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Steven Bacon, 59, a person of interest in the Makayla Chang murder investigation, faces charges, including sexual assault, in court in Thunder Bay. (News Bulletin file)

Person of interest in Nanaimo teen’s murder case faces sex assault charges in Ontario

Steven Bacon, 59, has a court appearance scheduled in March in Thunder Bay

Steven Bacon, 59, a person of interest in the Makayla Chang murder investigation, faces charges, including sexual assault, in court in Thunder Bay. (News Bulletin file)
Joshua Tyler Schaeffer, 38, a suspect in the Jan. 6 incident at Country Club Centre in Nanaimo, where a truck crashed into buildings and vehicles, will see his next court date on Jan. 15. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Lawyer for Nanaimo mall smash-up driver concerned for client’s mental well-being

Joshua Tyler Schaeffer, 38, also charged in June 2018 dangerous driving incident

Joshua Tyler Schaeffer, 38, a suspect in the Jan. 6 incident at Country Club Centre in Nanaimo, where a truck crashed into buildings and vehicles, will see his next court date on Jan. 15. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Macey, a three-year-old German shepherd, was the subject of court proceedings that took place in 2019. Ken Griffiths, a dog behaviourist who worked briefly with Macey while she was impounded, hopes to raise money for her owner, who Griffiths said depleted his finances on the court case. (Ken Griffiths dog behaviourist, YouTube)
Macey, a three-year-old German shepherd, was the subject of court proceedings that took place in 2019. Ken Griffiths, a dog behaviourist who worked briefly with Macey while she was impounded, hopes to raise money for her owner, who Griffiths said depleted his finances on the court case. (Ken Griffiths dog behaviourist, YouTube)
Nanaimo RCMP say the area near the bus loop at Woodgrove Centre was closed off after a suspicious package was found. (GREG SAKAKI/News Bulletin)

UPDATED: Bus loop at Nanaimo mall re-opened after suspicious package incident

RCMP’s explosives disposal unit attended Woodgrove Centre on Saturday evening

Nanaimo RCMP say the area near the bus loop at Woodgrove Centre was closed off after a suspicious package was found. (GREG SAKAKI/News Bulletin)
Three transit-related motions that were expected to be debated at the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Dec. 10 regular meeting were referred back to the transit select committee. (News Bulletin file)

Report examining free student bus passes detours to RDN transit committee

RDN board votes in favour of referring bus-related motions to January committee meeting

Three transit-related motions that were expected to be debated at the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Dec. 10 regular meeting were referred back to the transit select committee. (News Bulletin file)
The Regional District of Nanaimo board, pictured here at its Dec. 10 meeting, has voted to continue live-streaming its meetings. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

RDN board votes to continue webcasting meetings despite low viewership

Staff to report back to RDN board about live-streamed meetings in time for 2021 budget discussions

The Regional District of Nanaimo board, pictured here at its Dec. 10 meeting, has voted to continue live-streaming its meetings. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
B.C. Conservation Officer Service seeks information about a blind fawn found at a construction site in the Hammond Bay area last week. The young deer had been shot with a pellet gun and had to be euthanized. (Facebook photo)

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

B.C. Conservation Officer Service seeks information about a blind fawn found at a construction site in the Hammond Bay area last week. The young deer had been shot with a pellet gun and had to be euthanized. (Facebook photo)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Qualicum school districts are hoping to see $70,000 from the Regional District of Nanaimo for a zero-waste education pilot project. (News Bulletin file)

School districts looking to partner with RDN on recycling education

Zero-waste pilot project would run this spring and involve 30 classrooms in Nanaimo and PQB

Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Qualicum school districts are hoping to see $70,000 from the Regional District of Nanaimo for a zero-waste education pilot project. (News Bulletin file)
Dover Bay Secondary School was on lockdown and Nanaimo RCMP are on scene, with weapons out, earlier this morning. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Nanaimo schools after threat

Police presence remains at Dover Bay, Nanaimo District Secondary School and McGirr Elementary

Dover Bay Secondary School was on lockdown and Nanaimo RCMP are on scene, with weapons out, earlier this morning. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)
Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores has filmed in Nanaimo back in the past. (News Bulletin file)

