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Colin John’s murder trial is on hold, likely until spring of next year. (file photo)

John murder trial at Duncan courthouse on pause until spring

John is charged with the May 2016 murder of 20-year-old Derek Descoteau

Colin John’s murder trial is on hold, likely until spring of next year. (file photo)
A massive, 200-year-old Maple tree will gradually be turned into numerous works of art. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Become part of a 200-year history with Live Edge’s oneTree project for artists, artisans

A massive, 200-year-old Maple tree will gradually be turned into numerous works of art

A massive, 200-year-old Maple tree will gradually be turned into numerous works of art. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Check out ‘Arbutus’ magazine this month for a look at busy downtown Duncan. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Business notes: Get a custom Christmas gift basket built for that special someone

If the thought of enduring the lineups at the big box stores…

Check out ‘Arbutus’ magazine this month for a look at busy downtown Duncan. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
House at 9833 Willow Street will be moved to make way for a multi-family building with seven one-bedroom units. (Photo by Warren Goulding)

Lefebure’s housing project draws mixed reviews at open house

Former North Cowichan mayor provides details on plans for Chemainus lot

House at 9833 Willow Street will be moved to make way for a multi-family building with seven one-bedroom units. (Photo by Warren Goulding)
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus were a big draw at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit’s Christmas open house. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Motorsport Circuit drives into Christmas with open house

The Christmas spirit was in full bloom

Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus were a big draw at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit’s Christmas open house. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Deadline looms for nominations for Business Excellence Awards

Deadline looms for nominations for Business Excellence Awards

“It’s been another good year for business on Vancouver Island”

Deadline looms for nominations for Business Excellence Awards
Sarah Stipkala, a business banking advisor with Island Savings and Brooklyn Mann, branch manager in Lake Cowichan played key roles in making The Full Cupboard event at Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit a success. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Island Savings Full Cupboard nets $13,000 for food banks

More than $13,000 was raised with the help of local businesses

Sarah Stipkala, a business banking advisor with Island Savings and Brooklyn Mann, branch manager in Lake Cowichan played key roles in making The Full Cupboard event at Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit a success. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Staff and volunteers enjoy a piece of anniversary cake as the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre celebrates its fifth year of operation. The Centre held an open house on Friday, Nov. 23 to mark the occasion. For more, see page 11. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Business notes: 5-year anniversary for Visitor Centre silences naysayers

“This ceremony marks the success of almost a decade of work by the community”

Staff and volunteers enjoy a piece of anniversary cake as the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre celebrates its fifth year of operation. The Centre held an open house on Friday, Nov. 23 to mark the occasion. For more, see page 11. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce directors and liaisons from community organizations gathered at the end of the AGM held at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club.

Chamber board welcomes five newcomers

Six directors were acclaimed at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting

Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce directors and liaisons from community organizations gathered at the end of the AGM held at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club.
Executive director Sonja Nagel, left, embraces outgoing president Julie Scurr at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber’s AGM. For more from the event, see page 19. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Chamber trending upward as membership list grows

“The relevancy of the Chamber has never been greater than in these times of change”

Executive director Sonja Nagel, left, embraces outgoing president Julie Scurr at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber’s AGM. For more from the event, see page 19. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Colin John’s murder trial has been halted pending a psychiatric assessment of John. (file photo)

Murder trial of Chemainus man halted pending psych report

Justice Warren said it was essential to ascertain John’s level of fitness to stand trial.

Colin John’s murder trial has been halted pending a psychiatric assessment of John. (file photo)
The Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre is celebrating its fifth anniversary. (Citizen file)

Visitor Centre celebrating fifth anniversary

In the last five years, more than 128,000 visitors have dropped into the Visitor Centre

The Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre is celebrating its fifth anniversary. (Citizen file)
Derek Descoteau was killed in Chemainus in 2016. (submitted)

Sight of murder weapon disturbing for family in trial of Chemainus man

Family members wept and a sheriff provided tissues

Derek Descoteau was killed in Chemainus in 2016. (submitted)
Guests were on hand as Riot celebrated its second anniversary. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Chemainus’s Riot Brewing lands another honour

Riot took top honours in the Best Dark Mild Beer category.

Guests were on hand as Riot celebrated its second anniversary. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Colin John has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder. (file photo)

Paramedic treated accused killer at the scene

Described strange behaviour of man with minor injuries

Colin John has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder. (file photo)
Sarah Bonar, left, answers questions about environmental concerns at the Motorsport Circuit’s open house on Saturday. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Motorsport open house generates mixed reviews

More than 200 people turned out for the Vancouver Island Motorsport’s open house

Sarah Bonar, left, answers questions about environmental concerns at the Motorsport Circuit’s open house on Saturday. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau

Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau

Wright said he was working in his yard when he heard a woman screaming.

Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau
Colin John has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder. (file photo)

Accused pleads not guilty as Trial opens in 2016 Chemainus murder

Colin John quietly entered not guilty pleas to both charges.

Colin John has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder. (file photo)
Derek Descoteau was killed in Chemainus in 2016. (file photo)

Trial opens for accused in 2016 Chemainus murder

“I was soaked in blood from the neck down”: witness

Derek Descoteau was killed in Chemainus in 2016. (file photo)
The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit has expansion plans. (submitted)

Motorsport Circuit hosting open house to unveil changes to expansion plan

Baynton, says the new proposal includes sound barriers, absorption walls and other enhancements.

The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit has expansion plans. (submitted)