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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Mill Bay Age-Friendly Project Kicks Off

Mill Bay Age-Friendly Project Kicks Off

 

Mill Bay, BC - Did you know by 2036, over 30% of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) population will be over the age of 65? Age-friendly communities don’t just benefit seniors; th...

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Consultations Culminate in Cowichan Business Leaders Breakfast

Consultations Culminate in Cowichan Business Leaders Breakfast

 

Duncan, BC – Economic Development partners in Cowichan are bringing their consultations with more than 60 business leaders in six major sectors to the forefront on Tuesday, Apr...

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Supreme Court of BC Upholds Decision of CVRD

Supreme Court of BC Upholds Decision of CVRD

Duncan, BC – On March 24, the Supreme Court of BC ruled on a case between Talia McKenzie and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) in relation to a projec...

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Grants Support Water Initiatives in the Cowichan Region

Grants Support Water Initiatives in the Cowichan Region 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has received three Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) grants from the Federal and Provincial governments. These projects ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Board of Directors Announced

Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Board of Directors Announced

 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is pleased to announce the group of community leaders who will develop the vision for the 2018 BC Summer Games, to be held in t...

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Bings Creek Recycling Centre Solar PV Demonstration Project

Bings Creek Recycling Centre Solar PV Demonstration Project

 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has completed the installation of its first solar photovoltaic (PV) system which converts energy from the sun into useful elec...

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

Residents Donate $15,993 to Charities by Recycling at CVRD Recycling Centres

Residents Donate $15,993 to Charities by Recycling at CVRD Recycling Centres

 

Duncan, BC – When refundable beverage containers are recycled at Bings Creek Recycling Centre in Duncan and Peerless Road Recycling Centre in Ladysmith, all deposi...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Cowichan Valley Commuter Transit Survey

Cowichan Valley Commuter Transit Survey

The CVRD and BC Transit want to hear from you! We are seeking input from Cowichan Valley Commuter transit users to help us plan future changes. Please participate in the online survey open from February 27 &...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

USW Union Contract Negotiations Conclude

USW Union Contract Negotiations Conclude

 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1-1937 are pleased to announce the ratification of a new Collective Agreement. The three year agreement...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Unpaid Utility Fees Transferred to Property Taxes

Unpaid Utility Fees Transferred to Property Taxes 

Statements mailed

Under the Local Government Act the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is required on December 31 to transfer to taxes any outstanding balances on utility accounts to the Provinc...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Community Input Sought on Cowichan Watershed and Role of CVRD

Community Input Sought on Cowichan Watershed and Role of CVRD

Duncan, BC – When the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) asked residents for their top priorities in the 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey, drinking water was named as the numbe...

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Regional Partners Complete Sector Consultations as a Lead Up to Business Leaders Breakfast

Regional Partners Complete Sector Consultations as a Lead Up to Business Leaders Breakfast

 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Business Leaders’ Round Table Series is opening up a new level of dialogue with the business community, following di...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

New Rebates for Clean Cowichan Air

New Rebates for Clean Cowichan Air 

 

Duncan, BC – To support cleaner home heating, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), with funding from the BC Ministry of Environment and the BC Lung Association, offers a Woodstove Exchange ...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

CVRD Meetings Cancelled Due to Winter Storm Warning

CVRD Meetings Cancelled Due to Winter Storm Warning

 

Duncan, BC – Due to the winter storm warning issued by Environment Canada all meeting scheduled at the Cowichan Valley Regional District office for Wednesday, February 8 have been cancelled.

Th...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Court Order for Bylaw Infractions

Court Order for Bylaw Infractions 

Duncan, BC – The BC Supreme Court has issued a Court Order against the owner of a property at 4370 Kingscote Road. The Court Order declares the respondent (a local builder) has contravened the Cowichan Val...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

PlaceSpeak Launches in Cowichan

January 10, 2017, Cowichan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and its member municipalities are excited to announce the launch of PlaceSpeak, an online location-based citizen engagement platform, for consulting with residents on an o...

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

Cowichan District Hospital replacement one step closer

Cowichan District Hospital replacement one step closer

COWICHAN VALLEY - A new hospital for the Cowichan Valley is one step closer as the Ministry of Health has formally approved a request from Island Health and the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital Distri...

