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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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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Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes

Local governments are wrestling to put together budgets, and associated tax increases, that must be finalized by mid-April in order for 2019 spending and taxation plans to be formalized by mid-May. Of the communities in the Cowichan Post’s delivery area, North Cowichan appears to be attracting the most controversy with proposals to hire staff and […]

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Which Track Will Island Rail Take?

I bumped into Phil Kent recently. It happens in small towns at coffee shops; we bump into community leaders. Phil Kent didn’t run for Mayor of Duncan this past election. He felt that while his heart was there, his health might not be. But that hasn’t stopped Phil Kent from stepping right back into doing […]

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Local Taxes on the Rise

Local governments are wrestling to put together budgets, and associated tax increases, that must be finalized by mid-April in order for 2019 spending and taxation plans to be formalized by mid-May. Of the communities in the Cowichan Post’s delivery area, North Cowichan appears to be attracting the most controversy with proposals to hire staff and […]

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