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Solar Power IV: The German Experience

Germany is widely considered the global leader in solar power, with over a third of the world's nameplate (peak) solar power capacity. Merkel’s government...

Solar Power III: What You Need to Know in Five Easy Steps

We have discussed the basics of solar panel technology, given you some idea of their costs, and introduced the topic of efficiency.  Today’s column...

Solar Power II: What you need to know in five parts.

Our first installment introduced the various types of solar panel. We will now examine their operating efficiency and costs. The efficiency of solar panels has...

Trees vs. Solar Power

As a counter-point our five-part series on solar power perhaps it’s useful to restate the whole issue in a less technical and more down...

Solar Power I: What you need to know in five parts.

The global middle class is growing at an accelerating rate and people want their comforts. The need for more electrical power is undeniable. The...

Is It Really Getting Drier in The Cowichan Valley?

There's always talk of how dry, or wet, or cold, or hot things have been lately. It's human nature to talk about the weather...

What Climate Emergency??!!

Its not worse than we thought. Climate activists have been telling us for years that we are facing a climate emergency, that greenhouse gases (GHG)...

Cowichan Works Launches COVID-19 Survey

Cowichan Works is on the Internet with an online survey taking the pulse on how the Cowichan Community is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. "Now that...

The Housing Survey Results Are In

Tiny homes are in, social housing as a burden on local taxpayers is out and people think the affordable housing crisis is real –...

Potatoes and Logs A Source of Early Conflict

Settlement by Europeans moved quickly in the Cowichan Valley after initial settlements in the 1850's. By 1890, a number of logging operators were at...

Hospital Business Plan Underway

Island Health has entered the business plan step as the second step in a five-step process to replace Cowichan District Hospital. The business plan will...

We Need Better River Management

Water issues are always a hot topic in the Cowichan Valley. Summertime water shortages are an ongoing concern. Should we raise the weir at Cowichan...

Hard to Keep a Small Business Going

Governments, of various stripes and at all levels, are making it hard for small business to stay in business, says George Gates, owner with...

CVRD Air Transport Report Expected This Fall

Conversations about the development of an airport in Cowichan have been circulating for years, and the debate is real. On one side are members...

Local Hero

Will Arnold This man has stepped up to do the work and provide leadership and bring the community together to deal with the problems tied...

Duncan Piano Man Keeps’em Smiling Rain or Shine

It's a musician's duty and responsibility to keep people up, keep them smiling. So says Harry Hull, Duncan's piano man, who can be found seven...

Wings Over Cowichan or A Bird’s View of Recreational Aviation

“I’d rather be a bird in the air than an ant on the ground” says lifelong aviation enthusiast, John Howroyd as we soar at...

Shawnigan Lake Museum Aims For $1M Expansion in 2020

When Garth Harvey and his cohorts first set to transforming the old community fire hall into the home of the Shawnigan Lake Museum in...

Economic Development Power Houses

There are two power houses in the Cowichan Valley working to foster business development and job creation: Amy Melmock, Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) manager...

A River Runs Through It: The Cowichan River Circa 1850

This Valley is named after the Cowichan River which flows from the lake of the same name to the north-west. The name is an...

Government Hinders, Citizens Say

Cowichan Valley residents overwhelmingly support an economic development function that generates new jobs for the region, according to an informal survey conducted by the...

An Old-New Twist on Affordable Housing

Harriet Brooke, a Crofton resident, says it is time to develop cooperative housing associations with a self-governing property management model right here in the...

Two Local Leaders Who Care

The Cowichan Post sent a survey to 35 local politicians asking questions about their views on economic development. Guess what?   There is no election coming...

Wildfire Preparation

Many are forecasting a third year in a row of dry conditions in the Cowichan Valley.  With that comes the ever-present dangers of wildfires....

More Land Needed for Development

A landmark study commissioned by Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) says that the population in the region will grow by 17,000 by 2041, bringing the...

Arts Group Promoting Gallery Opens Art Show

The Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society (CVPAG) is putting on an art show at the Arbutus Gallery in the Island Savings Centre from March...

Local Teacher Launches Math App

I'll be up front; Wayne Loutet was my Grade 9 math teacher. Depending on whether you liked math or not, you may be wondering where...

Rezoning Looks to Save 75 Jobs

Editor's Note: Up to 75 local jobs are on the line as Pacific Industrial & Marine Ltd. goes through a zoning amendment process for...

Which Track Will Island Rail Take?

I bumped into Phil Kent recently. It happens in small towns at coffee shops; we bump into community leaders. Phil Kent didn’t run for Mayor...

Senior Care Expands

Construction is underway and expected to be completed in 2020 for 80 publicly-funded beds and eight new private complex-care beds for seniors care off...

Rotary Clubs Support Hospice

The five Rotary Clubs in the Cowichan Valley have come together to take on the project of financing and building an idyllic garden to...

Cowichan Valley 2019 Economic Outlook

For local Cowichan Valley businesses, the coming year is expected to be one of cautious optimism and holding the course. That’s the projection from Susan...

Nurses Are Our Front-Line Healthcare Troops

Nurses are on the firing line 24/7 in hospitals and would welcome a key role in designing the Cowichan District Hospital replacement that the...

Hospice Plans for End of Life Dignity

A civilized society provides for end-of-life care that allows people to pass with dignity. Cowichan has taken a giant step toward that goal with the...

Mean Streets of Cowichan

Discarded sharps, needles in common language, on sidewalks, in back alleys or in shrubs and bushes in front of buildings are a severe health...

Health Care, What’s Coming Next?

Planning for a new hospital in the Cowichan Valley is not a simple task as it is tied into a much more complex matrix...

Duncan Lodge Society Wants Rowing Canada

We reported in early August on the possibility that rowing Canada has been considering Quamichan Lake as a new home base for the national...

Malahat LNG Means Tankers and Pipelines

In August 2015, The Malahat Nation, along with company Steelhead LNG Corp., announced a new liquefied natural gas  (LNG) terminal be built at Bamberton,...

LNG: Promised Economic Saviour, or Bust?

Background The last BC election saw the Liberals pitching Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as the new export industry that would make BC a royalty rich...

Talking to Mayor Phil Kent

We interviewed Mayor Phil Kent recently. Here is the transcript. You grew up in Duncan. Can you tell me a bit about your memories of...

Rowing Canada Coming to the Valley?

On August 5, 2015 the Duncan Journal contacted Rowing Canada, the Municipality of North Cowichan , The Duncan Community Lodge, and Moose International about...

Soil Company Gets Clean Bill of Health

The Ministry of Environment recently issued a report regarding the soil internment facility in Cobble Hill operated by Cobble Hill Holdings ( also know...
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