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Seniors' Advocate makes stop in Qualicum



B.C.'s Seniors' Advocate is visiting Qualicum Beach to hear the issues affecting the elderly.

Isobel Mackenzie will be at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Wednesday from 10 am to noon for a town hall style meeting.

Mackenzie says housing is the number one concern she's hearing from seniors, adding that housing costs are the big barrier in larger, urban places.

She says the...(For full story click on title)

Habitat's ReStore on pace for record year



The Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of mid-Vancouver Island says the strength of their ReStore has been critical.

Teresa Ludvigson says 2014 will be a record year for the Nanaimo based store, with an expected 35,000 transactions and about $700,000 in sales.

She says the ReStore offers everything and anything you can think of for home renovations, from lighting to...(For full story click on title)

Bastion named one of top buildings in B.C.



Nanaimo's Bastion building has been named one of the best 100 buildings in B.C.

The Bastion ranked third on Vancouver Island as part of a contest hosted by the Architectural Foundation of B.C. to mark 100 years of architecture as a profession in the province.

The Hudson's Bay Company opened the Bastion in 1855 to oversee Nanaimo's inner harbour to protect its coal mining operations.

New-look council seating on the way for new year



City of Nanaimo councillors will be conducting their business face-to-face at meetings starting in the new year.

The city is spending $4000 to create a horseshoe shaped council table, where councillors will be facing each other and sitting next to staff.

Right now, councillors face the crowd and staff.

The new seating configuration is intended to improve...(For full story click on title)

MLA Krog responds to Child Poverty Report Card



A coalition of advocacy groups says the level of child poverty is growing in B.C.

In its annual B.C. Child Poverty Report Card released Monday, First Call says roughly 1 in 5 children in the province were living in poverty in 2012.

Nanaimo NDP MLA Leonard Krog says the province needs to increase social assistance rates and look at a reasonable increase in the minimum wage.

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

First aid attendant and defibrillator save man during rec hockey game



For the third time since 2009, a defibrillator at a city of Nanaimo facility has saved someone's life.

Last Thursday, a 34-year-old man went into cardiac arrest on the bench while playing beer league hockey at Frank Crane Arena.

Darren Chadwick, who is a level 3 first aid attendant, was playing in the game and jumped into action.

He says he noticed a big commotion at the other...(For full story click on title)

Man sent to hospital after being hit by car



A man hit by a car in downtown Nanaimo is recovering in hospital.

RCMP Constable Gary O'Brien says it happened Monday morning at 9:45 at the intersection of Terminal Avenue and Commercial Street.

He says the pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 60's, was hit while using the crosswalk.

He says he had some cuts to his hand and was taken to...(For full story click on title)

Festival of Trees raises money for Children's Hospital



A fundraiser for B.C. Children's Hospital is infusing some Christmas cheer into Nanaimo North Town Centre.

The Festival of Trees in support of B.C. Children's Hospital involves up to 25 trees standing until January 4th sponsored by corporate partners.

Cheryl Campbell, Marketing Director for Nanaimo North Town Centre, says you can vote for your favourite tree for a good...(For full story click on title)

Inactive card used to buy goods at Staples



Nanaimo RCMP are looking for two people following the fraudulent use of a credit card at the Staples in Brooks Landing.

Constable Gary O'Brien says it happened on October 29th when $400 in goods were bought by a man using an inactive pre-paid credit card.

He says police are working closely with Saanich police and they believe these suspects are linked to at least three other...(For full story click on title)

Nanaimo businessman gets record deal on Dragon's Den



A Nanaimo businessman has landed a record amount of cash on the popular CBC series Dragon's Den.

Morgan Carey, President and CEO of Real Estate Webmasters, secured two million dollars for 5% of his company from Dragon's Michael Wekerle and Jim Treliving.

Carey plans to build an executive team and grow the Nanaimo based company well beyond the 130 employees it has now.

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

Bird attack not typical



The B.C. Conservation Service calls a large bird attack on three Nanaimo men rare.

The men were charged late Wednesday afternoon by an eagle, hawk or possibly an owl on the beach access stairs at the end of Blueback Road in Nanaimo's north end.

One of the runners had minor cuts to his scalp from the bird's talons.

Conservation Officer Brittany Mueller says attacks like this are...(For full story click on title)

Health Officer says now is the time to get a flu shot



Mid-island Medical Health Officer Doctor Paul Hasselback urges people who haven't gotten a flu shot to get one now.

He says it doesn't make sense to wait much longer, noting it was early January when people scrambled to get their shot last year, which led to a vaccine shortage.

He says that is not the time to come looking for flu vaccine...(For full story click on title)

Kettle Campaign kicks off



Friday is the kick off for the Nanaimo Salvation Army's annual Kettle Campaign.

Spokesperson Dawne Anderson says all the money raised stays in Nanaimo.

She says it's for all the activities and programs they have downtown at the New Hope Centre, with the meal program for lunch and suppers and hampers and the emergency shelter, it's all partly funded by the money they raise at...(For full story click on title)

Bird attacks men on north-end stairs



A warning about an aggressive large bird that gave three Nanaimo men a huge scare in the city's north-end.

Click on the title to hear Ian Holmes' report.

New program aims to better connect families to community



Provincial government money is supporting a new program to help families with mental health and substance abuse issues feel more connected to Nanaimo.

Lesley Clarke, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Women's Resource Society, says the nearly $189,000 over three years will support local families who are socially isolated.

She says they want to take it back to those families that...(For full story click on title)