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Protesters stand in front of a truck carrying logs to the WFP Ladysmith log sort. (Cole Schisler photo)

Protesters block entrance to Western Forest Products in Ladysmith

Blockade cleared by Ladysmith RCMP around noon, December 2

Protesters stand in front of a truck carrying logs to the WFP Ladysmith log sort. (Cole Schisler photo)
After a brief closure, Roberts Street Pizza will reopen with an updated COVID-19 safety plan. (Cole Schisler photo)

Roberts Street Pizza reopens December 3

The store closed for a few days to update their COVID-19 safety plan

After a brief closure, Roberts Street Pizza will reopen with an updated COVID-19 safety plan. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ben Maartman, pictured in his ‘farm office’ has been elected as Area H director. (Ben Maartman photo)

Ben Maartman declared Director of CVRD Area H

Maartman will be sworn in on December 8

Ben Maartman, pictured in his ‘farm office’ has been elected as Area H director. (Ben Maartman photo)
Three Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store volunteers have tested positive for COVID-19. (Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary photo)

Three Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store volunteers test positive for COVID-19

Anyone who volunteered at Thrift Store between Nov. 14 - Nov. 28 is asked to monitor for symptoms

Three Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store volunteers have tested positive for COVID-19. (Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary photo)
Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for Area H North Oyster-Diamond in a Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection later this month. (Photos submitted)

Preliminary Area H byelection results show Maartman up by seven votes, McNab to ask for recount

Results of the by-election to by finalized by noon on Tuesday, December 1

Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for Area H North Oyster-Diamond in a Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection later this month. (Photos submitted)
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has worked to support businesses throughout the pandemic. (File photo)

Ladysmith Chamber reflects on a challenging 2020

For small businesses looking to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 one…

Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has worked to support businesses throughout the pandemic. (File photo)
49th parallel was an early adopter of Plexiglas shields, and required staff to wear face masks. (49th Parallel photo)

49th Parallel continues to grow in spite of pandemic

The biggest challenge of the pandemic has been keeping shelves stocked at 49th Parallel stores

49th parallel was an early adopter of Plexiglas shields, and required staff to wear face masks. (49th Parallel photo)
Homes ranging from $400,000 to $700,000 are the fastest sellers. (File photo)

High demand and low inventory drive a competitive housing market in Ladysmith

VIREB’s Susan Perrey said buyers are looking to take advantage of low interest rates

Homes ranging from $400,000 to $700,000 are the fastest sellers. (File photo)
Downtown is believed to be one of the areas best poised for new developments. (File photo)

Development remains consistent in lead up to official community plan process

Pandemic or no pandemic, Ladysmith is growing. New developments have sprung up…

Downtown is believed to be one of the areas best poised for new developments. (File photo)
Ladysmith’s 1st Avenue will be lit up until January 15. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith’s 1st Avenue all aglow

Although the tradition Light Up this year was cancelled, folks can still enjoy the holiday lights

Ladysmith’s 1st Avenue will be lit up until January 15. (Cole Schisler photo)
The first $300 shopping spree winner, Carol Travis. (Cole Schisler photo)

LDBA and Ladysmith Credit Union sponsor local shopping sprees

Don’t miss your chance to win a $300 local shopping spree

The first $300 shopping spree winner, Carol Travis. (Cole Schisler photo)
Nanaimo Airport’s terminal building. (File photo)

Nanaimo Airport faces steep decline in passenger counts

Nanaimo Airport CEO Dave Devana says it will take years to return to 2019 levels

Nanaimo Airport’s terminal building. (File photo)
LaFF staff member Sandra Hendricks (left), and volunteer “mama” Diane Morrison. (LaFF photo)

LaFF launches 12 Days of Holiday Cheer fundraiser

250 holiday cheer crates will go out to local families to bring some joy to the 2020 holiday season

LaFF staff member Sandra Hendricks (left), and volunteer “mama” Diane Morrison. (LaFF photo)
Arbour Cottage, a five bed long term care facility in Ladysmith had its license suspended by Island Health for numerous violations. (Arbour Cottage photo)

Arbour Cottage long term care home has license suspended

Owner operator Jaime Looten says the facility will not reopen

Arbour Cottage, a five bed long term care facility in Ladysmith had its license suspended by Island Health for numerous violations. (Arbour Cottage photo)
Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for North Oyster-Diamond in the Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection. (Photos submitted)

Candidates share their vision for the future of Area H

Ben Maartman and Murray McNab debated their ideas for Area H during a candidates forum hosted by YES

Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for North Oyster-Diamond in the Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection. (Photos submitted)
Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary members Ruth Goodbody, Jennifer Forrest, Lynn Smith, Nairne Culver, Kathy Allen, Cindy LaFleur, Pam Fraser, and Lynn Nightingale stand in the newly completed volunteer space. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary completes long awaited Thrift Store expansion

The new volunteer space will allow the Thrift Store to process more donations

Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary members Ruth Goodbody, Jennifer Forrest, Lynn Smith, Nairne Culver, Kathy Allen, Cindy LaFleur, Pam Fraser, and Lynn Nightingale stand in the newly completed volunteer space. (Cole Schisler photo)
Director of Financial Services, Erin Anderson made a presentation on water and sewer budgets to council at the November 10 special meeting of council. (Town of Ladysmith/YouTube)

Three percent increase proposed for 2021 Ladysmith water utility rates

No increases proposed for water parcel tax, sewer parcel tax, or sewer utility rates

Director of Financial Services, Erin Anderson made a presentation on water and sewer budgets to council at the November 10 special meeting of council. (Town of Ladysmith/YouTube)
Nick McMaster working on a painting at Cinder and Sea. (Cole Schisler photo)

Nick McMaster combines his passions for tattoos and art at Cinder and Sea

Cinder and Sea is a tattoo and fine art studio on Willow Street in Chemainus

Nick McMaster working on a painting at Cinder and Sea. (Cole Schisler photo)
Casey the dog narrowly survived her encounter with a juvenile cougar. (Submitted photo)

Pair of dogs survive cougar attack near Takala Road

Conservation Officer Service says the attack was a rare and isolated occurrence

Casey the dog narrowly survived her encounter with a juvenile cougar. (Submitted photo)
Rev. Deb Hinksman’s good friend, Mrs. Claus, will be reading stories via Facebook live every Tuesday at 4 p.m., and will be available for private Zoom calls with children and their families. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith kids have the chance to Zoom with Mrs. Claus

Rev. Deb Hinksman has a special relationship with Mrs. Claus, and has helped set up this opportunity

Rev. Deb Hinksman’s good friend, Mrs. Claus, will be reading stories via Facebook live every Tuesday at 4 p.m., and will be available for private Zoom calls with children and their families. (Cole Schisler photo)