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Cowichan Valley news and events: Find out what's happening.

Welcome to Cowichan This Week! This is your essential reading for staying connected to what’s up in the Cowichan Valley. We update this page every week with current news and events. If you want to receive this information straight to your inbox, sign up for our Cowichan Valley newsletter.

News of the week

  • The Cowichan Nation Alliance’s lawsuit to reclaim rights to Tl’uqtinus, a former fishing village in Richmond, B.C., is in Duncan this week. The trial, ongoing since September, has moved from Victoria to Duncan to hear from local elders. The Discourse Cowichan is following the trial. See our coverage and daily updates on Facebook
  • North Cowichan council voted five-to-two against new limits on development, the Times Colonist reports. Councillor Christopher Justice’s proposal to curb sprawl by temporarily limiting development in some parts of the municipality faced significant backlash. 
  • The B.C. government will set up new wells to monitor groundwater levels in the Koksilah watershedCBC News reports. The Koksilah River has been extremely low in recent summers because of persistent drought.
  • A Cowichan Valley woman has sued a former North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officer for sexual harassment, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports. Two other women are suing the same former mountie for incidents that took place while he was working in Kelowna.
  • Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery will bake its last loaves on Jan. 31, 2020, the company announced on Facebook. The bakery has operated since 1982. The Facebook post says competition with national brands has caused declining sales.

Community events

  • Jan. 23: 🌎 The Cowichan Watershed Board presents We Need To Talk, a lecture by Will Cole-Hamilton on how to talk about climate change with your community.
  • Jan. 26: 🏃 Run the Cobble Hill 10K with Ceevacs Roadrunners.
  • Jan. 26: 🏒 Cowichan Capitals alumni face off against Montreal Canadiens alumni in a hockey game fundraiser for mental health. 
  • Jan. 26: 🎹 Chemainus Classical Concerts invites you to Sounds of Silver, featuring the Trio D’Argento at St. Michael’s Church. 
  • Jan. 27: 🎤 The Cowichan Valley School District wants your feedback on options for the future of the former Somenos Elementary building. The building currently hosts the Parkside Academy childcare centre.
  • Jan. 28: 🦋 The B.C. Government plans to spray the Lake Cowichan area with an insecticide to protect against gypsy moth infestation. Learn more at an open house, 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Cowichan School gymnasium.
  • Jan. 30: 🍎 Parents, guardians and staff of the Cowichan Valley School District are invited to Shelley Moore Talks Inclusion, a free talk at Quamichan School.
  • Jan. 31: 🤝 Share in the story of Canadian history and reconciliation with Cowichan Elders through Cultural Connections: The Journey of our Generation.
  • Jan 31 – Feb. 2: 🎶 The Cowichan Musical Society presents Mama Mia! at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. It’s the hit story of a mother, a daughter and three potential dads, set to the music of ABBA.

Have a suggestion for a community event to include in Cowichan This Week? Send Jacqueline an email

Photo of the week

Thanks to Sarah Ward of Sarah Anne Photography for this early morning shot of St. Ann’s Church in Duncan. Beautiful!

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In your words

I received an outpouring of thanks in response to Tuesday’s Curious in Cowichan newsletter, about the Cowichan Nation Alliance trial. “Thank you, Jacqueline, for this reporting. You are doing such a good job giving us local news,” Marcy wrote to me. 

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