Chris Bush

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)
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)
Nanaimo RCMP officers speak with Vic Brice during a protest at RBC on April 7, when he glued his hand to the handle of the bank branch’s entrance. (News Bulletin file photo)

Judge sticks B.C. environmental activist with ban on possessing glue in public

Extinction Rebellion protester gets binding conditions of probation

Nanaimo RCMP officers speak with Vic Brice during a protest at RBC on April 7, when he glued his hand to the handle of the bank branch’s entrance. (News Bulletin file photo)
One person is in custody after allegedly throwing a brick at a pregnant woman in downtown Nanaimo. The woman was struck in the stomach and rushed to hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)

Suspect throws brick at pregnant woman’s stomach in downtown Nanaimo

Individual in custody, victim rushed to hospital after attack Monday, Aug. 8

One person is in custody after allegedly throwing a brick at a pregnant woman in downtown Nanaimo. The woman was struck in the stomach and rushed to hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
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Man in his 50s sent back to the U.S. Midwest after coming to meet girl at B.C. park

Nanaimo RCMP investigating, say there was insufficient evidence at the time to make an arrest

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Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)
A baby red-tailed hawk, right, originally captured as live food for an eaglet, left, has become part of a family of eagles on Gabriola Island. The eagles are feeding and caring for it after the eaglet wouldn’t kill it when it was brought to the nest in early June. (Photo courtesy Sharron Palmer-Hunt)

From food to family member: Baby B.C. hawk goes from eagle bait to roommate

Red-tailed hawklet brought to the nest as food instead gets adopted by eagles near Nanaimo

A baby red-tailed hawk, right, originally captured as live food for an eaglet, left, has become part of a family of eagles on Gabriola Island. The eagles are feeding and caring for it after the eaglet wouldn’t kill it when it was brought to the nest in early June. (Photo courtesy Sharron Palmer-Hunt)
Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
RCMP, Firefighters and B.C. Ambulance paramedics prepare to leave the scene after an injured man was placed in an ambulance following an alleged assault in Caledonia Park in Nanaimo on Friday, June 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Man taken to hospital after reportedly being beaten with a stick at Nanaimo park

Suspect arrested shortly after argument at Caledonia Park on Friday, June 3

RCMP, Firefighters and B.C. Ambulance paramedics prepare to leave the scene after an injured man was placed in an ambulance following an alleged assault in Caledonia Park in Nanaimo on Friday, June 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
One man is facing an assault charge that stems from the alleged beating of a Vancouver Island University interior design student at a house party in March. (Photo submitted)

Man charged in alleged homophobic assault at B.C. house party

VIU student suffered facial injuries from alleged beating in Nanaimo in March

One man is facing an assault charge that stems from the alleged beating of a Vancouver Island University interior design student at a house party in March. (Photo submitted)
A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man’s body recovered from Nanaimo lake after apparent drowning

Victim went for a swim Sunday, searchers found body Monday

A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Necrotizing fasciitis, a disease that is difficult and expensive to treat and often fatal, has cropped up in six dogs in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach since October. (Stock photo)

B.C. veterinarian issues alert about flesh-eating disease in dogs on Vancouver Island

Six cases of necrotizing fasciitis reported on central Island since the fall

Necrotizing fasciitis, a disease that is difficult and expensive to treat and often fatal, has cropped up in six dogs in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach since October. (Stock photo)
Anastasiia Vanzhura left Kyiv with only what she could carry and the Ukrainian refugee is now living in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Ukrainian refugee’s long, cold trek away from war ends in B.C.

Newly arrived Anastasiia Vanzhura is one of millions of Ukrainians whose lives were shattered by war

Anastasiia Vanzhura left Kyiv with only what she could carry and the Ukrainian refugee is now living in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Spencer Frey suffered multiple facial injuries in an assault at a house party this past weekend and Nanaimo RCMP are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. (Photo courtesy Spencer Frey)

Police probe possible hate crime after gay student assaulted at B.C. house party

Vancouver Island University issues statement after student attacked off campus in Nanaimo

Spencer Frey suffered multiple facial injuries in an assault at a house party this past weekend and Nanaimo RCMP are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. (Photo courtesy Spencer Frey)
Joshua and Erralyn Joseph celebrate during a prize presentation ceremony at Casino Nanaimo on Thursday, March 3, when they were handed a cheque for more than $2.1 million after Erralyn hit the jackpot on one of the casino’s slot machines. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo woman wins $2.1 million playing casino slots

Jackpot one of richest slot machine wins in B.C. history

Joshua and Erralyn Joseph celebrate during a prize presentation ceremony at Casino Nanaimo on Thursday, March 3, when they were handed a cheque for more than $2.1 million after Erralyn hit the jackpot on one of the casino’s slot machines. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A woman in Nanaimo called police after she discovered, in her car trunk, a naked man who may have been hiding there for as long as three days. (@bethanycoker/TikTok image)

Vancouver Island woman discovers naked man in the trunk of her car

Nanaimo RCMP staff sergeant says incident was a ‘first’ in his policing experience

A woman in Nanaimo called police after she discovered, in her car trunk, a naked man who may have been hiding there for as long as three days. (@bethanycoker/TikTok image)
A Vancouver Island University biology professor says how and why a Canada goose ended up in a Chicago park is a mystery. (News Bulletin file photo)

Canada goose from Vancouver Island makes it all the way to the Great Lakes

Biology professor says how and why the bird flew so far east is a mystery

A Vancouver Island University biology professor says how and why a Canada goose ended up in a Chicago park is a mystery. (News Bulletin file photo)
A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Deer rescued after falling through ice on Vancouver Island lake

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. Conservation Officer Service respond to incident Tuesday, Jan. 25

A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Dog rescued after falling through ice on lake near Nanaimo

Volunteer firefighters mount water rescue after dog seen struggling for its life in Hemer Park

Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The MV Zim Kingston arrives in Nanaimo Harbour earlier this month. Sparks from grinding metal ignited a fire aboard the ship on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Nanaimo’s Duke Point. (File photo)

Work on damaged containers sparks another fire aboard MV Zim Kingston in Nanaimo

Sparks from grinder ignite fire in exposed insulation of damaged shipping container

The MV Zim Kingston arrives in Nanaimo Harbour earlier this month. Sparks from grinding metal ignited a fire aboard the ship on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Nanaimo’s Duke Point. (File photo)