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 4 to March 23 called Estuary: Cradle of Life. The official opening reception takes place from 5 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, March 7, 2019, and is part of an on-going […]

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The One That Got Away

Well there was more than one that got away, but in this case it was a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Holiday Coupe. Two years before I came across this particular vehicle I had sold a 1969 Camaro convertible that I had restored down to the last nut and bolt, a car as close to perfect as […]

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Manage Investment Risk

Invest with your head, never your heart.  No investment is completely risk-free, but some investments carry more risk than others. Generally, the higher the expected return, the greater the risk. Having some investment risk is important because it can lead to greater income. The real trick is how you can minimize risk without sacrificing returns. […]

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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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Right / Left Politics Begins to Dominate Local Arena

Editors Note: Local politics is a difficult game. Participants have to balance jobs and business interests with political activity. As we have found in the broader world, a ‘vigilante mob’ mentality can exist when people disagree on politics and businesses and careers can be ruined for simple basic political discussion. To that end people have […]

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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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Are We Getting The Straight Goods on Taxes?

As in every other part of BC, the local region is in the throes of preparing the budget for the upcoming year. Running a city or municipality isn’t by any stretch an easy task. Trying to accurately predict how much it will cost and then collecting the right amount of money in a way that […]

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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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Letters Feb 2019 Issue

  Dear Editor: 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 both sides […]

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Another Year, Another Tax Increase

Property taxes in North Cowichan and everywhere else are on the increase yet again.Past Councils and senior management have favoured a tax approach that has seen tax revenues and spending more than double in the last decade, and that appears to be continuing. And even though recent assessment notices for many are higher,  that’s not […]

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