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Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment, said the last three months of the pandemic have brought numerous challenges to the local police force. (File photo)

Pandemic tests Vancouver Island RCMP

Cowichan’s Insp. Chris Bear said last three months full of challenges

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment, said the last three months of the pandemic have brought numerous challenges to the local police force. (File photo)
Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Petition alleges Michelle Staples involved in numerous conflicts of interest

Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts
Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

North Cowichan’s council unimously votes to borrow $48 million for project

Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021
Harold C. Joe, (pictured) a documentary filmmaker and a member of Cowichan Tribes, and production company Drama Camp Productions are making a documentary about the Valley’s famous Chief Tzouhalem. (File photo)

Documentary on legendary Chief Tzouhalem to be filmed in Cowichan

Film by Indigenous-operated Drama Camp Productions and Victoria’s Less Bland Productions

Harold C. Joe, (pictured) a documentary filmmaker and a member of Cowichan Tribes, and production company Drama Camp Productions are making a documentary about the Valley’s famous Chief Tzouhalem. (File photo)
Elizabeth Trenholm, owner of Shawnigan Lake’s Epona’s Whisper Therapeutic Donkeys Ltd., poses with her donkeys Coco and Winnie. (Submitted photo)

There’s some donkey business happening on Vancouver Island

New therapeutic business featuring donkeys opens in Shawnigan Lake

Elizabeth Trenholm, owner of Shawnigan Lake’s Epona’s Whisper Therapeutic Donkeys Ltd., poses with her donkeys Coco and Winnie. (Submitted photo)
As Charleigh turns 5, Lake Cowichan family says thank you

As Charleigh turns 5, Lake Cowichan family says thank you

Girl celebrates her fifth birthday, as support helps her fight against very rare CLN2 Batten disease

As Charleigh turns 5, Lake Cowichan family says thank you
A rendering of the proposed new RCMP detachment on Ford and Drinkwater Roads in North Cowichan. (North Cowichan image)

Bid to halt $48 million Cowichan RCMP detachment falls well short

Municipality received less than half the forms necessary to stop project, or spark referendum

A rendering of the proposed new RCMP detachment on Ford and Drinkwater Roads in North Cowichan. (North Cowichan image)
Duncan’s Brandee Peart is in the quarterfinals for Maxim magazine’s annual cover girl competition this year. (Submitted photo)

Duncan model makes quarter finals in ‘Maxim’ magazine contest

Brandee Peart among top one per cent left in competition

Duncan’s Brandee Peart is in the quarterfinals for Maxim magazine’s annual cover girl competition this year. (Submitted photo)
Amanda Vance, executive director of the Downtown Duncan BIA, stands in front of the new open-air food court that will be set up in Station Park for eight weeks. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Downtown Duncan open-air food court opens

Facility will operate throughout the summer in reaction to COVID-19

Amanda Vance, executive director of the Downtown Duncan BIA, stands in front of the new open-air food court that will be set up in Station Park for eight weeks. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Valley’s Sammy Dubois, 14, has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, and is going through treatments at the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan rallying around family after rare disorder leaves teen partially paralyzed

Sammy Dubois, 14, disgnosed with rare neurological disorder

The Valley’s Sammy Dubois, 14, has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, and is going through treatments at the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. (Submitted photo)
A request for a judicial review by the Supreme Court of B.C. has been filed in an effort to have Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples removed from office. (File photo)

Petition filed to oust Duncan mayor over alleged conflicts of interest

Mayor Michelle Staples said petition has no merit

A request for a judicial review by the Supreme Court of B.C. has been filed in an effort to have Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples removed from office. (File photo)
The rainfall accumulations in the Valley in June were way above normal, according to Environment Canada. (File photo)

Summer weather on the way for Vancouver Island next week, forecasters say

Rain accumulations in June well above normal

The rainfall accumulations in the Valley in June were way above normal, according to Environment Canada. (File photo)
Aaron Hamilton, operations manager for the Lake Cowichan First Nation, said there could be many potential uses for the 30-hectare piece of Crown property the band is hoping to acquire as part of its ongoing treaty process. (File photo)
Aaron Hamilton, operations manager for the Lake Cowichan First Nation, said there could be many potential uses for the 30-hectare piece of Crown property the band is hoping to acquire as part of its ongoing treaty process. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour said a First Nation man died at The Mound, one of five temporary tenting sites for the homeless set up in the Cowichan Valley, on June 26. (File photo)

Man dies at temporary Duncan tent site for homeless

First Nations man died at The Mound site

Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour said a First Nation man died at The Mound, one of five temporary tenting sites for the homeless set up in the Cowichan Valley, on June 26. (File photo)
Medically assisted deaths will not be allowed at the new Hamlets in Duncan, a residential care facility that is being built on the corner of Beverly Street and York Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

No doctor assisted death allowed at Hamlets in Duncan

Faith-based company that owns facility believes in sanctity of life

Medically assisted deaths will not be allowed at the new Hamlets in Duncan, a residential care facility that is being built on the corner of Beverly Street and York Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The City of Duncan has provided a $10,000 grant to help the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area set up a food court in Station Park this summer to assist local restaurants meet capacity requirements during the COVID-19 health crisis. (File photo)

Plan underway for food court in Duncan’s Station Street Park

City of Duncan provides DDBIA grant to assist initiative, plus two other programs

The City of Duncan has provided a $10,000 grant to help the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area set up a food court in Station Park this summer to assist local restaurants meet capacity requirements during the COVID-19 health crisis. (File photo)
Plans are moving forward for the annual Tour De Rock to visit Cowichan later this year, despite the closure of the Valley’s office of the Canadian Cancer Society. (File photo)

Canadian Cancer Society closes two Vancouver Island offices

Cowichan, Campbell River shuttered, financial difficulties from COVID-19 pandemic to blame

Plans are moving forward for the annual Tour De Rock to visit Cowichan later this year, despite the closure of the Valley’s office of the Canadian Cancer Society. (File photo)
Police, paramedics and bystanders helped save two overdose victims on Duncan Street on June 7. (Photo submitted)
Police, paramedics and bystanders helped save two overdose victims on Duncan Street on June 7. (Photo submitted)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is on the campaign trail again for the leadership of the BC Green Party after the party restarted the campaign on June 15. The campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)

Campaign to lead B.C. Green Party back on

Campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is on the campaign trail again for the leadership of the BC Green Party after the party restarted the campaign on June 15. The campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is on the campaign trail again for the leadership of the BC Green Party after the party restarted the campaign on June 15. The campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)

Campaign to lead B.C. Green Party back on

Campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is on the campaign trail again for the leadership of the BC Green Party after the party restarted the campaign on June 15. The campaign was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)