Greg Sakaki

Nurses march along Boundary Avenue outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 24. (Photo courtesy Kath Kitts)

B.C. nurses rally to demand action with health-care system ‘in a state of crisis’

‘Traumatic’: nurses cite overcrowded ERs, drastic staffing shortfalls and extended waits for care

Nurses march along Boundary Avenue outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 24. (Photo courtesy Kath Kitts)
Rupesh Amin, CEO of Conqora Capital Partners, investors in Vancouver Island Ferry Company, at the company’s launch event Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Port of Nanaimo. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Fast ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver slated to start next summer

New Vancouver Island Ferry Company holds launch event

Rupesh Amin, CEO of Conqora Capital Partners, investors in Vancouver Island Ferry Company, at the company’s launch event Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Port of Nanaimo. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C. is Canada’s least religious province, has country’s 6 least religious metro areas

For the first time, non-religious people outnumber religious people in British Columbia

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Mike Farnworth, B.C.’s minister of public safety and deputy premier, speaks Thursday, Oct. 27, at the State of the Island Economic Summit at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Deputy premier says forestry in transition, but has ‘strong future’ on the Island

Mike Farnworth talks about forestry and other industries at economic summit in Nanaimo

Mike Farnworth, B.C.’s minister of public safety and deputy premier, speaks Thursday, Oct. 27, at the State of the Island Economic Summit at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school trustee candidate Tanner Scott was escorted by RCMP off Gabriola Elementary School property after refusing to leave an all-candidates’ meeting after being asked to leave repeatedly. (Image submitted)

Anti-SOGI trustee candidate in Nanaimo-Ladysmith escorted off school property by RCMP

Other candidates dismayed as Tanner Scott holds graphic images in front of parents’ faces

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school trustee candidate Tanner Scott was escorted by RCMP off Gabriola Elementary School property after refusing to leave an all-candidates’ meeting after being asked to leave repeatedly. (Image submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP on scene at the Real Canadian Superstore on Wednesday, Sept. 28, after a threat was made. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo supermarket closes for the night following threat

RCMP blocked access to the parking lot at Real Canadian Superstore on Wednesday, Sept. 28

Nanaimo RCMP on scene at the Real Canadian Superstore on Wednesday, Sept. 28, after a threat was made. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Premier John Horgan meet students outside École Hammond Bay on Monday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Premier John Horgan meet students outside École Hammond Bay on Monday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Tasha Brown is running for mayor of the City of Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)

From high-profile global child abduction case to B.C. mayor’s chair?

Tasha Brown, who followed abducted daughter halfway around the world, running for mayor of Nanaimo

Tasha Brown is running for mayor of the City of Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo’s Annalise Lam is a world champion in Highland dancing after placing first overall in her junior division at the Cowal Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland this past weekend. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island teenager wins world championship in Highland dancing

Annalise Lam placed first overall in her junior division at the Cowal Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland

Nanaimo’s Annalise Lam is a world champion in Highland dancing after placing first overall in her junior division at the Cowal Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland this past weekend. (Photo submitted)
Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is applauded during a speech at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Conservative leadership frontrunner Poilievre brings ‘fight for freedom’ to Vancouver Island

Pierre Poilievre holds meet-and-greet events Aug. 28 in Nanaimo and Sidney

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is applauded during a speech at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
B.C. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson announces new complex care services coming to Nanaimo. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Complex care announced for some of Nanaimo’s most hard-to-house individuals

Additional mental-health and substance-use care to be offered to those at risk of homelessness

B.C. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson announces new complex care services coming to Nanaimo. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
A fire burns in the woods near Nanaimo River on Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Photo credit Chad Borrows)

Crews contain wildfire near Nanaimo River

Extension and Cranberry volunteer fire departments co-operated to put out blaze Aug. 24

A fire burns in the woods near Nanaimo River on Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Photo credit Chad Borrows)
Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper won B.C. Golf’s senior men’s and super-senior men’s championships in Victoria in late July. (News Bulletin file photo)

Island golfer battles back from stroke, wins B.C.’s senior men’s championship

Sandy Harper, two years after a stroke, celebrates meaningful victory

Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper won B.C. Golf’s senior men’s and super-senior men’s championships in Victoria in late July. (News Bulletin file photo)
Orcas feed amongst the activity of beach-goers at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay on Saturday, Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Lori Jones)

‘Festival atmosphere’: Orcas feast in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Hundreds of people line the beach to watch Bigg’s killer whales

Orcas feed amongst the activity of beach-goers at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay on Saturday, Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Lori Jones)
A five-vehicle crash on the old Island Highway at Oliver Road on Wednesday, Aug. 17, shut down both northbound lanes on the highway. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Five-vehicle crash shuts down Island Highway lanes through Nanaimo

Incident happened at the old Island Highway and Oliver Road on Aug. 17

A five-vehicle crash on the old Island Highway at Oliver Road on Wednesday, Aug. 17, shut down both northbound lanes on the highway. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
The Langley Thunder and the Nanaimo Timbermen do battle at the Langley Events Centre during the regular season. The WLA finals start there this Friday, Aug. 19. (Photo courtesy Langley Events Centre)

Nanaimo Timbermen to face Langley Thunder in lacrosse finals

Series begins Friday, Aug. 19, in the Fraser Valley, continues Sunday, Aug. 21, at Frank Crane Arena

The Langley Thunder and the Nanaimo Timbermen do battle at the Langley Events Centre during the regular season. The WLA finals start there this Friday, Aug. 19. (Photo courtesy Langley Events Centre)
Kaleb Toth, middle, recently announced as part of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, participates in a ceremonial faceoff with Nanaimo Timbermen captain Nate Wade and Coquitlam Adanacs captain Vinny Ricci at a WLA playoff game at Frank Crane Arena on Monday, Aug. 8. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Lacrosse champion Vancouver Islander headed for national hall of fame

Kaleb Toth will be inducted into Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame this autumn

Kaleb Toth, middle, recently announced as part of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, participates in a ceremonial faceoff with Nanaimo Timbermen captain Nate Wade and Coquitlam Adanacs captain Vinny Ricci at a WLA playoff game at Frank Crane Arena on Monday, Aug. 8. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
The Tim Hortons restaurant on Northfield Road in Nanaimo suffered damage in an early-morning fire Tuesday, Aug. 2. The fire is being investigated as an arson. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Tim Hortons location in Nanaimo set on fire

Following Aug. 2 incident, RCMP have identified a suspect, but haven’t located him

The Tim Hortons restaurant on Northfield Road in Nanaimo suffered damage in an early-morning fire Tuesday, Aug. 2. The fire is being investigated as an arson. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
News Bulletin file photo

Man arrested for attempted murder after shooting near the highway in Nanaimo

Incident happened Aug. 1 at Northfield Road near the Nanaimo Parkway

News Bulletin file photo
A blonde raccoon out and about with its family on Saysutshun north of Midden Bay on Wednesday, July 27. (Photo courtesy Marian Stewart)

Island-dwelling blonde raccoon hits the beach on hot summer day in B.C.

Boater gets up close to blonde mother raccoon and kits on island off Nanaimo

A blonde raccoon out and about with its family on Saysutshun north of Midden Bay on Wednesday, July 27. (Photo courtesy Marian Stewart)