All posts by Echo News

May 2016 Edition

Tourism has a new strategy By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo COWICHAN VALLEY – COWICHAN VALLEY –A new economicengine called the Tourism Cowichan Society has been primed by regional directors to help pull visitors to our lovely Warm Land.The business based society was recently fueled with $120,000 a year and a five-year contract, from Cowichan Valley… Read More


Echo April 2016 Edition

Setback for Shawnigan By Peter W. RuslandOf The Echo SHAWNIGNAN LAKE – An appeal-battle reversal for Shawnigan Lake’s water warriors has left residents angry and confused with B.C.’s justice system.“Today’s result was disappointing, to say the least,” said Calvin Cook, president of the Shawnigan Residents Association.His dismay followed Appeal Court Justice Pamela Kirkpatrick’s April 15… Read More


March 2016 Edition

CVRD’s LNG position in legal limbo By Peter W. RuslandFor The Echo- COWICHAN VALLEY Unanimous opposition by Cowichan’s regional directors to Steelhead LNG’s proposed floating facility off Bamberton is causing plenty of private legal ripples.Those waves could see directors change their minds at their March 9 board meeting. And debate around this regional ruling could… Read More


“To Dance In The Shadows Of The Law’s Ambiguities”

THE SETTINGFor the past few weeks I felt I entered a Kafkaesque world, having attended 10 days of sessionsat the Supreme Court of British Columbia in the case between the Shawnigan ResidentsAssociation (SRA: the Petitioner) and the Director, Environmental Management Act; CobbleHill Holdings Ltd. (CHH); and the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) – all known as… Read More


February 2016 Edition

Bay folks helping their own Cowichan Bay resident ‘Iron’ Mike Cridland is served tasty shepherd’s pie by Yves Muselle at the Bay’s Original Udder Guys Ice Cream & Candy Shop. (Photo by Peter W. Rusland) By Peter W. RuslandFor The EchoCOWICHAN BAY – Steam curls from bowls of shepherd’s pie dished by Yves Muselle for… Read More


January 2016 Echo

OUCH!Protestor Troy Lywood winces in pain while being arrested by the RCMP Dec. 22 outside the pit near Shawnigan Lake.Lywood was among seven protestors collared that day after blocking trucks carrying toxic soil to the treatment facility.(Photo by Peter W. Rusland) Pit protest galvanizing community SHAWNIGAN LAKE – The frustration is mounting but so too… Read More