2015 Archives

The December 16th Council meeting was a relatively short one, taking less than two hours. Paul Fletcher of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) appeared as a delegation to talk about WildWings 2016. This fall festival, celebrating nature, wildli... More...
Date of Release: Dec 17, 2015


Please note that Municipal Hall (located at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway) will be closed over the Holiday Season from 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 24, 2015 up to and including Friday, January 1, 2016.  Regular office hours of 8:30 am ... More...
Date of Release: Dec 08, 2015


On December 2, a Special Council Meeting was held at 12:30 p.m. to present a Freedom of the Municipality Award. Former Councillor George Seymour, who served for 15 years on North Cowichan Council and 9 years on the CVRD Board, became only the ten... More...
Date of Release: Dec 04, 2015


(December 2, 2015, North Cowichan, BC) – North Cowichan Council has conferred Freedom of the Municipality on former Councillor George W. Seymour at a Special Council meeting held on December 2, 2015.View the full news release.Watch the ceremony on Co... More...
Date of Release: Dec 02, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is extending the road construction activities that have been underway on Maple Mountain since November 9, 2015. Construction is now anticipated to conclude on December 15, 2015. Road building will be conducted by th... More...
Date of Release: Nov 30, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The purpose of the meeting is to publicl... More...
Date of Release: Nov 24, 2015


The Regular Council meeting on November 18 began with three delegations speaking to air quality, health and airshed planning in our area. Dr. Hasselback, our Regional Medical Health Officer, gave an overview indicating that we do face serious issues,... More...
Date of Release: Nov 20, 2015


Five inductees were added to the North Cowichan – Duncan Sports Wall of Fame at induction ceremonies held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.   The Municipality of North Cowichan congratulates the inductees and ... More...
Date of Release: Nov 17, 2015


Starting January 4, 2016, the Municipality of North Cowichan’s Operations Department will be transitioning their rental rates for equipment to match those as found in the Province of BC’s Equipment Rental Rate Guide (the “Blue Book”). If required, fu... More...
Date of Release: Nov 12, 2015


Are you passionate about parks and trails? The Municipality of North Cowichan is launching a process to create a single, unifiedParks and Trails Master Plan to guide decisions around the parks and trails system in the Municipality, and we want to hea... More...
Date of Release: Nov 12, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is beginning road construction activities on Maple Mountain on November 9, 2015. The purpose of this road building is to add approximately 400 metres of new road off of the existing roads M-600 and M-620 for future ... More...
Date of Release: Nov 09, 2015


On November 4 at 1:30 p.m., North Cowichan Council met in a session that ended at 6 pm. The meeting began with two Public Hearings—one concerning the proposed rezoning of 3326 Creegan Drive to facilitate zoning for a community care facility, and ... More...
Date of Release: Nov 09, 2015


North Cowichan Municipal Council has decided to name the Chemainus lands commonly referred to as “Echo Heights” in recognition of the Penelakut people. The park will be named the “Wul’aam’ (Echo) Park.” Wul’aam’ (pronounced “wool-ahm”) is a Hul’qumi’... More...
Date of Release: Nov 09, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan will be carrying out construction of a berm at the end of Seine Road in order to provide flood protection to some residences at the end of Seine Road. This construction is expected to take place over a period of 5 w... More...
Date of Release: Oct 22, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan will be carrying out construction of a dike south of Rosewood in order to provide flood protection to some residences along Rosewood Avenue. This construction is expected to take place over a period of 17 weeks and ... More...
Date of Release: Oct 19, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is hoping to entice Rowing Canada to locate a new National Rowing Centre of Excellence in our community to complement its existing training facilities. Read the completenews release. More...
Date of Release: Oct 14, 2015


The Chemainus Water System is supplied by two sources, the Chemainus River Wells water supply from October 15 to June 15, and from the Banon Creek surface water supply from June 15 to October 15. On Wednesday, October 15, the water supply for the Che... More...
Date of Release: Oct 09, 2015


