Robert Barron

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)

VIDEO: 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)
Alex and Genevieve Johnny have spent their lives dealing with the trauma they experienced at schools when they were young. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Alex and Genevieve Johnny have spent their lives dealing with the trauma they experienced at schools when they were young. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Eddie Marchant, 17, of Lake Cowichan, does a backflip into the Cowichan River. In the words of photographer Kathryn Swan, “I flipped myself when I noticed him balanced on the top rail of the dock, his back to the river, and then flipping backwards up and out and into the river with barely a splash.” (Kathryn Swan photo)

Heat wave saw temperatures in Cowichan soar to new heights

Heat expected to drop to normal summer temperatures by mid week

Eddie Marchant, 17, of Lake Cowichan, does a backflip into the Cowichan River. In the words of photographer Kathryn Swan, “I flipped myself when I noticed him balanced on the top rail of the dock, his back to the river, and then flipping backwards up and out and into the river with barely a splash.” (Kathryn Swan 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)
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)
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)
A badly damaged SUV is towed away after being rear ended in an accident on Frayne Road on May 27. (Photo by Kristi Davis)

Mill Bay woman says it’s a miracle no one injured in crash

Pick-up truck rear-ends SUV on May 27

A badly damaged SUV is towed away after being rear ended in an accident on Frayne Road on May 27. (Photo by Kristi Davis)
The City of Duncan will repaint two crosswalks on Canada Avenue to look like railway lines, like this one in Squamish, in recognition of the history of the railway in the city. (Submitted photo)

City of Duncan to repaint two crosswalks to resemble train tracks

Project meant to highlight history of railway in community

The City of Duncan will repaint two crosswalks on Canada Avenue to look like railway lines, like this one in Squamish, in recognition of the history of the railway in the city. (Submitted photo)
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)
Catherine Sas, from Lake Cowichan, faces being homeless for the first time in her life. (Submitted photo)
Catherine Sas, from Lake Cowichan, faces being homeless for the first time in her life. (Submitted photo)
Tourist-related industries have had a hard year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related travel bans in B.C., across the country and internationally. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley tourism feeling tight pinch from pandemic

Charting a course for recovery necessary, as about 37 per cent can’t pay their bills right now

Tourist-related industries have had a hard year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related travel bans in B.C., across the country and internationally. (File photo)
More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)

More ‘strings of lights’ reported in coastal B.C.’s night skies

At least three sightings were made on May 15

More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)
More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)

More ‘strings of lights’ reported in coastal B.C.’s night skies

At least three sightings were made on May 15

More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)
Nurses at the Cowichan District Hospital are thanking the community for following the health protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left are nurses Jacqueline Kendall, Melissa Bustard and Heidi Ferris. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Still in this together: Island nurses finally see light coming after a year like no other

May 10-16 is National Nursing Week, giving pause to reflect on the pressures of a pandemic

Nurses at the Cowichan District Hospital are thanking the community for following the health protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left are nurses Jacqueline Kendall, Melissa Bustard and Heidi Ferris. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre at 5878 York Rd. is now planned to be open in the fall. (File photo)

Controversial Cowichan Wellness and Recovery Centre will now open in the fall

Three community dialogues scheduled for May and an advisory committee coming

Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre at 5878 York Rd. is now planned to be open in the fall. (File photo)