municipal politics

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)
As the acting mayor, Bill Ives will continue to hold office until Sayward’s next elections. (Submitted )

Sayward appoints new acting mayor amidst COVID-19

Councillor Bill Ives takes over as the acting mayor and moves forward with signing off on budget

As the acting mayor, Bill Ives will continue to hold office until Sayward’s next elections. (Submitted )
The City of Duncan will review its capital plans for 2020 to determine if any can be delayed until next year to see if there are ways to help citizens who are financially pressed during the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)
The City of Duncan will review its capital plans for 2020 to determine if any can be delayed until next year to see if there are ways to help citizens who are financially pressed during the COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)
The City of Duncan turns to online process to get public feedback for two sites, including the site of the old Red Balloon store (pictured) downtown. (File photo)

City of Duncan to go online to gather public feedback on projects

Health crisis has caused the cancellation of workshops

The City of Duncan turns to online process to get public feedback for two sites, including the site of the old Red Balloon store (pictured) downtown. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has announced that the municipality is again accepting and processing building, subdivision and land development applications. (File photo)

North Cowichan accepting development applications again

Municipality had ceased accepting applications during COVID-19 crisis

  • Apr 24, 2020
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has announced that the municipality is again accepting and processing building, subdivision and land development applications. (File photo)
Duncan city council gives green light to minor changes to College Street project. (Submitted photo)

Duncan council allows minor changes to College Street development

Project calls for five three-storey structures, with 21 units

Duncan city council gives green light to minor changes to College Street project. (Submitted photo)