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Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area in mid-November. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Vancouver Island’s 2021 weather may be a walk in the park compared to what’s to come

Environment Canada meteorologist reluctant to place a ‘new normal’ label on a moving target

 

Book One of the ‘Along the Way’ series features Albert the dinosaur in Alberta at the start of his cross-Canada adventure. (Courtesy of Teresa Schapansky)

Island author and a dinosaur go ‘Along the Way’ in a new children’s book series

Teresa Schapansky releases 12-book series on Canadian geography

 

Roads throughout the Cowichan Valley, including the Trans-Canada were closed at various points as a result of heavy rain and subsequent flooding. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley Regional District declares state of local emergency due to rain

Cowichan Valley residents asked to restrict travel if possible

 

Posted to Facebook prior to the highway closure: “Just drove Chemainus to Duncan, I’m surprised they’re still letting traffic through. The water is deep. Stay home if you can. Picture is just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills.” (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)

UPDATED: Island Highway moving again near Crofton, Malahat remains closed

Flooding impacting movement of traffic in several areas

Posted to Facebook prior to the highway closure: “Just drove Chemainus to Duncan, I’m surprised they’re still letting traffic through. The water is deep. Stay home if you can. Picture is just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills.” (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

VIDEO: Evacuation underway for Duncan apartment residents as floodwaters rise

Residents told to leave, at least one upset with North Cowichan for the late notice

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)

RCMP search for man who broke into Vancouver Island Legion on Remembrance Day

Break-in to Legion reported on Remembrance Day

Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)
Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)

‘Bravest little warrior’: B.C. boy badly burned in Halloween house fire dies

Five-year-old Enzo Wilson from Cowichan has succumbed to his injuries

Enzo Wilson died on Monday morning after suffering injuries in a fire on Halloween night. Photo used by permission of the family. (Submitted by Darla Smith)
The site of the former Crofton Elementary School on Robert Street will eventually be developed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Offer accepted for former Crofton Elementary School site

School district just waiting for the deal to be closed

The site of the former Crofton Elementary School on Robert Street will eventually be developed. (Photo by Don Bodger)
‘In My Head’ was written by Riley Ingham (Rylis), Christofer Lampson (Young Negrensé), Tristan Renaud, produced by Renaud, mixed by Elijah Merrett-Hitch, and mastered by Colin Leonard. (Courtesy of Yuzzynet)

Vancouver Island group’s song remembering lost friend to benefit Crisis Centre BC

Cowichan musicians to release ‘In My Head’ Nov. 16, in memory of friend lost to suicide

‘In My Head’ was written by Riley Ingham (Rylis), Christofer Lampson (Young Negrensé), Tristan Renaud, produced by Renaud, mixed by Elijah Merrett-Hitch, and mastered by Colin Leonard. (Courtesy of Yuzzynet)
Cowichan Valley School District.

Spilsbury voted in for 10th term as school district board of education chair

Kemmler to assume the role of vice-chair

  • Nov 5, 2021
Cowichan Valley School District.
Enzo Wilson underwent surgery after suffering extensive burns in a fire that destroyed his family’s home on Halloween night. (GoFundMe photo)
Enzo Wilson underwent surgery after suffering extensive burns in a fire that destroyed his family’s home on Halloween night. (GoFundMe photo)
Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

RCMP investigating reported double homicide in Crofton

Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 23

Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Rescue workers attempt to find a woman that was reported to be trapped in a vehicle that had gone into the water. It was determined she was safe. (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue - Station 34 - Cowichan photo)

Witnesses watch as pickup drives into Cowichan Bay

Police dive into the bay in rescue attempt

Rescue workers attempt to find a woman that was reported to be trapped in a vehicle that had gone into the water. It was determined she was safe. (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue - Station 34 - Cowichan photo)
Cowichan Tribes is doing extensive remediation work on the Cowichan and Koksilah rivers this fall. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

$3-million Cowichan Tribes river remediation projects underway

Work this fall relates to flood and erosion mitigation, protection of fish habitat

Cowichan Tribes is doing extensive remediation work on the Cowichan and Koksilah rivers this fall. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Island Health’s COVID-19 testing site for the Cowichan Valley is located at 5151 Polkey Road in Duncan. (Google Street View)
Island Health’s COVID-19 testing site for the Cowichan Valley is located at 5151 Polkey Road in Duncan. (Google Street View)
Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all, Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was 39. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

COVID-19 Delta variant claims young Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor

A young Cowichan farmer, whose story has inspired others in the community…

Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all, Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was 39. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)
The Raptors a visitor centre in the Cowichan Valley offers a variety of opportunities to learn about and connect with birds of prey. Jen Blyth photo

See raptors up close (really close!) at this Vancouver Island attraction

Birds of prey have always inspired awe — they’re silent predators of…

  • Sep 27, 2021
The Raptors a visitor centre in the Cowichan Valley offers a variety of opportunities to learn about and connect with birds of prey. Jen Blyth photo
Alistair MacGregor and members of his team gathered at the campaign office to watch the election results roll in on Monday night, with MacGregor securing his third term as MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

NDP’s MacGregor wins convincing victory in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Third-term MP sees housing as No. 1 issue in his riding

Alistair MacGregor and members of his team gathered at the campaign office to watch the election results roll in on Monday night, with MacGregor securing his third term as MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
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UPDATED: 12 schools in Cowichan Valley have reported COVID within school community

11 Valley schools have reported cases in their communities

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Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

Young Cowichan farmer with COVID-19 battling for his life

Josh Mellor is in the ICU at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)