municipal politics

The City of Duncan is moving forward with several capital projects downtown, including sidewalk improvements on Duncan Street (pictured), during the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The City of Duncan is moving forward with several capital projects downtown, including sidewalk improvements on Duncan Street (pictured), during the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The City of Duncan is considering 3.16% tax increase in 2020, but Mayor Michelle Staples (pictured) said council may postpone its tax discussions during the COVID-19 crisis to allow time for the province to consider options for municipal taxes during the pandemic. (File photo)

City of Duncan to consider a 3.16% tax increase for 2020

But council may consider delaying discussion due to COVID-19 crisis

The City of Duncan is considering 3.16% tax increase in 2020, but Mayor Michelle Staples (pictured) said council may postpone its tax discussions during the COVID-19 crisis to allow time for the province to consider options for municipal taxes during the pandemic. (File photo)
Sierra Acton, regional district director for Shawnigan Lake and chair of the director services select committee. (file photo)

CVRD directors defer pay-raise discussion for 30 days

Board considering raise of $11,167 for electoral area directors

Sierra Acton, regional district director for Shawnigan Lake and chair of the director services select committee. (file photo)
A development proposal for 1378 Adelaide St. in Crofton has raised the ire of some of its neighbours. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Neighbours raise concerns about Crofton development proposal

Parking a major concern for 11-unit subdividion

A development proposal for 1378 Adelaide St. in Crofton has raised the ire of some of its neighbours. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
CVRD Director Klaus Kuhn said quasi-political groups operating in Cowichan are after power. (Warren Goulding/Gazette)

CVRD directors from Cowichan Lake area rip into quasi political groups

“They’re not out to save the world, they’re out to kick business.”

CVRD Director Klaus Kuhn said quasi-political groups operating in Cowichan are after power. (Warren Goulding/Gazette)
North Cowichan, which has its share of problems with issues related to homelessness and addictions, is sending a letter to government ministries asking for assistance. Pictured is RCMP and North Cowichan bylaw officers clearing out a homeless camp on Lewis Street last year. (File photo)

North Cowichan to outline community crisis to provincial ministries

Initiative is part of campaign by local leadership to highlight regional concerns

North Cowichan, which has its share of problems with issues related to homelessness and addictions, is sending a letter to government ministries asking for assistance. Pictured is RCMP and North Cowichan bylaw officers clearing out a homeless camp on Lewis Street last year. (File photo)
Mary Marcotte, (left) director for Area H in the CVRD, has resigned her seat as of March 6. Her alternate Colin Haime (right) has taken over her responsibilities to the board until a byelection is called. (File photo)

Long-time CVRD director for North Oyster/Diamond resigns

Mary Marcotte has been on leave-of-absence since September

Mary Marcotte, (left) director for Area H in the CVRD, has resigned her seat as of March 6. Her alternate Colin Haime (right) has taken over her responsibilities to the board until a byelection is called. (File photo)
Mary Marcotte, (left) director for Area H in the CVRD, has resigned her seat as of March 6. Her alternate Colin Haime (right) has taken over her responsibilities to the board until a byelection is called. (File photo)

Long-time CVRD director for North Oyster/Diamond resigns

Mary Marcotte has been on leave-of-absence since September

Mary Marcotte, (left) director for Area H in the CVRD, has resigned her seat as of March 6. Her alternate Colin Haime (right) has taken over her responsibilities to the board until a byelection is called. (File photo)
Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples holds Mayor’s Cafe in Cairsnmore neighbourhood. (File photo)

City of Duncan hosts Mayor’s Café in Cairnsmore neighbourhood

Meeting expected to be the first of many in the city

Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples holds Mayor’s Cafe in Cairsnmore neighbourhood. (File photo)
North Cowichan seeks members for forestry working group

North Cowichan seeks members for forestry working group

Applications available until March 6

  • Mar 3, 2020
North Cowichan seeks members for forestry working group
Aaron Stone, chairman of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, talks results from a satisfaction survey conducted by the CVRD. (File photo)

Homelessness and affordability raised as major concerns in CVRD survey

But most CVRD residents content with quality of life

Aaron Stone, chairman of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, talks results from a satisfaction survey conducted by the CVRD. (File photo)
Donna Wakefield, a member of the Maple Bay Community Association, wants park designation for lands in the community. Pictured is Wakefield with her dog Maxwell. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Push on for new park in Maple Bay

Park would consolidate a number of properties on Herd Road

Donna Wakefield, a member of the Maple Bay Community Association, wants park designation for lands in the community. Pictured is Wakefield with her dog Maxwell. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Municipality of North Cowichan has been invited by the BC Games Society to lead an application from the Cowichan valley to host another BC Games. Pictured is gymnast Brooklyn Stobbe and bowler Jenny Scholefield bringing in the torch to begin the 100-day countdown to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley invited to bid to host another BC Games

BC Games Society invites North Cowichan to apply

The Municipality of North Cowichan has been invited by the BC Games Society to lead an application from the Cowichan valley to host another BC Games. Pictured is gymnast Brooklyn Stobbe and bowler Jenny Scholefield bringing in the torch to begin the 100-day countdown to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)
North Cowichan Coun. Kate Marsh wants input from the Penelakut Nation in the renaming of a street in Chemainus. (File photo)

North Cowichan to seek suggestions from First Nation in renaming street

Section of Humbird Street in Chemainus was to be renamed MacMillan Street

North Cowichan Coun. Kate Marsh wants input from the Penelakut Nation in the renaming of a street in Chemainus. (File photo)
Province kicks in $750,000 for new flood gate on Canada Avenue. (File photo)

Province kicks in $750,000 for new flood gate on Canada Avenue in Duncan

Gate part of a new $1.9-million flood mitigation plan

Province kicks in $750,000 for new flood gate on Canada Avenue. (File photo)
The City of Duncan is looking for ideas from the public on the future of the empty site at 85 Station Street, pictured, and Whistler Street. (File photo)

City of Duncan looks to public for ideas for Whistler Street, downtown park

Workshops to be held concerning 85 Station St. and Whistler Street

The City of Duncan is looking for ideas from the public on the future of the empty site at 85 Station Street, pictured, and Whistler Street. (File photo)
Many councillors in North Cowichan want the municipality to talk to John Horn, executive director with the Cowichan Housing Association (pictured), and other association members before making any decisions regarding the hiring of a new senior social and housing planner. (File photo)

Social housing planner position back before North Cowichan council

Staff present report on implications of not hiring a new senior social and housing planner

Many councillors in North Cowichan want the municipality to talk to John Horn, executive director with the Cowichan Housing Association (pictured), and other association members before making any decisions regarding the hiring of a new senior social and housing planner. (File photo)
The City of Duncan will construct its first roundabout this year at the intersection of Government, College and Cairnsmore streets. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

New Cairnsmore roundabout to be constructed this year

Roundabout will be the City of Duncan’s first

The City of Duncan will construct its first roundabout this year at the intersection of Government, College and Cairnsmore streets. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas wants to see a bus service from the Cowichan Valley to ferry terminals in Nanaimo. (File photo)

Pressure builds for buses from Cowichan to ferry terminals

North Cowichan’s council now requesting bus connections be considered

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas wants to see a bus service from the Cowichan Valley to ferry terminals in Nanaimo. (File photo)
North Cowichan to fill three more positions in 2020. (File photo)

North Cowichan to create three new positions in 2020

Move would raise the proposed tax increase for the year from 4.03% to 4.49%

North Cowichan to fill three more positions in 2020. (File photo)