Shawnigan Lake Museum Aims For $1M Expansion in 2020

When Garth Harvey and his cohorts first set to transforming the old community fire hall into the home of the Shawnigan Lake Museum in 1982, he said they’d be a “couple of peas rattling around in a pan”.   37 years later, the once small collection has grown, as have the number of volunteers and […]

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Clean Car or Art?

I In my travels, I come across all sorts of surprising things right here in the Valley. We really do have an interesting and eclectic mix of skills and knowledge living right here in our quiet valley. For example, in an obscure little shop, on the outskirts of a small town in the Cowichan Valley, […]

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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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A River Runs Through It: The Cowichan River Circa 1850

This Valley is named after the Cowichan River which flows from the lake of the same name to the north-west. The name is an anglicized version of the native name for the lower valley that loosely translated means “the warm land”. And rightly so, as the Valley is the most temperate spot in Canada, on […]

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Politicians Should Step Up & Do The Work

Local elected officials don’t seem to think economic development is as important to the Cowichan Valley as the public thinks it is.   The Cowichan Post emailed 35 elected officials in North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith, Town of Lake Cowichan and the nine CVRD electoral area directors.  Only two actually responded directly to the questions posed […]

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Living Wall Locally Made

Rachel Ayearst, owner of Style Sense Furniture at Whippletree Junction, has developed a living vegetable wall feature for the kitchen or patio. Living plant walls have been around for a while but Rachel has designed her own living vegetable wall that is being manufactured locally. She will stock this feature wall with whatever vegetables a […]

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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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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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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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Wildfire Preparation

Many are forecasting a third year in a row of dry conditions in the Cowichan Valley.  With that comes the ever-present dangers of wildfires. Read and heed the following suggestions and be prepared should a wildfire break out near your home. Not everyone thinks clearly in an emergency. A written, well-practiced plan, will help you […]

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