Sarah Simpson

Rowers line up on Quamichan Lake to start a race during Rowing Canada’s 2022 National Championships co-hosted by Rowing Canada and the Maple Bay Rowing Club. (Courtesy of Susan McDonald)

250 rowers gather on Vancouver Island lake for national championship

Brigid Kennedy placed second in the lightweight women’s single event

Rowers line up on Quamichan Lake to start a race during Rowing Canada’s 2022 National Championships co-hosted by Rowing Canada and the Maple Bay Rowing Club. (Courtesy of Susan McDonald)
Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in August of 2020, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

Insufficient maintenance contributed to fatal sinking of B.C.’s Arctic Fox II: report

Skipper and one crew member died as a result of the incident, one crew member survived

Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in August of 2020, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)
The Cowichan River has claimed the life of a 56-year-old Vancouver man. (file)
The Cowichan River has claimed the life of a 56-year-old Vancouver man. (Citizen file photo)

Vancouver man dies in Vancouver Island tubing tragedy

A 56-year-old Vancouver man died after being carried through section of Cowichan River rapids

The Cowichan River has claimed the life of a 56-year-old Vancouver man. (file)
The Cowichan River has claimed the life of a 56-year-old Vancouver man. (Citizen file photo)
An avid flier, M5 owner Rod Lewis also has a float-mountain Carbon Cub aircraft carried on the aft deck, which captured the attention of those walking the dock to view the colossal craft. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
An avid flier, M5 owner Rod Lewis also has a float-mountain Carbon Cub aircraft carried on the aft deck, which captured the attention of those walking the dock to view the colossal craft. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)

Billy Currington cancels B.C. Sunfest country music festival appearance

Classic rock legend Randy Bachman tapped to replace him at annual Vancouver Island bash

Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)
RCMP appeared to be investigating a serious crime on Jubilee Street near the intersection with Kenneth Street on the morning of July 16. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating homicide in downtown Duncan

One man dead after overnight stabbing

RCMP appeared to be investigating a serious crime on Jubilee Street near the intersection with Kenneth Street on the morning of July 16. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police officers forming outside the protest camp on the forestry road. (RCMP handout)

Vancouver Island Mounties dismantle Fairy Creek old growth protest camp, arrest 5

RCMP say that of the five arrested, two were repeat offenders

Police officers forming outside the protest camp on the forestry road. (RCMP handout)
Police square off with protesters during enforcement at the Fairy Creek watershed on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Protesters have returned to the Haddon Main and Carrmanah Mainline Forest Service Road camp despite opposition from area First Nations. (ONE DAY to Save the Old Growth Facebook group)

RCMP to arrest Fairy Creek protesters at reoccupied camp

Indigenous leaders from three nations have asked protesters to leave

Police square off with protesters during enforcement at the Fairy Creek watershed on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Protesters have returned to the Haddon Main and Carrmanah Mainline Forest Service Road camp despite opposition from area First Nations. (ONE DAY to Save the Old Growth Facebook group)
A logging truck lost its load on top of a pickup truck Tuesday, May 24 afternoon in the Comox Valley on the on-ramp to Highway 19. The incident killed Lake Cowichan husband and father Andrew Linklater. (Photo by Pamela Tessmann)

Help wanted for devastated family after B.C. dad killed by logs falling from truck

Lake Cowichan’s Andrew Linklater was killed when a load of logs fell from a truck and onto him

A logging truck lost its load on top of a pickup truck Tuesday, May 24 afternoon in the Comox Valley on the on-ramp to Highway 19. The incident killed Lake Cowichan husband and father Andrew Linklater. (Photo by Pamela Tessmann)
Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will assist the BC Conservation Officer Service in its investigation of two poached cougar kittens. (Black Press file photo)

Reward offered for information on Vancouver Island cougar kitten poaching case

The wildlife charity Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward

Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will assist the BC Conservation Officer Service in its investigation of two poached cougar kittens. (Black Press file photo)
The highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been avoided on Vancouver Island thus far. (File photo)

Vancouver Island flock cleared of worrisome bird flu strain

Backyard hens in Cowichan had a less contagious illness

The highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been avoided on Vancouver Island thus far. (File photo)
Avian influenza has struck a south Cowichan flock. (Citizen file)

Second B.C. case of avian influenza suspected on Vancouver Island

Mill Bay bird owner warned of possible bird flu in nearby backyard flock

Avian influenza has struck a south Cowichan flock. (Citizen file)
Jacqueline Nelson and her infant son Kane were last seen by family on January 4, 2022. (RCMP Handout)

Search for missing B.C. mother and her infant son reaches across western Canada

Vancouver Island pair last seen by family on Jan. 4 may have gone to Manitoba

Jacqueline Nelson and her infant son Kane were last seen by family on January 4, 2022. (RCMP Handout)
A stock photo of a 2005 grey Honda Civic, similar to the type Jesse and Violet Bennett may be travelling in. (RCMP Handout)

Police looking for a 2005 grey Honda Civic in case of missing B.C. father and daughter

Man believed to be evading contact may be driving a 2005 grey Honda Civic, according to police

A stock photo of a 2005 grey Honda Civic, similar to the type Jesse and Violet Bennett may be travelling in. (RCMP Handout)
The SPCA has seized more than 200 cattle from a farm in Shawnigan Lake. (File photo)

SPCA seizes 216 beef cattle from Vancouver Island property

BC SPCA calls the animals ‘neglected’ and ‘distressed’

The SPCA has seized more than 200 cattle from a farm in Shawnigan Lake. (File photo)

COVID-19 Delta variant claims young B.C. dad and farmer

Josh Mellor's fight against the virus inspired many to get vaccinated

COVID-19 Delta variant claims young Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor

A young Cowichan farmer, whose story has inspired others in the community to get vaccinated, has died after a brief but devastating battle against COVID's Delta variant.

COVID-19 Delta variant claims young Vancouver Island farmer Josh Mellor

Father of 2 young daughters, Mellor's fight against the virus inspired many to get vaccinated

Sarah Simpson Column: That bittersweet day your youngest goes off to kindergarten

The following week my child cried like she was punched in the guts

UPDATED: Young Cowichan farmer with COVID-19 put on ventilator

Josh Mellor is in the ICU at Royal Jubilee Hospital