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The CVRD has chosen a new society to deliver community policing services for North Cowichan, Duncan and Cowichan Bay. North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says he hopes this will breath new life into the program. (File photo)

New society selected to provide Cowichan Community Policing services

CVRD chooses the South Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Society

  • Dec 29, 2020
The CVRD has chosen a new society to deliver community policing services for North Cowichan, Duncan and Cowichan Bay. North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says he hopes this will breath new life into the program. (File photo)
The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society said returning the site at 6060 Canada Ave., where the RCMP detachment is currently located, to wetlands would do much to mitigate the regular flooding on Canada Avenue as well as helping fish populations. (File photo)

Society wants North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment property returned to wetlands

Advocates state regular flooding would be mitigated, and salmon conservation assisted

The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society said returning the site at 6060 Canada Ave., where the RCMP detachment is currently located, to wetlands would do much to mitigate the regular flooding on Canada Avenue as well as helping fish populations. (File photo)
A combined swift water team from the Cowichan and Ladysmith Search and Rescue units was called out to the the Cowichan River on Christmas Day to investigate a report of an overturned boat. (Submitted photo)
A combined swift water team from the Cowichan and Ladysmith Search and Rescue units was called out to the the Cowichan River on Christmas Day to investigate a report of an overturned boat. (Submitted photo)
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Fire on Jan. 13, 2021, off of the Trans Canada Highway in Duncan
Lewis Apartments
Fatal fire Christmas Day in Cowichan Valley
Snow in the Cowichan Valley Dec. 21, 2020
Jody Anderson has been missing since Dec. 22 (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Missing woman found safe; man remains missing from Lake Cowichan

Cory Harrington last seen on Dec. 11; Jody Anderson missing since Dec. 22

Jody Anderson has been missing since Dec. 22 (Submitted photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said it’s often up to the discretion of the municipality’s bylaw officers to determine whether a property is a nuisance. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said it’s often up to the discretion of the municipality’s bylaw officers to determine whether a property is a nuisance. (File photo)
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce held a virtual AGM this year due to the health pandemic. Pictured are the chamber’s executive director Sonja Nagel (left) and president Julie Scurr. (File photo)

Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce holds AGM

Three new members added to the board

  • Dec 27, 2020
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce held a virtual AGM this year due to the health pandemic. Pictured are the chamber’s executive director Sonja Nagel (left) and president Julie Scurr. (File photo)
“An angel tells part of the Christmas story while shepherds and angels keep watch during the Yount School Christmas nativity pageant.” (Lake News, Dec. 22, 1980)

Lake Flashback: Workers cleared, Jaws used, payment sought

Do you remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

“An angel tells part of the Christmas story while shepherds and angels keep watch during the Yount School Christmas nativity pageant.” (Lake News, Dec. 22, 1980)
You can now renew your dog licence online with a credit card in North Cowichan. (File photo)

Renew dog licence online with credit card for 2021 in North Cowichan

Dog owners in the municipality have a number of choices for renewing their furry friend’s licence

You can now renew your dog licence online with a credit card in North Cowichan. (File photo)
Fire crews rushed to a house fire on Grieve Road shortly after 9 a.m. Christmas day. Witness saw flames from quite a distance away. (Kevin Rothbauer)

Two Christmas morning fires in North Cowichan

Holiday festivities came to an abrupt end for many Christmas morning as…

Fire crews rushed to a house fire on Grieve Road shortly after 9 a.m. Christmas day. Witness saw flames from quite a distance away. (Kevin Rothbauer)
Steve Elkiw, owner of Jerry’s Cannabis in Ladysmith, plans to open another location in Lake Cowichan after Christmas. (File photo)

Business notes: Jerry’s Cannabis to open in Lake Cowichan

What’s going on in Cowichan’s business community

Steve Elkiw, owner of Jerry’s Cannabis in Ladysmith, plans to open another location in Lake Cowichan after Christmas. (File photo)
Amanda Vance, executive director of the DDBIA, stands in front of Station Street Common at the opening of the food court last summer. (File photo)
Amanda Vance, executive director of the DDBIA, stands in front of Station Street Common at the opening of the food court last summer. (File photo)
Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donated this Christmas to the Al Ibrahim family of Sidney, who arrived in Sidney from Syria (by way of Turkey) in September 2018. The club donated the tree following a wish from 16-year-old Reem (left), here seen with grandmother Fatem, sister Mira (6), father Khalid and mother Shemse, as well her brothers Muhammed (15, far right) and Hassan (12) and Abduramah (10). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Syrian family embraces surprise Christmas tree as symbol of their new home

Rotary club donates decorated tree to Al Ibrahim family

Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donated this Christmas to the Al Ibrahim family of Sidney, who arrived in Sidney from Syria (by way of Turkey) in September 2018. The club donated the tree following a wish from 16-year-old Reem (left), here seen with grandmother Fatem, sister Mira (6), father Khalid and mother Shemse, as well her brothers Muhammed (15, far right) and Hassan (12) and Abduramah (10). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
More than 300 concerned citizens marched through the streets of Duncan in September to voice their opposition to the location of Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre. (File photo)

North Cowichan asked to officially object to location of wellness centre

Group continues efforts to change location from York Road

More than 300 concerned citizens marched through the streets of Duncan in September to voice their opposition to the location of Island Health’s new Wellness and Recovery Centre. (File photo)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
BC Transit and the Cowichan Valley Regional District have released their holiday bus schedule. Know before you go. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Transit releases holiday schedule

Bus riders take note, BC Transit and the Cowichan Valley Regional District…

BC Transit and the Cowichan Valley Regional District have released their holiday bus schedule. Know before you go. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Police received a tip from a Chemainus resident that led them to recover a stolen vehicle and the eventual arrest of a suspect. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Man arrested after stolen vehicle recovered in Chemainus

Suspect not located initially but later turns himself in without incident

Police received a tip from a Chemainus resident that led them to recover a stolen vehicle and the eventual arrest of a suspect. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Wayne Newton (left), the mechanics teacher at Cowichan Secondary School, stands with Grade 12 student Mya Rosenlind in front of the $2,500 worth of tools and equipment that were bought through a fundraiser organized by Rosenlind. (Submitted photo)
Wayne Newton (left), the mechanics teacher at Cowichan Secondary School, stands with Grade 12 student Mya Rosenlind in front of the $2,500 worth of tools and equipment that were bought through a fundraiser organized by Rosenlind. (Submitted photo)
The $10-million Cowichan Hospice House was officially opened on Dec. 22. (File photo)

Cowichan Hospice House officially opens

10-bed facility cost $10 million to build

The $10-million Cowichan Hospice House was officially opened on Dec. 22. (File photo)
Pictured is the remnants of a parachute from a marine distress flare that exploded close to the ground on the evening of Dec. 12 and was found in a lower branch of a garry oak tree next to a home in Maple Bay. (Submitted photo)
Pictured is the remnants of a parachute from a marine distress flare that exploded close to the ground on the evening of Dec. 12 and was found in a lower branch of a garry oak tree next to a home in Maple Bay. (Submitted photo)
Cowichan Tribes have opened an emergency homeless shelter for youth. (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes opens youth homeless shelter

The shelter, located on Cowichan Way, will be open until May

  • Dec 22, 2020
Cowichan Tribes have opened an emergency homeless shelter for youth. (File photo)