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The Cowichan Valley Open Learning Collective, housed in the former Duncan Elementary School building on Nagle Street, reported a possible COVID-19 exposure on April 21 and 22. (Google Maps screenshot)
The Cowichan Valley Open Learning Collective, housed in the former Duncan Elementary School building on Nagle Street, reported a possible COVID-19 exposure on April 21 and 22. (Google Maps screenshot)
Recreational paddlers are hoping that the design for the new weir in Lake Cowichan, pictured here in a graphic, could include objects and channels for whitewater use. (Courtesy of the CVRD)

Paddlers hope Cowichan River weir could include some whitewater

Whitewater channels and objects could be constructed, group says

Recreational paddlers are hoping that the design for the new weir in Lake Cowichan, pictured here in a graphic, could include objects and channels for whitewater use. (Courtesy of the CVRD)
North Cowichan asked to protect trees in the municipality. (File photo)

North Cowichan again asked for tree-protection bylaw

Council makes it part of ongoing update of OCP

North Cowichan asked to protect trees in the municipality. (File photo)
Joey Knowles, the Duncan Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for March 2021, receives her cheque from program coordinator Kim Barnard and her certificate from club president Gregg Perry, outside Chemainus Secondary School earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Commitment to volunteering earns award for Chemainus Secondary’s Joey Knowles

Grade 12 student helps out in the kitchen and as a student mentor

Joey Knowles, the Duncan Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for March 2021, receives her cheque from program coordinator Kim Barnard and her certificate from club president Gregg Perry, outside Chemainus Secondary School earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
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Robert Barron Column: Fishers should be listened to

‘I always love a story when someone figuratively fights city hall and wins’

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Hannah Morten, a former summer intern with the Cowichan Green Community, tends to crops at the CGC’s incubator seed farm on Beverly Street in this photo from 2017. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Green Community to get long-term lease on Beverly Street land

CGC operates one of just eight designated agricultural hubs in B.C.

Hannah Morten, a former summer intern with the Cowichan Green Community, tends to crops at the CGC’s incubator seed farm on Beverly Street in this photo from 2017. (Citizen file)
The CVRD has gotten a second round of funding from the province’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant for Local Governments. (File photo)
The CVRD has gotten a second round of funding from the province’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant for Local Governments. (File photo)
Guy Johnstone, who operates the Michelle Rose Community Supported Fishery in Cowichan Bay, hopes that an emergency review of new regulations governing the spot prawn industry will see some changes. (File photo)

Feds to conduct emergency review of new prawn fishery regulations

Regulations make the sale of frozen-at-sea spot prawns illegal

Guy Johnstone, who operates the Michelle Rose Community Supported Fishery in Cowichan Bay, hopes that an emergency review of new regulations governing the spot prawn industry will see some changes. (File photo)
These Douglas fir logs were recently found poached on Stoney Hill in North Cowichan’s forest reserve. (Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca)
These Douglas fir logs were recently found poached on Stoney Hill in North Cowichan’s forest reserve. (Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca)
The Cottages on Willow in Chemainus is one of 45 finalists from Vancouver Island in the 14th annual Commercial Building Awards, which are hosted by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (File photo)
The Cottages on Willow in Chemainus is one of 45 finalists from Vancouver Island in the 14th annual Commercial Building Awards, which are hosted by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. (File photo)
North Cowichan now looking at raising taxes by 2.5 per cent in 2021. (File photo)
North Cowichan now looking at raising taxes by 2.5 per cent in 2021. (File photo)
A couple dozen people gathered outside the Victoria courthouse April 1 to protest the logging of old-growth forests. At the same time, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of logging company Teal Jones, granting an application that will remove Fairy Creek blockades. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Fairy Creek logging blockade group files appeal against injunction

Protestors have prevented logging the Vancouver Island valley since August 2020

A couple dozen people gathered outside the Victoria courthouse April 1 to protest the logging of old-growth forests. At the same time, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of logging company Teal Jones, granting an application that will remove Fairy Creek blockades. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
This chart shows the trends for the hospitalization of children for respiratory diseases in B.C. over the past 20 years. (CVRD graph)

CVRD offers rebates to replace old woodstoves that lead to smoky air

To date, more than 1,100 district residents have upgraded their old woodstoves

  • Apr 29, 2021
This chart shows the trends for the hospitalization of children for respiratory diseases in B.C. over the past 20 years. (CVRD graph)
A Camaro is towed after police were called about a car doing doughnuts in a Victoria park. (Courtesy VicPD)

Camaro impounded after driver ticketed for doing doughnuts in Victoria park

Officers find marks in grass about 30 metres from children in playground

A Camaro is towed after police were called about a car doing doughnuts in a Victoria park. (Courtesy VicPD)
A sneak peak of the mural being created by Grade 2 Discovery School students. (Courtesy Vanessa Tan)
A sneak peak of the mural being created by Grade 2 Discovery School students. (Courtesy Vanessa Tan)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC has cleared the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP in the death of a man shortly after he was released from custody in July 2020. (Black Press Media stock photo)

IIO clears North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP in July 2020 death

James Williams, 52, had been released from custody hours earlier

The Independent Investigations Office of BC has cleared the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP in the death of a man shortly after he was released from custody in July 2020. (Black Press Media stock photo)
After leasing many of the hotel’s rooms for the last year, BC Housing has purchased the Capital City Center Hotel to provide 94 temporary housing spaces for people experiencing homelessness. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Housing buys $25M Victoria hotel, parking lot to continue supportive housing

Capital City Center Hotel to become affordable rental spaces in the future

After leasing many of the hotel’s rooms for the last year, BC Housing has purchased the Capital City Center Hotel to provide 94 temporary housing spaces for people experiencing homelessness. (Black Press Media file photo)
Exterior cameras have been installed on all Cowichan Valley School District buses. (Submitted)
Exterior cameras have been installed on all Cowichan Valley School District buses. (Submitted)
North Cowichan councillor Rod Douglas has filed a successful motion for more street and shade trees in future developments in the municipality. (File photo)

Street trees get backing in North Cowichan

Council wants more trees in new developments

North Cowichan councillor Rod Douglas has filed a successful motion for more street and shade trees in future developments in the municipality. (File photo)
Brenna Barker, a 32-year-old Duncan woman, was arrested and charged after allegedly stabbing a man in Langford Sunday morning after the two had only recently met. (Black Press Media file photo)

Duncan woman charged after allegedly stabbing Langford man shortly after they met

West Shore RCMP called to a Langford apartment early Sunday morning

Brenna Barker, a 32-year-old Duncan woman, was arrested and charged after allegedly stabbing a man in Langford Sunday morning after the two had only recently met. (Black Press Media file photo)