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RCMP ready for busy Halloween night

Expect an increased police presence around town Friday.

Nanaimo RCMP Cpl. Norm Smith says even though they're banned, they're always going to see fireworks.

He says people will go out of their way to get them and you will be fined if you are in possession of fireworks and are lighting them off.

Smith says they will have more officers on duty, especially in...(For full story click on title)

Food Bank eyes move to larger warehouse

The Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank has gone public with plans to move into a much larger warehouse.

Executive Director Peter Sinclair says they have eyes on a 6000 square foot space in the south-end, which would be a huge upgrade on their current 500 square foot Farquhar Street facility.

He says this move would allow them to hand out food more often.

He says the other...(For full story click on title)

Employment Minister speaks to wrap up economic summit in Nanaimo

Immigration dominated a speech by federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney in Nanaimo Thursday.

Speaking at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Kenney says the new Express Entry System, which starts on January 1st, involves a pre-screening process linking employers and foreign workers.

He says the program is expected to attract 150,000 immigrants a year.

He says if employers have...(For full story click on title)

Premier announces funding for VIU during speech in Nanaimo

Premier Christy Clark used her speech at the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance summit to announce some funding for universities on Vancouver Island.

Royals Roads, UVIC and VIU will share in 2.6 million dollars worth of funding.

VIU gets just under $500,000 to fund several research projects.

One of the projects will measure the level of chemicals in...(For full story click on title)

Port Authority hopes business case will lead to senior government funding

The Nanaimo Port Authority is making a push to improve its infrastructure.

Port Authority President Bernie Dumas says an independent economic survey shows this year the port is supporting 6400 jobs and 350 million dollars in wages.

He says it's key to provide a business case to encourage senior government investment.

He says for their importers and exporters and their companies in...(For full story click on title)

Extreme Weather Shelter blends well with community

Nanaimo's Social Planner is pleased with how the Extreme Weather Shelter has blended in with the community.

The low barrier homeless shelter at First Unitarian Church on Townsite Road opens its doors on Saturday night for a seventh year of service.

John Horn says the shelter has not been a problem over the years.

He says there was some trepidation amongst the community...(For full story click on title)

Free event focuses on living well with diabetes

The Canadian Diabetes Association is hosting a free public health forum on Saturday in Nanaimo.

The Association's Penny Murray says the event, which coincides with the start of Diabetes Awareness Month, is open to everyone, even if you don't have diabetes.

She says it's going to be about diabetes but it's about prevention and a lot of the tips about living well with...(For full story click on title)

Motorized wheelchair hit by truck

A 62-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair struck by a pick up in Nanaimo Tuesday night remains in hospital in Victoria.

Witnesses told police that the victim suddenly swerved into oncoming traffic on Highway 19A at Poplar Street and was hit by a northbound truck.

The driver of the vehicle, a 59-year-old from Duncan was not hurt.

RCMP say rain, slick roads and poor visibility were...(For full story click on title)

Rally encourages higher voter turnout

A rally was held in Nanaimo to encourage more people to vote in the upcoming civic election.

Tuesday's noon-hour gathering drew about 50 people to Nanaimo City Hall and was organized by the Central Island Multicultural Society.

Executive Director Hilde Schlosar says most immigrants are excited about the chance to vote.

She says it might have taken them 3 or 4 years before they get...(For full story click on title)

Galiano man confronts police with axe

A 35-year-old Galiano Island man is facing numerous charges after an incident on Sunday.

RCMP say David Fulton assaulted a 48-year-old man at a pub on Galiano.

Police say when they went to Fulton's house to arrest him later in the evening, a struggle ensued.

Fulton is alleged to have grabbed an axe and confronted the officers on several occasions.

The Emergency Response Team was...(For full story click on title)

WestJet's President likes potential of expansion in Nanaimo

WestJet Encore has an eye on growth at Nanaimo Airport but the company's President says they won't rush any decisions.

Ferio Pugilese says Nanaimo is an attractive market with more potential for increased aviation service.

He says they're a growing airline so they're always looking to partner with communities that are in the same mode, noting they grow very cautiously and...(For full story click on title)

Canada-wide warrant issued for Nanaimo man

A Canada-wide warrant was issued Monday for Ben Moen of Nanaimo.

The 37-year-old violated his early release conditions, calling for him not to consume or possess illegal drugs.

Police say Moen has a history of violence and should not be approached.

He's 6'1, 175 pounds with short brown hair and hazel eyes, and he has many tattoos on his arms and neck.

Moen has many contacts...(For full story and a picture click on title)

Zoning for Hilton Hotel adopted

It's still a long way from becoming a reality, but another step forward for the proposed Hilton Hotel on Nanaimo's waterfront.

Monday night, Nanaimo council adopted a zoning amendment to allow for the 33 storey Front Street hotel project.

One of the major issues remaining is the proposed lease of a small portion of Georgia Park to the proponent.

Some people have voiced...(For full story click on title)

Hotel tax revenue will no longer fund Newcastle cultural centre

The city of Nanaimo is making some changes to their hotel tax proposal, as they seek provincial approval for the tax.

The 2% fee, to be paid for by clients of hotels, motels and hostels, was originally adopted by council in May.

At the time council identified three initiatives that the money was to be used for, including support for Snuneymuxw First Nation plans to build...(For full story click on title)

Bike lanes, improved pedestrian access proposed in hospital area project

A project geared toward pedestrians and replacing underground infrastructure in Nanaimo's hospital area is in the final planning stages.

City council will be asked in the new year to approve installing a dedicated bike lane along the length of the Boundary Avenue and Crescent corridor.

Bush Street, Pryde Avenue and a portion of Townsite Road would also have a bike lane put in.

City...(For full story click on title)