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Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area in mid-November. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Vancouver Island’s 2021 weather may be a walk in the park compared to what’s to come

Environment Canada meteorologist reluctant to place a ‘new normal’ label on a moving target

 

Book One of the ‘Along the Way’ series features Albert the dinosaur in Alberta at the start of his cross-Canada adventure. (Courtesy of Teresa Schapansky)

Island author and a dinosaur go ‘Along the Way’ in a new children’s book series

Teresa Schapansky releases 12-book series on Canadian geography

 

Roads throughout the Cowichan Valley, including the Trans-Canada were closed at various points as a result of heavy rain and subsequent flooding. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley Regional District declares state of local emergency due to rain

Cowichan Valley residents asked to restrict travel if possible

 

Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell) 
Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)

UPDATED: Island Highway moving again near Crofton, Malahat remains closed

Flooding near Crofton and on the Malahat, Cowichan Bay access also impacted by floodwaters

Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell) 
Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

VIDEO: Evacuation underway for Duncan apartment residents as floodwaters rise

Residents told to leave, at least one upset with North Cowichan for the late notice

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)

RCMP search for man who broke into Vancouver Island Legion on Remembrance Day

Break-in to Legion reported on Remembrance Day

Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)
Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)

‘Bravest little warrior’: B.C. boy badly burned in Halloween house fire dies

Five-year-old Enzo Wilson from Cowichan has succumbed to his injuries

Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)
‘In My Head’ was written by Riley Ingham (Rylis), Christofer Lampson (Young Negrensé), Tristan Renaud, produced by Renaud, mixed by Elijah Merrett-Hitch, and mastered by Colin Leonard. (Courtesy of Yuzzynet)

Vancouver Island group’s song remembering lost friend to benefit Crisis Centre BC

Cowichan musicians to release ‘In My Head’ Nov. 16, in memory of friend lost to suicide

‘In My Head’ was written by Riley Ingham (Rylis), Christofer Lampson (Young Negrensé), Tristan Renaud, produced by Renaud, mixed by Elijah Merrett-Hitch, and mastered by Colin Leonard. (Courtesy of Yuzzynet)
Enzo Wilson underwent surgery after suffering extensive burns in a fire that destroyed his family’s home on Halloween night. (GoFundMe photo)
Enzo Wilson underwent surgery after suffering extensive burns in a fire that destroyed his family’s home on Halloween night. (GoFundMe photo)
Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (File photo)

RCMP investigating reported double homicide in Crofton

Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 23

Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (File photo)
Rescue workers attempt to find a woman that was reported to be trapped in a vehicle that had gone into the water. It was determined she was safe. (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue - Station 34 - Cowichan photo)

Witnesses watch as pickup drives into Cowichan Bay

Police dive into the bay in rescue attempt for woman who apparently was safe at home

Rescue workers attempt to find a woman that was reported to be trapped in a vehicle that had gone into the water. It was determined she was safe. (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue - Station 34 - Cowichan photo)
Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all, Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was 39. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

COVID-19 Delta variant claims young Vancouver Island farmer Josh Mellor

Father of 2 young daughters, Mellor’s fight against the virus inspired many to get vaccinated

Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all, Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was 39. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)
Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

Young Cowichan farmer with COVID-19 battling for his life

Josh Mellor is in the ICU at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)
Nelson Billy was last seen on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Submitted by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP)

UPDATE: Cowichan RCMP call off search for missing person Nelson Billy

Missing man was last seen on Friday, Sept. 3

Nelson Billy was last seen on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Submitted by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP)
Duncan's Sara Goodman (bottom right) and her teammates celebrate winning gold at the 2021 Women's Junior Field Hockey Pan American Championships and securing a berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. (Photo courtesy Field Hockey Canada Twitter @FieldHockeyCan

Duncan’s Sara Goodman guides Canada to Pan Am field hockey gold

Cowichan-born captain helps Canada return to World Cup for first time since 2013

Duncan's Sara Goodman (bottom right) and her teammates celebrate winning gold at the 2021 Women's Junior Field Hockey Pan American Championships and securing a berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. (Photo courtesy Field Hockey Canada Twitter @FieldHockeyCan
The aftermath of a fire at the Four Cedars townhouse complex on Dingwall Street that injured several, including a six-year-old boy. (Rebecca Benard photo)

6-year-old suffers serious burns in Duncan townhouse fire, families displaced

GoFundMe accounts set up for multiple townhouse residents

The aftermath of a fire at the Four Cedars townhouse complex on Dingwall Street that injured several, including a six-year-old boy. (Rebecca Benard photo)
Flames tear through a housing block on Dingwall Street late Wednesday night, Aug. 25. (Submitted by Daniel Hudson)

UPDATE: Six sent to hospital as fire tears through Duncan housing complex

Emergency Services helps residents find alternate beds for the night

Flames tear through a housing block on Dingwall Street late Wednesday night, Aug. 25. (Submitted by Daniel Hudson)
Jeffrey Purych (RCMP handout)

RCMP ask for help to locate missing Cowichan man

Jeffrey Purych was last seen in June

Jeffrey Purych (RCMP handout)
The Salish Bear Totem was removed from the Malahat Summit on July 31 after it was burned in a deliberate act on July 2. (Submitted)

Malahat totem pole removed for refurbishment following July 2 arson

Private ceremony conducted to ensure cultural protocols were followed

The Salish Bear Totem was removed from the Malahat Summit on July 31 after it was burned in a deliberate act on July 2. (Submitted)
All the rowing athletes from Canada participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were trained on Quamichan Lake. (File photo)

Vancouver Island-based women’s eights wins gold at Tokyo Olympics

Team trained on Quamichan Lake, includes several Island rowers

All the rowing athletes from Canada participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were trained on Quamichan Lake. (File photo)