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March 2017

South Cowichan Echo Cover March 2017Cowichan Bay estuary awash in controversy

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 CVRD notified us that some of the current uses on-site were not consistent with the CVRD’s zoning bylaw 1015, which was adopted in 1986,” explains Alan Moore, operation manager/superintendent of terminal operations for Western Stevedoring in Cowichan Bay.

“The objective of the rezoning amendment is to align the CVRD zoning with the permitted uses under provin-cial leases,” he adds.
Moore says the company has no plans to expand its industrial presence in Cowichan Bay beyond the current and historic uses of the site. He says the intent of the rezoning is to clarify that existing marine and transporta-tion-related assembly/manufacturing on-site can continue. Read Full Story >

February 2017 Edition

Echo February 2017 cover storyCVRD backing South Cowichan museums

By Peter W. Rusland
Of The Echo

SOUTH COWICHAN – MalahatMuseums in South Cowichan are poised to get a boost from regional leaders.

A lease for the former Mill Bay United Church at Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Road and the Trans-Canada Highway is close to being finalized, while a 20-year lease for Shawnigan Lake’s museum building is almost ready for inking, explained Brian Farquhar, Cowichan Valley Regional District’s parks and trails manager.

He’s working with volunteers with the Bamberton, Mill Bay-Malahat and Cobble Hill historical societies completing their business plan toward a pending lease for the little white church owned by the CVRD.  Read Full Story >

January Edition

SC-Echo-2017_01-coverCowichan Bay Christmas “funky not junky”

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 perched on honour guard pillows during a January 14 celebration of life at Frances Kelsey Secondary School where 1,000 folks remembered the gentle guy who gave selflessly to his family, friends and fire crew.

“We never realize how many people are touched by one person,” Patterson’s wife, Tanya, told paramedics, firefighters from across B.C., kids, politicians, police and family who packed the gym after a sun-filled, piper-led parade to Kelsey from Kerry Park.. Read Full Story >

December Edition

South Cowichan Echo December 2016 coverCowichan Bay Christmas “funky not junky”

By Peter W. Rusland
Of The Echo

COWICHAN BAY –Make your way to calming Cowichan Bay
and escape all that merry mall madness.
That’s the message from some Bay business folks touting
the village as a safe harbour to shop, wander, reflect and relax
before, during and after Christmas.
“I love it down here,” said Mud Room owner/potter Colleen
Underwood, vice-president of the Cowichan Bay Improvement
“There’s lots of lights, holiday spirit and people shopping,”
she enthuses. Read Full Story >

November Edition

South Cowichan Echo November 2016 coverFirst responders deal with abuse
from angry drivers
Delays following latest Malahat
fatality had drivers seething

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 his first-responder crew while police investigated a fatal crash — involving a T-bone collision between two northbound vehicles — that stalled Malahat Drive traffic for about four hours near the Malahat Bungalows Motel.
“We’ve taken heat over the years many times but that one was the pinnacle,” said Patterson of the collision that closed lanes in both directions between 5 and 9 p.m.. Read Full Story >

October 2016 Echo Edition

South Cowichan October 2016 coverLNG project takes another step forward

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 Investment Corpo-ration that aims to collect grab samples of Saanich Inlet marine sediment, and drill boreholes for sediment and rock samples in mid-2017. Read Full Story >

September 2016 Echo Edition

September 2016 South Cowichan Echo CoverCourt halts Shawnigan soil dumping

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 permit — was held Aug. 17 and 18, headed by a three-judge panel.. Read Full Story >

August 2016 Edition

South Cowichan Echo Newspaper Augsut 2016 edition  PDFMalahat highway funding ‘a good start’

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 on five kilometres during expansion of the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes through Malahat Village.

“I appreciate everything they’re doing but there’s more that needs to be done.”. Read Full Story >

Echo July 2016 Edition

South Cowichan Echo Newspaper - online July 2016Residents concerned about proposed rock quarry expansion

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 Corporation to amend the quarry’s current permit.

The new larger quarry with planned rock crushing, washing and screening would cover about 40 hectares on six properties.
Most are zoned for rural resource use. Two are zoned heavy industrial..  Read Full Story >

June 2016 Edition

South Cowichan June 2016 Cover story

Boisterous crowd rejects LNG project

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 elders and residents damned the plan awaiting a National Energy Board ruling.  Read Full Story >