Robert Barron

Picture of two swans leaving the Cowichan estuary moments before one was shot out of the sky. (Submitted photo)

Petition to stop hunting in Cowichan estuary after swan shot

Hunting allowed in area, some seeking to change that after ‘act of sickening, malicious destruction’

Picture of two swans leaving the Cowichan estuary moments before one was shot out of the sky. (Submitted photo)
Those looking for shelter at Warmland House may soon find that option limited as Warmland cuts capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

Warmland House in Duncan cutting back on shelter beds due to COVID

Decision a safety precaution during pandemic

Those looking for shelter at Warmland House may soon find that option limited as Warmland cuts capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Search and rescue crews from all over Vancouver Island responded to calls to assist with the search for a 19 year-old man with medical issues who got lost on trails in the south end of Duncan on Nov. 21. The man was found Sunday morning and taken to hospital for assessment. (Submitted photo)

Duncan man rescued after getting lost on local trails

19-year-old taken to hospital for assessment

Search and rescue crews from all over Vancouver Island responded to calls to assist with the search for a 19 year-old man with medical issues who got lost on trails in the south end of Duncan on Nov. 21. The man was found Sunday morning and taken to hospital for assessment. (Submitted photo)
The first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit when it was under construction. The Municipality of North Cowichan denied the VIMC a development permit for phase two of the project. That decision was quashed by the courts. (File photo)

North Cowichan to appeal court’s decision to quash Motorsport expansion denial

Municipality has until Dec. 6 to file appeal to recent court ruling

The first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit when it was under construction. The Municipality of North Cowichan denied the VIMC a development permit for phase two of the project. That decision was quashed by the courts. (File photo)
Part of the $24.2 million in federal funding to help the Cowichan watershed will be used to help pay for the new weir on Cowichan Lake. (File photo)

Feds pledge funding for weir at Cowichan Lake, watershed

Minister Catherine McKenna announced $24.2 million in funding last week

Part of the $24.2 million in federal funding to help the Cowichan watershed will be used to help pay for the new weir on Cowichan Lake. (File photo)
The owners of the VIMC said they don’t feel victorious after their court win over North Cowichan. (File photo)

Motorsport owners don’t feel they won a victory over North Cowichan

Lawyer says GAIN Group always wanted productive relationship with municipality

The owners of the VIMC said they don’t feel victorious after their court win over North Cowichan. (File photo)
Cowichan District Hospital. (Citizen file)

RCMP asking for other victims sexually assaulted on Cowichan hospital grounds to come forward

Police say multiple incidents occurred over a two week period in the first half of November

Cowichan District Hospital. (Citizen file)
Reports of multiple alleged sexual assaults on the grounds at Cowichan District Hospital are under investigation. (File photo)

Warning issued, security beefed up due to sex assault concerns around Cowichan District Hospital

Staff and the public told to wait in their cars for a security escort rather than walking alone

Reports of multiple alleged sexual assaults on the grounds at Cowichan District Hospital are under investigation. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes speaks out against freighter anchorages along the local coastline. 
(File photo)

Cowichan Tribes against anchorage of freighter vessels in local waters

MP Alistair MacGregor introduced bill on issue last month

Cowichan Tribes speaks out against freighter anchorages along the local coastline. 
(File photo)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/DUNCAN RCMP detachment, said calls for service have been down during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP report calls for service down due to pandemic

But sex offences, arsons and drug offences are up

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/DUNCAN RCMP detachment, said calls for service have been down during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
The Town of Lake Cowichan is asking its residents if they are in favour of allowing backyard chickens in residential areas. (File photo)

Lake Cowichan considers allowing backyard chickens

Residents being asked to take part in poll on issue

The Town of Lake Cowichan is asking its residents if they are in favour of allowing backyard chickens in residential areas. (File photo)
The province says the dock at the retirement community Arbutus Ridge (pictured) that was completed in 2018 didn’t have authorization to be constructed. The dock has since been removed. (File photo)

Province says new dock at Arbutus Ridge in Cowichan was never authorized

Retirement community has already removed the $1.5-million dock

The province says the dock at the retirement community Arbutus Ridge (pictured) that was completed in 2018 didn’t have authorization to be constructed. The dock has since been removed. (File photo)
A competition between father-daughter winemakers, Mark and Robin Holford, at Rocky Creek Winery during the summer saw Mark win by just a few votes. (Katherine Holford Photography)

Contest at Cowichan winery draws lots of interest

Thousands vote in father-daughter competition at Rock Creek Winery

A competition between father-daughter winemakers, Mark and Robin Holford, at Rocky Creek Winery during the summer saw Mark win by just a few votes. (Katherine Holford Photography)
Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)

Court quashes North Cowichan’s decision to deny expansion at VIMC

Municipality ordered to reassess rezoning application

Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)
The City of Duncan is hoping for a grant to help pay for a solar-energy project, similar to the one pictured that GreenCoast installed on the roof of the Hilltop Building in Duncan last year, that is planned for the roof of the Duncan fire hall. (File photo)

City of Duncan wants to put solar panels on fire hall

Application made for grant to help fund project

The City of Duncan is hoping for a grant to help pay for a solar-energy project, similar to the one pictured that GreenCoast installed on the roof of the Hilltop Building in Duncan last year, that is planned for the roof of the Duncan fire hall. (File photo)
The federal government has announced $24.2 million to help mitigate flooding in the Cowichan watershed after major flooding (pictured) last February caused severe damage to housing and property. (File photo)

Feds pump $24.2 million into flood mitigation efforts in Cowichan watershed

Infrastructure minister makes announcement on Wednesday

The federal government has announced $24.2 million to help mitigate flooding in the Cowichan watershed after major flooding (pictured) last February caused severe damage to housing and property. (File photo)
Pilot Kevin Maher participated in a flyover of a ceremony at the Cobble Hill cenotaph on Oct. 22 in a 1940 North American (Noorduyn) Harvard aircraft. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Islanders remember lost military members with Cobble Hill ceremony, flyover

Annual event commemorates those who died in non-combat roles

Pilot Kevin Maher participated in a flyover of a ceremony at the Cobble Hill cenotaph on Oct. 22 in a 1940 North American (Noorduyn) Harvard aircraft. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Sites are being considered for a new pipe that will see treated effluent from the Joint Utilities Board’s sewage treatment plant near Duncan diverted away from the Cowichan River and Cowichan estuary (pictured) to an outflow site in Satellite Channel. (File photo)

Possible routes identified for new Cowichan sewage pipe

Public input will be sought in decision

Sites are being considered for a new pipe that will see treated effluent from the Joint Utilities Board’s sewage treatment plant near Duncan diverted away from the Cowichan River and Cowichan estuary (pictured) to an outflow site in Satellite Channel. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)

North Cowichan council members face financial ding for bad behaviour

Penalties under new code of conduct mean partial loss of salary for mayor and councillors

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
Painters Jim Tulip, Doug Mackenzie and Gary Henslowe were painting the exterior of the Duncan Butcher Shop and Apple Press printing shop, located between the Trans Canada Highway and Whistler Street, on Oct. 8 as part of neighbourhood painting project. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan’s Whistler Street sees a fresh lick of paint in opioid battle

Group wants to help clean up community, one street at a time

Painters Jim Tulip, Doug Mackenzie and Gary Henslowe were painting the exterior of the Duncan Butcher Shop and Apple Press printing shop, located between the Trans Canada Highway and Whistler Street, on Oct. 8 as part of neighbourhood painting project. (Robert Barron/Citizen)