All posts by Echo News

March 2017

Cowichan Bay estuary awash in controversy By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo COWICHAN BAY – A battle is looming in Cowichan Bay that will pit environmentalists against a long-estab-lished stevedoring company. In an attempt to ensure its operations comply with Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) bylaws, Western Stevedoring has applied for a rezoning amendment. “The… Read More



January Edition

Cowichan Bay Christmas “funky not junky” By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SOUTH COWICHAN – Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson wore many hats. The late chief’s keen sense of humour and serious dedication to community seemed embodied in his beaten cowboy hat rigged with a Plexiglas fire shield.It sat beside his weathered chief’s helmet proudly… Read More


December Edition

Cowichan Bay Christmas “funky not junky” By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo COWICHAN BAY –Make your way to calming Cowichan Bayand escape all that merry mall madness.That’s the message from some Bay business folks toutingthe village as a safe harbour to shop, wander, reflect and relaxbefore, during and after Christmas.“I love it down here,” said… Read More


November Edition

First responders deal with abusefrom angry driversDelays following latest Malahatfatality had drivers seething By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo COWICHAN VALLEY – Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson thought he’d heard and seen it all during his many years of attending traffic crashes.That was until Oct. 27 when he was shocked by stranded motorists verbally abusing… Read More


October 2016 Echo Edition

LNG project takes another step forward By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SOUTH COWICHAN – While some South-Cowichanians fear development of a floating liquefied natural gas operation off Bamberton, project proponents are forging ahead with their plans. Those actions now include a provincial permit to a numbered company, 0716927 B.C. Ltd. It’s owned by Malahat… Read More


September 2016 Echo Edition

Court halts Shawnigan soil dumping By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SHAWNIGAN LAKE – Contaminated-soil dumping has been ordered stopped at Shawnigan Lake’s contro-versial treatment pit while two court rulings are pending, Shawnigan’s regional director explains. Sonia Furstenau said a B.C. appeal-court hearing —concerning Victoria allegedly ignoring the pit’s regional zoning bylaw in issuing the… Read More


August 2016 Edition

Malahat highway funding ‘a good start’ By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SOUTH COWICHAN – Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson is sick of the traumatizing Malahat Drive carnage his crew deals with after attending crashes on stretches lacking crossover-preventing concrete medians. Patterson welcomed Victoria’s recent announced spending of another $34 million to install concrete medians… Read More


Echo July 2016 Edition

Residents concerned about proposed rock quarry expansion By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SOUTH COWICHAN – South-end folks are worried a proposed rock quarry expansion at Bamberton will spell noise, dust and water pollution. The mines ministry is seeking comments from the Cowichan Valley Regional District about an application by Malahat First Nation’s Malahat Investment… Read More


June 2016 Edition

Boisterous crowd rejects LNG project By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SOUTH COWICHAN – Cowichanians and Saanich area residents roundly rejected Steelhead LNG’s proposed floating facility off Bamberton during a feisty public meeting in Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre.A panel of pro and anti-LNG officials, Native leaders and scientists fielded blunt questions as Saanich First Nations… Read More