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A miniature horse named HaliBerry is recovering after its left ear was bitten off in an attack by two pitbulls on a rural property in Cassidy on Monday. (Photo courtesy Golden Maples Farm)

Miniature horse has ear bitten off in pit bull attack on Vancouver Island

Incident happened Monday near Nanaimo

A miniature horse named HaliBerry is recovering after its left ear was bitten off in an attack by two pitbulls on a rural property in Cassidy on Monday. (Photo courtesy Golden Maples Farm)
10-year-old Bella Salvino was emotional after finding a lost cat, Alfred, that she’d only ever seen on a ‘missing cat’ poster. She found the cat hiding in a storm drain. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo girl made it her mission to find the cat on the ‘missing’ poster

10-year-old Bella Salvino, on her bike, locates lost cat

10-year-old Bella Salvino was emotional after finding a lost cat, Alfred, that she’d only ever seen on a ‘missing cat’ poster. She found the cat hiding in a storm drain. (Photos submitted)
Crystal Galisky, representing a group called Our Choice, protests B.C.’s mandatory vaccination reporting on Saturday at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Anti-vaxxers on Vancouver Island protest B.C.’s mandatory reporting for kids in school

First phase of new vaccination reporting being implemented this September

Crystal Galisky, representing a group called Our Choice, protests B.C.’s mandatory vaccination reporting on Saturday at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Vancouver Island mom Tasha Brown shows a hand-made sign for a garden that she planted and wishes to share with her daughter Kaydance who was allegedly abducted by Brown’s estranged wife in 2016. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Hearings begin as Vancouver Island mom fights for allegedly abducted daughter

Tasha Brown now in Jersey in the British Isles, fundraiser being held in Nanaimo

Vancouver Island mom Tasha Brown shows a hand-made sign for a garden that she planted and wishes to share with her daughter Kaydance who was allegedly abducted by Brown’s estranged wife in 2016. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Victoria Shamrocks player Mack Mitchell checks Nanaimo Timbermen opponent Gord Phillips as’Rocks player Tylor Burton picks up the loose ball during Monday’s WLA semifinal game at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Victoria Shamrocks sweep Nanaimo Timbermen to advance to WLA finals

Victoria beats Nanaimo 10-4 in Game 4 on Monday at Frank Crane Arena

Victoria Shamrocks player Mack Mitchell checks Nanaimo Timbermen opponent Gord Phillips as’Rocks player Tylor Burton picks up the loose ball during Monday’s WLA semifinal game at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Timbermen player Ryan Sheridan is checked by Victoria Shamrocks opponent Mack Mitchell during Thursday’s Game 2 at Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Shamrocks get past Timbermen in Game 2

Victoria leads Nanaimo two games to none in WLA semifinals

Nanaimo Timbermen player Ryan Sheridan is checked by Victoria Shamrocks opponent Mack Mitchell during Thursday’s Game 2 at Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Pamela Anderson attended Wednesday’s B.C. Green Party town hall meeting at Nanaimo’s Beban Park social centre along with party leader Andrew Weaver and Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Pamela Anderson attended Wednesday’s B.C. Green Party town hall meeting at Nanaimo’s Beban Park social centre along with party leader Andrew Weaver and Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Vancouver Island mom Tasha Brown embraces her lawyer Elisabeth Strain after a press conference Tuesday at the Nanaimo Golf Club. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island mom says she will go to court overseas to try to get daughter back

Tasha Brown says her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

Vancouver Island mom Tasha Brown embraces her lawyer Elisabeth Strain after a press conference Tuesday at the Nanaimo Golf Club. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Killer whales in the harbour in front of Sway’A’Lana Lagoon briefly delayed the Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival (Photo courtesy ELAINE VANCE)

Nanaimo dragonboat race delayed so killer whales can pass by

Visit from orcas was a ‘very exciting first’ for Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival

Killer whales in the harbour in front of Sway’A’Lana Lagoon briefly delayed the Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival (Photo courtesy ELAINE VANCE)
Bigg’s killer whales splash near Nanaimo’s Neck Point earlier this spring. NATALIE REICHENBACHER/Vancouver Island Whale Watch

‘Almost supernatural:’ orcas active around Nanaimo

Though still a threatened eco-type, transient killer whales appear to be ‘growing at a healthy rate’

