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Darron Kloster

Darron Kloster has been an editor, reporter and feature writer for the Times Colonist for 34 years and has worked in the industry for four decades covering everything from sports and business to municipal and provincial politics and breaking news.

Darron covers stories involving climate change and issues involving wildlife, marine ecosystems and the rapid changes to our natural world. He also edits and compiles several of the Times Colonist’s special projects, including Discover Magazine, and writes the On The Street business column.

A Saskatchewan native and a graduate of Mount Royal University journalism program, Darron has a natural curiosity — and a belief that every person has a story to tell.

When he’s not at press conferences, in the field, on the phone or pounding on a keyboard, Darron likes exploring and photographing Vancouver Island’s beautiful terrain, tending his vegetable patch and doing carpentry projects.

Email
dkloster@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Darron

Police officers disciplined for using Taser as party trick, going on dating app while on surveillance duty

Police officers disciplined for using Taser as party trick, going on dating app while on surveillance duty

Overall number of complaints to Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner up 26% year on year, though investigations into misconduct ordered by the commissioner remained about the same.
Police dog helped find Duncan woman who went missing on walk

Police dog helped find Duncan woman who went missing on walk

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Duncan got a call just after 5 a.m., after the woman’s roommate became concerned that she had not returned home from an evening walk the night before.
Drought, dwindling number of farms cut into Christmas tree supply

Drought, dwindling number of farms cut into Christmas tree supply

Christmas tree farms are vanishing — from 500 a decade ago to about 400 now — as owners retire and sell off their land, while supplies are also being hit hard by extreme weather
Island marmot to grace U.S. stamp series featuring endangered species; Marmota vancouverensis has been having a tough year

Island marmot to grace U.S. stamp series featuring endangered species; Marmota vancouverensis has been having a tough year

The stamp series features creatures whose populations are critically low in the U.S. and its territories — and one that makes its home exclusively in the mountains of central Vancouver Island
It's fall and the deer have one thing on their minds

It's fall and the deer have one thing on their minds

An Oak Bay senior got to see the fall rut in action when she came upon two blacktail bucks locking antlers, one of which suddenly bounded toward her car and jumped over it, taking off a windshield wiper
Heavy rain boosts water levels for salmon seeking to spawn

Heavy rain boosts water levels for salmon seeking to spawn

Another ‘atmospheric river’ is bringing more rain to the Island starting Saturday, which is good news for salmon after weeks of drought saw river levels drop
Female humpback whale found dead off Malcolm Island

Female humpback whale found dead off Malcolm Island

DFO and volunteers helped to secure the severely bloated body to shore to ensure the animal and any evidence of its death didn’t wash away with the tides
Deadly death cap mushroom is lurking, despite drought

Deadly death cap mushroom is lurking, despite drought

While other mushrooms might be hard to find because of extended dry weather, death caps are still turning up in areas where the ground is watered, such as boulevards, parks and lawns
Scientists confirm newborn endangered orca is a female

Scientists confirm newborn endangered orca is a female

The overall population of southern resident killer whales continues to decline, with K-pod down to just 16 members. K45 is the first newborn for the pod since 2011.
Minimum-age restrictions brought in for young workers in B.C.

Minimum-age restrictions brought in for young workers in B.C.

Must be age 16 or 18 for some jobs; new regulations take effect Jan. 1, 2023
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