Municipal Government

The City of Duncan has begun the process to prepare a new transportation plan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan gets on board with transportation plan

But high cost raises concerns

 

City of Duncan Coun. Tom Duncan said that with the city close to reaching a population of 5,000, it’s a good time to review and update its Official Community Plan. 
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City of Duncan to review, update its OCP

Plan last updated in 2007

 

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

 

Police presence in Chemainus in an actual building is limited to South Island Highway Patrol on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)

Police presence petition presented to North Cowichan council

Former Chemainus detachment officer to make presentation Wednesday at virtual meeting

Police presence in Chemainus in an actual building is limited to South Island Highway Patrol on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)
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B.C. has no parental leave policy for elected councillors, so town makes its own

No provisions under B.C. Community Charter to allow new parents time off without disqualification

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The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has asked Nanaimo city council to consider a commercial property tax freeze to help offset negative financial impacts of COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)

COVID-19: Nanaimo considers one-year commercial property tax freeze

Report based on chamber of commerce proposal to ease pandemic stress on business community

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has asked Nanaimo city council to consider a commercial property tax freeze to help offset negative financial impacts of COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)
Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)

B.C. municipalities pass resolution for salmon-safe flood control

The UBCM resolution seeks federal, provincial support to replace antiquated infrastructure

Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie area declared community COVID-19 cluster by Interior Health

81 cases have been identified since Jan. 1

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
You can now renew your dog licence online with a credit card in North Cowichan. (File photo)

Renew dog licence online with credit card for 2021 in North Cowichan

Dog owners in the municipality have a number of choices for renewing their furry friend’s licence

You can now renew your dog licence online with a credit card in North Cowichan. (File photo)
North Cowichan CAO Ted Swabey said staff don’t have the resources to keep up with council’s ongoing priorities. (File photo)
North Cowichan CAO Ted Swabey said staff don’t have the resources to keep up with council’s ongoing priorities. (File photo)
North Cowichan's council is looking to change the name of Indian Road, located near Quamichan Lake. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

North Cowichan looks to rename Indian Road

Name considered inappropriate

North Cowichan's council is looking to change the name of Indian Road, located near Quamichan Lake. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Residents and neighbours of Indian Road, which ends at Art Mann Park and Quamichan Lake, want the Municipality of North Cowichan to install speed bumps to slow traffic through the neighbourhood. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

North Cowichan considers safety measures on two roadways

Residents of Indian Road and Beaumont Avenue asking for speed bumps

Residents and neighbours of Indian Road, which ends at Art Mann Park and Quamichan Lake, want the Municipality of North Cowichan to install speed bumps to slow traffic through the neighbourhood. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment will now be constructed out of structural steel instead of mass timber, as originally planned, as a cost saving measure. (File graphic)
Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment will now be constructed out of structural steel instead of mass timber, as originally planned, as a cost saving measure. (File graphic)
Traffic delays on Chemainus Road can be expected in the days ahead. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Motorists should expect periodic delays and detours on Chemainus and River Roads

Work on corridor upgrade project to intensify in the weeks ahead

  • Sep 25, 2020
Traffic delays on Chemainus Road can be expected in the days ahead. (Photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan council. (Citizen file)

Guest column: I come not to praise council nor to bury it

It is time to begin a conversation.

  • Aug 4, 2020
North Cowichan council. (Citizen file)
The Municipality of North Cowichan has partnered with the province to offer a retro-fit rebate program. (File photo)

North Cowichan partners with province in new rebate program

Retro-fit rebate program geared toware residences

  • Jul 24, 2020
The Municipality of North Cowichan has partnered with the province to offer a retro-fit rebate program. (File photo)
Socially distanced for now, but they’ve maintained a long connection through Fuller Lake Arena. Ernie Mansueti retired Friday, Laurel Whyte is right behind and Fred Kilner retired in May. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community pride always showed in Mansueti’s work

Retirement reflections revolve around so many projects and successes

Socially distanced for now, but they’ve maintained a long connection through Fuller Lake Arena. Ernie Mansueti retired Friday, Laurel Whyte is right behind and Fred Kilner retired in May. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Artist’s rendering of proposed new North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP building. (Photo submitted)

Group forms in opposition to spending on new RCMP building

Flaws in the voting process identified by North Cowichan residents

Artist’s rendering of proposed new North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP building. (Photo submitted)
Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project will continue once a successful bidder is determined for the next phase. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Phase Two of Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade to start in mid-July

Mid-November the target date for the completion of the remaining work

Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project will continue once a successful bidder is determined for the next phase. (Photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

City of Duncan, North Cowichan reopening municipal halls

North Cowichan’s municipal hall will reopen on June 15, but for tax payments only.

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)