Manhas Reaches Out to Citizens

Newly elected North Cowichan Council member Tek Manhas is starting off the New Year with a determined effort to make it easier for voters to give feedback on what’s going on at Municipal Hall. Manhas says he made the commitment when he was campaigning for election to go out to voters rather than making them […]

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How Art & Music Improved My Health

My health continues to improve with each art and music activity that I take part in. Here’s my story. Growing up in a small town in a large family added to my development as a socially withdrawn, low self esteem young man who consequently fought with depression and alcohol abuse. It was not until I […]

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Senior Care Expands

Construction is underway and expected to be completed in 2020 for 80 publicly-funded beds and eight new private complex-care beds for seniors care off Beverly Street. The units will be grouped together in neighbourhoods with a home-like design. Each neighbourhood will have its own spa/bathing area, outdoor space, recreational area and quiet areas. All units […]

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Rotary Clubs Support Hospice

The five Rotary Clubs in the Cowichan Valley have come together to take on the project of financing and building an idyllic garden to be sited with the new hospice facility that will be located along side the Cairnsmore long term hospital in Duncan. The $325,000 project, which came together in record time, will see […]

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Retirement Options – Just the Basics

Good for you! You have turned your attention to the ever-important topic of how to provide yourself with a decent retirement income. First you need to define your objective. What sort of retirement lifestyle do you want? Stay at home and read a book? Extensive international travel? Next, what is your risk tolerance and investment […]

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OK It’s Legal, Now How Do You Get It?

Obtaining legal cannabis in Canada can seem confusing, with misinformation running amok and simple questions about access having different answers depending on your province or even municipality, for example are dispensaries legal? Do you need a special card? Do you still need a prescription? Over the past couple of years several BC municipalities began to […]

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The SAD Days of Winter

The long winter days can be challenging. We may get up in the dark and come home in the dark. Light seems in short supply and if you add the cold, rain or snow, it can be the recipe for sadness and depression. After the glow of Summer and December seasonal activity, the dark days […]

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Cowichan Valley 2019 Economic Outlook

For local Cowichan Valley businesses, the coming year is expected to be one of cautious optimism and holding the course. That’s the projection from Susan Mowbray, a senior economist with the accounting and consulting firm MNP and one of the lead authors of the State of the Island Economic Report, published annually by the Vancouver […]

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Nurses Are Our Front-Line Healthcare Troops

Nurses are on the firing line 24/7 in hospitals and would welcome a key role in designing the Cowichan District Hospital replacement that the government hopes to have built by 2024. Not only are they welcoming opportunities for input, they would also like very much to have a serious hand in the decision-making on the […]

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Hospice Plans for End of Life Dignity

A civilized society provides for end-of-life care that allows people to pass with dignity. Cowichan has taken a giant step toward that goal with the raising of $8.5 million towards its $10 million goal for a 10-bed hospice facility to be situated next to the Cairnsmore long term care hospital. Efforts are underway to push […]

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