Melissa Fryer

Sometimes sports and politics overlap

What has sparked debate, however, is whether Stilwell, or rather her detractors, can separate her track achievements from her politics.

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday.

United Way fundraising campaign kicks off in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Organization supports people and programs in each community it serves.

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday.
Chilliwack performs during the Bathtub Weeked Launch Party July 22 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Chilliwack rocks during Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend Launch Party

NANAIMO - Chilliwack, Trooper, The Kings, Valdy and others perform during the Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend Launch Party.

Chilliwack performs during the Bathtub Weeked Launch Party July 22 at Maffeo Sutton Park
River below Kinsol trestle near Shawnigan Lake.

Our forests can dry out pretty quickly

The government points to rapid snowmelt, early record temperatures and sparse spring rainfall for our current drought conditions.

River below Kinsol trestle near Shawnigan Lake.
Steve Hill performs at the Queen’s Thursday (June 30).

Steve Hill performs solo with full-band sound

NANAIMO – Blues musician performs at the Queen's Thursday (June 30).

Steve Hill performs at the Queen’s Thursday (June 30).
Members of Monster Truck pride themselves on their hard-rock sound – the kind folks listen to after a hard day’s work.

Monster Truck’s songs inspired by working-class roots

NANAIMO – Monster Truck headlines Party in the Park at Beban Park on Canada Day (July 1).

Members of Monster Truck pride themselves on their hard-rock sound – the kind folks listen to after a hard day’s work.
Local square dancers will gather in Nanaimo Friday and Saturday (June 24-25) at Cavallotti Lodge. More than 140 dancers are expected from Vancouver Island

Square dancing challenges mind, body

NANAIMO – More than 140 dancers expected during event at Nanaimo’s Cavallotti Lodge.

Local square dancers will gather in Nanaimo Friday and Saturday (June 24-25) at Cavallotti Lodge. More than 140 dancers are expected from Vancouver Island

Editor’s Notebook: Pride celebration an antidote to hate

NANAIMO – Thousands celebrated love and acceptance during Pride parade and festivities.

Comedian Randii Andii bikes up Commercial Street on a custom cycle as part of Nanaimo’s first-ever Pride Parade Sunday morning.

Pride ride

NANAIMO – First-ever Pride Parade saw crowds support inclusion and acceptance in the community.

Comedian Randii Andii bikes up Commercial Street on a custom cycle as part of Nanaimo’s first-ever Pride Parade Sunday morning.
David Gogo's Juno Award-nominated album Vicksburg Call was released on vinyl this week.

Record sales

NANAIMO – David Gogo has his latest Juno Award-nominated album released on vinyl.

David Gogo's Juno Award-nominated album Vicksburg Call was released on vinyl this week.

Travelling solo shouldn’t have to be scary

The Canadian government suggests carrying a money belt or a neck pouch to avoid pickpockets and purse snatchers.

Let’s help women and girls achieve ambitions

International Women’s Day highlights the achievements of women, but also shows how far some areas of the globe need to progress.

Journalism is alive and kicking in Nanaimo

For the past few weeks, it seemed like announcement after announcement of layoffs, closures and cutbacks in media in Canada.

Community forum discusses high-risk drug use in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Vancouver Island University, Island Health and RCMP among presenters at information event.

Victims of crimes aren’t the ones to blame

We have so much freedom in Canada and yet informal restrictions are placed on that freedom every day, especially when night falls.

Stories about crime garnered the most clicks

Whenever we post a photo of a car accident, it immediately gets thousands of hits.

Hopefully new PM can maintain momentum

I hope engagement and debate continues, but I worry that the adoration lavished on Justin Trudeau at this point will create disillusionment.

Predictions difficult in this election

NANAIMO – Long campaign might make for short memories among voters.

Election 2015: All-candidates’ meeting focuses on aboriginal issues

NANAIMO – Candidates from four main political parties running in Nanaimo-Ladysmith scheduled to attend.

Motorists, cyclists will just have to coexist

Remember when we were kids and when we wanted to ride bikes we just hopped on and went?