Robert Barron

New designs for a the new weir in Lake Cowichan call for a walkway over the top of the weir, as pictured in this graphic. (Courtesy of the CVRD)

Location of new weir at Cowichan Lake determined to be suitable

Weir design supported by public, says project manager

New designs for a the new weir in Lake Cowichan call for a walkway over the top of the weir, as pictured in this graphic. (Courtesy of the CVRD)
The Richmond family, owners of the 49th Parallel grocery store chain in the mid-Island, were on hand for the opening of the company’s fifth location at Berkey’s Corner on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Peter, the company’s CEO, his mother Harmina, sister Kathy and father Wayne in front of the new store. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: 49th Parallel opens new location at Berkey’s Corner

What’s happening in the Cowichan Valley business community

The Richmond family, owners of the 49th Parallel grocery store chain in the mid-Island, were on hand for the opening of the company’s fifth location at Berkey’s Corner on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Peter, the company’s CEO, his mother Harmina, sister Kathy and father Wayne in front of the new store. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Holly the stuffed Rottweiler has been missing from the front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)

Holly the stuffed Rottweiler is missing from Duncan shop

Toy dog missing from front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb.24

Holly the stuffed Rottweiler has been missing from the front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)
Staff at the CVRD have been tasked to write a report for the board after neighbours of the Mill Springs wastewater treatment plant raised concerns that they have been given almost no information from the district about the ongoing upgrades at the plant. (File photo)

Neighbours want answers regarding Mill Bay wastewater project

CVRD asks staff for report on issue

Staff at the CVRD have been tasked to write a report for the board after neighbours of the Mill Springs wastewater treatment plant raised concerns that they have been given almost no information from the district about the ongoing upgrades at the plant. (File photo)
These storefronts on Trunk Road have been informed by the City of Duncan that they must change their addresses to Festubert Street. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan business owners upset about being forced to change address

Owners say City of Duncan’s plan will hurt their business

These storefronts on Trunk Road have been informed by the City of Duncan that they must change their addresses to Festubert Street. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A group of protesters from the Cowichan area gathered on March 2 in support of those defending the old-growth forest at Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. The protesters, who gathered with signs on the pedestrian bridge over the Trans Canada Highway, south of the Silver Bridge, were bringing attention to the ongoing efforts of the Fairy Creek Forest Defenders and other groups opposed to logging one of the last remaining intact old-growth forests on the Island. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A group of protesters from the Cowichan area gathered on March 2 in support of those defending the old-growth forest at Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. The protesters, who gathered with signs on the pedestrian bridge over the Trans Canada Highway, south of the Silver Bridge, were bringing attention to the ongoing efforts of the Fairy Creek Forest Defenders and other groups opposed to logging one of the last remaining intact old-growth forests on the Island. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The City of Duncan will implement a new pilot project targeting vandalism this spring. (File photo)

Duncan initiates pilot project to deal with graffiti

Project based on a successful one in Port Alberni

The City of Duncan will implement a new pilot project targeting vandalism this spring. (File photo)
The victim of the homicide on Cowichan Lake Road early Monday morning was 17 years old, and was stabbed in the incident. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan homicide victim was 17 years old

RCMP report that teenager was stabbed

The victim of the homicide on Cowichan Lake Road early Monday morning was 17 years old, and was stabbed in the incident. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Amanda Vance, executive director of the DDBIA, said the business organization will host a workshop for its members on how to deal with customers who refuse to wear masks. (File photo)

Workshop to help Duncan businesses deal with customers refusing to wear masks

DDBIA says businesses continue to deal with anti-maskers

Amanda Vance, executive director of the DDBIA, said the business organization will host a workshop for its members on how to deal with customers who refuse to wear masks. (File photo)
The Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is planning on opening a child and youth advocacy centre. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Child and youth advocacy centre eyed for Cowichan

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society hopes to open centre later this year

The Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is planning on opening a child and youth advocacy centre. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CVRD to apply for a grant to improve a 4.85-kilometre section of the Cowichan Valley Trail near Shawnigan Lake. (File photo)

CVRD looks to improve section of Cowichan Valley Trail

District applies for $250,000 grant to widen, upgrade 4.8-kilometre section in Shawnigan Lake

CVRD to apply for a grant to improve a 4.85-kilometre section of the Cowichan Valley Trail near Shawnigan Lake. (File photo)
A graphic design of the new RCMP detachment which will be located on a five-acre property bordering Ford Road and Drinkwater Road. (File graphic)

Heavy trucks not allowed shortcut during construction of RCMP detachment

North Cowichan won’t allow heavy trucks on Drinkwater Road where not designated

A graphic design of the new RCMP detachment which will be located on a five-acre property bordering Ford Road and Drinkwater Road. (File graphic)
The frequent disruptions to water service in Chemainus are expected to be a lot less after North Cowichan replaces the Smiley Road water main. (File photo)

Smiley Road water main in Chemainus to be replaced

$890,000 project expected to be completed this spring

The frequent disruptions to water service in Chemainus are expected to be a lot less after North Cowichan replaces the Smiley Road water main. (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley Regional District will use fire hydrants to flush water systems in Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake and Bald Mountain in March. (Robert Barron/Gazette)

Water system flushing in Cowichan Lake communities in March may cause discolouration warns CVRD

Water pipes in Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mescahie Lake, and Bald Mountain targeted

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will use fire hydrants to flush water systems in Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake and Bald Mountain in March. (Robert Barron/Gazette)
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Dine Cowichan festival returns March 3-28. (File photo)

Business Notes: Dine Cowichan Festival is back

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

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Dine Cowichan festival returns March 3-28. (File photo)
Duncan’s City Hall will get a seismic assessment this year. (File photo)

Duncan City Hall to get seismic assessment

City hopes grants will help pay for seismic upgrades

Duncan’s City Hall will get a seismic assessment this year. (File photo)
North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot told council at its last meeting that core samples from Quamichan Lake will be taken this summer to better determine the lake’s chemistry as solutions to its toxic blue-green algae blooms are sought. (File photo)
North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot told council at its last meeting that core samples from Quamichan Lake will be taken this summer to better determine the lake’s chemistry as solutions to its toxic blue-green algae blooms are sought. (File photo)
The latest homeless count in the Valley found 129 in a 24-hour period. (File photo)

Latest homeless count reveals 129 in the Cowichan Valley

But local officials believe number is higher

The latest homeless count in the Valley found 129 in a 24-hour period. (File photo)
Water and sewer rates are going up in Chemainus, Crofton and the south end. (File photo)

Water and sewer rates going up in Crofton, Chemainus and south end

Funding needed to help pay for capital projects

Water and sewer rates are going up in Chemainus, Crofton and the south end. (File photo)
The Municipality of North Cowichan is considering switching to automated systems for waste collection. (File photo)

North Cowichan looking at switching to automated waste collection

Staff to prepare cost estimates, arrange public consultations

The Municipality of North Cowichan is considering switching to automated systems for waste collection. (File photo)