The environment and transit are key subjects Shawnigan Lake candidate Lois Morrow wants to address in her first ever campaign for area director.
But, don’t get the idea that she doesn’t know much about what’s going on at the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
"I started in the political world in the fight over the Eco Depot. I always drove by that location and saw the farmer taking two or three hay crops a year off that land and to convert it into an industrial facility didn’t make sense to me."
Then when the contaminated soil permit came up in Shawnigan she saw similarities.
"It was the wrong thing in the wrong place," she said.
Another issue for Shawnigan Lakers is transit, Morrow said.
"When people talk about transit in
Shawnigan Lake they roll their eyes. We saw an increase in taxes for that function but that increase went to pay for the increased service to Ladysmith. Our service was cut back.
"A lot of people would like improved commuter service to Victoria. There are about 650 navy personnel families who live in Shawnigan and work in Esquimalt. They would like a commuter bus that goes to Esquimalt. That’s not in the control of the CVRD but that kind of improvement would be most welcome."
The transit that goes back and forth to Duncan and across to Mill Bay is really not working for Shawnigan, either, she said.
"I’ve attended Transit meetings and on the maps they’re using Area B is cut off about halfway down the lake. We have no hope of getting service in those areas farther south under that sort of system but we’re still paying taxes to pay for transit," Morrow said.