Nanaimo man handing out ‘hope stoves’ to keep homeless warm this winter

A small pot slowly simmers on a hotplate in a small, dark motel room. Outside a cold wind blows through Nanaimo as winter begins to set in. Karen Ferguson and her sister call this cheap room home, but it will not be long before they spend a cold night in their van because they cannot afford to stay. The two are not what most people think of when they hear the word homeless.

Parksville-Qualicum candidate forum: homelessness

Oceanside News organized a Zoom forum which gave the local candidates an opportunity to share their ideas and party platform on a variety of issues relevant to the Parksville-Qualicum area. This section deals with the challenge of homelessness in our community and how the candidates propose addressing it.

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