Drew McLachlan

Handicap parking in some popular spots in town, such as Saywell Park (pictured) and Centennial Park are limited, says Lake Cowichan resident David Ridley.

Resident raises concerns over handicap parking prior to upgrades

A substantial upgrade is planned for Centennial Park — but could those with mobility issues be left out?

Handicap parking in some popular spots in town, such as Saywell Park (pictured) and Centennial Park are limited, says Lake Cowichan resident David Ridley.
Concept art of the first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort’s track, which will allow drivers to reach speeds up to 200 kilometres per hour.

Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort hopes to bring a new kind of tourism to area

300 members being brought to track each year for first phase.

Concept art of the first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort’s track, which will allow drivers to reach speeds up to 200 kilometres per hour.
Ts’uubaa-asatx operations manager Aaron Hamiltion (left) explained that the delay was necessary to allow the cement base enough time to harden. Also pictured: Chief Cyril Livingstone.

Ts’uubaa-asatx pole raising ceremony postponed

The ceremony will otherwise be unaffected by the delay.

Ts’uubaa-asatx operations manager Aaron Hamiltion (left) explained that the delay was necessary to allow the cement base enough time to harden. Also pictured: Chief Cyril Livingstone.
Lake Cowichan School recently installed an electronic sign facing South Shore Road, a much needed update that has been on the PAC agenda for some time.

Our Community in Brief – September 2, 2015

The Summer Mini Carnival returns to Youbou this weekend.

Lake Cowichan School recently installed an electronic sign facing South Shore Road, a much needed update that has been on the PAC agenda for some time.

Local candidates take on seniors’ issues ahead of election

Senior well-being could prove an important issue in the new riding.

The several hundred residents in attendance at the Sunfest public meeting last Thursday (August 20) were asked to fill in a comment form following a Q and A session with Sunfest owner Greg Adams.

Residents show concern, support at Sunfest meeting

If the CVRD approves of the application, Sunfest could be moving into the neighbourhood next summer.

The several hundred residents in attendance at the Sunfest public meeting last Thursday (August 20) were asked to fill in a comment form following a Q and A session with Sunfest owner Greg Adams.
Singer Maureen Haworth is preparing for five shows in Lake Cowichan and Youbou, including a set in the final Music in the Lake: Summer Nights.

Maureen Haworth bringing her own brand of gospel to Cowichan Lake

The country gospel singer will be playing five shows in Cowichan Lake.

Singer Maureen Haworth is preparing for five shows in Lake Cowichan and Youbou, including a set in the final Music in the Lake: Summer Nights.
Lake Cowichan’s Jan Matthews in Overdrive rocked Centennial Park at the most recent Music in the Lake: Summer Nights concert, held on August 15.

Music in the Lake: Summer Nights coming to a close

The final performance will feature the Steady Eddies, the Medford Choir and the Good Time Band.

Lake Cowichan’s Jan Matthews in Overdrive rocked Centennial Park at the most recent Music in the Lake: Summer Nights concert, held on August 15.
Lake Cowichan’s Ohtaki delegation recently returned from their trip to Japan with a gift from Ohtaki Mayor Kikuya — a glass samurai helmet which has been put on display inside of the council chambers.

Our Community in Brief – August 26, 2015

The Cowichan Watershed Board is seeking volunteers to join the Lower Cowichan River Cleanup.

Lake Cowichan’s Ohtaki delegation recently returned from their trip to Japan with a gift from Ohtaki Mayor Kikuya — a glass samurai helmet which has been put on display inside of the council chambers.
One of the more popular questions asked at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Info Centre this summer: “is the road to Port Renfrew open?” On Tuesday morning (August 25) it was announced that the road had been reopened after the fire near Lizard Lake prompted its closure.

Smoky skies advisory issued by Island Health and Ministry of Environment

Advisory reissued as Lizard Lake fire continues to burn.

One of the more popular questions asked at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Info Centre this summer: “is the road to Port Renfrew open?” On Tuesday morning (August 25) it was announced that the road had been reopened after the fire near Lizard Lake prompted its closure.
From left: Rachael teBlute (Castlegar), Tess Russell (Kamloops) and Mary Batyi (Lake Cowichan) were recently announced as this year’s BC Ambassadors.

