Melissa Fryer

Vulnerable women need our attention

NANAIMO – Number of missing or murdered indigenous women tops 1,100 in Canada.

Election seasons underway in B.C.

NANAIMO – Recent elections highlight importance of voting.

Canada plays follow the leader on pot laws

NANAIMO - Washington and Colorado lead the way on legalizing marijuana use.

Liquor reforms give people freedom

Thanks to a host of reforms regulating liquor sales and consumption, I won’t have to hide my drink in a travel mug at music festivals.

People are the key to any community

The names might change and the stories might stay the same, but at the end of the day it’s the people who make the difference.

The decision to remove

TOP NEWS STORIES: Work on Colliery dams could take two years

NANAIMO – The decision to remove, then remediate, the Colliery dams was one of the most contentious of 2013.

The decision to remove
The past year featured dozens of stories that could be considered for the top news stories of the year.

TOP NEWS STORIES: Difficult to choose just five

NANAIMO – Top stories carried over into following year.

The past year featured dozens of stories that could be considered for the top news stories of the year.
Five people help make headlines in 2013. Clockwise from top left: Kennedy Baker

NEWSMAKERS: Not hard to find newsmakers in Nanaimo in 2013

NANAIMO – More people help make headlines in the News Bulletin in 2013.

Five people help make headlines in 2013. Clockwise from top left: Kennedy Baker
Russ Morland hosts a new art show called Welcome to Lurklandia at his tattoo shop and gallery Electric Umbrella in the Old City Quarter.

Inside an artist’s world

NANAIMO – Russ Morland hosts his first art show of landscape paintings at Electric Umbrella

Russ Morland hosts a new art show called Welcome to Lurklandia at his tattoo shop and gallery Electric Umbrella in the Old City Quarter.
Erin Burden

Fundraising drive changes it up for charity

NANAIMO – News Bulletin renames its annual penny drive to Coins for Kids.

Erin Burden
605 Collective performs New Animal

New animal

NANAIMO – A modern dance piece looks at survival instincts inherent in humans

605 Collective performs New Animal
Stephane Beaudin

Gordie Johnson following new path

NANAIMO – Guitarist's duo, Sit Down Servant, plays with Lee Harvey Osmond Wednesday (Oct. 23).

Stephane Beaudin
Singer John McDermott performs in Nanaimo Sunday (Oct. 20) as part of his 20th anniversary tour.

Platinum anniversary

NANAIMO – John McDermott celebrates 20 years in front of audiences around the world

Singer John McDermott performs in Nanaimo Sunday (Oct. 20) as part of his 20th anniversary tour.
David Gogo performs at Simon Holt restaurant later this month.

Birthplace of blues offers inspiration

NANAIMO – David Gogo brings full band to show at Simon Holt restaurant

David Gogo performs at Simon Holt restaurant later this month.

Cuts unlikely to improve happiness

When there’s less to go around, priorities are identified pretty quickly.

Russ Morland displays a sample design of a specialty line of underwear that his artwork adorns. The line is sold through snow and skateboard shops across North America.

Nanaimo artist lands underwear deal

NANAIMO – Signature characters land on specialty underwear line sold in skate and snowboard stores

Russ Morland displays a sample design of a specialty line of underwear that his artwork adorns. The line is sold through snow and skateboard shops across North America.

Reconciliation Week offers chance to heal

NANAIMO – Events at Vancouver Island University shed light on events that took place at residential schools.

Nanaimo's Scott Brown performs with Canadian rock band Trooper for part of the year

Rocker shares lessons with next generation

NANAIMO – When he's not touring with Trooper, Scott Brown is teaching music students about life in a rock band.

Nanaimo's Scott Brown performs with Canadian rock band Trooper for part of the year

On pointe: Nanaimo ballerina invited to National Ballet School

NANAIMO – Mikaela Kos, 13, awarded scholarship to attend prestigious dance school

Hospital foundation celebrates anniversary with family event

NANAIMO – Group helps with equipment costs on central Island