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Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Picket line stops work at new Duncan hospital in dispute over union requirements

Cowichan Tribes-owned company concerned over union issues

Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Malahat SkyWalk has a roster of fun holiday events planned at the attraction. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Business notes: Malahat SkyWalk bringing the Holiday Magic to Cowichan

Exciting line-up of fun and festive activities for all to enjoy

The Malahat SkyWalk has a roster of fun holiday events planned at the attraction. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Lance DeBreé was presented with a Challenge Coin and certificate from the RCMP for his efforts to better himself and the community on Nov. 9. Pictured, from left, is Will Arnold, owner of Experience Cycling, Warren Kongas, a member of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, DeBreé and his mother Ro. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Police and community celebrate achievements of a once troubled Duncan man

Lance DeBreé awarded with a RCMP Challenge Coin

Lance DeBreé was presented with a Challenge Coin and certificate from the RCMP for his efforts to better himself and the community on Nov. 9. Pictured, from left, is Will Arnold, owner of Experience Cycling, Warren Kongas, a member of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, DeBreé and his mother Ro. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan will invest $204,000 in energy efficiencies at the new Crofton fire hall when it is built. (File photo)
North Cowichan will invest $204,000 in energy efficiencies at the new Crofton fire hall when it is built. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas said a proposal for a co-housing project in Chemainus is an “interesting concept” at the council meeting on Nov. 16, but said a decision on whether the municipality will consider it will have to wait until the new council has had further discussions. (Citizen file photo)

Co-housing project proposed for Chemainus

Project would be at the old Chemainus Elementary School property on Elliott Street

North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas said a proposal for a co-housing project in Chemainus is an “interesting concept” at the council meeting on Nov. 16, but said a decision on whether the municipality will consider it will have to wait until the new council has had further discussions. (Citizen file photo)
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Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Blush Vintage has opened up on Station Street in Duncan

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)

Living Wage in Cowichan increases by 21% in 2022

Other B.C. communities also see significant increases

The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)
War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan veteran receives France’s highest honour

Fernand Labrie presented with The Legion of Honour for services during the war

War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)

Green Party leader wants mask mandate in public places reinstated

Call comes as B.C.’s pediatric beds fill up

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Robert Barron column: Sometimes history is not exactly as it’s written

Coin draws into question just when Europeans first started settling North America’s east coast

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The fundraiser in the Cowichan Valley on Oct. 15 to assist children in Ukraine impacted by the ongoing war was a major success. From left are Brian and Sharon Holowaychuk, who operate Ukrainian Safe Haven in Sooke, Galyna, who lives at the Safe Haven, and Viktoriia Kozrp and her mother Yuilya who also live there. (Cheri Fretz Beaulieu photo)

More than $15,000 for Ukrainian children raised at event

Money to go to camp in Ukraine for youth impacted by war

The fundraiser in the Cowichan Valley on Oct. 15 to assist children in Ukraine impacted by the ongoing war was a major success. From left are Brian and Sharon Holowaychuk, who operate Ukrainian Safe Haven in Sooke, Galyna, who lives at the Safe Haven, and Viktoriia Kozrp and her mother Yuilya who also live there. (Cheri Fretz Beaulieu photo)
The Lake Cowichan area has had five deaths from toxic drugs in the first nine months of the year. (Citizen file photo)

Lake Cowichan area saw five deaths related to toxic drugs in first nine months of 2022

There were a total of 1,644 lives lost to illicit drugs in B.C. in the same time period

The Lake Cowichan area has had five deaths from toxic drugs in the first nine months of the year. (Citizen file photo)
Former North Cowichan councillor Glen Ridgway had his long-time moustache shaved as part of a Movember fundraiser earlier this week by Ian Smith, owner of The Society barbershop in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Island GM and others raise money for Movember fundraiser

The latest from the Cowichan Valley business community

Former North Cowichan councillor Glen Ridgway had his long-time moustache shaved as part of a Movember fundraiser earlier this week by Ian Smith, owner of The Society barbershop in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Gerry Giles is the 2022 recipient of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute’s Rural Woman of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are Anthea Archer, secretary of the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, Linda Bilkowski, president of the CHWI, Gerry Giles and Donna Jack, president of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan’s Gerry Giles is the 2022 Rural Woman of the Year

Community activist served 15 years as CVRD director for Cobble Hill

Gerry Giles is the 2022 recipient of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute’s Rural Woman of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are Anthea Archer, secretary of the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, Linda Bilkowski, president of the CHWI, Gerry Giles and Donna Jack, president of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute. (Submitted photo)
Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Parts of a Hallmark Christmas series being filmed in downtown Duncan

‘Holidazed’ will be released next year

Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Where Do We Stand group releases new video on North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Submitted photo)
Where Do We Stand group releases new video on North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Submitted photo)
Sponsors and donations are being sought to bring members of the Faris family (pictured), who are refugees living in a camp in Jordan, to the Cowichan Valley. (Submitted photo)
Sponsors and donations are being sought to bring members of the Faris family (pictured), who are refugees living in a camp in Jordan, to the Cowichan Valley. (Submitted photo)
The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)

Ladysmith mayor new chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District

Stone says directors need to work together

The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)
A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)

Truck strikes railway bridge, closing section of East Shawnigan Lake Road

Traffic detoured through West Shawnigan Lake Road.

A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)