municipal politics

The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley Regional District considers options for fireworks after complaints

Distict only allows fireworks on Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with a permit

 

The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)

CVRD considers options for fireworks after receiving complaints

District only allows fireworks on Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with a permit

 

North Cowichan councillor Christopher Justice wants to see rare habitats protected in the municipality. (File photo)

North Cowichan wants rare ecosystems to be a priority in OCP

Some council members want public input into decision

 

Group wants to start a pilot program for regenerative farms in North Cowichan. (File photo)

Group looks to North Cowichan for farmland

Land could also be used for affordable housing

Group wants to start a pilot program for regenerative farms in North Cowichan. (File photo)
The Municipality of North Cowichan wants to replace the aging Crofton fire hall. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New $3.8-million fire hall considered for Crofton

North Cowichan will have to seek electoral assent for project

The Municipality of North Cowichan wants to replace the aging Crofton fire hall. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)

Court quashes North Cowichan’s decision to deny expansion at VIMC

Municipality ordered to reassess rezoning application

Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
Crofton was lost in the shuffle on the BC Hydro website. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus, Crofton lost in the shuffle

No mention at first on BC Hydro website during recent power outage

Crofton was lost in the shuffle on the BC Hydro website. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Osborne Bay Park maintenance returning to the CVRD

Osborne Bay Park maintenance returning to the CVRD

North Cowichan making the change effective Jan. 1

  • Oct 12, 2020
Osborne Bay Park maintenance returning to the CVRD
Construction of new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

Construction of new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

North Cowichan’s council unanimously votes to borrow $48 million for project

Construction of new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021
A rendering of the proposed new RCMP detachment on Ford and Drinkwater Roads in North Cowichan. (North Cowichan image)

Not enough opposition to halt new Cowichan RCMP detachment borrowing

Municipality received 1,364 response forms by deadline on July 14

A rendering of the proposed new RCMP detachment on Ford and Drinkwater Roads in North Cowichan. (North Cowichan image)
North Cowichan’s finance director Mark Frame. (File photo)

North Cowichan taxpayers could face a big tax hike in 2021 as a catch-up after COVID

Staff report: Lower tax increase in 2020 has ramifications for future years

North Cowichan’s finance director Mark Frame. (File photo)
Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Public, media blocked from council meetings in northern B.C. town for months

Other councils in region use video conferencing, as government says cities required to follow transparency rules

Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said the construction of the new $48-million RCMP facility will improve police efficiency. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said the construction of the new $48-million RCMP facility will improve police efficiency. (File photo)
An aerial view of Cortes Island’s Seniors Village. ( Photo/Bill Weaver)

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

An aerial view of Cortes Island’s Seniors Village. ( Photo/Bill Weaver)
Council lifts moratorium on committee and advisory body meetings

Council lifts moratorium on committee and advisory body meetings

Meetings to be done by electronic means and streamed to provide transparency for the public

  • May 23, 2020
Council lifts moratorium on committee and advisory body meetings
Tim McGonigle, director for the Town of Lake Cowichan on the board of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, wants to see an independent review of remuneration for district directors. (File photo)

CVRD’s board postpones pay raise discussion until 2021

Decision made due to financial uncertainty around COVID-19 crisis

Tim McGonigle, director for the Town of Lake Cowichan on the board of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, wants to see an independent review of remuneration for district directors. (File photo)
The Neucel pulp mill in Port Alice has been sent to receivership. (Tyson Whitney)

Dormant Northern Vancouver Island pulp mill declares bankruptcy, owes $272 million

Port Alice’s main employer and tax payer has left the village on the hook for $1.8 million

The Neucel pulp mill in Port Alice has been sent to receivership. (Tyson Whitney)
Alert Bay had a cluster of COVID-19 cases in April, but has had no new cases since the 30th. (Alertbay.ca photo)
Alert Bay had a cluster of COVID-19 cases in April, but has had no new cases since the 30th. (Alertbay.ca photo)