Food for Thought

No matter who you are or where you come from, food is a part of life—a big part. Everybody, everywhere, eats. Some people have too much food, some not enough. Some people die because of its unavailability, and food production is one of climate change’s leading causes. In fact, the primary driving force behind the … Continued

Nanaimo’s Plastic Bag Ban Receives Provincial Approval

The movement to ban plastic grocery bags on Vancouver Island has been an arduous one, but various obstacles haven’t halted its progress. In January of 2018, Victoria instituted Vancouver Island’s first bylaw banning plastic bags. Unfortunately, having failed to receive provincial approval for the ban before its implementation, Victoria repealed the bylaw in October of … Continued

The Vault Bazaar

If I could name only one place that really screams “Nanaimo,” that place would be The Vault Café. Before moving to this city, I never thought I would step through the pink walls of what used to be an early twentieth-century bank and emerge into a bohemian paradise. The space is eclectic to say the … Continued

The City of Nanaimo: Resilience Grant 2021

Nanaimo based artists, collectives, and non-profit organizations can now apply for the City of Nanaimo’s 2021 Resilience Grant. The Resilience Grant will provide the recipient(s) with a one-time award of $1k to $5k to support Nanaimo arts and culture among the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting community resilience. Julie Bevan, Nanaimo’s manager … Continued

City Seeks Input on New Animal Responsibility Bylaw

Do you think all outdoor cats should be spayed or neutered? Or that cats should be banned from entering someone else’s property? The City of Nanaimo is asking residents to provide feedback on a new Animal Responsibility Bylaw so their opinions are heard. The bylaw was developed from recommendations following an Animal Control Service Review … Continued

Declining Bull Kelp on Our Coast

The West Coast boasts a year-round exploration season of forested trails and rugged shorelines that seem to never end. The dense-growth temperate rainforests are filled with tall trees covered in mosses and forest floors brimming with lush vegetation. The beaches are fiercely traversed by wild winds and beating waves. This is my home. Many West … Continued

An Interview with Sheila Malcolmson

The ballots have been counted, and Sheila Malcolmson is expected to return to her position as the MLA for the Nanaimo district. Although many mail-in and absentee ballots are still to be counted, Malcolmson finished election night with 52.8 percent of the vote. Malcolmson was elected as the MLA for the Nanaimo district back in … Continued

The Great Shake Out

The annual ShakeOut BC will be happening in Nanaimo and across the province on October 15. On October 15 at 10:15 am residents, businesses, and schools are asked to practice safety protocols for a potential earthquake by finding a proper space to ‘drop, cover, and hold on.’ During the drill, people are asked to follow … Continued

Smoke and Schools Do Not Mix

As smoke flies through the air, students in the Nanaimo Ladysmith School District will be spending a lot more class time inside. This change comes as the air quality reaches a very high-risk level on the Province’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). The smoke comes from uncontrolled wildfires happening in Washington and Oregon—some burning just … Continued

Best of the City: White Rabbit Coffee Co.

In July of 2012, the train station on Selby St. got a major restoration, thanks to a community desire to restore what a fire had damaged five years earlier. For years, the left side of the building had remained dormant—until now. The restored Nanaimo heritage building is currently home to White Rabbit Coffee Co., where … Continued

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