Robert Barron

Laketown Ranch is planning a large residential project on adjacent property. (CVRD graphic)

Laketown Ranch proposes large residential project adjacent to Cowichan Lake music festival grounds

Project calls for 235 housing units on adjacent land

Laketown Ranch is planning a large residential project on adjacent property. (CVRD graphic)
The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Vancouver Island’s Malahat Skywalk wins prestigious tourism innovation award

$15-million project, a partnership between the Malahat Nation and A.Spire by Nature

The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
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Robert Barron column: Fond memories of ‘Paddy’s Day’

By mid afternoon, the party started really taking off

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Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni and the NDP Critic for Mental Health and Addictions (centre), was in the Cowichan Valley on March 10 as the first stop in a national tour to gain support for his private members bill, Bill C-216, that calls on the government to do more to deal with the growing drug crisis. Pictured with Johns is Alistair MacGregor, MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford (left) and business owner Will Arnold. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan the 1st stop on Island MP’s drug crisis tour

Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni, introduces bill to decriminalize drugs

Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni and the NDP Critic for Mental Health and Addictions (centre), was in the Cowichan Valley on March 10 as the first stop in a national tour to gain support for his private members bill, Bill C-216, that calls on the government to do more to deal with the growing drug crisis. Pictured with Johns is Alistair MacGregor, MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford (left) and business owner Will Arnold. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CVRD denies a fireworks permit to Brentwood College. (File photo)

Fireworks off the table as Island’s signature rowing extravaganza set to turn 50.

Regional district rejects fireworks display for Mill Bay’s 50th-annual Brentwood Regatta

CVRD denies a fireworks permit to Brentwood College. (File photo)
John Fogerty and Tom Cochrane are the headliners at Laketown Rock 2022, that will be held July 22-23. (File photo)

John Fogerty, Tom Cochrane lead acts at Laketown Rock 2022

Weekend concert to be held at Laketown Ranch on July 22-23

John Fogerty and Tom Cochrane are the headliners at Laketown Rock 2022, that will be held July 22-23. (File photo)
The CVRD has invited a delegation from the Vancouver Port Authority to come to a meeting to discuss the controversial issues around parked freighters in the Salish Sea close to the district. (File photo)

Vancouver Island parked freighter concerns coming to Vancouver Port Authority

33 commercial vessel anchorages located throughout the southern Gulf Islands

The CVRD has invited a delegation from the Vancouver Port Authority to come to a meeting to discuss the controversial issues around parked freighters in the Salish Sea close to the district. (File photo)
A rendering of the proposed new art gallery from the Ingram Street perspective. (Submitted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery)

Art gallery group strikes deal for downtown Duncan property to build huge new facility

Intention is to create 30,000 sq. ft. gallery and education centre

A rendering of the proposed new art gallery from the Ingram Street perspective. (Submitted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery)
Pastor Paul Roggow, from Duncan’s Trinity Lutheran Church on James Street, stands in front of the church while a worker paints over the offence graffiti that covered three of the church’s walls on May 4. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan church covered in hate-filled graffiti

Incident occurred during the night of March 3

Pastor Paul Roggow, from Duncan’s Trinity Lutheran Church on James Street, stands in front of the church while a worker paints over the offence graffiti that covered three of the church’s walls on May 4. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Students from Lake Cowichan Secondary School took to the streets in Lake Cowichan on March 3 to express their support for Ukraine as Russia's brutal invasion of the European country continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Lake Cowichan students take to the streets to support Ukraine

Motorists honk horns in response

Students from Lake Cowichan Secondary School took to the streets in Lake Cowichan on March 3 to express their support for Ukraine as Russia's brutal invasion of the European country continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Job action at Vancouver Island Regional Library branches may soon escalate. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Library strike might escalate after workers reject latest offer

Union members wore protest buttons on March 3

Job action at Vancouver Island Regional Library branches may soon escalate. (Kathryn Swan photo)
The new “Village” cabin site for homeless people on Trunk Road, pictured during a tour of the facility on March 1, is expected to be operation by mid-March. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

2 cabin sites for homeless in Duncan to shut down at end of March

Leases run out for sites on St. Julien Street and The Mound

The new “Village” cabin site for homeless people on Trunk Road, pictured during a tour of the facility on March 1, is expected to be operation by mid-March. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Shawn Taylor said the five acres he handed over to the CVRD in 2004 as part of a rezoning deal should stay as parkland and not be used for a large parking lot for the Kinsol Trestle. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Plans for 100-vehicle parking lot near Kinsol Trestle raising concerns

Virtual community information session on March 2 at 6 p.m.

Shawn Taylor said the five acres he handed over to the CVRD in 2004 as part of a rezoning deal should stay as parkland and not be used for a large parking lot for the Kinsol Trestle. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Lydia Hwitsum is the new chief of Cowichan Tribes. (File photo)

Lydia Hwitsum new chief of Cowichan Tribes

Election for chief and council held Feb. 25

Lydia Hwitsum is the new chief of Cowichan Tribes. (File photo)
With its population now more than 5,000, the City of Duncan will be responsible to pay for its policing costs for the first time. (File photo)

Population bump means Duncan now required to pay for its policing costs

City’s population has grown to more than 5,000

With its population now more than 5,000, the City of Duncan will be responsible to pay for its policing costs for the first time. (File photo)
All areas of the Cowichan Valley saw their populations increase since 2016, according to the latest data from Census 2021. (File photo)
All areas of the Cowichan Valley saw their populations increase since 2016, according to the latest data from Census 2021. (File photo)
Three local restaurants, including Lake Cowichan’s Farm Table Inn, are calling for an end to COVID-19 restrictions in their businesses. Pictured are Farm Table Inn owners George Gates and Evelyn Koops. (Alec Wheeler photo)

Cowichan Valley restaurants call for end of COVID-19 restrictions

Operators say industry has borne an unfair level of onus and responsibility during pandemic

Three local restaurants, including Lake Cowichan’s Farm Table Inn, are calling for an end to COVID-19 restrictions in their businesses. Pictured are Farm Table Inn owners George Gates and Evelyn Koops. (Alec Wheeler photo)
People living illegally in RVs in rural areas of the Valley is on the increase as affordable housing crisis continues. (File photo)

Complaints spike about people illegally living in RVs in rural Cowichan areas

Affordable housing crisis cited as the cause at Cowichan Valley Regional District meeting

People living illegally in RVs in rural areas of the Valley is on the increase as affordable housing crisis continues. (File photo)
CVRD is considering what to do about fireworks, and may consider banning them. (File photo)

Cowichan officials favour fireworks ban, worry about enforcement

Effect of fireworks on livestock, pets and birds raising concern

CVRD is considering what to do about fireworks, and may consider banning them. (File photo)
The redevelopment of the Crofton ferry terminal is now expected to be complete in 2027. (File photo)
The redevelopment of the Crofton ferry terminal is now expected to be complete in 2027. (File photo)