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Alison Nicholson, vice-chair of the CVRD, is asking for volunteers to sit on commissions in the district’s nine electoral areas. (Citizen file photo)
Alison Nicholson, vice-chair of the CVRD, is asking for volunteers to sit on commissions in the district’s nine electoral areas. (Citizen file photo)
Shelley Cook, executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association, said there’s a need for a warming centre for the homeless in the Cowichan region. (Citizen file photo)

New warming centre for homeless proposed for Cowichan Community Centre parking lot

Site would be located near new Cowichan Secondary, across the street from VIU

Shelley Cook, executive director of the Cowichan Housing Association, said there’s a need for a warming centre for the homeless in the Cowichan region. (Citizen file photo)
A fire at an abandoned house on Cowichan Tribes reserve lands over the weekend destroyed the building. (Ian MacDonald photo)
A fire at an abandoned house on Cowichan Tribes reserve lands over the weekend destroyed the building. (Ian MacDonald photo)
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Robert Barron column: Snow days used to be an opportunity for kids to make money

A group of friends and myself would collect our snow shovels and begin going door-to-door

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North Cowichan’s council has turned down a request to ask the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to reconsider its decision not to have the Trans Canada Highway as the primary access point to a new modular-home development in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)

Councillors decline to consider request from Chemainus residents on development access

Henry Road residents concerned about increased traffic on their road

North Cowichan’s council has turned down a request to ask the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to reconsider its decision not to have the Trans Canada Highway as the primary access point to a new modular-home development in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)
The CVRD is considering reopening its Free Stores at a number of its recycling centres, including including the one at Bings Creek (pictured), which have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)
The CVRD is considering reopening its Free Stores at a number of its recycling centres, including including the one at Bings Creek (pictured), which have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)
David van Deventer, publisher of the ‘Cowichan Valley Citizen’, is the new president of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
David van Deventer, publisher of the ‘Cowichan Valley Citizen’, is the new president of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Two arrested after stolen trucks located. (Citizen file photo)
Two arrested after stolen trucks located. (Citizen file photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas says the municipality will continue to explore ways to lower the tax increase in 2023 from the 5.6 per cent that is currently projected. (Citizen file photo)

North Cowichan now eyeing 5.6% tax increase in 2023

The tax increase was projected to be 9.26% last June

North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas says the municipality will continue to explore ways to lower the tax increase in 2023 from the 5.6 per cent that is currently projected. (Citizen file photo)
House prices have risen again in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (Citizen file photo)

Lake Cowichan leads the way with 23% increase in home values

Homeowners across Vancouver Island can generally expect about a 10-20% rise

House prices have risen again in the Cowichan Valley from last year, according to the latest information from BC Assessment. (Citizen file photo)
Fire destroys mobile home in Cowichan Bay on Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)

Fire destroys mobile home in Cowichan Bay

No one hurt in incident

Fire destroys mobile home in Cowichan Bay on Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)
A BC Hydro crew works to restore power in the Cowichan Lake area on Tuesday, Dec. 27. (Lauri Meanley/Citizen)

UPDATE: Evacuation alerts cancelled for Chemainus River properties

Heavy rains and snow melt raises water levels

A BC Hydro crew works to restore power in the Cowichan Lake area on Tuesday, Dec. 27. (Lauri Meanley/Citizen)
The province has informed the Municipality of North Cowichan that it has no intention of regulating rent increases by landlords when one tenant moves out and another moves in. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province won’t regulate rent increases between vacancies, North Cowichan hears

Housing minister responds to North Cowichan’s request for regulation

The province has informed the Municipality of North Cowichan that it has no intention of regulating rent increases by landlords when one tenant moves out and another moves in. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Cowichan Councillor Tek Manhas made a successful motion to extend the deadline of the municipality’s forest engagement survey from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31 at a recent meeting. (Citizen file photo)

North Cowichan extends its forest engagement survey to Jan. 31

Council felt people wanted more time to complete survey

North Cowichan Councillor Tek Manhas made a successful motion to extend the deadline of the municipality’s forest engagement survey from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31 at a recent meeting. (Citizen file photo)
Falling tree branches have taken out power in sections of Duncan and the Lake Cowichan area over the last two days. (Submitted photo)

UPDATED: Power out for about 1,600 customers in the Duncan area

BC Hydro says lights should be back on by noon

Falling tree branches have taken out power in sections of Duncan and the Lake Cowichan area over the last two days. (Submitted photo)
Sonia Furstenau (front centre), MLA for the Cowichan Valley and leader of the province’s Green Party, announced at an event held in Duncan’s City Square on Oct. 21 that she will run for her seat again in the next provincial election. (Melanie Graham-Orr photo)

Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau will run again in next provincial election

Furstenau is MLA for Cowichan Valley and leader of Green Party

Sonia Furstenau (front centre), MLA for the Cowichan Valley and leader of the province’s Green Party, announced at an event held in Duncan’s City Square on Oct. 21 that she will run for her seat again in the next provincial election. (Melanie Graham-Orr photo)
Lilian Thorne has been selected to participate in the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators program. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan Valley First Nation teacher chosen for TikTok program

Lilian Thorne one of 40 across the country to participate in creators program

Lilian Thorne has been selected to participate in the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators program. (Submitted photo)
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Robert Barron column: Help others in need by registering to be an organ donor

“We felt it was the best way to honour Alistair”

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A consultant is calling for higher dikes in the Cowichan River to deal with more severe flooding events. (Black Press fie photo).

Consultant calls for higher dikes on Cowichan River

Work meant to help deal with more extreme flooding

A consultant is calling for higher dikes in the Cowichan River to deal with more severe flooding events. (Black Press fie photo).
Jacquie Gordon’s B&B has been named Vancouver Island’s B&B of the Year by Canada Business Awards 2022, and the Best Vancouver Island Heritage B&B by the New World Report Travel Awards 2022. Pictured is Jacquie Gordon in her B&B. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Jacquie Gordon’s B&B wins more awards

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Jacquie Gordon’s B&B has been named Vancouver Island’s B&B of the Year by Canada Business Awards 2022, and the Best Vancouver Island Heritage B&B by the New World Report Travel Awards 2022. Pictured is Jacquie Gordon in her B&B. (Robert Barron/Citizen)