Robert Barron

Cooling centres will be set up around the Cowichan Valley to help people deal with a bout of heat that has prompted a warning from the province. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Cooling stations to be set up in Cowichan Valley during heat wave

Heat warning given for Thursday through Saturday

Cooling centres will be set up around the Cowichan Valley to help people deal with a bout of heat that has prompted a warning from the province. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
All the rowing athletes from Canada participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were trained on Quamichan Lake. (File photo)

North Cowichan cheers on “home-town” rowing team at Tokyo Olympics

All Olympic rowers from Canada trained at Quamichan Lake

All the rowing athletes from Canada participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were trained on Quamichan Lake. (File photo)
The invasive seaweed Japanese sargassum is rapidly spreading in Maple Bay. (Sue Fryer photo)

Event aims to uproot invasive seaweed sweeping through Vancouver Island bay

Japanese Sargasso now taking over from Campbell River to Baja, California

The invasive seaweed Japanese sargassum is rapidly spreading in Maple Bay. (Sue Fryer photo)
The Tube Shack in Lake Cowichan is opening a second location this year. (File photo)

The Tube Shack opening second location in Lake Cowichan

Cowabunga Tubes will be on North Shore Road

The Tube Shack in Lake Cowichan is opening a second location this year. (File photo)
View of the Malahat Skywalk’s Welcome Centre & Gathering Place, which has ticket sales, a cafe and a gift shop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Unique Malahat SkyWalk wows opening day visitors

Tourist facility combines nature-based tourism with a cultural tourism experience

View of the Malahat Skywalk’s Welcome Centre & Gathering Place, which has ticket sales, a cafe and a gift shop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Dozens of municipal employees in the Cowichan Valley make more than $100,000 per year. (File photo)
Dozens of municipal employees in the Cowichan Valley make more than $100,000 per year. (File photo)
Alex and Genevieve Johnny have spent their lives dealing with the trauma they experienced at schools when they were young. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Island couple shares heart-wrenching stories of their residential school youth

Abuse and racism were common in the experiences of Cowichan’s Alex and Genevieve Johnny

Alex and Genevieve Johnny have spent their lives dealing with the trauma they experienced at schools when they were young. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan moves forward with its development of a new cell tower policy. (File photo)

North Cowichan developing new cell tower policy

Public consultations and meetings will likely be part of new cell tower policy

North Cowichan moves forward with its development of a new cell tower policy. (File photo)
Donna Jack holds a picture of her son Thomas Jimmy, who died of a drug overdose in May. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan mother wants answers to son’s apparent overdose death

Mom says Thomas Jimmy died after smoking cannabis, unaware it was laced with fentanyl

Donna Jack holds a picture of her son Thomas Jimmy, who died of a drug overdose in May. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Abid Atrchi, owner Applepress on the Trans Canada Highway in Duncan, wants something done about the ongoing crime in the area after having his window smashed out last weekend. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan business owner frustrated with “catch-and-release” approach to crime

Manhole cover tossed through window, the fourth time in three years his shop has been targeted

Abid Atrchi, owner Applepress on the Trans Canada Highway in Duncan, wants something done about the ongoing crime in the area after having his window smashed out last weekend. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
More than 200 people took part in the "Every Child Matters March' on June 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Hundreds march at Malahat for children who died at residential schools

More than 200 join Malahat First Nation members at event

More than 200 people took part in the "Every Child Matters March' on June 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)

CVRD reports contamination in recyclables well above acceptable levels

Increased enforcement planned starting this summer

CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)
North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)

North Cowichan rejects limiting fireworks to Halloween

Municipality decides staff recommendation would be unpopular

North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)
The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society, which has been operating a treatment centre on land leased from the Nanoose First Nation for 35 years (pictured), has begun a fundraising campaign to open a new centre near Duncan. (Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society photo)

New residential school healing centre to be built near Duncan

$5-million Indigenous treatment centre will help survivors of residential schools heal

The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society, which has been operating a treatment centre on land leased from the Nanoose First Nation for 35 years (pictured), has begun a fundraising campaign to open a new centre near Duncan. (Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society photo)
These Douglas fir logs were found poached in April on Stoney Hill in North Cowichan’s forest reserve. (Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca)

Fines in forest reserve could increase significantly after illegal logging

North Cowichan considering fines of up to $50,000

These Douglas fir logs were found poached in April on Stoney Hill in North Cowichan’s forest reserve. (Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca)
North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot (pictured) said there’s a wide spectrum of views on carbon credits. (File photo)

Carbon credits expected to be part of discussions around forest reserve

North Cowichan acknowledges wide range of views on issue

North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot (pictured) said there’s a wide spectrum of views on carbon credits. (File photo)
North Cowichan’s council voted against downzoning a 21.5-acre property at 9090 Trans Canada Highway in Chemainus that would have stopped a planned mobile-home park development there. (File photo)

Affordable housing crisis wins the day for mobile-home park project

North Cowichan council voted 4-3 against preventing project to proceed

North Cowichan’s council voted against downzoning a 21.5-acre property at 9090 Trans Canada Highway in Chemainus that would have stopped a planned mobile-home park development there. (File photo)
Rachael Scott-Screaton is the new owner of the Brass Bell Pub in Crofton. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Crofton’s Brass Bell Pub has new owner

Scott-Screaton takes over from long-time owner Mahal

Rachael Scott-Screaton is the new owner of the Brass Bell Pub in Crofton. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)
Charles (Wayne) Malmsten stands next to the parking lot on Lewis Street where his car was stolen on March 26. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

More than two months later, Duncan senior still waiting for ICBC to replace torched car

‘I have congestive heart failure and having to rely on other people for everything is doing me in’

Charles (Wayne) Malmsten stands next to the parking lot on Lewis Street where his car was stolen on March 26. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan has banned the use of anticoagulant rodenticides in all properties owned by the municipality. (File photo)

North Cowichan bans use of rat poisons in municipal properties

The rodent poison has been linked to poisoning of other species

North Cowichan has banned the use of anticoagulant rodenticides in all properties owned by the municipality. (File photo)