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The Citizen office is now closed the public, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Citizen offices closed to the public

But there's still plenty of ways to reach us

The Citizen office is now closed the public, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
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Andrea Rondeau column: How much is too much COVID-19 coverage?

We don't want to overload people on COVID-19.

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From left are Cowichan Camera Club founding member Denny Wagg, Lana Hiscock (current president), and founding member John Sargeant, as they cut the cake to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a club. Absent is founding member Trish Rankin. (Lois DeEll photo)

Arts and entertainment column: Music of all kinds coming to Cowichan (check to make sure event still on before you go)

A taste of some of the arts and entertainment happening in the Cowichan Valley

From left are Cowichan Camera Club founding member Denny Wagg, Lana Hiscock (current president), and founding member John Sargeant, as they cut the cake to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a club. Absent is founding member Trish Rankin. (Lois DeEll photo)
John Elzinga was the bearer of bad news on Thursday night at Cowichan Performing Arts lobby. His duty, as General Manager of CVRD Community Services, was to tell disappointed Natalie McMaster fans that her concert had been cancelled due to new BC Ministry of Health guidelines regarding large gatherings of people within the province. (Kathryn Swan photo)

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

John Elzinga was the bearer of bad news on Thursday night at Cowichan Performing Arts lobby. His duty, as General Manager of CVRD Community Services, was to tell disappointed Natalie McMaster fans that her concert had been cancelled due to new BC Ministry of Health guidelines regarding large gatherings of people within the province. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Cape Breton fiddle legend Natalie MacMaster’s show at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan was cancelled Thursday night due to the COVID-19 situation. (submitted)

Peforming Arts Centre cancels Natalie MacMaster show as province bans 250+ person events

MacMaster's show was set to be packed, and would have well exceeded that number.

Cape Breton fiddle legend Natalie MacMaster’s show at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan was cancelled Thursday night due to the COVID-19 situation. (submitted)
Aaron Stone, chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, addresses the COVID-19 crisis. (FIle photo)
Aaron Stone, chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, addresses the COVID-19 crisis. (FIle photo)
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Andrea Rondeau column: No need to panic over COVID-19

There is no sense in rushing out and filling multiple carts full of toilet paper and pasta

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“Colourblind” was a lyrical jazz piece choreographed by Robyn Anderson.

Cowichan Music Festival Highlights Concert No. 2

A big crowd turned out at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

“Colourblind” was a lyrical jazz piece choreographed by Robyn Anderson.
Mai Ikemura is the Intermediate Winner of the Concerto Contest and will be performing at the annual concerto concert. (submitted)

3 winners headline Cowichan Consort concerto concert

The choir from Ecole Mt. Prevost will be also be featured

Mai Ikemura is the Intermediate Winner of the Concerto Contest and will be performing at the annual concerto concert. (submitted)
West My Friend are headed the Chapel at Providence Farm this weekend. (submitted)

Arts and entertainment column: Lots to see in music and film in Cowichan

The Cowichan Folk Guild is urging everyone to go West My Friend this weekend.

West My Friend are headed the Chapel at Providence Farm this weekend. (submitted)
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2 arrested in bust of social media app drug operation in Cowichan

Quantities of suspected MDMA and Shatter, a marijuana derivative and benzodiazepine, were seized.

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Andrea Rondeau column: Monday morning on the breaking news beat

The view from my back deck yielded smoke billowing into the air.

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Looking heavenward in gratitude, Tonye presents a gritty performance, after admitting, it’s not one of her better days. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Arts and Entertainment column: From opera to jazz to burlesque, it’s all coming up in Cowichan

On the big screen at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, classic Porgy and Bess.

Looking heavenward in gratitude, Tonye presents a gritty performance, after admitting, it’s not one of her better days. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Police and North Cowichan bylaw officers moved in on the homeless people camping in the Lewis Street area in October, urging them to move on before installing fencing along the whole street in an effort to stop them setting up their tents. (File photo)

Editorial: Province must step up to help with opioid, homelessness crisis in Cowichan

Never have these problems been so bad as they are now

Police and North Cowichan bylaw officers moved in on the homeless people camping in the Lewis Street area in October, urging them to move on before installing fencing along the whole street in an effort to stop them setting up their tents. (File photo)
Natalie MacMaster is headed to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 12. (submitted)

Famed fiddler Natalie MacMaster headed to Duncan

An Acoustic Evening With Natalie MacMaster on Thursday, March 12 at the Performing Arts Centre.

Natalie MacMaster is headed to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 12. (submitted)
Firefighters tackle a stubborn fire in the roof of a building at the Twin Gables Resort on the waterfront in Crofton Monday morning. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

VIDEO: One person treated for minor burns in Crofton fire

Firefighters were called out at 7 a.m. to a blaze at the Twin Gables Motel

Firefighters tackle a stubborn fire in the roof of a building at the Twin Gables Resort on the waterfront in Crofton Monday morning. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
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Andrea Rondeau column: There are good people in Cowichan, along with the bad

The generosity of the people and businesses in the Cowichan Valley never ceases to warm my heart.

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The Marvelous Wonderettes bring great tunes of the 1950s and ’60s to life. From left: Missy (Julia Ullrich), Suzy (Alison MacDonald), Betty Jean (Ali Watson) and Cindy Lou (Makayla Moore). (Photo by Don Bodger)

‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ sets high bar for Chemainus Theatre season

The script is perfect for Chemainus's small stage

The Marvelous Wonderettes bring great tunes of the 1950s and ’60s to life. From left: Missy (Julia Ullrich), Suzy (Alison MacDonald), Betty Jean (Ali Watson) and Cindy Lou (Makayla Moore). (Photo by Don Bodger)
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Andrea Rondeau column: Rock slide story reminds us not to take life for granted

We agreed in the newsroom that the whole thing sounds like a scene from a movie.

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Jannie Burdeti performs on piano at the upcoming Chemainus Classical Concert. (submitted)

Arts and Entertainment column: Classical, chuckles, jazz and much more coming in Cowichan

"It's All About Love" this Valentine's Day, at the Osborne Bay Pub, as Pat's House of Jazz presents the Edie Dupont Quartet paired with a three-course dinner prepared by chef Phillipe Lavoie.

Jannie Burdeti performs on piano at the upcoming Chemainus Classical Concert. (submitted)