Fletcher aims at jobs to keep young people here

Paul Fletcher says his experience as a councillor for the City of Duncan is an asset he can bring to the table as a councillor for the Municipality of North Cowichan.

"I bring my passion for Duncan to North Cowichan," Fletcher said.

That’s not to say he’s an advocate for amalgamation. He once favoured the move, but said that now he’s interested in a process that gets everybody working together, "particularly on economic development." Fletcher said his focus is on encouraging growth in the economy and getting everyone working, especially young people. "The fact that our children have to move away; I’ve got a lot of kids and a lot of grandkids and it really worries me that they’re going to move away to jobs," he said. "You need that balance between older society and younger society to make a community really work well."

Other issues include taxes, ("It’s a serious issue that has to be addressed because it’s been a lot of hardship on a lot of people in North Cowichan"), incorporating more environmental considerations into regular decision-making, and starting a better public review process.

"North Cowichan dives into these issues and all of a sudden it’s polarized and they’re alarmed by these special interests and the activists and that just puts everybody on each side of the room," he said.

Fletcher also has a long-term vision for the community. This includes such things as taking Quamichan School, which he sees as eventually being left empty, and turning it into an agriculture and culinary college, with the fields around it used as part of the facility.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Famed fiddler Natalie MacMaster headed to Duncan

An Acoustic Evening With Natalie MacMaster on Thursday, March 12 at the Performing Arts Centre.

Cowichan Valley school district declares climate change emergency

Cowichan Valley sixth school district in province to do so

Explore Vancouver Island with George Vancouver through presentation in Cowichan

Historian Eric Marshall will relate this history at the 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27

UPDATED with VIDEO and PHOTOS: One person treated for minor burns in Crofton fire Monday morning

Firefighters were called out at 7 a.m. to a blaze at the Twin Gables Motel

Penelakut Tribe assumes ownership of iconic 49th Parallel General Store in Chemainus

Operating what’s now known as the Salish Sea Market provides economic opportunities

VIDEO: Illicit drug overdoses killed 981 in B.C. in 2019, down 38%

Chief coroner says figures were down about a third in the province’s fourth year of the opioid crisis

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

B.C. takes over another Retirement Concepts senior care home

Summerland facility latest to have administrator appointed

RCMP pull office from Wet’suwet’en territory, but hereditary chiefs still want patrols to end

Chief says temporary closure of field office not enough as Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute drags on

Prescription opioids getting B.C. addicts off ‘poisoned’ street drugs

Minister Judy Darcy says Abbotsford pilot project working

Royals, Elvis, Captain Cook: Hundreds of wax figures find new life in B.C. man’s home

Former director of Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum still hopes to revive wax figure tourism

Teck CEO says Frontier withdrawal a result of tensions over climate, reconciliation

Don Lindsay speaks at mining conference, a day after announcing suspension of oilsands project

Okanagan man swims across Columbia River to evade Trail police

RCMP Cpl. Devon Reid says the incident began the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20

Most Read