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Nanaimo man arrested in Osoyoos



A Nanaimo man with outstanding warrants in B.C. and Alberta has been arrested in Osoyoos.

Mounties say 20-year-old Dillan Cote is wanted for stolen property and obstruction charges in connection with separate incidents in Penticton and Edmonton.

When police arrived at a home Thursday to arrest Cote, he fled, shirtless and shoeless.

Officers eventually found Cote hiding in a bush and arrested him.

Island charity links veterans with dogs to help battle PTSD



The new non-profit group Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs is ramping up its efforts to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.

President Barb Ashmead of Qualicum Beach says they match veterans battling PTSD with dogs, which comes with classes to develop necessary skills.

She says early reviews of the program from veterans on the island have been great, including a former...(For full story click on title)

Still no building permit issued for conference centre hotel project



Despite a ribbon cutting ceremony back in August, a hotel project to go with Nanaimo's conference centre still doesn't have a building permit.

Chinese travel agent SSS Manhao took possession of the land on Gordon Street in November of 2013 and at that time indicated they would be applying for a building permit before Christmas of that year.

The city's Real Estate Manager, Bill...(For full story click on title)

MP Lunney wondered how shooter got so far down hall



Chilling details of the shooting attacks on Parliament Hill from Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney.

He says gunshots rang out just before the Prime Minister was about to address the Conservative caucus.

He says when the shots rang out just outside the caucus room it seemed like an amazing number of shots and he had to wonder how a shooter could make it so far down the hall, noting he was...(For full story click on title)

House of Commons back in session one day after attack



Police are looking for possible accomplices to the lone gunman who murdered a Canadian soldier on Wednesday at the National War Memorial.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed before the gunman was shot dead inside the parliament buildings.

Prime Minister Harper is calling the shooting death of Corporal Cirillo a "terrorist attack".

He says in the days to come we will learn more...(For full story click on title)

Teen jumped in unprovoked attack outside NDSS



Nanaimo RCMP are investigating an unprovoked assault outside NDSS.

Constable Gary O'Brien says a 15-year-old boy was attacked by a stranger around 10:35 Wednesday morning.

He says the teen said he was on the sidewalk directly in front of the school when a male walked by and for unknown reasons grabbed him by the shirt, pushed him to the ground and when he went to the ground he hit his...(For full story click on title)

Gunman kills soldier at Ottawa War Memorial, charges Parliament building



Ottawa police are confirming a soldier shot twice at point-blank range as he stood on guard Wednesday morning at the National War Memorial has died.

And they say a gunman who burst into the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, firing as many as 30 shots, is also dead.

The Ottawa Civic Hospital says it has two patients in stable condition.

Police continue to search Parliament Hill...(For full story click on title)

Upgrades at dangerous intersection on hold



It's a high priority road safety improvement project, but it's currently on hold because of a lack of funding.

Nanaimo's Manager of Engineering Projects, Poul Rosen, says the 2.9 million dollar upgrade plan for the intersection of Northfield, Boundary and Highway 19A is about $800,000 short on funding.

Rosen says there are a number of significant changes in the plan.

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

ICBC pushes pedestrian safety



ICBC has rolled out a pedestrian safety campaign designed to cut down on the number of people killed and injured on B.C. roads.

ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Colleen Woodger says changing weather conditions put pedestrians more at risk.

She says the weather changes and it's daylight savings hours and they see a huge increase in accidents involving pedestrians in the months of November...(For full story click on title)

Vehicle torched on secluded road



Nanaimo RCMP are looking into a suspicious vehicle fire.

Constable Gary O'Brien says the fire happened on Saturday morning about a mile up South Forks Road.

He says the owner had been out hunting and when he returned the car was fully engulfed in flames and there was nothing left of it, adding that based on information from someone in the area, they know the fire happened probably...(For full story click on title)

Drop in enrollment presents more budget concerns for SD68



School District 68 has about 250 students less than expected, which doesn't help its financial situation.

Secretary-Treasurer Phil Turin says less money from the province to fund students will take a chunk out of their safety net fund.

He says based on what he sees, their funding protection would be just over $200,000 for next year, so there's a significant difference with the...(For full story click on title)

Meteorologist expects warm weather to contiue



Expect a trend of warmer than normal weather on mid-Vancouver Island to continue.

That prediction from Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist, who says it appears fall will remain mild, as will December, January and February.

He says the main reason being is that the Pacific Ocean west of the island is much warmer than average, anywhere from 1 to 4 degrees above...(For full story click on title)

Council gives green light for final land buys in Linley Valley



Linley Valley Park will soon measure over 400 acres.

Nanaimo council has given staff the green light to buy the final 2 pieces of the Linley Valley Parkland Acquisition Program.

The final purchase represents 2 million of the 5.6 million dollars being spent to pickup just over 177 acres in Linley Valley.

The city had originally planned on spending nearly 8 million...(For full story click on title)

Search continues for missing boaters off north Island



Still no sign of two men after their boat sunk just north of Campbell River.

RCMP says a search for the men was hampered on the weekend by high winds and the search will continue Monday.

A third man from the 67-foot boat was rescued early Saturday morning when a zodiac from a nearby Alaskan ferry responded.

However, the other two men were not located following...(For full story click on title)

Bears hunting for food ahead of hibernation



The B.C. Conservation Service is calling on people to help keep bears in the woods and not rummaging for food in your neighbourhood.

Conservation Officer Stuart Bates says Vancouver Island black bears are fattening up now before most doze into winter hibernation.

He says food is the only thing on a bears' mind right now.

He says it is really important for people to secure their...(For full story click on title)