Chris Bush

A driver bailed out of runaway motorhome after its brakes failed on Terminal Avenue and Dawes Street earlier this week. (News Bulletin file photo)

Driver bails out of runaway motorhome on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Utility pole and guardrail prevent vehicle from going over embankment

A driver bailed out of runaway motorhome after its brakes failed on Terminal Avenue and Dawes Street earlier this week. (News Bulletin file photo)
Winter festivities in downtown Nanaimo will officially start when Santa Claus’s Harbour Air flight touches down in Nanaimo Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26. (News Bulletin file photo)

Santa catching float plane flight to Nanaimo Harbour

Santa Claus and elf entourage kick off holiday festivities in downtown Nanaimo

Winter festivities in downtown Nanaimo will officially start when Santa Claus’s Harbour Air flight touches down in Nanaimo Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26. (News Bulletin file photo)
Ashley Rowe, Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club commodore, front, and Danuch Patrick, a club volunteer, survey the remains of two vintage voyageur-style canoes that were destroyed by an early morning fire Thursday, Nov. 24. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Voyageur canoes used in Canada’s centennial destroyed in Island fire

Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club canoes burn up in incident Thursday, Nov. 24, at Loudon Park

Ashley Rowe, Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club commodore, front, and Danuch Patrick, a club volunteer, survey the remains of two vintage voyageur-style canoes that were destroyed by an early morning fire Thursday, Nov. 24. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for suspect who threw a propane tank through a gas station’s glass door to get at cigarettes. (News Bulletin file photo)

Suspect throws propane tank through Nanaimo gas station’s glass door to steal cigarettes

Police look for man who made off with $400 worth of smokes

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for suspect who threw a propane tank through a gas station’s glass door to get at cigarettes. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a damaged pickup truck and two male suspects following a weekend smash and grab to steal an ATM from a Harewood liquor store. (Photo submitted)

UPDATE: Thieves smash truck through Nanaimo liquor store window to steal ATM

Nanaimo RCMP release photo and video of suspects and Ford F-350 pickup used in smash-and-grab crime

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a damaged pickup truck and two male suspects following a weekend smash and grab to steal an ATM from a Harewood liquor store. (Photo submitted)
Tsugio Kurushima leads the Uminari Taiko drummers through an opening song at a lunchtime performance for VIUWorld Days at Vancouver Island University Thursday, Nov. 3. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

International perspectives celebrated in Nanaimo at WorldVIU Days

Vancouver Island University hosts week of celebrating diversity of campus life

Tsugio Kurushima leads the Uminari Taiko drummers through an opening song at a lunchtime performance for VIUWorld Days at Vancouver Island University Thursday, Nov. 3. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, said the company’s goal is to see 50,000 hectares of seaweed cultivation by 2040. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Seaweed industry looking at potential to scale up production on Vancouver Island

Seaweed farming’s economic and environmental benefits discussed at economic summit in Nanaimo

Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, said the company’s goal is to see 50,000 hectares of seaweed cultivation by 2040. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Val Utgaren, left, Rebecca Johnston, Norman Abbey and Chrissie Rousseau were part of a group of 12 people who turned out in Nanaimo to protest the B.C. NDP party’s handling of the recent party leadership race. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Protesters in Nanaimo criticize B.C. NDP’s leadership contest politics

Extinction Rebellion members picket at Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson’s constituency office

Val Utgaren, left, Rebecca Johnston, Norman Abbey and Chrissie Rousseau were part of a group of 12 people who turned out in Nanaimo to protest the B.C. NDP party’s handling of the recent party leadership race. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Receptionist Amanda Wagar illuminates the halls of Cain-West Medical Centre haunted health clinic, a Halloween attraction open this month at Country Club Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Haunted Island medical clinic offering terrifying treatment until Halloween

Attraction set up by Curious Comics at Country Club Centre

Receptionist Amanda Wagar illuminates the halls of Cain-West Medical Centre haunted health clinic, a Halloween attraction open this month at Country Club Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Airport, North Cedar and Cranberry firefighters move ‘crash victims’ from the field around a RDN Transit bus standing in for a stricken aircraft during an emergency preparedness exercise at Nanaimo Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 19. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Airport tests its emergency preparedness with mock plane crash exercise

