Opinion

Updated drawings of planned pedestrian improvements at the intersections of Victoria Road and Cavan Street and Victoria Crescent and Esplanade. (City of Nanaimo image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Intersection changes not an upgrade

Victoria Crescent-Esplanade work a major waste of money by the city, says letter writer

  • Mar 13, 2021
Updated drawings of planned pedestrian improvements at the intersections of Victoria Road and Cavan Street and Victoria Crescent and Esplanade. (City of Nanaimo image)
The plastic that we use once and then throw away sticks around and causes harm to the environment, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s time to cut down on single-use plastics

Microplastics are whirling around in the planet’s air and water environs, says letter writer

  • Mar 12, 2021
The plastic that we use once and then throw away sticks around and causes harm to the environment, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo.(McElhanney image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes necessary for safety

It is difficult and dangerous to cycle downtown, says letter writer

  • Mar 11, 2021
A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo.(McElhanney image)
Beef to the driver in a blue VW hatchback playing video games on his phone at the Rutherford and Uplands lights.

Beefs & Bouquets, March 10

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

  • Mar 10, 2021
Beef to the driver in a blue VW hatchback playing video games on his phone at the Rutherford and Uplands lights.
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
The Beban Park social centre in Nanaimo will serve as a mass community clinic for immunizations. (News Bulletin photo)

Editorial: Every vaccine dose helps the cause for all of us

Enthusiasm indicates a lot of people want to be immunized, a lot of people will get immunized

The Beban Park social centre in Nanaimo will serve as a mass community clinic for immunizations. (News Bulletin photo)
News Bulletin file photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes inexpensive compared with roads

It is a myth that car drivers are subsidizing cyclists or pedestrians, says letter writer

  • Mar 8, 2021
News Bulletin file photo
March 8 is International Women’s Day. (Stock photo)

Editorial: International Women’s Day can inspire us to recommit to equality

Let’s call out sexism, amplify feminism and keep working toward equality

March 8 is International Women’s Day. (Stock photo)
Regenerative farming that meets genuine needs should take priority over commercial recklessness, says columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: Hubris, greed causing humans to live destructively

Placing the economy as the top priority is licence to destroy natural systems, says columnist

  • Mar 6, 2021
Regenerative farming that meets genuine needs should take priority over commercial recklessness, says columnist. (Stock photo)
A concept for development of the Green Thumb property in north Nanaimo. (Barefoot Planning and Design image)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Develop land with care and thought

It’s getting to the point that you can’t go a block without seeing more apartments, says letter writer

  • Mar 6, 2021
A concept for development of the Green Thumb property in north Nanaimo. (Barefoot Planning and Design image)
Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Justice system is failing us

Crime rampant, police overworked, businesses targeted, citizens unsafe, says letter writer

  • Mar 6, 2021
Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Protesters march on Nanaimo’s Commercial Street last September, calling for greater protection of B.C.’s old-growth forests. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More old growth needs protecting

Public support for protecting old-growth forests is evident, says letter writer

  • Mar 4, 2021
Protesters march on Nanaimo’s Commercial Street last September, calling for greater protection of B.C.’s old-growth forests. (News Bulletin file photo)
Beef to the plow driver who completely soaked me in dirty slush at the bus stop at Fifth and Hillcrest. I could tell you were driving quite fast so I tried to back up as far as the snowbank would allow but you did not slow down. I am 68 and had to pick up a prescription and had no choice but to continue on soaking wet.

Beefs & Bouquets, March 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

  • Mar 3, 2021
Beef to the plow driver who completely soaked me in dirty slush at the bus stop at Fifth and Hillcrest. I could tell you were driving quite fast so I tried to back up as far as the snowbank would allow but you did not slow down. I am 68 and had to pick up a prescription and had no choice but to continue on soaking wet.
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Pet owners are leaving more dog waste than ever before on Nanaimo’s paths and trails, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dog owners need to pick up after their pets

Letter writer says he’s ‘disgusted’ by dog walkers not picking up their dog waste

  • Feb 27, 2021
Pet owners are leaving more dog waste than ever before on Nanaimo’s paths and trails, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

OP-ED: 1 year into pandemic, B.C.’s tourism sector hopes for a light at the end of the tunnel

Only about 17 per cent of businesses have been operating as usual in B.C.

  • Feb 26, 2021
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
Team Canada supporters watch a men’s hockey game on a TV screen at Diana Krall Plaza in February 2010. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hopefully B.C. hosts Olympics again someday

Letter writer reminisces about 2010 Winter Games and the spirit they brought to the city

  • Feb 26, 2021
Team Canada supporters watch a men’s hockey game on a TV screen at Diana Krall Plaza in February 2010. (News Bulletin file photo)
Beef to the woman walking two dogs that attacked my two small chihuahua dogs along Estevan Road. I was dragged down the embankment with my dogs. All three of us were pinned against the fence by your dogs with no escape route. Your dogs were on retractable leashes that were not appropriate for their size and weight and you had no control over them at all.

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 24

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

  • Feb 24, 2021
Beef to the woman walking two dogs that attacked my two small chihuahua dogs along Estevan Road. I was dragged down the embankment with my dogs. All three of us were pinned against the fence by your dogs with no escape route. Your dogs were on retractable leashes that were not appropriate for their size and weight and you had no control over them at all.
Views of Nanaimo, Newcastle Channel and the Strait of Georgia from the Nanaimo Parkway. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Editorial: We have a say in how our city of 100,000 grows

City of Nanaimo wants to hear from residents as transition from small town to big city continues

Views of Nanaimo, Newcastle Channel and the Strait of Georgia from the Nanaimo Parkway. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Start transitioning away from the oil industry, says letter writer. (News Bulletin photo)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Disincentivize fossil fuel development

Subsidies could transfer gradually to clean energy, suggests letter writer

  • Feb 21, 2021
Start transitioning away from the oil industry, says letter writer. (News Bulletin photo)