Robert Barron

One man missing, and two people were saved after a boat capsized on May 19, 2022. (Gazette file)

One man missing after boat capsizes near Nitinat Narrows

Two others rescued by Coast Guard

One man missing, and two people were saved after a boat capsized on May 19, 2022. (Gazette file)
Marie and Keith Doak stand in front of a 100-foot evergreen tree that was uprooted during the windstorm on May 19, 2022 and landed on their house. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

100-foot tree falls onto house in Cobble Hill during windstorm

Cost of damage yet to be determined

Marie and Keith Doak stand in front of a 100-foot evergreen tree that was uprooted during the windstorm on May 19, 2022 and landed on their house. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
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)
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)
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)
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)

B.C. mayor calling on his peers to meet firefighting needs in Ukraine

North Cowichan’s Al Siebring puts out call to 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)
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)
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)

Mom struggles as arrest warrant issued for B.C. man in abduction of his daughter

Duncan’s Jesse 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)
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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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)
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)
A rendering of the proposed new art gallery from the Ingram Street perspective. (Submitted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery)

Group strikes deal for downtown Duncan property to build ‘world-class’ art centre

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)
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)