Chris Bush

Allan Lingwood, chief compliance officer of Victoria-based cannabis retailer Original Farm, left, Jeff Guignard, executive director of The Alliance of Beverage Licensees and Katrina Marquez, Tilray senior patient services manager, answer questions about the current state and future of the cannabis industry in B.C. during a session at the State of the Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo on Thursday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Industry experts express high hopes for Canadian cannabis industry

Panel discussed cannabis business growth potential and pitfalls at Economic Summit in Nanaimo

Allan Lingwood, chief compliance officer of Victoria-based cannabis retailer Original Farm, left, Jeff Guignard, executive director of The Alliance of Beverage Licensees and Katrina Marquez, Tilray senior patient services manager, answer questions about the current state and future of the cannabis industry in B.C. during a session at the State of the Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo on Thursday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A Discontent City resident in Nanaimo suffered burns and lost her possessions after her tent caught fire this afternoon. Image from submitted video

Woman suffers burns in tent fire at Vancouver Island homeless camp

Fire occurred just after 3 p.m. Thursday at Nanaimo’s Discontent City

A Discontent City resident in Nanaimo suffered burns and lost her possessions after her tent caught fire this afternoon. Image from submitted video
Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a house in the 500 block of Kennedy Street on Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. There were no reports of injuries. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Shots fired at Vancouver Island house during fight

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say Nanaimo RCMP

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a house in the 500 block of Kennedy Street on Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. There were no reports of injuries. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A cougar was spotted at Long Lake in Nanaimo on the weekend and conservation officers are advising people enjoying the outdoors to be vigilant as winter approaches and cougars follow deer into Nanaimo. Black Press file photo

Caution urged after cougar sighting in Nanaimo

Weekend encounter at Long Lake the most recent in in area

A cougar was spotted at Long Lake in Nanaimo on the weekend and conservation officers are advising people enjoying the outdoors to be vigilant as winter approaches and cougars follow deer into Nanaimo. Black Press file photo
Nanaimo RCMP have evacuated part of Discontent City and have called in a bomb disposal unit after finding what police have described as an explosive device in the homeless camp Friday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Explosive materials were inside sharps container at Vancouver Island tent city

Nanaimo RCMP say fireworks components being placed inside needle disposal box was ‘nothing malicious’

Nanaimo RCMP have evacuated part of Discontent City and have called in a bomb disposal unit after finding what police have described as an explosive device in the homeless camp Friday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
George Hansen, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance president, describes the benefits of the federal government’s recognition of Vancouver Island as a foreign trade zone during an announcement hosted at Nanaimo Airport on Monday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Vancouver Island designated as foreign trade zone

Designation simplifies importing and exporting and provides duty relief

George Hansen, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance president, describes the benefits of the federal government’s recognition of Vancouver Island as a foreign trade zone during an announcement hosted at Nanaimo Airport on Monday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP investigate Friday after an explosion and fire, reportedly from a firework in a tent at Discontent City. One man is in hospital, reportedly with serious burns, say first responders. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Person suffers burns after explosion, fire at B.C. homeless camp

Fireworks reportedly ignited inside tent early Friday morning in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP investigate Friday after an explosion and fire, reportedly from a firework in a tent at Discontent City. One man is in hospital, reportedly with serious burns, say first responders. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A woman died Monday while swimming at a public beach in Nanaimo. B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the death, which has been deemed non-suspicious by Nanaimo RCMP. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Woman dies in swimming mishap at Vancouver Island park

38-year-old pulled from water by family member at Nanaimo’s Morningside Park on Monday

A woman died Monday while swimming at a public beach in Nanaimo. B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the death, which has been deemed non-suspicious by Nanaimo RCMP. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island

Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island

Suspect in red and blue “onesie” caught on surveillance footage breaking into truck in Nanaimo

Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island
Alleged traffickers on Vancouver Island throw drugs out car window as police arrive

Alleged traffickers on Vancouver Island throw drugs out car window as police arrive

Three people arrested in Nanaimo after RCMP were alerted to suspicious behaviour

Alleged traffickers on Vancouver Island throw drugs out car window as police arrive
Terry Gorman at his home course, the Nanaimo Golf Club, on Tuesday. The avid golfer got not one, but two hole-in-ones in a single round on Friday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

B.C. golfer sinks two hole-in-ones in the same round

Nanaimo golfer beat millions-to-one odds with two aces during a round in Abbotsford on Friday

