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MPs kill shark fin import bill

NANAIMO – Bill C-380 was defeated after a 143-138 vote in the House of Commons Wednesday.

Nanaimo works with firm to reduce cost of water treatment plant

NANAIMO – $5 million over cost mostly part of water treatment process.

Utilities commission denies FortisBC common rates

Approval would have seen Island residential gas customers pay up to 25 per cent less for natural gas service.

Design process begins for rail yard

Portion of Wellcox rail yard scheduled to transfer to city on March 31.

City shows appetite for food strategy

NANAIMO – Public, local stakeholders begin work to develop official plan.

Nanaimo edges Kamloops in Earth Hour power play

NANAIMO – Kamloops mayor has to wear Nanaimo Clippers jersey during council meeting as part of friendly wager.

City to spend $2.5M surplus on dam project

NANAIMO – City council votes to use 2.5 million surplus from last year's budget to partially fund removal of two dams at Colliery Dam Park.

Federal budget targets skills training, infrastructure spending

NANAIMO – Municipalities will get more money, planning time and flexibility for infrastructure spending

Chamber, government help businesses revert back to PST

NANAIMO – Provincial tax will be seven per cent on most items when changeover starts on April 1.

Kamloops council challenges Nanaimo to Earth Hour competition

NANAIMO – Losing mayor will have to don jersey from other city's hockey team.

City appoints new parking patrollers

NANAIMO – In-house parking enforcement downtown begins Monday

Show will go on at Nanaimo Centre Stage

NANAIMO – Council approves $160,000 renovation, but stops short of committing full $800,000.

Nanaimo MP won’t support bill to prohibit shark fin imports

NANAIMO – James Lunney says he abhors shark finning but has technical issues with proposed legislation.

Harewood park to receive recreation facility upgrades

NANAIMO – Community will lose an important part of its agricultural heritage

COLUMN: Bylaw falls victim to poor planning

NANAIMO – It was hard to criticize the city’s new zoning bylaw when it was passed by city council in the summer of 2011.

Eight-property land swap will take two years

NANAIMO – Controversial Pioneer Forest to be designated as park.

Community radio station moves into Globe Hotel

NANAIMO – Former strip bar, pub now the venue for live-to-air performances.

Hotel tax exemption sees interest, but no construction to date

NANAIMO – Passed one year ago by council, bylaw has attracted discussions but nothing concrete.

B.C. Ferries appeals its property assessments for Nanaimo terminals

NANAIMO –City could stand to lose $1.2 million in tax revenue.

Cities partner on adjudication

NANAIMO – Parksvile, Duncan also interested in streamlining bylaw ticket disputes.