North Cowichan seriously misjudges citizen’s priorities

The proposed Marine Conservation Area, supported by some on council, is an example of a job killer.

North Cowichan seriously misjudges citizen’s priorities

North Cowichan municipality recently held community meetings seeking citizens’ feedback. Attendees were asked to indicate their preference for a list of 10 municipal agenda items.

In the Chemainus meeting, at the suggestion of the undersigned, an 11th category, economic development and job creation was added. This category received the largest number of votes at 19 per cent, surpassing the runners up of clean water (15 per cent) and infrastructure (13 per cent). The municipality obviously seriously misjudged citizen priorities by not presenting this top category of economic development and jobs at the other community meetings.

Jobs are a big issue in the Valley. My young neighbour travels to the Yukon for a good part of his employment and at least one of his friends, a Duncan lad, can only find good paying employment in the Alberta oil patch. He is of the opinion that rather than encouraging job creation, local government often impedes new industry. The proposed Marine Conservation Area, supported by some on council, is an example of a job killer.

With local elections coming up in 2018, candidates will do well to include real citizen priorities in their platform.

Don Graham

Chemainus

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

Just Posted

100 years of adventure for Duncan’s Sylvia Peecock

After a century of life, understandably, Sylvia Peecock’s brain sometimes needs a… Continue reading

Soccer draws a mixed bag for Cowichan teams

LMG aims for Jackson Cup, masters teams will meet in play-in game

$12K grant has Nourish Cowichan teaching cooking skills

Nourish has regularly provided healthy, nutritious food to several local elementary schools

Successful end to search for kayakers along the Chemainus River

Father and son located tired and cold, but otherwise OK

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Canadian public health agencies ramping up preparations in response to new virus

Health officials have said there are no confirmed cases of the emerging coronavirus in Canada

Most Read