Mike Chouinard

A cougar walks through the backyard of a Comox home. Image, video screenshot

VIDEO: Inquisitive cougar strolls through Vancouver Island backyard lounge

Animal walks up to house, then wanders back into the woods

A cougar walks through the backyard of a Comox home. Image, video screenshot
David Ian Hamilton in his Cumberland backyard. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Vancouver Island asbestos warrior doesn’t accept WorkSafeBC’s response

Part 2 of 2: Asbestos in older buildings may be forgotten but it’s hardly gone as a safety hazard

David Ian Hamilton in his Cumberland backyard. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District sticks to same tax requisiti0n

Board passes provisional budget for now, with final version planned for March 2o22

The CSRHD board expects to have the same tax requisition for 2022. Most of it goes to pay down debt on the new regional hospitals. File photo

Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District sticks to same tax requisition

Board passes provisional budget for now, with final version planned for March 2022

The CSRHD board expects to have the same tax requisition for 2022. Most of it goes to pay down debt on the new regional hospitals. File photo
David Ian Hamilton has been battling over asbestos on many fronts. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Tackling asbestos safety gaps Vancouver Island man’s mission

Part 1 of 2: “Once you’ve had your eyes opened, you can never close them.”

David Ian Hamilton has been battling over asbestos on many fronts. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A Comox Valley man was sentenced in Supreme Court on Monday for a brutal attack on his former spouse in early 2020. Record file photo

Comox Valley man gets five-plus years for box-cutter attack on his ex

Break-in, aggravated assault on former spouse were most serious charges against Clinton Armstrong

A Comox Valley man was sentenced in Supreme Court on Monday for a brutal attack on his former spouse in early 2020. Record file photo
The 2019 attack took place in the area near 3rd Street and Menzies Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Violent random attack on Courtenay senior sparks call for more mental health supports

Accused found not criminially responsible, thought victim was a ‘lizard person’ because of gold purse

The 2019 attack took place in the area near 3rd Street and Menzies Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Denman Island lies at the northern edge of the Islands Trust area. A resident is one of those speaking up about the new Islands Trust planning process. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Islands’ resident question Islands Trust long-term plan changes

Speakers at recent online forum included former senator Pat Carney

Denman Island lies at the northern edge of the Islands Trust area. A resident is one of those speaking up about the new Islands Trust planning process. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The graph shows the timeline for types of waste added to the EPR. Image, CSWM report

Comox Strathcona Waste Management expects savings from new B.C. program

Province brought in the Extended Producer Responsibility program in September

The graph shows the timeline for types of waste added to the EPR. Image, CSWM report
The CSRHD board would like more data around pathology testing in the region’s hospitals. Record file photo (Mirror file photo)

More pathology test data needed, says Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital Board

There is still uncertainty around extent to which testing is sent away versus done locally

The CSRHD board would like more data around pathology testing in the region’s hospitals. Record file photo (Mirror file photo)
Crown and defence made sentencing arguments in the Clinton Armstrong case in B.C. Supreme Court in Courtenay on Friday. Black Press file photo

Crown seeks 10-plus years for Island man in box cutter attack

Comox Valley case revolved around accused’s attacks against common-law wife

Crown and defence made sentencing arguments in the Clinton Armstrong case in B.C. Supreme Court in Courtenay on Friday. Black Press file photo
A man was sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo recently for passing counterfeit money in the Comox Valley. Black Press file

Judge rules 912 days the cost of Vancouver Island counterfeiting operation

Pedro Frank Cisneros was sentenced to more than 500 days plus time served as well as probation

A man was sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo recently for passing counterfeit money in the Comox Valley. Black Press file
Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied

Notorious Vancouver Island landlord pleads to numerous bylaw infractions at ‘problem’ properties

Penalties for Amandio Santos, River Dam Holdings include $35,000 in fines plus legal fees

Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied
Hundreds of trucks come to the Campbell River landfill with waste, half of which is divertable to either recycling or composting facilities. Black Press file photo

Comox Strathcona board approves increase for organics compost facility

Staff report notes tenders came in higher than the approved budget for the project

Hundreds of trucks come to the Campbell River landfill with waste, half of which is divertable to either recycling or composting facilities. Black Press file photo
After entering pleas to multiple charges from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, Michael Leighton received sentences of up to 44 months in provincial court on Sept. 8. File photo

Prolific Vancouver Island property offender’s sentences total 44 months

Michael A. Leighton was facing charges from several Island communities

After entering pleas to multiple charges from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, Michael Leighton received sentences of up to 44 months in provincial court on Sept. 8. File photo
Roger Thomas marks his 80th birthday with his annual ride up Mt. Washington. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island man marks 80th birthday by cycling up Mt. Washington

Roger Thomas has been making the ride around birthday time for years

Roger Thomas marks his 80th birthday with his annual ride up Mt. Washington. Photo supplied
The fire crew was cleaning up Wednesday morning. Photo by Tanja Hespe Kerr

Royston home damaged by early morning fire

Four occupants got out safely but are displaced because of the incident

The fire crew was cleaning up Wednesday morning. Photo by Tanja Hespe Kerr
Graeme Johnston of Denman Island has been very ill after exposure to bacteria more typically found in tropical waters. Photo supplied

Denman Island man’s infection from rare bacteria raising questions

Graeme Johnston was likely exposed in ocean after suffering leg wound, says wife

Graeme Johnston of Denman Island has been very ill after exposure to bacteria more typically found in tropical waters. Photo supplied
In court on Friday, Clinton G. Armstrong was found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of a number of other charges. Record file photo

Courtenay man who slashed confined wife with box-cutters not guilty of attempted murder

Clinton G. Armstrong convicted of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon in Courtenay courtroom

In court on Friday, Clinton G. Armstrong was found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of a number of other charges. Record file photo
Comox’s Henry Irizawa holds his credentials for the upcoming Olympics, the 12th one he’s worked. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Vancouver Island TV veteran works his 12th Olympiad in Japan this summer

Henry Irizawa has been a fixture behind the scenes for TV sports for decades

Comox’s Henry Irizawa holds his credentials for the upcoming Olympics, the 12th one he’s worked. Photo by Mike Chouinard