Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP address environmental plans

Sheila Malcolmson and Megan Leslie at the February 16 town hall event. NDP Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie and Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson spoke about the party’s environmental initiatives at a town hall event on February 16. “NDP is the only party that has a bill to meet greenhouse gas emission targets … Continued

Annual Seedy Sunday soon in Nanaimo

The annual seed exchange event, Seedy Sunday, will provide education and activities to the public about organic seeds and sustainable communities on March 1. “People get to exchange organic seeds instead of going to the store to buy them,” coordinator Glenda Stroomer said. “The seed swap is the core event, but we also have local … Continued

You’re invited! RSVP to the student-debt wedding

            The VIUSU is holding an event tomorrow, February 19; to demonstrate the marriage many students are signed into when it comes to their debt, at the Malaspina Theatre at 11:30 am. [slideshow_deploy id=’7081′]             “Students and their families are feeling the squeeze of high tuition fees and student loan debt,” said Alec Patterson, Director … Continued

Where the art is at, Nanaimo

Nanaimo has taken off with a new creative energy in the last few years. The growing popularity of live art events, new artist groups and organizations, and, most importantly,  VIU’s introduction of a Visual Arts Major with the expanded course selection, are just a few of the signs of the changing landscape. Inspired by these … Continued

Clippers sail towards Island championship

With only seven games left in the British Columbia Hockey League season, the Nanaimo Clippers have all but officially clinched first place in the league’s Island Division. The Clippers’ record of 35-13-0-3 gives the team 73 points on the season, 11 more than the second place Powell River Kings, who have also played two more … Continued

Festival one-on-one with Johnny Blakeborough

The 10th Annual, VISFF happening in February, will be the last one under the leadership of Johnny Blakeborough. The festival co-founder and director is stepping down to pursue new projects, but will retain a “mentorship” role in training and advising the new management team next year. The Navigator sat down with Blakeborough, and reviewed the … Continued

Filmmaking and problem solving with Steff Gundling

Steff Gundling, a fourth year Digital Media student and a graphic designer, is no stranger to the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF). The filmmaker awarded with two prizes for her very first brush with the film craft in 2013, a short romance called Year Of The Living Dyingly, has been shortlisted again this year … Continued

VIU Museum of Natural History: Winter birding

By contributor James Mackinnon The excuses are endless: “The weather is too nasty,” “Everything’s gone away for the winter,” “I just got a sweet Playstation for Christmas.” During the colder months, it’s easy to be deterred from getting out for a hike or an expedition in search of the plant and wildlife the Nanaimo area … Continued

Port Alberni teen looks to bring pride back

Port Alberni teen Colin Simister is looking to bring Pride events back to town with a large barbecue this summer. At 19 years old, Simister has decided it is time for there to be a Pride event held in Port Alberni again. “We used to have the train ride to the Mclean Mill,” said Simister. … Continued

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