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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)
North Cowichan will invest $204,000 in energy efficiencies at the new Crofton fire hall when it is built. (File photo)
North Cowichan will invest $204,000 in energy efficiencies at the new Crofton fire hall when it is built. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas said a proposal for a co-housing project in Chemainus is an “interesting concept” at the council meeting on Nov. 16, but said a decision on whether the municipality will consider it will have to wait until the new council has had further discussions. (Citizen file photo)

Co-housing project proposed for Chemainus

Project would be at the old Chemainus Elementary School property on Elliott Street

North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas said a proposal for a co-housing project in Chemainus is an “interesting concept” at the council meeting on Nov. 16, but said a decision on whether the municipality will consider it will have to wait until the new council has had further discussions. (Citizen file photo)
Rotary Club of Duncan President Andrew Dowsett, left, and Kim Barnard, program coordinator, present QMS student Seonghee Park with the Student of the Month award for October, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Leadership skills win QMS’s Park Student of the Month

Rotary Club of Duncan presented the award

  • Nov 28, 2022
Rotary Club of Duncan President Andrew Dowsett, left, and Kim Barnard, program coordinator, present QMS student Seonghee Park with the Student of the Month award for October, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Make a date with a friend or gather as a family to create both ornaments and cards. (Submitted by CLAC)
Make a date with a friend or gather as a family to create both ornaments and cards. (Submitted by CLAC)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)

Special weather statement in effect with snow expected on the Island this week

Environment Canada forecasts 15 centimetres in inland areas of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)
Henry Wikkerink, manager of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, accepts homegrown produce donated by Cowichan Valley Garden Club members, from left, Judith Appleby, Wilma Harvie, and club president Darlene Veitch. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Garden Club)

Cowichan garden club grows a lot more than a row for food bank

11 club members took up the challenge

  • Nov 25, 2022
Henry Wikkerink, manager of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, accepts homegrown produce donated by Cowichan Valley Garden Club members, from left, Judith Appleby, Wilma Harvie, and club president Darlene Veitch. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Garden Club)
Emergency crews work on a flood-damaged section of the Malahat. (Courtesy Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Machinery on the move: Malahat lane closures in effect Tuesday night

Repairs ongoing since record-breaking rain washed out segment of Trans-Canada Highway

Emergency crews work on a flood-damaged section of the Malahat. (Courtesy Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
A group of Cowichan dog professionals has teamed up to help international organization Breaking the Chains raise funds to support dogs caught up in the war in Ukraine. (Breaking the Chains photo)
A group of Cowichan dog professionals has teamed up to help international organization Breaking the Chains raise funds to support dogs caught up in the war in Ukraine. (Breaking the Chains photo)
Donna Jones shows off her huge Christmas village at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)

Christmas village display sure to delight in Youbou

While you’re there, poke around Cassy’s giftshop which has it’s grand re-opening on Dec. 1

Donna Jones shows off her huge Christmas village at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)
Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Danielle Gaudet has moved her store, Blush Vintage, from Chemainus to 38 Station St. in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Santas by the dozen take part in the Run for the Claus at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Lyle Young photo)
Santas by the dozen take part in the Run for the Claus at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Lyle Young photo)
The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)

Living Wage in Cowichan increases by 21% in 2022

Other B.C. communities also see significant increases

The living wage in the Cowichan Valley in 2022 has risen 21 per cent to $22.53. (Metro Creative photo)
War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan veteran receives France’s highest honour

Fernand Labrie presented with The Legion of Honour for services during the war

War veteran Fernand Labrie (centre) was presented with France's highest award, The Legion of Honour, by Nicolas Baudouin (right) the Consul General of France in B.C., at a ceremony at Sunridge Place on Nov. 17. At left is Labrie's daughter Pierrette Morgan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Police responded to a possible gun sighting at the Duncan Law Courts on Monday afternoon. (Citizen file)

Police find no gunman after reports of Duncan sighting

A large police presence gathered downtown on Monday afternoon

Police responded to a possible gun sighting at the Duncan Law Courts on Monday afternoon. (Citizen file)
Breghman Dolan’s car was totalled in the incident, leaving him waiting for his insurance claim to be filed. (Courtesy of Breghman Dolan)

Mill Bay man worried by Grand Theft Auto-style catalytic converter theft

Breghman Dolan’s car was chained to a truck, towed and flipped over outside George Bonner Elementary

Breghman Dolan’s car was totalled in the incident, leaving him waiting for his insurance claim to be filed. (Courtesy of Breghman Dolan)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and leader of the BC Greens wants to see the mask mandate reinstated in indoor public spaces. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 16 evenings in 2022. (Citizen file)

All aboard! Christmas Express pulling in to Cowichan’s Forest Discovery Centre

Enjoy Christmas crafts, the fire pits, indoor entertainment, the miniature Christmas Village

The Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 16 evenings in 2022. (Citizen file)