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Roby Clement, co-owner of Duncan’s Goldstone Consignment Boutique, said she feels disappointed and violated after the store was broken into twice on consecutive nights this week. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan shop broken into twice on consecutive nights

Thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen from Goldstone Consignment Boutique

Roby Clement, co-owner of Duncan’s Goldstone Consignment Boutique, said she feels disappointed and violated after the store was broken into twice on consecutive nights this week. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cathy Schmidt, Cowichan Valley School District chair, said the district strenuously objects to putting a new warming centre for the homeless in the parking lot of the Cowichan Community Centre, steps away from both the old and new Cowichan Secondary schools. (Citizen file)

Cowichan school district denounces plan for warming centre at community centre

Options for other sites being explored, Duncan mayor says

Cathy Schmidt, Cowichan Valley School District chair, said the district strenuously objects to putting a new warming centre for the homeless in the parking lot of the Cowichan Community Centre, steps away from both the old and new Cowichan Secondary schools. (Citizen file)
Jon Coleman (left) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation set up a protest line at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road in December that stopped work for 11 days. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Tribes frustrated by lack of progress on hospital work dispute

Cowichan Tribes say First Nation companies are being treated unfairly

Jon Coleman (left) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation set up a protest line at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road in December that stopped work for 11 days. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Jon Coleman (left) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation set up a protest line at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road in December that stopped work for 11 days. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Tribes frustrated by lack of progress on hospital work dispute

Cowichan Tribes say First Nation companies are being treated unfairly

Jon Coleman (left) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation set up a protest line at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road in December that stopped work for 11 days. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Rana Faris holds the phone while talking to her sister Yasmin, her husband Bashar and their son Mohamed who are in a refugee camp in Jordan. On the left is Rana’s husband Ali Al-hamadi and to the right is Rhoda Taylor who helped sponsor the Faris family to come to Canada, and is now helping to bring Yasmin’s family to the Cowichan Valley. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Syrian refugees desperate to trade Jordan for Cowichan Valley

A total of $60,000 must be raised; 2 fundraisers planned

Rana Faris holds the phone while talking to her sister Yasmin, her husband Bashar and their son Mohamed who are in a refugee camp in Jordan. On the left is Rana’s husband Ali Al-hamadi and to the right is Rhoda Taylor who helped sponsor the Faris family to come to Canada, and is now helping to bring Yasmin’s family to the Cowichan Valley. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The cast is deep into rehearsals for the Cowichan Musical Society's production of 'Shrek The Musical', which hits the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at the end of January, through the beginning of February. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Musical Society)
The cast is deep into rehearsals for the Cowichan Musical Society's production of 'Shrek The Musical', which hits the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at the end of January, through the beginning of February. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Musical Society)
Jesse McClinton, area director for Saltair/Gulf Islands, said the amount of remuneration influences who can run for office. (Submitted photo)
Jesse McClinton, area director for Saltair/Gulf Islands, said the amount of remuneration influences who can run for office. (Submitted photo)
There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing into the deaths of Nellie Williams and Fran Shurie on Christmas Eve, 2019. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving the crime. This memorial, from 2021, was located near Trunk Road and Canada Avenue where the crime occurred, was a reminder to passers-by. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Double Duncan murder investigation quiet, 3 years later

Fran Shurie and Nellie Williams were killed on Christmas Eve, 2019

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing into the deaths of Nellie Williams and Fran Shurie on Christmas Eve, 2019. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving the crime. This memorial, from 2021, was located near Trunk Road and Canada Avenue where the crime occurred, was a reminder to passers-by. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Vancouver Port Authority says it has limited jurisdiction around freighter anchorages in southern Gulf Islands. (Citizen file photo)

Port says code of conduct should help with anchorage issues off Vancouver Island coast

Vancouver Port Authority says it has limited authority to remove anchorages

Vancouver Port Authority says it has limited jurisdiction around freighter anchorages in southern Gulf Islands. (Citizen file photo)
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom . (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)

‘Best interests of this child not being considered’: South African girl whose mom died denied entry into Canada

Great aunt in Shawnigan Lake wants to bring her to Cowichan Valley

Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom . (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom . (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom . (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)
Shelley Cook, executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association, said there’s a need for a warming centre for the homeless in the Cowichan region. (Citizen file photo)

New warming centre for homeless proposed for Cowichan Community Centre parking lot

Site would be located near new Cowichan Secondary, across the street from VIU

Shelley Cook, executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association, said there’s a need for a warming centre for the homeless in the Cowichan region. (Citizen file photo)
A fire at an abandoned house on Cowichan Tribes reserve lands over the weekend destroyed the building. (Ian MacDonald photo)

Abandoned Duncan area house destroyed in fire

No one injured in blaze

A fire at an abandoned house on Cowichan Tribes reserve lands over the weekend destroyed the building. (Ian MacDonald photo)
Two arrested after stolen trucks located. (Citizen file photo)
Two arrested after stolen trucks located. (Citizen file photo)
Fire destroys mobile home in Cowichan Bay on Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)

Fire destroys mobile home in Cowichan Bay

No one hurt in incident

Fire destroys mobile home in Cowichan Bay on Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)
The province has informed the Municipality of North Cowichan that it has no intention of regulating rent increases by landlords when one tenant moves out and another moves in. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province won’t regulate rent increases between vacancies, North Cowichan hears

Housing minister responds to North Cowichan’s request for regulation

The province has informed the Municipality of North Cowichan that it has no intention of regulating rent increases by landlords when one tenant moves out and another moves in. (Black Press Media file photo)
A consultant is calling for higher dikes in the Cowichan River to deal with more severe flooding events. (Black Press fie photo).

Consultant calls for higher dikes on Cowichan River

Work meant to help deal with more extreme flooding

A consultant is calling for higher dikes in the Cowichan River to deal with more severe flooding events. (Black Press fie photo).
Maureen Alexander, a member of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society, along with many other is urging the CVRD to ask the province to carry out an environmental assessment on two proposed expansion projects at two sites in Bamberton owned by Malahat Nation, including the quarry close to the Malahat highway. (Citizen file)

CVRD urged to ask province for environmental assessment of Bamberton projects

Malahat Nation says expansion projects are in compliance with regulations

Maureen Alexander, a member of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society, along with many other is urging the CVRD to ask the province to carry out an environmental assessment on two proposed expansion projects at two sites in Bamberton owned by Malahat Nation, including the quarry close to the Malahat highway. (Citizen file)
A few cars were stuck in line at the Crofton ferry terminal until sailings resumed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ferry service between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay cancelled until this afternoon

Cancellations due to mechanical issues with rescue boat

A few cars were stuck in line at the Crofton ferry terminal until sailings resumed. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dr. Shannon Waters, Cowichan Valley’s medical health officer, said deaths due to poisoned illicit drugs increased in the Cowichan Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)

22 drug-related deaths in Cowichan region in first eight months of 2022

Medical health officer said local drug deaths increased during pandemic

Dr. Shannon Waters, Cowichan Valley’s medical health officer, said deaths due to poisoned illicit drugs increased in the Cowichan Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)