2012 Archives

The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to end the two tier fee structure at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre for residents in Cowichan Valley District Electoral Areas A – Mill Bay/Malahat, B – Shawniga... More...
Date of Release: Dec 28, 2012


The issue of a dedicated public road from Genoa Bay Road to Stoney Hill was again the subject of discussion at the December 19 regular council meeting.    During the public input session, several speakers took the opportunity to ask Co... More...
Date of Release: Dec 21, 2012


Please note that the offices at North Cowichan Municipal Hall located at 7030 Trans Canada Highway will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2012.  The offices will reopen on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 8:30am. More...
Date of Release: Dec 07, 2012


Effective immediately, due to the high forest fire hazard, access gates to the Municipal Forest Reserve have been closed until further notice to vehicular traffic. The Municipal Forest Reserve is still accessible for non-motorized recreational activi... More...
Date of Release: Dec 07, 2012


At its regular meeting on December 5, 2012, Council supported the concept of a multi-disciplinary health care centre in the greater Duncan urban area. The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has developed a conceptual proposal, that they are cal... More...
Date of Release: Dec 06, 2012


On Wednesday, November 21, Council had a very interesting discussion concerning the future of Stoney Hill, a very rural area currently accessed through private land and logging roads or by water, on the eastern boundary of North Cowichan. Council is ... More...
Date of Release: Nov 23, 2012


The BC Court of Appeal has supported the Municipality of North Cowichan’s appeal and ruled that the Municipality can operate the Chemainus Wells project effective immediately. In July 2011, the Supreme Court of BC set aside the BC Environment Assessm... More...
Date of Release: Nov 23, 2012


Council has begun consideration of the 2013-2017 Financial Plan and wants to hear from you! Leading up to the final adoption of the Financial Plan, a number of meetings will be held at which you are invited to attend and provide input. Meetings are c... More...
Date of Release: Nov 21, 2012


On November 6, the Chemainus Secondary School Green Team appeared before Council and presented an update on their activities. Working with school staff, they have utilized BC Hydro Grants to install 4 solar panels that now supply 40% of the heat used... More...
Date of Release: Nov 08, 2012


A Public Open House has been scheduled for November 19, 2012 from 1pm to 4:30pm in the Large Committee Room at the Municipal Hall to provide you with information concerning a proposed amendment to the Official Community Plan in regards to Po... More...
Date of Release: Nov 07, 2012


The Municipality of North Cowichan has recently awarded a contract to Brunnell Construction Ltd. To construct a UV water treatment plant at the Boys Road Well Water Supply Complex. Presently, well water is supplied to the South End (the area south of... More...
Date of Release: Oct 18, 2012


A team from Google Maps has just arrived in North Cowichan to begin collecting images of our extensive parks and trails network. The team will collect images by pedaling a tricycle along our most frequently-used trails. The tricycle is 4 feet by 4 fe... More...
Date of Release: Oct 16, 2012


Please be aware of the Fire Protection Bylaw (link located below). Backyard burning is permitted in all zones from March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15 with the following restrictions: - NO fire may be burned that produces heavy smo... More...
Date of Release: Oct 15, 2012


The Forestry Department has re-opened the gates to the Forest Reserve this afternoon. The forest fire danger rating has dropped with more cool and damp weather in the forecast. More...
Date of Release: Oct 12, 2012


Roundabout construction has been completed at the intersection of Chemainus Road/Victoria Road/Oak Street and is now open to thru traffic. Please note that Oak Street (between Daniel Street and Chemainus Road) will remain closed until further notice.... More...
Date of Release: Oct 04, 2012


On Wednesday, October 3, Council debated a motion to oppose projects that would increase oil tanker traffic in coastal waters. Two proposed projects, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver and the Enbridge pipeline to K... More...
Date of Release: Oct 04, 2012


At its September 19, regular meeting, North Cowichan Council made a definitive decision to build the new Chemainus Library on the old fire hall site. This Council and the previous Council had determined, after a comprehensive and consultative plannin... More...
Date of Release: Sep 20, 2012


The Sterling Ridge Fishing Dock was extended 20 feet into Quamichan Lake to form a T-shape. The dock will provide access to deeper water when visitors are fishing at the park. Sterling Ridge Park is located on Sterling Drive (just off Maple Bay Road)... More...
Date of Release: Sep 20, 2012


The Cowichan Aquatic Centre will be closing its doors starting on Saturday, August 18 for its annual maintenance shutdown. Access to the facility will be available as follows during the three weeks of shutdown: August 18 to 26 Entire facility clo... More...
Date of Release: Sep 08, 2012


On May 1, North Cowichan expanded curbside collection to include weekly pickup of kitchen organics. Containers with start-up kits were delivered in April to all residences that receive curbside service from the Municipality.Read More About the Progra... More...
Date of Release: Sep 03, 2012


