The top 10 most-read news stories on www.ladysmithchronicle.com during 2022:
Ladysmith star Pamela Anderson got divorced from Vancouver Island builder Dan Hayhurst.
A representative for the B.C.-born star confirmed the split in a statement to Black Press Media. Neither Anderson nor Hayhurst wished to comment on the matter.
The couple were wed at Anderson’s Ladysmith property in 2020. The two met while Hayhurst did contract work on restorations for Anderson’s home. After their marriage, the two teamed up to build a new barn for Chemainus’s RASTA Sanctuary for rescued farm animals.
Hayhurst was Anderson’s fifth husband.
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit and the B.C. Coroners Service investigated the sudden death of a man in a remote area of Ladysmith.
Simon Tozer was shot and killed while riding a dirt bike in Cassidy’s Timberlands Road area on Family Day, according to his sister, Sarah Bonar. She wrote a guest column for Black Press Media about the tragedy, with a hope of helping prevent a similar situation in the future.
“No words can describe the horror, shock and pain of this event – it is life changing,” she wrote. “He was an exceptional man with so much more to look forward to in life. No words can express the rage we feel that someone took his life so needlessly.”
A family suffered a nightmare after a three-year-old girl was seriously injured at a Ladysmith park.
Sophia Taylor suffered a fractured skull and other injuries after falling 20 feet onto concrete at Transfer Beach Park on Feb. 12.
The family started a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses and an uncertain future for her daughter and the response was overwhelming.
The Taylors were grateful not only for the financial support but the many messages of love, hope and prayers they’ve received from near and far. They also had high praise for the work of paramedics, firefighters, passersby, and air ambulance crew that transported Sophia to Vancouver and so many others after the incident.
“It’s been incredible, definitely heart-warming to have that kind of connection from the community,” said David.
A girl from Ladysmith was considered missing after her father was arrested for failing to disclose her whereabouts.
According to a press release from Ladysmith RCMP, a 13-year-old girl was reported missing March 17. Police had received a request from the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development the day before to conduct a wellness check regarding the girl, stated the press release.
Police say the ministry possessed a court order directing the girl’s father to disclose her whereabouts, but he would not and so he was arrested and taken into custody.
RCMP reported about two weeks later that the girl had been located and was safe.
Ladysmith RCMP responded to a call regarding a man who was fatally injured while riding a dirt bike with a small group of people off Timberland Forest Service Road on Feb. 21.
“Unfortunately, the male was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Corporal Alex Bérubé, media relations officer for the BC RCMP. “Investigators are conducting [an] examination of the area and interviewing potential witnesses in order to determine the leading causes of this tragic incident.”
Witnesses reported firearms may have been discharged in the area at the time of the incident, according to RCMP.
6. Resident Alien returns to film in Ladysmith, Feb. 21
Resident Alien film crews returned to downtown Ladysmith to film Feb. 24 to March 3 at various locations along First Ave, Roberts Street, High Street and Gatacre Street.
Production required the use of parking stalls along several blocks.
“We will make every effort to best accommodate any short-term parking needs and production personnel will be ready to help answer any questions or assist pedestrians while filming is taking place,” noted Jina Johnson, location manager, in a news release.
A scuba diving accident in the waters off Ladysmith resulted in a fatality.
Ladysmith Fire Rescue, B.C. Ambulance services and RCMP were on scene Feb. 4 at Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf.
A boat met emergency crews at the boat launch, where an ambulance and air ambulance were waiting.
“It was about a 45 minute run from where they were and unfortunately by the time they got here the patient was deceased,” said Ladysmith Fire Chief Chris Geiger.
8. ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest rolls through Ladysmith, Jan. 29
A convoy of protesters passed through Ladysmith en route to Victoria to rally against COVID-19 mandates on Jan. 29.
Protest sign included “18-wheels to flatten the curve,” “mandate freedom” and “take back your freedom.”
Vehicles waited at the North Davis and Chemainus Roads to join as the procession passed through town. It was met with a crowd of supporters waving Canadian flags, cheering and honking.
Motorists driving the highway just north of Ladysmith could be excused if they felt they had made a wrong turn into Banff.
An unexpected herd of about 30 Roosevelt elk slowed traffic after appearing at the junction of the Island Highway and Cedar Road, just south of the Nanaimo Airport, in a field Misty Valley Farms uses for growing feed corn for its 125 beef cattle.
On Jan. 2, RCMP issued numerous tickets for traffic infractions as drivers ignored speed and attention regulations.
The Town of Ladysmith put a new snow and ice removal policy in place in time for winter.
“Recent court decisions have alerted many municipalities of the need to have a comprehensive snow and ice removal policy,” noted a staff report. “It’s important to identify priorities, resources, and expectations for staff and the public in order to avoid injuries, collisions, and other harm.”