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CUPE and city ratify deal

About 750 unionized city of Nanaimo employees have a new deal.

Council and CUPE local 401 have ratified a new deal that covers from January 2014 to December 31, 2016.

The three year deal contains a total wage hike of 6%.

There are also modest improvements to benefits and allowances.

Media veteran unsure if daily paper will remain in Nanaimo

A former longtime newspaper editor predicts publications will shut down following a huge sale.

Black Press has bought 11 newspapers from Glacier Media, including eight on Vancouver Island, and Merv Unger believes several papers on the island will be scrapped as a result.

Unger, who spent more than 50 years in the media business, isn't convinced Nanaimo will have a daily newspaper when...(For full story click on title)

Substance abuse programs coming to Nanaimo

Two new programs are coming to the mid-island to help fight substance abuse.

Island Health's Director of mental health and substance abuse Keva Glynn says six supportive recovery beds for women for up to 90-day stays, as well as two crisis stabilization beds for aboriginal youth will be offered in the spring.

Glynn says boosting substance abuse care across Vancouver...(For full story click on title)

Stolen phone belonging to dead sister returned to woman

After mourning the loss of her sister, and then having some of her sisters personal items stolen - finally some good news for Michelle Pearson.

Thursday morning the Campbell River woman walked out of the Nanaimo apartment she was staying in, to find her sisters stolen phone had been returned with family photos and voice messages still on it.

Nanaimo police also recovered her stolen...(For full story click on title)

Arrest made in fatal hit and run

Comox Valley RCMP have made an arrest in the hit and run that claimed the life of 48-year-old Paul Bally on Monday.

Thanks to a tip from the public, the RCMP located a 2003 Ford F350 that matches the description of the vehicle in the hit and run.

They also took a 55-year-old Comox man into custody, and it's expected he will appear in court Thursday on charges of leaving the scene of...(For full story click on title)

Mid-island newspapers sold to Black Press

A major takeover has been announced affecting several local newspapers.

Black Press has bought 11 newspapers from Glacier Media, including 8 on Vancouver Island.

The Nanaimo Daily News and Oceanside Star are among the papers that have been bought.

Black Press President Rick O'Connor is saying little about the sale, but did tell us that it's too early to comment on potential job...(For full story click on title)

Dredging work will begin shortly for float home development

Work is expected to start soon on a first of its kind development in Nanaimo.

Scott Valliere, owner of Harbour Homes Marina, says he's been given permission from the DFO to start dredging work for a float home development at the old Nanaimo Shipyard site.

Valliere says dredging will start on February 1st to make way for 60 float home locations and a 100 slip marina.

He says this is...(For full story click on title)

Leaking waste water pipe finally fixed

Contractors have finally fixed a stubborn leak that was spewing treated waste water for nearly a week into the ocean near Nanaimo's Neck Point Park.

The RDN's Manager of waste water services Sean De Pol says the leak in their outfall pipe at Morningside Park following last week's flooding was difficult to patch up.

He says because they were in a really tight area and on the...(For full story click on title)

Irreplaceable items from dead family member stolen from car

A vehicle break in on Selby street on Tuesday night has had a heart wrenching impact on a Vancouver Island family.

Michelle Pearson says her sister passed away suddenly in late November and some of her sisters irreplaceable items and other keepsakes were stolen from her car.

She says her luggage that was in the car had her sisters photos, her belongings, her favourite teddy bear, her...(For full story click on title)

Tilray gets zoning for massive expansion

Nanaimo city council has approved rezoning that clears the way for a massive expansion of a medical marijuana facility south of town.

Tilray is looking to build a new 284,000 square foot facility, next to their current operation at Duke Point.

The current 60,000 square foot production and research plant opened in April 2014, and employs over 100 people.

It's expected the new...(For full story click on title)

Pipe leaking waste water proves to be tough fix

Contractors are trying to fix a leak which is sending treated waste water into the ocean near Nanaimo's Neck Point Park.

The Regional District of Nanaimo's aging outfall pipe sprang two leaks last Wednesday due to localized flooding. One was fixed the next day, but the other is still gushing.

The RDN's Manager of Waste Water Services Sean De Pol...(For full story click on title)

Canada-wide warrant issued for Nanaimo man

A Canada-wide Warrant has been issued for a Nanaimo man wanted for parole violations.

Police say Jesse Wayne Goodale, who also uses the name Chase Goodale, is from Nanaimo and has family and contacts throughout central Vancouver Island.

Goodale is white, 5 foot 10, 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes,

He has several tattoos on his forearms and hands, most notably...(For full story click on title)

Police look for truck involved in fatal hit and run

Comox Valley RCMP are looking for a suspect vehicle after a cyclist was struck and killed near Fanny Bay Monday night.

The 48-year-old male cyclist was found in a ditch on Highway 19A and was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police say the vehicle involved is a white Ford and will likely have damage to the front passenger side, the headlight assembly and possibly the windshield.

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

Fundraising effort for mother injured in riding accident

A fundraising effort is underway for a former Nanaimo woman seriously hurt in a horse back riding accident.

28-year-old Katie Muller is a quadriplegic after being thrown from her horse near Victoria on November 30th.

It's expected Muller, a mother of two boys, will need one year of rehabilitative care in Vancouver.

You can donate at gofundme.com/katiejean.

Mulcair pitches National Childcare Plan during stop in Nanaimo

Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair made a campaign style address during a visit to the mid-island.

At Little Ferns Early Learning Centre at Nanaimo's John Barsby Secondary School, Tom Mulcair promoted his party's National Childcare Plan.

Mulcair says their plan of creating 400,000 childcare spaces in their first term in office is not a one size fits all approach to delivering...(For full story click on title)