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Duncan’s Nick Woywitka (left) is hosting Yevhen Shepotilyn, a refugee from the war in Ukraine, at his home and has offered him a job at his development company. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Ukrainian refugee finds home in Cowichan Valley

Yevhen Shepotilynk from Mariupol, one of hardest hit areas

Duncan’s Nick Woywitka (left) is hosting Yevhen Shepotilyn, a refugee from the war in Ukraine, at his home and has offered him a job at his development company. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Norm Sowden (second from right), from the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church, sits with four members of the Azhar family in this picture taken on a recent visit to Thailand. From left are Elisha, Asyia, Eshaan and Arish. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island church fighting to bring persecuted Pakistani family here

Azhar family’s application to come to Canada denied by Immigration Canada

Norm Sowden (second from right), from the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church, sits with four members of the Azhar family in this picture taken on a recent visit to Thailand. From left are Elisha, Asyia, Eshaan and Arish. (Submitted photo)
Bureaucratic red tape at the Municipality of North Cowichan is threatening the establishment of a recovery centre for woman at the former St. Joseph’s School site in Chemainus. (File photo)

Red tape threatens new Chemainus recovery centre for women

Centre planned at the former St. Joseph’s School site in Chemainus

Bureaucratic red tape at the Municipality of North Cowichan is threatening the establishment of a recovery centre for woman at the former St. Joseph’s School site in Chemainus. (File photo)
CVRD grants permit for the use of fireworks at movie set. (File photo)

Fireworks-resistant Cowichan gives green light for movie set display

Some directors say regional district board inconsistent on issue

CVRD grants permit for the use of fireworks at movie set. (File photo)
Larry Stevenson, CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation, is still optimistic Vancouver Island’s rail corridor will be resurrected. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Deadline looms to resurrect Island’s rail corridor, but ICF optimistic

Larry Stevenson says work can be done for between $350-$400 million

Larry Stevenson, CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation, is still optimistic Vancouver Island’s rail corridor will be resurrected. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has been successful in his efforts to have other local governments on the Island join the municipality in sending their spare firefighting equipment to Ukraine. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has been successful in his efforts to have other local governments on the Island join the municipality in sending their spare firefighting equipment to Ukraine. (File photo)
Larry Stevenson, CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation, is still optimistic Vancouver Island’s rail corridor will be resurrected. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Deadline looms to resurrect Island’s rail corridor, but ICF optimistic

Larry Stevenson says work can be done for between $350-$400 million

Larry Stevenson, CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation, is still optimistic Vancouver Island’s rail corridor will be resurrected. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has been successful in his efforts to have other local governments on the Island join the municipality in sending their spare firefighting equipment to Ukraine. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has been successful in his efforts to have other local governments on the Island join the municipality in sending their spare firefighting equipment to Ukraine. (File photo)
BC Housing's new supportive housing development on Paddle Road has been completed. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

First of two supportive housing facilities opens in Cowichan Valley

Building on Paddle Road contains 52-housing units

BC Housing's new supportive housing development on Paddle Road has been completed. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A seismic retrofit and other upgrades and renovations at Duncan’s City Call could cost approximately $10 million, a report has concluded. (Citizen file)

Cost to save Duncan’s heritage city hall estimated at about $10 million

Unique seismic upgrade close to half total cost of retrofit of iconic 1913 building

A seismic retrofit and other upgrades and renovations at Duncan’s City Call could cost approximately $10 million, a report has concluded. (Citizen file)
Alison Nicholson, the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s director for Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora, wants to remove barriers that keep young people from running for office in CVRD elections. (File photo)

Vancouver Island official pushing parental leave, child care for local politicians

Cowichan Station’s Alison Nicholson wants district to remove barriers for young politicians

Alison Nicholson, the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s director for Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora, wants to remove barriers that keep young people from running for office in CVRD elections. (File photo)
The CVRD has decided not to ban fireworks at this time, but will consult with municipalities and First Nations in the region to develop a regional approach to the controversial issue. (File photo)

CVRD won’t ban fireworks; at least not yet

District will invite municipalities and First Nations to participate in discussions

The CVRD has decided not to ban fireworks at this time, but will consult with municipalities and First Nations in the region to develop a regional approach to the controversial issue. (File photo)
Snow fell in Lake Cowichan on the weekend of April 9-10, 2022, as the cool spring weather continues. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Cooler than normal Vancouver Island spring expected to continue into May

Forecast calls for much of the same as Islanders have been seeing

Snow fell in Lake Cowichan on the weekend of April 9-10, 2022, as the cool spring weather continues. (Kathryn Swan photo)
A letter sent to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth (pictured) by North Cowichan and seven other municipalities on the south Island asking that the planned downloading of RCMP E-Comm 9-1-1 dispatch charges to them has been successful. (File photo)

9-1-1 cost download to 8 Vancouver Island municipalities deferred until at least 2025

North Cowichan, Colwood, Ladysmith, Langford, North Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, and View Royal affected

A letter sent to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth (pictured) by North Cowichan and seven other municipalities on the south Island asking that the planned downloading of RCMP E-Comm 9-1-1 dispatch charges to them has been successful. (File photo)
Flames and smoke rise from a fire following a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, March 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

North Cowichan mayor looks to help fill firefighting needs in Ukraine

Al Siebring calls on B.C. municipalities to donate equipment

Flames and smoke rise from a fire following a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, March 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Community group calls for an end of commercial anchorages in southern Gulf Islands area. (File photo)

Community groups call for end of anchorages in local waters

There are 33 commercial anchorages in southern Gulf Islands waters

Community group calls for an end of commercial anchorages in southern Gulf Islands area. (File photo)
A landslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan after heavy rains in November. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)

More landslides as Duncan area road remains closed months after initial incident

Allenby Road likely to remain closed until geotechnical study gives better understanding of issues

A landslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan after heavy rains in November. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)
Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (right), talks heat pumps with Deon Lane (centre), an instructor at VIU’s refrigeration air-conditioning mechanic shop located in the university’s Cowichan Trades Centre, and student Taylor Bacon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Province encouraging use of more heat pumps in B.C. to help battle climate change

Energy minister tours VIU’s Cowichan Trades Centre and discusses issues

Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (right), talks heat pumps with Deon Lane (centre), an instructor at VIU’s refrigeration air-conditioning mechanic shop located in the university’s Cowichan Trades Centre, and student Taylor Bacon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The City of Duncan and its CUPE Local 358 workers have signed a new four-year contract. (File photo)
The City of Duncan and its CUPE Local 358 workers have signed a new four-year contract. (File photo)
An arrest warrant has been Jesse Bennett who, along with his young daughter Violet, has been missing since Jan. 23. Bennett is wanted for abduction in contravention of a custody order. (RCMP handout)

UPDATED: Arrest warrant issued for Cowichan’s Jesse Bennett in abduction of his daughter

Bennett and daughter Violet were reported missing on Jan. 24

An arrest warrant has been Jesse Bennett who, along with his young daughter Violet, has been missing since Jan. 23. Bennett is wanted for abduction in contravention of a custody order. (RCMP handout)