Mandy Moraes

Emily Carrington at her desk at home on Gabriola Island, holding original inkings of her debut graphic novel memoir, ‘Our Little Secret’ which depicts teenage sexual abuse and the aftermath that follows. (Photo submitted)

Gabriola artist tackles trauma of childhood sexual abuse in graphic novel

Emily Carrington’s memoir ‘Our Little Secret’ aims to provide a voice for other survivors

Emily Carrington at her desk at home on Gabriola Island, holding original inkings of her debut graphic novel memoir, ‘Our Little Secret’ which depicts teenage sexual abuse and the aftermath that follows. (Photo submitted)
Sean Smith with Island Red Cedar Construction was the first to ring the bell in the final race during Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Pirates, clowns and other sailors put their best paddle forward at Silly Boat Regatta

Event held Sunday, July 17, raised money for Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Sean Smith with Island Red Cedar Construction was the first to ring the bell in the final race during Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola Islander TikTok creator has millions foraging for her content

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty, garners millions of views for foraging content

Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)
The City of Nanaimo will work with RCMP and other organizations to develop a program that addresses gun and gang violence through allocated federal funding. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo to receive $1.8 million to address gun and gang violence

Federal funding to be allocated over four years

The City of Nanaimo will work with RCMP and other organizations to develop a program that addresses gun and gang violence through allocated federal funding. (News Bulletin file photo)
Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)

Vancouver Island Symphony planning series of pop-up concerts

Pop-Up Concert Series will see four groups play six locations from July 7 until Aug. 20

Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)
Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)

Legendary Canadian rock band Chilliwack playing Vancouver Island twice this week

David Gogo to appear as special guest in June 29 performance

Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)
Jeany Lee, director of acquisitions and asset management with Seacliff Properties, and Snuneymuxw First Nation acting chief William Yoachim sign an agreement June 22 to potentially transfer 106 hectares of traditional Snuneymuxw land back in their Sandstone project planned for south Nanaimo. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Snuneymuxw, Sandstone developer sign agreement for land transfer along Nanaimo River

Seacliff Properties Ltd.’s commitment contingent on zoning process

Jeany Lee, director of acquisitions and asset management with Seacliff Properties, and Snuneymuxw First Nation acting chief William Yoachim sign an agreement June 22 to potentially transfer 106 hectares of traditional Snuneymuxw land back in their Sandstone project planned for south Nanaimo. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Damon Mitchell, left, and Dan Puglas rehearse at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on June 9 for Reconciliation Theatre’s inaugural production ‘True West’ by Sam Shepard. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Indigenous-focused Nanaimo theatre company getting ready to stage ‘True West’

Reconciliation Theatre will perform at the OV Arts Centre June 28 to July 2

Damon Mitchell, left, and Dan Puglas rehearse at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on June 9 for Reconciliation Theatre’s inaugural production ‘True West’ by Sam Shepard. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Emerald Specks, left, and Kendall Patrick covered John Mayer’s 2006 song ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ on June 10 during the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series at Fitzwilliam Gate in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Sounds of Summer outdoor series brings variety of music to Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter

Free mid-day hour-long concerts underway until mid September

Emerald Specks, left, and Kendall Patrick covered John Mayer’s 2006 song ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ on June 10 during the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series at Fitzwilliam Gate in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo’s Glenn Brucker, author and illustrator of ‘City Day,’ was nominated for a Chocolate Lily Book Award in May. (Photo by Alyson Brucker)

Nanaimo author and illustrator nominated for B.C. children’s book award

Glenn Brucker’s ‘City Day’ shortlisted for Chocolate Lily Book Award

Nanaimo’s Glenn Brucker, author and illustrator of ‘City Day,’ was nominated for a Chocolate Lily Book Award in May. (Photo by Alyson Brucker)
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)

Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith sings at Wembley Stadium

Teen performed at the Summertime Ball this past weekend in London, England

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)
Tyler Green marches into Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park twirling an LGBTQ rainbow love heart flag and a Canadian rainbow flag on June 12 for the Nanaimo Pride Society’s Pride Festival. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo shows off its colours at Pride celebration

Walk-and-roll event leads hundreds of people to festival at Maffeo Sutton Park on June 12

Tyler Green marches into Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park twirling an LGBTQ rainbow love heart flag and a Canadian rainbow flag on June 12 for the Nanaimo Pride Society’s Pride Festival. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
‘Lucy and Bonbon’ author Don LePan in his Nanaimo home as he flips through one of his last on-hand copies since the book was published this spring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo author’s new book blurs boundaries between humans and animals

Don LePan’s ‘Lucy and Bonbon’ a speculative fiction work that explores theoretical inter-breeding

‘Lucy and Bonbon’ author Don LePan in his Nanaimo home as he flips through one of his last on-hand copies since the book was published this spring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence Jessica Miinguuaqtii discusses a personal collage piece she’s worked on for seven years called ‘Premonition.’ (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Gabriola artist in residence expresses freedom, honours culture

Jessica Miinguuaqtii is the Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence

Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence Jessica Miinguuaqtii discusses a personal collage piece she’s worked on for seven years called ‘Premonition.’ (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Pride Society president, Ajay Booth, stands at the rainbow crosswalks in Nanaimo’s downtown on May 31. The society will hold a festival at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, June 12. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

No parade, but plenty more planned for Pride Month in Nanaimo

Festival celebrating acceptance and respect for LGBTQ community set for Maffeo Sutton Park June 12

Nanaimo Pride Society president, Ajay Booth, stands at the rainbow crosswalks in Nanaimo’s downtown on May 31. The society will hold a festival at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, June 12. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo unveils ‘Hidden Messages’ public art project to encourage physical activity

Project showcases 10 haikus by city’s poet laureate that only appear when wet

A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)
Pets receive basic care during Helping Paws clinic hours at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Photos by Courtenay Large)

Non-profit animal clinic in Nanaimo receives donation of 500 pet microchips

Helping Paws also provides health check-ups and flea prevention

Pets receive basic care during Helping Paws clinic hours at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Photos by Courtenay Large)
Peggy Baker will perform her latest production ‘Unmoored’ in Nanaimo at the Malaspina Theatre on May 29. In her spoken word and movement piece, she hopes to open discussions on mortality and disability. (Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic)

Dance piece coming to Nanaimo will delve into caregiving and mortality

Peggy Baker’s spoken-word and movement piece ‘Unmoored’ will show at the Malaspina Theatre on May 29

Peggy Baker will perform her latest production ‘Unmoored’ in Nanaimo at the Malaspina Theatre on May 29. In her spoken word and movement piece, she hopes to open discussions on mortality and disability. (Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic)
Nanaimo musician Carl Longstaff, as seen in his ‘Standing All Alone’ music video, will star in a documentary about his lifelong struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. (Photo by Nathan Reimer, Reimereason Productions)

Documentary examines Nanaimo musician’s struggle with addiction and road to recovery

Sidney videographer’s ‘Inside Out: The Carl Longstaff Story’ plays at Malaspina Theatre on May 28

Nanaimo musician Carl Longstaff, as seen in his ‘Standing All Alone’ music video, will star in a documentary about his lifelong struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. (Photo by Nathan Reimer, Reimereason Productions)