Chris Bush

The container ship MV Zim Kingston is being escorted from its anchorage off Victoria to Duke Point in Nanaimo. (Transport Canada photo)

Calamitous MV Zim Kingston cleared to unload fire-damaged containers in Nanaimo

Ship lost 109 containers overboard and caught fire earlier this fall off Victoria

The container ship MV Zim Kingston is being escorted from its anchorage off Victoria to Duke Point in Nanaimo. (Transport Canada photo)
Stuart Setch, director with Nanaimo Craft Beer Society, left, Jonny Ludtke, Bayview Brewery brewer, Harley Smith, Longwood Brewery partner, Tasha Ballantyne, Longwood assistant brewer, and Alfred Elviss, Bayview Brewery brewer, hold cans of 7 Belles Saison ale recently released to praise the efforts of health-care workers during the pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Craft Beer Society raising 7 p.m. pints in praise of health-care workers

Non-profit partners with Longwood Brewery on 7 Belles Saison ale

Stuart Setch, director with Nanaimo Craft Beer Society, left, Jonny Ludtke, Bayview Brewery brewer, Harley Smith, Longwood Brewery partner, Tasha Ballantyne, Longwood assistant brewer, and Alfred Elviss, Bayview Brewery brewer, hold cans of 7 Belles Saison ale recently released to praise the efforts of health-care workers during the pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Pat Murphy, an 82-year-old volunteer with the Vancouver Island Military Museum in downtown Nanaimo, was punched and spat on when he asked a group of people blocking a set of stairs to move. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Elderly volunteer punched and spat on in downtown Nanaimo

Military museum volunteer assaulted while asking alleged drug users to vacate stairs

Pat Murphy, an 82-year-old volunteer with the Vancouver Island Military Museum in downtown Nanaimo, was punched and spat on when he asked a group of people blocking a set of stairs to move. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
More than 150 unmasked anti-vaccine protesters stormed the Canadian Tire store in Nanaimo on Monday, Nov. 1, drawing a police response. (File photo)

More than 150 anti-vaccine protesters storm Nanaimo store

No arrests made after ‘disruption’ at Canadian Tire causes most staff to vacate building, say RCMP

More than 150 unmasked anti-vaccine protesters stormed the Canadian Tire store in Nanaimo on Monday, Nov. 1, drawing a police response. (File photo)
The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be held virtually Oct. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)

Island economic summit explores disruption, digital innovation, doughnut economy

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s summit to be held virtually Oct. 26-28

The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be held virtually Oct. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 is hoping to recover an estimated $20,000 in equipment stolen from a trailer stored at the Nanaimo Fire Rescue training centre on Labieux Road. Some of the items were found nearby, but much more is still missing. (Photo submitted)

Thieves steal 80 children’s life jackets from Nanaimo marine rescue organization

$20,000 worth of training and education equipment taken from RCM-SAR’s storage trailer

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 is hoping to recover an estimated $20,000 in equipment stolen from a trailer stored at the Nanaimo Fire Rescue training centre on Labieux Road. Some of the items were found nearby, but much more is still missing. (Photo submitted)
The Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was spotted sailing the waters in the Strait of Georgia near Nanaimo on Monday, Oct. 18. (Photo courtesy Tami Mullaly)

Stealthy U.S. Navy warship attracts notice as it sails through B.C. waters

Zumwalt-class destroyer operating near Area Whiskey Golf

The Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was spotted sailing the waters in the Strait of Georgia near Nanaimo on Monday, Oct. 18. (Photo courtesy Tami Mullaly)
A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)
Discovery of an unattended vehicle aboard a BC Ferries vessel in Nanaimo triggered and sea and land search for its driver Wednesday, Oct. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Missing BC Ferries passenger on the Island sparks search, person found on mainland

RCMP, Coast Guard search West Vancouver-Nanaimo ferry route

Discovery of an unattended vehicle aboard a BC Ferries vessel in Nanaimo triggered and sea and land search for its driver Wednesday, Oct. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Island retiree operates thrift store to keep his neighbourhood neighbourly

Deni’s Dynamite Deals donates thousands of dollars every month

Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Police hope witnesses will come forward with information after a 39-year-old man was assaulted while walking on Fourth Street in Nanaimo on Monday, Sept. 27. (File photo)

Man ‘swarmed’ and beaten by teenagers in Nanaimo

Victim injured in assault on Fourth Street early Monday morning, Sept. 27

Police hope witnesses will come forward with information after a 39-year-old man was assaulted while walking on Fourth Street in Nanaimo on Monday, Sept. 27. (File photo)
A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)

Volunteer firefighters rescue dog from cliff face near Nanaimo waterfall

Golden retriever falls 15 metres over cliff while walking with owner

A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)
B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)

Crews fighting wildfire near Ladysmith

Fire close to Mount Hayes has grown to four hectares

B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP have reported that a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands, triggering a search by the Canadian Coast Guard, search and rescue agencies and police last week, has been found deceased in the area. (News Bulletin file photo)

UPDATE: Body of missing diver found north of Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP report diver who went missing near Winchelsea Islands found during search Wednesday

Nanaimo RCMP have reported that a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands, triggering a search by the Canadian Coast Guard, search and rescue agencies and police last week, has been found deceased in the area. (News Bulletin file photo)
RCMP divers were continuing their search Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, for a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands on Friday, Aug. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Search continues for Nanaimo diver who didn’t resurface last week

RCMP and other search and rescue resources continue to comb waters and shoreline near Nanoose Bay

RCMP divers were continuing their search Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, for a diver who went missing near the Winchelsea Islands on Friday, Aug. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Police in Nanaimo used tasers during arrest of man who allegedly side-swiped a police car with U-Haul truck reported stolen by the company. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo RCMP deploy Taser on driver of suspected stolen U-Haul truck

Driver of U-Haul allegedly side-swiped police car after police made several attempts to stop truck

Police in Nanaimo used tasers during arrest of man who allegedly side-swiped a police car with U-Haul truck reported stolen by the company. (Black Press file)
The RCMP dive team searching the waters off Neck Point Park in Nanaimo on July 10. The search is in relation to the investigation of Sidney Mantee, 35, reported missing last October. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Homicide investigation brings RCMP divers to waters off central Vancouver Island

Pipers Lagoon and Neck Point parks in Nanaimo being searched for evidence

The RCMP dive team searching the waters off Neck Point Park in Nanaimo on July 10. The search is in relation to the investigation of Sidney Mantee, 35, reported missing last October. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
A rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Commercial and Bastion streets was vandalized and then re-painted this past weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Pride crosswalks vandalized in downtown Nanaimo

Black paint spread across Bastion and Commercial street crosswalk, city plans more durable paint job

A rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Commercial and Bastion streets was vandalized and then re-painted this past weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)