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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)

Standing tall: M5 superyacht stops in Mill Bay

Largest single-masted boat ever built

The town hall, which was to be hosted by Alistair MacGregor, the MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford on Parks Canada’s proposed national marine conversation area in the southern Gulf Islands on Aug. 18 has been postponed. (File photo)

Town hall on proposal for new marine conservation are postponed

Event to be rescheduled in the fall

  • Aug 17, 2022
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says shoplifting and robberies on the increase. (File photo)

Robberies, shoplifting on the rise in Duncan area, RCMP say

Property crimes increase in Valley’s north end

Workers place new solar panels on the roof of Duncan United Church (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan United Church going solar to save

Jubilee Street facility installing solar panels

Workers place new solar panels on the roof of Duncan United Church (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Heat wave forecast to hit eastern Vancouver Island on Wednesday and Thursday. (File photo)
Heat wave forecast to hit eastern Vancouver Island on Wednesday and Thursday. (File photo)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

MacGregor’s conservation bill receives key endorsement

National strategy to conserve and improve soil health the aim

  • Aug 16, 2022
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)
Betty James, president of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 53, lays a wreath at the Duncan Cenotaph on Aug. 15 in a ceremony to commemorate those lost during the Burma Campaign in the Second World War. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Ceremony held in Duncan to commemorate Burma Campaign

Soldiers who fought in campaign known as the “Forgotten Army”

  • Aug 16, 2022
Betty James, president of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 53, lays a wreath at the Duncan Cenotaph on Aug. 15 in a ceremony to commemorate those lost during the Burma Campaign in the Second World War. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Northbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford is expected to move slowly as the backup from a crash-related lane closure is relieved. (DriveBC traffic camera)

UPDATE: Malahat reopens after crash; motorists warned to expect delays

A truck and trailer went into the ditch north of West Shore Parkway on Trans-Canada Highway

Northbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford is expected to move slowly as the backup from a crash-related lane closure is relieved. (DriveBC traffic camera)
Alistair MacGregor, MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, will host a town hall on Aug. 18 to discuss freighter anchorages and the creation of a new marine park in the southern Gulf Islands. (File photo)
Alistair MacGregor, MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, will host a town hall on Aug. 18 to discuss freighter anchorages and the creation of a new marine park in the southern Gulf Islands. (File photo)
North Cowichan Coun. Rosalie Sawrie made a successful motion at a recent council member for a review of the municipality’s standards of conduct policy. (File photo)

North Cowichan to review its standards of conduct for council and staff

Municipality had received complaints about current policy

North Cowichan Coun. Rosalie Sawrie made a successful motion at a recent council member for a review of the municipality’s standards of conduct policy. (File photo)
The projected costs for a planned new childcare service building in North Cowichan have risen substantially. (File photo)

Projected costs of new North Cowichan childcare facility rise substantially

Escalating expenses and need for big contingency fund cited as main reasons

The projected costs for a planned new childcare service building in North Cowichan have risen substantially. (File photo)
View from the reconnaissance flight. BC Wildfire Service

Mt. Evans fire near Kimberley being monitored by helicopters and air tankers

Terrain is not safe for ground crews says BC Wildfire Service

View from the reconnaissance flight. BC Wildfire Service
With two vials of lake water already collected, Jim Deck pours a vial of regular water into an empty vial to measure the amount of sunscreen in the air. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Volunteers take the plunge to test sunscreen levels in Cowichan Lake, river

Visitors coming to Cowichan Lake area from around the globe

With two vials of lake water already collected, Jim Deck pours a vial of regular water into an empty vial to measure the amount of sunscreen in the air. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Wendy Finch, manager at the Merit Furniture location in Duncan, and Mike Ruhr invite people to attend the company’s 38th anniversary which will see sales on lots of the store’s merchandise. The anniversary sale will run until Aug. 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Merit Furniture celebrates 38th anniversary

The latest from the Cowichan Valley business community

Wendy Finch, manager at the Merit Furniture location in Duncan, and Mike Ruhr invite people to attend the company’s 38th anniversary which will see sales on lots of the store’s merchandise. The anniversary sale will run until Aug. 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CVRD vice chair Sierra Acton said she should not have to sign off on the business expenses of the chair of the board, as recommended by district auditors. (File photo)
CVRD board vice chair Sierra Acton told the board she does not want to be responsible for signing off on the expenses of the chair. (File photo)

CVRD directors’ business expenses policy hot topic at meeting

Who signs off on expenses raises questions around best practices

CVRD vice chair Sierra Acton said she should not have to sign off on the business expenses of the chair of the board, as recommended by district auditors. (File photo)
CVRD board vice chair Sierra Acton told the board she does not want to be responsible for signing off on the expenses of the chair. (File photo)
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will be hosting its annual festival in Duncan on Aug. 13, 2022. (William Jorgensen photo/courtesy of Pagan Pride)

Pagan festival coming to Duncan

Entertainment, vendors and more in Charles Hoey Park

  • Aug 11, 2022
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will be hosting its annual festival in Duncan on Aug. 13, 2022. (William Jorgensen photo/courtesy of Pagan Pride)
A North Cowichan officer diverts traffic around a brush fire at the intersection of Kingsview Road and Donnay Drive Aug. 11. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

2 firehalls called out to brushfire in Maple Bay

Fire at Kingsview and Donnay traffic circle

A North Cowichan officer diverts traffic around a brush fire at the intersection of Kingsview Road and Donnay Drive Aug. 11. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said BC Housing has committed to deal with street disorder issues at its new homeless facility on Paddle Road. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said BC Housing has committed to deal with street disorder issues at its new homeless facility on Paddle Road. (File photo)
BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)

Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuation orders rescinded for Olalla

Village of Apex and portion of Green Mountain Road remain on evacuation

BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)
Kerkhoff Construction is proposing to build a comprehensive apartment complex at the north end of Paddle Road. (Graphic courtesy of North Cowichan)

2 large apartment complexes proposed in North Cowichan

But some councillors take issue with lack of affordable housing and public amenities

Kerkhoff Construction is proposing to build a comprehensive apartment complex at the north end of Paddle Road. (Graphic courtesy of North Cowichan)