‘South Cowichan’ moniker for new station splits board

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will be suggesting that a new RCMP station set to be built in Mill Bay be named the South Cowichan RCMP detachment.

The new building will replace the Shawnigan Lake detachment, with final say over the name falling to the federal government, who are in charge of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The people of Shawnigan Lake, however, said Alternate Dir. Ian Caesar, are not in favour of the "South Cowichan" moniker.

South Cowichan is not a term with a clear definition, he argued, and his constituents

do not want it to be further institutionalized in this way.

The RCMP should name the detachment, Caesar said, without the CVRD sticking its nose into the process.

Shawnigan residents would be fine with calling it the Mill Bay detachment, he said, to mirror where the building will be located.

Directors Caesar, Blaise Salmon, Alison Nicholson and Tom Walker voted against suggesting the South Cowichan name, but were outvoted.

The successful motion also states that failing the adoption of the "South Cowichan" name the CVRD would like to be able to present other possible names.