Robert Barron

Maureen Alexander, a member of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society, along with many other is urging the CVRD to ask the province to carry out an environmental assessment on two proposed expansion projects at two sites in Bamberton owned by Malahat Nation, including the quarry close to the Malahat highway. (Citizen file)

CVRD urged to ask province for environmental assessment of Bamberton projects

Malahat Nation says expansion projects are in compliance with regulations

Maureen Alexander, a member of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society, along with many other is urging the CVRD to ask the province to carry out an environmental assessment on two proposed expansion projects at two sites in Bamberton owned by Malahat Nation, including the quarry close to the Malahat highway. (Citizen file)
Potential designs for Station Street Park and surrounding area were presented in 2020 to the City of Duncan by the Portland-based architecture and planning firm Communitecture. (Courtesy of Communitecture)

City of Duncan to apply for $1-million grant for Station Street project

City will kick in another $200,000 if grant successful

Potential designs for Station Street Park and surrounding area were presented in 2020 to the City of Duncan by the Portland-based architecture and planning firm Communitecture. (Courtesy of Communitecture)
Looking towards Trunk Road on the Trans-Canada Highway through Duncan. The Trunk Road/TCH intersection was the second worst intersection on Vancouver Island for crashed in 2021. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Trunk Road/TCH intersection saw second most crashes on Island in 2021

Nanaimo’s Aulds Road at Hammond Bay Road at Island Highway was the worst intersection

Looking towards Trunk Road on the Trans-Canada Highway through Duncan. The Trunk Road/TCH intersection was the second worst intersection on Vancouver Island for crashed in 2021. (Citizen file)
All the runs on the MV Quinsam, the ferry that runs between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay, were cancelled today until 12:05 p.m. due to mechanical issues with its rescue boat. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Ferry service between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay cancelled until 12:05 p.m. today

Cancellations due to mechanical issues with rescue boat

All the runs on the MV Quinsam, the ferry that runs between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay, were cancelled today until 12:05 p.m. due to mechanical issues with its rescue boat. (File photo by Don Bodger)
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Deeply entrenched Catholic upbringing glued us to our chairs

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A staff recommendation to increase tipping fees at the CVRD’s solid waste disposal facilities, including Bing’s Creek (pictured), has been sent back to staff for further review. (Citizen file)

Proposal to raise garbage tipping fees in Cowichan sent back to staff

Directors concerned about increased costs on resident and illegal dumping

A staff recommendation to increase tipping fees at the CVRD’s solid waste disposal facilities, including Bing’s Creek (pictured), has been sent back to staff for further review. (Citizen file)
The CVRD is using a number of strategies in its efforts to deal with the odours coming from its Bald Mountain waste treatment plant. (Citizen file photo)
The CVRD is using a number of strategies in its efforts to deal with the odours coming from its Bald Mountain waste treatment plant. (Citizen file photo)
Denise McKinlay is the recipient of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. (Submitted photo)
Denise McKinlay is the recipient of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. (Submitted photo)
North Cowichan is now requiring third-party structural reviews for all multi-story buildings being constructed in the municipality after tenants at the Magdalena apartment complex were told last summer they would have to vacate their premises due to multiple structural deficiencies. (Citizen file photo)

North Cowichan to require mandatory third-party structural reviews for multi-storey buildings

Moves comes after severe structural deficiencies found at Magdalena complex

North Cowichan is now requiring third-party structural reviews for all multi-story buildings being constructed in the municipality after tenants at the Magdalena apartment complex were told last summer they would have to vacate their premises due to multiple structural deficiencies. (Citizen file photo)
Irene Barker will host the Magical Christmas Open House Fundraiser at her home on Dec. 18. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Magical Christmas Open House Fundraiser to be held Dec. 18 in Duncan

