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NRGH Doctor says summer schedule is full

A longtime doctor at Nanaimo Hospital's emergency room hopes last summer isn't repeated, which he describes as a "black mark" for patient care at the department.

Doctor Kevin McMeel says they were basically a physician short a day last June through August at the NRGH emergency ward.

He says the numbers of patients that left without being seen...(For full story click on title)

Nanaimo woman dies after north end crash

A 77-year-old Nanaimo woman is dead after a two vehicle crash on Applecross Road.

Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O'Brien says it happened Monday night at 8:45.

He says she was traveling northbound when her car clipped a car that was merging into traffic in the same direction. He says this caused the deceased to lose control of her car, spin around, go to the other side of the road, go...(For full story click on title)

SD68 sees drop in vandalism expenses

School District 68 reports a sharp drop in the cost of vandalism over the last five years.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools Spokesperson Donna Reimer says they spent nearly $150,000 repairing damage to their facilities during the 2009-10 school year.

She says that number plummeted to $39,000 last school year.

Reimer says efforts to fight the high price tag of vandalism were...(For full story click on title)

Island Timberlands says no plans to log near Cathedral Grove

Loggers have their eyes on forests around Cathedral Grove, according to conservation groups.

Environmentalists took advantage of Earth Day to urge protection of trees surrounding MacMillan Provincial Park, saying Island Timberlands has built a road and could begin harvesting just 300 metres from the park boundary.

However Bill Waugh, Island Timberlands General Manager...(For full story click on title)

Nanaimo pot grower recalls product

A Nanaimo based medicinal marijuana operation is voluntarily recalling some of its pot.

A Health Canada news release states that Greenleaf Medicinals is telling its patients not to use a certain batch of Purple Kush pot.

The recall is due to the company's production practices.

Greenleaf Medicinals has informed Health Canada that it's presently working with other licensed...(For full story click on title)

NDTA President reacts after teachers move to stage one strike action

The B.C. Teachers' Federation has announced that stage one strike action will start Wednesday.

The union's bid for a new contract means that teachers province wide will not be doing administrative work, including before and after school supervision of students.

Nanaimo District Teachers' Association President Mike Ball says they feel now is the time to put pressure on the...(For full story click on title)

South end recycling facility proposal heads to public hearing

Regional Recycling Nanaimo wants to serve a need in the city's south end, while residents are citing traffic and other concerns in opposition of the proposal.

Both sides will be able to speak at a public hearing, after zoning amendments and changes to the official community plan passed two readings on Monday night.

Tim Wait, with Regional Recycling, says the proposed recycling...(For full story click on title)

Passing motorists save small boy from crash wreckage

Two strangers worked together to rescue a two year old boy from a flipped vehicle Tuesday afternoon just south of Nanaimo.

Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O'Brien says a mother was driving on the highway with her two sons near Morden Road when she lost control, clipped a truck and flipped her car.

O'Brien says the mother and her seven year old son were...(For full story click on title)

Office space will provide resources to tech start-ups

Office space is being made available for start-up tech firms on mid Vancouver Island in need of guidance and support.

The Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation and Innovation Island have teamed up to create nearly 7000 square feet of office space known as Square One.

NedCorp CEO Sasha Angus says the user pay system surrounds burgeoning tech firms with the necessary support.

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