Tamara Cunningham

Donna Lee Criss is on a 31-day challenge to buy nothing but fuel. It’s an effort to use what’s already in her home.TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo resident plans to buy nothing during ‘apocalypse month’

Donna Lee Criss plans to use what’s already in her home during month-long challenge

Donna Lee Criss is on a 31-day challenge to buy nothing but fuel. It’s an effort to use what’s already in her home.TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Susan Carlson, vice-president of the Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association, executive director Deanna Ward and president Pam Pady are seeking a city grant and community donations with the association in a “desperate” financial situation. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Advocacy association faces cash crisis

Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association seeks city grant and donations

Susan Carlson, vice-president of the Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association, executive director Deanna Ward and president Pam Pady are seeking a city grant and community donations with the association in a “desperate” financial situation. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Superintendent looks ahead to 2018 projects

Superintendent looks ahead to 2018 projects

Nanaimo school superintendent John Blain heads into last few months on the job

Superintendent looks ahead to 2018 projects
A property at 7600 Harby Rd. in Lantzville is one of the top-five highest-assessed residential properties in the area. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)

Lantzville dominates list of area’s highest-valued residential properties

Increases coming in this year’s property assessments

A property at 7600 Harby Rd. in Lantzville is one of the top-five highest-assessed residential properties in the area. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)
Parents Paige Playford and Bryce Taylor and daughter Mazy with newborn Chase Luca Taylor, the New Year’s baby for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island for 2018. (TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/The News Bulletin)

Meet Vancouver Island’s first baby

Chase Luca Taylor is the first baby of 2018 for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island

Parents Paige Playford and Bryce Taylor and daughter Mazy with newborn Chase Luca Taylor, the New Year’s baby for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island for 2018. (TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/The News Bulletin)
The Nanaimo Division of Family Practice is collecting surveys on maternity care from new mothers. STOCK PHOTO

New survey asks mid Island women about maternity care

Nanaimo Division of Family Practice conducts survey as part of greater provincial initiative

The Nanaimo Division of Family Practice is collecting surveys on maternity care from new mothers. STOCK PHOTO
Aspengrove students Nicolas Gunn, Maja Fellenius, Sonja Ferg and Akela Szasz organized a Crazy Sock Day this month to help collect new pairs of socks for the Nanaimo 7-10 Club. They donated hundreds of pairs of socks. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Students in ‘crazy socks’ warm toes with donation

Aspengrove students donate hundreds of pairs of socks to Nanaimo 7-10 Club

Aspengrove students Nicolas Gunn, Maja Fellenius, Sonja Ferg and Akela Szasz organized a Crazy Sock Day this month to help collect new pairs of socks for the Nanaimo 7-10 Club. They donated hundreds of pairs of socks. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Cpl. Brigitte Goguen is Nanaimo RCMP’s new mental health liaison officer. The position is in response to a growing number of mental health-related calls, which have gone from 1,313 in 2014 to 2,224 last year. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin

New RCMP position a response to a rise in mental health calls

Cpl. Brigitte Goguen is the detachment’s mental health liaison officer

Cpl. Brigitte Goguen is Nanaimo RCMP’s new mental health liaison officer. The position is in response to a growing number of mental health-related calls, which have gone from 1,313 in 2014 to 2,224 last year. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin
A threat was discovered at NDSS. The school is open today, Dec. 22, but there is heightened security. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Heightened security at NDSS after threat found

Second Nanaimo school to get threat in week

A threat was discovered at NDSS. The school is open today, Dec. 22, but there is heightened security. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Garbage rates increasing by greater percentage than reported

Garbage rates increasing by greater percentage than reported

Garbage rates to rise 40 per cent next year for Nanaimo residents

Garbage rates increasing by greater percentage than reported
Snaw-Naw-As member Lawrence Mitchell, who had a negative experience in school and wasn’t aware of his culture or language, now goes into schools to teach song, dance and for kids to help them to be proud of who they are. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo school district taking initial steps to reconciliation

