Chris Bush

Nanaimo city council voted in support of penning a letter to the province asking for a public inquiry into the justice system in B.C. and why the courts release prolific chronic offenders back into communities. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo supports call for tougher penalties, criminal justice reforms

Council concerned that repeat offenders keep being released, votes to send letter to B.C. government

Nanaimo city council voted in support of penning a letter to the province asking for a public inquiry into the justice system in B.C. and why the courts release prolific chronic offenders back into communities. (News Bulletin file photo)
RCMP found a loaded gun when they came across a parked vehicle with the driver slumped over. (Photo submitted)
RCMP found a loaded gun when they came across a parked vehicle with the driver slumped over. (Photo submitted)
Capt. Alan Millbank, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire and Loss Prevention Division, takes photos of the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged two apartments on Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday, April 18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: RCMP make arrest in apartment arson fire

Fire destroyed ground-floor apartment, spread to second storey at Wakesiah Avenue complex

Capt. Alan Millbank, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire and Loss Prevention Division, takes photos of the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged two apartments on Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday, April 18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Housing crunch or not, it’s illegal to live in an RV in Nanaimo

Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw forcing pensioner to move RV he calls home off private farm land

Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Firefighters, including those from Cranberry volunteer department, are battling a blaze in the Nanaimo River Road area. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Dwelling destroyed, two taken to hospital after Nanaimo River Road blaze

Numerous fire departments and first responders at south Nanaimo area

Firefighters, including those from Cranberry volunteer department, are battling a blaze in the Nanaimo River Road area. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A man was arrested after getting angry because Nanaimo RCMP would not return a shovel he had allegedly been swinging around. (File photo)

Man arrested after objecting to Nanaimo RCMP confiscating shovel he had been swinging

Police say it was in the public interest not to return the tool to allegedly impaired suspect

A man was arrested after getting angry because Nanaimo RCMP would not return a shovel he had allegedly been swinging around. (File photo)
A Nanaimo city councillor plans to bring forward a motion demanding stronger measures to protect communities from repeat and prolific offenders released into communities. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo councillor wants tougher measures for prolific offenders

Coun. Sheryl Armstrong plans to bring forward motion asking province for justice-system reforms

A Nanaimo city councillor plans to bring forward a motion demanding stronger measures to protect communities from repeat and prolific offenders released into communities. (News Bulletin file photo)
Anyone with information about this alleged crime is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. (File photo)

Thief steals shotgun and rifle after smashing vehicle window in downtown Nanaimo

Hotel guest had left weapons overnight in a case in the back seat of an SUV

Anyone with information about this alleged crime is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. (File photo)
Police converge at the Dufferin Crescent and Boundary Avenue intersection in Nanaimo early Tuesday morning after a man allegedly left a taxi without paying fare and then bear-sprayed the taxi driver. (Photo submitted)

Man arrested for allegedly bear-spraying taxi driver in Nanaimo

RCMP set up containment area and tracked suspect with police dog

Police converge at the Dufferin Crescent and Boundary Avenue intersection in Nanaimo early Tuesday morning after a man allegedly left a taxi without paying fare and then bear-sprayed the taxi driver. (Photo submitted)
Recommendation made in a draft report on Nanaimo’s building permit approvals process, could shorten permit approval wait times. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo explores ways to fast-track building permit applications

City councillors support recommendations from building permit review

Recommendation made in a draft report on Nanaimo’s building permit approvals process, could shorten permit approval wait times. (News Bulletin file photo)
Three suspects were taken into custody at gunpoint after the driver of a Honda Accord drove the car toward RCMP officers in an attempt to flee arrest Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)

Three suspects arrested at gunpoint, drugs seized in ‘volatile’ incident in Nanaimo

Suspects face multiple charges after incident on logging road Saturday morning

Three suspects were taken into custody at gunpoint after the driver of a Honda Accord drove the car toward RCMP officers in an attempt to flee arrest Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
One suspect is facing a charge of assault with a weapon and uttering threats and two others face charges of assault and uttering threats after a mall security guard in Nanaimo was threatened with a knife on the weekend. (File photo)

