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Pictured are all the award winners at the 22nd annual Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Excellence Awards that was held on Oct. 29. From left, Andrew Braye (Citizen of the Year); Katie St. Onge, owner Lake Mercantile (Excellence in Customer Service Award); Jocelyn Lundberg on behalf of Kinsmen/Kinette volunteer community service; Gillian Longbottom and Sue Marchant on behalf of The Tube Shack (Business of the Year); Pat Weaver from the Forest Co- Op and Julia Martinusen, from Trail Blazers (Above & Beyond Award). (Lauri Meanley photo)

The Tube Shack takes home 2021 Business of the Year Award in Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce held annual awards banquet on Oct. 29

Pictured are all the award winners at the 22nd annual Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Excellence Awards that was held on Oct. 29. From left, Andrew Braye (Citizen of the Year); Katie St. Onge, owner Lake Mercantile (Excellence in Customer Service Award); Jocelyn Lundberg on behalf of Kinsmen/Kinette volunteer community service; Gillian Longbottom and Sue Marchant on behalf of The Tube Shack (Business of the Year); Pat Weaver from the Forest Co- Op and Julia Martinusen, from Trail Blazers (Above & Beyond Award). (Lauri Meanley photo)
The Remembrance Day service at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan drew hundreds to pay their respects. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Remembrance Day 2022: Hundreds in Duncan gather to remember

Charles Hoey Park couldn’t fit the number of people who gathered for Remembrance Day event

The Remembrance Day service at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan drew hundreds to pay their respects. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Among the many names on the Duncan Cenotaph are those of Charles Hoey, VC, and his brother Trevor. (T.W. Paterson photo)

Remembrance Day: Winnipeg’s Valour Road

This year, Canada Post issued a postage stamp honouring the 3 who inspired the naming of Valour Road

  • Nov 11, 2022
Among the many names on the Duncan Cenotaph are those of Charles Hoey, VC, and his brother Trevor. (T.W. Paterson photo)
Mr. David Carey receiving the Canadian flag and medals belonging to his great-uncle Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey. (Dept. of National Defence military history photo)

Remembrance Day 2022: Canada’s ultimate honour: identifying her dead

The Casualty Identification Program works to identify newly found skeletal remains

  • Nov 11, 2022
Mr. David Carey receiving the Canadian flag and medals belonging to his great-uncle Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey. (Dept. of National Defence military history photo)
St. John Ambulance cadets worked hard through the rain on Sunday to place crosses at the graves of veterans buried at Mountainview Cemetery in North Cowichan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Cadets mark veterans’ graves with crosses

An annual tradition at the graves of veterans around the Cowichan Valley,…

St. John Ambulance cadets worked hard through the rain on Sunday to place crosses at the graves of veterans buried at Mountainview Cemetery in North Cowichan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A new campaign offers remembrance lawn signs for $20.

Remembrance Day: How we remember

We’ve been honouring our fallen veterans for more than a century now

  • Nov 11, 2022
A new campaign offers remembrance lawn signs for $20.
Crossed were placed at the graves of veterans buried at Mountainview Cemetery in North Cowichan on Sunday afternoon by cadets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Remembrance Day: Don’t take their sacrifices for granted

Remembrance Day and the election are inextricably entwined

  • Nov 11, 2022
Crossed were placed at the graves of veterans buried at Mountainview Cemetery in North Cowichan on Sunday afternoon by cadets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A Totem seaman poses with ‘Shonkie,’ the smaller of two Cowichan totem poles aboard HMS Totem. (Historical photo)

Remembrance Day: Did a ‘Cowichan Curse’ sink Israeli submarine?

