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 and Cathy Robertson, Community Futures Cowichan general manager. They come at it from different perspectives but ultimately, both recognize it’s about people and supporting the ambitions and aspirations of people who […]

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Living Wall Locally Made

Rachel Ayearst, owner of Style Sense Furniture at Whippletree Junction, has developed a living vegetable wall feature for the kitchen or patio. Living plant walls have been around for a while but Rachel has designed her own living vegetable wall that is being manufactured locally. She will stock this feature wall with whatever vegetables a […]

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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 Cowichan Post. Respondents randomly invited to participate in the survey also narrowly favoured the Cowichan Valley Regional District over the Municipality of North Cowichan when asked who was best equipped to […]

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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 Cowichan Valley. The issue of affordable housing has been in the news lately. During the recent municipal election it was a topic on the agenda of a number of candidates who […]

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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 anytime soon so ONLY TWO got back to us. Count us cynical but this seems a bit odd. Kudos to the pair below who took the time to give us […]

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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 need for as many as 10,000 new housing units and up to 7,000 new jobs.   Urban Systems were tasked by the EDC to do three things; explore, analyse , and […]

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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 my bias might lie. Or why I’m writing about a math teacher. In Grade 8 I was a typical math student. Although I was pretty good at it, I really […]

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Another Lap or Checkered Flag?

Editor’s Note: The Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association recently announced they were dropping their law suit against the Vancouver Island Motor Circuit (VIMC).  The Circuit promptly responded.  In the interest of balanced reporting we have reproduced each statement without comment. Each tells a different story.  Readers are invited to make up their own minds. SAHTLAM PLAINTIFFS RELEASE […]

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Log Roll We All Lose

Paradigm Shift History is in the making in the Cowichan Valley as we are about to see a total paradigm shift on how North Cowichan manages its municipal forests. How can I make such a confident statement?  Part of the benefit of being around this planet long enough for hair to thin and turn grey […]

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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 their manufacturing facility at the marine terminal in Cowichan Bay.  There will undoubtedly be plenty of news coverage of why some people are opposed.  Here is an opportunity for readers to […]

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