Robert Barron

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 Motorsport track

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)
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)

Cobble Hill remembers lost military members with 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)
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 part of new code of conduct

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (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)
Anthony Kubica, formerly from Shawnigan Lake, looks on as he was sentenced to 25 years to life for murder in a California courtroom on Sept. 24. (Courtesy of Riverside Country District Attorney’s Office)

Shawnigan Lake’s Kubica gets 25 to life for murder in California

Former Shawnigan Lake man convicted of killing woman in 1990

Anthony Kubica, formerly from Shawnigan Lake, looks on as he was sentenced to 25 years to life for murder in a California courtroom on Sept. 24. (Courtesy of Riverside Country District Attorney’s Office)
Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Litter may be one of the biggest ever

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies
A water sustainability plan for the Koksilah River, which saw low water levels again this year, is under way. (File photo)
A water sustainability plan for the Koksilah River, which saw low water levels again this year, is under way. (File photo)
Colwood’s Alf Todd, centre, and group of family members and supporters, were heading to Port Alberni on their bikes on Aug. 11 in a one-day trip as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease. In the rear, from left, are Todd’s grandson Bret Schuuman, supporter Andy Robinson, Todd’s cousin David Peters and daughter Cindy Todd. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Alf Todd on a mission to fight Parkinson’s disease

Todd and group hope to raise $10,000 riding bikes to Port Alberni

Colwood’s Alf Todd, centre, and group of family members and supporters, were heading to Port Alberni on their bikes on Aug. 11 in a one-day trip as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease. In the rear, from left, are Todd’s grandson Bret Schuuman, supporter Andy Robinson, Todd’s cousin David Peters and daughter Cindy Todd. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Firefighters now have the wildfire on Green Mountain under control. (File photo)

Central Vancouver Island’s Green Mountain fire under full control

Fire fighters still monitoring site between Cowichan Lake and Nanaimo River

Firefighters now have the wildfire on Green Mountain under control. (File photo)
Shocked spectators watch as man drowns squirrel at Cowichan Lake

Shocked spectators watch as man drowns squirrel at Cowichan Lake

Incident in Lake Cowichan spoiled a perfect summer day for many

Shocked spectators watch as man drowns squirrel at Cowichan Lake
Kevin Timothy received a suspended sentence and 18 months probation on an animal cruelty charge related to his treatment of Hope (pictured), a female German shepherd that he owned before being seized by authorities. (File photo)

B.C. man banned from owning animals after tying emaciated dog to tree

Dog found with extreme muscle wasting, severe neck wound in remote area of island near Chemainus

Kevin Timothy received a suspended sentence and 18 months probation on an animal cruelty charge related to his treatment of Hope (pictured), a female German shepherd that he owned before being seized by authorities. (File photo)
Duncan’s Brandee Peart is in the quarterfinals for Maxim magazine’s annual cover girl competition this year. (Submitted photo)

Duncan model makes quarter finals in ‘Maxim’ magazine contest

Brandee Peart among top one per cent left in competition

Duncan’s Brandee Peart is in the quarterfinals for Maxim magazine’s annual cover girl competition this year. (Submitted photo)
Medically assisted deaths will not be allowed at the new Hamlets in Duncan, a residential care facility that is being built on the corner of Beverly Street and York Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

No doctor assisted death allowed at Hamlets in Duncan

Faith-based company that owns facility believes in sanctity of life

Medically assisted deaths will not be allowed at the new Hamlets in Duncan, a residential care facility that is being built on the corner of Beverly Street and York Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Plans are moving forward for the annual Tour De Rock to visit Cowichan later this year, despite the closure of the Valley’s office of the Canadian Cancer Society. (File photo)

Canadian Cancer Society closes office in the Cowichan Valley, Campbell River

Financial difficulties from COVID-19 pandemic to blame

Plans are moving forward for the annual Tour De Rock to visit Cowichan later this year, despite the closure of the Valley’s office of the Canadian Cancer Society. (File photo)
Police, paramedics and bystanders helped save two overdose victims on Duncan Street on June 7. (Photo submitted)
Police, paramedics and bystanders helped save two overdose victims on Duncan Street on June 7. (Photo submitted)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is on the campaign trail again for the leadership of the BC Green Party after the party restarted the campaign on June 15. The campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)

Campaign to lead B.C. Green Party back on

Campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is on the campaign trail again for the leadership of the BC Green Party after the party restarted the campaign on June 15. The campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)
Wade Gamble, general manager of Jakes at the Lake in Lake Cowichan, prepares his tube for a ride on the Cowichan River now that the Town of Lake Cowichan has lifted the tubing ban this summer. Gamble said his restaurant, as well as many other local businesses, will benefit from the lifting of the ban. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Summer tubing ban on Cowichan River lifted

The Tube Shack opening on June 27

Wade Gamble, general manager of Jakes at the Lake in Lake Cowichan, prepares his tube for a ride on the Cowichan River now that the Town of Lake Cowichan has lifted the tubing ban this summer. Gamble said his restaurant, as well as many other local businesses, will benefit from the lifting of the ban. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
(Black Press file photo).

CVRD testing Shawnigan water after complaints of metallic taste, odour

“This type of problem has come up a number of times in summers in the past”

(Black Press file photo).
The Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has been put on probation for one year by the B.C. Division of the of the CMHA. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Heath Association on probation

Misconduct by board, management among the complaints

The Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has been put on probation for one year by the B.C. Division of the of the CMHA. (Robert Barron/Citizen)