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Posted on: January 12, 2017

Cowichan Residents Love Life in the Valley

Cowichan Residents Love Life in the Valley 

 

Duncan, BC – Residents in the Cowichan Valley are feeling pretty good about their quality of life. A Community Satisfaction Survey that was conducted on behalf of the Cowichan Valley Regional Dist...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Meade Creek Recycling Centre Upgrades and Remediation

Duncan BC - Work will soon start on the Meade Creek Recycling Centre near Youbou to upgrade the facility to current environmental and safety standards.

The site operated as a garbage incinerator starting in the 1970s. In the late 1990s the incinerator was ...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Got a Dog? Get a licence.

Got a Dog? Get a licence. 

 

Duncan, BC – With a new year comes a new request to dog owners to get their dog licensed. While some people resist licensing as they do not understand the benefits, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVR...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Nanaimo Airport Commission Call For Nominations

Nanaimo Airport Commission Call For Nominations

 The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is seeking expressions of interest from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for nomination as a member of the Board of the Nanaimo Airport C...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

CVRD Files Leave to Supreme Court of Canada

CVRD Files Leave to Supreme Court of Canada 

 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) filed an application for leave of the Supreme Court of Canada on December 29, 2016 in relation to the South Island Aggregates (SIA)...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

CVRD Mourns Loss of Rob Patterson, Malahat Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief and Public Safety Ch

CVRD Mourns Loss of Rob Patterson, Malahat Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief and Public Safety Champion 

Duncan, BC - It is with great sadness the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) marks the loss of our extraordinary volunteer - Fire Chief R...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Cowichan Valley Offers Upgraded Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Cowichan Valley Offers Upgraded Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

 

Duncan, BC - Using electric vehicles in the Cowichan Valley became even easier through an upgrade to the public fast charge electric vehicle station at Island Savings Centr...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

December 14 Board Meeting Summary

1. Board Chair and Vice-Chair Election

The Board elected Jon Lefebure, North Cowichan Director, as Board Chair and Bob Day, Lake Cowichan Director, as Vice-Chair for a period ending November 2017.

 

2. Vancouver Island Regional Library Board Appoin...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

CVRD Adopts 2017 Budget

CVRD Adopts 2017 Budget 

 

Duncan, BC – The 2017 Budget for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) was adopted by the Board of Directors at its December 14 meeting. The overall tax increase across the Regional District is six per ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Earns CVRD an Honourable Mention

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Earns CVRD an Honourable Mention 

 

Duncan, BC - The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) received an Honourable Mention from the BC Community Energy Association at the Union of British Columbia Municipa...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

BC Court of Appeal Overturns BC Supreme Court Regarding Landfill Facility

BC Court of Appeal Overturns BC Supreme Court Regarding Landfill Facility

Duncan, BC – The BC Court of Appeal allowed the appeals of Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH), South Island Aggregates (SIA) and South Island Resource Management (SIRM) finding that the ...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2016

Legal Proceedings Underway for Bylaw Infractions

Legal Proceedings Underway for Bylaw Infractions

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has started a petition in the BC Supreme Court against a property at 3170/3172 Shawnigan Lake Road. The CVRD is requesting a declaration that th...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Video Aimed at Taking the Confusion Out of Recycling

New Video Aimed at Taking the Confusion Out of Recycling Duncan, BC - 

Unsure what to put in your curbside recycling? The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) recently released a short video as part of the Recycle 2.0 Recycle Right at the Curb cam...

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Posted on: October 18, 2016

Budget Open Houses Planned Throughout Cowichan Valley

Budget Open Houses Planned Throughout Cowichan Valley

Duncan, BC – The draft 2017 Budget for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has now been tabled to the Board of Directors.

In coming weeks, CVRD staff and elected officials will be holdi...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2016

October 12 Board Meeting Summary

1. New Hospital Concept Plan
Chair Jon Lefebure provided an update of his meeting with the Minister of Health regarding the new Cowichan Regional Hospital. This meeting was held at the Union of BC Municipalities Conference in Victoria. The Minister indic...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Cowichan Groups Collaborate on Business Outreach

Cowichan Groups Collaborate on Business Outreach

Duncan, BC – Cowichan economic development and business organizations are forging a new partnership to consult with local businesses and help support their future development. Starting in early November,...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

BC Government Requests for Comments on Two-Tier Hydro Rate

The following notice is provided on behalf of the Province of BC

Request for Comments
Residential two-tier electricity rates

Most residents in BC pay for electricity on a two-tier rate (known as a residential inclining block rate or a residential c...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Find out What the Cowichan Valley is Recycling and Putting in the Garbage

Find out What the Cowichan Valley is Recycling and Putting in the Garbage

Duncan, BC – Each year, regional districts in BC are required to report on how much garbage and recycling was produced and managed within its district. The data used to calculate...Read on...

