municipal politics

Lon Wood, a neighbour of the trail head and parking lot of the Mount Tzouhalem trail system, was one of the neighbours who raised concerns about traffic and parking in the area. (File photo)

North Cowichan offers solutions to Kaspa Road parking

More signage, enforcement and parking options on the table

 

The memorial site for double-murder victims Nellie Williams and Fran Shurie, located in Charles Hoey Park, will be allowed to stay for another two months after the City of Duncan changed its policy on temporary memorials. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan allows temporary memorials to stay longer

Policy change related to memorial for double-homicide victims in city park

The memorial site for double-murder victims Nellie Williams and Fran Shurie, located in Charles Hoey Park, will be allowed to stay for another two months after the City of Duncan changed its policy on temporary memorials. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The firefighters at the Mesachie Lake fire hall could soon be working out of a new retrofitted building if the Cowichan V alley Regional District is successful with its application for a $350,000 federal grant to fund the project. (File photo)

Major retrofit planned for Mesachie Lake fire hall

CVRD applies for $350,000 federal grant

The firefighters at the Mesachie Lake fire hall could soon be working out of a new retrofitted building if the Cowichan V alley Regional District is successful with its application for a $350,000 federal grant to fund the project. (File photo)
North Cowichan to hold virtual public meetings on its plans to update the Official Community Plan. (File photo)

North Cowichan wants to know what ‘community character’ means to you

People asked to register on website

  • Jan 21, 2021
North Cowichan to hold virtual public meetings on its plans to update the Official Community Plan. (File photo)
Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)

New street signs in Duncan in English and Hul’q’umi’num

Seven streets to get additional native names on signs

Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)
North Cowichan to add three more off-leash dog areas in the new year. (File photo)

North Cowichan adds three new off-leash areas

Trial program runs through 2021, but not the summer months

North Cowichan to add three more off-leash dog areas in the new year. (File photo)
North Cowichan will dip into its reserve funds to cover costs at the 5,000-hectare municipal forest reserve during 2021 after deciding not to log this year as a forestry review continues. (File photo)

North Cowichan to dip into reserve funds to cover forestry costs

Municipality has no revenue from logging in 2021 due to ongoing review

North Cowichan will dip into its reserve funds to cover costs at the 5,000-hectare municipal forest reserve during 2021 after deciding not to log this year as a forestry review continues. (File photo)
The provincial Office of the Ombudsperson is investigating a complaint regarding the lack of transparency in the public consultation process over the future of the municipal forest reserve. The demand for more public input into the future of the reserve has led to protests at the municipal hall in the past. (Citizen file)
The provincial Office of the Ombudsperson is investigating a complaint regarding the lack of transparency in the public consultation process over the future of the municipal forest reserve. The demand for more public input into the future of the reserve has led to protests at the municipal hall in the past. (Citizen file)
Mark Frame, North Cowichan’s finance director, says the proposed tax increase for 2021 could be substantially lower than anticipated due to a provincial grant. (File photo)

Proposed tax increase in North Cowichan significantly reduced to 2.31 per cent

A tax increase of more than seven per cent was feared

Mark Frame, North Cowichan’s finance director, says the proposed tax increase for 2021 could be substantially lower than anticipated due to a provincial grant. (File photo)
City of Duncan to buy $12,400 paper folder. (File photo)

City of Duncan to purchase $12,400 paper folder

City has about 3,700 invoices to be mailed between January and April

City of Duncan to buy $12,400 paper folder. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said it’s often up to the discretion of the municipality’s bylaw officers to determine whether a property is a nuisance. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said it’s often up to the discretion of the municipality’s bylaw officers to determine whether a property is a nuisance. (File photo)
Lon Wood, a neighbour of the trail head and parking lot of the Mount Tzouhalem trail system, hopes the Municipality of North Cowichan will deal with the growing problems related to the park. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Lon Wood, a neighbour of the trail head and parking lot of the Mount Tzouhalem trail system, hopes the Municipality of North Cowichan will deal with the growing problems related to the park. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Mark Frame, North Cowichan’s finance director, says a new RCMP officer manager position that the municipality will add to its budget for 2021 will have a minimal financial implications. (File photo)
Mark Frame, North Cowichan’s finance director, says a new RCMP officer manager position that the municipality will add to its budget for 2021 will have a minimal financial implications. (File photo)
A large film studio project is being proposed for the Malahat. Pictured is a graphic of the project. (Submitted graphic)

Huge film studio development proposed for Malahat Nation lands

Project estimated to provide about 1,500 jobs

A large film studio project is being proposed for the Malahat. Pictured is a graphic of the project. (Submitted graphic)
Qualicum Beach Coun. Robert Filmer. (PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach councillor takes medical leave, citing ‘toxic’ town hall environment

Filmer to step away for two months to reflect and get ‘re-energized’

Qualicum Beach Coun. Robert Filmer. (PQB News file photo)
Hannah Morten, a former summer intern with the Cowichan Green Community, tends to crops at the CGC’s incubator seed farm on Beverly Street in this photo from 2017. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Green Community looks to expand site on Beverly Street Duncan

CGC asks North Cowichan to extend its licence of occupation

Hannah Morten, a former summer intern with the Cowichan Green Community, tends to crops at the CGC’s incubator seed farm on Beverly Street in this photo from 2017. (Citizen file)
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

But some council members want public input into decision

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