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Gabriola residents set to vote on transit service



A public bus service vote on Gabriola Island happens Saturday, February 13th.

At stake is whether the average Area 'B' homeowner is willing to spend about $38 a year more in taxes for the service, which would continue to be run by the Gabriola Community Bus Foundation.

Daniel Pearce is the Manager of Transit Operations for the Regional District of Nanaimo.

He says it's...(for full story click on title)

Gas tax money flows to mid-island communities



One of two annual federal gas tax payouts has been made.

222 applications for infrastructure projects were filed province-wide, of which, 57 were approved, including three on the mid-island.

Most notably, Qualicum Beach lands $600,000 to improve pedestrian infrastructure on Memorial Avenue along with a utility upgrade on that road as well.

$80,000 in Ladysmith and nearly...(for full story click on title)

Tubbers tournament back for 35th edition



It's a milestone for one of the biggest hockey tournaments in western Canada.

The 35th annual Tubbers Hockey Tournament takes over Nanaimo's four ice sheets Friday through Sunday afternoon.

Organizer Tim Paugh says about 500 players are competing.

He says there are 7 divisions made up of 35 teams from Nanaimo, the island, the Lower Mainland and the interior.

Beer gardens are...(for full story click on title)

Film Fest Weekend in Nanaimo



The 11th annual 'Vancouver Island Short Film Festival' is this weekend in Nanaimo.

13 films, all 12-minutes or less, will be judged during three showings at VIU's Malaspina Theatre.

The line up includes comedies, documentaries, dramas and a psych thriller.

Awards will be presented after the final showing Saturday night.

Tickets are available at the Port Theatre box...(for full story click title)

Discount Ferry Rates on the Way



More discounts are on the way for BC Ferries customers.

From March 10th to 29th, passenger fares will be 30 percent off on the major routes, Monday to Thursday and Saturday, on select sailings.

Over the last year, BC Ferries has offered a range of discounts on vehicle and passenger fares.

The discounts are in an effort to gather information on how people react to variable pricing...(for full story click title)

Woman drives car through fences and yards, lands on deck in wild crash



A shocking crash in north Nanaimo.

It happened late Wednesday night when RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart says an erratically driven westbound car on Hammond Bay Road ended up on the back deck of a home on Vista View Crescent.

Stuart says it's believed the car went through a series of fences and yards and around behind a house before finally coming to a stop.

He says when you...(for full story click on title)

Preliminary numbers from homeless census show increase over 2008 numbers



Some preliminary numbers are in from this week's homeless count in Nanaimo.

Courtney Defriend is the coordinator of the point in time count.

She says they already have some significant numbers.

She says even though they're missing about five of their site reports, they're already up to about 130 that have been surveyed, not including the...(for full story click on title)

Strange lights in the sky turn out to be high-altitude kite, again



The mystery surrounding odd lights floating above north Nanaimo early Wednesday morning has been solved.

Several postings were made on social media sites from people wondering what the lights were and RCMP received several calls.

Police say it was a high-altitude kite with LED lights which was traced to a man flying it from the Nanaimo North Town Centre parking lot.

RCMP Cpl. Jon...(for full story click on title)

No Day off for Justice



Being off-duty didn't stop a pair of Nanaimo police officers from finding a very expensive stolen mountain bike.

Oceanside RCMP say the two officers were enjoying a day off on Monday, mountain biking in Parksville.

That's when they spotted a man riding what they recognized as a stolen 46-hundred dollar bike from a shop in Nanaimo.

Even though they had the day off, they arrested...(for full story click title)

New SPCA Location in Nanaimo



Another 50-thousand dollars is being sought to help support the new Nanaimo and District SPCA branch.

Construction started late last year and is expected to open in June according to branch manager Leon Davis.

But he says nearly 50-thousand dollars has been raised so far, adding the rest is needed for a pair of member based dog parks

Those willing to help financially can...(for full story click title)

VIRL Deal



There will be labour peace at Vancouver Island Regional Library for the next five years.

CUPE local 401 and the library have ratified a deal that covers until the end of 2019.

The deal includes some benefit improvements and a two percent, per year wage increase.

CUPE 401 represents more than 200 library workers.

VIUSU says government has "lost control" of advanced education



Some harsh words for the Ministry of Advanced Education from the Vancouver Island University Students' Union

Spokesman Patrick Barbosa says the Ministry has lost control of the sector.

VIU administration is looking at hiking fees by 6.5%.

Barbosa says he understands that VIU has to look for ways to replace funding cuts.

He says for the past three years the B.C. government cut...(for full story click on title)

Krog Throne Speech Reaction



The throne speech in Victoria Tuesday included a focus on soaring housing prices.

The BC government is promising better opportunities for buyers to get into the market, but no specifics on how to make that happen.

Nanaimo NDP mla Leonard Krog says a commitment to subsidized housing is badly needed as it can have huge benefits for the economy.

Krog also doesn't think liquified...(for full story click title)

Nan Parking Rules



The City of Nanaimo is reminding people that cars parked on city streets must be moved after 24 hours in one spot.

The City's Rod Davidson says it's particularly an issue in the Brechin Hill area near the Departure Bay ferry terminal and has been in the V-I-U area in the past.

Davidson adds cars parked for long periods can create unsafe streets for pedestrians and are very...(for full story click title)

New Cable Ferry



BC Ferries predicts close to two-million dollars in annual operating costs will be saved by switching to a new environmentally-friendly ferry.

BC Ferries says the 'Baynes Sound Connector' now serving Buckley Bay-Denman Island uses less than half the fuel as the previous cable ferry.

The same schedule remains in effect for the new 50-vehicle vessel.