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Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)

Fire chief first woman in Canada to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association cites significant commitment of Thetis Island’s Caldbeck

Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

September brought torrent of rainfall to a very dry Vancouver Island

When it rained, it poured with four times the usual amount of precipitation

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Burnt trees on Maple Mountain from the 2018 wildfire. (Photo by Municipality of North Cowichan)

No charges in suspected arson that sparked 2018 Vancouver Island wildfire

No further action being taken on suspected arson from 2018 Maple Mountain wildfire

Burnt trees on Maple Mountain from the 2018 wildfire. (Photo by Municipality of North Cowichan)
Barbara Allen of Chemainus talks about the incident that happened to her in 1990 and resulted in a traumatic brain injury. (Photo by Don Bodger)

B.C. woman battling brain injuries and public misperceptions

Chemainus resident wants to raise awareness after being repeatedly mistaken for being drunk

Barbara Allen of Chemainus talks about the incident that happened to her in 1990 and resulted in a traumatic brain injury. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)

Island Coast Salish artist’s colourful design selected for newest BC Ferries vessel

Maynard Johnny Jr. honoured for his vision for the Salish Heron

Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)
Lucie Cerny, RASTA founder, with one of her beloved pot belly pigs. (Photo submitted)

Health of Island sanctuary founder forces transfer of animals, some assets

Animals will eventually be moved from RASTA sanctuary in Chemainus to A Home For Hooves in Duncan

Lucie Cerny, RASTA founder, with one of her beloved pot belly pigs. (Photo submitted)
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch for Indigenous children ready for play

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion on Penelakut Island

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
Paul Manly and supporters during a sign wave. (Photo courtesy Sean Wood)

Manly vows to retain crucial seat for the Green Party

Nanaimo-Ladysmith identified as one of the key races in the Sept. 20 federal election

Paul Manly and supporters during a sign wave. (Photo courtesy Sean Wood)
The Camp Qwanoes Screamer zipline is a favourite with campers. (Photo submitted)

Island children’s camp returns to day sessions after positive COVID-19 tests

Final week at the site of the summer season

The Camp Qwanoes Screamer zipline is a favourite with campers. (Photo submitted)
Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff test positive for COVID-19 at B.C. kids summer camp

Crofton’s Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)
Surveying the Chemainus River watershed provides some interesting insights for Erik Piikkila. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island forester says more than climate change behind our trickling rivers

Expert says the status quo not going to cut it anymore in our forests and watersheds

Surveying the Chemainus River watershed provides some interesting insights for Erik Piikkila. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Worker shortage leaves Vancouver Island business owners scrambling

Lack on interest in customer service jobs about to take another hit with back-to-school

Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Duncan law courts where Colin John’s hearing took place over three days. (File photo)

Accused found fit to resume murder trial in grisly Chemainus stabbing

Hearing determines the case against the Colin John in Derek Descoteau’s 2016 death will proceed

The Duncan law courts where Colin John’s hearing took place over three days. (File photo)
Fire in the Copper Canyon area west of Chemainus now determined as 'being held.' (Screenshot from BC Wildfire Dashboard)

BC Wildfire Service now classifies Copper Canyon fire on the Island as ‘being held’

Significant progress made by crews to prevent spread of fire near Chemainus beyond 32 hectares

Fire in the Copper Canyon area west of Chemainus now determined as 'being held.' (Screenshot from BC Wildfire Dashboard)
The Copper Canyon fire as it looked from behind Mount Prevost in the early stages. (Photo by Bud Gagnon)

No growth since Friday on Copper Canyon fire near Chemainus

Special crew parachuted in helping with containment at 32 hectares

The Copper Canyon fire as it looked from behind Mount Prevost in the early stages. (Photo by Bud Gagnon)
Smokey skies at the north end of Mount Prevost Friday evening. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Holyoak Creek fire increases in size to 32 hectares by Friday night

Blaze considered out of control by the BC Wildfire Service

Smokey skies at the north end of Mount Prevost Friday evening. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Children from Penelakut led the march up Oak Street toward Waterwheel Park. (Cole Schisler photo)

More than 1,500 march in support of Penelakut First Nation after unmarked graves found

Large crowd supports families with children who never came home from residential schools

Children from Penelakut led the march up Oak Street toward Waterwheel Park. (Cole Schisler photo)
The weir at Cowichan Lake will be used to reduce the flow of water from Cowichan Lake into the Cowichan River due to drought conditions. (Citizen file)

Catalyst reducing water flow into Cowichan River due to drought

Catalyst confirms cubic metres per second going down to 5.5 by Friday

The weir at Cowichan Lake will be used to reduce the flow of water from Cowichan Lake into the Cowichan River due to drought conditions. (Citizen file)
Chemainus is the 79th episode for Jonny Harris of Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Still Standing with Jonny Harris still has legs

Host of the popular TV show brings educational comedy into his presentations

Chemainus is the 79th episode for Jonny Harris of Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
Here’s Jonny, the one and only Jonny Harris on stage in Chemainus. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Vancouver Island community depicted in all its glory for TV’s ‘Still Standing’

Program brings unlimited benefits to featured communities like Chemainus

Here’s Jonny, the one and only Jonny Harris on stage in Chemainus. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)