municipal politics

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)
Question period was lively in Youbou Hall in a meeting last year after a geotechnical report produced by Ebbwater Consulting was presented on the increased potential for landslides in the area due to climate change. (File photo)

CVRD releases updated landslide hazard mapping for the Youbou area

Information to be used to inform planning and development in the area

Question period was lively in Youbou Hall in a meeting last year after a geotechnical report produced by Ebbwater Consulting was presented on the increased potential for landslides in the area due to climate change. (File photo)
The CVRD’s finance manager Natalie Wehner delivered a report to the board outlining the status of 81 capital projects in the district, and detailed which ones may face delays due to COVID-19 and other snags. (File photo)

CVRD may have to delay 11 capital projects scheduled for 2020

More than 50 of the 81 projects are complete or are schedule for the year

The CVRD’s finance manager Natalie Wehner delivered a report to the board outlining the status of 81 capital projects in the district, and detailed which ones may face delays due to COVID-19 and other snags. (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)
Lake Cowichan’s Acting Mayor Tim McGonigle said capital projects that have been postponed in the community in 2020 will be completed in future years. (File photo)

Centennial Hall upgrade, parking lot paving among postponed capital projects in Lake Cowichan

Council lowers tax increase for the year due to COVID-19 crisis

Lake Cowichan’s Acting Mayor Tim McGonigle said capital projects that have been postponed in the community in 2020 will be completed in future years. (File photo)
Tim McGonigle, the acting mayor of Lake Cowichan, said rumours that the town has issued new water advisories are not true. (File photo)

Water in Lake Cowichan just fine, says acting mayor

Tim McGonigle said there is no truth to rumours of water advisories

Tim McGonigle, the acting mayor of Lake Cowichan, said rumours that the town has issued new water advisories are not true. (File photo)
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 City of Duncan will raise taxes by 2.51% in 2020. (File photo)

City of Duncan to raise taxes by 2.51% in 2020

Council was consiering a tax hike of 3.16% before COVID-19 crisis

The City of Duncan will raise taxes by 2.51% in 2020. (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)

COVID-19: As First Nation grapples with woman’s death, Alert Bay looks to ease restrictions

By the numbers, Alert Bay’s lockdown has been effective.

Alert Bay had a cluster of COVID-19 cases in April, but has had no new cases since the 30th. (Alertbay.ca photo)
Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples. (File photo)

City of Duncan establishes grant program during COVID-19 crisis

The Government/Kenneth Street capital project will be delayed until 2021 to fund it

Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples. (File photo)