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Floodwaters cover a road that runs through farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rains are flooding both the east and west coasts of Canada right now drawing attention to how ill prepared most of the country is for extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

MPs to hold emergency debate Wednesday on B.C. floods, climate change

B.C. MP Fast: ‘This is arguably the worst natural disaster in the history of our country’

Floodwaters cover a road that runs through farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rains are flooding both the east and west coasts of Canada right now drawing attention to how ill prepared most of the country is for extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ralph Cole receives his first COVID-19 vaccination the South Cariboo Health Centre, March 2021. B.C. residents aged 70 and older are currently getting booster third doses, as their immunity is less than younger people. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)

B.C. records 9 more deaths, 322 new COVID-19 infections Wednesday

Outbreaks in health care system continue to decline

Ralph Cole receives his first COVID-19 vaccination the South Cariboo Health Centre, March 2021. B.C. residents aged 70 and older are currently getting booster third doses, as their immunity is less than younger people. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, shown in this Wednesday, July 28, 2021, file photo, is proposing a climate levy that he hopes will be included in the city’s 2022 budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver mayor wants a climate levy in the city’s 2022 budget

Money would be used to cover infrastructure upgrades needed because of climate change

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, shown in this Wednesday, July 28, 2021, file photo, is proposing a climate levy that he hopes will be included in the city’s 2022 budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaks at the Toronto Global Forum in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Liberals introduce bill with targeted pandemic aid for businesses, workers

Proposal: $300 per week to workers off the job because of a pandemic-related lockdown

Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaks at the Toronto Global Forum in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Neil Kingswell has been living in a hotel since the Oct. 25 fire, but says he has nowhere to go now. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Victoria tenants forced out by fire set to launch suit claiming they didn’t have to leave

Apartment residents say they signed deal to end tenancies falsely thinking rooms uninhabitable

Neil Kingswell has been living in a hotel since the Oct. 25 fire, but says he has nowhere to go now. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
(Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)
Drive BC has reported a vehicle incident north of Quesnel, near Olson Road. (Google Maps)

Person dies after semi and pickup collide on Highway 97 north of Quesnel

The highway near Olson Road is closed while investigators work to determine the cause

Drive BC has reported a vehicle incident north of Quesnel, near Olson Road. (Google Maps)
Sleydo (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Facebook)

All arrested at Coastal GasLink pipeline blockade released under conditions

Upon release, Gidimt’en Checkpoint leader calls arrests and injunction a violation of human rights

Sleydo (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Facebook)
Rhoda Taylor, the widow Paul Lazenby, to whom the new patio portal in Cowichan Bay is dedicated, cuts the ribbon to officially open the patio along with some of the couple's children and grandchildren. (Rachel Penney photo)

Cowichan Bay’s new patio portal officially opens

$200,000 project began in 2019

Rhoda Taylor, the widow Paul Lazenby, to whom the new patio portal in Cowichan Bay is dedicated, cuts the ribbon to officially open the patio along with some of the couple's children and grandchildren. (Rachel Penney photo)
This large sign with North Cowichan’s now retired coat of arms on it that was located adjacent to the main door at Municipal Hall will be donated to the Chemainus Museum. (File photo)

North Cowichan’s retired coat of arms heading to Chemainus Museum

Museum expressed interest in acquiring artifacts to display

This large sign with North Cowichan’s now retired coat of arms on it that was located adjacent to the main door at Municipal Hall will be donated to the Chemainus Museum. (File photo)
Teri Mooring, B.C. Teachers’ Federation president, is in favour of holding vaccine clinics at schools. (Twitter/BCTF)

B.C. teachers’ union leader welcomes vaccination clinics at schools

Teri Mooring says schools a hub of the community, especially in smaller towns

Teri Mooring, B.C. Teachers’ Federation president, is in favour of holding vaccine clinics at schools. (Twitter/BCTF)
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the school board in Cowichan Valley, says it is fun to be focused on growth. (File photo)

Expansion, new schools on the horizon for Cowichan Valley School District

Increased enrolment and new development creating a need for more school spaces

Candace Spilsbury, chair of the school board in Cowichan Valley, says it is fun to be focused on growth. (File photo)
The firefighters at the Mesachie Lake fire hall will soon be working out of a new retrofitted building after the Cowichan Valley Regional District was successful with its application for a $350,000 federal/provincial grant to fund the project and contributions from the community. (Gazette file)

Mesachie Lake firehall gets $350,000 grant

Funds for needed retrofit of hall

  • Nov 26, 2021
The firefighters at the Mesachie Lake fire hall will soon be working out of a new retrofitted building after the Cowichan Valley Regional District was successful with its application for a $350,000 federal/provincial grant to fund the project and contributions from the community. (Gazette file)
Lake Cowichan Mayor Bob Day. (Citizen file)
Lake Cowichan Mayor Bob Day. (Citizen file)
Robyn Roxanne goes for a paddle near the intersection of Pine Street and Sahtlam Avenue following the rain that flooded some of the region between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15. Lake Cowichan was not immune to the high water, as many streets were submerged for a time. (Photo submitted by Robyn Roxanne)

Lake Cowichan escapes major damage after flooding

The aftermath: Torrential rain causes havoc across Cowichan

Robyn Roxanne goes for a paddle near the intersection of Pine Street and Sahtlam Avenue following the rain that flooded some of the region between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15. Lake Cowichan was not immune to the high water, as many streets were submerged for a time. (Photo submitted by Robyn Roxanne)
Tim Hortons’ annual Smile Cookie campaign this year raised $13,506 for three local non-profit organizations. Pictured, from left, is Leslie Welin from The Clements Centre, Erin Generous from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley, Greg Adams, owner of a number of Tim Hortons in the region, Fatima Da Silva from Nourish Cowichan and Charlotte Fisher from Tim Hortons. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Cowichan Cycles expands operations

The latest from the Cowichan Valley business community

Tim Hortons’ annual Smile Cookie campaign this year raised $13,506 for three local non-profit organizations. Pictured, from left, is Leslie Welin from The Clements Centre, Erin Generous from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley, Greg Adams, owner of a number of Tim Hortons in the region, Fatima Da Silva from Nourish Cowichan and Charlotte Fisher from Tim Hortons. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan Coun. Kate Marsh made a successful motion that will see Cowichan Green Community receive a grant of up to $82,000 to cover building and development permit fees. (File photo)

North Cowichan grants up to $82,000 for food hub

Funding to cover building and development permit fees

North Cowichan Coun. Kate Marsh made a successful motion that will see Cowichan Green Community receive a grant of up to $82,000 to cover building and development permit fees. (File photo)
Renters in the Cowichan Valley who are having trouble paying their rent and other housing needs will soon have access to a local rent bank that provides interest-free loans. (File photo)

Rent bank to be set up in Cowichan Valley

Rent banks provide interest-free loans for tenants in urgent circumstances

Renters in the Cowichan Valley who are having trouble paying their rent and other housing needs will soon have access to a local rent bank that provides interest-free loans. (File photo)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area in mid-November. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Record rain for Cowichan a sign of things to come

Recent weather may be ‘a walk in the park’ compared to the future, meteorologist says

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area in mid-November. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Chinna Reddy Katireddy (right), managing director of Macropus Homes, is working hard to help find Mitch Lowry (left), one of his employees, a rental apartment in the area. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Chinna Reddy Katireddy (right), managing director of Macropus Homes, is working hard to help find Mitch Lowry (left), one of his employees, a rental apartment in the area. (Robert Barron/Citizen)