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HTG chief negotiator Robert Morales. (Citizen file)

After 26 years, Vancouver Island First Nations group moves to final treaty negotiations

Vancouver Island’s Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group transitions to Stage 5

HTG chief negotiator Robert Morales. (Citizen file)
Fire broke out at the Broken Coast Cannabis facility at the corner of Drinkwater Road and Highway 18 on Tuesday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Fire damages Vancouver Island medical marijuana facility

Cannabis operation goes up in smoke

Fire broke out at the Broken Coast Cannabis facility at the corner of Drinkwater Road and Highway 18 on Tuesday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Police pursued a pesky porker Monday afternoon. (Submitted)

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Police pursued a pesky porker Monday afternoon. (Submitted)
A cougar has mauled a child near Lake Cowichan. (File photo)

Two cougars shot after mauling child on Vancouver Island

The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries

A cougar has mauled a child near Lake Cowichan. (File photo)
Elk near Lake Cowichan. (BCCOS photo)

‘Lots of meat’ left on poached elk: B.C. Conservation Officer

Bull carcass discovered near the highway east of Lake Cowichan

Elk near Lake Cowichan. (BCCOS photo)
The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

B.C. woman killed by a fallen tree was checking in on homeless camp: Chief

Melissa Joe, 28, stopped by the encampment to visit friends and family staying there

The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Person killed in B.C. storm identified as woman in her 20s

A tree fell on the woman in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, two men injured

The investigation into the death of a Cowichan Tribes member as a result of Thursday’s windstorm continues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Sea lions in Cowichan Bay. (Cheryl Trudell photo)

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Sea lions in Cowichan Bay. (Cheryl Trudell photo)
$50k fine and community service for Vancouver Island tax evader

$50k fine and community service for Vancouver Island tax evader

David Gonyea was given a nine-month conditional sentence

$50k fine and community service for Vancouver Island tax evader
Turn your clocks back: Daylight Saving time ends Sunday

Turn your clocks back: Daylight Saving time ends Sunday

Don’t forget to turn back your clock, change your batteries

Turn your clocks back: Daylight Saving time ends Sunday
The freshly painted rainbow crosswalk spanning James Street has been vandalized. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

The freshly painted rainbow crosswalk spanning James Street has been vandalized. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)
Primate Estate owner Jamie Bell and a monkey. (Facebook Photo)

Monkey escapes Vancouver Island animal sanctuary

“It took off into the forest, across the road, hasn’t been seen since”

Primate Estate owner Jamie Bell and a monkey. (Facebook Photo)
B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

Some hospitals in the province already offer the service, but most of them do not

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals
Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)

Hospital hero wins international honour for disarming knife wielding man

Charles Kraeling is the first Island Health employee to receive an International Award of Valour

Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)
The ear of Gigi the cat is now marked with ‘666’. (Submitted)
The ear of Gigi the cat is now marked with ‘666’. (Submitted)
The shaved back of Gigi the cat, who is now recovering at home. (Submitted)

UPDATE: B.C. cat torture recorded on Snapchat, sent to owner

“I can’t stop shaking,” Haglund said. “Last night was so bad my teeth were clattering.”

The shaved back of Gigi the cat, who is now recovering at home. (Submitted)
The Cowichan River Bible Camp is located on Riverbottom Road near Duncan. (Google Maps)

Former camper claims sexual abuse at Cowichan River Bible Camp

Surrey pastor accused of sexual assault is former board member of Vancouver Island camp

The Cowichan River Bible Camp is located on Riverbottom Road near Duncan. (Google Maps)
Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice

Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice

Water is the only option for thirsty students during this trial run at an elementary school in Duncan’s Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice
People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks and other druits from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. The recall has since been expanded. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Recall of tainted pineapple products expanded in BC

The ongoing investigation into hepatitis A virus found in Western Family brand, or unbranded, products has been expanded.

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks and other druits from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. The recall has since been expanded. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Tainted pineapple in B.C. prompts Hep A warning

Did you buy Western Family ready-to-eat pineapple?

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)