Provincial Politics

MLA Doug Routley, mayor Leonard Krog, school board chair Charlene McKay and housing minister Selina Robinson announce a new partnership in Nanaimo Monday.
MLA Doug Routley, mayor Leonard Krog, school board chair Charlene McKay and housing minister Selina Robinson announce a new partnership in Nanaimo Monday. Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

Partnership aims to transform Harewood sites to help 'community under stress'

By Dominic Abassi
December 17, 2018 - 5:55pm

NANAIMO — There's no timeline, budget or firm plans in place, but there is palpable excitement over a new partnership with the potential to transform underutilized sites in the heart of Harewood.

Sheila Malcolmson (left) celebrating with current NDP MLA's Selina Robinson, Scott Fraser and Rob Fleming
Sheila Malcolmson (left) celebrating with current NDP MLA's Selina Robinson, Scott Fraser and Rob Fleming Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Sheila Malcolmson acclaimed as BC NDP's candidate in high-stakes Nanaimo byelection

By Spencer Sterritt
December 16, 2018 - 3:34pm Updated: December 16, 2018 - 7:10pm

NANAIMO — To no surprise, Nanaimo's federal representative is now officially the BC NDP candidate to represent the Nanaimo riding in an upcoming provincial byelection.

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Forest companies heading for China without B.C. government officials

By The Canadian Press
December 10, 2018 - 6:17pm

VICTORIA — Forest industry leaders from British Columbia are continuing a trade mission to China without provincial government officials, who are cutting short the trip to Asia as a court case involving a senior executive of Huawei Technologies unfolds in Vancouver.

The Good Food Box program, around for nearly 30 years in Nanaimo, is in need of some financial support after losing provincial funding.
The Good Food Box program, around for nearly 30 years in Nanaimo, is in need of some financial support after losing provincial funding. Nanaimo Foodshare Society

Nanaimo Foodshare turns to community after losing funding for Good Food Box program

By Dominic Abassi
December 10, 2018 - 6:12pm Updated: December 10, 2018 - 10:00pm

NANAIMO — A program which provides the only fresh, healthy food many Nanaimo homes get every month is facing an uncertain future.

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.

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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