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Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog and Dean Price, Freedom’s vice-president and general manager of corporate retail - West, cut the ribbon to open the mobile carrier’s Woodgrove Centre location on Thursday. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

New wireless carrier comes to Nanaimo

Freedom Mobile opened at Woodgrove Centre on Thursday as part of expansion in B.C.

Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog and Dean Price, Freedom’s vice-president and general manager of corporate retail - West, cut the ribbon to open the mobile carrier’s Woodgrove Centre location on Thursday. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Opoly, a local take on Monopoly, is being released by Victoria-based Outset Media for Walmart Canada. (image submitted)

Nanaimo-Opoly will let board game players deal Harbour City properties

Victoria’s Outset Media and Walmart Canada partner on local edition of popular game

Nanaimo-Opoly, a local take on Monopoly, is being released by Victoria-based Outset Media for Walmart Canada. (image submitted)
When Brad Wood isn’t at work in his silviculture nursery, he’s in his wood-shop crafting his newest creation. (Emily Vance photo)                                When Brad Wood isn’t at work in his silviculture nursery, he’s in his wood-shop crafting his newest creation. (Emily Vance photo)

Nanoose Bay man fashions drums out of rare and unusual wood

Brad Wood will bring his hand-crafted instruments to Parksville Beach Festival’s Art in the Park

When Brad Wood isn’t at work in his silviculture nursery, he’s in his wood-shop crafting his newest creation. (Emily Vance photo)                                When Brad Wood isn’t at work in his silviculture nursery, he’s in his wood-shop crafting his newest creation. (Emily Vance photo)
Amanda Atkinson, of Little Cedar Falls - Taste of B.C. Aquafarms, displays a bottle of liquid fertilizer the company derives from fish manure, a waste byproduct of the company’s land-based aquafarm in Nanaimo. The company, with help from Vancouver Island University business and media students, has pitched a business proposal to Telus Pitch in hopes of winning $100,000 to help the company develop the product commercially. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo fish farm fertilizer pitched for $100,000 Telus contest prize

VIU students team with Nanaimo land-based fish farm to try to bring new product to market

Amanda Atkinson, of Little Cedar Falls - Taste of B.C. Aquafarms, displays a bottle of liquid fertilizer the company derives from fish manure, a waste byproduct of the company’s land-based aquafarm in Nanaimo. The company, with help from Vancouver Island University business and media students, has pitched a business proposal to Telus Pitch in hopes of winning $100,000 to help the company develop the product commercially. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
An Air North Boeing 737 lands in Nanaimo last summer. The airline has launched weekly charter service from Nanaimo to Watson Lake, Yukon, via Kelowna and Prince George. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Air North starts up non-stop flights from Nanaimo to Kelowna

Company running charter flights to Watson Lake, Yukon, including stops in Kelowna and Prince George

An Air North Boeing 737 lands in Nanaimo last summer. The airline has launched weekly charter service from Nanaimo to Watson Lake, Yukon, via Kelowna and Prince George. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
Air Canada’s senior vice-president of Air Canada Express and government relations spoke to business people during an event hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)

Nanaimo a prime market for new plane, Air Canada says

Vice-president previews Airbus A220, praises Nanaimo’s growth in passenger numbers

Air Canada’s senior vice-president of Air Canada Express and government relations spoke to business people during an event hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)
Kim Smythe, Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce CEO, shows off an award from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce AGM. (Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce photo)

Nanaimo chamber receives B.C. Chamber of Commerce award

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce lauded for community engagement, night market

Kim Smythe, Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce CEO, shows off an award from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce AGM. (Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce photo)
WFP Ladysmith Division is having production curtailed until at least May 21. (Cole Schisler photo).

Ladysmith sawmill curtails work for a minimum of two weeks

Western Forest Products Ladysmith Sawmill temporarily idled due to a lack of properly sized logs

WFP Ladysmith Division is having production curtailed until at least May 21. (Cole Schisler photo).
When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)

Don’t stop the presses: Report finds Canadian newspaper readership at all-time high

88% of Canadians read newspapers every week, highest since first Newspapers 24/7 Report in 2012

When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)
Courtesy Locals Restaurant Facebook Page

Vancouver Island restaurant among Canada’s most sustainable eateries

Locals in Courtenay only B.C. or small city establishment to make the top six list