Terry Gorman at his home course, the Nanaimo Golf Club, on Tuesday. The avid golfer got not one, but two hole-in-ones in a single round on Friday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Kayakers were concerned after spotting a cougar on Newcastle Island last week. (Ândria Lopes Dos Santos photo)

Cougar shot near B.C. marina

Police were called to complaints of a cougar climbing through boats and sheds at the Nanaimo Yacht Club

Kayakers were concerned after spotting a cougar on Newcastle Island last week. (Ândria Lopes Dos Santos photo)
Michelle Saine, representing Nanaimo in this year’s Miss B.C. pageant, credits role models, such as her stepmother Liz Reddick, for being positive influences that helped her create a good life for herself and her family. Saine sees the pageant as a vehicle allowing her to deliver a message of how women of all ages and backgrounds can draw on inner strength and courage to achieve anything they want. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Miss B.C. contestant’s goal is to empower women

Nanaimo’s Michelle Saine will be competing in the Mrs. category at pageant on Monday, July 2

Michelle Saine, representing Nanaimo in this year’s Miss B.C. pageant, credits role models, such as her stepmother Liz Reddick, for being positive influences that helped her create a good life for herself and her family. Saine sees the pageant as a vehicle allowing her to deliver a message of how women of all ages and backgrounds can draw on inner strength and courage to achieve anything they want. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Along with several bags of items left behind by the people who stole her car, Tiffany Braun, of Nanaimo, also found a used syringe next to the seat that was left behind by the ICBC subcontractor hired to ‘bio-clean’ the vehicle. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island woman finds used syringe in her returned stolen car

Syringes, bags of clothing, tools and other debris left behind by thieves who stole car

Along with several bags of items left behind by the people who stole her car, Tiffany Braun, of Nanaimo, also found a used syringe next to the seat that was left behind by the ICBC subcontractor hired to ‘bio-clean’ the vehicle. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
A suspect was seriously injured in a gas station robbery attempt in Nanaimo on the weekend. (Karl Yu/The News Bulletin)

Suspect nearly severs own arm in Island gas station robbery attempt

Bystanders save suspect in Nanaimo after he cuts himself punching through bay door glass

A suspect was seriously injured in a gas station robbery attempt in Nanaimo on the weekend. (Karl Yu/The News Bulletin)
A 10-year-old girl, whose parents asked that she not be identified, will spend the rest of her summer recovering from severe injuries she received when she was mauled by a pitbull Saturday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Pitbulls put down after attacking children on Vancouver Island

Ten-year-old girl and woman seriously injured in incident in Nanaimo on Saturday

A 10-year-old girl, whose parents asked that she not be identified, will spend the rest of her summer recovering from severe injuries she received when she was mauled by a pitbull Saturday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo restaurant owner John Vassilopoulos mistook this large moth for a small bird when he first spotted it outside his restaurant late last Saturday. He placed a loonie beside it for scale. (John Vassilopoulos photo)

Massive moth touches down on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo restaurant owner initially mistakes insect for a bird

Nanaimo restaurant owner John Vassilopoulos mistook this large moth for a small bird when he first spotted it outside his restaurant late last Saturday. He placed a loonie beside it for scale. (John Vassilopoulos photo)
Todd and Nicole Cameron, of Nanaimo, are big movie fans who met over their love of creating costumes of characters in favourite movies, especially from Back to the Future. When it came time to pop the question, Todd crafted a DeLorean engagement ring box and proposed to Nicole at Universal Studios on Back to the Future Day. (CHRIS BUSH/ The News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island couple completes real-life Back to the Future trilogy

Proposal, wedding and baby announcement all based around the movies

Todd and Nicole Cameron, of Nanaimo, are big movie fans who met over their love of creating costumes of characters in favourite movies, especially from Back to the Future. When it came time to pop the question, Todd crafted a DeLorean engagement ring box and proposed to Nicole at Universal Studios on Back to the Future Day. (CHRIS BUSH/ The News Bulletin)
Pins found in sausage, pepperoni bought in Nanaimo, police say

Pins found in sausage, pepperoni bought in Nanaimo, police say

Sewing pins discovered in pepperoni and Ukrainian sausage at three separate stores in Nanaimo

Pins found in sausage, pepperoni bought in Nanaimo, police say
A pickup truck and two unmarked RCMP vehicles were involved in a collision this morning in Yellow Point. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                (Chris Bush/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Arrests made after truck crashes into unmarked police cars in Nanaimo

Two men facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing scene on the mid-island

A pickup truck and two unmarked RCMP vehicles were involved in a collision this morning in Yellow Point. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                (Chris Bush/Nanaimo News Bulletin)