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Bathtub Race a right of passage in Nanaimo



Turning a bathtub into a boat worthy of racing in the ocean.

It's a concept that may seem crazy, but in Nanaimo, over the last 49 years, it has become a tradition and an event that has put the harbour city on the global map.

Sunday, July 24, at 11 am racers will set out from Maffeo Sutton Park for the 50th running of the World Championship Bathtub Race.

Former mayor and past...(for full story click title)

Controversial IHealth headed for third party review



There will be a third party review of a controversial electronic record keeping system at Nanaimo Hospital.

The province says the Ministry of Health and Island Health have agreed to conduct a third party review, which will be led by Dr. Doug Cochrance, B.C.'s patient safety and quality officer.

The decision to undertake the review came after a meeting...(for full story click title)

Questions surface in assault investigation in Chemainus



An interesting development in an assault case from Chemainus.

Back on July 12th, a man was attacked as he walked down Victoria Road.

Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday says not long after the media aired the story, two men showed up at the Detachment to talk to investigators about their role in the incident.

“Their perspective was a little bit different, so we're...(for full story click title)

Students get counselling after traumatic experience in France



The healing process is underway for Nanaimo high school students emotionally scarred by a terror attack in Nice, France that left at least 84 people dead.

District 68 assistant superintendent Bob Esliger says about 20 students reached out for help on July 20, for the first in a series of sessions involving a team of counsellors at Wellington Secondary.

Three different sessions were held...(for full story click title)

Thieves target non-profit Boys and Girls Club



It's been a rough go for a Nanaimo non-profit hit hard by thefts and vandalism.

The Nanaimo Boys and Girls Club's Fifth Street location has had eight reported thefts over the last two months alone.

That includes gas lines to vehicles being cut and siphoned gas, costing the organization money and cancelling several trips for kids due to damaged vans.

Nanaimo Boys and Girls Club...(for full story click title)

Selfie gives police easy suspect in purse theft



Snapping a selfie may be the undoing of a less-than-brilliant Nanaimo thief.

Nanaimo RCMP say a woman had her purse, containing her phone, stolen on July 5.

She put her purse down beside her car on Kennedy Street and then went to a nearby garbage bin to throw out a bag. Police report the woman saw a man walking near her car, and when she went back, the man and her purse were gone.

The...(for full story click title)

"Suspicious" fire displaces 12 at old Globe Hotel



Nanaimo Fire Rescue is investigating a fire they call suspicious at a downtown heritage building built in 1887.

Around 10 Wednesday night, crews were called to a second floor apartment at the old Globe Hotel on Front Street.

The flames were contained to one unit, causing moderate damage. There is smoke damage throughout the second floor and water damage to the unit...(for full story click title)

Council calls for new report on garbage automation



Automated garbage collection will not be coming to about 9,000 Nanaimo homes in November.

That's because this week, council dumped their plan from last year, asking staff instead to come back with new recommendations based on the core services review.

Council originally agreed to test automated garbage collection on 9,000 central Nanaimo homes. That decision came after considerable...(for full story click title)

Drowning Prevention Week - Be Water Smart



The number of drowning deaths in BC is down this year.

That's welcome news during National Drowning Prevention Week.

Dale Miller with the Lifesaving Society of BC and the Yukon notes there have been two drowning deaths in the Central Island in 2016, one in Nanaimo and the other in Courtenay.

“From our records, we estimate there'll be 67 drownings in 2015. So far this...(for full story click title)

Provincial money continues to flow to VIU



Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo campus has landed $187,000 from the BC Government to support several “in-demand” trades careers.

VIU's dean of trades and applied technology Glynis Steen says the money will pay for new equipment for several programs, including the automotive department, heavy mechanical, electrical and refrigeration and air conditioning.

Steen...(for full story click title)

Viki Lyne II one step closer to being removed



A boat that has been at the centre of the derelict vessel issue on the coast is one step closer to being removed from Ladysmith harbour.

The federal government has started the tender process for the removal of the Viki Lyne II and the disposal of all pollutants and debris.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson has been lobbying to have the boat removed since being...(for full story click title)

Lack of female role models a factor in tech sector shortage



The executive director of Innovation Island is concerned that so few women in B.C.'s emerging tech sector are in senior leadership roles.

According to the BC Innovation Council, women hold fewer than 10 percent of senior leadership roles in the tech sector, despite the fact women make up 54 percent of post-secondary graduates in the province's science and tech...(for full story click title)

Hikers told to stay clear of trail after cougar spotted



A warning to hikers about a cougar showing predatory behavior on a popular mid-island trail.

The Regional District of Nanaimo reports that a cougar was spotted on the Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail July 15 and hikers are advised to stay clear of that trail until July 22.

The BC Conservation Service is monitoring the case and wants to give the big cat time to clear the trail...(for full story click title)

Unprovoked daylight attack in Chemainus



Police in Chemainus are asking people to be aware of their surroundings after a violent, unprovoked, daylight attack.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday says a 45 year old man was walking down Victoria Road in Chemainus on the evening of July 12, around 5:30, when two men got out of a vehicle and began shouting at him.

Within minutes, the pair started beating the man, in what...(for full story click title)

Police issue warrant for "violent" Nanaimo man



A man considered violent by Nanaimo RCMP is wanted.

34 year old Brian Thomas Jr. of Nanaimo is wanted for assault, uttering threats and breaching probation.

He's a First Nations man, 5'11, 140 pounds with short brown hair. If you have any information call police or Crime Stoppers.

Police caution he should not be approached if you come across...(for a picture click the title)