Karl Yu

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s board is forwarding a motion on illegal dumping to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities’ upcoming annual general meeting. (Kane Blake photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo motion seeks to ask province for help to combat illegal dumping

RDN resolution to be forwarded to Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s board is forwarding a motion on illegal dumping to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities’ upcoming annual general meeting. (Kane Blake photo)
An app available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s website can help students during COVID times. (Stock photo)

New library app can help families with online learning

Sample tests, virtual flashcards available through Vancouver Island Regional Library’s website

An app available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s website can help students during COVID times. (Stock photo)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen to field COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express fleet will be able to move to a new depot facility after receiving more than $187,000 of community economic recovery infrastructure program money from the Province of B.C. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola bus system receives $188,000 from province for depot building

Old fire hall to be retrofitted and serve as new bus terminal thanks to COVID-19 recovery funding

The Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express fleet will be able to move to a new depot facility after receiving more than $187,000 of community economic recovery infrastructure program money from the Province of B.C. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)

Bear seen at Park Avenue Elementary School field in Nanaimo

Students being advised to walk in groups and avoid the bushes

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)
Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)

Motorist sentenced to two years for dangerous driving causing death on Gabriola Island

William Goosman pleaded guilty last fall in connection with incident that killed Jay Dearman

Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue was on scene at Extension Ridge Trail Feb. 19, in order to conduct a rope rescue after a six-month-old puppy fell down a crevice. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue descends into Abyss to rescue six-month-old pup

Puppy dropped down 10 metres at fissure at Extension Ridge Trail, says Nanaimo fire chief

Nanaimo Fire Rescue was on scene at Extension Ridge Trail Feb. 19, in order to conduct a rope rescue after a six-month-old puppy fell down a crevice. (Submitted photo)
Steven James Houting was sentenced Friday, Feb. 19, in provincial court in Nanaimo, for sexual interference and possession of child pornography. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo man gets three-year sentence for sexual touching involving nine-year-old

Steven James Houting pleaded guilty to sexual interference, possession of child porn

Steven James Houting was sentenced Friday, Feb. 19, in provincial court in Nanaimo, for sexual interference and possession of child pornography. (News Bulletin file photo)
Prioritizing the upgrade of Nanaimo District Secondary School is among recommendations listed in Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district’s draft long-range facilities plan for 2021-31. (News Bulletin file)

Upgrading NDSS a priority in Nanaimo school district long-range facilities plan

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools forecasts enrolment at 26 per cent overcapacity in 2030-31

Prioritizing the upgrade of Nanaimo District Secondary School is among recommendations listed in Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district’s draft long-range facilities plan for 2021-31. (News Bulletin file)
(Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo school district forecasts enrolment rebounding from COVID-19

Student numbers to rise for next three school years, projects district staff

(Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Islands Trust seeks input from its residents regarding its proposed budget for 2021-22. Gabriola Island-area residents are projected to see a 3.3-per cent tax increase. (Black Press file)

Islands Trust budget includes new measures to protect land and ecosystems

Gabriolans projected to see 3.3-per cent increase in Islands Trust tax requisition

Islands Trust seeks input from its residents regarding its proposed budget for 2021-22. Gabriola Island-area residents are projected to see a 3.3-per cent tax increase. (Black Press file)
Mark Busby, new executive director of The Men’s Centre in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)
Mark Busby, new executive director of The Men’s Centre in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)

New director guiding Nanaimo’s Men’s Centre through pandemic’s challenges

Mark Busby takes over as executive director, says need for centre’s services climbing

Mark Busby, new executive director of The Men’s Centre in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)
Mark Busby, new executive director of The Men’s Centre in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)
The B.C. Ministry of Education expanded mask rules for public school students on Feb. 4. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith teachers’ union hopes for stricter mask rules in schools

Local teachers’ union says B.C. rules fall short of other provinces

The B.C. Ministry of Education expanded mask rules for public school students on Feb. 4. (Stock photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo directors approved a motion last week to write to the B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions asking “adequate levels of treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities,” among other requests. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo asking for addictions and detox help from B.C. government

More than supportive housing is needed to tackle homelessness crisis, say RDN directors

Regional District of Nanaimo directors approved a motion last week to write to the B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions asking “adequate levels of treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities,” among other requests. (News Bulletin file)
First responders were on the scene of an accident at Rosehill Street and Holly Avenue on Jan. 30. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Minor injuries in Rosehill Street-Holly Avenue accident in Nanaimo

Driver didn’t have licence, but remained on scene, says first responder

First responders were on the scene of an accident at Rosehill Street and Holly Avenue on Jan. 30. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The Coldest Night of the Year walk will be a little different in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, taking place throughout the month of February. Violet Hayes, Island Crisis Care Society executive director, Richard Powell, director of development and Elspeth Erickson, resource development coordinator hope people will participate. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will take place over a month

People asked to take part in Island Crisis Care Society fundraiser while socially distanced

The Coldest Night of the Year walk will be a little different in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, taking place throughout the month of February. Violet Hayes, Island Crisis Care Society executive director, Richard Powell, director of development and Elspeth Erickson, resource development coordinator hope people will participate. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
With the exception of a slight drop in Indigenous graduation rates, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools saw increases in completion rates in 2019-20. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith grad rate keeps consistent despite COVID-19

SD68 saw an 84 per cent graduation rate in 2019-20 compared to 83 per cent in 2018-19

With the exception of a slight drop in Indigenous graduation rates, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools saw increases in completion rates in 2019-20. (Stock photo)
(News Bulletin file)

COVID-19 affects student enrolment and funding for Nanaimo school district

More distance-ed students leads to yet-to-be divvied out money, says SD68 secretary-treasurer

(News Bulletin file)
B.C. Ferries is in the midst of gathering support from local governments for a plan that would fully electrify Island-class ferries. A pair of hybrid ferries are slated for the Gabriola-downtown Nanaimo ferry route for 2022. (News Bulletin file)

Hybrid vessels just a start as B.C. Ferries works toward fully electric sailings on Gabriola route

Ferry corporation seeking support from local governments for electrification plan

B.C. Ferries is in the midst of gathering support from local governments for a plan that would fully electrify Island-class ferries. A pair of hybrid ferries are slated for the Gabriola-downtown Nanaimo ferry route for 2022. (News Bulletin file)
Sofia Low, left, Delilah Maisonneuve, Madi Hickey, Alayna Black, and Maya Wilch, Departure Bay Eco-School students, will turn down the temperature and wear sweaters on Feb. 4, National Sweater Day. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo students will don sweaters next week as part of energy-saving challenge

Departure Bay Eco-School’s green energy team challenges other classes on National Sweater Day

Sofia Low, left, Delilah Maisonneuve, Madi Hickey, Alayna Black, and Maya Wilch, Departure Bay Eco-School students, will turn down the temperature and wear sweaters on Feb. 4, National Sweater Day. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)