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Winners from last year’s Salt Spring National Art Prize. Finalists have now been chosen for this year’s prize. (Screenshot www.saltspringartprize.ca)

A&E column: Art prize finalists chosen; Forest Discovery Centre holding event

A look at what’s going on in arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley

 

Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Be on the lookout for construction zone signs

The woman had passed a flashing message board and a number of black and orange signs

  • Jul 25, 2021

 

Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Treatment of Indigenous people atrocious

People of European descent have never been exactly good neighbours to First Nations

 

Peas drying inside where it’s a bit cooler. They will be great to eat in winter. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Moving into beans as heat wave fried peas

I sowed both pole and bush beans because bush beans produce earlier and

  • Jul 24, 2021
Peas drying inside where it’s a bit cooler. They will be great to eat in winter. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: It’s time to get back out there

I sat right near the entrance to the café where the long line for lunch starts — on purpose!

  • Jul 18, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Where do non-traditional ‘vehicles’ fit in on the roads?

If the current confusion surrounding scooters is any indication, we are in for interesting times

  • Jul 18, 2021
Tim Schewe
The first line of defence against invaders. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Deterring all those trying to sneak in and steal the harvest

I don’t blame the varmints for wanting to share my harvest, but they seem determined to take it all

  • Jul 17, 2021
The first line of defence against invaders. (Mary Lowther photo)
The cast is busy preparing to present ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at the Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival in August. (Submitted)

A&E column: New children’s book, Shakespeare Festival, comedy classes

Check out what’s going on in Cowichan arts and entertainment

The cast is busy preparing to present ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at the Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival in August. (Submitted)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Turning left one of our most dangerous road moves

Left turns also place a heavy cognitive demand on the driver

  • Jul 11, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: More ideas needed to deal with social issues along TCH corridor

Getting the community involved in helping to deal with the problem also goes a long way

Robert’s column
Is it ready yet? Checking the garlic; the one on the right was planted three weeks after the two on the left. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Garlic a mealtime foundation

Virtually everything he makes starts with the same basic ingredients: onions, peppers and garlic

  • Jul 10, 2021
Is it ready yet? Checking the garlic; the one on the right was planted three weeks after the two on the left. (Mary Lowther photo)
An international art exhibit exploring Falun Gong will be at the Cowichan Community Centre through much of July, 2021. (Submitted)

A&E column: Art exhibition explores Falun Gong; Symphony pop-up concerts

A taste of what’s going on in Cowichan arts, culture and entertainment

An international art exhibit exploring Falun Gong will be at the Cowichan Community Centre through much of July, 2021. (Submitted)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: When drivers kill

Most people hearing this news are likely to ask, why hadn’t the driver been charged with homicide?

  • Jul 4, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Hockey memories remain clear

The town had a hockey team, called the La Scie Jets

Robert’s column
David’s prototype strawberry cage to keep birds out. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Who knew gardening required construction skills?

I was unprepared for the reality of beans and peas that maliciously entangled themselves

  • Jul 3, 2021
David’s prototype strawberry cage to keep birds out. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Who goes first? The age-old four-way stop confusion

When more than one driver stops at the same time the situation becomes a bit more complicated

  • Jun 27, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Bees are integral to local ecosystems

These days, it’s odd to see even one as I sit in my backyard reading a book

Robert’s column
Gardener Mary Lowther plans to save a couple of these potato plants for her next experiment. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Gardens are labs in which to experiment

Experimenting goes hand in hand with gardeners

  • Jun 26, 2021
Gardener Mary Lowther plans to save a couple of these potato plants for her next experiment. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: This could be the worst thing done to you during the pandemic

As a result, all of us will contend with more ‘scarcity’ thinking and mindset.

  • Jun 21, 2021
Chris Wilkinson