The North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame will have five new inductees in 2015.  The inductees will be honoured at an induction ceremony on Saturday, November 14 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.  (Seecomplete News Release.) More...
Date of Release: Oct 08, 2015


Don't Burn If You Don't Have To!As an alternative to burning, the Municipality encourages you to compost at home or take your yard waste (year-round, free of charge) to one of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) solid waste man... More...
Date of Release: Oct 06, 2015


Watering restrictions remain in effect until October 31, 2015, but with significant increases in water storage at Lake Cowichan, substantial reductions in water demand from municipal water systems, and precipitation forecasted well into the foreseeab... More...
Date of Release: Oct 06, 2015


(September 24, 2015, North Cowichan) - On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver, BC, the Municipality of North Cowichan’s University Village Local Area Plan (UVLAP) won a Co... More...
Date of Release: Sep 24, 2015


The July 30 notice regarding algae bloom on Somenos Lake (near the Drinkwater Road fishing dock), has been cancelled. There is no longer a concern to the public. More...
Date of Release: Sep 22, 2015


On Wednesday, September 16, North Cowichan Council held a Regular Council Meeting from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Some highlights of the meeting included: • adoption of a Bylaw to rezone the old Maple Bay Elementary school to permit a mix of ... More...
Date of Release: Sep 18, 2015


Watering restrictions remain in effect until October 31, 2015, but with the recent rainfall, the low streamflow advisory has ended and the provincial drought level for Vancouver Island has been downgraded. Considering this, along with a wet weather f... More...
Date of Release: Sep 16, 2015


The public had the opportunity to attend anAmerican Bullfrog presentationby Purnima Govindarajulu, a scientist and small-mammal specialist with the Ministry of Environment, during the September 28 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. Some of the i... More...
Date of Release: Sep 16, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The purpose of the meeting is to award the... More...
Date of Release: Sep 14, 2015


On Wednesday, September 2, Council sat for over five hours to deal with a variety of issues. The meeting began with a delegation from Parkside Academy. After gaining a fuller understanding of its operation as a non-profit early learning centre, ... More...
Date of Release: Sep 04, 2015


As of 2 p.m. on August 31, 2015, the Municipal Forest Reserve gates for Mt. Prevost, Mt. Sicker, and Grace Road have been opened. More...
Date of Release: Aug 31, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan (MNC) submitted an application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) on March 31, 2015, to amend the existing BCEAO Certificate #W09-01 to be able to run the Chemainus Wells year round.  Presently, ... More...
Date of Release: Aug 28, 2015


The Council meeting on August 19 began with North Cowichan's Manager of Information Services presenting our new waste wizard and curbside collection schedule look-up service. Our customers can now access a number of new tools to view their ... More...
Date of Release: Aug 26, 2015


Beginning Saturday, August 15, the pool side of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre will be closed to the public for the annual maintenance shutdown. There are approximately half a million visits to the Aquatic Centre each year. The shutdown is required in o... More...
Date of Release: Aug 14, 2015


North Cowichan, BC -- As part of a long-term facilities vision, Rowing Canada is considering the development of a new National Rowing Centre of Excellence to complement its current training facilities. A number of potential locations throughout South... More...
Date of Release: Aug 11, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is advising the public of a blue-green algae bloom at Somenos Lake near the Drinkwater Road fishing dock. Lake visitors are advised to avoid areas near the visible blue-green sheen, which appears as surface scum on ... More...
Date of Release: Jul 30, 2015


The Director of Development Services gives notice that the Municipality of North Cowichan proposes to issues a Temporary Use Permit for 2003 University Way.  Read the full details in theattached notice. More...
Date of Release: Jul 24, 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 21, 2015 NORTH COWICHAN, BC – At approximately 2:44 p.m. on July 20, 2015, the North Cowichan Fire Department, South End Hall, responded to a report of a brush fire at the Duncan Meadows Golf Course on Cowichan Vall... More...
Date of Release: Jul 21, 2015