Mysterious loss of an Israeli submarine

  • Nov 11, 2022
A Totem seaman poses with ‘Shonkie,’ the smaller of two Cowichan totem poles aboard HMS Totem. (Historical photo)
Craftspeople from all over the world are represented at the Fiesta World Craft Bazaar in Duncan on Nov. 12 and 13, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Craftspeople from all over the world are represented at the Fiesta World Craft Bazaar in Duncan on Nov. 12 and 13, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Motorists are reporting a rollover crash is affecting northbound traffic on the Malahat section of the Trans Canada Highway Thursday (Nov. 10). The traffic camera operated by Drive BC shows a build up of traffic in the northbound lane of the highway near the Malahat Summit. (Courtesy Drive BC)
Motorists are reporting a rollover crash is affecting northbound traffic on the Malahat section of the Trans Canada Highway Thursday (Nov. 10). The traffic camera operated by Drive BC shows a build up of traffic in the northbound lane of the highway near the Malahat Summit. (Courtesy Drive BC)
The Vancouver Port Authority is hosting two open houses in the Cowichan Valley on its plans to deal with anchored freighters in the Salish Sea. (Citizen file photo)
The Vancouver Port Authority is hosting two open houses in the Cowichan Valley on its plans to deal with anchored freighters in the Salish Sea. (Citizen file photo)
The Cowichan Housing Association has partnered with Happipad Canada to create Happipad Cowichan, which intends to see spare bedrooms in the region used to help deal with the ongoing housing crisis. (Citizen file photo)

Spare bedrooms being eyed to help deal with Cowichan housing crisis

Happipad Cowichan will help match landlords with renters

  • Nov 10, 2022
The Cowichan Housing Association has partnered with Happipad Canada to create Happipad Cowichan, which intends to see spare bedrooms in the region used to help deal with the ongoing housing crisis. (Citizen file photo)
Mayor Michelle Staples being sworn in for her second term during Duncan council’s inaugural meeting and awards ceremony Monday, Nov. 7. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Duncan council sworn in, awards handed out

Arts, sports and volunteer awards also handed out at inaugural Duncan city council meeting

Mayor Michelle Staples being sworn in for her second term during Duncan council’s inaugural meeting and awards ceremony Monday, Nov. 7. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Royal Canadian Legion chaplain Rev. Greg Sumner speaks during the Legion’s annual poppy flag raising at Duncan City Hall on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Poppy flag raised over Duncan City Hall

A small crowd gathered Sunday, Oct. 30 in front of Duncan City…

Royal Canadian Legion chaplain Rev. Greg Sumner speaks during the Legion’s annual poppy flag raising at Duncan City Hall on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A home is being sought for this large 360-kilogram Yorkshire pig that was stabbed multiple times near Victoria a week and a half ago. (Photo courtesy of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary)

Duncan sanctuary looking for home for pig stabbed multiple times

Duncan’s A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary is taking animal in for now

A home is being sought for this large 360-kilogram Yorkshire pig that was stabbed multiple times near Victoria a week and a half ago. (Photo courtesy of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary)
Tow truck personnel get ready to remove a car that was pushed into a building in a multi-vehicle collision in Duncan Tuesday afternoon. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Tow truck personnel get ready to remove a car that was pushed into a building in a multi-vehicle collision in Duncan Tuesday afternoon. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will be performed by the Shawnigan Players at the Duncan Showroom Nov. 22 to Dec. 4. Pictured are actors Jacob Dennison and Breann Gallacher who play John and Elizabeth Proctor. (Rien Vesseur photo)

Shawnigan Players bring classic play about witch hunts to Duncan Showroom

Arthur Miller play ‘The Crucible’ an international classic

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will be performed by the Shawnigan Players at the Duncan Showroom Nov. 22 to Dec. 4. Pictured are actors Jacob Dennison and Breann Gallacher who play John and Elizabeth Proctor. (Rien Vesseur photo)
Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in August of 2020, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

Insufficient maintenance contributed to fatal 2020 sinking of Arctic Fox II: report

Skipper and one crew member died as a result of the incident, one crew member survived

Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in August of 2020, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)
An incident in which a man was found in medical distress in an RCMP cell in Duncan is under investigation. (Black Press Media stock photo)

IIO investigating incident of man found in distress in Duncan RCMP cells

Man found in medical distress in RCMP cell

  • Nov 8, 2022
An incident in which a man was found in medical distress in an RCMP cell in Duncan is under investigation. (Black Press Media stock photo)
Ladysmith RCMSAR members cited for their rescue efforts a year ago of two men on a fishing boat, from left, include: Phil Kelsey, Ross Hayes, John Oakes and Susan Wisely. (Photo by RCMSAR Station 29 Ladysmith)

Ladysmith crew honoured for 2021 rescue of two men from a sinking fishing boat

Response time was fortunately reduced from already being on the water

Ladysmith RCMSAR members cited for their rescue efforts a year ago of two men on a fishing boat, from left, include: Phil Kelsey, Ross Hayes, John Oakes and Susan Wisely. (Photo by RCMSAR Station 29 Ladysmith)