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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)
Students from kindergarten to Grade 12, in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, have seen classes suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district developing plans after COVID-19 suspends classes provincewide

School board chairperson says SD68 agrees decision is for the best

Students from kindergarten to Grade 12, in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, have seen classes suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
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)
Consultation could be coming for busing from Nanaimo to Duncan. (News Bulletin file)

RDN transit committee recommends Nanaimo-Duncan busing consultation

If RDN board gives approval, public engagement would begin March 30

Consultation could be coming for busing from Nanaimo to Duncan. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ business committee is recommending a one-time remuneration increase, which will take effect when the next school board is elected. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school trustees to vote for wage increase, but for next board

Business committee recommendation to go before trustees at March 11 meeting

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ business committee is recommending a one-time remuneration increase, which will take effect when the next school board is elected. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Trina Wilcox and her peers from the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association protested along Island Highway, near Country Club Centre, on March 4. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo teachers wear ‘Red for B.C. Ed’ as they hope for new deal

B.C. Teachers’ Federation, B.C. Public School Employers’ Association resume mediated negotiations

Trina Wilcox and her peers from the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association protested along Island Highway, near Country Club Centre, on March 4. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
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)
A deer impaled itself and had to be put down after it tried hopping over a fence in Nanaimo on Tuesday, according to a B.C. conservation official, who suggests modifying fences to avoid this from occurring. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service Facebook)

Deer euthanized after impaling itself on pointed fence in Nanaimo

Deer suffers organ damage in what B.C. Conservation Officer Service describes as ‘gruesome’ incident

A deer impaled itself and had to be put down after it tried hopping over a fence in Nanaimo on Tuesday, according to a B.C. conservation official, who suggests modifying fences to avoid this from occurring. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service Facebook)
Rescue crews assisted with evacuating people in the Cedar area due to flooding Saturday. (North Cedar Fire Department Facebook)

Crews help evacuate residents in Cedar area due to flooding

Evacuees being offered 48 hours’ accommodation, says Regional District of Nanaimo

Rescue crews assisted with evacuating people in the Cedar area due to flooding Saturday. (North Cedar Fire Department Facebook)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ Learning Alternatives has received $8,450 from the Best Buy Canada School Tech Grant. Pictured here, Jacob Lassman, Lacey Daly, Drea Guardiero, Leesa David and Valerie Masterman, from the school. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Learning Alternatives receives technology grant

School’s students will help decide how $8,450 grant from Best Buy will be spent

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ Learning Alternatives has received $8,450 from the Best Buy Canada School Tech Grant. Pictured here, Jacob Lassman, Lacey Daly, Drea Guardiero, Leesa David and Valerie Masterman, from the school. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Regional District of Nanaimo directors voted Jan. 28 in favour of penning a letter to the B.C. government asking for a moratorium on outdoor cannabis production until the standards for outdoor growing are similar to indoor production. (Black Press file)

RDN to ask B.C. government for moratorium on outdoor cannabis growing

Cedar’s Quennell Road cannabis farm asks RDN that all sides get considered

Regional District of Nanaimo directors voted Jan. 28 in favour of penning a letter to the B.C. government asking for a moratorium on outdoor cannabis production until the standards for outdoor growing are similar to indoor production. (Black Press file)
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)
With the one-year anniversary of Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ first-ever Singing Superintendent video approaching, the school district released another video of Scott Saywell singing about snow days. (SD68 YouTube screenshot)

Nanaimo Ladysmith singing superintendent makes encore snowy-day performance

Scott Saywell, SD68 superintendent, sings to tune of The Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun

With the one-year anniversary of Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ first-ever Singing Superintendent video approaching, the school district released another video of Scott Saywell singing about snow days. (SD68 YouTube screenshot)
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)
Ted Cadwallader, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ principal of aboriginal education, left, and Scott Saywell, superintendent, present to the school board about completion rates at the Dec. 18 regular board meeting. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith aboriginal grad rate reaches all-time high

According to education ministry numbers, 69 per cent of indigenous students graduated in 2018-19

Ted Cadwallader, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ principal of aboriginal education, left, and Scott Saywell, superintendent, present to the school board about completion rates at the Dec. 18 regular board meeting. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
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)
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)
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)