Nick Caumanns

A Tale of Two Cities, Neighbours Contrast Approaches

The most recent ranking of economic resilience by BC Business Magazine places Duncan/North Cowichan at 27th out of 50 communities. Being average might be...

Chemainus Gets More than Fair Share

At the February 2, 2022 Council meeting, North Cowichan Council voted on a series of grants for local groups. THe total amount awarded was...

Trees vs. Solar Power

As a counter-point our five-part series on solar power perhaps it’s useful to restate the whole issue in a less technical and more down...

North Cowichan: The Taxman Cometh

North Cowichan's Council has imprinted a clear left-of-center stamp on our taxation future. Last election we saw a decided and clear shift to a...

Is It Really Getting Drier in The Cowichan Valley?

There's always talk of how dry, or wet, or cold, or hot things have been lately. It's human nature to talk about the weather...

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...

Maybe Think Again

Do you hate it when you pull up at a stop light and someone is standing there with a sign asking for money? Why? Are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Shocking Increase in Street Crime

Just when they thought it couldn't get worse, it...

Radical Change Necessary for Street Crime and Drugs

Governments at all levels need radical change in how...

A Tale of Two Cities, Neighbours Contrast Approaches

The most recent ranking of economic resilience by BC...

Solar Power V: Where does that leave us?

From the German experience, the expansion of photovoltaic solar...

The World of Children’s Literature in the Valley

Previously published in the Duncan Journal To the delight of...