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Casey the dog narrowly survived its encounter with a juvenile cougar. (Submitted photo)

Dogs survive cougar attack in Ladysmith, family asks for help with vet bills

B.C. Conservation Officer Service says the attack was a rare and isolated occurrence

Casey the dog narrowly survived its encounter with a juvenile cougar. (Submitted photo)
The existing barn at RASTA Sanctuary is in need of a replacement. (Cole Schisler photo)

Pamela Anderson pledges to help build barn for Vancouver Island farm animal rescue

RASTA Sanctuary in Chemainus B.C. thought a new barn was out of reach until Pamela Anderson arrived

The existing barn at RASTA Sanctuary is in need of a replacement. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for North Oyster in a Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection later this month. (Photos submitted)

North Oyster will choose from two candidates in byelection this month

Ben Maartman and Murray McNab running for regional director for North Oyster-Diamond

Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for North Oyster in a Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection later this month. (Photos submitted)
The concept drawing for Ladysmith’s waterfront area plan. (Town of Ladysmith image)

Ladysmith’s waterfront area plan progressing

A guide to understanding what’s happening on Ladysmith’s waterfront

The concept drawing for Ladysmith’s waterfront area plan. (Town of Ladysmith image)
BC Liberal candidate Duck Paterson on the campaign trail. (Submitted photo)

BC Liberal candidate Duck Paterson clarifies position on climate change

Paterson calls human activity a ‘contributing’ factor and says climate change must be addressed

BC Liberal candidate Duck Paterson on the campaign trail. (Submitted photo)
Jenna Forster moderated the Virtual All Candidates Forum between Duck Paterson (top left); Chris Istace (top right); and Doug Routley (Youtube/Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce)

Nanaimo-North Cowichan candidates state their case in virtual debate

Duck Paterson, Chris Istace, and Doug Routley are on the ballot for October 24

Jenna Forster moderated the Virtual All Candidates Forum between Duck Paterson (top left); Chris Istace (top right); and Doug Routley (Youtube/Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce)
Nanaimo-North Cowichan candidates include Chris Istace, B.C. Green Party, left; Duck Paterson, B.C. Liberals; Doug Routley, NDP. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo-North Cowichan candidates to participate in virtual candidates forum

Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and VIREB hosting event Oct. 19

Nanaimo-North Cowichan candidates include Chris Istace, B.C. Green Party, left; Duck Paterson, B.C. Liberals; Doug Routley, NDP. (Photos submitted)
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Kinsmen Parade and all other Light Up events have been cancelled (File photo)

Ladysmith Light Up cancelled, but decorations will still go up

The annual event regularly draws crowds of over 30,000 people to the streets of Ladysmith

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Kinsmen Parade and all other Light Up events have been cancelled (File photo)
Pamela Anderson has teamed up with Vancouver Island’s Very Good Food Company for the month of October (Liz Rosa photo)

Pamela Anderson teams up with Vancouver Island ‘butchers’ to support plant-based eating

Anderson calls the partnership ‘romantic activism’ that combines ‘sexy and compassionate’ businesses

Pamela Anderson has teamed up with Vancouver Island’s Very Good Food Company for the month of October (Liz Rosa photo)
Murray McNab welcomes visitors to McNab’s Corn Maze and Produce Farm. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

McNab’s Corn Maze is open for pumpkin patch season

Yellow Point business will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Halloween

Murray McNab welcomes visitors to McNab’s Corn Maze and Produce Farm. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Saanich police located a stolen sawmill and truck Sept.28 thanks to social media alerts and a witness. (Saanich Police)

Ladysmith man arrested in Saanich after towed sawmill draws attention

Police located the man thanks to social media and a keen-eyed witness

Saanich police located a stolen sawmill and truck Sept.28 thanks to social media alerts and a witness. (Saanich Police)
Paul Manly tabled a petition with 2500 signatures, calling for national standards for long-term care, in the House of Commons following the Speech from the Throne (Submitted photo)

Paul Manly reacts to Liberal throne speech

Manly says the Liberals need to back up their promises with action

Paul Manly tabled a petition with 2500 signatures, calling for national standards for long-term care, in the House of Commons following the Speech from the Throne (Submitted photo)
Ladysmith town councillor Duck Paterson secures BC Liberal nomination for Nanaimo-North Cowichan
Ladysmith town councillor Duck Paterson secures BC Liberal nomination for Nanaimo-North Cowichan
Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, is seeking reelection in the October provincial election (File photo)

Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley seeks reelection

Routley has served as MLA for the area since 2005.

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, is seeking reelection in the October provincial election (File photo)
Yellow painted bikes have popped up in spots around Cedar and Yellow Point to mark the path of the proposed trail (Cole Schisler photo)

Trail proposed to connect Cedar and Yellow Point

Regional director says project fits with active transportation goals

Yellow painted bikes have popped up in spots around Cedar and Yellow Point to mark the path of the proposed trail (Cole Schisler photo)
The Blogg family (Submitted photo)

Mother in Vancouver Island hit-and-run killed on 11th wedding anniversary

Trevor Blogg speaks on the tragic death of his wife, Katie

The Blogg family (Submitted photo)
The suspect fled the scene after a brief interaction with officers (Duck Paterson photo)

Fatal hit-and-run suspect on Vancouver Island being urged to surrender to RCMP

The suspect had a brief interaction with police before fleeing the scene

The suspect fled the scene after a brief interaction with officers (Duck Paterson photo)
Paul Manly, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and Doug Routley, Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA, recently spoke to Black Press about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo-area politicians speak about COVID-19 crisis management

Paul Manly and Doug Routley speak on their experience with the COVID-19 pandemic

Paul Manly, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and Doug Routley, Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA, recently spoke to Black Press about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects. (Black Press file)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island is operating summer camps at reduced capacity to facilitate social distancing (BGCCVI photo)

Boys and Girls Club Central Vancouver Island resumes programming

BGCCVI summer programs are operating at reduced capacity to facilitate social distancing

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island is operating summer camps at reduced capacity to facilitate social distancing (BGCCVI photo)
FMC’s property agent Toby Seward answers questions from residents at a July 15 neighbourhood information meeting (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Six-storey apartment building proposed in Ladysmith

Market rental building on Dogwood Drive would be for tenants 55 years old and up

FMC’s property agent Toby Seward answers questions from residents at a July 15 neighbourhood information meeting (Cole Schisler/Black Press)