Reporter’s Notebook

Peak behind the scenes of The Discourse’s work. Our reporters share commentary, insight and analysis on community issues you care about.

Reporter’s Notebook: Why The Discourse investigated the workplace environment at Haven Society

When community members asked The Discourse to look into alleged workplace toxicity at Haven, ethical considerations were top of mind.

Reporter’s Notebook: Breaking down the crime severity index

While rates of violent crime increased, Nanaimo’s overall crime severity index for 2021 dropped from a peak in 2019, writes Lys Morton.

Reporter’s Notebook: Learnings from the Xwulqw’selu Sta’lo’

A group of citizen volunteers is mobilizing to explore connections and create solutions for the Koksilah watershed.

Reporter’s Notebook: How I’ve learned to report on my own community

Being a local reporter who is also deeply embedded in the community comes with its challenges, writes Julie Chadwick.

Reporter’s Notebook: We visited Canada’s largest tree — but you can’t see the photos.

The Discourse reporter Philip McLachlan sought to share photos of an ancient tree, but learned much more in the process.

Reporter’s Notebook: Why is it so hard to talk about the ‘Freedom Convoy’?

Conflict resolution experts weigh in on how to bridge our separations.

Reporter’s Notebook: Eviction at Bastion Street bridge

After the city removed a truckload of tarps and other cold-weather supplies from the encampment, advocates point to solutions.

Reporter’s Notebook: As COVID cases rise, here’s what you need to know

How Omicron is changing the game and what that means for holiday travel and gatherings.

Reporter’s Notebook: A sneak peek at what’s in store for the old Nanaimo A&B Sound

Reporter Julie Chadwick takes a tour of the site to learn more about the company’s vision for an enclosed, open-air concept marketplace.

Reporter’s Notebook: Nanaimo’s ‘human rights crisis’

Adequate housing is a fundamental human right, and requires a human rights response, says Leilani Farha, former UN special rapporteur on adequate housing.

Reporter’s Notebook: For many residents in Nanaimo, Canada Day is ‘rubbing salt in a very raw and weeping wound’

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