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Hermann Thoene at his net-zero+ energy-efficient home in North Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Vancouver Island man’s net-zero+ home generates more energy than it needs

Super-energy sufficient home keeps energy bills way down

Hermann Thoene at his net-zero+ energy-efficient home in North Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)

Mother of missing Cowichan girl asks father for her safe return

Seven-year-old Violet Bennett and father missing since Jan. 20

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)
VIMC looks to Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal against North Cowichan. (File photo)

Island motorsports track expected to appeal rejected expansion plan to Supreme Court

North Cowichan denied VIMC a development permit for expansion in 2019

VIMC looks to Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal against North Cowichan. (File photo)
The CVRD is considering setting up a speculation tax after the region saw housing prices go through the roof, particularly in the Lake Cowichan area, in the latest BC Assessment report. Pictured are homes in Honeymoon Bay. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley Regional District looks at speculation tax

Property prices have increased dramatically, especially in Lake Cowichan area

The CVRD is considering setting up a speculation tax after the region saw housing prices go through the roof, particularly in the Lake Cowichan area, in the latest BC Assessment report. Pictured are homes in Honeymoon Bay. (Citizen file)
Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)

Bus tracking to roll out across the province

Cowichan transit chosen to be first in next phase of NextRide program

Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)
A new bus service between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley is scheduled to begin in March. (File photo)

New transit route between Nanaimo and Cowichan expected in March

Route awaiting MOU between CVRD, RDN and BC Transit

A new bus service between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley is scheduled to begin in March. (File photo)
Living Wage BC has calculated that the living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2021 is $19.13. (Metro Creative photo)

Cowichan Valley 2021 living wage calculated at $19.13 an hour

Living wage is almost a dollar more than in 2019

Living Wage BC has calculated that the living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2021 is $19.13. (Metro Creative photo)
Kerry Sutton, owner of Sutton Ridge Family Farm, stands by a stretch of the TCH adjacent to his farm where 14 accidents have occurred over the last 11 years (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan farmer says concrete barriers could have saved woman’s life

Young woman died in car crash in high-crash area near Kerry Sutton’s property

Kerry Sutton, owner of Sutton Ridge Family Farm, stands by a stretch of the TCH adjacent to his farm where 14 accidents have occurred over the last 11 years (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan and eight other local governments on south Vancouver Island have sent a latter to B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth (pictured) raising concerns about plans to download the costs of police dispatching in the region. (File photo)

North Cowichan, 7 south Island local governments take exception to downloaded police costs

Colwood, Ladysmith, Langford, North Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, and View Royal

North Cowichan and eight other local governments on south Vancouver Island have sent a latter to B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth (pictured) raising concerns about plans to download the costs of police dispatching in the region. (File photo)
This damage to the Cowichan Valley Trail, in Lily Beach Community Park in Area F, occurred during last month’s flooding in the region. (Courtesy of CVRD)

3 sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail closed until next spring

Trail between Lake Cowichan and Duncan heavily damaged in last month’s floods

This damage to the Cowichan Valley Trail, in Lily Beach Community Park in Area F, occurred during last month’s flooding in the region. (Courtesy of CVRD)
The driver of a minivan that struck another vehicle on the Malahat in 2018, killing a man, gets one year driving prohibition and a $1,000 fine. (File photo)
The driver of a minivan that struck another vehicle on the Malahat in 2018, killing a man, gets one year driving prohibition and a $1,000 fine. (File photo)
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has a new plan to deal with flooding events on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Mt. Sicker Road, which was, as seen here, severely flooded on Nov. 15. (File photo)

Province now has plan for flooding on Trans-Canada Hwy near Mt. Sicker Road

Area hard hit during flooding event on Nov. 15

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has a new plan to deal with flooding events on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Mt. Sicker Road, which was, as seen here, severely flooded on Nov. 15. (File photo)
Power outages are possible on Vancouver Island as another wind and rain storm is expected to hit the area on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Citizen file)
Power outages are possible on Vancouver Island as another wind and rain storm is expected to hit the area on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Citizen file)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is moving her constituency office from the Matraea Centre in downtown Duncan to provide a more safe working environment for her staff after a recent protest and other incidents. (File photo)

Green Party leader to move Duncan office after protests raise safety concerns

Sonia Furstenau says she fears for safety and comfort of staff, neighbouring office workers

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is moving her constituency office from the Matraea Centre in downtown Duncan to provide a more safe working environment for her staff after a recent protest and other incidents. (File photo)
Island Wonderland will be in Mellor Hall at the Cowichan Exhibition from Dec. 15-31. (Submitted photo)

New Island Wonderland holiday tradition set to light up Vancouver Island

Cowichan-based show a breathtaking walk-through of light, projection, sound, and lasers

Island Wonderland will be in Mellor Hall at the Cowichan Exhibition from Dec. 15-31. (Submitted photo)
A fire destroyed this mobile home on Tzouhalem Road on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)

Fire claims everything Cowichan family owned

Family not at home at time

A fire destroyed this mobile home on Tzouhalem Road on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)
The RCMP are alleging some of its members were assaulted at a Fairy Creek protest camp. (File photo)

RCMP say logging protesters assaulted officers at Fairy Creek camp

Protest group says police actions illegal

The RCMP are alleging some of its members were assaulted at a Fairy Creek protest camp. (File photo)
Chinna Reddy Katireddy (right), managing director of Macropus Homes, is working hard to help find Mitch Lowry (left), one of his employees, a rental apartment in the area. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Rental crunch leaves Island worker sleeping in his cold truck for more than a month

High costs, lack of options making it hard for construction worker to find shelter near his work

Chinna Reddy Katireddy (right), managing director of Macropus Homes, is working hard to help find Mitch Lowry (left), one of his employees, a rental apartment in the area. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Rick Corden stands next to the new pole on Gibbins Road in front of his house that replaced one that was sheared off by a car in June. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Long-running ICBC claim over collateral damage to his house frustrates Cowichan man

Rick Corden waiting for settlement since June after car hit power pole, blowing out his electrical

Rick Corden stands next to the new pole on Gibbins Road in front of his house that replaced one that was sheared off by a car in June. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Shelly Bell, manager of Destination Motorcycle on the highway corridor, holds up discarded needles that were collected in front of the shop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Troubled Duncan highway corridor chasing business away

Discarded needles, graffiti and even small fires plaguing area shops

Shelly Bell, manager of Destination Motorcycle on the highway corridor, holds up discarded needles that were collected in front of the shop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)