Shift underway to bring culture and indigenous ways of knowing into schools

Snaw-Naw-As member Lawrence Mitchell, who had a negative experience in school and wasn’t aware of his culture or language, now goes into schools to teach song, dance and for kids to help them to be proud of who they are. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/The News Bulletin
Natalie Chelsom, Nanaimo school district’s new personal and sexual health educator, shows the district’s new inclusive teaching manual, Beyond the Basics, which uses language to represent all bodies, relationships and orientations. Chelsom recently presented a vision to move forward on sexual health education in the district. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo school district aims for consistency in sexual health education

School district presents its vision for sexual health education

Natalie Chelsom, Nanaimo school district’s new personal and sexual health educator, shows the district’s new inclusive teaching manual, Beyond the Basics, which uses language to represent all bodies, relationships and orientations. Chelsom recently presented a vision to move forward on sexual health education in the district. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
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School district ready to end ban on travel outside North America

School board to make final decision on expiry of moratorium

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Nanaimo school board trustee Steve Rae remains chairman by acclamation. FILE PHOTO/News Bulletin

Steve Rae holds onto position as Nanaimo school board chairman

School board elected leadership on Wednesday

Nanaimo school board trustee Steve Rae remains chairman by acclamation. FILE PHOTO/News Bulletin
Nisaika Kum’tuks Elementary Centre vice-principal Heather Goodall, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Judith Guichon and third grade student David Tom take a moment to look around the new library, donated by Write to Read. The school marked the official opening of the library with speeches, songs and a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Lieutenant-governor helps open school library

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre school partners with Write to Read

Nisaika Kum’tuks Elementary Centre vice-principal Heather Goodall, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Judith Guichon and third grade student David Tom take a moment to look around the new library, donated by Write to Read. The school marked the official opening of the library with speeches, songs and a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
B.C. government announces $33-million investment into creating childcare spaces across the province. STOCK PHOTO

Government investment grows child care spaces in Nanaimo area

Nanaimo and Gabriola Island to benefit from province’s $33-million investment in childcare spaces

B.C. government announces $33-million investment into creating childcare spaces across the province. STOCK PHOTO
Medical marijuana production facility in Richmond B.C. (Black Press files)

School board wants in on talks about legalized marijuana regulations

Trustees vote to send request to local governments

Medical marijuana production facility in Richmond B.C. (Black Press files)
Former Snuneymuxw health administrator Sandra Good helps acting chief Doug White II break ground on a new health centre at Longhouse and MacMillan road on Wednesday. Also pictured is Charles Nelson, current health administrator and councillors Paul Wyse-Seward and Michael Wyse. Tamara Cunningham/News Bulletin

Snuneymuxw break ground on health centre

Leaders, community members gather to mark the start of construction on $3M building

Former Snuneymuxw health administrator Sandra Good helps acting chief Doug White II break ground on a new health centre at Longhouse and MacMillan road on Wednesday. Also pictured is Charles Nelson, current health administrator and councillors Paul Wyse-Seward and Michael Wyse. Tamara Cunningham/News Bulletin
Brothers Colin, 11, and Spencer O’Handley, 13, are collecting donations of new tuques and socks for Nanaimo’s homeless until Dec. 20 at venues like Park Avenue Elementary and Sylvan Learning. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo brothers collect socks and tuques for city homeless

People can donate at six locations in Nanaimo

Brothers Colin, 11, and Spencer O’Handley, 13, are collecting donations of new tuques and socks for Nanaimo’s homeless until Dec. 20 at venues like Park Avenue Elementary and Sylvan Learning. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo Haven Society has launched its Clothesline Project, where people can write messages about domestic violence on clothing to raise awareness and take a stand. Chantal Lambert, resource development and communications manager for Haven Society, hangs one of the society’s T-shirts on the line. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo urged to speak out against domestic violence

Clothesline Project launched as part of 16 Days of Activism

Nanaimo Haven Society has launched its Clothesline Project, where people can write messages about domestic violence on clothing to raise awareness and take a stand. Chantal Lambert, resource development and communications manager for Haven Society, hangs one of the society’s T-shirts on the line. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin