-income Nanaimo families

By Spencer Sterritt
April 18, 2019 - 3:35pm Updated: April 18, 2019 - 5:15pm

NANAIMO — Vet bills can be enough to put families on stable financial footing into debt, but they can devastate those struggling to stay off the streets.

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.

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.

Building the Good Food Boxes is a community event where members of Nanaimo's diversability community come together to help provide healthy meals to those in need.
Building the Good Food Boxes is a community event where members of Nanaimo's diversability community come together to help provide healthy meals to those in need. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Valuable Good Food Box program to expand thanks to community support

By Spencer Sterritt
April 13, 2019 - 2:36pm

NANAIMO — An essential program ensuring affordable, healthy meals in Nanaimo will continue long into the future thanks to community fundraising and support.

Date rape drugs were reportedly used on two women at an undisclosed Nanaimo nightclub on April 5.
Date rape drugs were reportedly used on two women at an undisclosed Nanaimo nightclub on April 5. Associated Press

Nanaimo RCMP warning everyone to keep a close eye on their drinks

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
April 12, 2019 - 11:23am

NANAIMO — Police are warning partygoers to never leave their drinks unattended and not wait to report something suspicious at a club or event.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said two women reportedly had their drinks spiked at a downtown Nanaimo nightclub on Friday, April 5.

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