On March 9, 2012, the Vancouver Sun published a letter from Kevin Clarke, President and CEO of Catalyst Paper, asking government to help retain local jobs in North Cowichan and other Catalyst communities. The Municipality of North Cowichan fully supp... More...
Date of Release: Sep 03, 2012


After hearing from over 200 citizens with 165 sustainability ideas, North Cowichan is in the final phase of its Climate Action and Energy Plan. Check out what's been done and what the next steps are for North Cowichan's sustainable future and sign up... More...
Date of Release: Sep 01, 2012


Get the info on all our new autumn recreation programs and classes, as well as all the autumn arena and pool schedules. You can pick the guide up at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre or Fuller Lake Arena or you can download it from the link below.Autumn Re... More...
Date of Release: Aug 20, 2012


The Municipality is excited to announce "Council Matters", a new regular feature to our website. On Thursdays, following each regularly-scheduled Wednesday Council meeting, find out what topics Council is currently debating and how their de... More...
Date of Release: Aug 17, 2012


North Cowichan is asking residents to submit their ideas, either in person or online, on the implementation of its “Climate Action and Energy Plan.” The plan will set targets and specific actions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, ... More...
Date of Release: Aug 05, 2012


On May 1, 2012, the Municipality of North Cowichan will expand its curbside collection to include kitchen organics. The new program, the “North Cowichan Kitchen Pitch-In”, will enable North Cowichan residents to easily and conveniently dispose of kit... More...
Date of Release: Aug 03, 2012


Residents of the Municipality of North Cowichan can pat themselves on the back!  By embracing kitchen organics collection residents have already made a huge dent in the amount of household garbage that has been collected.  Since the Kitchen... More...
Date of Release: Jul 06, 2012


W.O.R.M. (Waste Organizing & Reducing Machine) - that is the title each student receives after participating in North Cowichan’s Environmental Education Program.  This is the 13th year of the program which focuses on increasing students’ awa... More...
Date of Release: Jun 21, 2012


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Date of Release: Jun 18, 2012


Get the info on all our new summer recreation programs and classes, as well as all the summer camps for the kids. You can pick the guide up at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre or Fuller Lake Arena or you can download it from the link below.Summer Recreati... More...
Date of Release: May 11, 2012


Residents and businesses in North Cowichan were energy-saving leaders on March 31, as people across British Columbia shut off their electric lights, computers and appliances for “Earth Hour.”  Out of 91 BC participating communities, North Cowich... More...
Date of Release: May 04, 2012


The Municipality of North Cowichan is hiring summer students for positions in the following areas: - Civil Engineering Technology (Survey) - Environmental Program - Parks, Public Works and Utilities - Forestry - Planning and Development - Informa... More...
Date of Release: Apr 01, 2012


On January 25, 2012, the Municipality of North Cowichan issued a media release noting that the main challenge facing the Municipality is its reliance on taxes collected from Class 4 - Major Industry. Council is concerned that one taxpayer, currently ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 29, 2012


This April, the Municipality of North Cowichan will host a series of five Open Houses at venues throughout the area. These drop-in community events will give residents an opportunity to learn about the new “Kitchen Pitch-In” Organics Collection Progr... More...
Date of Release: Mar 28, 2012


Residents are invited to provide their feedback on whether the Municipality should set aside a portion of the property at Mountain View Cemetery (located on Somenos Road) for green burials. A green burial is designed to sensitively lay someone to res... More...
Date of Release: Mar 27, 2012


Please be aware of the Fire Protection Bylaw (link located below). Backyard burning is permitted in all zones from March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15 with the following restrictions: - NO fire may be burned that produces heavy smo... More...
Date of Release: Mar 23, 2012


The Rotary Club of Duncan has announced its adoption of the Friendship (Siiye`yu) Trail from Sherman Road to Green Road, volunteering to clean up litter along the busy stretch of trail that leads from the Cowichan Commons (at the south-west corner of... More...
Date of Release: Jan 31, 2012


UPDATE:  Council's next budget discussion will occur on Monday, February 6, 2012, from 6pm to 9pm. Council invites residents to attend to listen to the discussion. There will be opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and to p... More...
Date of Release: Jan 25, 2012


The Supreme Court of Canada released its Reasons for Judgment earlier today dismissing Catalyst Paper Corporation’s appeal to have a municipal taxation bylaw set aside on the basis that it was unreasonable with regard to objective factors such as con... More...
Date of Release: Jan 20, 2012


North Cowichan residents will soon have an easier commute thanks to an investment of over $5 million from Canada’s Gas Tax Fund to replace the Chemainus River Bridge. “Our Government is proud to deliver permanent annual infrastructure funding for mun... More...
Date of Release: Jan 19, 2012