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May 2016 Edition

Echo May 2016 Edition Cover story

Tourism has a new strategy

By Peter W. Rusland
Of The Echo

engine 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 Regional
District taxpayers.

The society aims to plump that purse by leveraging funds from tourist groups outside the Valley. Read Full Story >

Echo April 2016 Edition

South Cowichan Echo NewsPaper monthly cover - April 2016

Setback for Shawnigan

By Peter W. Rusland
Of 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 overturning of a March Supreme Court ruling that stopped toxic-soil dumping into South Island Aggregates’ provincially permitted treatment facility in Shawnigan’s watershed.
See full story here.


March 2016 Edition

South Cowichan Echo March 2016 EditionCVRD’s LNG position in legal limbo

By Peter W. Rusland
For The Echo

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 address fears of libel chill here and elsewhere.
At issue is the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Feb. 10 unanimous decision based on Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo’s resolution, seconded by Duncan Director Sharon Jackson.
It reads: “That the CVRD advise Steelhead LNG that the CVRD is opposed to any LNG facility being located at Bamberton, or anywhere else in the regional district.”

Read the full story here >

February 2016 Edition

Bay folks helping their own

Echo Cover February 2016 editionCowichan 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. Rusland
For The Echo
COWICHAN BAY – Steam curls from bowls of shepherd’s pie dished by Yves Muselle for ‘Iron’ Mike Cridland, Bill Baart and other folks among Cowichan Bay’s less fortunate.
The Original Udder Guys Ice Cream &
Candy owner says he and his staff are simply filling a need that’s invisible to many.
“People aren’t aware of what some go
through down here,” Muselle said of folks in differing levels of need, living in the Bay aboard boats in various states of repair.
“You might call them derelict boats, but
that’s all they have.”
Word of mouth now brings about a dozen
folks to Muselle’s shop on Friday and Saturdays,
in the October to March off-season, for hot lunches mostly prepared by staffer Judy Pigott in Udder Guys’ kitchen. “We serve them hearty meals; high protein and high carbs, like shepherd’s pie, chili, cabbage
rolls — we rotate it around,” he said, thanking the Bay’s True Grain Bread for its crusty donations.


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January 2016 Echo

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 is the sense of community as a growing contingent of protestors attempt to stop the dumping of toxic soil in a pit near Shawnigan Lake. A rally on Jan. 6 led to several arrests but only fueled the determination of the protestors whose numbers are growing.
Mike O’Connor was also ready to surrender to the RCMP who have been out in full force as dumping continues.
“It’s beyond the point where they (The Province) can ignore this; it’s in the courts. SIA will dump as much as they can before they’re stopped.”
The silver lining, he noted, is how the simmering eco-issue has “galvanized our community.”  READ THE FULL STORY

South Cowichan Echo December 2015

Mill Bay fire department feeling the heat

Echo Cover Story Dec 2015

By Peter W. Rusland
For the Echo
Photo by Peter W. Rusland
MILL BAY –Mill Bay’s rapid growth has made its fire hall one of Cowichan’s busiest.
So busy, fire chief Ron Beck says, his 10,000-square-foot hall on Lodgepole Road could soon become the first of the Valley’s 17 volunteer halls to carry paid firefighters during the day.
“Eventually, that’s my goal. The myth is that the public thinks
we’re a full-time fire hall. In my opinion, this should be a full-time hall.”
That’s because many of Beck’s 30 or so male and female firefighters work during the day, so if there was a major emergency — such as a plane crash or a marine catastrophe
— Mill Bay’s hall would need backup from nearby Shawnigan and Cowichan Bay crews.

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South Cowichan Echo September 2015

FIREFIGHTERS WALK FOR MD South Cowichan Echo - September 2015 edition cover, Vancouver Island

Zoey Harkness, 12, Danica Ferguson, 6 and Kalli King, 14 will be among the young members participating in the third annual Firefighter Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Canada BC/Yukon Region at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo on September 26, with their firefighter families. Some local firefighters will walk five kilometres in full turn out gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. (Photo by Andrew Leong)

Questions posed about Malahat Band’s LNG plan

By Peter W. Rusland
For The Echo

MALAHAT NATION– Opening prayers by drummer Randy Daniels in Malahat Nation’s Kwunew Kwasun big house set the tone for the announcement of a landmark deal involving a floating liquified natural gas facility at Mill Bay’s Bamberton industrial site.
The mutual-benefits agreement was reached after
13 months of talks between the Malahat and Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG.

Despite the smiles, questions remain about the proposed LNG facility’s suitability for eco-sensitive Saanich Inlet, and federal and provincial green lightsneeded for the multi-billion dollar project.  See more of this story

June 2015

South Cowichan Echo August Cover pageMalahat Band buys huge tract of Bamberton land

By Peter W. Rusland
For The Echo
MALAHAT FIRST NATION –Malahat Nation Chief Michael Harry sees his band’s recent buy of Mill Bay’s sprawling Bamberton lands as the next step in his people’s journey to cultural independence and economic prosperity. It’s also a chance for Malahat’s 300
members to further forge respect and friendship with the South Cowichan community.
“At this point we don’t have any concrete plans,” Harry told the Echo after the July 13 purchase for an undisclosed price (some sources pegged it at $37.5 million) through the First Nations Finance Authority.  See more of this story here.

Malahat Chief Michael Harry (inset) is confident the acquistion of the Bamberton lands will facilitate economic development
and create employment for his 300 band members. (Photo by Peter W. Rusland)