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Climate Change Hits Home in Cowichan Valley Where High-volume Water Pumps will Prevent Cowichan Rive

Climate Change Hits Home in Cowichan Valley Where High-volume Water Pumps will Prevent Cowichan River from Running Dry

Cowichan Lake, (B.C.) – The Cowichan Tribes, Catalyst Paper, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and community supporters ca...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Cowichan Valley Returns to Stage 1 Water Restrictions

Cowichan Valley Returns to Stage 1 Water Restrictions

With the arrival of fall comes cooler temperatures and increased rainfall. The province has downgraded the drought level to Level 2 for East Vancouver Island, including the Cowichan Valley. As a res...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2016

New Ladysmith - Duncan Route highlights October 3 Transit Changes

New Route 36 Ladysmith – Duncan Express is the result of ridership demand for faster and more direct connections. It will make three return trips daily, Monday through Friday, to enable commuting and shopping connections between the two communities, and t...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

CVRD Board Advocates for Regional Issues at Union of BC Municipalities Conference

CVRD Board Advocates for Regional Issues at Union of BC Municipalities Conference

Duncan, BC – For five days this week, members of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board will be at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Conference in Victor...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Community Satisfaction Survey Launches in Cowichan Valley

Community Satisfaction Survey Launches in Cowichan Valley

Duncan, BC - When your phone rings it could be someone calling to ask you about life in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).

The CVRD is working with NRG Research Group to conduct a...Read on...

Take part in the Community Satisfaction Survey
Posted on: September 21, 2016

Shawnigan Lake West Arm Lands Secured for Park Dedication

Shawnigan Lake West Arm Lands Secured for Park Dedication

Shawnigan Lake - The initiative of a Shawnigan Lake developer, Trestle Estates, has secured environmentally sensitive lands around the west arm of Shawnigan Lake as protected parkland by the Cow...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Summary of September 14 Board Meeting

Board Summary

From the September 14, 2016 Regular Meeting

In This Edition:

1. Cowichan Watershed Board2. Completion of Cowichan Valley Trail - Malahat Connection Project
3. Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid4. Chemanius Library Borrowing
5. ...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Couches and Armchairs Collected for Recycling at CVRD Recycling Centres

Couches and Armchairs Collected for Recycling at CVRD Recycling Centres

Duncan, BC – When you no longer have a use for your lumpy couch or old armchair, you can give them a new start by dropping them off at a Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) r...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment

Fire Rescue Departments Collaborate – Communities Helping Communities

Duncan, BC - Six volunteer fire departments catch the vision “Communities Helping Communities” in a unique collaboration to recruit, train and retain firefighters within the Cowichan...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2016

Boil Water Notice Lifted for Youbou Water System

Boil Water Notice Lifted for Youbou Water System

The boil water notice for the Youbou Water System has been cancelled. Follow-up water sampling results indicate no bacteria is present.

As the follow-up water sampling results are clean, it is likely ...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Recycle 2.0: Are you a Gold Star Recycler?

Recycle 2.0: Are you a Gold Star Recycler?

Putting the wrong thing in your curbside recycling tote might seem like a small issue, but it is a big problem in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).

“Our region has the highest rate of contamina...Read on...

Learn more about Recycle 2.0
Posted on: August 29, 2016

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority and FortisBC Inc. Residential Inclining Block Rate Report

The BC Utilities Commission has been asked to report on the impact of BC Hydro and FortisBC residential inclining block electricity rates on customers without access to natural gas. The deadline for public feedback has been extended to September 2.

See attached letter from BC Utilities Commission
Posted on: September 1, 2016

Boil Water Notice Youbou Water System

Due to a recent sampling result, the CVRD and Island Health are instituting a boil water notice for the Youbou Water System effective immediately.

All water used for domestic purposes (eg drinking, cooking and brushing teeth) should be brought to a rol...Read on...

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Posted on: August 13, 2016

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Mesachie Lake Water

The boil water advisory for the Mesachie Lake water system has been lifted.

