Opinion

Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Compulsory trades training for B.C. apprentices makes sense

B.C. Building Trades women’s group endorses NDP’s move

  • Jan 7, 2021
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)
Health-care workers and others on the front lines are making sacrifices, so the rest of us should respect those efforts, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Those on the front lines know pandemic is serious

Trust health-care professionals, not Facebook groups, suggests letter writer

  • Jan 7, 2021
Health-care workers and others on the front lines are making sacrifices, so the rest of us should respect those efforts, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
Agricultural biodiversity is in danger of being plowed under as corporations continue to take a greater share, columnist suggests. (Stock photo)

Column: Biodiversity being lost as big data causes blight

Accumulated wisdom of peasant farmers will be forgotten, says columnist

  • Jan 7, 2021
Agricultural biodiversity is in danger of being plowed under as corporations continue to take a greater share, columnist suggests. (Stock photo)
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Bouquet to News Bulletin readers. We’re keeping with tradition and publishing only bouquets on the first Beefs & Bouquets page of the year. Happy new year!

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 6

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

  • Jan 6, 2021
Bouquet to News Bulletin readers. We’re keeping with tradition and publishing only bouquets on the first Beefs & Bouquets page of the year. Happy new year!
Nanaimo City Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Doughnut theory full of holes

Letter writer reminds city council that it is not the United Nations

  • Jan 5, 2021
Nanaimo City Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)
To submit a letter to the editor, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support mom and pop businesses

Letter writer fears there will only be corporate big box stores and fast food franchises left

  • Jan 3, 2021
To submit a letter to the editor, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.
Albert Street is getting a new $1.3-million bike lane, as Nanaimo city council took a second look at the project but voted for it again. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Municipality’s bike lane budget debated

Some readers embrace cycle infrastructure, some suggest city reconsider priorities

  • Jan 2, 2021
Albert Street is getting a new $1.3-million bike lane, as Nanaimo city council took a second look at the project but voted for it again. (News Bulletin file photo)
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)
Beefs of the Year 2020.

Beefs of the Year 2020

The best beefs and bouquets submitted to the Nanaimo News Bulletin last year

Beefs of the Year 2020.
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Dec 30, 2020
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)
Beef to the driver of the black truck who pulled up beside us as we were walking on Hammond Bay Road. You proceeded to yell at us and we have no idea what that was about or do you make a habit of yelling at seniors as they’re out walking?

Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 30

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  • Dec 30, 2020
Beef to the driver of the black truck who pulled up beside us as we were walking on Hammond Bay Road. You proceeded to yell at us and we have no idea what that was about or do you make a habit of yelling at seniors as they’re out walking?
To submit a letter to the editor, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Landlords clearly in it for themselves

Landlords’ interests are hostile to ours, says letter writer

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry receives a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria last week. (Island Health photo)

Editorial: We can resolve to limit what COVID-19 costs us

If we feel like we ‘lost a year’ in 2020, we can resolve for better in 2021

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry receives a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria last week. (Island Health photo)
Letters should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address (it won’t be published) and a first name or two initials, and a surname. E-mail letters to editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Plenty of reasons to say thanks

Thanking people you know and do not know will warm hearts, predicts letter writer

  • Dec 25, 2020
Letters should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address (it won’t be published) and a first name or two initials, and a surname. E-mail letters to editor@nanaimobulletin.com.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference in Ottawa last month. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians pipe up from behind their masks at Christmas time

Letter writer proposes Christmas carol-themed masks for each of the federal party leaders

  • Dec 25, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference in Ottawa last month. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Recyclables and personal belongings at a temporary camp set up close to a fenced-off picnic shelter at Bowen Park. (News Bulletin photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don’t forget about those in the city without homes at Christmas time

It is easy to forget people out in the cold in Nanaimo this week, says letter writer

  • Dec 24, 2020
Recyclables and personal belongings at a temporary camp set up close to a fenced-off picnic shelter at Bowen Park. (News Bulletin photo)
Letters should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address (it won’t be published) and a first name or two initials, and a surname. E-mail letters to editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health order cheats putting us all at risk

It’s sad when people ignore public safety to achieve self-gratification, says letter writer

  • Dec 24, 2020
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Beef to the rascals at Bowen Park who heckled my elderly friends and I. We were trying to have a COVID-safe seniors speed-dating gathering and your noisy ruckus and loud horsing off scared off many participants.

Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 23

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  • Dec 23, 2020
Beef to the rascals at Bowen Park who heckled my elderly friends and I. We were trying to have a COVID-safe seniors speed-dating gathering and your noisy ruckus and loud horsing off scared off many participants.
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC

OPINION: Hoping for broader support and better days ahead for tourism sector

Now as we turn the page on 2020, there is room for optimism

  • Dec 22, 2020
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC
Provincial health officials have asked British Columbians not to gather with anyone outside their household or look for loopholes in health orders. (Stock photo)

Editorial: Respect the rest of us, heed holiday restrictions

So many are sacrificing tradition for the greater good

Provincial health officials have asked British Columbians not to gather with anyone outside their household or look for loopholes in health orders. (Stock photo)