Potatoes and Logs A Source of Early Conflict

Settlement by Europeans moved quickly in the Cowichan Valley after initial settlements in the 1850’s. By 1890, a number of logging operators were at work around Cowichan Lake. Of course, there was no roadway or rail at the time and the loggers made use of the Cowichan River in sending their logs down Cowichan River […]

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Maybe Think Again

Do you hate it when you pull up at a stop light and someone is standing there with a sign asking for money? Why? Are you uncomfortable? Why should someone who looks in some way (at least according to stereotype) destitute make you, sitting comfortably in your car, uncomfortable? Do you ever give the person […]

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Clean Car or Art?

I In my travels, I come across all sorts of surprising things right here in the Valley. We really do have an interesting and eclectic mix of skills and knowledge living right here in our quiet valley. For example, in an obscure little shop, on the outskirts of a small town in the Cowichan Valley, […]

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A River Runs Through It: The Cowichan River Circa 1850

This Valley is named after the Cowichan River which flows from the lake of the same name to the north-west. The name is an anglicized version of the native name for the lower valley that loosely translated means “the warm land”. And rightly so, as the Valley is the most temperate spot in Canada, on […]

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Local Teacher Launches Math App

I‘ll be up front; Wayne Loutet was my Grade 9 math teacher. Depending on whether you liked math or not, you may be wondering where my bias might lie. Or why I’m writing about a math teacher. In Grade 8 I was a typical math student. Although I was pretty good at it, I really […]

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Right / Left Politics Begins to Dominate Local Arena

Editors Note: Local politics is a difficult game. Participants have to balance jobs and business interests with political activity. As we have found in the broader world, a ‘vigilante mob’ mentality can exist when people disagree on politics and businesses and careers can be ruined for simple basic political discussion. To that end people have […]

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Are We Getting The Straight Goods on Taxes?

As in every other part of BC, the local region is in the throes of preparing the budget for the upcoming year. Running a city or municipality isn’t by any stretch an easy task. Trying to accurately predict how much it will cost and then collecting the right amount of money in a way that […]

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Which Track Will Island Rail Take?

I bumped into Phil Kent recently. It happens in small towns at coffee shops; we bump into community leaders. Phil Kent didn’t run for Mayor of Duncan this past election. He felt that while his heart was there, his health might not be. But that hasn’t stopped Phil Kent from stepping right back into doing […]

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