Opinion

Beef to Halloween, a celebration of death, weapons, blood and murder. Halloween is a mockery of death and our beloved deceased. Why do we celebrate it?

Beefs & Bouquets, Nov. 25

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

  • Nov 25, 2020
Beef to Halloween, a celebration of death, weapons, blood and murder. Halloween is a mockery of death and our beloved deceased. Why do we celebrate it?
This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Virus vaccine anticipated

We will all soon be back to normal, says letter writer

  • Nov 25, 2020
This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
War and evil aren’t God-made, they are human-made, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Human choices, not God’s will, cause war

God gave us free will and unfortunately we do not always make good decisions, says letter writer

  • Nov 24, 2020
War and evil aren’t God-made, they are human-made, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
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Vehicle smashes all the way into business on Bowen Road
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

  • Nov 24, 2020
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Brian McFadden, vice-president of the Vancouver Island Military Museum, shows elements of a new exhibit there that examines some of the horrors and hardships for women and children in prison camps during First and Second World Wars. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women in prison camps persevered

Letter writer shares her mother’s recollections of prison camp in Java during Second World War

  • Nov 23, 2020
Brian McFadden, vice-president of the Vancouver Island Military Museum, shows elements of a new exhibit there that examines some of the horrors and hardships for women and children in prison camps during First and Second World Wars. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Travellers on B.C. Ferries vessels can’t stay on lower car decks and must head up to the passenger decks. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transport Canada’s ferry rules aren’t right for COVID-19 times

Passengers isolating in vehicles can’t spread virus, says letter writer

  • Nov 21, 2020
Travellers on B.C. Ferries vessels can’t stay on lower car decks and must head up to the passenger decks. (News Bulletin file photo)
Correcting misconceptions about latex balloons, latex is biodegradable and extracted from rubber trees located in topical places, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Balloons don’t cause harm to environment

Latex is biodegradable and extracted from rubber trees, says letter writer

  • Nov 18, 2020
Correcting misconceptions about latex balloons, latex is biodegradable and extracted from rubber trees located in topical places, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
Why were passengers without masks allowed on the ferry in the first place? If B.C. Ferries had enforced its own rules the altercations and delays could have been avoided.

Beefs & Bouquets, Nov. 18

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  • Nov 18, 2020
Why were passengers without masks allowed on the ferry in the first place? If B.C. Ferries had enforced its own rules the altercations and delays could have been avoided.
(Black Press Media file photo)

OPINION: Island Health doctors call on residents to ‘double down’ to slow spread of COVID-19

Positive cases increasing at a rate that causes concern for health officers

  • Nov 18, 2020
(Black Press Media file photo)
People take in the scenery at sunset on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, March 19, 2020. The province of British Columbia and the provincial health minister are urging people to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and business leaders across the province are encouraging continued unity and commitment from all British Columbians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

LETTER: Together, for a brighter future for all British Columbians

‘Time and time again, British Columbians have shown resolve and strength in coming together’

  • Nov 18, 2020
People take in the scenery at sunset on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, March 19, 2020. The province of British Columbia and the provincial health minister are urging people to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and business leaders across the province are encouraging continued unity and commitment from all British Columbians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Cpl. Melvinder Rai of the Canadian Scottish Regiment and others guard the cenotaph at Dallas Square in downtown Nanaimo last Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember those soldiers who lost their lives in service

The phrase ‘they gave their lives’ has bothered me for many years, says letter writer

  • Nov 17, 2020
Cpl. Melvinder Rai of the Canadian Scottish Regiment and others guard the cenotaph at Dallas Square in downtown Nanaimo last Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Letters to the editor should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address (it won’t be published). E-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City should take on greater role in housing

‘Affordable housing’ isn’t affordable for many who need it, says letter writer

  • Nov 17, 2020
Letters to the editor should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address (it won’t be published). E-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hold provincial government to promise to improve parks

Letter writer hopes province will consider that parks have been ‘bursting at the seams’

  • Nov 15, 2020
Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Banning excessive use of balloons for commercial purposes would be a way to reduce waste, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ban excessive balloon use by businesses

It’s good that the city is taking steps to reduce waste, says letter writer

  • Nov 11, 2020
Banning excessive use of balloons for commercial purposes would be a way to reduce waste, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
Bouquet of the Week: I live in the blue ‘95 Chevy Astro van with the bike on the back. I’m not a thief or a criminal. I have inabilities to function with people and I can’t find a place to rent. People are harassing me because they think I robbed them. I just want to tell the good people of Nanaimo that I didn’t rob you.

Beefs & Bouquets, Nov. 11

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

  • Nov 11, 2020
Bouquet of the Week: I live in the blue ‘95 Chevy Astro van with the bike on the back. I’m not a thief or a criminal. I have inabilities to function with people and I can’t find a place to rent. People are harassing me because they think I robbed them. I just want to tell the good people of Nanaimo that I didn’t rob you.
Conservation officers hope the public can provide information about who shot and left a bull and cow Roosevelt elk near Spruston Road, south of Nanaimo. (Facebook photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Killing elk for no good reason disturbing

Whoever is responsible should face jail time or community service, says letter writer

  • Nov 8, 2020
Conservation officers hope the public can provide information about who shot and left a bull and cow Roosevelt elk near Spruston Road, south of Nanaimo. (Facebook photo)
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LETTER: Joint replacement wait times in B.C.

Arthritis society’s call for government to make reducing wait times a priority

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FILE – A salmon pictured in this undated photo (Joel Krahn/Black Press File)

OPINION: Biggest threat facing wild Pacific salmon is Fisheries and Oceans Canada

‘Only Canada allows the farming of Atlantic salmon on the migration routes of wild Pacific salmon’

  • Nov 6, 2020
FILE – A salmon pictured in this undated photo (Joel Krahn/Black Press File)
How can we bring ecological and economic systems into balance without further damaging the environment and perpetuating injustices, asks columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: We can’t rely on governments for radical change

Our leaders don’t seem to be dealing with the wicked problems threatening our future, says columnist

  • Nov 6, 2020
How can we bring ecological and economic systems into balance without further damaging the environment and perpetuating injustices, asks columnist. (Stock photo)