Karl Yu

Teachers rally at Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district’s administration office Nov. 27 to bring awareness to education funding and the state of negotiations in a new collective bargaining agreement. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Without a deal since June, Nanaimo-Ladysmith teachers rally

No substantive contract offer since April 2, says Ladysmith teachers’ union president

Teachers rally at Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district’s administration office Nov. 27 to bring awareness to education funding and the state of negotiations in a new collective bargaining agreement. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ business committee heard about enrolment figures for the 2019-20 school year at their meeting on Nov. 13. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo school district sees 259 more students than projected this school year

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools reports 14,294 full-time equivalent students

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ business committee heard about enrolment figures for the 2019-20 school year at their meeting on Nov. 13. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
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)
No further talks between Western Forest Products and striking United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 workers are scheduled after talks broke down over the weekend. Pictured here, workers during a rally in Nanaimo Nov. 6, 2019. (News Bulletin file)

Talks between Western Forest Products and union break down

No more negotiations imminent between United Steelworkers 1-1937 and company

No further talks between Western Forest Products and striking United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 workers are scheduled after talks broke down over the weekend. Pictured here, workers during a rally in Nanaimo Nov. 6, 2019. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is once again working to test lead levels in water at schools after Health Canada changed guidelines last March. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district starting from scratch on testing water for lead

Health Canada changed acceptable levels to 0.005 mg/L in March, prompting re-testing at schools

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is once again working to test lead levels in water at schools after Health Canada changed guidelines last March. (Black Press file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools trustees heard about the school district’s approach to dealing with vaping from Don Balcombe, assistant superintendent, at their Nov. 6 education committee meeting. (Black Press file)

Discipline for vaping like ‘whack-a-mole,’ says Nanaimo school district exec

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools assistant superintendent says focus is on prevention

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools trustees heard about the school district’s approach to dealing with vaping from Don Balcombe, assistant superintendent, at their Nov. 6 education committee meeting. (Black Press 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)
A shelter-in-place has been lifted for École North Oyster following reports of bears nearby. (Black Press file)

École North Oyster given all-clear after earlier bear sightings

School district enacted ‘shelter-in-place’ for elementary school south of Nanaimo

A shelter-in-place has been lifted for École North Oyster following reports of bears nearby. (Black Press file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools seeks consultation with students on provision of menstrual products in schools. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo Ladysmith school district deciding how best to provide menstrual products for students

Early cost estimates tag $75,000 for product dispensers; trustees seek student consultation

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools seeks consultation with students on provision of menstrual products in schools. (Black Press 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)
Cassie Loveless, Jake Williams, Stuart Richey and Simon Douthwaite travel down the track on a pump car Friday during a promo for an Island Corridor Foundation Cops for Kids fundraiser. Tour de Rock riders will race Nanaimo Fire Rescue members on a pump car on Sept. 30. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
Cassie Loveless, Jake Williams, Stuart Richey and Simon Douthwaite travel down the track on a pump car Friday during a promo for an Island Corridor Foundation Cops for Kids fundraiser. Tour de Rock riders will race Nanaimo Fire Rescue members on a pump car on Sept. 30. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
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)
Despite a new collective bargaining agreement not being in place between B.C. teachers and the Ministry of Education at the start of the 2019-20 school year, school is on for students in Nanaimo, including those at Dover Bay Secondary School. (News Bulletin file)

School starts in Nanaimo-Ladysmith despite no deal for teachers

B.C. teachers, education ministry to resume mediation Sept. 23

Despite a new collective bargaining agreement not being in place between B.C. teachers and the Ministry of Education at the start of the 2019-20 school year, school is on for students in Nanaimo, including those at Dover Bay Secondary School. (News Bulletin file)
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)
Courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Warrant issued for man who wielded machete near Nanaimo’s tent city last year

William Robert Francis Carrigan failed to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo on Tuesday

Courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Ed Poli, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation president, and Anne Marie Jones hand out popcorn to people at the Stock the Lockers 2019 kickoff event Thursday at Harewood Centennial Park. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Ladysmith charitable foundation targeting $60K for students in need

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign goes until Sept. 3

Ed Poli, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation president, and Anne Marie Jones hand out popcorn to people at the Stock the Lockers 2019 kickoff event Thursday at Harewood Centennial Park. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)
The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Carfentanil trafficking leads to four-year sentence in Nanaimo court

Christopher Aaron Tomczyk was arrested in 2016 after three-night surveillance operation

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Draft amendments to the regional growth strategy, Electoral Area A official community plan and a zoning bylaw will be used as materials for future public consultation around land use at Nanaimo Airport. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Regional District of Nanaimo facilitating development of airport lands

Proposed amendments could see land zoned for fast food outlets, hotels

Draft amendments to the regional growth strategy, Electoral Area A official community plan and a zoning bylaw will be used as materials for future public consultation around land use at Nanaimo Airport. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)