BCCLA to Apply to Unseal RCMP Defamation Search Warrant

The BCCLA will be applying to court to unseal a search warrant executed by the RCMP against a blogger in an investigation for criminal “Defamatory Libel.” A warrant is usually sealed by the court to protect confidential information related to informants; however, applications can be made for the court to release the warrants where the … Continued

Sharon Noble Questions Smart Meter Safety

This Aug., Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis and Dr. Joseph Clare, strategic planning analyst for the Surrey Fire Service, released a seven-page report substantiating BC Hydro’s claim that Smart Meters do not pose a fire hazard. The report concluded that the “available data does not indicate that there has been an increased frequency of fires … Continued

Reservist Attack False, Says RCMP

It was originally reported that while walking home near the University Village Mall on 5th St. around 10:40 p.m., 23-year-old reservist Pte. Chad Shore was attacked by another man estimated to also be in his early twenties. Shore has since admitted to fabricating the incident, leaving the community of Nanaimo breathing a sigh of relief … Continued

Federal Student Summer Job Centres to Close

TORONTO (CUP)The federal government is closing physical job centres that help students find seasonal summer employment, shifting its services online to save $6.5 million a year. The offices, called Service Canada Centres for Youth, were open temporarily from May to Aug. to offer job-finding advice and career-building tips to youth aged 1524. “The number of … Continued

International News

Russia and South Korea Team up to Bring Woolly Mammoth Back to Life In what could become one of the most amazing feats in scientific history, Russian and South Korean scientists have teamed up with a mutual goal of cloning the woolly mammoth. The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev, Vice Rector of North-Eastern Federal … Continued

B.C. Budget Calls for Cuts at Post-secondary Institutions

VANCOUVER (CUP)In the pursuit of a balanced budget, B.C. is asking universities and colleges to tighten their belts. The provincial government, in its budget tabled Feb. 21, is calling for post-secondary institutions to cut $70 million from their collective budgets over the next three years. According to Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, the government expects this … Continued

VIU’s Business Plan Competition takes local business to new heights

  By contributor Drew McLachlan VIU will be hosting its first-ever Business Plan Competition, culminating in a “Dragon’s Den-style” competition which coordinator Ken Hammer hopes will light the flame for Nanaimo’s entrepreneur community. The final event will see 10 teams of student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of five judges, competing for the … Continued

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