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Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)

Lawyer says ‘nothing normal’ about City of Surrey’s political signage bylaw

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Neil Kent says he has ‘no clue’ when he will have a judgement

Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan takes questions in the legislature on the replacement of the Royal B.C. Museum, May 18, 2022. (Hansard TV)

Hospitals, schools or a new Royal B.C. Museum, opposition asks

We’re doing all of those, Premier John Horgan says

B.C. Premier John Horgan takes questions in the legislature on the replacement of the Royal B.C. Museum, May 18, 2022. (Hansard TV)
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The prime minister appears to be rejecting a call from the NDP to hike the GST rebate and Canada Child Benefit cheques this year, noting both are already indexed to inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals reject NDP call to hike GST rebate, Canada Child Benefit cheques

Singh: salaries have gone up 3.3 per cent while consumer price index rose 6.8 per cent in April

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The prime minister appears to be rejecting a call from the NDP to hike the GST rebate and Canada Child Benefit cheques this year, noting both are already indexed to inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s COVID-19 infections among adults tripled in early 2022 due to Omicron: study

Researchers found nearly 30 per cent of Canadian adults were infected during the first Omicron wave

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive in Ottawa as part of a three-day Canadian tour, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Prince Charles, Camilla visit Ukrainian church in Ottawa as gesture of support

Day in Ottawa included wreath-laying at the National War Memorial, tour of the famed ByWard Market

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive in Ottawa as part of a three-day Canadian tour, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry’s work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia shuts down CBC/Radio-Canada Moscow bureau, removes journalist accreditations

Move in retaliation for Ottawa’s ban on Kremlin-backed RT, formerly known as Russia Today

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry’s work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko
CVRD set to raise garbage disposal fees by 11 per cent as of June 1, 2022. (Citizen file)

Garbage disposal fees in Cowichan will rise significantly

11% increase kicks in on June 1 due to rising fuel prices

  • May 23, 2022
CVRD set to raise garbage disposal fees by 11 per cent as of June 1, 2022. (Citizen file)
Lake Cowichan’s floating walkway has been removed due to rot. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Lake’s floating walkway dead in the water

Town needs grant money to replace aged structure

Lake Cowichan’s floating walkway has been removed due to rot. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan Physiotherapy has received approval for a new building to be constructed at 88 Lake Cowichan Rd. (Developer’s rendering)

Lake Cowichan Physiotherapy Clinic to expand after height variance granted

Clinicians hope to be ready for more patients early next year

Lake Cowichan Physiotherapy has received approval for a new building to be constructed at 88 Lake Cowichan Rd. (Developer’s rendering)
Members of three organizations that contributed a total of $161,000 towards the purchase of a parcel of land to help the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society’s efforts to construct a new housing facility for seniors, as well as a number of local politicians, stand on the property that was bought. Holding a cheque from the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative are, from left, Co-op members Lorne Scheffer, Pat Weaver, and Ed James. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Three organizations contribute $161,000 towards senior housing in Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society plans to build a 26-unit facility

Members of three organizations that contributed a total of $161,000 towards the purchase of a parcel of land to help the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society’s efforts to construct a new housing facility for seniors, as well as a number of local politicians, stand on the property that was bought. Holding a cheque from the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative are, from left, Co-op members Lorne Scheffer, Pat Weaver, and Ed James. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Duncan’s Budget Pharmacy will celebrate its first anniversary on May. 20. Pictured is owner and pharmacist Dhaval Patel (left) and pharmacy assistant Alix Gates. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Budget Pharmacy celebrates one-year anniversary

The latest from the Cowichan Valley business community

Duncan’s Budget Pharmacy will celebrate its first anniversary on May. 20. Pictured is owner and pharmacist Dhaval Patel (left) and pharmacy assistant Alix Gates. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Cowichan Lake Sports Arena was one of nine significant recreation facilities in the CVRD that were part of a study to determine a more equitable funding formula for the facilities in the district. (Gazette file)
The Cowichan Lake Sports Arena was one of nine significant recreation facilities in the CVRD that were part of a study to determine a more equitable funding formula for the facilities in the district. (Gazette file)
The Duncan Housing Society is proposing to rebuild the Duncan Manor on the St. John’s Anglican Church property on Jubilee Street and adjacent land owned by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Wiser Projects graphic)

New site considered for Duncan Manor

Church property on Jubilee Street eyed by Duncan Housing Society

The Duncan Housing Society is proposing to rebuild the Duncan Manor on the St. John’s Anglican Church property on Jubilee Street and adjacent land owned by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Wiser Projects graphic)
Among the items police discovered in a stolen vehicle that sped away from Abbotsford into Langley on Jan. 20 were 12 catalytic converters. Tyson Fust of Langley has now been sentenced. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)

B.C. man gets 138 days in jail for catalytic converter thefts

‘Prolific offender’ Tyson Fust previously pleaded guilty to 4 of the 13 charges he faced

Among the items police discovered in a stolen vehicle that sped away from Abbotsford into Langley on Jan. 20 were 12 catalytic converters. Tyson Fust of Langley has now been sentenced. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)
Thirteen people have been displaced but are uninjured after fleeing a fire that destroyed their home in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 17. (Kaajal Manhas photo)

13 people displaced by house fire in Nanaimo

Residents, including 8 children, escaped unharmed from fire on Doric Avenue

Thirteen people have been displaced but are uninjured after fleeing a fire that destroyed their home in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 17. (Kaajal Manhas photo)
Emergency officials blocked Koksilah Road from traffic after a number of power poles were knocked over during a windstorm on May 18. This was just one of the areas in the Cowichan Valley that saw power outages during the storm. At the storm’s height, thousands were without power from Shawnigan to Saltair. (Photos by Robert Barron, top and Kevin Rothbauer, below)

Power out to thousands in Cowichan Valley

Windstorm has brought down numerous trees on lines

Emergency officials blocked Koksilah Road from traffic after a number of power poles were knocked over during a windstorm on May 18. This was just one of the areas in the Cowichan Valley that saw power outages during the storm. At the storm’s height, thousands were without power from Shawnigan to Saltair. (Photos by Robert Barron, top and Kevin Rothbauer, below)
Vehicles are seen as they drive along the Coquihalla Highway Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Highways through southern British Columbia’s mountain passes looked more like mid-winter than mid-May as Environment Canada advised another five more centimetres of snow was expected before the latest unseasonable weather eased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Warning for up to 10cm of snow on Coquihalla and Highway 3

Environment Canada says the snow is expected until Thursday morning

Vehicles are seen as they drive along the Coquihalla Highway Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Highways through southern British Columbia’s mountain passes looked more like mid-winter than mid-May as Environment Canada advised another five more centimetres of snow was expected before the latest unseasonable weather eased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Border crossings are likely to have delays on long weekends. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Expect a busy summer at border crossings says Canada Border Services Agency

Have your ArriveCAN app filled out within 72 hours of a border crossing

Border crossings are likely to have delays on long weekends. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)

Thousands without power on B.C.’s south coast amid windstorm

B.C. Hydro estimates some 20,000 customers are without power after windstorm hits overnight

FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)
Karl Hoener walks his dog, Sherry, a black Labrador, and Kyle, a B.C.-Alberta guide dog trainee he and his wife Jennifer are temporarily looking after, on the beach in Colwood recently. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. couple concerned about pooches consuming pot after dog’s scary situation

Eating cannabis likely cause of Labrador retriever’s sickness, veterinarian says

Karl Hoener walks his dog, Sherry, a black Labrador, and Kyle, a B.C.-Alberta guide dog trainee he and his wife Jennifer are temporarily looking after, on the beach in Colwood recently. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)