Nanaimo and Ladysmith emergency services co-ordinate with airport

Airport, North Cedar and Cranberry firefighters move ‘crash victims’ from the field around a RDN Transit bus standing in for a stricken aircraft during an emergency preparedness exercise at Nanaimo Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 19. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street is nearing completion. Administration staff started setting up offices in July, but the structure is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

PHOTOS: Nanaimo’s new downtown fire station built for operational and energy efficiency

Nanaimo fire chief expects Fire Station No. 1 to be complete by the end of this year

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street is nearing completion. Administration staff started setting up offices in July, but the structure is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A Nanaimo woman suffered serious injuries after being struck in a crosswalk by a sports-utility vehile on Sunday, Oct. 9, on the old Island Highway at Terminal Park Mall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pedestrian struck in crosswalk on the highway in Nanaimo

Woman taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries

A Nanaimo woman suffered serious injuries after being struck in a crosswalk by a sports-utility vehile on Sunday, Oct. 9, on the old Island Highway at Terminal Park Mall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)

Nanaimo firefighters battle stubborn Thanksgiving Day warehouse blaze

Twenty-four firefighters worked for more than six hours to extinguish fire on Selby Street

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)
A multi-vehicle collision on the old Island Highway in Nanaimo sent three people to hospital Thursday, Oct. 6. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Multi-vehicle crash on the highway in Nanaimo sends three to hospital

Vehicle wreckage blocked old Island Highway traffic in both directions Thursday, Oct. 6

A multi-vehicle collision on the old Island Highway in Nanaimo sent three people to hospital Thursday, Oct. 6. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Volunteer writer Benjamin David Dyck and Evangelia Alvarez have met every Thursday since March to create a written record of her life as part of Hand in Hand Intergenerational Storytelling, a Volunteer Nanaimo program that enables seniors to tell their life stories. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Volunteer Nanaimo program spans generations to preserve personal histories

Hand-in-Hand Intergenerational Storytelling matches volunteer writers with seniors

Volunteer writer Benjamin David Dyck and Evangelia Alvarez have met every Thursday since March to create a written record of her life as part of Hand in Hand Intergenerational Storytelling, a Volunteer Nanaimo program that enables seniors to tell their life stories. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Firefighters stand by with hoses to snuff out any possible fire originating from spilled fuel after a truck crashed through a house in Nanoose Bay on Monday, Oct. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Driver survives after transport truck crashes through house in Nanoose Bay

Rescuers take three hours to extricate driver, six residents not home at time of incident

Firefighters stand by with hoses to snuff out any possible fire originating from spilled fuel after a truck crashed through a house in Nanoose Bay on Monday, Oct. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Amie Armet, a volunteer with Mamas for Mamas, hopes to have a super selection of costumes for kids this Halloween. A costume donation drive has been organized with drop-off bins at Vancouver Island Regional Library branches. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

‘Mamas for Mamas’ non-profit collecting Halloween costumes for children in need

Donations currently being accepted at all of VIRL’s library branches in Nanaimo

Amie Armet, a volunteer with Mamas for Mamas, hopes to have a super selection of costumes for kids this Halloween. A costume donation drive has been organized with drop-off bins at Vancouver Island Regional Library branches. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)

BUSH: Road trip wrong-turn triggers bungle at the Osoyoos border

Don’t shut off your GPS if you haven’t driven through Osoyoos in 30 years, warns columnist

When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)
Firefighters check the interior of a house during a fire at 52 Athletic St. where a body was found in August, sparking an RCMP homicide investigation. Nanaimo city council approved designating the site as a nuisance property Wednesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nuisance designation slapped on Nanaimo property that was scene of fire and homicide

City has dealt with complaints at Athletic Street home since 2019

Firefighters check the interior of a house during a fire at 52 Athletic St. where a body was found in August, sparking an RCMP homicide investigation. Nanaimo city council approved designating the site as a nuisance property Wednesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)
RCMP ticketed a driver for failing to remain at the scene of an accident after he was found sleeping in the bushes after crashing a vehicle on the Nanaimo Parkway. (News Bulletin file photo)

Driver found sleeping in nearby bushes after crashing car on B.C. highway

Incident happened at the Aulds Road intersection at midnight on Monday, Sept. 19

RCMP ticketed a driver for failing to remain at the scene of an accident after he was found sleeping in the bushes after crashing a vehicle on the Nanaimo Parkway. (News Bulletin file photo)