Sisters in Spirit vigil at VIU

Above: Supporters observe a moment of silence in remembrance of missing and murdered First Nations women and girls. By contributor Shanon Fenske. VIU’s Nanaimo campus hosted a candlelight vigil for missing and murdered First Nations women and girls in on October 1. Approximately 50 people attending the midday ceremony. VIU Students’ Union chairperson Sherry McCarthy said the … Continued

Business competition

By contributor Tomi Lawson Do you have a new business or an idea for one? Then this business competition is for you. VIU is looking for student and alumni ideas. This competition isn’t just for business students, but for students and alumni from all faculties who have completed at least 16 credits. “Our students and … Continued

Harvest Festival

Walking towards the venue, you can already hear the music and people. The place is packed, full of vendors and people of all ages. Pumpkins, squashes, beets, carrots, and greens are abundant. Food trucks advertise colourful shaved ice and delicious crepes. The atmosphere is buzzing, full of talk and laughter. It couldn’t have been a … Continued

Gold & Shadow light the way with Torch

By contributor Megan Wolfe While standing outside of The Buzz Café, waiting for the doors to open for the concert and album launch, you could see the strong support Gold & Shadow has gained from the community. Many people in the crowd said they had also attended the band’s show the previous night at The … Continued

Out of Addiction and into Education

When Jordan Reed’s parents tried to talk him into moving to Nanaimo from Vancouver to attend a treatment centre for his problem with drugs, Reed resisted by using the tactics he knew best: anger, hostility, and manipulation. He thought he could beat his addiction on his own—an idea that is seemingly universal among addicts and … Continued

Nanaimo Community Gardens Society Greenhouse project

The Nanaimo Community Gardens Society (NCGS) is in the running for a $25k funding grant by the Co-op Community Spaces Program. One of four project finalists, NCGS aims to build an educational greenhouse in Beban Park with the additional funding. In hopes of expanding its ongoing projects furthering education on local food production, they will … Continued

Zombies hit the streets of downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo’s downtown core was invaded by zombies on Sunday, September 13 around 4 p.m. Undead men, women, and even little zombie children paraded through the streets as they groaned and snarled at frightened onlookers. The apocalyptic march filled the quiet streets with commotion. While several cried out for brains to eat, no injuries or fatalities … Continued

Cruisin’ in the Bike Lane

Above: Proposed one-way cycletrack. Image courtesy of City of Nanaimo When commuters choose bicycles over cars, the benefits are undeniable: less congested roadways; lower demand on parking spaces; a cleaner environment; and a workout for the legs, heart, and lungs without a trip to the gym. Many businesses, like VIU, make it easier for their staff … Continued

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve

  By contributor Chantelle Spicer Our little corner of the world, here on Vancouver Island, is really spectacular, sometimes more so than you would imagine. From old-growth forests to glacially fed lakes, panoramic mountain vistas viewed from the beach to one of the most diverse undersea ecosystems in the world, we really do have it … Continued

Boomshack Brings the swing for a good cause

Over the summer, local band Boomshack was one of the music guests for the Slice of Life Block Party. Hosted by Mambo Gourmet Pizza, the event raised money for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society (VICS). “This is something we really care about,” frontman Theo Hughes- Ridgway said between songs. “We’re so excited to be here.” … Continued

And…ACTION!

Many children outgrow writing stories and making films, but Zachary Tannar didn’t. When his friends moved on, Tannar found himself searching for a new group of people to talk with about his passions. What started as a small group meeting for coffee every once in a while to chat became an official non-profit organization in … Continued

Harvest Festival Returns to The Old City Quarter

Nanaimo’s annual Harvest Festival will bring live music, fresh local food, and more to the Old City Quarter on September 12. The main street of the festival will be lined with an assortment of vendors selling produce, crafts, fashion and accessories, local food items, and more, as well as multiple stages for musical acts. The … Continued

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