Released at 5:10 p.m. on July 20, 2015 - At about 3:30 p.m. today North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith, and Sahtlam firefighters, along with assistance from the Ministry of Forests, were called to fight a wildfire along the Cowichan Va... More...
Date of Release: Jul 20, 2015


Issued at 6 p.m. on July 20, 2015 - The wildfire on Highway 18 has been extinguished and fire suppression resources are on standby. The site will be monitored overnight. More...
Date of Release: Jul 20, 2015


Issued at 5:45 p.m. on July 20, 2015 - At approximately 4 p.m. today, a second brushfire (approximately 30 metres by 30 metres) was reported on Osborne Bay Road near Escarpment Way. Crofton firefighters responded and quickly brought the fire... More...
Date of Release: Jul 20, 2015


Council faced a long agenda on July 15. The meeting began with awards for winners of the annual Friends of the Environment Poster Contest. The contest is delivered through North Cowichan’s Environmental Education Program, established in 2000. Each ye... More...
Date of Release: Jul 17, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The purpose of the meeting is to complete b... More...
Date of Release: Jul 10, 2015


Thank you to everyone who attended the Crofton Local Area Plan public open house on June 9, 2015.  A summary of the responses to the questionnaires distributed at the open house has now been prepared, entitled “Here’s What You Said,” and has bee... More...
Date of Release: Jul 07, 2015


Until further notice, Stage 3 Water Use Restrictions will be in effect for Municipality of North Cowichan water systems (Chemainus, Crofton and South End) starting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Water Conservation and Water Use Restriction information i... More...
Date of Release: Jul 06, 2015


As per section 10(2) of the Fire Protection Bylaw and in addition to the present open burning ban, a campfire ban will be imposed for the Municipality of North Cowichan, effective at noon on June 26, 2015 until further notice.  Th... More...
Date of Release: Jun 26, 2015


Council met on June 17 to deal with a variety of topics. The meeting began with awards for the North Cowichan Value-added Woodworking Contest. The three winners, Lincoln Rae, Evan Lachmanec, and Jared Popma each created a unique footstool out of Doug... More...
Date of Release: Jun 22, 2015


BC Hydro will be coordinating the removal of the Lombardi Poplar trees at the Sherman Road Park (adjacent to the David "Williams" field), commencing Monday, June 22. A native species of tree will be replanted.  For more detai... More...
Date of Release: Jun 19, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is undertaking routine watermain flushing in various areas of the South End water system between Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, June 30, inclusive.  Users may experience some chlorine odour and flavour. There may ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 18, 2015


June 17, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​North Cowichan - Users of the Chemainus Water System are advised that the Boil Water Notification has been cancelled effective at 11:50 a.m., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and the water is no... More...
Date of Release: Jun 17, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The principal purpose of the meeting is to ho... More...
Date of Release: Jun 15, 2015


June 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​​North Cowichan, BC - In consultation with Island Health (VIHA), the Municipality has decided to issue a Boil Water Notification for the Chemainus Water System as a precautionary measu... More...
Date of Release: Jun 15, 2015


Until further notice, Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions will be in effect for all Municipality of North Cowichan Water Systems (Chemainus, Crofton and South End) starting on Monday, June 15, 2015. Water Conservation and Water Use Restriction information... More...
Date of Release: Jun 10, 2015


The recent and ongoing warm and dry weather has increased the forest fire hazard. In order to protect the Municipal Forest Reserve, the forestry gates will be locked starting from Friday, June 5, until further notice. Ar... More...
Date of Release: Jun 05, 2015


At its June 3 regular meeting, Council received the2014 Annual Municipal Report. Within its 93 pages, there is a wealth of historical, financial, and other information about the Municipality, including significant accomplishments and projects complet... More...
Date of Release: Jun 05, 2015


North Cowichan Council invites members of the public to attend an open house to view the final University Village Local Area Plan and provide feedback before it considers adopting "University Village Local Area Plan Bylaw", No. 3582. Counci... More...
Date of Release: Jun 04, 2015


NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS - 2015 PROPERTY TAX NOTICESProperty tax notices have been mailed. If you have not received your 2015 tax notice, please contact the Municipal Hall at 250.746.3100. Payments must be received by 4:30 pm July 2, 2015, to be accep... More...
Date of Release: Jun 01, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The principal purpose of the meeting is to und... More...
Date of Release: May 29, 2015


With dry conditions upon us, the City of Duncan, Municipality of North Cowichan, Town of Ladysmith, Town of Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Valley Regional District, and Cowichan Tribes have collaborated to align watering restrictions throughout the Cowichan... More...
Date of Release: May 27, 2015


The May 20 Regular Council meeting began with Inspector Ray Carfantan presenting the Quarterly Report on the activities of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment. The Prolific Offender Management Program and Domestic Viole... More...
Date of Release: May 21, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan, in partnership with BC Hydro, FortisBC and City Green Solutions, is launching BETTER OFF North Cowichan this month.  This community-based energy conservation initiative is aimed at improving the energy efficie... More...
Date of Release: May 19, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The purpose of the meeting is to review the lis... More...
Date of Release: May 13, 2015


Council met on May 6 with a very full agenda. A Public Meeting was held to consider a Development Variance Permit that would facilitate subdivision and conversion of an existing duplex into two residences, each with their own lot, under a party ... More...
Date of Release: May 08, 2015


(May 5, 2015, North Cowichan) – Residents of North Cowichan will now be eligible for a rebate when buying select high-efficiency washing machines under the new “Better Off North Cowichan” initiative.Read full news release. . . More...
Date of Release: May 05, 2015


(May 4, 2015, North Cowichan) - A 1984 Mack Pumper Truck, retired from North Cowichan’s Fire Rescue Service last year, has been donated to Firefighters Without Borders Canada. The truck, which served the community of Crofton for 30 years, is being tr... More...
Date of Release: May 04, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. The purpose of the meeting is to consider:... More...
Date of Release: Apr 20, 2015


Nominations are now being accepted for the North Cowichan/Duncan Sports Wall of Fame.Read full news release. More...
Date of Release: Apr 20, 2015


On April 15, the Council Chambers was filled by citizens interested in knowing the future of the synthetic turf proposed for the Sherman Road soccer field. Council had delayed a decision pending a report from Island Health regarding possible hea... More...
Date of Release: Apr 17, 2015


The Director of Development Services gives notice that the North Cowichan Council will consider issuance of a Development Variance Permit during its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 7030 Tra... More...
Date of Release: Apr 13, 2015


The Director of Development Services gives notice that the North Cowichan Council will consider issuance of a Development Variance Permit during its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 7030 Tra... More...
Date of Release: Apr 08, 2015


On April 1, the Regular Council meeting began with a delegation led by Dr. Hasselback, Medical Health Officer. He presented the 2013 Local Health Area Profile - Cowichan. Of the many statistics presented, it was notable that there is a much higher ra... More...
Date of Release: Apr 08, 2015


(April 1, 2015, Chemainus) The Municipality of North Cowichan Council has recognized Larry Irving’s commitment and dedication to baseball by renaming a Chemainus Ball Park field in his honour. Formerly referred to as the Babe Ruth diamond, the field ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 31, 2015


(March 26, 2015, North Cowichan) In preparation for Earth Hour, a worldwide event that encourages people to reduce their energy consumption for one hour, the Municipality of North Cowichan is urging all residents to join the global challenge and swit... More...
Date of Release: Mar 26, 2015


(March 20, 2015, North Cowichan) Each year, North Cowichan's Municipal Forestry Program donates three logging truck loads of firewood to three different Cowichan Valley-based groups supporting children and/or youth living primarily in the North Cowic... More...
Date of Release: Mar 20, 2015


