Environment

Catalyst Crofton will soon resume regular seasonal operations of the Cowichan Lake weir. (File photo)

Cowichan Lake weir to begin seasonal operations

Operations to begin in early April

  • Apr 2, 2021
Catalyst Crofton will soon resume regular seasonal operations of the Cowichan Lake weir. (File photo)
FILE – A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

COVID-19 weakened environmental rules across Canada, mostly in Alberta: study

Researcher says most of the changes benefited the oil and gas industry

FILE – A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Homeowner Jim Cuthbert is upset that too many trees were taken down in preparation for BC Housing’s supportive housing project on Drinkwater Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

North Cowichan homeowner upset with loss of trees

Trees removed to make way for supportive housing project

Homeowner Jim Cuthbert is upset that too many trees were taken down in preparation for BC Housing’s supportive housing project on Drinkwater Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Developing a community forest strategy is one of the recommendations made to North Cowichan in a report as the municipality looks to strengthen its environmental policies. (File photo)

North Cowichan can improve its environmental policies: report

Diamond Head Consulting provides recommendations

Developing a community forest strategy is one of the recommendations made to North Cowichan in a report as the municipality looks to strengthen its environmental policies. (File photo)
The Chemainus River bridge on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Watershed Board gets $500K for Chemainus, Koksilah river projects

Watershed Board receives $500,000 to improve river flow requirements and improve salmonid habitats

  • Mar 22, 2021
The Chemainus River bridge on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)
An Asian giant hornet found in Nanaimo in 2019. (Photo courtesy Conrad Bérubé)

B.C. will set more traps to guard against Asian giant hornets

‘Comprehensive surveys’ to be done in Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley, Fraser Valley

An Asian giant hornet found in Nanaimo in 2019. (Photo courtesy Conrad Bérubé)
North Cowichan councillor Kate Marsh is the chairwoman of the municipality’s newly re-established environmental advisory committee. (File photo)

North Cowichan re-establishes environmental committee

Inaugural meeting expcted next month

  • Mar 15, 2021
North Cowichan councillor Kate Marsh is the chairwoman of the municipality’s newly re-established environmental advisory committee. (File photo)
Moss covered branches are seen in the Avatar Old Growth Forest near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. urged to protect at-risk old growth while it works to transform forestry policy

Forests Minister Katrine Conroy said in an interview the deferrals protect 196,000 hectares of old growth

Moss covered branches are seen in the Avatar Old Growth Forest near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on Aug. 5, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Hayward)

New map details potential environmental threats from B.C. mines

Map editors pressure province to move faster on regulation reforms

Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on Aug. 5, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Hayward)
Baikie Island in the Campbell River Estuary is one of the ‘bright spots of conservation’ identified in the study. Photo NCC

Eastern Vancouver Island one of nine ‘Ecocrisis regions’ in Canada

Island habitat to many species of global concern is threatened by human activity

Baikie Island in the Campbell River Estuary is one of the ‘bright spots of conservation’ identified in the study. Photo NCC
The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)

Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Many of the materials used in delivery packaging can be brought in to Recycle BC depots or London Drugs for recycling. (Unsplash)
Many of the materials used in delivery packaging can be brought in to Recycle BC depots or London Drugs for recycling. (Unsplash)
Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)

300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
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)
A Bowker Creek duck was in good hands this weekend when several neighbours came together to remove a plastic lid from her beak. (Courtesy of Mack Kurtz)

Greater Victoria neighbours call for change after rescuing duck with plastic ring on beak

Loose recycling, garbage could be contributing to Bowker Creek pollution, neighbours say

A Bowker Creek duck was in good hands this weekend when several neighbours came together to remove a plastic lid from her beak. (Courtesy of Mack Kurtz)
Members of Socially Responsible Investing Cowichan paid visits to the five major Canadian banks operating in the Cowichan Valley on Feb. 5 to protest against their continuing investment in fossil fuels. The group says the protest will be a regular Friday action in support of the international Fridays for Future movement, begun by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in 2018. “We are a group of worried parents and grandparents and other kind-hearted souls who are desperate to preserve a habitable planet for future generations,” says a press release from the group. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan group targets banks in environmental protest

Protests will continue every Friday

Members of Socially Responsible Investing Cowichan paid visits to the five major Canadian banks operating in the Cowichan Valley on Feb. 5 to protest against their continuing investment in fossil fuels. The group says the protest will be a regular Friday action in support of the international Fridays for Future movement, begun by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in 2018. “We are a group of worried parents and grandparents and other kind-hearted souls who are desperate to preserve a habitable planet for future generations,” says a press release from the group. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A ruptured oil tank caused oil to be spilled into the Cowichan River near Lake Cowichan on Tuesday morning. Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy are expected on scene Tuesday afternoon to assess the situation. (Anya Hind photo)

UPDATED: Oil tank leak spills fuel into Cowichan River

Spill came from leak in fuel tank on private property

A ruptured oil tank caused oil to be spilled into the Cowichan River near Lake Cowichan on Tuesday morning. Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy are expected on scene Tuesday afternoon to assess the situation. (Anya Hind photo)
North Cowichan has joined the growing number of local governments opposed to the anchorage of freighters in waters close to the Cowichan Valley. [File photo]

North Cowichan joins fight against freighter anchorages

Concerns raised about environmental and other impacts of anchored ships

North Cowichan has joined the growing number of local governments opposed to the anchorage of freighters in waters close to the Cowichan Valley. [File photo]
Severe flooding was captured in this drone photo by Shawn Wagar. (File photo by Shawn Wagar)

Rising water caused havoc a year ago

Chemainus River flooding extensive in the early morning hours of Feb. 1

Severe flooding was captured in this drone photo by Shawn Wagar. (File photo by Shawn Wagar)