municipal politics

Jon Lefebure went back to construction after losing the 2018 mayor’s post in North Cowichan to work on the Cottages On Willow. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Former Island mayor retools priorities with construction project

Fresh air a benefit and satisfaction results from building eight-unit housing complex in Chemainus

 

Group wants to start a pilot program for regenerative farms in North Cowichan. (File photo)

Group looks to North Cowichan for farmland

Land could also be used for affordable housing

 

The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley Regional District considers options for fireworks after complaints

Distict only allows fireworks on Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with a permit

 

The first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit when it was under construction. The Municipality of North Cowichan denied the VIMC a development permit for phase two of the project. That decision was quashed by the courts. (File photo)

North Cowichan to appeal court’s decision to quash Motorsport expansion denial

Municipality has until Dec. 6 to file appeal to recent court ruling

The first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit when it was under construction. The Municipality of North Cowichan denied the VIMC a development permit for phase two of the project. That decision was quashed by the courts. (File photo)
The owners of the VIMC said they don’t feel victorious after their court win over North Cowichan. (File photo)

Motorsport owners don’t feel they won a victory over North Cowichan

Lawyer says GAIN Group always wanted productive relationship with municipality

The owners of the VIMC said they don’t feel victorious after their court win over North Cowichan. (File photo)
The Town of Lake Cowichan is asking its residents if they are in favour of allowing backyard chickens in residential areas. (File photo)

Lake Cowichan considers allowing backyard chickens

Residents being asked to take part in poll on issue

The Town of Lake Cowichan is asking its residents if they are in favour of allowing backyard chickens in residential areas. (File photo)
Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)

Court quashes North Cowichan’s decision to deny expansion at VIMC

Municipality ordered to reassess rezoning application

Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor front-line commander of the coronavirus pandemic

Maja Tait played pivotal role during COVID-19 crisis

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sites are being considered for a new pipe that will see treated effluent from the Joint Utilities Board’s sewage treatment plant near Duncan diverted away from the Cowichan River and Cowichan estuary (pictured) to an outflow site in Satellite Channel. (File photo)

Possible routes identified for new Cowichan sewage pipe

Public input will be sought in decision

Sites are being considered for a new pipe that will see treated effluent from the Joint Utilities Board’s sewage treatment plant near Duncan diverted away from the Cowichan River and Cowichan estuary (pictured) to an outflow site in Satellite Channel. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)

North Cowichan council members face financial ding for bad behaviour

Penalties under new code of conduct mean partial loss of salary for mayor and councillors

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says the City Langford has lessons to share on how to deal with social issues. (File photo)

Mayor: Langford could teach North Cowichan ways to deal with social issues

Island city has only eight homeless people, according to last count

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says the City Langford has lessons to share on how to deal with social issues. (File photo)
The City of Duncan’s draft plans for the revitalization of Whistler Street were presented to council last month. (Submitted graphic)

Duncan building fence to deter transients

Six-foot fence meant to deter unwanted behaviour

The City of Duncan’s draft plans for the revitalization of Whistler Street were presented to council last month. (Submitted graphic)
One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: No excuse for bad buildings

It is costing taxpayer dollars to have bylaw, RCMP and firefighters respond to calls

One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)
Five people have signed nomination papers in the race to replace Lake Cowichan’s former mayor Rod Peters (pictured) who resigned in July. (File photo)
Five people have signed nomination papers in the race to replace Lake Cowichan’s former mayor Rod Peters (pictured) who resigned in July. (File photo)
It could be many months before the court’s decision on the judicial review of North Cowichan’s decision to deny a development permit at the VIMC last year are known. (File photo)

Decision on judicial review of Cowichan Motorsport decision could take months

VIMC said it was assured by North Cowichan that expansion would be allowed

It could be many months before the court’s decision on the judicial review of North Cowichan’s decision to deny a development permit at the VIMC last year are known. (File photo)
Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)

Rod Peters resigns as mayor of Lake Cowichan

Byelection expected in the fall

Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)
Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples

Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples

Petitioners claim excessive bureaucracy led to too many delays in process

Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples
Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Petition alleges Michelle Staples involved in numerous conflicts of interest

Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts
Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

North Cowichan’s council unimously votes to borrow $48 million for project

Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021
At the first council meeting since COVID-19 closure, the village of Sayward witnessed its fair share of drama. Submitted photo

Belligerence but no answers as Sayward on fourth mayor in four months

First open council meeting since COVID-19 reveals few answers for troubled north Island community

At the first council meeting since COVID-19 closure, the village of Sayward witnessed its fair share of drama. Submitted photo