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North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)

North Cowichan rejects limiting fireworks to Halloween

Municipality decides staff recommendation would be unpopular

North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)
These Douglas fir logs were found poached in April on Stoney Hill in North Cowichan’s forest reserve. (Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca)
These Douglas fir logs were found poached in April on Stoney Hill in North Cowichan’s forest reserve. (Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca)
The city-owned lot at 361 St. Julien St., which has been home to a temporary homeless site for more than a year, will be sold and plans are to build a three-storey mixed-use development there, Peter de Verteuil, Duncan CAO explained at a recent council meeting. (File photo)

New development planned for homeless site in Duncan

Lot on St. Julien Street would see three-storey building

The city-owned lot at 361 St. Julien St., which has been home to a temporary homeless site for more than a year, will be sold and plans are to build a three-storey mixed-use development there, Peter de Verteuil, Duncan CAO explained at a recent council meeting. (File photo)
Historian and longtime Citizen columnist T.W. Paterson photographs the historical wreckage of a plane on Mount Benson. Paterson recently won an award from the British Columbia Historical Foundation. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Tom W. Paterson wins award for historical writing

British Columbia Historical Federation hands Recognition Award to local writer

Historian and longtime Citizen columnist T.W. Paterson photographs the historical wreckage of a plane on Mount Benson. Paterson recently won an award from the British Columbia Historical Foundation. (Submitted)
CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)

CVRD reports contamination in recyclables well above acceptable levels

Increased enforcement planned starting this summer

CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)
The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society, which has been operating a treatment centre on land leased from the Nanoose First Nation for 35 years (pictured), has begun a fundraising campaign to open a new centre near Duncan. (Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society photo)

New Indigenous treatment centre to be built near Duncan

Centre will help survivors of residential schools

The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society, which has been operating a treatment centre on land leased from the Nanoose First Nation for 35 years (pictured), has begun a fundraising campaign to open a new centre near Duncan. (Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society photo)
North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot (pictured) said there’s a wide spectrum of views on carbon credits. (File photo)

Carbon credits expected to be part of discussions around forest reserve

North Cowichan acknowledges wide range of views on issue

North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot (pictured) said there’s a wide spectrum of views on carbon credits. (File photo)
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Robert Barron column: Skyrocketing house prices a tragedy

North Cowichan councillor Rosalie Sawrie brought an interesting perspective to a discussion…

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Chris St-Cyr (pictured) and his partner Jason Fong are opening the Cowitan tanning salon on Kenneth Street on June 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Chris St-Cyr (pictured) and his partner Jason Fong are opening the Cowitan tanning salon on Kenneth Street on June 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The province has come through with funding for Duncan Manor’s renewal project. (File photo)

Funding comes through for Duncan Manor’s renewal project

Money will come from the province’s Community Housing Fund

The province has come through with funding for Duncan Manor’s renewal project. (File photo)
Seniors in the Cowichan Valley are being moved into the new Hamlets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

New Hamlets in Duncan admitting seniors

Residential-care facility has 88 beds

Seniors in the Cowichan Valley are being moved into the new Hamlets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Karen Dieckmann grimaces from the foul odours in the air in her neighbourhood in Cobble Hill as she walks her dog Percy. 
(Robert Barron/Citizen)

Odours from recycling centre draws complaints

CVRD says work continues behind the scenes to deal with issue

Karen Dieckmann grimaces from the foul odours in the air in her neighbourhood in Cobble Hill as she walks her dog Percy. 
(Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Young Agrarians have so far successfully negotiated 16 land matches in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Young Agrarians have made 16 land matches in the Cowichan Valley

But group acknowledges lots of challenges ahead

The Young Agrarians have so far successfully negotiated 16 land matches in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)
North Cowichan’s council voted against downzoning a 21.5-acre property at 9090 Trans Canada Highway in Chemainus that would have stopped a planned mobile-home park development there. (File photo)

Affordable housing crisis wins the day for modular-home park project

North Cowichan council voted 4-3 against preventing project to proceed

North Cowichan’s council voted against downzoning a 21.5-acre property at 9090 Trans Canada Highway in Chemainus that would have stopped a planned mobile-home park development there. (File photo)
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Lake Cowichan’s Heather Kinch, pictured here with her daughter Phoebe, in an effort to raise money to buy a mobility scooter for her and she battles multiple sclerosis. (Submitted photo)

Fundraiser begins for Lake Cowichan woman with MS who needs a scooter

Lake Cowichan’s Heather Kinch is homebound and isolated

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Lake Cowichan’s Heather Kinch, pictured here with her daughter Phoebe, in an effort to raise money to buy a mobility scooter for her and she battles multiple sclerosis. (Submitted photo)
North Cowichan Coun. Debra Toporowski, who is a member of Cowichan Tribes, said she has witnessed much pain and suffering among the local survivors of residential schools since the discovery of 215 bodies in Kamloops. (File photo)

North Cowichan asks Ottawa to assist First Nations’ investigations

Municipality wants more done after children’s bodies found in Kamloops

North Cowichan Coun. Debra Toporowski, who is a member of Cowichan Tribes, said she has witnessed much pain and suffering among the local survivors of residential schools since the discovery of 215 bodies in Kamloops. (File photo)
The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station #34 is moving to Cowichan Bay. (Submitted photo)

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station #34 moves to Cowichan Bay

Station had been headquartered in Mill Bay since 1988

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station #34 is moving to Cowichan Bay. (Submitted photo)
It’s expected that new start-up businesses in B.C. that began at the time when the COVID-pandemic began, including many of those in the Chemainus Public Market, will soon be eligible for provincial COVID funding programs for the first time. (File photo)

Help may be on the way for start-ups impacted by pandemic

Province heeds concerns raised by North Cowichan mayor

It’s expected that new start-up businesses in B.C. that began at the time when the COVID-pandemic began, including many of those in the Chemainus Public Market, will soon be eligible for provincial COVID funding programs for the first time. (File photo)
The pride flag will fly at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre every June, during Pride Month, North Cowichan’s council has decided. (File photo)
The pride flag will fly at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre every June, during Pride Month, North Cowichan’s council has decided. (File photo)
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Robert Barron column: Ban on rat poisons a good idea

Rat poisons can work their way through the food chain

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