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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)
Vancouver Island RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service have confirmed that a man died in a vehicle crash on McKay Lake Road, south of Nanaimo, the evening of May 12. (Black Press media file)

Man dies in Jeep crash on backroad south of Nanaimo

Accident occurred on McKay Lake Road on Tuesday evening

Vancouver Island RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service have confirmed that a man died in a vehicle crash on McKay Lake Road, south of Nanaimo, the evening of May 12. (Black Press media file)
Ferry service from Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver is slated to begin again June 3. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Ferry sailings from Nanaimo’s Departure Bay terminal to resume June 3

B.C. Ferries says it has chosen to resume service earlier than anticipated

Ferry service from Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver is slated to begin again June 3. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Tsawwassen to Duke Point ferries are near or at their current pandemic-limited capacity in advance of the Victoria Day long weekend. (Black Press file photo)

Long weekend starting with two-sailing ferry wait to get to Vancouver Island

Tsawwassen-Duke Point ferries reaching their pandemic-limited capacity

Tsawwassen to Duke Point ferries are near or at their current pandemic-limited capacity in advance of the Victoria Day long weekend. (Black Press file photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo is advancing the idea of a Vancouver Island-wide transportation master plan. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

RDN pushing for Vancouver Island-wide transportation master plan

Association of local governments on the Island working toward setting up committee

The Regional District of Nanaimo is advancing the idea of a Vancouver Island-wide transportation master plan. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island retirement community answers dance-off challenge

Berwick on the Lake residents show their moves out on their balconies

Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
While sports courts in the Regional District of Nanaimo have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are defying the order at Cedar Skate Park, says Tom Osborne, RDN general manager of recreation and parks. (Chris Bush/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Security posted to deal with COVID-19-defying skateboarders near Nanaimo

Regional District of Nanaimo official says barriers in place, but more measures may be needed

While sports courts in the Regional District of Nanaimo have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are defying the order at Cedar Skate Park, says Tom Osborne, RDN general manager of recreation and parks. (Chris Bush/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, Regional District of Nanaimo departments gave operational updates at the April 14 committee of the whole meeting. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

RDN seeing development continue at pre-COVID-19 levels

Regional District of Nanaimo staff working with developers, builders

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, Regional District of Nanaimo departments gave operational updates at the April 14 committee of the whole meeting. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Milner Group’s recycling facility on Biggs Road in Nanaimo will be the site of a community support initiative Saturday, April 11, as the company is giving away soil to people for use in their gardens. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo company offering free soil for self-isolators to get into gardening

Milner Group inviting the public to pick up soil at its Biggs Road recycling facility on Saturday

Milner Group’s recycling facility on Biggs Road in Nanaimo will be the site of a community support initiative Saturday, April 11, as the company is giving away soil to people for use in their gardens. (Black Press file)
The Queen of Oak Bay ferry is being held in dock at Departure Bay due to mechnical difficulty. (Black Press file)

Ferry breaks down at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay, several sailings cancelled

B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay held in dock in Nanaimo due to main engine issue

The Queen of Oak Bay ferry is being held in dock at Departure Bay due to mechnical difficulty. (Black Press file)
Frank Phillips receives a visit from wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary March 31. Social distancing prevented the two from being any closer that day. (Submitted photo)

Couple celebrates 61st anniversary through Vancouver Island seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

Frank Phillips receives a visit from wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary March 31. Social distancing prevented the two from being any closer that day. (Submitted photo)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about COVID-19 at a press conference Saturday, March 21, in Vancouver. (B.C. Government video still)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about COVID-19 at a press conference Saturday, March 21, in Vancouver. (B.C. Government video still)
Nanaimo courthouse is closed due to connection to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo court closed due to connection to positive COVID-19 case

B.C. Provincial Court announces closure of court locations in Nanaimo, Campbell River

Nanaimo courthouse is closed due to connection to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)
A bylaw which allows people experiencing homelessness to camp overnight at select parks in the Regional District of Nanaimo is in effect. (Black Press file)

RDN begins enforcing new bylaw allowing overnight camping in parks

Bylaw allows temporary homeless camping at designated parks from 7 p.m.-9 a.m.

A bylaw which allows people experiencing homelessness to camp overnight at select parks in the Regional District of Nanaimo is in effect. (Black Press file)
A former Nanaimo investment advisor is accused of lying under oath to the B.C. Securities Commission. (Black Press file)

Banned Nanaimo investment advisor accused of lying under oath to investigators

B.C. Securities Commission to schedule hearing in March

A former Nanaimo investment advisor is accused of lying under oath to the B.C. Securities Commission. (Black Press file)