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Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)

Remote cochlear clinic offers shorter commute for patients like Duncan’s Alan Holt

Duncan man one of the first to test virtual mapping program

Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)
’A Town of Lake Cowichan crew works at snow removal in downtown Lake Cowichan, last week.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette Jan. 19, 2011)
’A Town of Lake Cowichan crew works at snow removal in downtown Lake Cowichan, last week.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette Jan. 19, 2011)
A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)

UPDATED: Island Health reports COVID-19 exposure at Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School has been added to the list of schools in…

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Books open up a world of discovery

We try to eat dinner as a family every night. It happens…

Sarah Simpson
Jim Neiser of Neiser Sales, Service & Rentals Ltd. died suddenly on Jan. 4. after suffering an apparent cardiac event at work. (Submitted photo)

Prominent Lake Cowichan businessman Jim Neiser dead at 63

Lake Cowichan Mayor Bob Day said the long-time laker will be missed.

Jim Neiser of Neiser Sales, Service & Rentals Ltd. died suddenly on Jan. 4. after suffering an apparent cardiac event at work. (Submitted photo)
Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Not enough local eggs to meet demand: officials

BC Egg Marketing Board doesn’t regulate labelling

Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
‘Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
’Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
‘Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
’Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Tina Delainey and Kelsey Johnston, from left, sort bottles and cans during the graduating class’s latest fund-raising effort, at Saywell Park, Saturday, Jan. 8. The students raised about $2,000. Graduation plans include a prom and a dry grad trip to go white water rafting, at a cost of about $500 per student. There are 53 potential future graduates in Grade 12. The students’ last bottle drive, in September, raised about $3,600.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2011)
Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)

Lake Cowichan 2020 in review — conclusion

What were your top stories from 2020?

Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)
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Sarah Simpson column: Snowballs fights and dead spiders

Even if it doesn’t end up how we hope, it’s the trying that matters most.

Sarah Simpson
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Ecole Mount Prevost School on Feb. 15. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Ecole Mount Prevost School on Feb. 15. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

BCAFN condems racism against Cowichan Tribes after COVID-19 outbreak

“Any one of us could do everything right and still catch the virus”: Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)

Name on the egg carton not what it seems, cautions Cowichan producer

“Island” eggs may come from Manitoba, Woike says

Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Classes cancelled for Mount Prevost students today

Second school fire in five days for North Cowichan schools

Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Power outages dotted the eastern edge of Vancouver Island as a winter storm ripped through overnight. (BC Hydro outage map)

Wind storm batters Cowichan Valley, southern Vancouver Island

Many BC Hydro customers without power

Power outages dotted the eastern edge of Vancouver Island as a winter storm ripped through overnight. (BC Hydro outage map)
Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 18 for the nature and French immersion schools and on Jan. 25 for the rest of the district. (School District 79 photo)

Cowichan Valley kindergarten registration begins Jan. 18

Lottery system may be used for in-demand French and nature schools

Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 18 for the nature and French immersion schools and on Jan. 25 for the rest of the district. (School District 79 photo)
One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at Sunridge Place on Bundock Avenue In Duncan. (Citizen file)
One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at Sunridge Place on Bundock Avenue In Duncan. (Citizen file)
Signs are being placed this July around Lake Cowichan and the region asking tourists to follow the rules around COVID-19 while visiting local businesses and other attractions and facilities this summer. (Submitted graphic)

Year in Review: Top headlines from Lake Cowichan in 2020, part II

May Tubing the Cowichan River has been banned for the summer of…

Signs are being placed this July around Lake Cowichan and the region asking tourists to follow the rules around COVID-19 while visiting local businesses and other attractions and facilities this summer. (Submitted graphic)
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Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)

Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
An employee at Duncan’s Real Canadian Superstore has tested positive for COVID-19. (Don Bodger/Black Press)

Cowichan Superstore employee tests positive for COVID-19

Reports of an employee of a local supermarket testing positive for Coronavirus…

An employee at Duncan’s Real Canadian Superstore has tested positive for COVID-19. (Don Bodger/Black Press)