Andrea Rondeau

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public to be on the alert for stolen chickens, after a theft of two dozen birds from Hope Farm in Duncan. (submitted)

RCMP crying fowl over stolen Duncan chickens

Between April 29 and April 30, approximately 24 chickens were stolen from Hope Farm Healing Centre

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public to be on the alert for stolen chickens, after a theft of two dozen birds from Hope Farm in Duncan. (submitted)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public to be on the alert for stolen chickens, after a theft of two dozen birds from Hope Farm in Duncan. (submitted)

RCMP crying fowl over stolen Duncan chickens

Between April 29 and April 30, approximately 24 chickens were stolen from Hope Farm Healing Centre

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public to be on the alert for stolen chickens, after a theft of two dozen birds from Hope Farm in Duncan. (submitted)
A woman is now facing six charges related to this fatal crash on the Malahat in 2018. (June Maffin photo)

Woman facing 6 charges in fatal 2018 Malahat crash

Sara Thomas to appear in court May 19 in Duncan

A woman is now facing six charges related to this fatal crash on the Malahat in 2018. (June Maffin photo)
The CVAC spring art show has gone online for its 50th anniversary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Head over to the website to view the stunning works submitted by more than 100 artists. (screenshot)

CVAC 50th anniversary show opens online

More than 100 artists have entered the show

The CVAC spring art show has gone online for its 50th anniversary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Head over to the website to view the stunning works submitted by more than 100 artists. (screenshot)
Humanity for Horses has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with their hay bill for the year. (submitted)

Cowichan horse rescue needs help after tough beginning to 2020

Humanity for Horses Rescue Foundation has started a GoFundMe campaign with the goal of $33,000

Humanity for Horses has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with their hay bill for the year. (submitted)
Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples was taken in a hi-rail truck on Oct. 10, 2019, along the E&N Railway from Duncan to Nanaimo to inspect the condition of the railway. Pictured, from left, is Al Kutaj, a superintendent with Southern Railway Vancouver Island, Andrea Thomas, the Island Corridor Foundation’s manager of corridor development, the ICF’s CEO Larry Stevenson and Staples. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Realistic figure to get Vancouver Island rail up and running $254 million: CEO

"The question should be why have we not already begun?"

Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples was taken in a hi-rail truck on Oct. 10, 2019, along the E&N Railway from Duncan to Nanaimo to inspect the condition of the railway. Pictured, from left, is Al Kutaj, a superintendent with Southern Railway Vancouver Island, Andrea Thomas, the Island Corridor Foundation’s manager of corridor development, the ICF’s CEO Larry Stevenson and Staples. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Eugene Smith is just one of the artists hosting regular streaming shows from the Duncan Showroom’s YouTube channel. (Citizen file)

Entertainment streaming out of the Duncan Showroom during isolation

We been doing this for five years with 2,000+ archived concerts on YouTube Duncan Showroom channel

Eugene Smith is just one of the artists hosting regular streaming shows from the Duncan Showroom’s YouTube channel. (Citizen file)
This distinctive boat trailer was stolen from Shawnigan Lake overnight from April 28-29. (submitted)

Distinctive boat trailer stolen from Shawnigan Lake

"This is a unique trailer that could not have been simply towed away with a regular pickup"

This distinctive boat trailer was stolen from Shawnigan Lake overnight from April 28-29. (submitted)
Large crowds at The 39 Days of July came out to listen to the music of young performers in 2019. This year, due to COVID-19, performances will be available online only. (Lexi Bainas/file)

39 Days of July transitions to online shows for 2020

Traditionally, the 39 Days of July has consisted of a series of outdoor musical events

Large crowds at The 39 Days of July came out to listen to the music of young performers in 2019. This year, due to COVID-19, performances will be available online only. (Lexi Bainas/file)
Kids enjoy the fun of Lake Days 2019 at Saywell Park. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Lake Days cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

"The safety and well being of our community is of the utmost importance."

Kids enjoy the fun of Lake Days 2019 at Saywell Park. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The Cowichan Valley has been struggling with homelessness. (File photo)

Federal homeless funding heading to Cowichan

Funding of $291,450 in 2020-21 and $463,953 per year until 2023-2024

The Cowichan Valley has been struggling with homelessness. (File photo)
A contract has been awarded to begin design and engineering work for a new weir at Cowichan Lake. (Citizen file)

Work begins on new weir for Cowichan Lake

A contract has been awarded to Stantec Engineering Services to do designs, engineering and studies

A contract has been awarded to begin design and engineering work for a new weir at Cowichan Lake. (Citizen file)
Five Alarm Funk performing at the Islands Folk Festival in 2009 at Providence Farm in Duncan. This year’s Islands Folk Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Kevin Oke photo)

Islands Folk Festival cancelled in Cowichan for 2020

While we are disappointed, we stand behind the government's decision

Five Alarm Funk performing at the Islands Folk Festival in 2009 at Providence Farm in Duncan. This year’s Islands Folk Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Kevin Oke photo)
Lila Music Centre and Cari Burdett are offering choir and other vocal opportunities online during COVID-19. (Devon Gillott Sessions photo)

Lila Music Centre offering choir, more online during COVID-19

Cari Burdett is heading online to offer a series of singing opportunities

Lila Music Centre and Cari Burdett are offering choir and other vocal opportunities online during COVID-19. (Devon Gillott Sessions photo)
Alora Killam performed a traditional jazz piece “You Make Me Feel” at the Cowichan Music Festival Highlights Concert on March 2, 2020. Killam was set to go to the provincial festival before its cancellation due to COVID-19. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Cowichan Music Festival stars denied chance at provincials due to COVID-19 cancellation

"We were grateful that we were able to hold the Cowichan Music Festival"

Alora Killam performed a traditional jazz piece “You Make Me Feel” at the Cowichan Music Festival Highlights Concert on March 2, 2020. Killam was set to go to the provincial festival before its cancellation due to COVID-19. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery is offering tours of some of their favourite online art. (screenshot)

Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery sharing wealth of online art

The CVPAG page will feature new artists and galleries every two weeks

The Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery is offering tours of some of their favourite online art. (screenshot)
Mount Tzouhalem is one of the popular areas that North Cowichan will be making sure doesn’t become too crowded during COVID-19. (Citizen file)

North Cowichan to police popular trails to ensure physical distancing

"You can expect delays accessing Mount Tzouhalem, or even to be turned away."

Mount Tzouhalem is one of the popular areas that North Cowichan will be making sure doesn’t become too crowded during COVID-19. (Citizen file)
The Cowichan Valley School District is finding that contact information for students is often out of date. (Citizen file)

Cowichan schools being stymied by outdated student contact info

If you haven't heard from the school by week's end, get in touch

The Cowichan Valley School District is finding that contact information for students is often out of date. (Citizen file)
The Cowichan Valley Basket Society, which runs a food bank out of their Garden Street location in Duncan, has closed due to a possible COVID-19 exposure. (file photo)

Duncan food bank closed due to possible COVID-19 exposure

The facility will be closed for at least the week of March 23-28

The Cowichan Valley Basket Society, which runs a food bank out of their Garden Street location in Duncan, has closed due to a possible COVID-19 exposure. (file photo)
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