Water conservation, a special thank you to a local club for their clean-up efforts, information about the Forest Legacy bursaries and scholarship, water treatment plant tours during Water Week, and an invitation to meet with the Mayor,... More...
Date of Release: Mar 20, 2015


On March 18, Council met for 6 1/2 hours. The meeting started with two complementary delegations, the first being Carol Donnelly of the Crofton Seniors' Society. She talked about the need for seniors in Crofton to have age-appropriate affordable... More...
Date of Release: Mar 20, 2015


The Director of Development Services gives notice that the Municipality of North Cowichan proposes to issue a Temporary Use Permit for 2003 University Way.  Read the full details in theattached notice. More...
Date of Release: Mar 13, 2015


North Cowichan Municipal Council is looking for volunteers to serve on three committees: The Agricultural Advisory Committee advises Council on ways to oversee implementation of North Cowichan's Strategic Agricultural Plan; assist local agri... More...
Date of Release: Mar 12, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. More...
Date of Release: Mar 12, 2015


The March 4 regular meeting of Council began with two delegations. First, Trevor Hughes, of Coastal Animal Control Services, presented his 2014 summary which reported that his staff attended 456 complaints on our behalf. Next, Julie Scurr, ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 06, 2015


Don't Burn If You Don't Have To!As an alternative to burning, the Municipality encourages you to compost at home or take your yard waste (year-round, free of charge) to one of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) solid waste man... More...
Date of Release: Mar 06, 2015


The Director of Development Services gives notice that the North Cowichan Council will consider issuance of a Development Variance Permit during its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 7030 ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 02, 2015


A message from a local developer, an invitation to meet with the Mayor, and news about the grand opening of the new skate park in Chemainus are featured in this month'sNorth Cowichan Update. North Cowichan Updates are published monthly. Sig... More...
Date of Release: Feb 20, 2015


On February 18, Council faced an agenda that was unusually lacking in controversial issues. The meeting began with Kathleen Sheppard's presentation of Social Planning Cowichan's Annual  Report for 2014 and priorities for 2015. Through research o... More...
Date of Release: Feb 19, 2015


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. More...
Date of Release: Feb 06, 2015


Council faced another lengthy meeting on February 4, starting with four delegations: 1) Inspector Carfantan presented the RCMP Quarterly Report which featured an excellent update on the Prolific Offender Management Program which is a key componen... More...
Date of Release: Feb 06, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to have achieved another milestone in the Partners for Climate Protection program. Read the full news release here:North Cowichan Achieves a Climate Protection Milestone  More...
Date of Release: Feb 03, 2015


The public is invited to attend the Bonsall Creek Watershed Management Plan Open House to learn more about the planning process and how they can contribute. The open house is Thursday, February 19, 2015. Click the link forcomplete details. More...
Date of Release: Feb 02, 2015


North Cowichan Council invites you to attend a Public Open House to review the proposed 2015 – 2019 Financial Plan. Date:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Time:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location:  Council Chambers, Nort... More...
Date of Release: Jan 30, 2015


The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to announce the opening of the Chemainus Skate Park. The 7,500 square foot park, designed with input from local users, was created to accommodate BMX bikes, scooters, in-line skates, skate boards, and use... More...
Date of Release: Jan 28, 2015


On January 21, Council met for six hours with a packed agenda. Up first was a presentation by Rob Belanger, General Manager for Catalyst's Crofton Division. He explained the ongoing financial challenges faced by the company and suggested any increase... More...
Date of Release: Jan 28, 2015


North Cowichan Municipal Council is looking for two volunteers to serve on the Chemainus Advisory Committee. Volunteers must be Chemainus residents or representatives of Chemainus organizations. The purpose of this Committee is to advise Council on&#... More...
Date of Release: Jan 09, 2015


(January 6, 2015, North Cowichan) – The Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan, and Cowichan Valley Regional District have agreed to discontinue the Cowichan Aquatic Centre (CAC) two-tier rate system. Effective immediately, anyone visiting th... More...
Date of Release: Jan 06, 2015