Three men arrested after security guard threatened with knife in Nanaimo

Suspect allegedly produced knife when he was asked to leave drug store in Harewood

One suspect is facing a charge of assault with a weapon and uttering threats and two others face charges of assault and uttering threats after a mall security guard in Nanaimo was threatened with a knife on the weekend. (File photo)
The remains of a Nanaimo News Bulletin newspaper box came to rest at least two metres away from where the box had been located on Kilpatrick Road near Jingle Pot Road. An explosive device used to destroy the box was powerful enough to flatten the folded sheet metal. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Explosive device destroys newspaper box in Nanaimo

Blast that flattened metal newspaper box rattled windows of nearby homes in East Wellington

The remains of a Nanaimo News Bulletin newspaper box came to rest at least two metres away from where the box had been located on Kilpatrick Road near Jingle Pot Road. An explosive device used to destroy the box was powerful enough to flatten the folded sheet metal. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A suspected arson fire caused in excess of $100,000 damage in south Nanaimo on Tuesday, March 23. (Photo courtesy Clint Allen)

UPDATE: Homeowner frustrated after arsonist burns shed and vintage car in Nanaimo

27-year-old suspect with ‘significant mental health issues’ remained on scene, say RCMP

A suspected arson fire caused in excess of $100,000 damage in south Nanaimo on Tuesday, March 23. (Photo courtesy Clint Allen)
An online fundraiser has been set up for the family of Josh Vickers, 19, who died in a collision south of Nanaimo on the weekend. (Photo: fundraiser page screen shot

Fundraiser set up for brothers of young man who died in crash on Yellow Point Road

Josh Vickers, 19, killed in single-vehicle crash Sunday

An online fundraiser has been set up for the family of Josh Vickers, 19, who died in a collision south of Nanaimo on the weekend. (Photo: fundraiser page screen shot
Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 19-year-old man on the weekend. (File photo)

19-year-old dies in crash on Yellow Point Road south of Nanaimo

Crash site discovered by passing motorist Sunday morning

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 19-year-old man on the weekend. (File photo)
Protesters in forest-related garb at the Forest March BC rally in Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Vancouver Island residents rally to protect old-growth forests

Protesters at B.C. legislature and dozens of B.C. communities stage ForestMarchBC 2021

Protesters in forest-related garb at the Forest March BC rally in Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Workers erect fences around Italian Square Park Thursday morning, after city bylaws officers and police asked people experiencing homelessness to move out. Jake Rudolph, Nanaimo’s chief administrative officer, said a growing congregation of people camping overnight in the park prompted complaints that spurred the city to take action. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo fences off downtown park due to people experiencing homelessness

Complaints about gatherings, overnight camping and safety concerns trigger city response

Workers erect fences around Italian Square Park Thursday morning, after city bylaws officers and police asked people experiencing homelessness to move out. Jake Rudolph, Nanaimo’s chief administrative officer, said a growing congregation of people camping overnight in the park prompted complaints that spurred the city to take action. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Chris Straw, pictured with his grandson Luca, left, and Marc Doré have been identified as the men who died in a construction accident on Gabriola Island on Tuesday. (Photos courtesy R. Jeanette Martin)

Gabriolans come to terms with deaths of well-known community members

Chris Straw and Marc Doré identified as men killed when concrete pump boom failed Tuesday

Chris Straw, pictured with his grandson Luca, left, and Marc Doré have been identified as the men who died in a construction accident on Gabriola Island on Tuesday. (Photos courtesy R. Jeanette Martin)
Linda Choy, server, left, and Gurmail Saroya, hotel general manager, listen as Taylor Johnson, chef for the Hub City Grill restaurant, gives a description of some of the items on the licensed dining room’s menu during a tour of the hotel Thursday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

45-room Quality Inn opens in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter

Architect says Nanaimo needs more small hotels in and around the downtown

Linda Choy, server, left, and Gurmail Saroya, hotel general manager, listen as Taylor Johnson, chef for the Hub City Grill restaurant, gives a description of some of the items on the licensed dining room’s menu during a tour of the hotel Thursday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)