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Make a date with a friend or gather as a family to create both ornaments and cards. (Submitted by CLAC)
Make a date with a friend or gather as a family to create both ornaments and cards. (Submitted by CLAC)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)

Special weather statement in effect with snow expected on the Island this week

Environment Canada forecasts 15 centimetres in inland areas of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)
Henry Wikkerink, manager of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, accepts homegrown produce donated by Cowichan Valley Garden Club members, from left, Judith Appleby, Wilma Harvie, and club president Darlene Veitch. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Garden Club)

Cowichan garden club grows a lot more than a row for food bank

11 club members took up the challenge

  • Nov 25, 2022
Henry Wikkerink, manager of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, accepts homegrown produce donated by Cowichan Valley Garden Club members, from left, Judith Appleby, Wilma Harvie, and club president Darlene Veitch. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Garden Club)
Emergency crews work on a flood-damaged section of the Malahat. (Courtesy Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Machinery on the move: Malahat lane closures in effect Tuesday night

Repairs ongoing since record-breaking rain washed out segment of Trans-Canada Highway

Emergency crews work on a flood-damaged section of the Malahat. (Courtesy Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
A group of Cowichan dog professionals has teamed up to help international organization Breaking the Chains raise funds to support dogs caught up in the war in Ukraine. (Breaking the Chains photo)
A group of Cowichan dog professionals has teamed up to help international organization Breaking the Chains raise funds to support dogs caught up in the war in Ukraine. (Breaking the Chains photo)
Donna Jones shows off her huge Christmas village at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)

Christmas village display sure to delight in Youbou

While you’re there, poke around Cassy’s giftshop which has it’s grand re-opening on Dec. 1

Donna Jones shows off her huge Christmas village at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)
Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Santas by the dozen take part in the Run for the Claus at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Lyle Young photo)
Santas by the dozen take part in the Run for the Claus at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Lyle Young photo)
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)
Police responded to a possible gun sighting at the Duncan Law Courts on Monday afternoon. (Citizen file)

Police find no gunman after reports of Duncan sighting

A large police presence gathered downtown on Monday afternoon

Police responded to a possible gun sighting at the Duncan Law Courts on Monday afternoon. (Citizen file)
Breghman Dolan’s car was totalled in the incident, leaving him waiting for his insurance claim to be filed. (Courtesy of Breghman Dolan)

Mill Bay man worried by Grand Theft Auto-style catalytic converter theft

Breghman Dolan’s car was chained to a truck, towed and flipped over outside George Bonner Elementary

Breghman Dolan’s car was totalled in the incident, leaving him waiting for his insurance claim to be filed. (Courtesy of Breghman Dolan)
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)
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)
The Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 16 evenings in 2022. (Citizen file)

All aboard! Christmas Express pulling in to Cowichan’s Forest Discovery Centre

Enjoy Christmas crafts, the fire pits, indoor entertainment, the miniature Christmas Village

The Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 16 evenings in 2022. (Citizen file)
The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Island Health issued an air quality advisory for the Cowichan Valley on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Black Press file photo)

UPDATE: Air quality advisory issued Sunday for Cowichan has been cancelled

Those with chronic conditions urged to take extra care and stay indoors

The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Island Health issued an air quality advisory for the Cowichan Valley on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Black Press file photo)
Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)

Widow of Penticton man reacts to $2K fine levied against driver who killed her husband

Steve Dahnert’s family got a life sentence and the driver has a year to pay her fine, said wife

Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)
Pipers add a stirring air to the Lake Cowichan parade for Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, 2022. (Lexi Bainas photo)

Crowd turns out for Remembrance Day in Lake Cowichan

A big crowd turned out at the Cenotaph in downtown Lake Cowichan…

  • Nov 20, 2022
Pipers add a stirring air to the Lake Cowichan parade for Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, 2022. (Lexi Bainas photo)
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)
Providence Farm is hosting its winter craft fair again in 2022, after two years off. (Citizen file)

Coming up in Cowichan: Christmas and winter fairs back; webinar for caregivers

Providence Farm and Glenora Farm are bringing back popular seasonal events

Providence Farm is hosting its winter craft fair again in 2022, after two years off. (Citizen file)
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)