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‘Poachers need to be rounded up and prosecuted as soon as possible’

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Blue Grouse Estate Winery donated $20,000 to the Nourish Cowichan Society to help feed those in need in the region. Pictured are winery owners Paul, Paula and Christina Brunner after donating $10,000 last year to the society. (Submitted photo)

Blue Grouse Estate Winery donates $20,000 to the Nourish Cowichan Society

Funding to be used to help feed those in need

  • May 15, 2021
Blue Grouse Estate Winery donated $20,000 to the Nourish Cowichan Society to help feed those in need in the region. Pictured are winery owners Paul, Paula and Christina Brunner after donating $10,000 last year to the society. (Submitted photo)
The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS) helps make a difference to more than 50 feral cats in the region. (Contributed - SAFARS)

Vancouver Island volunteers making life easier feral cats

Food, veterinary services and more helps make a difference to abandoned cats in the region

The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS) helps make a difference to more than 50 feral cats in the region. (Contributed - SAFARS)
An online cooking lesson with Ian Blom, the Red Seal Chef from the Ainslie Restaurant, is one of the items on auction in a fundraiser for the Duncan Curling Club and other causes. (Submitted photo)

Online action being held to assist Duncan Curling Club and other causes

Auction, run by the Duncan Rotary Club, closes May 22

  • May 14, 2021
An online cooking lesson with Ian Blom, the Red Seal Chef from the Ainslie Restaurant, is one of the items on auction in a fundraiser for the Duncan Curling Club and other causes. (Submitted photo)
Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)

Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Start-up businesses that opened their doors in late 2019 or 2020, like many of those in the new Chemanius Public Market, may soon be eligible for COVID-19 subsidies from the province for the first time. (File photo)
Start-up businesses that opened their doors in late 2019 or 2020, like many of those in the new Chemanius Public Market, may soon be eligible for COVID-19 subsidies from the province for the first time. (File photo)
Police tape crosses Auchinachie Road at Somenos Road as police investigate an incident Friday at 11:30 a.m. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: North Cowichan neighbourhood, school evacuated after gardener digs up explosives

Students removed from Ecole Mount Prevost school in an ‘abundance of caution’

Police tape crosses Auchinachie Road at Somenos Road as police investigate an incident Friday at 11:30 a.m. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Jonathan Prest had to climb way up to the top of a dead red cedar tree to rescue a terrified cat, but he made it up and down successfully. (Facebook photos)

Tree cutter rescues cat stuck 100 feet up a dead and dried-out cedar

Jonathan Prest put himself in extreme peril to get a terrified cat out of a dangerous situation

Jonathan Prest had to climb way up to the top of a dead red cedar tree to rescue a terrified cat, but he made it up and down successfully. (Facebook photos)
The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association has begun a fundraiser, called “Hay it Forward”, to help pay for hay and alfalfa for its horses. (Submitted photo)
The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association has begun a fundraiser, called “Hay it Forward”, to help pay for hay and alfalfa for its horses. (Submitted photo)
Nurses at the Cowichan District Hospital are thanking the community for following the health protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left are nurses Jacqueline Kendall, Melissa Bustard and Heidi Ferris. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Nurses at the Cowichan District Hospital are thanking the community for following the health protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left are nurses Jacqueline Kendall, Melissa Bustard and Heidi Ferris. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)

Vancouver Island COVID-19 local case counts the lowest they’ve been all year

On some areas of Island, more than 60 per cent of adults have received a vaccine dose

B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)
Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre at 5878 York Rd. is now planned to be open in the fall. (File photo)

Wellness and Recovery Centre now to open in the fall

Three community dialogues scheduled for May

Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre at 5878 York Rd. is now planned to be open in the fall. (File photo)
Over 60 Indigenous youth from Qualicum to Malahat are participating in the Step Up Work Placement Program. (Submitted photo)

New Mid-Island Indigenous youth work placement program seeks employer partners

So far, more than 60 youth from Qualicum Beach to the Malahat are participating in the program

Over 60 Indigenous youth from Qualicum to Malahat are participating in the Step Up Work Placement Program. (Submitted photo)
North Cowichan to consider implementing a new policy on cell towers in the municipality. (File photo)

North Cowichan to consider cell tower policy

Rogers Communications proposal prompts North Cowichan to revisit policy on the structures

North Cowichan to consider implementing a new policy on cell towers in the municipality. (File photo)
BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Cowichan Valley school district to get new electric-powered bus by the end of the school year. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley school district to get new electric-powered school bus

Bus one of 18 to be distributed across the province

  • May 12, 2021
Cowichan Valley school district to get new electric-powered bus by the end of the school year. (File photo)
Sign of the times: this property on View Street in Chemainus that exp Realty’s Debbie Simmonds had listed at $599,000 sold for $650,000. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Real estate market continues to soar in the Chemainus area

Multiple offers on properties common, leading to sales above listing prices

Sign of the times: this property on View Street in Chemainus that exp Realty’s Debbie Simmonds had listed at $599,000 sold for $650,000. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Condemned building of the Twin Gables Motel in Crofton is not safe and yet a teen has been climbing around on the roof while others were ripping the siding off the building. (Submitted)

Destructive behaviour by teens wreaking havoc on Crofton

Residents becoming fed up with the constant vandalism and fires

Condemned building of the Twin Gables Motel in Crofton is not safe and yet a teen has been climbing around on the roof while others were ripping the siding off the building. (Submitted)
This tractor was stolen from Providence Farm near Duncan between May 6 and 7, 2021. (Submitted)

Tractor stolen from Cowichan’s Providence Farm

John Deere X300 model was swiped between May 6 and 7

This tractor was stolen from Providence Farm near Duncan between May 6 and 7, 2021. (Submitted)
RCMP. (Black Press File)
RCMP. (Black Press File)