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Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Picket line stops work at new Duncan hospital in dispute over union requirements

Cowichan Tribes-owned company concerned over union issues

Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Vancouver Island veteran receives France’s highest honour

Fernand Labrie presented with The Legion of Honour for services during the war

War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Green Party leader wants mask mandate in public places reinstated

Call comes as B.C.’s pediatric beds fill up

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)
Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Parts of a Hallmark Christmas series being filmed in downtown Duncan

‘Holidazed’ will be released next year

Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)

Truck strikes railway bridge, closing section of East Shawnigan Lake Road

Traffic detoured through West Shawnigan Lake Road.

A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)
The Vancouver Port Authority is hosting open houses on Vancouver Island to discuss its plans to deal with anchored freighters in the Strait of Georgia. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Port Authority to host public meeting in Ladysmith on anchored freighters

Port looking for input on proposed new management program

The Vancouver Port Authority is hosting open houses on Vancouver Island to discuss its plans to deal with anchored freighters in the Strait of Georgia. (News Bulletin file photo)
A home is being sought for this large 360-kilogram Yorkshire pig that was stabbed multiple times near Victoria a week and a half ago. (Photo courtesy of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary)

Duncan sanctuary looking for home for pig stabbed multiple times

Duncan’s A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary is taking animal in for now

A home is being sought for this large 360-kilogram Yorkshire pig that was stabbed multiple times near Victoria a week and a half ago. (Photo courtesy of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary)
Land owners Janice and Ken Hiles have been trying since 2018 to donate Little Beach on the Cowichan River to the CVRD as parkland, but bureaucratic red tape has delayed the land transfer for years. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Bureaucratic quagmire stalling gift of Vancouver Island riverfront property

Red tape ties up Little Beach land donation on the Cowichan River for almost 5 years

Land owners Janice and Ken Hiles have been trying since 2018 to donate Little Beach on the Cowichan River to the CVRD as parkland, but bureaucratic red tape has delayed the land transfer for years. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
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Barron: Remembering when gun-toting elementary schoolkids said ‘enough’ to the rats

A half-century ago, school pest-control methods were a little bit different

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Julie Scurr, Chamber president. (Citizen file photo)

Ongoing labour shortage expected to continue, says Vancouver Island business leader

Cowichan chamber of Commerce president Julie Scurr said situation a result of a perfect storm

Julie Scurr, Chamber president. (Citizen file photo)
The power is out for approximately 1,300 BC Hydro customers in the Shawnigan Lake/Malahat area as of Thursday morning. (Screen shot)
The power is out for approximately 1,300 BC Hydro customers in the Shawnigan Lake/Malahat area as of Thursday morning. (Screen shot)
The union representing Seaspan's tugboat workers has commenced strike action, prohibiting members from accepting work on all 30 of the company's tugs operating in B.C. (Seaspan photo)

Vancouver Island’s only farm feed mill relieved tugboat strike settled

Duncan’s Top Shelf Feeds relied on Seaspan barge to provide food security to Vancouver Island farmers

The union representing Seaspan's tugboat workers has commenced strike action, prohibiting members from accepting work on all 30 of the company's tugs operating in B.C. (Seaspan photo)
Dennis Comeau, general manager of Duncan-based Top Shelf Feeds, fears the strike at Seaspan is hurting Vancouver Island's food supply. (Submitted photo)

Seaspan strike threatening Island’s food chain, says Cowichan’s Top Shelf Feeds

Top Shelf Feeds states strike hurting its supply lines

Dennis Comeau, general manager of Duncan-based Top Shelf Feeds, fears the strike at Seaspan is hurting Vancouver Island's food supply. (Submitted photo)
A crew from BC Ambulance recently used the Duncan Airport as a staging area after an accident. (Submitted photo)

Duncan Airport may have to shut down night operations due to neighbour’s trees

Tall trees at end of runway impeding aircraft, private airport has no power to do anything about it

A crew from BC Ambulance recently used the Duncan Airport as a staging area after an accident. (Submitted photo)
Jeff Ross, owner of the Gold Silver Guy location on Station Street in Duncan, stands next to the front window that was smashed with a rock during a break in on Sept. 19. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business owner battles break-ins in multiple Vancouver Island locations

RCMP arrest two suspects Duncan’s Gold Silver Guy location broken into

Jeff Ross, owner of the Gold Silver Guy location on Station Street in Duncan, stands next to the front window that was smashed with a rock during a break in on Sept. 19. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The mobile home where Suzanne Fortin saved a man from burning to death was completely destroyed. (Citizen file photo)

Island woman gets Carnegie Medal for racing into burning home to save neighbour

Former Duncan resident Suzanne Fortin just one of 17 recipients from across North America

The mobile home where Suzanne Fortin saved a man from burning to death was completely destroyed. (Citizen file photo)
It has been confirmed that someone died at the Malahat SkyWalk on Labour Day. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Death at Vancouver Island SkyWalk tourist attraction on Labour Day

RCMP say no criminality involved

It has been confirmed that someone died at the Malahat SkyWalk on Labour Day. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Cowichan Valley school district has made a video to explain the "Washrooms for Everybody" concept at the new Cowichan Secondary School. (Screen shot)

New B.C. high school being built with gender-neutral ‘Washrooms for Everybody’

Officials say Cowichan Secondary washrooms will provide safety, privacy, dignity for every student

The Cowichan Valley school district has made a video to explain the "Washrooms for Everybody" concept at the new Cowichan Secondary School. (Screen shot)
Plans are underway that could see Mt. Prevost become a major draw for the global mountain-biking community. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island’s Mt. Prevost eyed for world-class mountain biking

10 sanctioned trails hoped to be completed this year on landmark slopes near Duncan

Plans are underway that could see Mt. Prevost become a major draw for the global mountain-biking community. (Citizen file)
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom Jax. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)

Campaign underway to bring traumatized South African orphan to family in B.C.

Girl treated for malaria after being found alone in remote 40 C home with her dead mom

Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom Jax. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)