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 – so say the majority of respondents to a Cowichan Post survey. Almost 30 per cent say they, or their families, are directly experiencing the problem. The survey, conducted through Survey Monkey, […]

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The Creepy Low Back and Spinal Health

The health of your spine and body depend on many factors. In my opinion the biggest positive factors to health come with a commitment to regular physical activity and exercise in conjunction with a good diet. The biggest negative factors to health include high levels of psychosocial stress and especially in the case of spinal […]

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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 work around Cowichan Lake. Of course, there was no roadway or rail at the time and the loggers made use of the Cowichan River in sending their logs down Cowichan River […]

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What’s the Deal With Cars Anyway?

Everyone in our Western society has been touched, even by the least little bit, by some degree of enthusiasm about a car. What about you? Perhaps there was a particular car or truck in your family that you were fond of as a child. It doesn’t have to be just about mirror-like chrome and miles […]

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Manhas Does TekTalk at Berkey’s Corner

Berkey’s Corner, one of the most densely populated area of North Cowichan lacks representation and a meeting of area residents this past week decided to do something about it. This issue, and the apparent increase in density of a subsidized social housing project next to the curling rink on Sherman Road, came out of a […]

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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 outline the service model, programs, a preliminary design and estimated cost for the proposed hospital. Once drafted, the business plan will be submitted to the provincial government for approval to […]

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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 Lake in the winter to store more water for summer use? A number of our creeks and river drainages are suffering from a succession of ill-conceived channel modifications and bad […]

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CVRD Gets Into Housing With $750K Annual Budget

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has formally activated its new housing function by approving a three-year legal agreement with the Cowichan Housing Association (CHA). Last October voters approved a referendum providing an annual contribution of $765,000 to used to do basic research and recommending action around the affordable housing issue in the Cowichan Valley. The […]

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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 his wife Evelyn of the Farm Table Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast west of Duncan. “Governments have a way of putting obstacles in the way of small business,” Gates said in […]

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