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Advance voting for Nanaimo municipal election begins in a week

Voting will be opening up soon for those who want to get their voice heard as soon as possible. On October 5th, Beban Park Social Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm to receive advance votes. It will be open on October 12th, at the same place and time as...

Province Claims Success 1 Year After Free Transit for those Under 12

It's been one year since public transit was made free for kids 12 and under across the Translink and BC Transit systems - and the province has no plans of reversing that policy. BC Transit President Erinn Pinkerton says the program has been a massive success. "This program has been a...

Canada dropping mask mandate for travel and all other travel restrictions

All COVID-19 travel restrictions will be lifted in Canada on the first of October. The easing of border measures includes the use of the ArriveCan app, which will no longer be necessary to get into the country.  Travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination,...

B.C. families could see childcare costs cut by 50% by December

The federal and provincial governments are spending more money to help lower childcare costs for thousands of B.C. families and the savings will be in effect by Dec. 1. The province will be directly funding licensed child care centres. This means families won’t have to apply for the savings. B.C. government...

Crowd draws to meet Nanaimo municipal candidates

The first large-scale meet and greet of the mayoral, council, and school board candidates drew a crowd yesterday. An opportunity to meet the candidates was hosted at Beban Park’s Social Center starting at 6:30pm, and ending at 8:30pm. Attendees included all four mayoral candidates; Tasha Brown, Brunie Brunie, Leonard Krog, and...

Stats Can Reports Tenants Continue Paying Over a Third of Income for Rent While Home Ownership Drops

As rents continue to increase, a large proportion of British Columbians are still spending more than a third of their income on shelter. The latest figures from Statistics Canada show that over 37 per cent of tenants were above that threshold in 2021. The good news, though, is that's lower than...
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