Robert Barron

Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Picket line stops work at new Duncan hospital in dispute over union requirements

Cowichan Tribes-owned company concerned over union issues

Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan will invest $204,000 in energy efficiencies at the new Crofton fire hall when it is built. (File photo)
North Cowichan will invest $204,000 in energy efficiencies at the new Crofton fire hall when it is built. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas said a proposal for a co-housing project in Chemainus is an “interesting concept” at the council meeting on Nov. 16, but said a decision on whether the municipality will consider it will have to wait until the new council has had further discussions. (File photo)

Co-housing project proposed for Chemainus

Project would be at the old Chemainus Elementary School property on Elliott Street

North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas said a proposal for a co-housing project in Chemainus is an “interesting concept” at the council meeting on Nov. 16, but said a decision on whether the municipality will consider it will have to wait until the new council has had further discussions. (File photo)
The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)

Living Wage in Cowichan increases by 21% in 2022

Other B.C. communities also see significant increases

The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)
War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Vancouver Island veteran receives France’s highest honour

Fernand Labrie presented with The Legion of Honour for services during the war

War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Green Party leader wants mask mandate in public places reinstated

Call comes as B.C.’s pediatric beds fill up

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)
Where Do We Stand group releases new video on North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Photo submitted)
Where Do We Stand group releases new video on North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Photo submitted)
Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Parts of a Hallmark Christmas series being filmed in downtown Duncan

‘Holidazed’ will be released next year

Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)

Ladysmith mayor new chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District

Stone says directors need to work together

The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)
A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)

Truck strikes railway bridge, closing section of East Shawnigan Lake Road

Traffic detoured through West Shawnigan Lake Road.

A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)
A home is being sought for this large 360-kilogram Yorkshire pig that was stabbed multiple times near Victoria a week and a half ago. (Photo courtesy of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary)

Duncan sanctuary looking for home for pig stabbed multiple times

Duncan’s A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary is taking animal in for now

A home is being sought for this large 360-kilogram Yorkshire pig that was stabbed multiple times near Victoria a week and a half ago. (Photo courtesy of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary)
Land owners Janice and Ken Hiles have been trying since 2018 to donate Little Beach on the Cowichan River to the CVRD as parkland, but bureaucratic red tape has delayed the land transfer for years. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Bureaucratic quagmire stalling gift of Vancouver Island riverfront property

Red tape ties up Little Beach land donation on the Cowichan River for almost 5 years

Land owners Janice and Ken Hiles have been trying since 2018 to donate Little Beach on the Cowichan River to the CVRD as parkland, but bureaucratic red tape has delayed the land transfer for years. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
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Barron: Remembering when gun-toting elementary schoolkids said ‘enough’ to the rats

A half-century ago, school pest-control methods were a little bit different

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More people voted in North Cowichan in the municipal elections on Oct. 15 than in the previous six elections. (Image courtesy ElectionsBC)

North Cowichan saw more ballots cast than in the 6 previous municipal elections

But with growing population, percentage of voters was about the same for most

More people voted in North Cowichan in the municipal elections on Oct. 15 than in the previous six elections. (Image courtesy ElectionsBC)
Julie Scurr, Chamber president. (Citizen file photo)

Ongoing labour shortage expected to continue, says Vancouver Island business leader

Cowichan chamber of Commerce president Julie Scurr said situation a result of a perfect storm

Julie Scurr, Chamber president. (Citizen file photo)
The power is out for approximately 1,300 BC Hydro customers in the Shawnigan Lake/Malahat area as of Thursday morning. (Screen shot)

Power out for more than 10,000 homes and businesses in Cowichan Valley

Trees falling on power lines believed to be the cause

The power is out for approximately 1,300 BC Hydro customers in the Shawnigan Lake/Malahat area as of Thursday morning. (Screen shot)
B.C.’s Electoral Boundaries Commission is recommending significant changes to the boundaries of the Cowichan Valley riding, including shifting Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay and Cobble Hill to another electoral district. Shown if the riding's current boundaries. (Electoral Boundaries Commission map)

Juan de Fuca joins Shawnigan, Chemainus joins Duncan in proposed electoral boundary shift

Recommendations a response to growing population on Vancouver Island

B.C.’s Electoral Boundaries Commission is recommending significant changes to the boundaries of the Cowichan Valley riding, including shifting Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay and Cobble Hill to another electoral district. Shown if the riding's current boundaries. (Electoral Boundaries Commission map)
The union representing Seaspan's tugboat workers has commenced strike action, prohibiting members from accepting work on all 30 of the company's tugs operating in B.C. (Seaspan photo)

Vancouver Island’s only farm feed mill relieved tugboat strike settled

Duncan’s Top Shelf Feeds relied on Seaspan barge to provide food security to Vancouver Island farmers

The union representing Seaspan's tugboat workers has commenced strike action, prohibiting members from accepting work on all 30 of the company's tugs operating in B.C. (Seaspan photo)
Trees blown unto power lines during windstorms are causing ongoing problems for a number of businesses in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)

No easy answers for businesses hit by windstorms in Chemainus

Damage to inventory extensive for many during power outages

Trees blown unto power lines during windstorms are causing ongoing problems for a number of businesses in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)
Round 2 of the public consultation process to determine the future of North Cowichan’s 5,000-hectare municipal forest reserve is expected to begin in November. (Citizen file photo)

4 options for future of North Cowichan forest reserve

North Cowichan will now begin Round 2 of public consultations

Round 2 of the public consultation process to determine the future of North Cowichan’s 5,000-hectare municipal forest reserve is expected to begin in November. (Citizen file photo)