Karl Yu

RDN Transit says it’s observed 93 per cent of bus riders wearing masks. Pictured here are Daniel Pearce, RDN general manager of transportation, left; and Ian Thorpe, RDN board chairman, at a mask-wearing promo event this summer. (News Bulletin file)

RDN Transit says 93 per cent of riders wearing masks

Transit operator has mandatory mask policy that puts education ahead of enforcement

RDN Transit says it’s observed 93 per cent of bus riders wearing masks. Pictured here are Daniel Pearce, RDN general manager of transportation, left; and Ian Thorpe, RDN board chairman, at a mask-wearing promo event this summer. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo RCMP and Fire Rescue are on scene following a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Island Highway and Turner Road. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Motorcyclist dies after crash on the old Island Highway in Nanaimo

Traffic in area around Turner Road and Highway 19A being re-routed

Nanaimo RCMP and Fire Rescue are on scene following a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Island Highway and Turner Road. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Crystal Dennison, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation executive director, accepts a $15,000 cheque from Shane Bennett, London Drugs’ manager for Vancouver Island and B.C. Interior. Also pictured Bill Robinson, Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district trustee. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Retired Netflix exec from Nanaimo donates to two area non-profit groups

Schools foundation and child development centre in Nanaimo to benefit with $15K each

Crystal Dennison, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation executive director, accepts a $15,000 cheque from Shane Bennett, London Drugs’ manager for Vancouver Island and B.C. Interior. Also pictured Bill Robinson, Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district trustee. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
B.C. Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents not to put out garbage bins overnight as bears are about to prepare for hibernation. (BCCOS photo)

Nanaimo residents ticketed for putting garbage bins out early

Conservation officers say they issued seven tickets this week, as concerns about bears increase

B.C. Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents not to put out garbage bins overnight as bears are about to prepare for hibernation. (BCCOS photo)
B.C. Conservation Officer Service helped free a fawn from a fence in the Hammond Bay area of Nanaimo on Wednesday, Sept. 16. (BCCOS photo)

Conservation officers free fawn stuck in fence in Nanaimo

Fawn was uninjured after getting caught in fence in Hammond Bay area Wednesday

B.C. Conservation Officer Service helped free a fawn from a fence in the Hammond Bay area of Nanaimo on Wednesday, Sept. 16. (BCCOS photo)
Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Smoky skies enveloping east area of central Vancouver Island

Wildfire smoke from U.S. leads to very high health risk rating on air quality health index

Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Fire are crews are on scene of a fire at Schnitzer Steel, south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)

Fire crews on scene at scrapyard near mid-Vancouver Island airport

Fire at Schnitzer Steel facility off Trans-Canada Highway near Nanaimo and Ladysmith

Fire are crews are on scene of a fire at Schnitzer Steel, south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)
B.C. Ferries’ Coastal Inspiration vessel (Black Press file photo)

Duke Point-Tsawwassen ferry halted after person goes overboard

The Queen of Alberni and coast guard offer assistance after report of person overboard

B.C. Ferries’ Coastal Inspiration vessel (Black Press file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP arrested a suspect Wednesday, Aug. 26, who allegedly rammed a police cruiser and caused police pursuit. (News Bulletin photo)

Suspect arrested after allegedly fleeing from Nanaimo RCMP in pickup and on foot

Staff sergeant says suspect made Olympic efforts to try to get away from law enforcement

Nanaimo RCMP arrested a suspect Wednesday, Aug. 26, who allegedly rammed a police cruiser and caused police pursuit. (News Bulletin photo)
A mural at Nanaimo’s Bastion Street parkade, shown in progress earlier this month, was vandalized Friday. (News Bulletin file photo)

Mural in downtown Nanaimo vandalized less than a week after completion

Black paint thrown on Hub City Walls mural at Bastion Street parkade

A mural at Nanaimo’s Bastion Street parkade, shown in progress earlier this month, was vandalized Friday. (News Bulletin file photo)
A lamp post in a parking lot on Dickinson Road crashed onto his truck the afternoon of Aug. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

