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Excavator damages ferry, leads to cancelled sailing and delays

Travel plans for thousands of BC Ferries' customers were derailed after a truck did some damage Thursday night.

Ferries' spokesperson Deborah Marshall says it happened while the 8:15 ferry at Duke Point was loading.

She says it was a flat-bed truck that had an excavator on top and the excavator hit the top of the deck head on the Coastal Inspiration, spilling diesel fuel onto...(For full story click on title)

Lack of rental stock a big issue in affordable housing crisis

What's being called an affordable rental housing crisis in Canada and in B.C. is just as prevalent here in the mid-island region.

New numbers released in the BC Non-Profit Housing Association's Rental Housing Index show that our region is ranked among the bottom five in the entire country in affordability and overspending.

Jim Spinelli, Executive Director with Nanaimo Affordable...(For full story click on title)

Body pulled from Chemainus Lake

A tragic end to the search for a missing boater on Chemainus Lake.

The body of a 22 year old man was pulled from the water Wednesday afternoon.

He had gone missing earlier in the day when the canoe he was in flipped over.

Police say the man pulled from the water grew up in Duncan but some reports were that he now lives in Nanaimo.

The other canoeist, a 22 year old Nanaimo man, made...(For full story click on title)

Alberta, B.C. tourists boost strong season

All signs point to this being a banner year for tourism on Vancouver Island.

Tourism Vancouver Island President Dave Petryk says while he doesn't have hard numbers yet, he's hearing reports of growth between 4 and 8 percent from island operators.

Petryk says the low Canadian dollar has brought an increase in visitors who didn't travel too far to get here.

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

Hamperville program in full swing

A massive annual Christmas hamper program in Nanaimo is well under way.

Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank and the Salvation Army have teamed up for Hamperville, which feeds the less fortunate in the Nanaimo area during the holidays.

Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Peter Sinclair says they're expecting a five percent growth in food handouts this year.

He says they're...(For full story click on title)

"Poppy Thief" gets 5 months

A man who stole several poppy donation tins around Nanaimo is going to spend some time in jail.

49 year old Anthony Britt has been sentenced to five months in jail for stealing poppy donation tins from four different locations around town.

Nanaimo RCMP are crediting people on social media for spreading pictures of Britt, leading to his quick arrest.

Report puts child poverty rate in Nanaimo above national average

A child poverty report says almost one in five Canadian children live below the poverty line.

In B.C., 13 regional districts had rates between 20 and 30 percent.

In Nanaimo, it was 22.9%, which is lower than 2012, but Signy Madden of the local United Way says it's still too high.

She says people are making choices do I pay for rent or do I buy food, so a lot of the agencies they...(For full story click on title)

NEDC hires new CEO

After an extensive search, the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation has chosen John Hankins as the new CEO.

NEDC Spokesman Andre Sullivan says Hankins has an impressive resume, including serving five years as the vice president of Calgary Economic Development.

He says Hankins has a good mix of economic development experience and private sector experience so he knows what it's like...(For full story click on title)

Nanaimo man caught in Tahsis bust

A Nanaimo man is facing charges after a drug bust near Tahsis.

Police made the bust after stopping a suspicious vehicle leaving the village on November 18th.

Constable Ryan Walker says a significant amount of packaged marijuana, ready for distribution, was found in the car.

He says charges have been approved against a 29 year old Nanaimo man, Mario Kurtakis, including possession for...(For full story click on title)

Coroner ID's man killed on Parkway

The BC Coroners Service has released the name of a man killed on the Nanaimo Parkway last Friday.

The Coroner says 28 year old Patrick Stephen Harty, from Lloydminster, Alberta, was hit by a northbound car on the Parkway, just past Woodgrove Centre.

He was dead at the scene.

Nanaimo RCMP said at the time speed and alcohol were not factors and Harty was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing.

State of the Child report released

A report detailing the health of children six years and under in the Nanaimo region has been released.

The State of the Child report from The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership points to a few troubling facts, as explained by mid-island Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback.

He says there's a decrease in absolute income, while we...(For full story click on title)