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Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley. (Photo submitted)

More families in Nanaimo-North Cowichan benefit from $10-a-day child care

Learn and Laugh Academy approval includes 40 spaces

  • Oct 17, 2022
Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley. (Photo submitted)
Danielle Myles Wilson is the new CAO of the CVRD. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Danielle Myles Wilson is new CAO of Cowichan Valley Regional District

Wilson replaces retiring Brian Carruthers

  • Oct 16, 2022
Danielle Myles Wilson is the new CAO of the CVRD. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A new school board has been chosen for the Cowichan Valley School District on Oct. 15, 2022. (Citizen file)
A new school board has been chosen for the Cowichan Valley School District on Oct. 15, 2022. (Citizen file)
With the support of former Mayors Rod Peters and Ross Forrest, Tim McGonigle has been elected to be Lake Cowichan’s next mayor. (Submitted)

Tim McGonigle unseats Bob Day as Lake Cowichan mayor

Aaron Frisby joins incumbents Sandhu, Vomacka, Austin on council

With the support of former Mayors Rod Peters and Ross Forrest, Tim McGonigle has been elected to be Lake Cowichan’s next mayor. (Submitted)
Mayor-elect Rob Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Douglas elected mayor of North Cowichan

Two-term councillor tops a three-person race

Mayor-elect Rob Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Duncan residents have chosen a new city council Oct. 15, 2022. (File photo)

Few changes on Duncan city council as five incumbents, one newcomer elected

Duncan residents have returned five incumbent councillors to their seats, along with…

Duncan residents have chosen a new city council Oct. 15, 2022. (File photo)
Residents chose their board of directors in elections on Oct. 15, 2022. (Citizen file)

UPDATED: Jesse McClinton, Alison Nicholson win in CVRD races; recreation funding referendum passes

Seven of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s nine electoral areas held elections…

Residents chose their board of directors in elections on Oct. 15, 2022. (Citizen file)
The three candidates for mayor of North Cowichan. From left: John Koury, Rosalie Sawrie and Rob Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Three candidates for North Cowichan mayor garnering equal support

No one appears to have a clear lead and it’ll all come down to Saturday’s vote

The three candidates for mayor of North Cowichan. From left: John Koury, Rosalie Sawrie and Rob Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Staff in the Town of Lake Cowichan are recommending council not give a green light to a large development project on Hudgrove Road. (File photo)

It’s Election Day at Cowichan Lake: Here’s everything you need to know

The next group of local leaders are expected to be named Saturday…

Staff in the Town of Lake Cowichan are recommending council not give a green light to a large development project on Hudgrove Road. (File photo)
A round table discussion was held recently between Local First Nation elders and a number of descendants of “home children” at the invitation of Duncan United Church. From left are Suzanne Mozdzen, a researcher with Home Children Canada, Keith Simmonds, the former minister at Duncan United Church, Lori Oschefski, president of Home Children Canada, Patricia Skidmore, president of Fairbridge Canada Association, and Bill Dennis, who is the son of home child. (Submitted photo)
A round table discussion was held recently between Local First Nation elders and a number of descendants of “home children” at the invitation of Duncan United Church. From left are Suzanne Mozdzen, a researcher with Home Children Canada, Keith Simmonds, the former minister at Duncan United Church, Lori Oschefski, president of Home Children Canada, Patricia Skidmore, president of Fairbridge Canada Association, and Bill Dennis, who is the son of home child. (Submitted photo)
Lake Cowichan recreation programmer Kyle Laberge answers questions from a visitor about the new gym and its features on opening day, Monday, Oct. 3. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan community gym now open for workouts

A rowing machine, treadmills, recumbent bikes, elliptical trainers and more

Lake Cowichan recreation programmer Kyle Laberge answers questions from a visitor about the new gym and its features on opening day, Monday, Oct. 3. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Surrounded by Lake Cowichan council, Pat Weaver was bestowed the honour of Freeman of the Town on Sept. 27. (Town of Lake Cowichan photo)

Lake Cowichan’s Weaver bestowed with Freeman honours

Longtime volunteer recognized by Lake Cowichan town council

Surrounded by Lake Cowichan council, Pat Weaver was bestowed the honour of Freeman of the Town on Sept. 27. (Town of Lake Cowichan photo)
Blue Grouse Winery celebrated its 30th commercial harvest last week. Pictured are Bailey Williamson, the winery’s winemaker, and Tiare Boyes, a Comox-based halibut fisher, picking grapes on Oct. 6. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Blue Grouse Winery celebrated its 30th commercial harvest last week. Pictured are Bailey Williamson, the winery’s winemaker, and Tiare Boyes, a Comox-based halibut fisher, picking grapes on Oct. 6. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Jared Williams, Qwustenuxun, Genevieve Singleton from Polster Environmental, and Wildlife Society president Paul Fletcher unveil a new sign. (Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society photo)

New trail signage recognizes area’s First Nations history

S’amunu Trail recognizes long presence of Cowichan people in area.

  • Oct 13, 2022
Jared Williams, Qwustenuxun, Genevieve Singleton from Polster Environmental, and Wildlife Society president Paul Fletcher unveil a new sign. (Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society photo)
The Island Aurora that runs from Port McNeill to Alert Bay and Sointula. Two ferries of the same type will eventually operate on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (BC Ferries photo)

Two-ferry service coming to Crofton-Vesuvius route by 2026

Petition leads BC Ferries to commit to plan and ramp up terminal improvements

The Island Aurora that runs from Port McNeill to Alert Bay and Sointula. Two ferries of the same type will eventually operate on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (BC Ferries photo)
The Duncan Flying Club's Kevin Maher stands in front of tall trees at the end of the runway at Duncan Airport that are impeding air traffic at the facility. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan Airport may have to shut down night operations

Tall trees at end of runway impeding aircraft

The Duncan Flying Club's Kevin Maher stands in front of tall trees at the end of the runway at Duncan Airport that are impeding air traffic at the facility. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
BC Transit buses will be free on election day in the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file photo)

Local transit routes in the Cowichan Valley will be free on election day

The 44 Cowichan Valley route will still require payment

BC Transit buses will be free on election day in the Cowichan Valley. (Citizen file photo)
Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)

Chilliwack school board hopeful suing fellow candidate for calling her ‘a striptease artist’

Carin Bondar says the comment made during a Zoom meeting amounts to defamation

Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)
Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Chilliwack senior felt ‘absolute despair’ after Fraser Health no-show

Confined to wheelchair, woman was twice left sitting in incontinence underwear for 20-plus hours

Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Island Health opening a new office at 6425 Norcross Rd. in Duncan that is intended to improve access to services and provide the infrastructure needed to support future growth. (Black Press photo)

New location for several health services to open in Duncan

Many services will come together at 6425 Norcross Rd.

  • Oct 12, 2022
Island Health opening a new office at 6425 Norcross Rd. in Duncan that is intended to improve access to services and provide the infrastructure needed to support future growth. (Black Press photo)