Testing of samples taken from the same location both before and after chlorination indicated no bacterial counts. As a result, chlorine currently in the system will be allowed ...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2016

August 10 Board meeting summary

1. Transit Passes for New Refugees
The Board approved up to an additional 20 complimentary adult and 30 complimentary student monthly transit passes be provided to new refugees in the Cowichan Valley during the period of January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2016

Island Savings’ Sponsorship for Naming Rights, Not Operational Decision Making

Island Savings’ Sponsorship for Naming Rights, Not Operational Decision Making

Duncan, BC – Since the decision was made by the Island Savings Centre Commission to remove the large maple tree on James Street, some opponents have been voicing their conce...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2016

Boil Water Advisory Mesachie Lake Water Systems Users

Due to a recent sampling result, the CVRD and Island Health are instituting a boil water advisory for the Mesachie Lake Water System effective immediately. Also, the CVRD will initiate temporary chlorination of the water system as a precautionary measure ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Island Savings Centre Commission Considers Legal Action

Island Savings Centre Commission Considers Legal Action

Duncan – The removal of the maple tree at Island Savings Centre scheduled for today has been delayed due to protestors entering the work site.

The decision by the Island Savings Centre Commiss...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2016

$15,000 Awarded for Action on Clean Air

Did you know “communities in the Cowichan region are among the 20 worst in the province for air pollution levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5),” according to the BC Lung Association’s 2016 state of the air report?

The PlanH program has recognized ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Island Savings Centre Commission Approves Removal of Big Leaf Maple Tree

Island Savings Centre Commission Approves Removal of Big Leaf Maple Tree

Duncan, BC – At a special meeting held this afternoon, the Island Savings Centre Commission passed the following motion:

“That the Big Leaf Maple Tree be removed and the redesi...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Plans Set For Maple Tree Removal

Plans Set For Maple Tree Removal

Duncan, BC - Following a final decision by the Island Savings Centre Commission at a special meeting on July 26, the maple tree on James Street is set to be removed the morning of Friday, August 5.

In response to req...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2016

July 13 Board Summary

From the July 13, 2016 CVRD Board Regular Meeting

In This Edition:

1. Legend Recreation Software
2. Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Vice-President3. Electoral Area Grants-in-Aid
4. Transit Skate and Swim Pass Program5. 2016 UBCM Convention Minis...Please read on for the meeting summary...

Posted on: June 16, 2016

Drought Conditions Continue Despite Cooler Weather

Drought Conditions Continue Despite Cooler Weather

Duncan, BC – As the Cowichan Valley enters the summer months, water resources are under increasing demand. However, residents are to be congratulated for lowering their water consumption after the Sta...Read on...

Drought information
Posted on: June 29, 2016

Island Savings Centre to Host Community Conversation About the Maple Tree

Island Savings Centre to Host Community Conversation About the Maple Tree

Duncan, BC – In recent days, many residents in the Cowichan Valley have expressed their opinions regarding the future of the maple tree at Island Savings Centre. At a special mee...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2016

New Parking Lot for Island Savings Centre

New Parking Lot for Island Savings Centre

Duncan, BC - Island Savings Centre has received the go ahead from The Municipality of North Cowichan to overhaul the main parking lot at the west entrance of the building. A paving study, conducted in 2015, co...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Stage 2 Water Restrictions Now in Effect

Effective immediately, Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect for majority of communities across the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). These restrictions are the result of the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island currently being at drought level...Read on...

Drought information
Posted on: June 9, 2016

Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games President Appointed

In the summer of 2018, the Cowichan Valley will welcome over 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials from communities across BC as it hosts the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. Leading the volunteer board as it prepares for the games will be Jennifer Woike, ...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Five Year Financial Plan Amendment Process Underway

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is in the process of amending its 2016-2020 five year Financial Plan to include 2016 budget adjustments approved by Committees and Commissions subsequent to the CVRD Board of Directors’ (the Board) December 09,...Read on...

Proposed Amended 2016 - 2020 5 Year Financial Plan

Posted on: February 9, 2017

Curbside Collection Update: Disruptions Caused by Winter Weather

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 Curbside Collection Service Disruptions Due To Winter Weather

In the event that curbside collection is affected by inclement weather, please hold on to your recycling and/or garbage until your next scheduled collection day, when additional material w...

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Posted on: August 25, 2016

Campfires Banned In Coastal Fire Centre

No Campfires

Prohibited:
- campfires- open fires in an outdoor stove
- tiki torches- fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages
- binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

Permitted:- ULC or CSA-rated cooking ...Read on...

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