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Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Stz’uminus councillor Tim Harris and Ladysmith Town councillor Duck Paterson work together to hang new red dresses. (Cole Schisler photo)

COLUMN: Red dresses have come down but we must not forget why we put them up

Learning more about the Red Dress movement a good first step in reconciliation, Paterson writes.

  • May 24, 2021
A drug bust on Government Street in Duncan on Tuesday, March 30, led to a “substantial seizure” according to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. (File photo)

OPINION: School police liaison programs help keep kids and community safe

School liaison programs help build trust between youth and police, Duck Paterson writes

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)

Column: Let’s uplift the heroes in India’s battle against COVID-19

India reported over 360,000 infections on Monday, May 3

Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)
Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)

Try actually walking a mile in an elder’s shoes

85 percent of older adults experience some form of sensory loss

Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)
Jessica Lowry and her chickens. (Submitted photo)

Let’s make 2021 the year of the chicken in Ladysmith

Health columnist Jessica Lowry advocates for chickens to be allowed in Ladysmith

  • Apr 24, 2021
Jessica Lowry and her chickens. (Submitted photo)
Paterson’s Perspective by Duck Paterson.

OPINION: 5-month jail sentence for driver convicted in crash that killed 19-year-old teen is shameful

Duck Paterson calls for stricter punishments for impaired drivers

  • Mar 30, 2021
Paterson’s Perspective by Duck Paterson.
Cole Schisler, editor of the Ladysmith Chronicle.

Canada’s vaccine rollout is turning over a new leaf

That doesn’t mean that it’s going to grow as quickly as we might like

Cole Schisler, editor of the Ladysmith Chronicle.
Health and Wellness columnist, Jessica Lowry.

Another one Bites the Dust: Can we face mortality with a little more laughter than fear?

Another one Bites the Dust: Can we face mortality with a little…

  • Mar 14, 2021
Health and Wellness columnist, Jessica Lowry.
Paterson’s Perspective by Duck Paterson.

OPINION: Let’s get Site C Dam built

Duck Paterson writes in favour of the Site C Dam project

  • Mar 13, 2021
Paterson’s Perspective by Duck Paterson.
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Paterson's Perspective by Duck Paterson.

It’s about time we brag about Ladysmith’s amazing volunteers

Duck Paterson brags about Ladysmith’s volunteer organizations

  • Feb 28, 2021
Paterson's Perspective by Duck Paterson.
Health and Wellness columnist, Jessica Lowry.

Align With Jessica: Yoga is a Path not a Product

Health and Wellness columnist, Jessica Lowry shares her perspective on yoga

  • Feb 19, 2021
Health and Wellness columnist, Jessica Lowry.
Paterson's Perspective by Duck Paterson

Paterson’s Perspective: Once again, Islanders are getting hosed at the gas pump

Duck Paterson’s take on Vancouver Island’s high gas prices

  • Feb 13, 2021
Paterson's Perspective by Duck Paterson
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
Duck Paterson. (File photo)

Paterson’s Perspective: Maybe we’re not so different from the Americans

Columnist Duck Paterson shares his views on civil discourse in Canada and America

  • Jan 20, 2021
Duck Paterson. (File photo)
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Dec 30, 2020
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)