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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

  • At a tense meeting on Nov. 6, North Cowichan council voted unanimously for a new public hearing on the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit rezoning. The new vote comes after the owners of the track threatened a lawsuit, potentially for $60 million, if the municipality does not issue a permit to expand the circuit facility. 
  • RCMP have laid animal cruelty charges against the previous owner of Hope, a one-year-old German shepherd whose life was saved in May by resourceful Penelakut Island residents, the Chemainus Valley Courier reports. Hope has recovered and found a happy home in Langford, the Goldstream Gazette reports.
  • Western Stevedoring’s stormwater management plans for the Westcan Terminal in Cowichan Bay aren’t good enough, a peer review report found. Cowichan Valley Regional District board members declined to read or consider that report before they voted in favour of rezoning the property, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports
  • The B.C. government has withdrawn its application to open a cannabis store at Cowichan Commons, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports. Cowichan Tribes, which has plans to open its own store in the shopping centre, said it would back out if the provincial store went ahead.

Community events

  • Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28: 🐬 Start ’em young with Sea Squirts, a free nature education program for parents and kids 0-6 at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.
  • Nov. 9: 🏃 Get outside with the 5K Family Fun Pumpkin Spice Run in Chemainus. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Chemainus.
  • Nov. 9: 🎁 Is it that time of year already? Get a head start on Xmas and support local artisans at the Lake Cowichan Holiday Market.
  • Nov. 9: 🍺 Happy third birthday, Riot Brewing Co.! Help celebrate this Chemainus brewery, which got through a financial rough patch this year.
  • Nov. 11: ⛪ For Remembrance Day, tour the historic cemetery at the Church of St. Peter Quamichan. Learn the stories of some of the 267 veterans laid to rest there.
  • Nov. 13: 🏠 Curious about opening your home to a young person in need? Get answers to all your questions about Social Planning Cowichan’s Host Homes Cowichan program.
  • Nov. 14: 🌱 Learn practical tips for a cleaner planet at this plastic reduction and sustainability workshop, aimed at young people 15-30.

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Photo of the week

Local photographer Jade Lyf snapped this moody, misty shot of a Cowichan tree. You can see more of Jade’s work on display this month at the Fishbowl Cafe in Duncan. 

photo of the week Jade Lyf Cowichan tree shot

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In your words

“I am happy to get this email from you with so much history included,” Julie wrote to us after receiving the Curious in Cowichan newsletter earlier this week about the history of Berkey’s Corner. “Keep the newsletters coming and congratulations on doing a good job.”

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