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Adiya Swabey (right), a Grade 5 student from Queen Margaret’s School, is a winner in the 2021 RCMP Name the Foal contest. (Submitted photo)

Queen Margaret’s School student wins RCMP horse naming contest

Adiya Swabey won with name “Tempo” in RCMP Name the Foal contest.

  • Dec 6, 2021
A crash impacted northbound traffic on the Malahat at the South Shawnigan Lake Road turnoff. (Drive BC traffic camera)

UPDATE: Malahat, West Shore crashes impacted Monday morning traffic

Northbound traffic at South Shawnigan Lake Road turnoff was blocked

A small amount of snow is accumulating along the Malahat Monday (Dec. 6) morning. (Drive BC traffic camera)

Snow lands in Greater Victoria as Environment Canada warns of light layer

Up to 10 centimetres forecast in Greater Victoria, 5 to 15 centimetres along Malahat

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says the police don’t operate a catch-and-release program for people who are arrested. (File photo)

Police don’t operate a “catch-and-release” system, says Cowichan RCMP head

Chris Bear says it’s the courts who decide to release or detain people

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says the police don’t operate a catch-and-release program for people who are arrested. (File photo)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor is encouraging local governments and organizations to apply for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. (File photo)

Cowichan MP encourages applications for seniors program

Application deadline is Dec. 21

  • Dec 5, 2021
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor is encouraging local governments and organizations to apply for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. (File photo)
A small plane has crashed at the Duncan airport. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Small plane crashes at Duncan airport, 3 people believed injured

Patients alive, being treated by first responders

A small plane has crashed at the Duncan airport. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Flanked by QMS Junior School principal Susan Cruikshank, Head of School David Robertson and teacher Dominic Smith, Kionah Williams receives her Student of the Month certificate from Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry and program coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Queen Margaret’s School can count on Kionah Williams

Grade 7 standout named Duncan Rotary Student of the Month for October

Flanked by QMS Junior School principal Susan Cruikshank, Head of School David Robertson and teacher Dominic Smith, Kionah Williams receives her Student of the Month certificate from Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry and program coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
(File photo)

B.C. chiropractic regulating body walks back motion against vaccine mandates

Health Minister Adrian Dix called the motion disappointing, not reflective of most chiropractors

(File photo)
Cowichan Tribes has postponed its election for chief and council, scheduled for Dec. 3, until the new year due to a technical error with the voting list. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Tribes’ election postponed until new year

First Nation reports technical error with voters’ list

  • Dec 3, 2021
Cowichan Tribes has postponed its election for chief and council, scheduled for Dec. 3, until the new year due to a technical error with the voting list. (Citizen file)
Drivers on Renfrew Road in Shawnigan Lake can expect single-lane alternating traffic in a section of the road on Dec. 3 as contractors repair a sinkhole. (Screen shot)

Final repairs on sinkhole on Renfrew Road today

Drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic during repair

  • Dec 3, 2021
Drivers on Renfrew Road in Shawnigan Lake can expect single-lane alternating traffic in a section of the road on Dec. 3 as contractors repair a sinkhole. (Screen shot)
The Jones’s Christmas Village is being prepared for display again this festive season. (Marcia Jones photo)

Jones’s Christmas Village is back this year

Donations go towards cancer treatment

The Jones’s Christmas Village is being prepared for display again this festive season. (Marcia Jones photo)
Lauren Combs, a sales representative at Sheer Essentials Lingerie Swimwear on Kenneth Street, said the store will close and amalgamate with its other location on the Trans-Canada Highway later this month. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Lauren Combs, a sales representative at Sheer Essentials Lingerie Swimwear on Kenneth Street, said the store will close and amalgamate with its other location on the Trans-Canada Highway later this month. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Environment Canada has issued a series of special weather statements advising of light snow in the forecast for the east coast of Vancouver Island. (News Bulletin file photo)

Chance of snow this week on Vancouver Island

Potential for ‘light accumulation’ between Friday night and Saturday morning, says Environment Canada

Environment Canada has issued a series of special weather statements advising of light snow in the forecast for the east coast of Vancouver Island. (News Bulletin file photo)
The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Less than 25% of users have applied for groundwater licence as B.C.’s deadline nears

Those without a licence could face fines, penalties and lose water rights

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
The City of Duncan agreed to fund the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre $22,000 for operations in 2022, but funding may be limited in the future. (File photo)

Duncan warns Visitor Centre of future funding cut

City looking at increased policing costs

The City of Duncan agreed to fund the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre $22,000 for operations in 2022, but funding may be limited in the future. (File photo)
The sun continues to shine on the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway on Dec. 2, a day after the area recorded a new daily high record. (Drive BC traffic camera)

Malahat area records record high temperature

Record temperatures follow snowfall, record rainfall

The sun continues to shine on the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway on Dec. 2, a day after the area recorded a new daily high record. (Drive BC traffic camera)
Charges stayed in road-rage incident in 2019. (File photo)

Charges in Cowichan road-rage incident stayed by Crown

Crofton’s Jeffrey Robert Pfeifer was charged after incident in 2019

Charges stayed in road-rage incident in 2019. (File photo)
Rabbi Meir Kaplan, director of Chabad Vancouver Island, lit a large menorah in Duncan City Square on Nov. 30 to celebrate the third day of Hanukkah. Dozens of people attended the event, and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau gave a speech commemorating the occasion. The menorah is making its way across Vancouver Island to mark the season. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Rabbi Meir Kaplan, director of Chabad Vancouver Island, lit a large menorah in Duncan City Square on Nov. 30 to celebrate the third day of Hanukkah. Dozens of people attended the event, and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau gave a speech commemorating the occasion. The menorah is making its way across Vancouver Island to mark the season. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Canadian Armed Forces joined a number of of emergency agencies to help Cowichan Tribes deal with the damage from recent flooding. (Courtesy of Cowichan Tribes)

Cowichan Tribes recovering from flood, preparing for more

First Nation hires emergency manager

  • Dec 1, 2021
The Canadian Armed Forces joined a number of of emergency agencies to help Cowichan Tribes deal with the damage from recent flooding. (Courtesy of Cowichan Tribes)
This minivan rolled over into the ditch on Highway 18 in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 after the driver lost control of the vehicle. (Kathryn Swan photo)
This minivan rolled over into the ditch on Highway 18 in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 after the driver lost control of the vehicle. (Kathryn Swan photo)