Canadian women face Fiji in final international test before Rugby World Cup | NanaimoNewsNOW

Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom will earn her 50th cap if she comes off the bench. The Canadian women could move up to No. 2 in the rankings with a win over Fiji combined with a New Zealand loss to Japan by more than 15 points, an unlikely scenario if truth be told given the Black … Read more

Port Hardy hospital ER closed due to staff shortage

The only emergency room in Port Hardy, BC, announced it was temporarily shutting down effective immediately Tuesday morning, the latest casualty in British Columbia’s health-care worker shortage. The Vancouver Island health authority said in a statement Tuesday the Port Hardy Hospital emergency department is expected to reopen at 7 pm, when more staff become available. … Read more

Canadian warship sails through Taiwan Strait

Canada sailed a warship through the waters of the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday as the vessel joined the ongoing effort to enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea. The Department of National Defense says the frigate HMCS Vancouver sailed through the narrow passage between China and Taiwan alongside the American guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins. A … Read more

Dental care details and inflation update: In The News for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 | NanaimoNewsNOW

The benefit for qualifying children under the age of 12 is a key element of the Liberal party’s supply and confidence agreement with the NDP. The government will pay families up to $650 per child per year, depending on their household income. Some economists warned the benefit could lead to clawbacks if families don’t spend … Read more

NDP won’t bend any further on federal dental-care plan, Singh warns | NanaimoNewsNOW

Singh acknowledged in an interview that the timeline was ambitious, which is why the NDP was amenable to an interim measure. “That flexibility allowed for the government to deliver that in a flexible way.” Rather than launch a full-fledged program, the government opted to deliver checks directly to qualifying families. The new benefit provides up … Read more

Toronto Arrows sign Australian-born Canada-eligible prop Connor Grindal | NanaimoNewsNOW

Connor Grindal has been playing for the Gordon Highlanders in the Sydney Rugby Union Premiership competition. “We’re very excited to find and sign another Canada-eligible player in Connor Grindal, which is a name that carries some weight in Ontario rugby history,” Mark Winokur, the Arrows COO and GM, said in a statement. “Connor is a … Read more

Canadian women head to Fiji for one final test before Rugby World Cup in New Zealand | NanaimoNewsNOW

The team flies from Vancouver to Los Angeles and then to Fiji, where they will play the 21st-ranked Fijians on Sept. 23 in Suva. The Canadians will leave for New Zealand and the 12-country tournament two days later. “We are going in the right direction,” said Canada coach Kevin Rouet. “I see the girls start … Read more

The queen’s sporting fascination was racing: ‘I love horses’ | NanaimoNewsNOW

She became one of the biggest faces of British and global horse racing. The queen was also present at some of the most famous occasions in British sporting history. She handed the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore when the national soccer team won the men’s World Cup by beating West Germany at … Read more

Coach says Canadian women have turned corner ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens | NanaimoNewsNOW

The tournament features the “winner takes all knockout” format introduced at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, with a single loss taking teams out of championship contention. Top-seeded Australia takes on debutant Madagascar, seeded 16th, while Olympic champion and second-seeded New Zealand faces No. 16 Colombia in other opening women’s matches. Some 150,000 … Read more

Nanaimo Hornets rugby welcomes new players as fall season approaches | NanaimoNewsNOW

Even though training has already begun the Hornets are always looking for new players. A recent appearance at a Vancouver Island University orientation event helped to spread the word about rugby in Nanaimo. “At ‘VIU Rocks’ we had a stand to promote the game of rugby and to let the students know we are here … Read more