municipal politics

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)
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)