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Strong Start students from Ladysmith Primary hang hearts in the trees in downtown Ladysmith on Thursday, Feb. 2, as part of the Ladysmith and District Arts Council’s ‘art bomb’ program. (Duck Paterson photo)

Children in Ladysmith share the love with ‘heart bombing’ display

Strong Start students from Ladysmith Primary decorate hearts for February

  • Feb 6, 2023
The Victoria Shamrocks’ eight 2023 draft picks were all from Vancouver Island teams. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Shamrocks select 7 local players in 2023 junior player draft

The Victoria Shamrocks drafted Arthur Miller with the second-overall pick

  • Feb 5, 2023
More than 100 people from different walks of life gather at Royal Jubilee Hospital for Code Hack 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health’s Code Hack returns to help improve health care

Code Hack takes place at Royal Jubilee Hospital from March 10 to 12

A cycling network plan in the Town of Ladysmith’s draft official community plan. The yellow lines represent short-term cycling network priorities and the dark green lines represent long-term cycling network priorities. (Town of Ladysmith image)

Ladysmith studying possible bicycle lanes and crosswalk improvements

Town looking at active transportation upgrades on Dogwood Drive and Bayview Avenue

A cycling network plan in the Town of Ladysmith’s draft official community plan. The yellow lines represent short-term cycling network priorities and the dark green lines represent long-term cycling network priorities. (Town of Ladysmith image)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin file photo)

More mental health, substance-use service support coming to Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools

B.C. government announces new multi-disciplinary teams for School District 68

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin file photo)
Artist Fran Usher will present an art installation at the Gabriola Art Council on South Road based on a board game created in response to observed human behaviour during the COVID pandemic. Community members are invited to observe the installation, or play the game, Feb. 4-5. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola artist’s ‘Game of Immunity’ pandemic board game offers ‘glimpse into the absurd’

Fran Usher’s art installation showing at the Gabriola Arts Council this weekend

Artist Fran Usher will present an art installation at the Gabriola Art Council on South Road based on a board game created in response to observed human behaviour during the COVID pandemic. Community members are invited to observe the installation, or play the game, Feb. 4-5. (Submitted photo)
A Cedar Is Life will be screened at the Chemainus Theatre Festival Feb. 11. (Photo submitted)

Cedar’s prominence in Indigenous lives featured in documentary

Screening of A Cedar Is Life at Chemainus Theatre’s mini film festival

A Cedar Is Life will be screened at the Chemainus Theatre Festival Feb. 11. (Photo submitted)
Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 president Darlene Paulson pay their respects at the cenotaph after laying a wreath at a 100th-anniversary ceremony Saturday, Jan. 28. (Duck Paterson photo)

Ladysmith pays respects on cenotaph’s 100th anniversary

Legion hosts remembrance event, town renews pledge to care for monument

  • Jan 31, 2023
Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 president Darlene Paulson pay their respects at the cenotaph after laying a wreath at a 100th-anniversary ceremony Saturday, Jan. 28. (Duck Paterson photo)
Vancouver Island Regional Library. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo city councillor becomes chairperson of VIRL board

Coun. Erin Hemmens has been Vancouver Island Regional Library’s acting chairperson since the fall

Vancouver Island Regional Library. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Some forms of health care are more universal than others

Canadians lose out as Big Pharma rakes in profits, says letter writer

  • Jan 28, 2023
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
Extension volunteer firefighters perform a rope rescue to retrieve a dog that became stranded on the ledge of a cliff after slipping on steep terrain south of Nanaimo on Thursday, Jan. 26. (Photo courtesy Extension Volunteer Fire Department)

Volunteer firefighters rescue dog that fell down rocky ridge south of Nanaimo

Extension Volunteer Fire Department performed rope rescue operation Thursday, Jan. 26

Extension volunteer firefighters perform a rope rescue to retrieve a dog that became stranded on the ledge of a cliff after slipping on steep terrain south of Nanaimo on Thursday, Jan. 26. (Photo courtesy Extension Volunteer Fire Department)
Actor, model and activist Pamela Anderson will reclaim her life narrative in her memoir, ‘Love, Pamela,’ and Netflix documentary ‘Pamela, a Love Story,’ both set to be released Jan. 31. (Carmelo Redondo photo)

Pamela Anderson looks to tell her own story in her own words

Actor, model, activist releasing memoir the same day her Netflix documentary comes out

Actor, model and activist Pamela Anderson will reclaim her life narrative in her memoir, ‘Love, Pamela,’ and Netflix documentary ‘Pamela, a Love Story,’ both set to be released Jan. 31. (Carmelo Redondo photo)
A backyard chicken in Chemainus. Ladysmith’s next official community plan is expected to include language encouraging small urban farms including those with chickens. (Black Press Media file photo)

Ladysmith expects to create policy encouraging backyard chickens

Town councillors discuss pros and cons at committee of the whole meeting

A backyard chicken in Chemainus. Ladysmith’s next official community plan is expected to include language encouraging small urban farms including those with chickens. (Black Press Media file photo)
Whether Blue Monday or Let’s Talk Day, this is the right time to have conversations about mental health. (Stock photo)

Editorial: Blue Monday behind us, winter blues may not be

This month provides opportunities for conversations about mental health

Whether Blue Monday or Let’s Talk Day, this is the right time to have conversations about mental health. (Stock photo)
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen is congratulated by teammates after stopping the Calgary Flames in the shootout to win 2-1 in NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. When did the Canadiens last win the Stanley Cup? (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about hockey

Canada is a nation of hockey players and dedicated fans of the game

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen is congratulated by teammates after stopping the Calgary Flames in the shootout to win 2-1 in NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. When did the Canadiens last win the Stanley Cup? (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
A report issuing new alcohol consumption guidance for Canadians includes a recommendation for warning labels advising customers about health risks. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP has already crafted motion calling for alcohol warning labels

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction released new drinking guidelines this week

A report issuing new alcohol consumption guidance for Canadians includes a recommendation for warning labels advising customers about health risks. (Stock photo)
B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Government, Paper Excellence investments putting 100 workers back to work in Crofton

Partnership between the province, feds and company the key to innovative approach

B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Premier David Eby will be at the Catalyst Crofton mill Friday morning to make an announcement. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Premier Eby at Crofton mill Friday morning for an announcement

Details to come on promoting value-added innovation

Premier David Eby will be at the Catalyst Crofton mill Friday morning to make an announcement. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Firefighters from North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department prepare to snuff out a burning car on Simpson Road on Wednesday, Jan. 18. (Duck Paterson photo)

Muscle car burns up near Nanaimo Airport

Firefighters arrive to find Chevrolet Camaro with no licence plates engulfed in flames

Firefighters from North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department prepare to snuff out a burning car on Simpson Road on Wednesday, Jan. 18. (Duck Paterson photo)
Dover Bay Secondary School. (News Bulletin file photo)

Multimillion-dollar expansion project at Nanaimo’s Dover Bay Secondary complete

Work includes four classrooms, learning hub, fitness centre and washrooms

Dover Bay Secondary School. (News Bulletin file photo)