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All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Smoke pours out of the eaves of an abandoned house on Ypres Street as the Duncan fire department worked to deal with the fire. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Smoke pours out of the eaves of an abandoned house on Ypres Street as the Duncan fire department worked to deal with the fire. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Work resumed at the construction site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Dec. 13 after workers took down their blockade that had stopped work since Dec. 2. All that remained was a pile of wood that the protesters had used to keep warm during the blockade. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Work resumed at the construction site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Dec. 13 after workers took down their blockade that had stopped work since Dec. 2. All that remained was a pile of wood that the protesters had used to keep warm during the blockade. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Health professionals at the Cowichan District Hospital received a gift of popcorn on Dec. 7 from three people involved with organ transplants as part of the annual Operation Popcorn initiative by the BC Transplant organization. Pictured in front of a group of health workers from various departments are liver recipient Natalie Williams (left) holding a box of popcorn and Olivia Hayne, whose brother Alistair donated organs after his accidental death. Directly behind them is Emma Hayne, Alistair’s mother, who holds a picture of him. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Operation Popcorn visits Cowichan District Hospital

Annual initiative thanks health-care professionals for organ transplants

Health professionals at the Cowichan District Hospital received a gift of popcorn on Dec. 7 from three people involved with organ transplants as part of the annual Operation Popcorn initiative by the BC Transplant organization. Pictured in front of a group of health workers from various departments are liver recipient Natalie Williams (left) holding a box of popcorn and Olivia Hayne, whose brother Alistair donated organs after his accidental death. Directly behind them is Emma Hayne, Alistair’s mother, who holds a picture of him. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Dr. Shannon Waters, Cowichan Valley’s medical health officer, said deaths due to poisoned illicit drugs increased in the Cowichan Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)

22 drug-related deaths in Cowichan region in first eight months of 2022

Medical health officer said local drug deaths increased during pandemic

Dr. Shannon Waters, Cowichan Valley’s medical health officer, said deaths due to poisoned illicit drugs increased in the Cowichan Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)
A fully engulfed compact vehicle ablaze in the driveway of a Belcarra Road home Monday morning as photographed by neighbour Alanah Downie. (Courtesy of Alanah Downie)

No injuries as car combusts in Maple Bay driveway

“I heard two explosions before looking outside to see where the noise was from”

A fully engulfed compact vehicle ablaze in the driveway of a Belcarra Road home Monday morning as photographed by neighbour Alanah Downie. (Courtesy of Alanah Downie)
Incident in which a man’s arm was broken during a police traffic stop under investigation. (Citizen file photo)
Incident in which a man’s arm was broken during a police traffic stop under investigation. (Citizen file photo)
Alisa Novak, Cardiology Technologist and Department Supervisor, explains features of new ECG carts to Susan Leslie, HATS store director and Arlene Cristofoli, president of the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Auxiliary to CDH)

Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital celebrates 90th by giving $90,000

New ECG carts, replacing equipment that is 11 or 12 years old

  • Dec 12, 2022
Alisa Novak, Cardiology Technologist and Department Supervisor, explains features of new ECG carts to Susan Leslie, HATS store director and Arlene Cristofoli, president of the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Auxiliary to CDH)
A man died after being struck by a red Dodge Ram truck on Sunday morning (Dec. 11) at Lefeuvre Road in Abbotsford and the driver fled the scene, APD says. /Shane MacKichan Photo

Pedestrian dies in fatal Abbotsford crash with driver still at large

Driver fled the scene after crashing red Dodge Ram truck on Lefeuvre Road

A man died after being struck by a red Dodge Ram truck on Sunday morning (Dec. 11) at Lefeuvre Road in Abbotsford and the driver fled the scene, APD says. /Shane MacKichan Photo
Retired fire chief Micke McKinlay is looking forward to his role as Duncan’s newest city councillor. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

McKinlay looking forward to new role as Duncan councillor

Former fire chief took second highest number of votes in election

Retired fire chief Micke McKinlay is looking forward to his role as Duncan’s newest city councillor. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
On Nov. 19, the Lake Cowichan RCMP joined forces with the 1st Lake Cowichan Scouts in raising $1,300 in cash donations, and collecting more than 700 pounds of food, during their ‘Stuff the Cruiser Fill the Canoe’ event, for the Lake Cowichan Food Bank Society. (RCMP handout)

Lake Cowichan Scouts, RCMP stuff the cruiser… and the canoe!

