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Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Blush Vintage has opened up on Station Street in Duncan

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)

Living Wage in Cowichan increases by 21% in 2022

Other B.C. communities also see significant increases

The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)
War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan veteran receives France’s highest honour

Fernand Labrie presented with The Legion of Honour for services during the war

War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)

Green Party leader wants mask mandate in public places reinstated

Call comes as B.C.’s pediatric beds fill up

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Robert Barron column: Sometimes history is not exactly as it’s written

Coin draws into question just when Europeans first started settling North America’s east coast

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The fundraiser in the Cowichan Valley on Oct. 15 to assist children in Ukraine impacted by the ongoing war was a major success. From left are Brian and Sharon Holowaychuk, who operate Ukrainian Safe Haven in Sooke, Galyna, who lives at the Safe Haven, and Viktoriia Kozrp and her mother Yuilya who also live there. (Cheri Fretz Beaulieu photo)

More than $15,000 for Ukrainian children raised at event

Money to go to camp in Ukraine for youth impacted by war

The fundraiser in the Cowichan Valley on Oct. 15 to assist children in Ukraine impacted by the ongoing war was a major success. From left are Brian and Sharon Holowaychuk, who operate Ukrainian Safe Haven in Sooke, Galyna, who lives at the Safe Haven, and Viktoriia Kozrp and her mother Yuilya who also live there. (Cheri Fretz Beaulieu photo)
The Lake Cowichan area has had five deaths from toxic drugs in the first nine months of the year. (Citizen file photo)

Lake Cowichan area saw five deaths related to toxic drugs in first nine months of 2022

There were a total of 1,644 lives lost to illicit drugs in B.C. in the same time period

The Lake Cowichan area has had five deaths from toxic drugs in the first nine months of the year. (Citizen file photo)
Former North Cowichan councillor Glen Ridgway had his long-time moustache shaved as part of a Movember fundraiser earlier this week by Ian Smith, owner of The Society barbershop in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Island GM and others raise money for Movember fundraiser

The latest from the Cowichan Valley business community

Former North Cowichan councillor Glen Ridgway had his long-time moustache shaved as part of a Movember fundraiser earlier this week by Ian Smith, owner of The Society barbershop in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Gerry Giles is the 2022 recipient of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute’s Rural Woman of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are Anthea Archer, secretary of the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, Linda Bilkowski, president of the CHWI, Gerry Giles and Donna Jack, president of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan’s Gerry Giles is the 2022 Rural Woman of the Year

Community activist served 15 years as CVRD director for Cobble Hill

Gerry Giles is the 2022 recipient of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute’s Rural Woman of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are Anthea Archer, secretary of the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, Linda Bilkowski, president of the CHWI, Gerry Giles and Donna Jack, president of the South Vancouver Island District Women’s Institute. (Submitted photo)
Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Parts of a Hallmark Christmas series being filmed in downtown Duncan

‘Holidazed’ will be released next year

Russ Hamilton is the location manager for the Hallmark Christmas series 'Holidazed'. Sections of the production are being filmed in downtown Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Where Do We Stand group releases new video on North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Submitted photo)
Where Do We Stand group releases new video on North Cowichan’s municipal forest reserve. (Submitted photo)
Sponsors and donations are being sought to bring members of the Faris family (pictured), who are refugees living in a camp in Jordan, to the Cowichan Valley. (Submitted photo)
Sponsors and donations are being sought to bring members of the Faris family (pictured), who are refugees living in a camp in Jordan, to the Cowichan Valley. (Submitted photo)
The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)

Ladysmith mayor new chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District

Stone says directors need to work together

The new board at the Cowichan Valley Regional District was sworn in on Nov. 9, 2022. (CVRD photo)
A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)

Truck strikes railway bridge, closing section of East Shawnigan Lake Road

Traffic detoured through West Shawnigan Lake Road.

A concrete pumper truck struck a railway bridge on East Shawnigan Lake Road Monday morning, closing a section of the road. (Emcon Services photo)
Trees blown unto power lines during windstorms are causing ongoing problems for a number of businesses in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)

No easy answers for businesses hit by windstorms in Chemainus

Damage to inventory extensive for many during power outages

Trees blown unto power lines during windstorms are causing ongoing problems for a number of businesses in Chemainus. (Citizen file photo)
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Robert Barron column: Worker shortage a real dilemma

“There are simply not enough bodies to do all the jobs out there”

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Nathan Matheson, interim manager of Jim’s Clothes Closet’s new Duncan store, cuts the ribbon at its grand opening on Oct. 29 while, from left, Drew Bradley, CoCo Bezjack, Spencer Nasralla, Laurie Duquette and DDBIA executive director Katherine Divine look on. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Jim’s Clothes Closet opens store in Duncan

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Nathan Matheson, interim manager of Jim’s Clothes Closet’s new Duncan store, cuts the ribbon at its grand opening on Oct. 29 while, from left, Drew Bradley, CoCo Bezjack, Spencer Nasralla, Laurie Duquette and DDBIA executive director Katherine Divine look on. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Pictured are all the award winners at the 22nd annual Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Excellence Awards that was held on Oct. 29. From left, Andrew Braye (Citizen of the Year); Katie St. Onge, owner Lake Mercantile (Excellence in Customer Service Award); Jocelyn Lundberg on behalf of Kinsmen/Kinette volunteer community service; Gillian Longbottom and Sue Marchant on behalf of The Tube Shack (Business of the Year); Pat Weaver from the Forest Co- Op and Julia Martinusen, from Trail Blazers (Above & Beyond Award). (Lauri Meanley photo)

The Tube Shack takes home 2021 Business of the Year Award in Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce held annual awards banquet on Oct. 29

Pictured are all the award winners at the 22nd annual Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Excellence Awards that was held on Oct. 29. From left, Andrew Braye (Citizen of the Year); Katie St. Onge, owner Lake Mercantile (Excellence in Customer Service Award); Jocelyn Lundberg on behalf of Kinsmen/Kinette volunteer community service; Gillian Longbottom and Sue Marchant on behalf of The Tube Shack (Business of the Year); Pat Weaver from the Forest Co- Op and Julia Martinusen, from Trail Blazers (Above & Beyond Award). (Lauri Meanley photo)
The Vancouver Port Authority is hosting two open houses in the Cowichan Valley on its plans to deal with anchored freighters in the Salish Sea. (Citizen file photo)

Vancouver Port Authority to host public meetings in Cowichan on anchored freighters

VPA looking for input on proposed new management program

The Vancouver Port Authority is hosting two open houses in the Cowichan Valley on its plans to deal with anchored freighters in the Salish Sea. (Citizen file photo)