Courtesy Locals Restaurant Facebook Page
Harbourview Volkswagen is one of five B.C .VW dealerships to be honoured with the 2019 Wolfsburg Crest Club award. Pictured are Chris Martin, VW brand area manager for Western Canada; Jessica Davidson, service manager; Sjon Wynia, GM and owner; David Price, sales manager; and Ron Young, parts manager. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Harbourview VW gets special recognition from automaker

Nanaimo dealership is a 2019 recipient of the Wolfsburg Crest Club award

Harbourview Volkswagen is one of five B.C .VW dealerships to be honoured with the 2019 Wolfsburg Crest Club award. Pictured are Chris Martin, VW brand area manager for Western Canada; Jessica Davidson, service manager; Sjon Wynia, GM and owner; David Price, sales manager; and Ron Young, parts manager. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
The contingent from Aura Hair Boutique were some of the best dressed at last week’s Nanaimo Business Awards. Pictured are Grace Yacoboski, Niki Netzer, Bryn Vanrooyen, Shauna King, Amber Lussier, and Hannah Harper. GREATER NANAIMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE photo

Nanaimo Business Awards celebrate an ‘outstanding’ year

Winners were revealed last week at a gala event at the Port Theatre

The contingent from Aura Hair Boutique were some of the best dressed at last week’s Nanaimo Business Awards. Pictured are Grace Yacoboski, Niki Netzer, Bryn Vanrooyen, Shauna King, Amber Lussier, and Hannah Harper. GREATER NANAIMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE photo
Nanaimo Business Awards will be held Thursday, April 11, at the Port Theatre. For more information, visit www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca.

Nanaimo’s best in business to be honoured this week

Nanaimo Business Awards will be held Thursday, April 11, at the Port Theatre

Nanaimo Business Awards will be held Thursday, April 11, at the Port Theatre. For more information, visit www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca.
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since 2015. According to the union president, on Feb. 27, the remaining workers were all laid off.

Battered Port Alice pulp mill suddenly lays off remaining workers

All Neucel Specialty Cellulose employees working at the pulp mill were told to go home on Feb. 27.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since 2015. According to the union president, on Feb. 27, the remaining workers were all laid off.
Yvonne Werning won a Buy-Low Foods contest and went on a $500 shopping spree at the Nanaimo store on Fifth Street on Feb. 23. Here, Werning high-fives Lynn Johnson, store front-end manager. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Nanaimo woman fills up her cart in one-minute shopping spree

Yvonne Werning wins contest and $500 spree from Buy-Low Foods

Yvonne Werning won a Buy-Low Foods contest and went on a $500 shopping spree at the Nanaimo store on Fifth Street on Feb. 23. Here, Werning high-fives Lynn Johnson, store front-end manager. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Supplies of a beer derived from a famous Nanaimo dessert are rapidly drying up mere weeks after it was released by its brewery. Vancouver Island Brewing’s Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter, released to the market in early February,has proven to be one of the company’s most popular brews and is said to pair well with its namesake. Photo submitted

Vancouver Island Brewing puts Nanaimo bar on tap

Beer based on signature Nanaimo dessert flying off liquor retailers’ shelves

Supplies of a beer derived from a famous Nanaimo dessert are rapidly drying up mere weeks after it was released by its brewery. Vancouver Island Brewing’s Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter, released to the market in early February,has proven to be one of the company’s most popular brews and is said to pair well with its namesake. Photo submitted
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is looking for online nominations for the 2019 Nanaimo Business Awards. News Bulletin file photo

Nanaimo Business Awards nominations now open online

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce seeks online nominations for 2019 business awards

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is looking for online nominations for the 2019 Nanaimo Business Awards. News Bulletin file photo
BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

BC Ferries’ president on LNG and northern routes

CEO Mark Collins to speak with Prince Rupert’s business community

BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Chief Mike Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Mike Wyse speaks with Doug Donaldson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operation, on Thursday in Nanaimo. The meeting was part of coast forest sector revitalization consultation. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Job creation on the minds of politicians on Vancouver Island

Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair to take place Feb. 7 in Comox

Chief Mike Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Mike Wyse speaks with Doug Donaldson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operation, on Thursday in Nanaimo. The meeting was part of coast forest sector revitalization consultation. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
About 1,000 people and 350 active brides are expected to attend the Hitched Wedding & Events Affair at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courteney today. The event runs until 4 p.m. Photo, Mike Chouinard.
About 1,000 people and 350 active brides are expected to attend the Hitched Wedding & Events Affair at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courteney today. The event runs until 4 p.m. Photo, Mike Chouinard.