Chris Bush

Jackie Hildering, whale researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society, and Nanaimo Area Land Trust will present the Return of Giants, a webinar about the humpback whales’ return from the brink of extinction and how boaters can help protect them. (Jackie Hildering/MERS photo taken under Marine Mammal License MML-42)

‘Return of the Giants:’ B.C. getting a second chance to coexist with humpback whales

‘Marine Detective’ partners with Nanaimo stewardship group on webinar

Jackie Hildering, whale researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society, and Nanaimo Area Land Trust will present the Return of Giants, a webinar about the humpback whales’ return from the brink of extinction and how boaters can help protect them. (Jackie Hildering/MERS photo taken under Marine Mammal License MML-42)
City councillors, after reviewing public feedback, voted to recommend the city move forward with an animal responsibility bylaw that will keep cats from roaming. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo councillors vote to recommend bylaw that would keep cats from roaming

Councillors consider public input at governance meeting, bylaw will still need to be adopted

City councillors, after reviewing public feedback, voted to recommend the city move forward with an animal responsibility bylaw that will keep cats from roaming. (Stock photo)
Nanaimo Search and Rescue has created Rescue Our Rescuer, a fundraiser for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be off work while she undergoes treatment throughout much of 2021. (Photo contributed)

Nanaimo Search and Rescue launches ‘Rescue Our Rescuer’ for deputy chief who has cancer

Fundraiser started for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, diagnosed with breast cancer

Nanaimo Search and Rescue has created Rescue Our Rescuer, a fundraiser for search and rescue technician Janet Rygnestad, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be off work while she undergoes treatment throughout much of 2021. (Photo contributed)
Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s deputy chief of administration, will fill in as the city’s acting fire chief until a replacement is found for former fire chief Karen Fry, who is now chief of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. (News Bulletin file photo)

Deputy fire chief steps in as Nanaimo’s acting chief

Tim Doyle, deputy chief of administration, will fill leadership role until new chief named

Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s deputy chief of administration, will fill in as the city’s acting fire chief until a replacement is found for former fire chief Karen Fry, who is now chief of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. (News Bulletin file photo)
A lakeside home on Ross Road is listed as one of Nanaimo’s top 10 highest-assessed residential properties according to B.C. Assessment, which valued it at $2,369,000. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s top 10 highest-assessed residential and commercial properties

Owners of single family homes in Nanaimo see assessed values rise five per cent

A lakeside home on Ross Road is listed as one of Nanaimo’s top 10 highest-assessed residential properties according to B.C. Assessment, which valued it at $2,369,000. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo RCMP detachment has brought the auxiliary constable program in this city to a close. (File photo)

Nanaimo RCMP detachment discontinues auxiliary constable program

Budget considerations, limitations due to safety protocols were factors in decision to end program

Nanaimo RCMP detachment has brought the auxiliary constable program in this city to a close. (File photo)
A finch pauses on a branch while foraging for food at Buttertubs Marsh this week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

A charm of finches lifts Christmas bird count numbers in Nanaimo

14,000 more birds tallied than in last year’s count

A finch pauses on a branch while foraging for food at Buttertubs Marsh this week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Police issued a fine and dispersed a rally of about 30 anti-mask protesters who gathered at the intersection of Aulds Road and the old Island Highway for about two hours Sunday. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo RCMP hand out $2,300 fine at roadside anti-mask rally

About 30 people gathered for ‘Freedom Rally’ at intersection of old Island Highway and Aulds Road

Police issued a fine and dispersed a rally of about 30 anti-mask protesters who gathered at the intersection of Aulds Road and the old Island Highway for about two hours Sunday. (Photo submitted)
A suit against a Nanaimo RCMP dog handler and the Attorney General of Canada and B.C. Minister for Public Safety and Solicitor General, claiming use of excessive force causing injuries, has been filed with the B.C. Supreme Court by a man who was arrested following a two-hour chase through the wilderness in the Nanaimo Lakes area in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)

Man arrested by Nanaimo RCMP police dog handler after snowy chase suing for damages

David Alan Banford alleges serious injury and Charter rights violations from 2019 arrest

A suit against a Nanaimo RCMP dog handler and the Attorney General of Canada and B.C. Minister for Public Safety and Solicitor General, claiming use of excessive force causing injuries, has been filed with the B.C. Supreme Court by a man who was arrested following a two-hour chase through the wilderness in the Nanaimo Lakes area in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry was presented with Canada’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal at Monday’s city council meeting. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo)

Nanaimo fire chief awarded national Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

Departing chief Karen Fry recognized for 20 years of service

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry was presented with Canada’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal at Monday’s city council meeting. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo)
Great Nanaimo Toy Drive organizers wish to thank the community for support of this year’s charity drive. (Photo submitted)

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive thanks community for ‘over the top’ support of Christmas charity

This year’s drive received the highest amount of cash donations in its 38-year history

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive organizers wish to thank the community for support of this year’s charity drive. (Photo submitted)
Barry Hornby, city bylaws officer, middle, is presented with an award for bravery by Jake Rudolph, Nanaimo chief administrative officer, left, and Mayor Leonard Krog at a city council meeting Monday. Hornby was recognized for his response after a fire broke out in a homeless encampment on Wesley Street earlier this month. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo)

Nanaimo bylaws officer receives award for bravery after rushing to help during fire at homeless camp

Barry Hornby recognized for actions in Dec. 3 fire on Wesley Street

Barry Hornby, city bylaws officer, middle, is presented with an award for bravery by Jake Rudolph, Nanaimo chief administrative officer, left, and Mayor Leonard Krog at a city council meeting Monday. Hornby was recognized for his response after a fire broke out in a homeless encampment on Wesley Street earlier this month. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo)
Eleven teenagers were ticketed $230 each for not dispersing from a gathering in a Nanaimo high school parking lot this past weekend. (File photo)

11 teens ticketed in Nanaimo for allegedly gathering without regard for COVID-19 orders

Youths face $230 fines after gathering Saturday at Dover Bay Secondary parking lot

Eleven teenagers were ticketed $230 each for not dispersing from a gathering in a Nanaimo high school parking lot this past weekend. (File photo)
Hélène Sullivan watches her husband Pat throw a switch to light up a banner to officially jump start a Brighten Our Spirits light-up challenge, a fundraiser sparked by an offer of up to $10,000 in matching donation from the Sullivans to support therapy programs for residents at Eden Gardens. The campaign runs until Dec. 31. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Hélène Sullivan watches her husband Pat throw a switch to light up a banner to officially jump start a Brighten Our Spirits light-up challenge, a fundraiser sparked by an offer of up to $10,000 in matching donation from the Sullivans to support therapy programs for residents at Eden Gardens. The campaign runs until Dec. 31. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A mobile app, from a small central Vancouver Island medical software company, gathers a cell phone’s GPS data that can be used for contact tracing when people are exposed to COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Mid-Island medical software company creates COVID-19 contact tracing app

Creators of GPS-based app say it could save lives at a critical time in the pandemic

A mobile app, from a small central Vancouver Island medical software company, gathers a cell phone’s GPS data that can be used for contact tracing when people are exposed to COVID-19. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP began its impaired driving CounterAttack campaign this weekend and road checks will be conducted throughout December to get impaired drivers off the road. (File photo)

Road checks underway as Nanaimo RCMP combat impaired driving

CounterAttack campaign upped targeted enforcement starting this weekend

Nanaimo RCMP began its impaired driving CounterAttack campaign this weekend and road checks will be conducted throughout December to get impaired drivers off the road. (File photo)
Nanaimo RCMP hope the public can help identify a woman driving a Ford pickup who fled the scene following and collision on Wellington Road Tuesday. (File photo)

Nanaimo RCMP seek driver alleged to have fled from hit-and-run on Wellington Road

Driver allegedly flees scene after head-on crash between two Ford pickups

Nanaimo RCMP hope the public can help identify a woman driving a Ford pickup who fled the scene following and collision on Wellington Road Tuesday. (File photo)
Eric Byres, industrial control engineer and CEO of Lantzville-based aDolus Technology, didn’t expect his company to win the 2020 New Ventures B.C. competition, but says he will use the $135,000 in first-place prize money to hire more development staff. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Lantzville-based cyber-security start-up wins $135K innovation competition

Industrial control systems security company, aDolus Technology, wins New Ventures B.C.’s top prize

Eric Byres, industrial control engineer and CEO of Lantzville-based aDolus Technology, didn’t expect his company to win the 2020 New Ventures B.C. competition, but says he will use the $135,000 in first-place prize money to hire more development staff. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters raise moustache cash

Firefighters support Movember Canada through T-shirt sale fundraiser

Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)

Man dies in ATV crash northwest of Nanaimo

Incident happened on Northwest Bay Logging Road on Saturday afternoon

An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)