Don Bodger

A Cedar Is Life will be screened at the Chemainus Theatre Festival Feb. 11. (Photo submitted)

Cedar’s prominence in Indigenous lives featured in documentary

Screening of A Cedar Is Life at Chemainus Theatre’s mini film festival, Canadian premiere in Victoria

A Cedar Is Life will be screened at the Chemainus Theatre Festival Feb. 11. (Photo submitted)
B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

$68.8M to retool B.C. mill to produce wood-based single-use plastic replacements

Government, Paper Excellence investments putting 100 workers back to work in Crofton

B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kathi Diewert of Chemainus captures many interesting nature shots around the Island. No matter what it looks like outside, there’s no sense in creating any false sadness on so-called Blue Monday and beyond. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)

BODGER: Blue Monday is bogus, stop looking for reasons to be sad

There’s no evidence one day should be the saddest compared to any other

Kathi Diewert of Chemainus captures many interesting nature shots around the Island. No matter what it looks like outside, there’s no sense in creating any false sadness on so-called Blue Monday and beyond. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)
Taking centre stage stage at the Chemainus Theatre are Mark DuMez, left, and Randy Huber. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island theatre staging a bigger comeback during 2023

Five shows of multiple interest sure to attract strong audience numbers to Chemainus

Taking centre stage stage at the Chemainus Theatre are Mark DuMez, left, and Randy Huber. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A heavy snowfall Dec. 20 buried cars and anything else left out in the open. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)

Twice as much snow and sun during a volatile December on the Island

The month also featured much colder weather than usual

A heavy snowfall Dec. 20 buried cars and anything else left out in the open. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)
Residents are advised to keep tabs on the ongoing changes to hours at the Chemainus Urgent Care Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Limited physician availability impacts Island community’s Urgent Care Centre hours

Six closure dates during the first half of January in Chemainus

Residents are advised to keep tabs on the ongoing changes to hours at the Chemainus Urgent Care Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Carolyn Dykeman, who lives on Fuller Lake Road near the fire site, captured this photo from her balcony. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)

Major house fire claims garage and suite at Chemainus residence

Four North Cowichan fire halls called to the scene

Carolyn Dykeman, who lives on Fuller Lake Road near the fire site, captured this photo from her balcony. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)
This is how Pinson’s Corner looked Tuesday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Receding Chemainus River waters allow roads to reopen

King tide and heavy rains don’t result in an elevated flood

This is how Pinson’s Corner looked Tuesday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Pinson’s Road area of Chemainus and Crofton Roads has been closed due to flooding. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Numerous Chemainus, Crofton Road properties under Evacuation Alert

King tide, heavy rain and melting snow create a perfect storm for rising waters

The Pinson’s Road area of Chemainus and Crofton Roads has been closed due to flooding. (Photo by Don Bodger)
All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

4 people escape to safety but lose home as fire rips through house in Chemainus

Four departments worked to battle Wednesday morning blaze

All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Shannon Bellamy and Tom Andrews of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society form their own arch with help from their shadowy friends at the site in Waterwheel Park where a new welcome arch will go up by next fall. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island community’s arch another means for bridging cultural divides

Illuminated permanent art piece will allow people to see the light

Shannon Bellamy and Tom Andrews of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society form their own arch with help from their shadowy friends at the site in Waterwheel Park where a new welcome arch will go up by next fall. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus streets turned snowy right at the end of November. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island’s November rainfall a drop in the bucket, but snowfall amount way up

Monthly recap for Vancouver Island’s southeast coast also features more sunshine than usual

Chemainus streets turned snowy right at the end of November. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A Tiny Christmas Carol challenges expectations at the Chemainus Theatre

Small cast covers large number of roles in adaptation of a familiar Dickens classic

A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Colin John hearing at the Duncan courthouse has been extended into the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

John hearing in 2016 Descoteau murder extends into the new year

Experts testifying on both sides of the not criminally responsible angle

The Colin John hearing at the Duncan courthouse has been extended into the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Rays of light infiltrate the clouds during a sunset in October. (Photo by Donna L. Brown)

Vancouver Island rain gauges stay empty until late October

Total for the month well below normal after precipitation finally arrives

Rays of light infiltrate the clouds during a sunset in October. (Photo by Donna L. Brown)
Ladysmith RCMSAR members cited for their rescue efforts a year ago of two men on a fishing boat, from left, include: Phil Kelsey, Ross Hayes, John Oakes and Susan Wisely. (Photo by RCMSAR Station 29 Ladysmith)

Marine search and rescue crew honoured for saving two men from a sinking fishing boat in 2021

Response time was fortunately reduced from already being on the water

Ladysmith RCMSAR members cited for their rescue efforts a year ago of two men on a fishing boat, from left, include: Phil Kelsey, Ross Hayes, John Oakes and Susan Wisely. (Photo by RCMSAR Station 29 Ladysmith)
Police vehicle outside the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Woman fine after fall in dumbwaiter lift at Island Thrift Shop

WorkSafeBC looking into the incident to make recommendations

Police vehicle outside the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Strike notice has been served by PPWC members at the Catalyst Crofton Paper Excellence mill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

PPWC union serves strike notice at Crofton Paper Excellence mill

Members vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

Strike notice has been served by PPWC members at the Catalyst Crofton Paper Excellence mill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Derek Descoteau’s mom Brenda Smith and her mom Irene Ellison have put on a brave face through all the court proceedings over 6 1/2 years. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Painful details heard of Descoteau murder in Colin John hearing

Testimony determining if accused is not criminally responsible by mental disorder

Derek Descoteau’s mom Brenda Smith and her mom Irene Ellison have put on a brave face through all the court proceedings over 6 1/2 years. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Island Aurora that runs from Port McNeill to Alert Bay and Sointula. Two ferries of the same type will eventually operate on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (BC Ferries photo)

Two-ferry service coming to Crofton-Vesuvius route by 2026

Petition leads BC Ferries to commit to plan and ramp up terminal improvements

The Island Aurora that runs from Port McNeill to Alert Bay and Sointula. Two ferries of the same type will eventually operate on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (BC Ferries photo)