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Robert Barron column: New hospital shouldn’t charge for parking

Paying a parking meter is the last thing people visiting a hospital should have to worry about.

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Repairs had to be made to this culvert and a section of the Cowichan Valley Trail after a sinkhole and washout. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Cowichan Valley Trail gets upgrades

Trail significantly damaged after culvert failure in 2020

Repairs had to be made to this culvert and a section of the Cowichan Valley Trail after a sinkhole and washout. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The Valley’s award-winning Rocky Creek Winery is pleased to be part of the Island Good marketing campaign, which help shoppers easily identify local products from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Pictured is the winery’s wine maker Mark Holford and his daughter Robin, who is also a wine maker. (File photo)

Business notes: Island Good celebrating 3 years of helping local businesses

What’s happening in the Cowichan Valley business community

The Valley’s award-winning Rocky Creek Winery is pleased to be part of the Island Good marketing campaign, which help shoppers easily identify local products from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Pictured is the winery’s wine maker Mark Holford and his daughter Robin, who is also a wine maker. (File photo)
City of Duncan Coun. Tom Duncan said that with the city close to reaching a population of 5,000, it’s a good time to review and update its Official Community Plan. 
(File photo)

City of Duncan to review, update its OCP

Plan last updated in 2007

City of Duncan Coun. Tom Duncan said that with the city close to reaching a population of 5,000, it’s a good time to review and update its Official Community Plan. 
(File photo)
Health Minister Adrian Dix said there has been no decision made about the future of the site of the current Cowichan District Hospital on Gibbins Road when the hospital moves to a new site in 2026, but noted there are many needs for health facilities in the Valley in the future, particularly for the growing senior’s population. (File photo)

Old Cowichan hospital could help address seniors care: Dix

Health minister states the region’s senior population will explode in next 50 years

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there has been no decision made about the future of the site of the current Cowichan District Hospital on Gibbins Road when the hospital moves to a new site in 2026, but noted there are many needs for health facilities in the Valley in the future, particularly for the growing senior’s population. (File photo)
Construction of the new $887.4-million Cowichan District Hospital to replace the existing hospital on Gibbins Road (pictured) is expected to begin in 2022. (File photo)

Land for new Cowichan hospital transferred to Island Health

New $887.4-million hospital expected to be completed in 2026

Construction of the new $887.4-million Cowichan District Hospital to replace the existing hospital on Gibbins Road (pictured) is expected to begin in 2022. (File photo)
John Horn, executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association, said the CHA is working with the BC Rent Bank to set up a local rent back to assist renters facing financial difficulties. (File photo)

‘Rent bank’ would offer financially strapped in Cowichan Valley relief

Cowichan Valley Association establishing a rent bank

John Horn, executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association, said the CHA is working with the BC Rent Bank to set up a local rent back to assist renters facing financial difficulties. (File photo)
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Robert Barron column: Vinyl records making a comeback

Getting a new record was an event

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Don Beldessi, co-chairman of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society, said construction on the new Lakewood Manor could begin within a year. (File photo)

New affordable-housing project for seniors in Lake Cowichan inches forward

Construction of Lakewood Manor expected to begin within a year

Don Beldessi, co-chairman of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society, said construction on the new Lakewood Manor could begin within a year. (File photo)
A dramatic rise in property values is a major reason why property owners in the CVRD's Electoral Area Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls are facing a 9.55 per cent tax increase in 2021. Pictured is Honeymoon Bay, which is in the electoral area. (File photo)

Skyrocketing property assessments play big part in Cowichan’s Area F tax increase

Property owners in Cowichan Lake/Skutz Falls face 9.55% tax increase

A dramatic rise in property values is a major reason why property owners in the CVRD's Electoral Area Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls are facing a 9.55 per cent tax increase in 2021. Pictured is Honeymoon Bay, which is in the electoral area. (File photo)
Matt Hewlett opened Full Bug Records at 171 Jubilee St. three weeks ago. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Full Bug Records opens in Duncan

What’s going on in the Cowichan business community

Matt Hewlett opened Full Bug Records at 171 Jubilee St. three weeks ago. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said staff were instructed to try and keep the tax increase for 2021 as low as possible. (File photo)

North Cowichan projecting a 2.31% tax increase in 2021

Budget must be finalized by May 15

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said staff were instructed to try and keep the tax increase for 2021 as low as possible. (File photo)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas is under review by the municipality for a Facebook post containing a sexist meme. (File photo)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas is under review by the municipality for a Facebook post containing a sexist meme. (File photo)
Heavy winds knocked out power to about 7,000 BC Hydro customers during a sudden storm on Sunday. (File photo)

Wind storm knocks out power to 7,000 in Cowichan Valley

Almost all power restored by Monday morning

Heavy winds knocked out power to about 7,000 BC Hydro customers during a sudden storm on Sunday. (File photo)
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Robert Barron column: Will the world ever be the same again?

I’ve heard many people say that they can’t ever see themselves in a crowded room

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Donna Jones, who was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, is the executive director of the documentary ‘Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence’. (Submitted)

Producer from Cowichan Valley proud of new documentary that offers hope to those with addictions

Donna Jones and husband Brent just released Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence

Donna Jones, who was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, is the executive director of the documentary ‘Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence’. (Submitted)
Richard and Maureen Ellis, owners of Sports Traders Duncan that closed last year, are reminding people that they are still operating their other company, Cowichan Athletic Sales, online. (File photo)

Business notes: Cowichan Athletic Sales still operating from its website

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley business community

Richard and Maureen Ellis, owners of Sports Traders Duncan that closed last year, are reminding people that they are still operating their other company, Cowichan Athletic Sales, online. (File photo)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said the detachment has limited resources to respond to the call for more police presence in Chemainus. (File photo)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said the detachment has limited resources to respond to the call for more police presence in Chemainus. (File photo)
Cathy Peters recently spoke to North Cowichan’s council about what can be done to stop sexual exploitation in the municipality, and across Canada. (File photo)

North Cowichan encouraged to help stop sexual exploitation

Advocate Cathy Peters says lot can be done locally

Cathy Peters recently spoke to North Cowichan’s council about what can be done to stop sexual exploitation in the municipality, and across Canada. (File photo)
Aaron Stone, chairman of the CVRD, said the board tried to be as frugal as possible when building the budget for 2021. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley Regional District sets the average tax increase at 2.48% for 2021

District’s annual budget made up of 180 individual budgets

Aaron Stone, chairman of the CVRD, said the board tried to be as frugal as possible when building the budget for 2021. (File photo)