Discontent City expected to resolve in November

After six months, the fate of Nanaimo’s Discontent City remains in flux. A BC Supreme Court decision from Justice Ronald Skolrood on September 21 ruled that Discontent City residents would have to leave the camp by midnight October 12 or risk being removed by the RCMP.   Despite recognizing that tent cities provide a sense … Continued

Profiles of Discontent City

Nanaimo’s Discontent City has been a hot-button issue for residents of Nanaimo since the camp was formed in May of 2018. Discontent City is a tent city set up by Nanaimo’s homeless population as a safe place for them to live, as well as raise awareness about homelessness in the city. A tent city was … Continued

The Samaritan House identifies lack of affordable Nanaimo housing a risk factor for vulnerable women

By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler On September 2014, the Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) published a study on the state of homelessness in Nanaimo titled “Summary of Need for Emergency Shelter and Related Housing Services for Women in Nanaimo.” According to the summary¸ “census reports done over a four-year period prior to 2009 … Continued

Op-ed: The streets of Nanaimo

Above: Nanaimo skyline via Wikipedia By contributor Philip Gordon The streets of Nanaimo are shifting. Where the salt-air and diaspora meet, hundreds of displaced people gather in huddled masses to talk about how broken the system is that put them there. Downtown Nanaimo is currently a hub of invalids, mental patients, and drug addicts—all of … Continued

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