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Ryan Hill posted the top score for the Canadian Scholastic Achievement Leagues’ Scholastic Challenge 2020. (submitted)

Cowichan student posts top score for Scholastic Achievement

The Scholastic Challenge is offered to Grade 6 and 8 students across Canada every year

Ryan Hill posted the top score for the Canadian Scholastic Achievement Leagues’ Scholastic Challenge 2020. (submitted)
The City of Duncan would like feedback on the draft of the Cairnsmore neighbourhood plan. (Screenshot)

City of Duncan looking for public input on Cairnsmore plan

Final draft to be completed in late summer

The City of Duncan would like feedback on the draft of the Cairnsmore neighbourhood plan. (Screenshot)
Chocolate Pearl has been named the Business of the Year for 2019 by the DDBIA to the delight of owners Cheryl and Nigel Yonge. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Duncan’s Chocolate Pearl wins Best Business of the Year award

Chocolate Pearl, Costa Canna, Black M, Chemainus Public Market

Chocolate Pearl has been named the Business of the Year for 2019 by the DDBIA to the delight of owners Cheryl and Nigel Yonge. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Mike and Sue Hallatt plan to open up the new Black M restaurant at the old gas station site on Cowichan Lake Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Mike and Sue Hallatt plan to open up the new Black M restaurant at the old gas station site on Cowichan Lake Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The City of Duncan will allow businesses to use their outdoor spaces to deal with social distancing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan gives green light for businesses to use outdoor spaces

Tempoary initiative meant to help deal with social distancing issues

The City of Duncan will allow businesses to use their outdoor spaces to deal with social distancing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
There will be no crowds this year, as in previous years, at the 39 Days of July events due to social distancing rules, but organizers want to put the acts online this summer. (File photo)

Duncan council request more information on grant request for 39 Days of July

More information needed for revamped festival this summer

There will be no crowds this year, as in previous years, at the 39 Days of July events due to social distancing rules, but organizers want to put the acts online this summer. (File photo)
Pride flag raised at municipal halls across Cowichan Valley

Pride flag raised at municipal halls across Cowichan Valley

Multicolour flags to celebrate Pride Month

Pride flag raised at municipal halls across Cowichan Valley
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said the construction of the new $48-million RCMP facility will improve police efficiency. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said the construction of the new $48-million RCMP facility will improve police efficiency. (File photo)
Question period was lively in Youbou Hall in a meeting last year after a geotechnical report produced by Ebbwater Consulting was presented on the increased potential for landslides in the area due to climate change. (File photo)

CVRD releases updated landslide hazard mapping for the Youbou area

Information to be used to inform planning and development in the area

Question period was lively in Youbou Hall in a meeting last year after a geotechnical report produced by Ebbwater Consulting was presented on the increased potential for landslides in the area due to climate change. (File photo)
The Cowichan Watershed Board said in its annual report that 2019 was a year of “firsts”, including having to pump water over the Cowichan Lake weir for the first time due to low water levels. (File photo)

2019 a year of unwelcome firsts: Cowichan Watershed Board report

Cowichan Watershed Board concludes urgent issues will continue

The Cowichan Watershed Board said in its annual report that 2019 was a year of “firsts”, including having to pump water over the Cowichan Lake weir for the first time due to low water levels. (File photo)
The CVRD’s finance manager Natalie Wehner delivered a report to the board outlining the status of 81 capital projects in the district, and detailed which ones may face delays due to COVID-19 and other snags. (File photo)

CVRD may have to delay 11 capital projects scheduled for 2020

More than 50 of the 81 projects are complete or are schedule for the year

The CVRD’s finance manager Natalie Wehner delivered a report to the board outlining the status of 81 capital projects in the district, and detailed which ones may face delays due to COVID-19 and other snags. (File photo)
The Schacht family, including, from left, Stephen, Jessica and Jeremy, are the brains and muscle behind the Cowichan Valley’s Ampersand Distillery. The business just opened a new online store. (File photo)
The Schacht family, including, from left, Stephen, Jessica and Jeremy, are the brains and muscle behind the Cowichan Valley’s Ampersand Distillery. The business just opened a new online store. (File photo)
Aaron Stone, chairman of the CVRD, is asking for the public’s patience as the district reopens its facilities in stages. (File photo)

CVRD reopening head office, playgrounds, washrooms and more

Move part of staged reopening plan for all district facilities

Aaron Stone, chairman of the CVRD, is asking for the public’s patience as the district reopens its facilities in stages. (File photo)
Artist Thomas Hutchings had two paintings stolen from his studio in Honeymoon Bay, but since being featured in the newspaper, they have been returned. (Submitted photo)

Paintings stolen from Honeymoon Bay studio returned

Hutchings said he received a lot of feedback from the community

Artist Thomas Hutchings had two paintings stolen from his studio in Honeymoon Bay, but since being featured in the newspaper, they have been returned. (Submitted photo)
Crofton Outdoor Pool will be closed this summer because no lifeguards will be on duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

No lifeguards this summer for Cowichan’s Fuller Lake, Arbutus Park; Crofton pool closed

Fears of risk to health and safety during COVID-19 pandemic to blame

Crofton Outdoor Pool will be closed this summer because no lifeguards will be on duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Wade Gamble, general manager of Jakes at the Lake in Lake Cowichan, prepares his tube for a ride on the Cowichan River now that the Town of Lake Cowichan has lifted the tubing ban this summer. Gamble said his restaurant, as well as many other local businesses, will benefit from the lifting of the ban. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Summer tubing ban on Cowichan River lifted

The Tube Shack opening on June 27

Wade Gamble, general manager of Jakes at the Lake in Lake Cowichan, prepares his tube for a ride on the Cowichan River now that the Town of Lake Cowichan has lifted the tubing ban this summer. Gamble said his restaurant, as well as many other local businesses, will benefit from the lifting of the ban. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan’s Acting Mayor Tim McGonigle said capital projects that have been postponed in the community in 2020 will be completed in future years. (File photo)

Centennial Hall upgrade, parking lot paving among postponed capital projects in Lake Cowichan

Council lowers tax increase for the year due to COVID-19 crisis

Lake Cowichan’s Acting Mayor Tim McGonigle said capital projects that have been postponed in the community in 2020 will be completed in future years. (File photo)
Chanchal Singh Thiara (left), president of the Vancouver Island Sikh Cultural Society, and his wife Amarjeet (right) hand out meals to front-line workers at the Cowichan District Hospital on May 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

800 meals donated for Cowichan frontline workers

They were at Cowichan District Hospital on May 25 handing out prepared meals to grateful workers

Chanchal Singh Thiara (left), president of the Vancouver Island Sikh Cultural Society, and his wife Amarjeet (right) hand out meals to front-line workers at the Cowichan District Hospital on May 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cathy Schmidt, chair of the board of directors of the local branch of the CMHA, said the organization welcomes the recent independent report and will be working to implement its recommendations. (Citizen file)

Cowichan CMHA officials respond to report, probation order

“there are important improvements needed to ensure greater fairness within our housing program.”

Cathy Schmidt, chair of the board of directors of the local branch of the CMHA, said the organization welcomes the recent independent report and will be working to implement its recommendations. (Citizen file)
Tim McGonigle, the acting mayor of Lake Cowichan, said rumours that the town has issued new water advisories are not true. (File photo)

Water in Lake Cowichan just fine, says acting mayor

Tim McGonigle said there is no truth to rumours of water advisories

Tim McGonigle, the acting mayor of Lake Cowichan, said rumours that the town has issued new water advisories are not true. (File photo)