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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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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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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Just A Mother

Dear Editor: Just A Mother  There’s a homeless man’s stuff on my porch. It’s not just any homeless person, it’s my son.  And I know that whatever I write about this will meet with someone’s disapproval, or even rage. I know there is a lot of emotion surrounding the homeless in our communities. And on […]

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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 and safety issue and should be taken seriously. And it is being taken seriously, but that problem is only the tip of the iceberg, a visible symptom of a burgeoning opioid […]

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