Robert Barron

The odours coming from the CVRD’s Bald Mountain Waste Treatment Plant have raised complaints from its neighbours. (Submitted photo)
The odours coming from the CVRD’s Bald Mountain Waste Treatment Plant have raised complaints from its neighbours. (Submitted photo)
Brian Balsdon’s has opened Country Home & Kitchen at 103-55 Canada Ave. in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: New home decor store opens in downtown Duncan

A look at what’s going on in Cowichan’s business community

Brian Balsdon’s has opened Country Home & Kitchen at 103-55 Canada Ave. in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Workers fit modular pieces in place as work began on July 15 on a 32-unit affordable housing project near Boys Road that is a partnership between Cowichan Tribes and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Tribes begins work on its large housing complex

Affordable Housing project will see 32 new units constructed

Workers fit modular pieces in place as work began on July 15 on a 32-unit affordable housing project near Boys Road that is a partnership between Cowichan Tribes and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Paul Fletcher, president of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, told North Cowichan’s council at a recent meeting that work continues to deal with parrot’s feather in the Somenos watershed. (File photo)

Invasive parrot’s feather now smothering 80% of Somenos Creek: report

Salmon stocks threatened by invasive plant species

Paul Fletcher, president of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, told North Cowichan’s council at a recent meeting that work continues to deal with parrot’s feather in the Somenos watershed. (File photo)
A new trail along the E&N rail corridor that is in the planning stages next to Shawnigan Lake is being opposed by a group in the community. (File photo)

Plans for Shawnigan trail draw opposition

Pathway would be constructed along E&N Trail adjacent to lake

A new trail along the E&N rail corridor that is in the planning stages next to Shawnigan Lake is being opposed by a group in the community. (File photo)
The invasive seaweed Japanese sargassum is rapidly spreading in Maple Bay. (Sue Fryer photo)

Event aims to uproot invasive seaweed sweeping through Maple Bay

Community to hold event on July 25 to remove Japanese Sargasso

The invasive seaweed Japanese sargassum is rapidly spreading in Maple Bay. (Sue Fryer photo)
Chris Jaycox is the new executive director of the Cowichan Sportsplex. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Sportsplex has a new executive director

Facility also receives $75,000 from Co-op for new field house

Chris Jaycox is the new executive director of the Cowichan Sportsplex. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CVRD area director Alison Nicholson. (File photo)

Cowichan River Park gets more land

Province buys an additional 39 hectares for the park for $570,000

CVRD area director Alison Nicholson. (File photo)
The Tube Shack in Lake Cowichan is opening a second location this year. (File photo)

The Tube Shack opening second location in Lake Cowichan

Cowabunga Tubes will be on North Shore Road

The Tube Shack in Lake Cowichan is opening a second location this year. (File photo)
Several companies stepped in to help Duncan’s Sonja Holmes when her air conditioner wasn’t working during the recent heat wave. Left to Right is Neil Hamilton of Exchange Energy, Adam Brownlow of Lockhart Industries, Sonja Holmes, Doug Lockhart of Lockhart industries and Mike Lafond from HB Electric. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Cowichan businesses chip in to help Holocaust survivor

A look at what’s new in Cowichan’s business community

Several companies stepped in to help Duncan’s Sonja Holmes when her air conditioner wasn’t working during the recent heat wave. Left to Right is Neil Hamilton of Exchange Energy, Adam Brownlow of Lockhart Industries, Sonja Holmes, Doug Lockhart of Lockhart industries and Mike Lafond from HB Electric. (Submitted photo)
View of the Malahat Skywalk’s Welcome Centre & Gathering Place, which has ticket sales, a cafe and a gift shop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

VIDEO: Unique Malahat SkyWalk wows opening day visitors

Tourist facility combines nature-based tourism with a cultural tourism experience

View of the Malahat Skywalk’s Welcome Centre & Gathering Place, which has ticket sales, a cafe and a gift shop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A display panel at the Cowichan Valley Museum’s new Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School exhibit features images of children setting off from Britain to travel to Canada in what was a promotion for the school. (Courtesy of Cowichan Valley Museum)

Cowichan Valley Museum now open four days a week

New display features Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School

A display panel at the Cowichan Valley Museum’s new Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School exhibit features images of children setting off from Britain to travel to Canada in what was a promotion for the school. (Courtesy of Cowichan Valley Museum)
Community activist Anne Balding has died. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan community activist Anne Balding has died

Balding was a founder of the Meals on the Ground program

Community activist Anne Balding has died. (Submitted photo)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Providence Farms with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to the Providence Farms’ Leah Boisvert (left) and Tracey Parrow (right). (Submitted photo)

Almost $10,000 raised from annual poppy campaign in Cowichan

The local Legion’s poppy campaign was one of the most successful across Canada

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Providence Farms with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to the Providence Farms’ Leah Boisvert (left) and Tracey Parrow (right). (Submitted photo)
Doug MacKenzie and his daughter Aimee Fyvie proudly hold up their paint brushes on July 5 after four days of painting on Whistler Street. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Doug MacKenzie and his daughter Aimee Fyvie proudly hold up their paint brushes on July 5 after four days of painting on Whistler Street. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: More ideas needed to deal with social issues along TCH corridor

Getting the community involved in helping to deal with the problem also goes a long way

Robert’s column
Tarah Thomas, a member of the Lytton First Nation who is a teacher for Cowichan Tribes, has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her large family that have been suddenly displaced after a wildfire tore through their town. Pictured is Thomas in the centre, with her stepfather Fred Raphael on the left, mom Darlene Raphael on the right, and daughter Vienna in front. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan teacher who grew up in Lytton fundraising for family displaced by fire

Family members forced to flee to neighbouring communities

Tarah Thomas, a member of the Lytton First Nation who is a teacher for Cowichan Tribes, has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her large family that have been suddenly displaced after a wildfire tore through their town. Pictured is Thomas in the centre, with her stepfather Fred Raphael on the left, mom Darlene Raphael on the right, and daughter Vienna in front. (Submitted photo)
Dozens of municipal employees in the Cowichan Valley make more than $100,000 per year. (File photo)
Dozens of municipal employees in the Cowichan Valley make more than $100,000 per year. (File photo)
Jacquie Gordon, owner of Duncan’s award-winning Jacquie Gordon’s Bed & Breakfast, says she’s open for business this summer after having to shut down during the pandemic. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Jacquie Gordon’s B&B is open for business

A look at what’s going on the Cowichan Valley business community

Jacquie Gordon, owner of Duncan’s award-winning Jacquie Gordon’s Bed & Breakfast, says she’s open for business this summer after having to shut down during the pandemic. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Funding from the City of Duncan to repair and restart the cob oven in Centennial Park will be discussed at a committee of the whole meeting next month. (File photo)

Future of Duncan’s cob oven to get further review

City of Duncan’s council wants more information on funding proposal

Funding from the City of Duncan to repair and restart the cob oven in Centennial Park will be discussed at a committee of the whole meeting next month. (File photo)