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: 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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