Robert Barron

Vancouver Island’s ‘Project Draw Breath’ expands and diversifies to battle pandemic

Vancouver Island’s ‘Project Draw Breath’ expands and diversifies to battle pandemic

Grassroots team working to up supplies of ventilators, other equipment during COVID-19 crisis

Vancouver Island’s ‘Project Draw Breath’ expands and diversifies to battle pandemic
There has been numerous sightings of strings of lights in the sky over Vancouver Island recently. (File photo)

Strings of lights seen in night sky over Cowichan Valley

Could be satellites, or something stranger, says UFO specialist

There has been numerous sightings of strings of lights in the sky over Vancouver Island recently. (File photo)
Workers at Western Forest Products’ manufacturing facilities are off the job again after an eight-month strike that ended last month. The company called for a week curtailment due to the CIVID-19 crisis. (File photo)

Western Forest Products curtails operations for one week due to COVID-19 crisis

Curtailments at Cowichan and Ladysmith sawmills will continue into the second quarter

Workers at Western Forest Products’ manufacturing facilities are off the job again after an eight-month strike that ended last month. The company called for a week curtailment due to the CIVID-19 crisis. (File photo)
Vancouver Island man refusing to move bylaw-defying tiny home from his property

Vancouver Island man refusing to move bylaw-defying tiny home from his property

Cowichan Valley Regional Disrict gives Vic Tyler until March 15 to remove Cowichan riverfront home

Vancouver Island man refusing to move bylaw-defying tiny home from his property
Another phone scam is hitting the Valley. (File photo)

Another phone scam hits Cowichan Valley

Phones most popular tool of fraudsters

Another phone scam is hitting the Valley. (File photo)
Donation dog for the blind stolen from Cowichan grocery store
Donation dog for the blind stolen from Cowichan grocery store
Vancouver Island couple lucky to be alive as rock slide crushes their truck

Vancouver Island couple lucky to be alive as rock slide crushes their truck

Evening drive around Cowichan Lake turns into nightmare

Vancouver Island couple lucky to be alive as rock slide crushes their truck
A fire destroyed several units at a housing complex on Auchinachie Road Tuesday night. (Damian Joulie photo)
A fire destroyed several units at a housing complex on Auchinachie Road Tuesday night. (Damian Joulie photo)
A fire destroyed several unites at a housing complex on Auchinachie Road Tuesday night. (Damian Joulie photo)
A fire destroyed several unites at a housing complex on Auchinachie Road Tuesday night. (Damian Joulie photo)
Duncan man acquitted of sexual assault. (File photo)

Duncan man has sexual assault conviction overturned

Abraham Louie was convicted in 2018

Duncan man acquitted of sexual assault. (File photo)
Work has begun on the new Malahat Skywalk, which will be located near the summit of the Malahat. (Submitted graphic)

Work has started on Malahat Skywalk, expected completion in 2021

$15-million project expected to open in spring, 2021

Work has begun on the new Malahat Skywalk, which will be located near the summit of the Malahat. (Submitted graphic)
Construction of the new Malahat Skywalk is expected to cause traffic delays on the Malahat in the evenings. (Submitted graphic)

Traffic delays expected on the Malahat as sky-walk construction begins

No delays during the day as work planned for evenings

Construction of the new Malahat Skywalk is expected to cause traffic delays on the Malahat in the evenings. (Submitted graphic)
Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)
Cowichan Bay fisherman Lance Underwood has concerns with plans to set up marine protected areas off the coast of Vancouver Island and B.C. Pictured is Underwood (right) posing with a colleague in a recent photo. (Submitted photo)

Marine protected areas not all good, says Vancouver Island fisherman

Lance Underwood fears for local fisheries

Cowichan Bay fisherman Lance Underwood has concerns with plans to set up marine protected areas off the coast of Vancouver Island and B.C. Pictured is Underwood (right) posing with a colleague in a recent photo. (Submitted photo)
Man gets five years after woman held at Vancouver Island farm

Man gets five years after woman held at Vancouver Island farm

Sangha has agreed to plead guilty and serve a sentence of 5.25 years plus two years of probation.

Man gets five years after woman held at Vancouver Island farm
Thieves stole an inflatable Frosty the Snowman from the roof of the Valley Senior Centre on the night of Dec. 9. (Robert Barron /Citizen)

Thieves snatch inflatable snowman off roof of B.C. seniors centre

Theft just the latest from VSC

Thieves stole an inflatable Frosty the Snowman from the roof of the Valley Senior Centre on the night of Dec. 9. (Robert Barron /Citizen)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has started fulfilling his election promise to remove outdated and obsolete bylaws from the municipality’s books with 52 waving goodbye. (File photo)

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has started fulfilling his election promise to remove outdated and obsolete bylaws from the municipality’s books with 52 waving goodbye. (File photo)
a successful $60-million judgment against the Municipality of North Cowichan over denying zoning for a new expansion at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit would have staggering repercussions in the municipality, according to a staff report. (File photo)

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

a successful $60-million judgment against the Municipality of North Cowichan over denying zoning for a new expansion at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit would have staggering repercussions in the municipality, according to a staff report. (File photo)
Teacher has teaching licence suspended for one week after incidents in schools in the Cowichan Valley and in Nanaimo-Ladysmith (File photo)
Teacher has teaching licence suspended for one week after incidents in schools in the Cowichan Valley and in Nanaimo-Ladysmith (File photo)
Donna McAllister and Kathy Dreilich hold signs against animal cruelty at the Duncan court house Thursday afternoon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

B.C. woman banned from owning animals after horrific dog abuse case

Melissa Tooshley gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog case

Donna McAllister and Kathy Dreilich hold signs against animal cruelty at the Duncan court house Thursday afternoon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)