Lake Cowichan’s own Mary-Margaret Batyi (right) was in Merritt this past week to represent Lake Cowichan at the BC Ambassador Program Pageant. Batyi was one of three candidates chosen to represent our province as an ambassador. She also received awards for public speaking

Our Community in Brief – August 19, 2015

Catalyst reduces flow of Cowichan River to 4.5 cubic metres per second.

Cowichan River flow further reduced

As the drought continues, so is the reduction in flow for the Cowichan River, with Catalyst Paper recently slowing the river flow to 4.5 cubic metres per second.

The reduction was made in order to store as much water as possible in the Cowichan Lake.

Studies are currently taking place in hopes of determining the effects of having the flow reduced to such a low amount, including the effects on fish populations where the river is particularly low.


Music in the Lake: Summer Nights wraps up next weekend

Lake Cowichan’s annual summer concert series Music in the Lake: Summer Nights will be coming to a close on August 29.

This year saw eight concerts being held at Central Park with musicians from Lake Cowichan and across the Island performing every other Saturday, including the McCandless Family, Jan Matthews in Overdrive, Genevieve Charbeneau and the Wild Sundays, Pixelle, the Good Times Band and more.

Organizer Elvin Hedden said that the group is planning to resume Music in the Lake: Winter Nights, the monthly indoor concert series, sometime in autumn, though they are reconsidering branding due to its popularity taking it beyond the winter months.

Admission to the August 29 concert will be $5 and refreshments will also be available on-site


Community meeting regarding Sunfest

Residents of Electoral Area I (Youbou/Meade Creek), along with anybody else who is interested, are invited to a community meeting regarding the proposed relocation of the Sunfest Country Music Festival to the area.

The meeting will take place at the proposed site across from North Shore Road on Highway 18 tomorrow (August 20) at 6:30 p.m.

Residents are welcome to express their concerns and ask questions to the owners of the property. For more information, email Mark Mitchell at


Lake Cowichan Sparks unit looking for parent leader

The local Girl Guides are looking for a mother to join them as the leader of Lake Cowichan’s Sparks unit, which will form at the end of August.

The applicant must be available for a weekly one hour meeting, on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m., as well as for camping trips and sleepovers. The Sparks unit is typically made up of 10 five to six-year-old girls.

Call Lola Sinclair at 250-749-3104 for more information.


Summer drop-in hockey at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena

Need to escape the summer heat? How about hitting the rink?

Cowichan Lake Recreation will be hosting drop-in hockey at CLSA every Sunday from August 2 to 30. Open to ages six to 10 (11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.), 11 to 15 (12:30 to 1:50 p.m.) and 16+ (2 to 3:20 p.m.)

No contact. Full gear is required and the cost is $5.50 per player, goalies play free. Skate sharpening available for $5.50.

Call 250-749-6742 for more information.


Wine and Cheese fund-raiser for Lake Auxiliary

The Lake Auxiliary to the Cowichan District Hospital is hosting a wine and cheese event to raise funds to purchase equipment for the maternity ward of the hospital.

The group promises a fun-filled evening on October 3. In addition to wine and cheese tasting, the event will also feature a fashion show, cash bar, 50/50 draws, silent auction and door prizes.

Tickets are available at the Footwear Centre (42 South Shore Road) for $20.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m.