Funds raised to help local families who require assistance for medical reasons

Irene Barker will host the Magical Christmas Open House Fundraiser at her home on Dec. 18. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Smoke pours out of the eaves of an abandoned house on Ypres Street as the Duncan fire department worked to deal with the fire. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Smoke pours out of the eaves of an abandoned house on Ypres Street as the Duncan fire department worked to deal with the fire. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Work resumed at the construction site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Dec. 13 after workers took down their blockade that had stopped work since Dec. 2. All that remained was a pile of wood that the protesters had used to keep warm during the blockade. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Work blockade at new Cowichan District Hospital site over, for now

Still no resolution to dispute as of Dec. 13

Work resumed at the construction site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Dec. 13 after workers took down their blockade that had stopped work since Dec. 2. All that remained was a pile of wood that the protesters had used to keep warm during the blockade. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Health professionals at the Cowichan District Hospital received a gift of popcorn on Dec. 7 from three people involved with organ transplants as part of the annual Operation Popcorn initiative by the BC Transplant organization. Pictured in front of a group of health workers from various departments are liver recipient Natalie Williams (left) holding a box of popcorn and Olivia Hayne, whose brother Alistair donated organs after his accidental death. Directly behind them is Emma Hayne, Alistair’s mother, who holds a picture of him. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Operation Popcorn visits Cowichan District Hospital

Annual initiative thanks health-care professionals for organ transplants

Health professionals at the Cowichan District Hospital received a gift of popcorn on Dec. 7 from three people involved with organ transplants as part of the annual Operation Popcorn initiative by the BC Transplant organization. Pictured in front of a group of health workers from various departments are liver recipient Natalie Williams (left) holding a box of popcorn and Olivia Hayne, whose brother Alistair donated organs after his accidental death. Directly behind them is Emma Hayne, Alistair’s mother, who holds a picture of him. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Dr. Shannon Waters, Cowichan Valley’s medical health officer, said deaths due to poisoned illicit drugs increased in the Cowichan Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)

22 drug-related deaths in Cowichan region in first eight months of 2022

Medical health officer said local drug deaths increased during pandemic

Dr. Shannon Waters, Cowichan Valley’s medical health officer, said deaths due to poisoned illicit drugs increased in the Cowichan Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)
Incident in which a man’s arm was broken during a police traffic stop under investigation. (Citizen file photo)
Incident in which a man’s arm was broken during a police traffic stop under investigation. (Citizen file photo)
Retired fire chief Micke McKinlay is looking forward to his role as Duncan’s newest city councillor. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

McKinlay looking forward to new role as Duncan councillor

Former fire chief took second highest number of votes in election

Retired fire chief Micke McKinlay is looking forward to his role as Duncan’s newest city councillor. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
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Robert Barron column: A little faith in people can go a long way

Even those many consider to be lost causes can turn themselves around

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Artist Vivi de Graff shows off the mural she painted in honour of Volume One Bookstore’s 50th anniversary. The mural’s unveiling was held Friday, Nov. 25, and welcomed staff, friends, customers, and even former owners to the book shop for a celebration. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Business notes: Duncan’s Volume One celebrates 50 years with mural

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Artist Vivi de Graff shows off the mural she painted in honour of Volume One Bookstore’s 50th anniversary. The mural’s unveiling was held Friday, Nov. 25, and welcomed staff, friends, customers, and even former owners to the book shop for a celebration. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Chris Rafuse, executive director of the Cowichan Brain Injury Society, said the CBIS is looking for space to host its programs and gatherings after a fire put the society’s headquarters temporarily out of commission. (Citizen file photo)

Cowichan Brain Injury Society looking for space to hold programs after fire

Repairs to society’s headquarters expected to take some time

Chris Rafuse, executive director of the Cowichan Brain Injury Society, said the CBIS is looking for space to host its programs and gatherings after a fire put the society’s headquarters temporarily out of commission. (Citizen file photo)
Award-winning actress Queen Latifah has made a post on Instagram encouraging people to visit Duncan’s PlentiFILL store. (Screen shot)

Queen Latifah encouraging people to shop at Duncan’s PlentiFILL

Instagram post part of Lenovo Evolve Small initiative

Award-winning actress Queen Latifah has made a post on Instagram encouraging people to visit Duncan’s PlentiFILL store. (Screen shot)