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Let’s get curious, Cowichan!

I want to help uncover what you want to know about this place.

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I’m making some exciting changes to the Cowichan Valley newsletter. Up to now, I’ve been sending a lot of information all at once. Inspired by feedback from some the community, I’ve been thinking about how to deliver just what you want, just when you want it. So I’m trying something different:

Instead of one big newsletter every Thursday I’m going to start sending two emails a week.

Every Thursday I’ll send Cowichan This Week. I hope it will become your essential reading for staying connected to what’s up and what’s coming up in Cowichan. This is where you’ll find the news and events you’re used to getting every week, and any other need-to-know info.

On Tuesdays, you can expect something totally different. As part of The Discourse’s commitment to deeply serving the Cowichan Valley, starting August 13th (and every Tuesday that follows) there will be a new newsletter called Curious in Cowichan. It’s about learning more about the place we live and the people who live here, and it’s driven by your curiosity

What do you want to know more about? Is there a landmark or a building that you wish you knew how it got there? What do you wish you knew about the history of this place? What do you see in your neighbourhood that makes you wonder how it got that way? Have you noticed a change, and wondered why?

With your help I’ll dig into your questions and reveal hidden truths about the place we live. I hope that, through the process, we’ll grow our community learn more about each other, too.

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Big or small, send me your Cowichan questions

  • Is there a landmark or a building that you wish you knew how it got there? What do you wish you knew about the history of this place? What do you see in your neighbourhood that makes you wonder how it got that way? Have you noticed a change, and wondered why?
  • You'll get credit for asking the question. If you'd prefer to remain anonymous, tell us here.
  • I’ll contact you if I want to follow up on your question.

News of the week

  • The Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan are working to find a location that could support modular housing for the homeless, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports
  • Local leaders from across the Cowichan region have called on residents to write to representatives in the provincial and federal governments asking for help dealing with homelessness and the opioid overdose crisis, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports
  • The old Chemainus Foods building, vacant for three years, will reopen this fall as a market with fish and chips and several other vendors, the Chemainus Valley Courier reports.
  • The Municipality of North Cowichan is asking for volunteers to help lead its Official Community Plan public review process, and has also launched a logo and tagline competition. For general information on community planning and how you can be a part of it, check out The Discourse’s handy guide to public input on local development in the Cowichan Valley.

Let’s gather

  • Aug. 1-4: 🎸 It’s Sunfest weekend at Laketown Ranch in Lake Cowichan. Even if you plan to skip the Island’s biggest country music festival, it would be wise to keep in mind the extra traffic that will be headed out to the lake country this weekend.
  • Aug. 1-5: 💃 Catch the last days of the 39 Days of July festival in downtown Duncan. Expect music and more at Charles Hoey Park, City Square, and the Duncan Showroom.
  • Aug. 6-18: The Shawnigan Players present the Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival, featuring several dates for two plays, Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing.