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Carter White (14) and Vinny White (8) braved the icy waters of Transfer Beach. (Tanya White photo)

Ladysmith polar bear swimmers took icy dips in their own bubbles

The 2021 Ladysmith Polar Bear Dip was a non-event, but people still took part in the tradition

Carter White (14) and Vinny White (8) braved the icy waters of Transfer Beach. (Tanya White photo)
On Jan. 4, 2021, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the east coast of Vancouver Island, with high winds expected to pick up the morning of Jan. 5. (Black Press file photo)
On Jan. 4, 2021, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the east coast of Vancouver Island, with high winds expected to pick up the morning of Jan. 5. (Black Press file photo)
RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (FILE - Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)

Update: Family of 4 killed in Alberta helicopter crash

RCMP responded to emergency signal in rural county, found crashed helicopter, no survivors

RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (FILE - Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)
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Chris and Taylor Doughty welcomed their son into the world at 1:54 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Chris and Taylor Doughty welcomed their son into the world at 1:54 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Kelly Frenchy, Muriel Jack, and Katherine Aleck were excited about their vacations. (Cole Schisler photo)

Looking back at the biggest news stories of 2020

Before we say good riddance to 2020, let’s take a look back on some of the year’s biggest stories

Kelly Frenchy, Muriel Jack, and Katherine Aleck were excited about their vacations. (Cole Schisler photo)
The cedar weave was mounted to the western wall of the Ladysmith Secondary School foyer on Dec. 23, 2020. (Cole Schisler photo)

LSS nutsamuut syaays project enters new phase with completion of foyer

Plans are underway to build an outdoor classroom space for traditional Coast Salish teaching at LSS

The cedar weave was mounted to the western wall of the Ladysmith Secondary School foyer on Dec. 23, 2020. (Cole Schisler photo)
Among many other things, the Ladysmith & District Credit Union makes the Light Up Fireworks Spectacular possible every year. (File photo)

Ladysmith District Credit Union is ‘woven into the fabric’ of the community

Over the last 15 years, LDCU has donated more than $1 million to support Ladysmith

Among many other things, the Ladysmith & District Credit Union makes the Light Up Fireworks Spectacular possible every year. (File photo)
Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donated this Christmas to the Al Ibrahim family of Sidney, who arrived in Sidney from Syria (by way of Turkey) in September 2018. The club donated the tree following a wish from 16-year-old Reem (left), here seen with grandmother Fatem, sister Mira (6), father Khalid and mother Shemse, as well her brothers Muhammed (15, far right) and Hassan (12) and Abduramah (10). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Syrian family embraces surprise Christmas tree as symbol of their new home

Rotary club donates decorated tree to Al Ibrahim family

Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donated this Christmas to the Al Ibrahim family of Sidney, who arrived in Sidney from Syria (by way of Turkey) in September 2018. The club donated the tree following a wish from 16-year-old Reem (left), here seen with grandmother Fatem, sister Mira (6), father Khalid and mother Shemse, as well her brothers Muhammed (15, far right) and Hassan (12) and Abduramah (10). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Trumpeter swans, Adshead Road behind the Nanaimo Airport, 17 Dec. (Submitted photo)

Good turnout for Christmas bird count

Preliminary data totaled 84 species on the count day, and a rare yellow-billed loon was counted

  • Dec 24, 2020
Trumpeter swans, Adshead Road behind the Nanaimo Airport, 17 Dec. (Submitted photo)
Police received a tip from a Chemainus resident that led them to recover a stolen vehicle and the eventual arrest of a suspect. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Man arrested after stolen vehicle recovered in Chemainus

Suspect not located initially but later turns himself in without incident

Police received a tip from a Chemainus resident that led them to recover a stolen vehicle and the eventual arrest of a suspect. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Vehicles pass through the Roberts Street intersection on a sunny winter day. (Cole Schisler photo)

‘Don’t push your speed’: Ladysmith highway drivers encouraged to slow down

91 collisions have been reported along the Trans-Canada Highway through Ladysmith since 2018

Vehicles pass through the Roberts Street intersection on a sunny winter day. (Cole Schisler photo)
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for Heath Handy, who is accused of assaulting a women this past spring. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo man wanted following an alleged hours-long physical assault

Nanaimo RCMP issue press release asking for information on the whereabouts of Heath Handy

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for Heath Handy, who is accused of assaulting a women this past spring. (Photo submitted)
Dr. Bonnie Henry and long-term care workers were the first Islanders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Dr. Bonnie Henry and long-term care workers were the first Islanders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Thousands in the Cowichan Valley and the south Island were still without power as of Tuesday morning after an unexpected snowstorm hit the area on Monday, with heavy snow cracking off tree branches and taking down power lines. Pictured is a vehicle in Duncan after being struck by falling branches. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Thousands in the Cowichan Valley and the south Island were still without power as of Tuesday morning after an unexpected snowstorm hit the area on Monday, with heavy snow cracking off tree branches and taking down power lines. Pictured is a vehicle in Duncan after being struck by falling branches. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Students pictured left to right: Ella Wyndlow, Ally Segreto, Bianca Steele, Michaela Segreto Bottom row: Ava Smith, Skyla Thomas. (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith Secondary School brings Christmas Cheer to families in need

LSS raised over $2,200 for the Ladysmith Resource Center Christmas Cheer Fund

  • Dec 22, 2020
Students pictured left to right: Ella Wyndlow, Ally Segreto, Bianca Steele, Michaela Segreto Bottom row: Ava Smith, Skyla Thomas. (Submitted photo)
Rose Harry had a hard time making her way along Duncan's downtown streets Monday morning as the region faces a snow and wind warning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Surprise south Island dump of wet snow expected to ease off this afternoon

Up to 15 cm of snow expected, and wind gusts of up to 90 km/h, clear weather tomorrow

Rose Harry had a hard time making her way along Duncan's downtown streets Monday morning as the region faces a snow and wind warning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Ladysmith Arts Council and the Ladysmith Ambassadors Program both requested to put their Grant in Aid funds toward events in 2021. The Ladysmith Ambassadors are pictured here at the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas photo)

Council votes to allow unused 2020 Grant in Aid funds to be carried over to 2021

COVID-19 caused the cancellation of some events that received GIA funding

The Ladysmith Arts Council and the Ladysmith Ambassadors Program both requested to put their Grant in Aid funds toward events in 2021. The Ladysmith Ambassadors are pictured here at the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas photo)
Rain is forecast through to the end of the weekend, followed by sun early next week. No snow is expected before Christmas Day. (File photo)
Rain is forecast through to the end of the weekend, followed by sun early next week. No snow is expected before Christmas Day. (File photo)
Darrel August, left, teacher Matt Kuzminski and Tobias Gillman, with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ learning alternatives program, distributed care packages to people experiencing homelessness on Dec. 11. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo students who have experienced homelessness give to people living rough

Learning alternatives students distribute care packages

Darrel August, left, teacher Matt Kuzminski and Tobias Gillman, with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ learning alternatives program, distributed care packages to people experiencing homelessness on Dec. 11. (Submitted photo)
The parking lot in Campbell River where the physical altercation took place between a Campbell River couple and two First Nation's women. (Google street view )

Campbell River RCMP investigating alleged racist altercation in parking lot

The incident involved an Indigenous woman from Kyuquot, her teenage daughter and another couple

The parking lot in Campbell River where the physical altercation took place between a Campbell River couple and two First Nation's women. (Google street view )