municipal politics

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)
North Cowichan’s finance director Mark Frame (pictured) and his staff are in the process of presenting options to council as the municipality prepares its budget for 2020. (File photo)

North Cowichan considers five new positions in its budget for 2020

Proposed tax increase for the year would jump from 4.03% to 4.68%

North Cowichan’s finance director Mark Frame (pictured) and his staff are in the process of presenting options to council as the municipality prepares its budget for 2020. (File photo)
There was a problem last year in trying to keep the Central Park washrooms open longer hours, Lake Cowichan CAO Joe Fernandez reminds town councillors. (Gazette file)

Old issue back at Lake Cowichan council table: open hours at public washrooms

How to balance need with cost: the town has wrestled with it for many years

There was a problem last year in trying to keep the Central Park washrooms open longer hours, Lake Cowichan CAO Joe Fernandez reminds town councillors. (Gazette file)
A request that the name of Crofton Beach Park in honour of E.J. Hughes has been denied. (File photo)

North Cowichan denies request to change park name to honour E.J. Hughes

Municipality about to begin review of naming rights

A request that the name of Crofton Beach Park in honour of E.J. Hughes has been denied. (File photo)
Drew Cooper, director of operations at the Cowichan Sportsplex, urged the City of Duncan to consider investing in the facility’s new $1.5-million field house at the council meeting on Jan. 20. (File photo)

City of Duncan urged to invest in new field house

City turned down request for $25,000 in November

Drew Cooper, director of operations at the Cowichan Sportsplex, urged the City of Duncan to consider investing in the facility’s new $1.5-million field house at the council meeting on Jan. 20. (File photo)
North Cowichan councillor Rob Douglas is concerned that hiring a new assistant fire chief in the municipality could see taxes rise unacceptably. (File photo)

North Cowichan won’t hire new assistant fire chief

Position was meant to deal with increased fire inspections

North Cowichan councillor Rob Douglas is concerned that hiring a new assistant fire chief in the municipality could see taxes rise unacceptably. (File photo)
Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Jet skis towing tubers on the river? Lake Cowichan council concerned

A Transport Canada rep says there is support for the town if they decide on restrictions

Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Signage to deter panhandling to be placed at Cowichan busy intersections
Signage to deter panhandling to be placed at Cowichan busy intersections
Mayor Rod Peters wants to see the Town of Lake Cowichan borrow money to tackle problems like upgrading roads and sidewalks, and finishing the sewer lagoon. (Gazette file)

Time to bite the bullet and borrow to fix roads, sidewalks, sewer lagoon in Lake Cowichan: Peters

Lake Cowichan mayor says he’d be ‘ashamed’ to show public the lack of capital spending

Mayor Rod Peters wants to see the Town of Lake Cowichan borrow money to tackle problems like upgrading roads and sidewalks, and finishing the sewer lagoon. (Gazette file)
North Cowichan’s council defeats motion limiting development in a 5-2 vote
North Cowichan’s council defeats motion limiting development in a 5-2 vote
Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

A group of voters claim conflict of interests should see them removed from office

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers
Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops

Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops

Police worry about violence targeting the outlaw motorcycle group

Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops
Hells Angels are said to have gathered in Langley rec facilities several times, most recently in April. (Black Press Media files)

Hells Angels, strippers partied at B.C. community centre

An internal email showed staff complained after the April event in Langley

Hells Angels are said to have gathered in Langley rec facilities several times, most recently in April. (Black Press Media files)
Municipal pesticide bylaws aren’t based on safety of lawn and garden treatments, they’re based on whether ‘synthetic chemicals’ are used. (Black Press files)

B.C. VIEWS: Polluted logic plagues pesticide bylaws

Silent Spring-inspired prejudice against ‘synthetic chemicals’ still rules

Municipal pesticide bylaws aren’t based on safety of lawn and garden treatments, they’re based on whether ‘synthetic chemicals’ are used. (Black Press files)