Bigg’s killer whales splash near Nanaimo’s Neck Point earlier this spring. NATALIE REICHENBACHER/Vancouver Island Whale Watch
A car chase through Nanaimo city streets ended with police vehicles ramming and stopping a stolen van on the parkway Saturday. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Police ram stolen van, arrest suspect at gunpoint on Vancouver Island highway

Officers make arrest with guns drawn at Nanaimo Parkway and Mostar Road

A car chase through Nanaimo city streets ended with police vehicles ramming and stopping a stolen van on the parkway Saturday. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)
Philippe the golden pheasant is back home in Lantzville after being caught at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove mall today, May 7, after escaping a week and a half earlier. Photo submitted

Escaped pheasant caught at Vancouver Island mall after a week-long chase

‘He just wanted a little adventure,’ say bird’s Lantzville owners

Philippe the golden pheasant is back home in Lantzville after being caught at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove mall today, May 7, after escaping a week and a half earlier. Photo submitted
The owners of Yellow Point Farms say one of their baby goats, just 12 days old,was stolen on Saturday during a baby goat snuggles program at their farm near Nanaimo. YELLOW POINT FARMS photo

Vancouver Island farm owners say baby goat stolen during snuggle session

Yellow Point Farms owners say 12-day-old goat went missing Saturday

The owners of Yellow Point Farms say one of their baby goats, just 12 days old,was stolen on Saturday during a baby goat snuggles program at their farm near Nanaimo. YELLOW POINT FARMS photo
Woman stabbed on Nanaimo seawall in what appears to have been random attack

Woman stabbed on Nanaimo seawall in what appears to have been random attack

17-year-old suspect in custody, 30-year-old victim in stable condition

Woman stabbed on Nanaimo seawall in what appears to have been random attack
National champion BMX athlete Aidan Webber, from Nanaimo, died in a workplace accident near Port Hardy on Sunday, March 10. NANAIMO BMX Facebook photos

Teen BMX champion from Vancouver Island dies in workplace accident

Nanaimo’s Aidan Webber died Sunday off the coast of Port Hardy

National champion BMX athlete Aidan Webber, from Nanaimo, died in a workplace accident near Port Hardy on Sunday, March 10. NANAIMO BMX Facebook photos
Janine Vautour, Makayla Chang’s mother, samples icing while dishing out birthday cake Friday at Maffeo Sutton Park on what would have been Chang’s 18th birthday. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Murdered B.C. teen remembered on what would have been her 18th birthday

Makayla Chang’s family and friends in Nanaimo still hoping for answers and closure

Janine Vautour, Makayla Chang’s mother, samples icing while dishing out birthday cake Friday at Maffeo Sutton Park on what would have been Chang’s 18th birthday. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo council voted to forward five resolutions to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities; the resolutions, taken as a whole, are meant to make it easier to grow cannabis on ALR land. STOCK PHOTO

Can pot farming save Vancouver Island agriculture?

Nanaimo suggests easing ALR rules to help farmers augment their income with cannabis

Nanaimo council voted to forward five resolutions to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities; the resolutions, taken as a whole, are meant to make it easier to grow cannabis on ALR land. STOCK PHOTO
Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May makes a speech Sunday at Nanaimo’s Beban Park social centre at a candidate acclamation meeting. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Federal Greens undaunted after provincial Greens’ vote count dips on the Island

Elizabeth May foresees a federal byelection on Vancouver Island in advance of the October election

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May makes a speech Sunday at Nanaimo’s Beban Park social centre at a candidate acclamation meeting. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
A pre-Valentine’s Day speed dating event will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, hosted by Fresh Connections. Photo submitted

Speed dating making Island matches in time for Valentine’s Day

Get off your screen and turn on the charm face-to-face in Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtenay

A pre-Valentine’s Day speed dating event will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, hosted by Fresh Connections. Photo submitted
Top row, left to right: Tony Harris of the B.C. Liberals and Justin Greenwood of the B.C. Conservatives; bottom row, left to right: Michele Ney of the B.C. Green Party and Sheila Malcolmson of the B.C. NDP. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo byelection candidates condemn legislature staff expenses

All-candidates’ meeting was held Thursday at Beban Park social centre

Top row, left to right: Tony Harris of the B.C. Liberals and Justin Greenwood of the B.C. Conservatives; bottom row, left to right: Michele Ney of the B.C. Green Party and Sheila Malcolmson of the B.C. NDP. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin