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Maple Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Cowichan Valley under bacteria advisories as of July 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Swimming not recommended at several Cowichan Valley beaches due to bacteria levels

List includes Maple Bay, Fuller Lake, Kin Beach and Estuary Nature Centre Beach

Maple Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Cowichan Valley under bacteria advisories as of July 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks with the media in Duncan, B.C. on Thursday, July 8. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

NDP leader Singh addresses reconciliation, forestry in Cowichan tour stop

‘For people that went to school at an elementary school here … there are no grave sites at schools’

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks with the media in Duncan, B.C. on Thursday, July 8. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor speak to the media via Zoom on Thursday, July 8 as Singh kicks off his national tour with a stop in Duncan, B.C. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Jagmeet Singh commits NDP to building 500,000 affordable housing units

Housing prices have increased more in Canada than anywhere else, says leader in B.C. tour stop

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor speak to the media via Zoom on Thursday, July 8 as Singh kicks off his national tour with a stop in Duncan, B.C. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Mill Bay Volunteer Fire Department has sent Engine 75 and a crew of four to 100 Mile House to help battle the Deka Lake wildfire. (Mill Bay Fire Rescue/Facebook)

Vancouver Island fire crews off to Interior to battle wildfires

North Cowichan, Mill Bay, Cedar get the call to help at 100 Mile House

The Mill Bay Volunteer Fire Department has sent Engine 75 and a crew of four to 100 Mile House to help battle the Deka Lake wildfire. (Mill Bay Fire Rescue/Facebook)
This motorcycle was impounded by the RCMP after the driver was stopped for speeding and arrested for driving without a licence. (Submitted)

Speeding motorcyclist has bike impounded at Lake Cowichan

Driver arrested on outstanding warrant and driving without a licence

This motorcycle was impounded by the RCMP after the driver was stopped for speeding and arrested for driving without a licence. (Submitted)
The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a blockade in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)

Protester removal by excavator at Vancouver Island logging blockades raising concerns

‘The RCMP has taken significant efforts to address the risks with our specially trained experts’

The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a blockade in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)
Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)

RCMP looking for missing Cowichan Valley man

Cameron Blake Beaven was last seen on June 11

Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)
Protesters block the gate to an equipment yard at Mesachie Lake where Teal Jones leases office space on Friday, June 25. (Facebook photo)

Fairy Creek protestors block Mesachie Lake logging equipment yard

Activists block gate to equipment yard used by Teal Jones and others

Protesters block the gate to an equipment yard at Mesachie Lake where Teal Jones leases office space on Friday, June 25. (Facebook photo)
Black Press file photo

RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Black Press file photo
An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)

Brian Mulroney and Greta Thunberg among 100 celebrities pushing to save B.C. old growth

List includes Indigenous leaders, scientists, authors, Oscar winners

An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)
BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)

BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
Old-growth logging protesters block a road on Monday, June 14. This is not the blockade at Honeymoon Bay referred to in the story. (Facebook photo)

Old-growth logging protesters block RCMP access on road near Honeymoon Bay

Police were on their way to enforcement in Fairy Creek area when they were stopped

Old-growth logging protesters block a road on Monday, June 14. This is not the blockade at Honeymoon Bay referred to in the story. (Facebook photo)
Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)

Island Health opening COVID-19 vaccine clinic to boost lagging Cowichan Lake numbers

Cowichan Valley West the only Island area under 60 per cent in adult first dose totals

Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)
Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)

Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s stolen truck recovered

‘Very much appreciated the help from so many people. I hope the very best for all of you’

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Police monitor protesters at a blockade in the Fairy Creek area of southwestern Vancouver Island on Wednesday, June 9. (Facebook photo)

Arrests continue to mount despite paused old growth logging on southern Vancouver Island

Number of arrests approach 200 in Fairy Creek protests as activists complain about RCMP tactics

Police monitor protesters at a blockade in the Fairy Creek area of southwestern Vancouver Island on Wednesday, June 9. (Facebook photo)
A young woman is believed to have died in a fire on the Malahat Nation reserve early Thursday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Woman dies in fire on Malahat Nation reserve Thursday morning

Victim alerted others to the fire, police say

A young woman is believed to have died in a fire on the Malahat Nation reserve early Thursday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Protesters at Fairy Creek say they will stand their work isn’t done despite a declaration ordering a two-year deferral of old-growth logging on the traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)

Vancouver Island First Nations declaration not enough for old-growth protesters

‘At the invitation of Elder Bill Jones, the Rainforest Flying Squad will continue to stand our ground’

Protesters at Fairy Creek say they will stand their work isn’t done despite a declaration ordering a two-year deferral of old-growth logging on the traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)
Leaders of the Huy-ay-aht, Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations sign an declaration to take back power over the resources on their traditional territories. The agreement includes telling the provincial government to stop old-growth logging for two years. (Huu-ay-aht First Nation photo)

First Nations tell B.C. to pause old growth logging on southwest Vancouver Island

Statement comes as traditional territory continues to experience high-profile blockades and arrests

Leaders of the Huy-ay-aht, Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations sign an declaration to take back power over the resources on their traditional territories. The agreement includes telling the provincial government to stop old-growth logging for two years. (Huu-ay-aht First Nation photo)
Leaders of the Huy-ay-aht, Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations sign an declaration to take back power over the resources on their traditional territories. The agreement includes telling the provincial government to stop old-growth logging for two years. (Huu-ay-aht First Nation photo)

UPDATE: First Nations tell B.C. to pause old growth logging on southwest Vancouver Island

Statement comes as traditional territory continues to experience high-profile blockades and arrests

Leaders of the Huy-ay-aht, Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations sign an declaration to take back power over the resources on their traditional territories. The agreement includes telling the provincial government to stop old-growth logging for two years. (Huu-ay-aht First Nation photo)