A lamp post in a parking lot on Dickinson Road crashed onto his truck the afternoon of Aug. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Amy Hunt, a veterinary tech assistant at VCA Canada Island Animal Hospital in Nanaimo, fostered and adopted Lemon, a stray kitten, who suffered paralysis in his back legs after a dog attack. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Disabled Vancouver Island feline teaching foster kittens ‘how to cat’

Life goes from sour to sweet for Lemon, an adopted cat from B.C. SPCA Nanaimo

Amy Hunt, a veterinary tech assistant at VCA Canada Island Animal Hospital in Nanaimo, fostered and adopted Lemon, a stray kitten, who suffered paralysis in his back legs after a dog attack. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Dr. Mike Benusic, new Island Health medical health officer for central Vancouver Island. (Twitter photo)

Opioid crisis and COVID-19 pressing issues for mid-Island’s new medical health officer

Dr. Mike Benusic has been working in his new role with Island Health since July 2

Dr. Mike Benusic, new Island Health medical health officer for central Vancouver Island. (Twitter photo)
A majority of bus riders will be required to wear a mask or face covering when on Regional District of Nanaimo Transit buses beginning Aug. 24. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

RDN Transit requiring masks for most come end of month

Masks, hand sanitizer to be handed out in Regional District of Nanaimo mask policy campaign

A majority of bus riders will be required to wear a mask or face covering when on Regional District of Nanaimo Transit buses beginning Aug. 24. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
The Calgary Zoo is aiding in recovery efforts for the Vancouver Island marmot, an endangered species. Pictured here, a marmot at Mount Washington. (Black Press file)

Vancouver Island marmot population gets boost with help from Calgary Zoo

Seventeen pups to spend winter at Mount Washington recovery centre before being released next spring

The Calgary Zoo is aiding in recovery efforts for the Vancouver Island marmot, an endangered species. Pictured here, a marmot at Mount Washington. (Black Press file)
Numinus Wellness Inc., which merged with Nanaimo-based Salvation Botanicals last year, has received Health Canada approval for research intended to standardize extraction of psilocybin, from magic mushrooms. (Submitted photo)

Magic mushrooms to treat mental illness? Nanaimo lab studying the possibilities

Numinus Wellness gets federal approval for psychedelic drug research into mental health treatment

Numinus Wellness Inc., which merged with Nanaimo-based Salvation Botanicals last year, has received Health Canada approval for research intended to standardize extraction of psilocybin, from magic mushrooms. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, is retiring. Hasselback became health officer in September 2011. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Central Vancouver Island’s top health official retires

Island Health says Dr. Paul Hasselback’s replacement to be named shortly

Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, is retiring. Hasselback became health officer in September 2011. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
According to a Regional District of Nanaimo transit select committee report, the RDN is estimating a $2.1-million loss in transit revenue due to COVID-19. (News Bulletin file)

COVID-19 pandemic estimated to lead to $2-million loss for RDN Transit

Regional District of Nanaimo has been seeing gradual rider increase since mid-May

According to a Regional District of Nanaimo transit select committee report, the RDN is estimating a $2.1-million loss in transit revenue due to COVID-19. (News Bulletin file)
The Regional District of Nanaimo has prepared its statement of financial information for 2019. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

RDN paid $35 million in wages last year, financial statements show

Statement of financial information, including salaries and expenses, will be presented to directors

The Regional District of Nanaimo has prepared its statement of financial information for 2019. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Ferries from Departure Bay ferry terminal are now sailing at 70 per cent capacity, says B.C. Ferries. The COVID-19 pandemic saw 50 per cent capacity. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Ferries from Departure Bay ferry terminal are now sailing at 70 per cent capacity, says B.C. Ferries. The COVID-19 pandemic saw 50 per cent capacity. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)