Cole Schisler

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)

Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Ladysmith Harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water harbour, none of them threatening

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
More and more graffiti has appeared in Ladysmith’s downtown core during the pandemic. (Cole Schisler photo)

Council creates rebate program to encourage graffiti clean up

Property owners can receive up to $50 to help fund graffiti removal

More and more graffiti has appeared in Ladysmith’s downtown core during the pandemic. (Cole Schisler photo)
Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)

‘Little Inventors’ from Ladysmith showcased in national science challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements were one of 15 finalists in the Little Inventors Challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)
Disaster Aid Canada has helped organize the delivery of 2,000 bags of nutritional supplements for Mayan villages in Guatamala. (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith-based Disaster Aid Canada makes impact globally

Disaster Aid Canada has worked on several projects throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Disaster Aid Canada has helped organize the delivery of 2,000 bags of nutritional supplements for Mayan villages in Guatamala. (Submitted photo)
The bow-legged bear was seen roaming 2nd Avenue on Friday, May 7 and again in Brown Drive Park on May 13. (Submitted photo)

Necropsy shows Ladysmith bear suffered severe bacterial and parasitic infections

Ladysmith’s bow-legged black bear had a long list of health problems prior to being euthanized

The bow-legged bear was seen roaming 2nd Avenue on Friday, May 7 and again in Brown Drive Park on May 13. (Submitted photo)
The fence outside Ladysmith Intermediate School has been decorated with 215 drawings of shoes to honour the lives of the 215 children discovered at an unmarked burial site near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith Intermediate honours the victims of Kamloops residential school

Students at Ladysmith Intermediate School have placed drawings of 215 shoes along the school fence

The fence outside Ladysmith Intermediate School has been decorated with 215 drawings of shoes to honour the lives of the 215 children discovered at an unmarked burial site near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Vandoorslaerts 1985 Scania K112 Bermuda bus. (My Tiny School photo)

Family travelling the world by bus leaves Ladysmith for Trois Rivieres

The Vandoorslaert family has been on the road since 2017 and have visited over 25 countries

The Vandoorslaerts 1985 Scania K112 Bermuda bus. (My Tiny School photo)
The Crucil and Dalby families celebrated the new future of the Dalby’s site at a small ground-breaking ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)

Dalby’s Automotive to be demolished, soil remediation work begins soon

The Crucils have broken ground on their condo development at the former site of Dalby’s Automotive

The Crucil and Dalby families celebrated the new future of the Dalby’s site at a small ground-breaking ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Fisherman Corey Thompson shows off bags of freshly caught spot prawns at Fisherman’s Wharf in Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler photo)

Spot prawns prove to be big business for local family

Corey Thompson and his family are hard at work selling spot prawns on Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman Corey Thompson shows off bags of freshly caught spot prawns at Fisherman’s Wharf in Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler photo)
North Oyster Fire Department Captain Kris Hill has served with NOFD for 11 years. (Cole Schisler photo)
North Oyster Fire Department Captain Kris Hill has served with NOFD for 11 years. (Cole Schisler photo)

Long-time North Oyster fireman accepts deputy chief role with Sparwood Fire Department

Kris Hill has served with NOFD for 11 years and has spent five years with the B.C. Wildfire Service

North Oyster Fire Department Captain Kris Hill has served with NOFD for 11 years. (Cole Schisler photo)
North Oyster Fire Department Captain Kris Hill has served with NOFD for 11 years. (Cole Schisler photo)
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Ladysmith boaters encouraged to keep safety top of mind

North American Safe Boating Awareness Week takes place from May 22 to May 28, 2021.

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The lobby of the Island Hotel is now up and running as a temporary homeless shelter. (File photo)

Island Hotel homeless shelter now up and running

As of May 23, there were five guests staying at the shelter

The lobby of the Island Hotel is now up and running as a temporary homeless shelter. (File photo)
Captain Gruff, Pirate Pete, Captain Ron and Captain Redfeather treated Ladysmith Primary School students to pirate jokes and songs at Brown Drive Park on May 25. (Cole Schisler photo)

“The pirates are home!” LMS pirates surprise Ladysmith students at Storybook Walk

The appearance of Ladysmith’s pirates comes as Kid’s Pirate Day is set to begin

Captain Gruff, Pirate Pete, Captain Ron and Captain Redfeather treated Ladysmith Primary School students to pirate jokes and songs at Brown Drive Park on May 25. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith RBC’s merry band of pirates participated in one of LMS’s Kid’s Pirate Days videos. (Dean Richards photo)

Kid’s Pirate Days brings fun-filled online pirate programs to Ladysmith

Kid’s Pirate Days 2021 runs from May 31 to June 6

Ladysmith RBC’s merry band of pirates participated in one of LMS’s Kid’s Pirate Days videos. (Dean Richards photo)
Ladysmith & District Credit Union CEO John de Leeuw is celebrating 25 years with LDCU. (Submitted photo)
Ladysmith & District Credit Union CEO John de Leeuw is celebrating 25 years with LDCU. (Submitted photo)
Jon Ludtke and Rod Alsop are hard at work preparing Bayview Brewery for a potential August open date. (Cole Schisler photo)

Construction starts on Ladysmith community brewpub

Rod Alsop and Jon Ludtke are hard at work preparing Bayview Brewery & Pub for a late summer open

Jon Ludtke and Rod Alsop are hard at work preparing Bayview Brewery for a potential August open date. (Cole Schisler photo)
The bow-legged bear was seen roaming 2nd Avenue on Friday, May 7 and again in Brown Drive Park on May 13. (Submitted photo)

Bow-legged Ladysmith bear euthanized after vet examination

CO Stuart Bates said the bear had obvious health issues

The bow-legged bear was seen roaming 2nd Avenue on Friday, May 7 and again in Brown Drive Park on May 13. (Submitted photo)
The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)

Digital Innovation Group supports digital literacy for Island artists

The goal is to leverage digital skills to promote Vancouver Island as an ‘arts powerhouse’

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)
Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)

Bow-legged bear returns to Ladysmith, has an appointment with the vet

Conservation officers transported the bear to a wildlife veterinarian in Nanaimo for examination

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Over 60 Indigenous youth from Qualicum to Malahat are participating in the Step Up Work Placement Program. (Submitted photo)

Work placement program for Central Island Indigenous youth seeks employer partners

So far, over 60 youth from Qualicum to Malahat are participating in the program

Over 60 Indigenous youth from Qualicum to Malahat are participating in the Step Up Work Placement Program. (Submitted photo)