Lexi Bainas

Low light conditions along Highway 18 don’t give motorists much of a chance to avoid collisions with elk. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)

Need for solution to problem of ‘wildlife incidents’ on Highway 18: McGonigle

Numbers of elk are growing, and they are now showing up in new areas, increasing danger to drivers

Low light conditions along Highway 18 don’t give motorists much of a chance to avoid collisions with elk. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
There was a problem last year in trying to keep the Central Park washrooms open longer hours, Lake Cowichan CAO Joe Fernandez reminds town councillors. (Gazette file)

Old issue back at Lake Cowichan council table: open hours at public washrooms

How to balance need with cost: the town has wrestled with it for many years

There was a problem last year in trying to keep the Central Park washrooms open longer hours, Lake Cowichan CAO Joe Fernandez reminds town councillors. (Gazette file)
Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Jet skis towing tubers on the river? Lake Cowichan council concerned

A Transport Canada rep says there is support for the town if they decide on restrictions

Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
There’s plenty of lively tunes afoot when Black Angus takes the stage. (Jonathon Howe photo)

VIDEO: Fabulous February all lined up at Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub

From a romantic Valentine's Day outing to a rip-roaring Celtic night, you'll find what you like

There’s plenty of lively tunes afoot when Black Angus takes the stage. (Jonathon Howe photo)
Abbamania, always a favourite,, are back at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Citizen file)

Abbamania returns, bringing the Bee Gees, Cher, and Lady Gaga with them

It'll be a full night of great tribute music with hits from yesterday and today

Abbamania, always a favourite,, are back at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Citizen file)
Jazz performer Laila Biali comes to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre’s Cabaret Series on Feb. 13. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Hear sultry jazz songstress Laila Biali in speakeasy setting in Cowichan

Cabaret Series at Cowichan Theatre closes its 2019/20 season with super show

Jazz performer Laila Biali comes to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre’s Cabaret Series on Feb. 13. (Submitted)
One of Lexi’s fondest memories is interviewing E.J. Hughes in his studio. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Lexi Bainas column: Thanks for the memories: Lexi Bainas reflects on retirement

It's been great but it's time for the last waltz

One of Lexi’s fondest memories is interviewing E.J. Hughes in his studio. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ducks enjoy a swim by a picnic table as water levels rise. (Citizen file)

Flooding has closed several roads in Cowichan Valley

All the usual suspects are involved: overflowing ditches, low-lying spots, and huge piles of snow

Ducks enjoy a swim by a picnic table as water levels rise. (Citizen file)
Lake Cowichan Minor Hockey’s skills competition will be held at a later date. (Gazette file)

Snow sidelines skills competition, most Jamboree games Saturday

But it's not over for the skills competition; watch for a new date

Lake Cowichan Minor Hockey’s skills competition will be held at a later date. (Gazette file)
Mayor Rod Peters wants to see the Town of Lake Cowichan borrow money to tackle problems like upgrading roads and sidewalks, and finishing the sewer lagoon. (Gazette file)

Time to bite the bullet and borrow to fix roads, sidewalks, sewer lagoon in Lake Cowichan: Peters

Lake Cowichan mayor says he'd be 'ashamed' to show public the lack of capital spending

Mayor Rod Peters wants to see the Town of Lake Cowichan borrow money to tackle problems like upgrading roads and sidewalks, and finishing the sewer lagoon. (Gazette file)
The huge cast of CMS’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ rehearses on the big Cowichan Theatre stage for the first time. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Cowichan Musical Society blockbuster ‘Mamma Mia!’ set to open

VIDEO: It's almost time for Mamma Mia! on the big stage

The huge cast of CMS’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ rehearses on the big Cowichan Theatre stage for the first time. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Mike Dawes, Cenk Erdogan, Olli Soikkeli and Jim (Kimo) West are coming to Duncan for the 20th annual International Guitar Night on Jan. 23. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Talented quartet comes to Duncan for International Guitar Night Jan. 23

Guitarists from England, Turkey, Hawaii, and Finland present stunning, creative event

Mike Dawes, Cenk Erdogan, Olli Soikkeli and Jim (Kimo) West are coming to Duncan for the 20th annual International Guitar Night on Jan. 23. (Submitted)
There’s always comic moments in the Shakespeare Festival plays so don’t be scared off from auditioning for ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Lexi Bainas column: Singers, actors needed for thre exciting upcoming productions

'The Winter's Tale', 'Little Women', and Mass for St. Cecilia are all calling: are you up for them?

There’s always comic moments in the Shakespeare Festival plays so don’t be scared off from auditioning for ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
As far back as 2011, Indian Day School survivors from the Cowichan Valley were gathering for meetings about receiving a proper settlement for a terrible time in their lives. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Indian Day School survivors can now submit claims for $10K-$200K in compensation

Anyone who is part of the class action is being encouraged to start the process now

As far back as 2011, Indian Day School survivors from the Cowichan Valley were gathering for meetings about receiving a proper settlement for a terrible time in their lives. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
Sponsor: South Shore Cabinetry

50 years since arena idea first raised at Lake Cowichan

Minor hockey to celebrate arena's golden anniversary with event this fall; Jamboree: Jan. 18

Sponsor: South Shore Cabinetry
Aaron Hamilton, administrator for the Ts’uubaa’asatx First Nation, talks about the Lake Cowichan band’s plans for 2020. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Residential development moving ahead at Ts’uubaa’asatx but health centre on hold

Careful planning, realistic goals go hand-in-hand as small band moves forward towards its future

Aaron Hamilton, administrator for the Ts’uubaa’asatx First Nation, talks about the Lake Cowichan band’s plans for 2020. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
While property assessments are reasonably stable across the Island, a lot of Cowichan Valley homeowners, including those at Cowichan Lake, will find their home value has increased. (Submitted)

Property assessments reasonably stable on Island, but up for many Cowichan residents

It's time to act if you want to appeal your property assessment

While property assessments are reasonably stable across the Island, a lot of Cowichan Valley homeowners, including those at Cowichan Lake, will find their home value has increased. (Submitted)
Pete Zedlacher is just one of four super comics who are heading towards the Cowichan Valley for the ‘Snowed in Comedy Tour’. (Submitted)

VIDEO: ‘Snowed In Comedy Tour’ coming to Duncan just in time to warm up January

Four great comics are coming to the Valley for a great evening of laughs

Pete Zedlacher is just one of four super comics who are heading towards the Cowichan Valley for the ‘Snowed in Comedy Tour’. (Submitted)
Ballet Jorgen’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ is coming to Duncan Feb. 7, and there’s a chance for local young dancers to join the performance. (Kevin Lloyd Photography)

Young Valley dancers have until Jan. 17 to apply for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ roles

Ballet Jorgen is offering young performers the chance to join a professional cast for Duncan show

Ballet Jorgen’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ is coming to Duncan Feb. 7, and there’s a chance for local young dancers to join the performance. (Kevin Lloyd Photography)
Trio d’Argento (Sounds of Silver), Paul Pulford, Sybille Marquardt, and Todd Yaniw, are presenting a multi-facted concert at Chemainus. (Submitted)

Lexi Bainas column: Two weekend shows plus one coming soon, and chance for writers to congregate

Cari Burdett writes that Richard Moody is coming to perform with Oliver Swain

Trio d’Argento (Sounds of Silver), Paul Pulford, Sybille Marquardt, and Todd Yaniw, are presenting a multi-facted concert at Chemainus. (Submitted)
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