Robert Barron

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)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says the City Langford has lessons to share on how to deal with social issues. (File photo)

Mayor: Langford could teach North Cowichan ways to deal with social issues

Island city has only eight homeless people, according to last count

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says the City Langford has lessons to share on how to deal with social issues. (File photo)
Larry Whetstone is concerned about the condition of Jeffries Road, where he has lived for 30 years. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Poor condition of rural road in Cowichan has resident fed up

Transportation Ministry says repair plan under development

Larry Whetstone is concerned about the condition of Jeffries Road, where he has lived for 30 years. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan's council is looking to change the name of Indian Road, located near Quamichan Lake. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

North Cowichan looks to rename Indian Road

Name considered inappropriate as Rowing Canada looks to relocate to area

North Cowichan's council is looking to change the name of Indian Road, located near Quamichan Lake. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment will now be constructed out of structural steel instead of mass timber, as originally planned, as a cost saving measure. (File graphic)

New Cowichan RCMP detachment to be built with steel instead of mass timber

Move will save $1.8 million as lumber costs have skyrocketed

Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment will now be constructed out of structural steel instead of mass timber, as originally planned, as a cost saving measure. (File graphic)
Denied Cowichan candidate feels cheated out of his right to run in election

Denied Cowichan candidate feels cheated out of his right to run in election

John McDonald’s candidacy turned down due to lack of auditor

Denied Cowichan candidate feels cheated out of his right to run in election
The City of Duncan’s draft plans for the revitalization of Whistler Street were presented to council last month. (Submitted graphic)

Duncan building fence to deter transients

Six-foot fence meant to deter unwanted behaviour

The City of Duncan’s draft plans for the revitalization of Whistler Street were presented to council last month. (Submitted graphic)