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Mayor Bob Day toured the top of Hill 60 while the specialized helicopters were at work. (Bob Day photo)

Mosiac helicopters busy above Hill 60 in Lake Cowichan

Helicopters were doing tree harvesting of second growth on Hill 60

Mayor Bob Day toured the top of Hill 60 while the specialized helicopters were at work. (Bob Day photo)
Nominations have closed for the next civic election to be held on Oct. 15, 2022. (Photo courtesy Elections BC)

Cowichan Works being reviewed by Elections BC

Investigation to ensure compliance with Local Elections Campaign Financing Act

Nominations have closed for the next civic election to be held on Oct. 15, 2022. (Photo courtesy Elections BC)
The Cowichan Valley is made up of nine electoral areas and four municipalities. Residents will elect representatives to their board or council on Oct. 15, 2022. (CVRD WebMap)

Who’s running in the election in Cowichan Valley?

There are 35 local seats up for grabs in the municipal elections

  • Sep 13, 2022
The Cowichan Valley is made up of nine electoral areas and four municipalities. Residents will elect representatives to their board or council on Oct. 15, 2022. (CVRD WebMap)
Lynne Smith has her sights set on a second term as Area G director. (Photo submitted)

Smith making bid for reelection as Area G director

First term marked by COVID, extensive work on harmonizing electoral area community plans

Lynne Smith has her sights set on a second term as Area G director. (Photo submitted)
Hilary Abbott is running for the CVRD director seat for Cowichan Bay. (Submitted photo)
Hilary Abbott is running for the CVRD director seat for Cowichan Bay. (Submitted photo)
Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment, which is modelled after the new detachment building in Fort St. John, will receive $11.5 million in funding from the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (Citizen file graphic)

Feds and FCM kick in cash for Cowichan’s new RCMP building

Facility will receive a $10-million low-interest loan and $1.5-million grant

Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment, which is modelled after the new detachment building in Fort St. John, will receive $11.5 million in funding from the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (Citizen file graphic)
The Willow Street Cafe is the sight of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP’s next ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event, Sept. 14. (Don Bodger/Black Press)
The Willow Street Cafe is the sight of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP’s next ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event, Sept. 14. (Don Bodger/Black Press)
Karen Deck is running to be the CVRD’s director for Youbou/Meade Creek. (Submitted photo)
Karen Deck is running to be the CVRD’s director for Youbou/Meade Creek. (Submitted photo)
The annual Terry Fox Run is back in Duncan with an in-person event this year on Sept. 18. (Event poster)

Coming up in Cowichan: Terry Fox Run and a couple of AGMs

Terry Fox Run is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

The annual Terry Fox Run is back in Duncan with an in-person event this year on Sept. 18. (Event poster)
Smoke in the skies over the Cowichan Valley is being caused by wildfires in the U.S. and B.C. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen file)
Smoke in the skies over the Cowichan Valley is being caused by wildfires in the U.S. and B.C. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen file)
Joyce Behnsen has changed her mind about running for mayor, but instead will be putting her name on the ballot for councillor. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Behnsen takes herself out of mayor’s race to run for councillor

Plenty of names will be on the ballot in North Cowichan

Joyce Behnsen has changed her mind about running for mayor, but instead will be putting her name on the ballot for councillor. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The playground at Kin Duck Pond in Lake Cowichan has received a new rubberized surfacing made from recycled scrap tires, thanks to a $29,578 grant the town’s Kinsmen Club received from the Tire Stewardship BC. (Photo courtesy of TSBC)

Playground in Lake Cowichan gets a new rubberized surface

Kinsmen Club received $29,000 grant for project

The playground at Kin Duck Pond in Lake Cowichan has received a new rubberized surfacing made from recycled scrap tires, thanks to a $29,578 grant the town’s Kinsmen Club received from the Tire Stewardship BC. (Photo courtesy of TSBC)
Boxes taken from the Visitor Information Centre belonging to the Chamber of Commerce have been returned. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Thieves stopped in the act at Lake Cowichan Visitor Information Centre

Bystanders act fast to stop pair from stealing boxes from basement

Boxes taken from the Visitor Information Centre belonging to the Chamber of Commerce have been returned. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Janet Docherty, co-owner of Cobble Hill’s Merridale Cidery & Distillery, has announced that the 4th annual Cider Harvest Festival will be held at Merridale on Sept. 25. (Citizen file photo)
Janet Docherty, co-owner of Cobble Hill’s Merridale Cidery & Distillery, has announced that the 4th annual Cider Harvest Festival will be held at Merridale on Sept. 25. (Citizen file photo)
Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, has announced the province is funding almost $625,000 to help the homeless in Cowichan have more access to support services. (File photo)

Province provides almost $625,000 to help homeless in Cowichan

Funding will give homeless access to more support services

  • Sep 8, 2022
Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, has announced the province is funding almost $625,000 to help the homeless in Cowichan have more access to support services. (File photo)
CVRD to rent a curbside-collection truck after major mechanical break downs in its fleet. (Citizen file photo)

After a number serious breakdowns, CVRD to rent curbside collection truck

District also to temporarily switch to six-day collection week

CVRD to rent a curbside-collection truck after major mechanical break downs in its fleet. (Citizen file photo)
The clouds move among the old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Vancouver Island First Nation, logging company strike forest deal

Pacheedaht First Nation and Teal Jones sign memorandum of understanding

The clouds move among the old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Erica Kavanaugh, chair of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, said the housing market on Vancouver Island is changing. (VIREB photo)
Erica Kavanaugh, chair of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, said the housing market on Vancouver Island is changing. (VIREB photo)
Several CVRD directors are questioning which levels of government are responsible for what in the region’s watersheds. (Citizen file photo)
Several CVRD directors are questioning which levels of government are responsible for what in the region’s watersheds. (Citizen file photo)
It has been confirmed that someone died at the Malahat SkyWalk on Labour Day. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Death at Malahat SkyWalk on Labour Day

RCMP say no criminality involved

It has been confirmed that someone died at the Malahat SkyWalk on Labour Day. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)