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Environment Canada issues a fog advisory for much of Vancouver Island Jan. 28. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dense fog advisory comes with black ice risk for much of Vancouver Island

Fog should lift by noon for most regions, Environment Canada says

Travis Dezall, owner of Reel Life Charters in Sooke, shows off a pair of recent catches. Dezall said it is not surprising Vancouver Island was recently named a top fishing destination by fishingbooker.com. (Photo Courtesy of Travis Dezall)

Vancouver Island named to top fishing destinations list

Fishbooker.com named the region one of Canada’s best, with special a call-out to the Sooke region

Make no bones about it, anatomy is one of Andrew Krause’s specialties so he gets up close and personal with a skeleton. (Photo submitted)

VIU instructor loads up on education in going full circle

Chemainus Secondary 2005 grad Andrew Krause putting his anatomy expertise to work

Make no bones about it, anatomy is one of Andrew Krause’s specialties so he gets up close and personal with a skeleton. (Photo submitted)
A forklift driver loads a truck in the yard of the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Curtailment possible at Chemainus sawmill next week

Western Forest Products cites log supply issues as the reason

A forklift driver loads a truck in the yard of the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (File photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)

Mother of missing Cowichan girl asks father for her safe return

Seven-year-old Violet Bennett and father missing since Jan. 20

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
FortisBC vehicles are on the scene whenever a natural gas leak occurs. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Morning leak to natural gas line in Chemainus repaired

Three customers affected at Cedar Ridge Village

FortisBC vehicles are on the scene whenever a natural gas leak occurs. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Environment Canada is warning of dense fog throughout Vancouver Island Jan. 25. (Black Press Media file photo)

Poor visibility expected across Vancouver Island as fog advisory extended

Areas of dense fog will lift by Tuesday afternoon, Environment Canada says

Environment Canada is warning of dense fog throughout Vancouver Island Jan. 25. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
North Cowichan decides not to make three trial dog off-leash areas permanent. (File photo)
North Cowichan decides not to make three trial dog off-leash areas permanent. (File photo)
North Cowichan.

Bylaws and climate action plan update adopted

Fuller Lake Arena dehumidifier replacement project proceeding

  • Jan 23, 2022
North Cowichan.
Municipality of North Cowichan.

Council adopts updated Climate Action and Energy Plan

North Cowichan aiming for significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2050

  • Jan 22, 2022
Municipality of North Cowichan.
The CVRD is considering setting up a speculation tax after the region saw housing prices go through the roof, particularly in the Lake Cowichan area, in the latest BC Assessment report. Pictured are homes in Honeymoon Bay. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley Regional District looks at speculation tax

Property prices have increased dramatically, especially in Lake Cowichan area

The CVRD is considering setting up a speculation tax after the region saw housing prices go through the roof, particularly in the Lake Cowichan area, in the latest BC Assessment report. Pictured are homes in Honeymoon Bay. (Citizen file)
Sale of a prime piece of property where the Crofton Elementary School used to be located has closed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Old Crofton school site sells for $1.81 million

Multiple bids lead to final deal closure of $560,000 above the asking price

Sale of a prime piece of property where the Crofton Elementary School used to be located has closed. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)

UPDATE: Spill of 30 crushed cars cleaned up on Highway 1 near Kamloops

Crews were on scene since 4:30 a.m. until almost 4 p.m. cleaning up

A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)
Seaspan Ferries Corporation issued notice Thursday that its service would be reduced starting Friday (Jan. 21) as a result of strike notice being given by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild. (Seaspan Ferries)

Seaspan Ferries announces strike, service disruptions affecting Vancouver Island

Vital commercial cargo ferry service will see reduced service starting Jan. 21

Seaspan Ferries Corporation issued notice Thursday that its service would be reduced starting Friday (Jan. 21) as a result of strike notice being given by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild. (Seaspan Ferries)
Diana Caparulo on the treadmill in her home. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The prescription for Valley woman’s healthy lifestyle combines diet and exercise

Diana Caparulo’s age is just a number at 70 with a focused routine

Diana Caparulo on the treadmill in her home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Host Jonny Harris strolling through downtown Chemainus with Brittany Pickard during filming for Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Still Standing showcases Chemainus Jan. 26

Tune in to CBC at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time next Wednesday

Host Jonny Harris strolling through downtown Chemainus with Brittany Pickard during filming for Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
Penelakut’s Steve Sxwithul’txw, right, with Chief Keith Blake. (Photo courtesy of OCM 3 Productions).

Tribal Police Files a force to be reckoned with for local filmmaker

Three seasons of reality TV series captures the stories of officers in First Nations communities

Penelakut’s Steve Sxwithul’txw, right, with Chief Keith Blake. (Photo courtesy of OCM 3 Productions).
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says he wants to hold a review on council members’ pay this year, even if its means a cut in his salary. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says he wants to hold a review on council members’ pay this year, even if its means a cut in his salary. (File photo)