Roger and Elizabeth Ironmonger from Lake Cowichan admire a 1923 Ford Fad-Style Model T owned by Graham Mace, atthe 8th annual Shawnigan Lake Show and Shine held at Shawnigan Lake School sports field in June. (Photo by Andrew Leong)
Watering, fishing bans implemented
SOUTH COWICHAN– Responding to the drought conditions that have hit
Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley
Regional District has implemented
Stage 3 watering restrictions.
The CVRD issued the order on
Wednesday, July 8. It came just days
after the provincial government
declared a Level 4 drought rating for the Island.
What it all means is that homeowners are forbidden to turn sprinklers
on their lawns and fishing in streams
and rivers has been suspended. See more of this story. . .
Save Our Water
Breogan O’Moal Dougnaic of Cobble Hill, was among about 100 participants who staged a peaceful roadside demonstration alongside the Trans Canada Highway. The event was hosted by the Shawnigan Residents Association
as a way of expressing their disapproval of the dumping of contaminated soil in the watershed. For more about Save Our Shawnigan Water go to www.thesra.ca (Photo by Andrew Leong).
Shawnigan takes protest to the highway
by Peter W. Rusland
for the Echo
SHAWNIGAN LAKE – –A steady blast of highway horns was pretty music to Shawnigan Lake residents who took their anti-dirty soil dumping stand to the streets May 24. “The support is super,” said third-generation Laker Rosemary Gibson.
She waved a Save Shawnigan Water sign besidethe Trans-Canada Highway lined with about 150 of her angry, frustrated neighbours — many of whom say they will block dump trucks legally carrying toxic soil to their area. See more of this story here.
Put Your Back In It!
Sydney Payne and Evie Anguelov of Brentwood’s Junior A Women 2X, finished second in the finals on Sunday, Apri 26 at the 45th-Annual Brentwood College School International Rowing Regatta. (Photo by Andrew Leong)
Budget process needs overhaul: CVRD directors
SOUTH COWICHAN – Homeowners in South Cowichan are facing relatively modest tax increases this year but area directors
aren’t totally satisfied with the process. Matteus Clement, the Cobble Hill director on the Cowichan Valley Regional
District (CVRD), concedes the 3.1 per cent tax hike isn’t huge but he’d like to see some changes before the next budget.
“Some people are apathetic because we as politicians haven’t done a good job (of seeking feedback),” commented Clement. See more of this story here.
Blaze Ruins Two Barns
SOUTH COWICHAN – A three-alarm barn fire at Cuthbert Farms required more than a dozen fire vehicles and as many as 40 firefighters to douse the blaze. “When I initially got on the scene with a deputy, there wasn’t a lot of smoke showing, but within just a minute or two the fire broke through the meat-cutting area of the barn and then it spread within minutes,” said Cowichan Bay’s fire chief, Charlie Brown. See more about this and other stories in full PDF edition.
Jamieson Wickham wasn’t just fiddling around in Cowichan Bay the other day. The Frances Kelsey Grade 8 student was raising money for the school’s upcoming band trip to Seattle. And not only was his violin playing terrific, he was doing a booming business.
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HATS OR NO HATS?
Malahat Legion president Jim Gomm contemplates the wearing of hats in the club that has banned headwear on men since it opened its doors. Gomm and others say the move is necessary in order to lure new blood to the club which is, like many Legions, seeing a decline in membership. (Photo by Mike D’Amour)
FULL VERSION of February 2015 South Cowichan Echo in PDF format here.
Say hello to the 2014 Cowichan Valley Youth Athletes of the Year. The winners were honoured during a gala event at Shawnigan Lake School. See story and more pictures on pages 12 & 13.
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The First Edition!
Sequoia Robinson, 2, shares his Christmas wishes with Santa during Mill Bay Shopping Centre’s light up. The event also featured a chili cook off (Photo by Mike D’Amour)
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