Nanaimo News Staff

The B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay arrives at Horseshoe Bay terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. Ferries reporting 5-sailing wait at Horseshoe Bay

Travellers advised to travel to Vancouver Island via Tsawwassen

The B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay arrives at Horseshoe Bay terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo’s new plastic checkout bag ban comes into effect Thursday, July 1. (Black Press file photo)

Nanaimo’s ban on plastic checkout bags now in effect

City bylaw bans plastic checkout bags, mandates minimum charge for paper bags

Nanaimo’s new plastic checkout bag ban comes into effect Thursday, July 1. (Black Press file photo)
Police in Nanaimo are looking for a suspect who is accused of an alleged assault that occurred last summer. (Photo submitted)

Police believe Nanaimo assault suspect ‘actively evading arrest’

Nanaimo RCMP ask for tips to try to find 46-year-old

Police in Nanaimo are looking for a suspect who is accused of an alleged assault that occurred last summer. (Photo submitted)
Police in Nanaimo have responded to several calls for pets left unattended in vehicles in recent days and are urging the public to leave pets at home during hot weather. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo RCMP urge people to leave pets at home when it’s hot out

Police say they’ve responded to multiple calls for dogs left in vehicles during the heat wave

Police in Nanaimo have responded to several calls for pets left unattended in vehicles in recent days and are urging the public to leave pets at home during hot weather. (Stock photo)
Tony Harris is the new chairperson of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. (Photo submitted)

Harris new hospital foundation board chairman

Tony Harris taking over role his father Tom Harris once held

Tony Harris is the new chairperson of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. (Photo submitted)
Regional District of Nanaimo is instituting Stage 3 watering restrictions for a majority of its water service area customers. Under Stage 3, residents are asked, voluntarily, to reduce water consumption. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo asks residents to voluntarily reduce their water use

Voluntary Stage 3 restrictions take immediate effect and are in place until further notice

Regional District of Nanaimo is instituting Stage 3 watering restrictions for a majority of its water service area customers. Under Stage 3, residents are asked, voluntarily, to reduce water consumption. (News Bulletin file)
Shannon Wilson looks on as Chip Wilson shakes hands with Snuneymuxw Coun. Paul Wyse-Seward at a ceremony marking the celebration of the Wilson 5 Foundation’s $4-million donation. Ballenas Secondary School students, who raised money for protection of another island in the area, were also invited to the ceremony. (Photo courtesy Martin Michael)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4-million donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supporting land purchases on three Islands in the Strait of Georgia

Shannon Wilson looks on as Chip Wilson shakes hands with Snuneymuxw Coun. Paul Wyse-Seward at a ceremony marking the celebration of the Wilson 5 Foundation’s $4-million donation. Ballenas Secondary School students, who raised money for protection of another island in the area, were also invited to the ceremony. (Photo courtesy Martin Michael)
Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)

Parks foundation can preserve island near Nanaimo after $4-million donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supporting land purchases on three Islands in the Strait of Georgia

Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)
Canada Day festivities at Maffeo Sutton Park in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo suggests community spirit as a way to mark Canada Day

Food trucks, musicians and city ‘spirit teams’ will visit Nanaimo parks July 1

Canada Day festivities at Maffeo Sutton Park in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)

Families encouraged to keep Nanaimo-Ladysmith students at home Monday

School District 68 schools will be open and staffed and buses will run as usual

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)
Gabriola Community Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)

Island Health cancelling Monday’s vaccine appointments on Gabriola due to heat

Four immunization clinics around Island Health re-booking

Gabriola Community Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Harbour ferry terminal. (News Bulletin file)

Free Wi-Fi coming to terminals on Gabriola-Nanaimo ferry route

Province directing $1.5 million for wireless internet service at 14 small B.C. Ferries terminals

Nanaimo Harbour ferry terminal. (News Bulletin file)
VIU biology major Genevieve van der Voort graduated this week having already had a paper published in a science journal. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island University)

VIU student published in science journal for her efforts trapping insects

Biology grad Genevieve van der Voort’s paper published in The Canadian Entomologist

VIU biology major Genevieve van der Voort graduated this week having already had a paper published in a science journal. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island University)
Nanaimo RCMP seek assistance in locating Jiles Bennett, 44, not seen since June 24. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP say man reported missing June 24 has been found safe

Jiles Bennett, 44, had not been seen since June 24

Nanaimo RCMP seek assistance in locating Jiles Bennett, 44, not seen since June 24. (Submitted photo)
Lisa Marie Young has been missing since June 2002. Nanaimo RCMP will give an update on the investigation June 25. (Submitted photo)
Lisa Marie Young has been missing since June 2002. Nanaimo RCMP will give an update on the investigation June 25. (Submitted photo)
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has warned that in addition to asking for personal information and bank account balance, scammers might direct potential victims to withdraw money and deposit it into a “safe account.” (Stock photo)

Nanaimo RCMP warn about more reports of phone scams

Scammers telling people their social insurance numbers have been linked to criminal activity

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has warned that in addition to asking for personal information and bank account balance, scammers might direct potential victims to withdraw money and deposit it into a “safe account.” (Stock photo)
Jo and Bruce Rowland were recognized for 27 years of service to The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive at the non-profits annual general meeting in May. (Submitted photo)

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive honours volunteers for 27 years of service

Jo and Bruce Rowland recognized for dedication to charity that gathers toys for kids at Christmas

Jo and Bruce Rowland were recognized for 27 years of service to The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive at the non-profits annual general meeting in May. (Submitted photo)
B.C. Ferries says online booking for foot passengers is now available for certain routes, including from Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

B.C. Ferries now offering online booking for foot passengers

Online booking for Tsawwassen–Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen–Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay–Departure Bay

B.C. Ferries says online booking for foot passengers is now available for certain routes, including from Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
The old South Wellington Elementary School. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo’s old South Wellington school to be converted to community centre

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools and RDN announce 25-year lease

The old South Wellington Elementary School. (News Bulletin file)
New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 13-19. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)

New COVID-19 cases on the Island drop back down

23 new cases last week after 51 the week before

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 13-19. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)