Robert Barron

Duncan RCMP officer won’t face charges over injury during arrest of youth. (File photo)
Duncan RCMP officer won’t face charges over injury during arrest of youth. (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley had its first wildfire of the season last weekend. Fortunately, it did not reach the scale of blazes, like the one pictured, that plagued the province last summer. (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley had its first wildfire of the season last weekend. Fortunately, it did not reach the scale of blazes, like the one pictured, that plagued the province last summer. (File photo)
Tyler Hayes and his wife Leah, owners of Cowichan Valley-based Enviro Glass Straw Ltd., drink using glass straws made in the company studio. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Tyler Hayes and his wife Leah, owners of Cowichan Valley-based Enviro Glass Straw Ltd., drink using glass straws made in the company studio. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Many residents of Shawnigan Lake, who had protested for years to remove a contaminated soil facility, are not happy with tentative plans to leave the soil at the now closed site in place. (File photo)

Contaminated soil to stay at contentious Shawnigan Lake site?

Reaction: “The community would lose their minds if this plan proceeds.”

Many residents of Shawnigan Lake, who had protested for years to remove a contaminated soil facility, are not happy with tentative plans to leave the soil at the now closed site in place. (File photo)
John Prokop, owner of James Street Billiards in Duncan, will receive a Carnegie Medal for his heroic actions during an incident in the summer of 2016. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Vancouver Island man to receive Carnegie Medal for heroic actions

John Prokop went to the rescue of RCMP officer in 2016

John Prokop, owner of James Street Billiards in Duncan, will receive a Carnegie Medal for his heroic actions during an incident in the summer of 2016. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Conservation officers shot and killed two young sibling cougars after an attack on March 29 in Lake Cowichan that left a seven-year-old boy with cuts and teeth marks, but no serious injuries. (Kevin Rothbauer/gazette)

Mother hailed as hero in Vancouver Island cougar attack

Attack victim released from hospital with minor injuries

Conservation officers shot and killed two young sibling cougars after an attack on March 29 in Lake Cowichan that left a seven-year-old boy with cuts and teeth marks, but no serious injuries. (Kevin Rothbauer/gazette)
Thieves smash their way into Magpies Antiques on Vancouver Island, steal $30K in jewelry
Thieves smash their way into Magpies Antiques on Vancouver Island, steal $30K in jewelry
Erika Paul, the SPCA’s senior animal protection and outreach officer, told North Cowichan’s council on Wednesday that putting the onus of responsibility back on the pet owners is one of the purposes of a new animal bylaw being considered by the municipality. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Vancouver Island council removes breed-specific clauses from animal bylaw

Breed-specific legislation to be scrapped

Erika Paul, the SPCA’s senior animal protection and outreach officer, told North Cowichan’s council on Wednesday that putting the onus of responsibility back on the pet owners is one of the purposes of a new animal bylaw being considered by the municipality. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Demonstrators demand justice for Teddy the dog outside of the Duncan courthouse Friday morning. The trial was supposed to start its third day, but was postponed for two weeks. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Teddy the dog trial postponed for two weeks in Duncan

Defence counsel withdraws due to “personal tragedy”

Demonstrators demand justice for Teddy the dog outside of the Duncan courthouse Friday morning. The trial was supposed to start its third day, but was postponed for two weeks. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
People in the Cowichan Valley are reminded to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations after a case of whooping cough was confirmed in Duncan. (File photo)

Case of whooping cough confirmed in Duncan

Island Health sends letters to potential exposure sites in the area

People in the Cowichan Valley are reminded to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations after a case of whooping cough was confirmed in Duncan. (File photo)
New 650-metre skywalk to be built on the Malahat

New 650-metre skywalk to be built on the Malahat

Project a partnership between the Malahat Nation and private company

New 650-metre skywalk to be built on the Malahat
Island Health says there are currently no lab-confirmed cases of measles anywhere on Vancouver Island. (File photo)

No confirmed cases of measles on Vancouver Island, says Island Health

Health Authority responds to rumours on social media

Island Health says there are currently no lab-confirmed cases of measles anywhere on Vancouver Island. (File photo)
VIDEO: Dog abuse trial begins at Duncan courthouse

VIDEO: Dog abuse trial begins at Duncan courthouse

Owners face animal abuse and neglect charges

VIDEO: Dog abuse trial begins at Duncan courthouse
Island Corridor Foundation not surprised by lack of funding for rail line in provincial budget. (File photo)

ICF not surprised with no funding for rail line in budget

CEO Larry Stevenson said none was expected

Island Corridor Foundation not surprised by lack of funding for rail line in provincial budget. (File photo)
Harold Bierman doesn’t believe justice was done when the man who struck and killed his wife on a bicycle has received just a $500 fine. (File photo)

Husband appalled at light sentence after cyclist kills wife in Duncan crash

Cyclist struck and kills wife at intersection

Harold Bierman doesn’t believe justice was done when the man who struck and killed his wife on a bicycle has received just a $500 fine. (File photo)
Strangers save life of hiker in Cowichan

Strangers save life of hiker in Cowichan

Hike up Cobble Hill Mountain turns into ambulance ride, surgery

Strangers save life of hiker in Cowichan
Island Health is launching a campaign to encourage people who use needles to return them safely. (Citizen file)

Island Health launches needle-awareness campaign

Encourages support of local needle-recovery efforts

Island Health is launching a campaign to encourage people who use needles to return them safely. (Citizen file)
Governmental delays frustrate Island Corridor Foundation head

Governmental delays frustrate Island Corridor Foundation head

Larry Stevenson says ongoing studies taking too long

Governmental delays frustrate Island Corridor Foundation head
The investigation into the death of Chris Bloomfield, who was shot by police in November in Mill Bay, continues. (File photo)

Investigators await forensics in fatal Mill Bay police shooting

Independent investigation continues after Chris Bloomfield killed in Mill Bay in November

The investigation into the death of Chris Bloomfield, who was shot by police in November in Mill Bay, continues. (File photo)
Man reported to have harassed two young boys at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre on Jan. 11, before exposing himself to the boys and their mother in parking lot. (File photo)
Man reported to have harassed two young boys at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre on Jan. 11, before exposing himself to the boys and their mother in parking lot. (File photo)