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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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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Politicians Not Interested in Development

Local government faces serious challenges providing for growth in the region and ensuring that we have a sustainable and vibrant economy that can provide well-paying jobs for newcomers and for families that are establishing in Cowichan. Local residents appear to recognize that economic development and job creation are highly desirable and are in favour of […]

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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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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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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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