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Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)

Bus tracking to roll out in Cowichan Valley, then across the province

Cowichan transit chosen to be first in next phase of NextRide program

Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)
South Cowichan Recreation manager Kim Liddle (left) and South Cowichan Pickleball Club executive members Laurie Vasey, Rick Hollingworth and Brian Johnson stand on the future site of the Kerry Park pickleball courts. (File photo)
South Cowichan Recreation manager Kim Liddle (left) and South Cowichan Pickleball Club executive members Laurie Vasey, Rick Hollingworth and Brian Johnson stand on the future site of the Kerry Park pickleball courts. (File photo)
Duncan’s current ladder truck in use during the fire at the Lewis Street Apartments in January of 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan’s current ladder truck in use during the fire at the Lewis Street Apartments in January of 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Indian Road is closed after a landslide near the intersection with Allenby Road in Duncan on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Indian Road is closed after a landslide near the intersection with Allenby Road in Duncan on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Concerns are being raised about the difficulty of booking a COVID-19 booster shot in the Cowichan Valley. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Concerns are being raised about the difficulty of booking a COVID-19 booster shot in the Cowichan Valley. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A new bus service between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley is scheduled to begin in March. (File photo)

New transit route between Nanaimo and Cowichan expected in March

Route awaiting MOU between CVRD, RDN and BC Transit

A new bus service between Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley is scheduled to begin in March. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes members voted yes on an education jurisdiction agreement and law-making protocol that will return the inherent right to govern education to the community. (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes votes to reclaim the right to educate its children

First Nation one of 13 negotiating with the federal government since 2006

Cowichan Tribes members voted yes on an education jurisdiction agreement and law-making protocol that will return the inherent right to govern education to the community. (File photo)
Oceanview Community Church has secured housing for a refugee family after raising money over the past three years. (Photo courtesy of Pastor Darin Phillips)

Ladysmith church secures housing for refugee family

Oceanview community church raised over $58,000 to sponsor the family

Oceanview Community Church has secured housing for a refugee family after raising money over the past three years. (Photo courtesy of Pastor Darin Phillips)
Still Standing host Jonny Harris strolls through Chemainus last summer, with the Native Heritage mural in the background, while filming a segment on the community for the program that airs Jan. 26 on CBC. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Chemainus on the Still Standing show schedule for Jan. 26

Season 7 shooting provided many challenges due to COVID

Still Standing host Jonny Harris strolls through Chemainus last summer, with the Native Heritage mural in the background, while filming a segment on the community for the program that airs Jan. 26 on CBC. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
North Cowichan is switching away from mail outs of curb-side collection schedules in favour of more paperless options. (File photo)

North Cowichan ending mail outs of garbage day calendars

Paperless options available

  • Jan 11, 2022
North Cowichan is switching away from mail outs of curb-side collection schedules in favour of more paperless options. (File photo)
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley students back to school

Few tangible changes to school COVID safety protocols after extra week off

Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District. (File photo)
Both images show missing Comox Valley man John Wesley Edwards. RCMP supplied photo.

Foul play suspected in the disappearance of Comox Valley man

It has been almost two years, and investigators now suspect foul play…

Both images show missing Comox Valley man John Wesley Edwards. RCMP supplied photo.
Charter members and 20-year members of the Duncan chapter of the Probus retiree social club received their 20-year pins at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the chapter on Dec. 14. From left to right are Curly Newman, Marilyn Sulz, Ceri Newman, Tammy Howatt, John Howatt, John Braybrooks, Mary Braybrooks, Ann Cox, Ann Turner, Jane Fox, Ken Sulz, Joanne Moon, Barb Fenske, Michael Hanson, and Bob Fenske. (Submitted photo)

Duncan Probus social club celebrates 20th anniversary

Anniversary combined with Christmas celebrations

  • Jan 10, 2022
Charter members and 20-year members of the Duncan chapter of the Probus retiree social club received their 20-year pins at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the chapter on Dec. 14. From left to right are Curly Newman, Marilyn Sulz, Ceri Newman, Tammy Howatt, John Howatt, John Braybrooks, Mary Braybrooks, Ann Cox, Ann Turner, Jane Fox, Ken Sulz, Joanne Moon, Barb Fenske, Michael Hanson, and Bob Fenske. (Submitted photo)
BC Ferries is warning of possible service disruptions in the coming months as the Omicron variant spreads. (Don Denton/file photo)

BC Ferries anticipating service disruptions in coming months as Omicron spikes

Company expects inter-island routes to be especially affected by crew shortages

BC Ferries is warning of possible service disruptions in the coming months as the Omicron variant spreads. (Don Denton/file photo)
Rogers Communications will soon be holding a public consultation process on its proposal to install a new cell-phone tower on land owned by the City of Duncan. (File photo)
Rogers Communications will soon be holding a public consultation process on its proposal to install a new cell-phone tower on land owned by the City of Duncan. (File photo)
A big snowfall in late December left fat pillows of snow on signs, fences, picnic tables lake and even covered the surface of Mayo Dam. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Residents complain of slow snow clearing at Lake Cowichan

The recent snowfall “unfortunately occurred at an awkward time in our small town”: mayor

A big snowfall in late December left fat pillows of snow on signs, fences, picnic tables lake and even covered the surface of Mayo Dam. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Cowichan Tribes held a prayer ceremony on Monday, May 31 for the 215 children whose remains were discovered at the site of the Kamloops Residential School. Local governments across the Cowichan Valley have lowered flags to honour the victims. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Year in Review: January to December, some of Cowichan’s top stories of 2021

A look back on the past year, as covered by the Cowichan Valley Citizen

Cowichan Tribes held a prayer ceremony on Monday, May 31 for the 215 children whose remains were discovered at the site of the Kamloops Residential School. Local governments across the Cowichan Valley have lowered flags to honour the victims. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Mail delivery has been suspended in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the City of Vancouver for Thursday, Jan. 6 due to snow. (Photo by Canada Post)

Canada Post suspends delivery in Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island due to snow

‘Red service alert’ also issued for City of Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 6

Mail delivery has been suspended in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the City of Vancouver for Thursday, Jan. 6 due to snow. (Photo by Canada Post)
North Cowichan moving forward with plan to transition to automated garbage pick up. (File photo)
North Cowichan moving forward with plan to transition to automated garbage pick up. (File photo)
A bus travels on Dogwood Street amid a snowstorm in Campbell River. Note snow-clearing for municipal and provincial roads are separate operations. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Extraordinary snowfall event stretching Vancouver Island snow clearing operations

Provincial contractor clears roads by a priority system that resets upon each snowfall

A bus travels on Dogwood Street amid a snowstorm in Campbell River. Note snow-clearing for municipal and provincial roads are separate operations. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.