By David Slade
In 2007 and 2008 a referendum passed by voters in the CVRD created a Parks Acquisition fund to purchase and preserve land throughout the region. The referendum allowed for an annual levy of approximately $5 per $100,000 of property value. A mere $25 per year on a property valued at $500,000. If applied throughout the CVRD, this levy would now raise approximately $1.4 million per year.
How fast do we need to reduce greenhouse emissions – locally, provincially and nationally - to do our fair part in responding to the global climate emergency?
Lately answering the “how fast” question seems to have almost everybody clambering aboard the "net-zero emissions by 2050” train: governments, big business, investors, even oil, gas and mining companies. The BC NDP even campaigned on it in our recent provincial election.Read more
One Cowichan asked our supporter list what issues matter to them this provincial election. Based on the responses, we asked all six local candidates for the major parties in the Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo-North Cowichan ridings to respond to seven questions. We know there isn’t a perfect political party, so our goal is to focus on our local candidates and provide local voters with information about where those candidates stand on the issues that matter to local people and to inspire and motivate everyone to vote. The candidates’ answers we received are posted here verbatim without commentary. Here are the questions and their answers:Read more