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The Cowichan Valley’s annual Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign hopes to raise $100,000 for local programs this year. (Citizen file photo)

Christmas Kettle campaign underway in Cowichan

Salvation Army hopes to raise $100,000 for local programs this year

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake was registered off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Dec 6. (Courtesy of Earthquakes Canada)

4.6-magnitude earthquake hits off west coast of Vancouver Island

Tuesday’s event was the third quake off the Island’s coast in last weeks

Costs at the new Cowichan District Hospital have skyrocketed to $1.45 billion. (Citizen file photo)

Costs of new Cowichan hospital increase to $1.45 billion

Government says cost increase related mostly to labour shortages and supply-chain challenges

Fire crews and RCMP emerge from behind a hedge giving cover to the property at 491 Festubert St. in Duncan Saturday night. The garage on the property caught fire and crews extinguished it promptly. (Courtesy of Kevin Rothbauer)
Fire crews and RCMP emerge from behind a hedge giving cover to the property at 491 Festubert St. in Duncan Saturday night. The garage on the property caught fire and crews extinguished it promptly. (Courtesy of Kevin Rothbauer)
The tree lighting in memory of loved ones lost is always a meaningful event of the Christmas season, held at Cowichan District Hospital. (Citizen file)
The tree lighting in memory of loved ones lost is always a meaningful event of the Christmas season, held at Cowichan District Hospital. (Citizen file)
The Malahat will have single-lane alternating traffic overnight starting Dec. 5 and continuing until Dec. 7. (File courtesy BC Transportation)

Overnight Malahat delays expected Monday through Wednesday

Traffic through Goldstream Provincial Park will be reduced to a single lane

The Malahat will have single-lane alternating traffic overnight starting Dec. 5 and continuing until Dec. 7. (File courtesy BC Transportation)
An artist’s rendering of Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society’s Lakewood Manor — an affordable senior independent living facility. (Courtesy of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society)

Another hurdle cleared in Lakewood Manor development

Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society can now proceed with funding requests

An artist’s rendering of Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society’s Lakewood Manor — an affordable senior independent living facility. (Courtesy of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society)
Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
After years and years of looking, the Lake Cowichan Food Bank has finally has a place to call home: the St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church on 62 Fern Rd. (Google Maps)

Lake Cowichan food bank finally finds a home

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church on 62 Fern Rd. in Lake Cowichan

  • Dec 2, 2022
After years and years of looking, the Lake Cowichan Food Bank has finally has a place to call home: the St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church on 62 Fern Rd. (Google Maps)
The Malahat SkyWalk has a roster of fun holiday events planned at the attraction. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Malahat SkyWalk has a roster of fun holiday events planned at the attraction. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Environment Canada has issued another snowfall warning for eastern and inland areas of Vancouver Island, with 5-15 centimetres forecast between Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. (News Bulletin file photo)

Another snowfall warning issued for most of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada forecasts 5-15 centimetres starting in the afternoon Friday, Dec. 2

Environment Canada has issued another snowfall warning for eastern and inland areas of Vancouver Island, with 5-15 centimetres forecast between Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. (News Bulletin file photo)
William Karl Paulsen, left, Sean Oliver Douglas Kendall and Kristopher Steven Smith are three of the four men charged after a joint forces operation related to drug trafficking on Vancouver Island. (Photos submitted)
William Karl Paulsen, left, Sean Oliver Douglas Kendall and Kristopher Steven Smith are three of the four men charged after a joint forces operation related to drug trafficking on Vancouver Island. (Photos submitted)
The Urgent Care Centre in Chemainus is closed for two days during the first half of December. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Urgent Care Centre hours include two closures in early December

Physician availability still hampering efforts to remain fully operational

The Urgent Care Centre in Chemainus is closed for two days during the first half of December. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lance DeBreé was presented with a Challenge Coin and certificate from the RCMP for his efforts to better himself and the community on Nov. 9. Pictured, from left, is Will Arnold, owner of Experience Cycling, Warren Kongas, a member of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, DeBreé and his mother Ro. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Lance DeBreé was presented with a Challenge Coin and certificate from the RCMP for his efforts to better himself and the community on Nov. 9. Pictured, from left, is Will Arnold, owner of Experience Cycling, Warren Kongas, a member of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, DeBreé and his mother Ro. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A van runs up against the barrier on Crofton Road. (David van Deventer/Black Press)

Winter storm wreaks havoc on Cowichan Valley roads

Lots of traffic volume but no major incidents

A van runs up against the barrier on Crofton Road. (David van Deventer/Black Press)
Drive BC’s Skutz Falls highway cam looking west Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:16 p.m. (Drive BC screenshot)
Drive BC’s Skutz Falls highway cam looking west Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:16 p.m. (Drive BC screenshot)
Laura Robertson and daughter Shar Gale visit Chemainus Lake every Nov. 25 on the anniversary of Brayden Gale’s tragic death there. The memorial there and the presence of a lifesaving ring give them comfort. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Memories of Brayden Gale remain strong for family after seven years

Life saving ring at Chemainus Lake where tragedy occurred a source of some comfort

Laura Robertson and daughter Shar Gale visit Chemainus Lake every Nov. 25 on the anniversary of Brayden Gale’s tragic death there. The memorial there and the presence of a lifesaving ring give them comfort. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A three-year-old German shepherd suffered significant injuries after falling off the back of a truck it was tethered to. (Submitted photo)

Dog that was dragged behind pickup receiving care from Nanaimo SPCA

Three-year-old German shepherd healing after suffering ‘devastating injuries’ in Duncan incident

A three-year-old German shepherd suffered significant injuries after falling off the back of a truck it was tethered to. (Submitted photo)
Snow falling on Highway 1 at Malahat Summit in 2020.Winter driving conditions are on the way with snow and wind forecast for south, inland, east and north Vancouver Island from Tuesday morning through Wednesday (Nov. 30). (DriveBC/File)

Shift into winter: Snow, wind warnings issued for most of Vancouver Island

Work-related crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in the in B.C.

Snow falling on Highway 1 at Malahat Summit in 2020.Winter driving conditions are on the way with snow and wind forecast for south, inland, east and north Vancouver Island from Tuesday morning through Wednesday (Nov. 30). (DriveBC/File)