North Cowichan mayor Jon Lefebure has announced he will run for re-election. (File photo)

Jon Lefebure will run again for mayor of North Cowichan

Lefebure has been mayor for total of 13 years

Jon Lefebure has announced he will run again for mayor of the Municipality of North Cowichan in the upcoming municipal elections.

Lefebure has been mayor of North Cowichan for a total of 13 years.

He was first elected to council in 1999, served as mayor from 2002 to 2008, was out of office for three years, and then served as mayor again for the last seven years.

Lefebure said North Cowichan is currently dealing with a number of important issues and his long experience at the helm of the municipality would be helpful in dealing with them.

He said the affordable housing crisis in the community is one of the main ones, and the municipality is working with senior levels of government to find ways to address the problem.

“Housing issues in North Cowichan cover a whole spectrum, and range from the absolutely homeless to those who can afford homes, but can’t find anywhere to stay,” Lefebure said.

“I was in a business in Chemainus recently and was told by the owners that they would like to hire two more workers, but there isn’t any available housing in the area for them to live. We have two levels of concern. The first is how to deal with the least fortunate that have no homes, and also how can our economy develop without adequate housing?”

Lefebure said there are also a number of environmental issues that council is dealing with that he would like to see through.

He said council has been working hard to figure out how best to deal with toxic algae and other environmental concerns around Quamichan and Somenos lakes, as well as lower water flows in the Cowichan River related to climate change.

“We also have a lot of work to do in land-use issues,” Lefebure said.

“We’ve been struggling with our engagements with the public in issues around the urban containment boundary. People in these areas see a pastoral setting around them and have trouble accepting plans for higher-density projects. We’ve not done a great job presenting plans to implement the official community plan within the UCB to the public.”

North Cowichan councillors Al Siebring and Joyce Behnsen have also tossed their hats in the ring so far to run for mayor in the municipal elections, scheduled for Oct. 20.

RELATED STORY: BEHNSEN RUNNING FOR MAYOR

RELATED STORY: SIEBRING ANNOUNCED MAYORAL BID

Lefebure is also currently chairman of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

The chairperson of the CVRD, which has three North Cowichan council members on its board, is chosen by the district’s directors after the election.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Chronic offender with Duncan ties arrested in Langford

It all started on Nov. 4 with the theft of items from a vehicle at Somrbio Beach on the west coast.

Controlled burns near Mill Bay raise health concerns

Province says new regulations should help deal with problem

Editorial: Full ban on backyard burning a must for Cowichan

Last week we had our first air quality advisory of the fall/winter season.

Duncan Christian Chargers third at Islands

The Duncan Christian School Chargers senior boys volleyball team wrapped up their… Continue reading

Lake Flashback: Tragedy strikes the Lake, RCMP call in Sikorsky chopper, and thieves leave their tools behind

Three accidental deaths in one grim week, and air crane required to save fish from wrecked truck

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Batten down the hatches: Wet and windy weekend on the way for coastal B.C.

Environment Canada issues special weather warning for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

UBC conference draws fire over speaker from Chinese tech company blacklisted in U.S.

The company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. over links to the repression of China’s Muslim minority

Most Read