municipal politics

Five people have signed nomination papers in the race to replace Lake Cowichan’s former mayor Rod Peters (pictured) who resigned in July. (File photo)
Five people have signed nomination papers in the race to replace Lake Cowichan’s former mayor Rod Peters (pictured) who resigned in July. (File photo)
City of Duncan denies four grant requests under COVID-19 program

City of Duncan denies four grant requests under COVID-19 program

To date, just three of nine requests accepted

City of Duncan denies four grant requests under COVID-19 program
North Cowichan is asking its citizens to complete a survey as the municipality works to update its Official Community Plan. (File photo)

North Cowichan holding survey on update to its Official Community Plan

Survey asks citizens to help “shape a vision” for community

  • Aug 24, 2020
North Cowichan is asking its citizens to complete a survey as the municipality works to update its Official Community Plan. (File photo)
Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)

Rod Peters resigns as mayor of Lake Cowichan

Byelection expected in the fall

Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)
Petition for judicial review of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples dismissed

Petition for judicial review of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples dismissed

Petitioners claim excessive bureacracy led to too many delays in process

Petition for judicial review of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples dismissed
Staples seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Staples seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Petition alleges Staples involved in numerous conflicts of interest

Staples seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts
Construction of new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

Construction of new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

North Cowichan’s council unimously 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)
A request for a judicial review by the Supreme Court of B.C. has been filed in an effort to have Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples removed from office. (File photo)
A request for a judicial review by the Supreme Court of B.C. has been filed in an effort to have Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples removed from office. (File photo)
Upgrades at Lake Cowichan’s municipal hall will include an emergency operations centre. (File photo)

Renovated Lake Cowichan town hall will include emergency operations centre

Upgrade project expected to be complete within months

Upgrades at Lake Cowichan’s municipal hall will include an emergency operations centre. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring (pictured) said that the old Rona building in Cowichan Commons is considerably larger than what the RCMP would need for their new detachment in the Valley. (File photo)

FAQs answered about proposed new $48-million RCMP detachment

30-day alternate approval process for borrowing ends on July 14

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring (pictured) said that the old Rona building in Cowichan Commons is considerably larger than what the RCMP would need for their new detachment in the Valley. (File photo)
The City of Duncan has provided a $10,000 grant to help the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area set up a food court in Station Park this summer to assist local restaurants meet capacity requirements during the COVID-19 health crisis. (File photo)

Plan underway for food court in Duncan’s Station Street Park

City of Duncan provides DDBIA grant to assist initiative, plus two other programs

The City of Duncan has provided a $10,000 grant to help the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area set up a food court in Station Park this summer to assist local restaurants meet capacity requirements during the COVID-19 health crisis. (File photo)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas says more RCMP officers are needed in the community to deal with increased demand. (File photo)

North Cowichan won’t pay for new police officer

Local RCMP detachment says demand for services is growing

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas says more RCMP officers are needed in the community to deal with increased demand. (File photo)
New fencing to be placed around Lake Cowichan sewage treatment plant

New fencing to be placed around Lake Cowichan sewage treatment plant

Concerns raised after deer drowns in new settling pond

New fencing to be placed around Lake Cowichan sewage treatment plant
North Cowichan’s finance director Mark Frame. (File photo)

North Cowichan taxpayers could face big tax hike in 2021

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

North Cowichan’s finance director Mark Frame. (File photo)
The City of Duncan has granted $12,500 for the 39 Days of July, which is going online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured is a play from Shakespeare that was performed in Charles Hoey Park during the festival last year. (File photo)

City of Duncan approves grant for 39 Days of July

The $12,500 grant was originally denied by council until more information was received

The City of Duncan has granted $12,500 for the 39 Days of July, which is going online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured is a play from Shakespeare that was performed in Charles Hoey Park during the festival last year. (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)
The City of Duncan would like feedback on the draft of the Cairnsmore neighbourhood plan. (Screenshot)

City of Duncan looking for public input on Cairnsmore plan

Final draft to be completed in late summer

The City of Duncan would like feedback on the draft of the Cairnsmore neighbourhood plan. (Screenshot)
There will be no crowds this year, as in previous years, at the 39 Days of July events due to social distancing rules, but organizers want to put the acts online this summer. (File photo)

Duncan council request more information on grant request for 39 Days of July

More information needed for revamped festival this summer

There will be no crowds this year, as in previous years, at the 39 Days of July events due to social distancing rules, but organizers want to put the acts online this summer. (File photo)
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)