municipal politics

As the acting mayor, Bill Ives will continue to hold office until Sayward’s next elections. (Submitted )

Sayward appoints new acting mayor amidst COVID-19

Councillor Bill Ives takes over as the acting mayor and moves forward with signing off on budget

As the acting mayor, Bill Ives will continue to hold office until Sayward’s next elections. (Submitted )
Despite the political disruptions that have taken place in Sayward, a special emergency response team has been appointed to tackle COVID-19 challenges. (Submitted photo )

Subsequent mayors’ resignations leaves Island village with a governance vacuum in perilous times

Sayward council will confer to elect an interim mayor almost a month after previous resignation as it continues to tackle COVID-19 with an emergency response team

Despite the political disruptions that have taken place in Sayward, a special emergency response team has been appointed to tackle COVID-19 challenges. (Submitted photo )
The City of Duncan is moving forward with several capital projects downtown, including sidewalk improvements on Duncan Street (pictured), during the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan using empty streetscape to move forward with public works downtown

Some projects scheduled for later in the year accelerated due to COVID-19 quiet

The City of Duncan is moving forward with several capital projects downtown, including sidewalk improvements on Duncan Street (pictured), during the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
North Cowichan, which has its share of problems with issues related to homelessness and addictions, is sending a letter to government ministries asking for assistance. Pictured is RCMP and North Cowichan bylaw officers clearing out a homeless camp on Lewis Street last year. (File photo)

North Cowichan to outline community crisis to provincial ministries

Initiative is part of campaign by local leadership to highlight regional concerns

North Cowichan, which has its share of problems with issues related to homelessness and addictions, is sending a letter to government ministries asking for assistance. Pictured is RCMP and North Cowichan bylaw officers clearing out a homeless camp on Lewis Street last year. (File photo)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas wants to see a bus service from the Cowichan Valley to ferry terminals in Nanaimo. (File photo)

Pressure builds for buses from Cowichan to ferry terminals

North Cowichan’s council now requesting bus connections be considered

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas wants to see a bus service from the Cowichan Valley to ferry terminals in Nanaimo. (File photo)
Jet skis towing tubers on the river has Lake Cowichan concerned

Jet skis towing tubers on the river has Lake Cowichan concerned

A Transport Canada rep says there is support for the town if they decide on restrictions

Jet skis towing tubers on the river has Lake Cowichan concerned
Cowichan cracking down on intersection panhandlers

Cowichan cracking down on intersection panhandlers

Signage to deter panhandling coming to Duncan, North Cowichan and Cowichan Tribes intersections

Cowichan cracking down on intersection panhandlers
Dozens of dump trucks from a number of development companies circled North Cowichan’s municipal hall on Monday night honking their homes to send a message against council supporting a motion to limit development in some areas of the municipality. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Proposed development freeze melts in North Cowichan

Huge pro-business crowd at Monday night meeting carries the day

Dozens of dump trucks from a number of development companies circled North Cowichan’s municipal hall on Monday night honking their homes to send a message against council supporting a motion to limit development in some areas of the municipality. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)
Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

A group of voters claim conflict of interests should see them removed from office

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers
Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops

Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops

Police worry about violence targeting the outlaw motorcycle group

Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops
Hells Angels are said to have gathered in Langley rec facilities several times, most recently in April. (Black Press Media files)

Hells Angels, strippers partied at B.C. community centre

An internal email showed staff complained after the April event in Langley

Hells Angels are said to have gathered in Langley rec facilities several times, most recently in April. (Black Press Media files)
Municipal pesticide bylaws aren’t based on safety of lawn and garden treatments, they’re based on whether ‘synthetic chemicals’ are used. (Black Press files)

B.C. VIEWS: Polluted logic plagues pesticide bylaws

Silent Spring-inspired prejudice against ‘synthetic chemicals’ still rules

Municipal pesticide bylaws aren’t based on safety of lawn and garden treatments, they’re based on whether ‘synthetic chemicals’ are used. (Black Press files)