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Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will be hosting its annual festival in Duncan on Aug. 13, 2022. (William Jorgensen photo/courtesy of Pagan Pride)

Pagan festival coming to Duncan

Entertainment, vendors and more in Charles Hoey Park

  • Aug 11, 2022

 

Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)

Neighbourhood block party helps B.C. residents heal after trauma of bank shootout

ER nurse who cared for 2 wounded officers, is married to ERT member, organized event

 

Marking the grand opening of the Chemainus Community Policing office, back row from left, are: North Cowichan Councillor Rosalie Sawrie, Chemainus + District Chamber of Commerce president Stephanie Ballantyne, Sgt. Trevor Busch, Courtney Godolphin, North Cowichan acting Mayor Debra Toporowski, Sarah Davidge-Cardinal, Staff Sgt. Ken Beard, Nathan Carson. Front: Const. Vanessa Fields, Const. Bert Calvo. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

New Community Policing office opens in Chemainus

Volunteers still being sought to facilitate the organization’s programs

  • Aug 8, 2022

 

Marchers proceed from the bottom of Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Hundreds gather for Penelakut March For The Children

Occasion honours residential school survivors and those who never made it home

Marchers proceed from the bottom of Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Members of the South Vancouver Island Women’s Institute hand over a $3,156 cheque to the Cowichan Intercultural Society for a special summer English language class for Ukrainians who have recently arrived in Cowichan. A special shout out to Leon Signs for donating the super-sized cheque free of charge. (Submitted photo)

Local groups step in to help Ukrainians in the Valley learn English

More than $3,100 raised at fundraiser for program

  • Jul 30, 2022
Members of the South Vancouver Island Women’s Institute hand over a $3,156 cheque to the Cowichan Intercultural Society for a special summer English language class for Ukrainians who have recently arrived in Cowichan. A special shout out to Leon Signs for donating the super-sized cheque free of charge. (Submitted photo)
18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)

2 teens killed after driver flees police in Lower Mainland; fundraisers launched for families

Yasbirat Ytatek and Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali were killed in a collision on July 26

18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)
Families enjoyed a range of activities during Kids Days at the BC Forest Discovery Centre over the BC Day long weekend in 2021, including two-year-old Charlie Snider of Brentwood Bay who gazed out the window during a train ride. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Families enjoyed a range of activities during Kids Days at the BC Forest Discovery Centre over the BC Day long weekend in 2021, including two-year-old Charlie Snider of Brentwood Bay who gazed out the window during a train ride. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Playground, fitness facility groundbreaking for Halalt community

All ages being accommodated in the design

Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jaime Garcia climbs out of his tub at the beach at Maffeo Sutton Park at the end of the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday, July 24. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Bathtubbing is back as Nanaimo hosts another world championship race

Just six tubbers make it back to beach in rough conditions

Jaime Garcia climbs out of his tub at the beach at Maffeo Sutton Park at the end of the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday, July 24. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
The Duncan Knights of Columbus and the Duncan and Malahat Lions Clubs partnered to raise more than $40,000 to send urgently needed wheelchairs to war-torn Ukraine. Above, the Duncan Lions present a cheque for $2,000 to the Knights of Columbus at the “100 Wheelchairs for Ukraine” fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Knights of Columbus)
The Duncan Knights of Columbus and the Duncan and Malahat Lions Clubs partnered to raise more than $40,000 to send urgently needed wheelchairs to war-torn Ukraine. Above, the Duncan Lions present a cheque for $2,000 to the Knights of Columbus at the “100 Wheelchairs for Ukraine” fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Knights of Columbus)
The Crofton Seawalk’s main entrance. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Seawalk celebrations simply sensational

Significant summertime ceremony sizzles surrounded by sunshine

The Crofton Seawalk’s main entrance. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Canada has been very good to Oksana Pryshlyak, left, and her children Zlatasvita, front, and Danyla. Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick have been happy to accommodate them at their Chemainus home. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ukrainian family settles into a new routine in Chemainus

Woman and her two children grateful for the kindness of Canadians

Canada has been very good to Oksana Pryshlyak, left, and her children Zlatasvita, front, and Danyla. Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick have been happy to accommodate them at their Chemainus home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Cowichan Life Cyclers are ready to take to the road on July 16 and 17 to raise money for hospice. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Hospice)

Cycle of Life hits the road in Cowichan for 200 km trek in July

The Cowichan Life Cyclers will ride 200 kilometers on July 16 and 17

  • Jul 11, 2022
The Cowichan Life Cyclers are ready to take to the road on July 16 and 17 to raise money for hospice. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Hospice)
The beauty of the Crofton Seawalk is enjoyed by hundreds of people every day. (Photo submitted)

Celebration to mark Crofton Seawalk’s 20th anniversary

Public invited to family-friendly event next Wednesday, July 13

The beauty of the Crofton Seawalk is enjoyed by hundreds of people every day. (Photo submitted)
The Malahat Skywalk will be celebrating its first anniversary on July 15, 2022. (John McKinley/Black Press)
The Malahat Skywalk will be celebrating its first anniversary on July 15, 2022. (John McKinley/Black Press)
A recent Bahá’í conference at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan drew more than 200 people. (Chris Mock photo)

Bahá’í conference draws more than 200 in Cowichan

Major theme of unity explored

  • Jul 3, 2022
A recent Bahá’í conference at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan drew more than 200 people. (Chris Mock photo)
Canada has been very good to Oksana Pryshlyak, left, and her children Zlatasvita, front, and Danyla. Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick have been happy to accommodate them at their Chemainus home. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ukrainian family settles into a new routine in Chemainus

Woman and her two children grateful for the kindness of Canadians

Canada has been very good to Oksana Pryshlyak, left, and her children Zlatasvita, front, and Danyla. Catherine Murphy and Steve Chadwick have been happy to accommodate them at their Chemainus home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Norm Sowden (second from right), from the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church, sits with four members of the Azhar family in this picture taken on a recent visit to Thailand. From left are Elisha, Asyia, Eshaan and Arish. (Submitted photo)
Norm Sowden (second from right), from the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church, sits with four members of the Azhar family in this picture taken on a recent visit to Thailand. From left are Elisha, Asyia, Eshaan and Arish. (Submitted photo)
A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. couple presented with new car after winning Canada-wide contest

‘We thought it was some scam when we found out we won,’ they said

A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Doug Groenendijk is one of six Canadian farmers who will be looking for love on an upcoming CTV reality series. (CTV Farming For Love photo)

Farmer Doug in the right field for TV series, hoping his true love comes out of left field

Chemainus resident will be looking for a soulmate in upcoming reality show

Doug Groenendijk is one of six Canadian farmers who will be looking for love on an upcoming CTV reality series. (CTV Farming For Love photo)