Rare our valley; consider development carefully

I am writing about the proposed and now approved development at Berkey’s Corner.

I am writing about the proposed and now approved development at Berkey’s Corner. My wife and I recently sent a letter to council in response to a request for public feedback to this development. In a nutshell, we stated that:

1. We need to protect green space within city limits for nature, from bugs to plants and beyond.

2. We need to slow down development, thereby ensuring that people have a place to rejuvenate in a natural setting without having to leave town.

3. We need to focus on supporting local, healthy businesses instead of promoting chain stores — we need education about what a healthy globally focused community business looks like, not more of the same.

4. We need to protect rare and endangered species and ecosystems. Not mentioned in the recent newspaper articles is the fact that the site at Berkey’s Corner contains the largest number of an endangered tree species within our region. The tree species is called Oregon Ash. Within B.C. its status is “critically imperilled”.

In other words it is on the decline and may disappear, or become extirpated.

There are many species within the Cowichan Valley that are now at risk of disappearing, some are already gone (many are found in the Garry oak ecosystems).

I ask council and citizens: is this a trajectory that we are happy with?

Please consider — it’s never too late.


Irvin J Banman

Dorothea Banman


Just Posted

Shawnigan Lake man faces extradition

Anthony Michael Kubica appears in Vancouver courtroom

Enjoy ‘An Afternoon of Music’ with the Duncan Choral Society

The choir and their guests are ready to whisk your winter blues away

VIDEO: Cowichan’s Medfords take a tuneful trip through the 70s

It’s not the Seventies Show you expect, but you’ll be very happy with what you hear

Search continues for location for women’s shelter

Charles Hoey school no longer an option

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

Plan your Hometown Hockey weekend

Find your favourites on the Hometown Hockey schedule

Hometown Hockey: Cowichan Capitals events

On Jan. 20 there will be special features during the game for Hometown Hockey

Coming up in Cowichan: Rain workshop, Joseph Mairs Memorial, timely film

Participants are encouraged to bring their roof dimensions

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Woman in Nanaimo buys $70 worth of ice cream with allegedly stolen debit card

Purchase said to have occurred on Jan. 11 at 2 a.m. at Nicol General Store

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Most Read