Mary Batyi crowned one of three BC Ambassadors

The former Lady of the Lake First Princess is once again representing the Cowichan Lake Communities.

From left: Rachael teBlute (Castlegar), Tess Russell (Kamloops) and Mary Batyi (Lake Cowichan) were recently announced as this year’s BC Ambassadors.
John Koury, Conservative candidate for the new riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford announced last week that he would be stepping out of the election race.

Conservative nominee John Koury pulling out of race

Koury endorsing new candidate Martin Baker to take his place in election.

John Koury, Conservative candidate for the new riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford announced last week that he would be stepping out of the election race.
The Honeymoon Bay Hall, chosen for its social and historical value, is one of the nine sites recently added to the Heritage Register.

Nine sites, three local, added to CVRD Heritage Register

CVRD hopes register will protect heritage values in the future.

The Honeymoon Bay Hall, chosen for its social and historical value, is one of the nine sites recently added to the Heritage Register.
Lake Cowichan’s own Mary-Margaret Batyi (right) was in Merritt this past week to represent Lake Cowichan at the BC Ambassador Program Pageant. Batyi was one of three candidates chosen to represent our province as an ambassador. She also received awards for public speaking, knowledge and community presentation.

Our Community in Brief – August 19, 2015

Catalyst reduces flow of Cowichan River to 4.5 cubic metres per second.

Lake Cowichan’s own Mary-Margaret Batyi (right) was in Merritt this past week to represent Lake Cowichan at the BC Ambassador Program Pageant. Batyi was one of three candidates chosen to represent our province as an ambassador. She also received awards for public speaking, knowledge and community presentation.
Venting and the large amount of fuel burning resulted in the heavy smoke seen around Lake Cowichan last week, also prompting a smoky skies advisory from Island Health and the Ministry of Environment, which they warn could return.

‘Dynamic’ Lizard Lake fire grows as smoke clears

Pacific Marine Road, located between Port Renfrew and Mesachie Lake, remains closed.

Venting and the large amount of fuel burning resulted in the heavy smoke seen around Lake Cowichan last week, also prompting a smoky skies advisory from Island Health and the Ministry of Environment, which they warn could return.
Becca Shears and several other residents were present at a recent town council meeting to request a reworking of the town’s bylaws concerning chickens.

Could Lake Cowichan’s chicken prohibition be coming to an end?

Town council will reopen the discussion on September 8.

Becca Shears and several other residents were present at a recent town council meeting to request a reworking of the town’s bylaws concerning chickens.
Sandy Cumming, organizer of this year’s Cowichan River Cleanup, with one of the larger items pulled from the river this year. The railway wheels, probably from a mining cart, was donated to the Kaatza Museum for their mining display.

River Cleanup volunteer numbers down, but so is garbage

Kaatza Museum given train wheels found during the Cowichan River Cleanup.

Sandy Cumming, organizer of this year’s Cowichan River Cleanup, with one of the larger items pulled from the river this year. The railway wheels, probably from a mining cart, was donated to the Kaatza Museum for their mining display.

Town council supports Island-wide trails project moving forward

Tourism Vancouver Island initiative aims to boost tourism.

Artist Ron Hamilton (left) and Ts’uubaa-asatx operations manager Aaron Hamilton with Ron Hamilton’s original concept for the pole that he drafted in April.

Ts’uubaa-asatx preparing to raise community pole

Ts’uubaa-asatx pole will become a ‘focal point’ for tourism, says Aaron Hamilton.

Artist Ron Hamilton (left) and Ts’uubaa-asatx operations manager Aaron Hamilton with Ron Hamilton’s original concept for the pole that he drafted in April.
The smoky sky advisory, issued for the Cowichan Valley and Port Renfrew, will be in effect until further notice.

Smoky sky advisory issued for Lake Cowichan

Lizard Lake fire prompts advisory for the Cowichan Valley and Port Renfrew.

The smoky sky advisory, issued for the Cowichan Valley and Port Renfrew, will be in effect until further notice.
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