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Cowichan Tribes wants all its staff fully vaccinated by Dec. 1. (File photo)

All staff at Cowichan Tribes must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 1

First Nation looks to ensure health and safety in community

  • Oct 27, 2021
Police are looking for information about this truck, which was involved in a hit and run with a cyclist on Aug. 31. (RCMP image)

RCMP seek witnesses to hit and run in Duncan on Aug. 31

White pickup truck struck cyclist on Trans-Canada Highway

Flooding is a possibility for Greater Victoria this week as Environment Canada has issued a heavy rain alert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heavy rain alert issued for Greater Victoria, Malahat

Rainfall close to 50 millimetres expected from Tuesday night to Thursday afternoon

Vaccine cards not required for activities at the pool, sauna and steam room at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.(File photo)

No vaccine cards required to access Cowichan Aquatic Centre steam rooms, saunas; reason unclear

But Public Health Office says it’s based on medical data

Vaccine cards not required for activities at the pool, sauna and steam room at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.(File photo)
Police are looking for information about an assault near a cemetery outside Duncan on Sept. 11. (File photo)

Police seeking info about assault near Duncan cemetery

Incident took place on the morning of Sept. 11

Police are looking for information about an assault near a cemetery outside Duncan on Sept. 11. (File photo)
Gerald Kearney has been missing since Oct. 13. (File photo)

Friends worried about man who went missing at Fairy Creek logging blockades

Lake Cowichan seeks public’s assistance in locating Gerald Kearney

  • Oct 26, 2021
Gerald Kearney has been missing since Oct. 13. (File photo)
Tommy Johnson with daughter Chelsea Lloy and son Brad Johnson. (Facebook photo)

‘They both had such big hearts’: Father and son identified as victims in Crofton killings

Tom and Brad Johnson known for their big hearts and willingness to help out anyone

Tommy Johnson with daughter Chelsea Lloy and son Brad Johnson. (Facebook photo)
North Cowichan may consider changing the the designation of the land where Western Forest Products' mill is situated in Cowichan Bay from industrial use. (Citizen file)
North Cowichan may consider changing the the designation of the land where Western Forest Products' mill is situated in Cowichan Bay from industrial use. (Citizen file)
James Funfer is the new manager at the Island Saving’s branch in Lake Cowichan. (Submitted photo)

Credit Union moving to former RBC branch site in Lake Cowichan

In spring, 2022, the credit union will open its doors at 75 Cowichan Lake Rd.

  • Oct 25, 2021
James Funfer is the new manager at the Island Saving’s branch in Lake Cowichan. (Submitted photo)
The house at 6848 Crofton Road where two people were found dead on the weekend remains an active crime scene. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Suspect charged in Crofton double homicide

Justin James Dodd faces two counts of second degree murder

The house at 6848 Crofton Road where two people were found dead on the weekend remains an active crime scene. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Emergency crews worked to pull a vehicle from under the Shawnigan Creek bridge where it went off the Trans-Canada Highway early Oct. 25. (Courtesy Mill Bay Fire Rescue)

UPDATE: Vehicle goes off bridge on Highway 1 near Shawnigan Lake Road

Southbound lanes on Trans-Canada Highway closed until 11 a.m.

Emergency crews worked to pull a vehicle from under the Shawnigan Creek bridge where it went off the Trans-Canada Highway early Oct. 25. (Courtesy Mill Bay Fire Rescue)
A motion by North Cowichan Coun. Rosalie Sawrie for the municipality to switch to gender-neutral language was passed unanimously by council. (File photo)

North Cowichan to switch to gender-neutral language

Municipality looks to be more inclusive and diverse

A motion by North Cowichan Coun. Rosalie Sawrie for the municipality to switch to gender-neutral language was passed unanimously by council. (File photo)
Hydro outages were reported across the Cowichan Valley on Sunday. (BC Hydro)

Wind and rain cause power outages across Cowichan Valley

Youbou, Genoa Bay and Cobble Hill among areas affected

Hydro outages were reported across the Cowichan Valley on Sunday. (BC Hydro)
Members of the Level 1 Trail-Building Workshop hard at work building their first sanctioned trail. (Courtesy of Julia Martinusen)

Weekend workshop in Lake Cowichan teaches volunteers to build trails

Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society adding value to Lake Cowichan’s outdoor recreation offerings

Members of the Level 1 Trail-Building Workshop hard at work building their first sanctioned trail. (Courtesy of Julia Martinusen)
Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

RCMP investigating reported double homicide in Crofton

Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 23

Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Bypass a contentious issue

I worked on the construction of the bypass around Nanaimo

Robert’s column
The modular units are in place at BC Housing’s supportive housing project on Drinkwater Road. (Courtesy of Nomodic)
The modular units are in place at BC Housing’s supportive housing project on Drinkwater Road. (Courtesy of Nomodic)
The potentially historic storm should have de-escalated by the time it makes landfall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

‘Potentially historic’ storm brewing off Vancouver Island should calm before landfall

Environment Canada expects most intense winds to dissipate before storm arrives on B.C. shores

The potentially historic storm should have de-escalated by the time it makes landfall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Two vehicles appear to have been involved in a crash that has closed the Trans-Canada Highway at Shawnigan Lake Road Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Two vehicles appear to have been involved in a crash that has closed the Trans-Canada Highway at Shawnigan Lake Road Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack MLA Kelli Paddon reads powerful words from bullied 11-year-old in BC Legislature

“They said because I am black, I should go kill myself,” Eevah Macdonald wrote

Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)