Body goes unnoticed on ferry overnight
B.C. Ferries has no comment after a man's body was left on a ferry overnight.
The B.C. Coroners Service says the unidentified man walked on to the 9 pm ferry from Departure Bay headed for Horseshoe Bay on February 19th.
Dr. Bill Inkster, with the Coroners Service, says his body wasn't found until the next morning.
Inkster says the man was...(For full story and pictures of the man click on the title)
Major taxpayers fight assessment values
Two large companies are hoping for breaks on their city of Nanaimo property taxes.
In fact, Home Depot has appeals before B.C. Assessment for the past three years, while Woodgrove Centre is contending the past two assessments.
Deputy assessor for the central island Bill Dawson says there are two main factors preventing these disagreements from being settled in a more timely fashion.
He says...(For full story click on title)
Coroner ID's body found in garage fire
The B.C. Coroners Service has released the ID of a man who died in a garage fire in Lantzville on February 25th.
Dead is 55 year old David William Birnie of Lantzville.
The coroners service says Birnie's body was found inside a car in the garage after the fire was put out.
Foul play has been ruled out and RCMP continue to investigate.
Bullying tactics used in phone scam
A phone scam using bullying tactics is the latest to hit Nanaimo.
RCMP Constable Gary O'Brien says a 62 year old man received a call on Wednesday from a man who called himself George Billesky.
He says an individual calls and states he's working for the Department of Justice and quite abrasively says you owe money and if there is any resistance...(For full story click on title)
VIU joins post secondary alliance
Five colleges and universities on Vancouver Island have joined forces and created a post-secondary alliance.
The goal is to further the social and economic prosperity of Vancouver Island and the province through collaboration.
VIU President Ralph Nilson says the schools have been working on this for about five years.
He says they've involved the ministries of labour and...(For full story click on title)
Council will decide on budget after intensive review
Nanaimo city council members are about to roll-up their sleeves following a detailed review of each city department.
The city's director of finance Brian Clemens says since October service level reviews for the city's eight departments were conducted.
He says councillors meet on Thursday and Friday for all day meetings to decide what items to include and what to leave out of this...(For full story click on title)
Funding will create jobs for Nanoose First Nation
The B.C. government is coming through with $75,000 worth of funding for the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation.
The money will go towards buying equipment and training for a band-run landscaping business in Parksville and Nanoose Bay.
The funding is also part of a commitment by the government to help Snaw-Naw-As pay for equipment to maintain the Craig Bay provincial heritage site.
In 1995...(For full story click on title)
Joint investigation leads to arrest
Police in Nanaimo and on Gabriola Island are crediting good teamwork for the arrest of a man accused of using a stolen credit card.
They say a joint investigation led to the arrest of 45 year old Oliver Petersen of Gabriola Island.
Petersen is accused of stealing a credit card during a break and enter on Gabriola on February 19th and then trying to use it at a Nanaimo gas...(For full story click on title)
Fire ruins 7th Street home
Seven people are homeless after their Nanaimo home went up in flames early Monday morning.
It happened in the 300 block of 7th Street just after 2am.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Inspector Rick Kwasnecha says the home will need major repairs, adding it does not appear that the blaze was suspicious.
He says when the crews got there the flames were shooting out of the roof so it was quite a major...(For full story click on title)
RDN may include nuisance dogs in animal control bylaw
The Regional District of Nanaimo may toughen its animal control bylaw to include nuisance dogs.
The RDN's manager of building, bylaw and emergency planning, Tom Armet says there are concerns that not enough protection is in place for livestock owners.
He points to several sheep and a llama killed by dogs in the Coombs-Hilliers area.
RDN directors are expected to address the...(For full story click on title)