LSS Grade 12 student Matheus Verstoep performs as part of the school band a the Christmas assembly in late December.

LSS Grade 12 student Matheus Verstoep performs as part of the school band a the Christmas assembly in late December.

Ladysmith, Chemainus Year in Review 2016: July to December

A look at the biggest headlines from July to December.

  • Jan. 4, 2017 5:00 p.m.

JULY

Pictorial plaques were unveiled at the entrance of Transfer Beach Park depicting 5,000 years of Stz’uminus and 118 years of the Town of Ladysmith history.

The Town approved $3,500 for Rev. Julian North’s artwork to be shipped to the Ladysmith Arts Council.

Georgia Basin Ecological Assessments and Restoration Society branded purple martin chicks  at the Ladysmith Community Marina nesting box – a major part of the recovery of the population.

Coast Salish Development Corp. erected a ‘We Are Building a New Town’ billboard officially breaking ground on a 10,000 sq. ft. development.

Ladysmith Legion Branch 171 choose its new executive and board, including naming of Jeanne Seney as president.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District received $15,000 in funding to help educate residents about the health hazards of wood smoke in the atmosphere.

Passing motorists and workers at a construction site extricated a male passenger from a van that struck a traffic light standard at Oyster Sto-lo Road and Hwy 1 on July 22.

AUGUST

A woman was found in the woods near Copper Canyon after being missing for six days. Ladysmith and Cowichan search and rescues and RCMP were all involved in the search.

Over 400 beer aficionados attended Chemainus’ first ever beer festival at Waterwheel Square.

Ladysmith authorized the signing of a temporary three-year permit for an extreme weather shelter on 1st Avenue.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority issued a request for proposals to create 40 to 60 new and replacement residential care bed in Cowichan Valley.

Former Ladysmith Ambassador Madeline Tremblay was selected as one of three B.C. Ambassadors for 2016 at a gala event in Merritt.

The Municipality of North Cowichan signed a MOU with The Community Land Trust of BC with the intention of building affordable housing in Chemainus and the South End.

A memorial and life ring were unveiled at Chemainus Lake for Brayden Gayle, who drowned while out fishing on the body of water in November.

SEPTEMBER

The Town of Ladysmith shuffled its top staff, eliminating one position and changing the duties of several others. A new non-union job was created to support council and the city manager.

Former pro wrestler Marc Mero captivated students at Ladysmith Secondary School on the importance of making right choices and staying connected to family and friends.

Mid-Isle Soccer Club added a Division 3 men’s team to meet growing membership, which was close to reaching 400 players – including those young and old.

A suspect allegedly robbed the Shell gas station on Hwy. 1 at knife point on Sept. 18.  An arrest was later made and connected to a series of other incidents on the mid-Island.

An unveiling ceremony of Stz’uminus artist John Marston design for one of BC Ferries’ three new vessels was held at the Ladysmith marina.

The second annual Ladysmith Loggers Sports Exhibition was held on at Transfer Beach as professional chainsaw carvers demonstrated their skills.

Ladysmith RCMP were to receive opioid kits in the near future to help prevent overdoses. At that time there had been two fentanyl-related deaths in town.

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District placed a two-year moratorium on trips outside North American after students were caught in France during the Bastille Day attacks.

OCTOBER

A fire on the top floor of the Islander Hotel in was deemed suspicious by Ladysmith Fire Rescue and the RCMP. A ladder, two engines and 22 firefighters spent 90 minutes extinguishing the blaze.

Ricky’s Restaurant in Coronation Mall unexpectedly closed its doors in late September but was not reported in the Chronicle until Oct. 5 due to press deadlines.

The Chronicle launched a new weekly feature called Business Notes and profile B&H Tire, which was celebrating a 60th anniversary.

Ladysmith Little Theatre launched its new season with the drama Art of Murder, a story of an eccentric painter who seeks revenge on his former art dealer.

The Viki Lyne II was towed from Ladysmith Harbour to Nanaimo where it was dismantled by Canadian Maritime Engineering.

The Chronicle featured Ladysmith 12-year-old Kayla Henry who is now a full-time student at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Ladysmith secured a $8.8 million grant from the federal and provincial governments for a new water filtration system.

Joel Scott of Chemainus received a $3,000 Cedric Literary Award in Victoria.

NOVEMBER

A family told their story to the Chronicle about how they’ve been struggling to protect their children after two windows were broken in recent months.

Joseph and Carey Amato were selling commemorative art prints with the proceeds from local sales benefiting the Ladysmith Legion.

Two Ladysmith women helped the VIU Mariners’ soccer team capture a provincial championship. The team fought hard but had a disappointing result at nationals in Montreal.

The Municipality of North Cowichan voted unanimously to supp_ort a hotel tax to increase marketing resources.

A trailer was destroyed in a fire at Mountainaire Campground & RV Park. No one was injured in the blaze-.

The Town of Ladysmith and Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District formed a non-binding partnership which includes a working committee.

Nanaimo RCMP charged a 40-year-old man in a crash that killed a Ladysmith woman last November.

The Town of Ladysmith opened the fenced off-leash Davis Road Dog Park on Parkhill Terrace.

DECEMBER

The Town of Ladysmith proceeded with an amendment to the zoning bylaw that will prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in town.

Ladysmith Secondary School students formed a Rotary Club affiliate called the Ladysmith Interact Club, joining 18,000 other clubs in 105 countries.

Local RCMP conducted simultaneous search warrants at residences in Nanaimo and Ladysmith where they allegedly found a large quantity of drugs, weapons and stolen vehicles.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District held a public meeting in Saltair where residents voiced that they weren’t in favour of a public transit stop in the community.

Schools in Chemainus entered the CBC Music Class Challenge.

Girls Peewee hockey returned to the south Island this season thanks for Ladysmith coach Kris Kennedy.  The regional team includes girls locally and as far away as Sooke.

Ladysmith city council approved borrowing up to $6-million over 25 years for the municipalities’ new water filtration plant.

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary reached its goal of committing $500,000 to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

North Cowichan slapped two dispensaries in Chemainus with $200 fines for not having business licenses.