Film and TV have multimillion-dollar economic impact in RDN, says INFilm

Vancouver Island North Film Commission seeks $50K from Regional District of Nanaimo in 2020 budget

Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores has filmed in Nanaimo back in the past. (News Bulletin file)
According to a 2020 preliminary budget for the Regional District of Nanaimo, more bus service and a property tax increase could be coming. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo preliminary budget proposes higher taxes in 2020

Budget consultation can now begin; proposed increase covers staffing, transit, waste collection

According to a 2020 preliminary budget for the Regional District of Nanaimo, more bus service and a property tax increase could be coming. (News Bulletin file)
Courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo man caught with more than 200,000 child porn images to be sentenced

Crown says Aaron Macrae recorded video of children on buses and at his workplace

Courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Jenn MacPherson, from the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, leads the crowd in chanting during a United Steelworkers union local rally in front of Western Forest Products’ Nanaimo office on Nov. 6. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Striking Western Forest Products workers on Vancouver Island rally against concessions

United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 holds march and rally in Nanaimo

Jenn MacPherson, from the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, leads the crowd in chanting during a United Steelworkers union local rally in front of Western Forest Products’ Nanaimo office on Nov. 6. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
The Regional District of Nanaimo administration building on Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

RDN board to vote on $615K deal for snow removal, cleaning, groundskeeping

RDN committee of whole recommending three-year contract with NAI Commercial

The Regional District of Nanaimo administration building on Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
A side door of Arbutus Music, on Metral Drive in north Nanaimo, was smashed in during a theft. According to Richard Leighton, business owner, an SUV was caught on camera in the incident. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Door smashed during break-and-enter at central Vancouver Island music store

Bass and guitars among items stolen, according to owner of Arbutus Music in Nanaimo

A side door of Arbutus Music, on Metral Drive in north Nanaimo, was smashed in during a theft. According to Richard Leighton, business owner, an SUV was caught on camera in the incident. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Majore Jackson, 34, was arrested in April 2018 after attempting to use a stolen truck to crush a police vehicle. (News Bulletin file)

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Majore Jackson, 34, sentenced to two more years in jail in provincial court in Nanaimo

Majore Jackson, 34, was arrested in April 2018 after attempting to use a stolen truck to crush a police vehicle. (News Bulletin file)
Striking United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 workers, including Roy Cardinal, front, picketed along Terminal Avenue in Nanaimo on Friday. The Western Forest Products mill workers have been on strike since July 1. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Striking Western Forest Products mill workers await word on potential mediation

Union head says Saturday meeting with mediator and company determines Sept. 13 mediation attendance

Striking United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 workers, including Roy Cardinal, front, picketed along Terminal Avenue in Nanaimo on Friday. The Western Forest Products mill workers have been on strike since July 1. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo RCMP seek more video footage of an accident that happened at the Ware Road-Island Highway intersection Aug. 28. In the incident, a Toyota Matrix was demolished and a semi truck, pictured here, ended up in a ditch on Ware Road. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Investigators ask for dashcam footage of crash that closed highway north of Nanaimo

Toyota ‘demolished,’ semi truck ended up in ditch, one person airlifted after accident

Nanaimo RCMP seek more video footage of an accident that happened at the Ware Road-Island Highway intersection Aug. 28. In the incident, a Toyota Matrix was demolished and a semi truck, pictured here, ended up in a ditch on Ware Road. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
An air ambulance takes off after attending to an accident on the Island Highway near Ware Road in Lantzville. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Highway lanes cleared after semi truck goes off the road near Nanaimo

Air ambulance called in to intersection at Ware Road and the Island Highway

An air ambulance takes off after attending to an accident on the Island Highway near Ware Road in Lantzville. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Workers from USW 1-1937 in Port Alberni just after shift change in front of Alberni Pacific Division (APD) Sawmill. Union rep Hira Chopra, third from left, said Western traditionally has paid benefits while workers were on strike and workers paid the company back once they returned to work. (SUSIE QUINN/Black Press)

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Workers from USW 1-1937 in Port Alberni just after shift change in front of Alberni Pacific Division (APD) Sawmill. Union rep Hira Chopra, third from left, said Western traditionally has paid benefits while workers were on strike and workers paid the company back once they returned to work. (SUSIE QUINN/Black Press)