Doug Kitchen of Wee Chip Cowichan has been cleaning up around trees between Duncan Street and the railway tracks. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Doug Kitchen of Wee Chip Cowichan has been cleaning up around trees between Duncan Street and the railway tracks. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Business notes: Tree trimming aims to curb illegal activity on Duncan Street

Doug Kitchen, owner of Wee Chip Cowichan, has been contracted to clean up and trim trees along Duncan Street.

In recent weeks, homeless people and drug users have descended on the area, camping out and doing drugs. The idea is to clean up around the base of the large trees, leaving them open and less appealing for people who may want to hide themselves or what they’re up to.

“We’re finding lots of drug paraphernalia and other things,” Kitchen said as he put the final cuts to the base of one of the trees near the railway tracks.

Island Corridor Foundation is paying for the work being done by Wee Chip Cowichan and it’s expected five of the trees along the track will be dealt with this week.

• • •

The world’s largest hockey stick is in for an upgrade.

On Aug. 12, Josh Lust of Cogent Green Solutions, a Duncan-based electrical contracting firm, will begin installing new lighting on the stick in front of the Cowichan Community Centre.

The LED lighting will cover more than 400 feet of the stick that measures 205 feet.

“The lighting will be on top and bottom of the stick and the puck,” explains Lust who first proposed the project to Terri Askham of the CVRD.

“I’ve always wanted to see the stick lit up,” adds Lust who presented an idea to do more than just light up the famous stick.

“There will be various colours that can be lit for different events and they can be turned on and off whenever you like.”

The job will take about a week to complete and the cost will be relatively minor, particularly since the CVRD will have a lift on-site that week anyway.

Cowichan folks are proud owners of the stick that was originally commissioned by the Government of Canada as part of Expo ‘86 in Vancouver.

Following the fair, the artifact was donated to the Province of British Columbia, which held a Canada-wide competition to determine its final destination. The Cowichan Community Centre site in the Cowichan Valley was selected from more than 30 community and private organizations.

The 61,000 pound stick was moved to its current location in front of the arena after Expo. Built from Douglas Fir wooden beams reinforced with steel, the stick is a popular tourist attraction with many people enjoying getting their picture taken in front of the huge Canadian icon.

The Guinness Book of World Records officially bestowed the title of the world’s largest hockey stick on July 14, 2008 after a 20-year battle for recognition.

• • •

If you’re looking to promote a particular product or service, the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s Member to Member Deals and Hot Deals are a great way to get the word out. This is one of the many benefits included in your annual membership investment. The best part is that there’s no charge to post a Deal on the Chamber’s website!

Whether it’s a sale of the week, an introductory offer for an ongoing service or a standing discount for fellow Chamber members, posting a Member to Member Deal or Hot Deal is a great way to attract new customers and clients. Like the Banner Ads, Deal impressions can be tracked in your MIC.

These two promotional platforms have their own dedicated pages on the Chamber’s website, which means more opportunities for your business to be seen!

Member to Member Deals (exclusively for Chamber Members) and Hot Deals (available to the general public) can be submitted and edited at any time, through your MIC.

If you would like more information or assistance in submitting a Deal, call the Chamber at 250-748-1111.

Just Posted

Cowichan District Hospital. (File photo)
Guest column: The story of a surgery in Cowichan

In homage to the Cowichan District Hospital and its surgical team

Motorcyclists in the hundreds depart from Duncan on a South Island ride in honour of the Kamloops 215. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Ride for the Kamloops 215 takes over Trans-Canada Highway

“My family was in residential schools for three generations. On the day… Continue reading

(The winning Lady of the Lake candidates demonstrate their talents during the annual Opportunity Night, Wednesday, June 8. Mary Batyi, left, does a Highland Dance routine, accompanied by a bagpiper; Jorden Matson, centre, shows people her artwork while telling the crowd what her inspirations are; Amber Bell tells people about competitive swimming, before providing a virtual demonstration.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 15, 2011)
Flashback: Water meters, ‘Porky’, and Lady of the Lake

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old… Continue reading

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: Not securing your load could cost you big

An object of any sort falling off of the vehicle in front of you is definitely a surprise

Jared Popma recently streamed a live concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Ashley Daniel Foot photo)
21-year-old jazz artist talks favourite tunes and joys of music theory

Jared Popma recently streamed a concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased on Vancouver Island

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

Most Read