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

A Hidden Gem: Input Cowork

I’d walked past Input Cowork in the heart of downtown Nanaimo many times before I decided to go inside to check it out. It’s Nanaimo’s only tech and design-focused co-working space, and I was unsure if I would fit in. But upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised.  I was greeted by their Community Manager, Adelaide … Continued

Unwrapped: Students Showcase Sustainable Alternatives

Nancy Pagé, VIU Graphic Design Professor, posed a question to the students in her third-year Package Studio class: Is product packaging nothing but beautiful garbage? Then, she issued a challenge—redesign an existing product’s packaging so it is more ecologically responsible. Each student chose one product, and their resulting creations are now on display during Unwrapped, … Continued

VIU Planned Elevator Outages

A series of planned elevator outages will occur at VIU’s Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses in the upcoming weeks.  In compliance with a required five year maintenance plan, the outages will occur on both the Cowichan and Nanaimo Campuses of VIU. Each targeted elevator will be out of service for the entire day; from 7:30 am–5:00 … Continued

Craft Fare: A Review

Craft Fare is Nanaimo’s newest food and beer spot. It’s a tight space along Commercial Drive in Nanaimo’s downtown. The front is all windows and inside, it’s decorated with textured whitewashed walls, mirrors, and a small succulent garden. There’s bar seating, a few tables for two, and a couple long tables with benches for groups. … Continued

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