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Pamela Anderson is putting herself out there to promote the RASTA Sanctuary in Chemainus and the vegan lifestyle. (Photo submitted)

Pamela Anderson promotes Island animal sanctuary with billboard campaign

Island celebrity pushing animal compassion, vegan lifestyle, on behalf of RASTA Sanctuary

Pamela Anderson is putting herself out there to promote the RASTA Sanctuary in Chemainus and the vegan lifestyle. (Photo submitted)
People with bird feeders are urged to watch for sick birds after reports of migrating Pine Siskens spreading salmonella by flocking at feeders in parts of the province. (Courtesy of Wildlife Association of BC)

Vancouver Islanders with feeders cautioned about salmonella outbreak

Pine Siskin birds flocking at feeders, spreading disease, residents warned to watch for sick birds

People with bird feeders are urged to watch for sick birds after reports of migrating Pine Siskens spreading salmonella by flocking at feeders in parts of the province. (Courtesy of Wildlife Association of BC)
Bonna Gulak and her dog Hobbes enjoying Rutti Park on a sunny January day. (Cole Schisler photo)

Town dedicates Russell Road park as Rutti Park

The name honours the Rutti family who originally owned and farmed the property

Bonna Gulak and her dog Hobbes enjoying Rutti Park on a sunny January day. (Cole Schisler photo)
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Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Daisy Elliott has gone public with her COVID-19 diagnosis in the hope of instilling a sense of the seriousness about the illness in people. (Facebook)

COVID-19: ‘I want to tell you I took all of the precautions, I’m scared’

Vancouver Island woman goes public with COVID-19 diagnosis to keep others safe

Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Daisy Elliott has gone public with her COVID-19 diagnosis in the hope of instilling a sense of the seriousness about the illness in people. (Facebook)
Alex Meyer during chemotherapy. (Photo submitted)

Firefighter’s fitness, positive attitude prominent in cancer battle

Meyer keeping the faith heading into stem cell transplant next month

Alex Meyer during chemotherapy. (Photo submitted)
Island Health had a record number of new cases reported Jan. 6 (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health had a record number of new cases reported Jan. 6 (Black Press Media file photo)
Construction work has begun on the Holland Creek Crossing. (Cole Schisler photo)

Holland Creek Crossing construction commences amid protest

Construction on the long planned crossing will occur from January to April 2021

Construction work has begun on the Holland Creek Crossing. (Cole Schisler photo)
A case of COVID-19 has been detected at Chemainus Secondary School. (Don Bodger/Black Press)

COVID-19 detected at Chemainus Secondary School

Staff and students who need to isolate or self-monitor will be notified

A case of COVID-19 has been detected at Chemainus Secondary School. (Don Bodger/Black Press)
2021 property assessments have been sent out to homeowners across the province. (File photo)

Assessed home values in Ladysmith rise by seven percent

High demand and low inventory leads to Vancouver Island wide assessment increase

2021 property assessments have been sent out to homeowners across the province. (File photo)
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)
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)