Food Bank to receive cash donation and 700 pounds of non-perishables

On Nov. 19, the Lake Cowichan RCMP joined forces with the 1st Lake Cowichan Scouts in raising $1,300 in cash donations, and collecting more than 700 pounds of food, during their ‘Stuff the Cruiser Fill the Canoe’ event, for the Lake Cowichan Food Bank Society. (RCMP handout)
The subject lot at the corner of Neva Road and Oak Lane. (Lake Cowichan staff report)

3 small-home densification project approved by Lake Cowichan town council

The project is in concert with Lake Cowichan’s official community plan

The subject lot at the corner of Neva Road and Oak Lane. (Lake Cowichan staff report)
Artist Vivi de Graff shows off the mural she painted in honour of Volume One Bookstore’s 50th anniversary. The mural’s unveiling was held Friday, Nov. 25, and welcomed staff, friends, customers, and even former owners to the book shop for a celebration. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Artist Vivi de Graff shows off the mural she painted in honour of Volume One Bookstore’s 50th anniversary. The mural’s unveiling was held Friday, Nov. 25, and welcomed staff, friends, customers, and even former owners to the book shop for a celebration. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The Steam Train On Bridge Over Chemainus River that includes the augmented reality feature, with instructions at the site. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mural goes high tech with augmented reality feature

Plans in the works for adding more special effects to other murals

The Steam Train On Bridge Over Chemainus River that includes the augmented reality feature, with instructions at the site. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chris Rafuse, executive director of the Cowichan Brain Injury Society, said the CBIS is looking for space to host its programs and gatherings after a fire put the society’s headquarters temporarily out of commission. (Citizen file photo)

Cowichan Brain Injury Society looking for space to hold programs after fire

Repairs to society’s headquarters expected to take some time

Chris Rafuse, executive director of the Cowichan Brain Injury Society, said the CBIS is looking for space to host its programs and gatherings after a fire put the society’s headquarters temporarily out of commission. (Citizen file photo)
Man arrested after being found with a woman he was not to have contact with. RCMP also found several cut catalytic converters. (File photo)

Man arrested after complaint of suspicious vehicle near Cherry Point in Cowichan

34-year-old found in possession of catalytic converters and with woman he was not to contact

Man arrested after being found with a woman he was not to have contact with. RCMP also found several cut catalytic converters. (File photo)
Award-winning actress Queen Latifah has made a post on Instagram encouraging people to visit Duncan’s PlentiFILL store. (Screen shot)
Award-winning actress Queen Latifah has made a post on Instagram encouraging people to visit Duncan’s PlentiFILL store. (Screen shot)
City of Duncan projects a 9.9 per cent tax increase in 2023 due to increased policing costs, but the draft budget is still very preliminary at this stage. (Citizen file photo)

City of Duncan’s tax increase could be as high as 9.9% in 2023

Potential significant increase related to police costs

City of Duncan projects a 9.9 per cent tax increase in 2023 due to increased policing costs, but the draft budget is still very preliminary at this stage. (Citizen file photo)
(Mike Biden photo)

Oh Deer! Penticton firefighters make frigid rescue

Firefighters saved a deer stuck in the ice on Okanagan Lake

(Mike Biden photo)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says assaults in the region during the summer months this year increased from the same time period last year. (Citizen file photo)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says assaults in the region during the summer months this year increased from the same time period last year. (Citizen file photo)