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Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, speaks to volunteers at a recent luncheon. (RCMP photo)

RCMP celebrates its Cowichan volunteers

Volunteer programs face challenges

  • Nov 13, 2021
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, speaks to volunteers at a recent luncheon. (RCMP photo)
Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)
Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)
Fairy Creek. (Roger Wiles photo)

Exploding bear spray leads to chemical burns at Fairy Creek

Five people, including children, injured and treated at the scene

Fairy Creek. (Roger Wiles photo)
Unacceptable contamination rates in recycling bins has led to North Cowichan launching an education campaign about the program. (File photo)

North Cowichan to begin inspecting recycling bins in January

Contamination rates too high

  • Nov 12, 2021
Unacceptable contamination rates in recycling bins has led to North Cowichan launching an education campaign about the program. (File photo)
The site of the former Crofton Elementary School on Robert Street will eventually be developed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

$1.81 million offer accepted for former Crofton Elementary School site

School district just waiting for the deal to be closed

The site of the former Crofton Elementary School on Robert Street will eventually be developed. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Logan MacQueen and Jessica Howarth, a brother-sister team, are the owners of the new Urban Forest Bistro that has opened on Kenneth Street in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Urban Forest Bistro opens on Kenneth Street in Duncan

The latest from the Cowichan Valley business community

Logan MacQueen and Jessica Howarth, a brother-sister team, are the owners of the new Urban Forest Bistro that has opened on Kenneth Street in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Bob Collins, a former member of the Queen’s Own in Winnipeg, stands at attention on Oct. 22 at Cobble Hill Cenotaph to honour members of the Canadian military who died in Canada in non-combat roles. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Remembrance Day: Honouring all those who have served in uniform

All the ways we remember our dead in Cowichan

  • Nov 11, 2021
Bob Collins, a former member of the Queen’s Own in Winnipeg, stands at attention on Oct. 22 at Cobble Hill Cenotaph to honour members of the Canadian military who died in Canada in non-combat roles. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Julio Cochoy of Guatemala shows an admiring customer the beautiful beaded hummingbirds crafted by women in his Guatemalan village at a previous Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. The Bazaar is coming to Duncan Nov. 13 and 14, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Fiesta World Craft Bazaar)

Coming up in Cowichan: Craft fairs are back

Christmas Chaos, Fiesta World Craft Bazaar

Julio Cochoy of Guatemala shows an admiring customer the beautiful beaded hummingbirds crafted by women in his Guatemalan village at a previous Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. The Bazaar is coming to Duncan Nov. 13 and 14, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Fiesta World Craft Bazaar)
The Duncan Cenotaph is erected in 1921 at Station Street and Front Street (now Canada Avenue). (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)

Remembrance Day: Cowichan cenotaphs still standing 100 years later

This Remembrance Day marks the centennial of the unveiling of the Duncan Cenotaph

  • Nov 11, 2021
The Duncan Cenotaph is erected in 1921 at Station Street and Front Street (now Canada Avenue). (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)
Urban One Builders was selected to design and build the new Cowichan Secondary, which will be located on University Way. Construction is set to begin soon. (Courtesy of Mike Russell)

Builder selected for new Cowichan Secondary

Indigenous culture, heritage and design key aspects of state-of-the-art facility

Urban One Builders was selected to design and build the new Cowichan Secondary, which will be located on University Way. Construction is set to begin soon. (Courtesy of Mike Russell)
The remains of John Lambert, of St. John’s, Nfld. were discovered in 2016. (Department of National Defence photo)

Remembrance Day: Soldiers ‘found’ and a local work in progress

Late last year, in November and December, the remains of two soldiers were officially identified

  • Nov 11, 2021
The remains of John Lambert, of St. John’s, Nfld. were discovered in 2016. (Department of National Defence photo)
Gen. Sir Fabian Ware, co-founder of the Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission. (Photo by Bassano, vintage print, Oct. 27, 1916)

Remembrance Day: What to do with the dead? The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

This year, T.W. looks at how Canadians have come to honour their war dead since 1917.

  • Nov 11, 2021
Gen. Sir Fabian Ware, co-founder of the Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission. (Photo by Bassano, vintage print, Oct. 27, 1916)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, said sex offences in the Valley are on the rise. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Sex offences on the rise in Cowichan Valley

RCMP say sex offences up 19 per cent from last year

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, said sex offences in the Valley are on the rise. (Black Press Media stock photo)
A meeting is scheduled to give property owners more information about how a new weir at Cowichan Lake could affect their properties. (Citizen file)
A meeting is scheduled to give property owners more information about how a new weir at Cowichan Lake could affect their properties. (Citizen file)
A logging truck dumped its load of logs onto two RCMP cruisers near Mesachie Lake Tuesday morning, sending three police officers to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (RCMP photo)
A logging truck dumped its load of logs onto two RCMP cruisers near Mesachie Lake Tuesday morning, sending three police officers to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (RCMP photo)
Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)
Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)
There was a small gathering at the cenotaph at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan during the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Remembrance Day Ceremony in Duncan on Nov. 11

Masks recommended

  • Nov 9, 2021
There was a small gathering at the cenotaph at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan during the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Legion member Tim Spencer holds one of three wreaths that were smashed apart at the Duncan Cenotaph. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

3 wreaths trashed at Duncan Cenotaph

“These wreaths are meant to commemorate the people who died fighting for their country”

Legion member Tim Spencer holds one of three wreaths that were smashed apart at the Duncan Cenotaph. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health, province to require proof of vaccination for acute care visitors

Children under 12, those with medical exemptions excluded from requirement

Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)
Anna Kempe receives her Student of the Month certificate from Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry, joined on the left by DCS athletic director Tom Veenstra and on the right by Student of the Month coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Anna Kempe receives her Student of the Month certificate from Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry, joined on the left by DCS athletic director Tom Veenstra and on the right by Student of the Month coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)