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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)
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)
It was police service dog Halla to the rescue on Nov. 16 after a woman went missing from Duncan. (RCMP photo)
It was police service dog Halla to the rescue on Nov. 16 after a woman went missing from Duncan. (RCMP photo)
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)
Saanich Inlet Protection Society based in Central Saanich is concerned that two resource projects on the Malahat side of the inlet threaten the ecology of the inlet, home to a wide variety of marine animals including octopus. (Brent Cooke/Submitted)

Concerns over resource projects span across Saanich Inlet

Saanich Inlet Protection Society is calling for an environmental assessment

Saanich Inlet Protection Society based in Central Saanich is concerned that two resource projects on the Malahat side of the inlet threaten the ecology of the inlet, home to a wide variety of marine animals including octopus. (Brent Cooke/Submitted)
Former sports reporter Kevin Rothbauer won first place in the CCNA awards for this photo of the Brentwood basketball team in action. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Former sports reporter Kevin Rothbauer won first place in the CCNA awards for this photo of the Brentwood basketball team in action. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Citizen, Gazette win slew of national awards

Congratulations to the team for CCNA nods

Former sports reporter Kevin Rothbauer won first place in the CCNA awards for this photo of the Brentwood basketball team in action. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Former sports reporter Kevin Rothbauer won first place in the CCNA awards for this photo of the Brentwood basketball team in action. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police are seeking assistance in identifying two break-in suspects. (Black Press file photo)

Large amount of money stolen from ATM in Chemainus

Suspects sought after break-and-enter at Co-op gas station

Police are seeking assistance in identifying two break-in suspects. (Black Press file 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)
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)
The Colin John hearing at the Duncan courthouse has been extended into the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

John hearing in 2016 Descoteau murder extends into the new year

Experts testifying on both sides of the not criminally responsible angle

The Colin John hearing at the Duncan courthouse has been extended into the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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)
BC Ferries is using the one-year anniversary of the 2021 storm that washed out highways connecting Greater Victoria with the rest of Vancouver Island to highlight the role the crew on board the Klitsa played in keeping the community connected. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)

BC Ferries celebrates Klitsa crew on anniversary of 2021 floods

Brentwood-Mill Bay ferry and her crew provided a lifeline for stranded travellers

BC Ferries is using the one-year anniversary of the 2021 storm that washed out highways connecting Greater Victoria with the rest of Vancouver Island to highlight the role the crew on board the Klitsa played in keeping the community connected. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)
The Malahat will have single-lane alternating traffic overnight starting Nov. 17. (Google Streetview)
The Malahat will have single-lane alternating traffic overnight starting Nov. 17. (Google Streetview)
Police warn of “sextortion” cyber scams. (Citizen file photo)

Police warn of huge jump in “sextortion” scams in Cowichan

Online sex scams have increased in the region by 163 per cent since last year

Police warn of “sextortion” cyber scams. (Citizen file 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)
The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, representatives from all Nations served by the Cowichan Valley School District joined the Board of Education for the formal inauguration of the Board All-Nations Indigenous Education Council. (Courtesy of Cowichan Valley School District)

Cowichan Valley Board of Education commits to All-Nations Indigenous Education Council

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, representatives from all Nations served by the Cowichan…

  • Nov 14, 2022
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, representatives from all Nations served by the Cowichan Valley School District joined the Board of Education for the formal inauguration of the Board All-Nations Indigenous Education Council. (Courtesy of Cowichan Valley School District)
A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services 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)
Trees blown unto power lines during windstorms are causing ongoing problems for a number of businesses in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)

No easy answers for businesses hit by windstorms in Chemainus

Damage to inventory extensive for many during power outages

Trees blown unto power lines during windstorms are causing ongoing problems for a number of businesses in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)
The Chemainus River water levels remained low into late October, but that can change very quickly with a few days of heavy rains. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Flood mitigation work underway for lower Chemainus River

Gravel and sediment removal one of the steps being undertaken

  • Nov 12, 2022
The Chemainus River water levels remained low into late October, but that can change very quickly with a few days of heavy rains. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Nathan Matheson, interim manager of Jim’s Clothes Closet’s new Duncan store, cuts the ribbon at its grand opening on Oct. 29 while, from left, Drew Bradley, CoCo Bezjack, Spencer Nasralla, Laurie Duquette and DDBIA executive director Katherine Divine look on. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Jim’s Clothes Closet opens store in Duncan

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Nathan Matheson, interim manager of Jim’s Clothes Closet’s new Duncan store, cuts the ribbon at its grand opening on Oct. 29 while, from left, Drew Bradley, CoCo Bezjack, Spencer Nasralla, Laurie Duquette and DDBIA executive director Katherine Divine look on. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Pictured are all the award winners at the 22nd annual Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Excellence Awards that was held on Oct. 29. From left, Andrew Braye (Citizen of the Year); Katie St. Onge, owner Lake Mercantile (Excellence in Customer Service Award); Jocelyn Lundberg on behalf of Kinsmen/Kinette volunteer community service; Gillian Longbottom and Sue Marchant on behalf of The Tube Shack (Business of the Year); Pat Weaver from the Forest Co- Op and Julia Martinusen, from Trail Blazers (Above & Beyond Award). (Lauri Meanley photo)

The Tube Shack takes home 2021 Business of the Year Award in Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce held annual awards banquet on Oct. 29

Pictured are all the award winners at the 22nd annual Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Excellence Awards that was held on Oct. 29. From left, Andrew Braye (Citizen of the Year); Katie St. Onge, owner Lake Mercantile (Excellence in Customer Service Award); Jocelyn Lundberg on behalf of Kinsmen/Kinette volunteer community service; Gillian Longbottom and Sue Marchant on behalf of The Tube Shack (Business of the Year); Pat Weaver from the Forest Co- Op and Julia Martinusen, from Trail Blazers (Above & Beyond Award). (Lauri Meanley photo)