Sarah Simpson

Cowichan Valley author Teresa Schapansky’s books for young readers have become a phenomenon on Amazon. (Submitted)

Cowichan author tops Amazon charts

Award-winning author Teresa Schapansky learned of a need for low-level readers in the classroom

Cowichan Valley author Teresa Schapansky’s books for young readers have become a phenomenon on Amazon. (Submitted)
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Simpson: Fish rescue proves hope prevails against all odds

They’re a species at risk and are only for catch and release in B.C.

Christine Baines.
Jen Woike of Farmer Ben’s Eggs wants consumers to know where their eggs were produced. (Citizen file)
Jen Woike of Farmer Ben’s Eggs wants consumers to know where their eggs were produced. (Citizen file)
Oliver was poisoned after ingesting marijuana on a walk in Mill Bay. He now has to be muzzled when out and about — not to protect others from him, but to protect him from others’ reckless behaviours. (Submitted)

Mill Bay dog poisoned by cannabis during walk

“It’s the absolute pits to have to watch your pet suffer”

Oliver was poisoned after ingesting marijuana on a walk in Mill Bay. He now has to be muzzled when out and about — not to protect others from him, but to protect him from others’ reckless behaviours. (Submitted)
Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)

Road to hearing again takes an experimental detour for Vancouver Island man

Remote cochlear clinic offers shorter commute for patients like Duncan’s Alan Holt

Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)
The Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre is closing its doors for good on Sunday, the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday. (Gazette file)

Lake Cowichan Visitors Centre closing permanently due to funding shortfall

In short, the Chamber is blaming the Town of Lake Cowichan.

The Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre is closing its doors for good on Sunday, the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday. (Gazette file)
There has been a COVID-19 at Lake Cowichan Secondary School. (Gazette file)

COVID-19 exposure at Lake Cowichan Secondary School

The exposure event occurred Jan. 20-25

There has been a COVID-19 at Lake Cowichan Secondary School. (Gazette file)
A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)

Island Health reports COVID-19 exposure at Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School has been added to the list of schools in…

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)
Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Officials say there’s not enough Vancouver Island eggs to meet demand

BC Egg Marketing Board doesn’t regulate labelling, supply needed from off-Island

Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)

Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
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Simpson: Training for snowball fights best done in socks

It’s odd the things our kids do to make us proud

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An early morning fire on Jan. 11 forced classes to be cancelled at Drinkwater Elementary School. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
An early morning fire on Jan. 11 forced classes to be cancelled at Drinkwater Elementary School. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

BCAFN condems racism against Cowichan Tribes after COVID-19 outbreak

“Any one of us could do everything right and still catch the virus”: Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island egg producer cries foul over ‘Island’ label

Egg farmer frustrated with regulations allowing mainland-laid eggs to be labelled ‘Island’

Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Classes cancelled by fire at a Duncan-area school for the second time this week

Fire this morning at Duncan area middle school follows Monday blaze at nearby elementary

Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Power outages dotted the eastern edge of Vancouver Island as a winter storm ripped through overnight. (BC Hydro outage map)

Wind storm batters Cowichan Valley, southern Vancouver Island

Many BC Hydro customers without power

Power outages dotted the eastern edge of Vancouver Island as a winter storm ripped through overnight. (BC Hydro outage map)
One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at Sunridge Place on Bundock Avenue In Duncan. (Citizen file)

Staffer COVID-19 positive at Duncan’s Sunridge Place, no explosure declared

No risk of exposure to residents, Island Health confirms

One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at Sunridge Place on Bundock Avenue In Duncan. (Citizen file)
An employee at Duncan’s Real Canadian Superstore has tested positive for COVID-19. (Don Bodger/Black Press)

Cowichan Superstore employee tests positive for COVID-19

Reports of an employee of a local supermarket testing positive for Coronavirus…

An employee at Duncan’s Real Canadian Superstore has tested positive for COVID-19. (Don Bodger/Black Press)
The Malahat Nation activated a Shelter in Place order for its members on Jan. 8. (Submitted)

Malahat First Nation members ordered to shelter in place

No COVID-19 cases yet, but they’d like it to remain that way

The Malahat Nation activated a Shelter in Place order for its members on Jan. 8. (Submitted)
Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Daisy Elliott has gone public with her COVID-19 diagnosis in the hope of instilling a sense of the seriousness about the illness in people. (Facebook)

COVID-19: ‘I want to tell you I took all of the precautions, I’m scared’

Vancouver Island woman goes public with COVID-19 diagnosis to keep others safe

Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Daisy Elliott has gone public with her COVID-19 diagnosis in the hope of instilling a sense of the seriousness about the illness in people. (Facebook)