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Friday, January 20, 2012
Open schools create blizzard of complaints after snowfall
Tax revolt launched in North Cowichan Stop the spending: Watchdog group demands second look at municipal hall expansion as part of overall push for restraint
Snow day, no way: Parents say school district should have shut down operations Wednesday Krista Siefken
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espite heavy snowfall Cowichan’s public schools were opened Wednesday, earning a chilly reception from many families. School District 79 superintendent Joe Rhodes explained staff were investigating road conditions as early as 3 a.m. Wednesday, and Rhodes made the decision to keep schools open at 5:30 a.m. — before the worst of the snow had hit. “This morning at 5:30, everything was OK, so we pushed the go button — and then the skies opened,” Rhodes said on Wednesday. “From an organization perspective, we have more than 8,000 students and 1,100 staff, so it’s a big ship and once you hit that go button, it’s like trying to turn the Titanic around.” He explained that with more than half of the district’s students being at the elementary school level, there are issues around care. “Once parents have released them to the schools and the schools are open, we keep them at school until parents can pick them up.” Rhodes pegged attendance at the 40 to 50 per cent range on Wednesday, and said he’d received a fair share of calls from families upset school had not been cancelled. Parent Racheal Smith, for example, said her daughter — a Grade 9 student at Frances Kelsey Secondary School — felt pressured to get to the self-paced school to write an exam, but Smith was more concerned about safety. “I called the superintendent and he said it was the parents’ choice at this point — that’s not fair to put on the parents of children who are determined to get to school if the school is open,” she said. “To succeed at Kelsey you have to stay on track, and I am just really appalled that they’re opening the doors in this kind of weather. They said they made the decision at 5:30 a.m. when it wasn’t so bad, but I was up at 5:15 a.m. and it was really
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olding another vote about a $3-million municipal hall upgrade was among many cost-cutting suggestions handed to North Cowichan council by angry taxpayers Wednesday. “It seems everyone has their nose in the trough,” said Mike Hayhoe during a presentation by an informal taxpayer group. Hayhoe cited a 20 per cent municipal tax hike in the past four years as proof of spiraling municipal spending. Then he listed other projects and services that have left taxpayers some $23 million in debt without what he and others said considered acceptable public Scott Baker: input. vote on hall Buying Glen Harper Curling Centre, funding Cowichan Place, paving roundabouts, paying $2 million in annual pool costs, helping fund a $2.5-million visitor-information centre, employing 250 staffers, Andrew Leong and logging community forest lands at losses topped Tansor Elementary School student Irinveer Heer took advantage of the fresh snowfall on Wednesday to enjoyed some snowball Hayhoe’s list of woes. He and his supporters demanded council take acfun with his friends at the Sherman Road soccer Äeld. tion to control North Cowichan’s rising debt. Greg Gerbis suggested freezing a municipal coming down here in Mill Bay.” Wednesday’s weather also meant poor road payroll that’s hopped 21.5 per cent in the past two “I certainly recognize the concern, and we would conditions. years to $12.3 million. Part of that is due to increased never knowingly put kids and staff in harm’s “The weather obviously made driving pretty staf¿ng levels, but it also includes wages and bene¿t way,” Rhodes said. dif¿cult, but it appeared as though people were uplifts for North Cow’s unionized (2.5 and three per He stressed that staff alters instruction in these staying home if they didn’t have to venture out. In cent in 2012 and 2013) and non-union staff (three circumstances. addition to that, crews were on the roads salting per cent in 2012). “There are no repercussions for students — we and plowing as best they could, so it helped the “The public sector hasn’t seen wage increases for go into individual study mode. We don’t plow situation,” Cpl. Kevin Day, spokesman at the two or three years due to the economic downturn,” ahead with new curriculum, and teachers would North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said Gerbis said. simply reschedule tests if there happened to be one on Thursday. Scott Baker, meanwhile, said one immediate step that day. We don’t punish the kids for the snow “Apart from a few minor fender-benders, there could be a public vote about plans to expand the conditions.” were no major accidents in our detachment area.” municipal hall. Meanwhile, due to changing weather conditions, The exception was a single-vehicle rollover North Cowichan administrator Dave Devana said the Nanaimo, Parksville and Cowichan campuses incident at 2 a.m. on Jan. 18 on the Trans-Canada another municipal vote is possible, but Mayor Jon of Vancouver Island University were closed and Highway at Morton Way. Lefebure doubted it was probable. more on A7 all classes and activities cancelled for Jan. 18. more on A6 Head Of¿ce 951 A Canada Ave 250. 748.4847
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Sahtlam’s commercial crematorium faces closure
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SOUTH COWICHAN OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT BYLAW No. 3511 ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW No. 3498 Applicable to Electoral Area A – Mill Bay/Malahat NOTICE is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held as follows to consider the above noted Amendment Bylaws: DATE: PLACE: TIME: South Cowichan Ofﬁcial Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3511 proposes to amend South Cowichan Ofﬁcial Community Plan Bylaw No. 3510 by:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Gil Bunch Theatre, Brentwood College 2735 Mount Baker Road, Mill Bay, BC 7:00 p.m. Map 1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3498 proposes to amend Electoral Area A – Mill Bay/Malahat Zoning Bylaw No. 2000 by: • Creating four new zones - Bamberton Light Industrial 3 (I-3), Light Industrial 3A (I-3A), Business Park Industrial – Commercial 4 (I-4) and Forestry / Outdoor Recreation (F1-A);
• Adding Policy 12.24, that states speciﬁed land in the Rural Resource designation may be zoned for light industrial and outdoor recreation use. The policy further states that the lands are to retain a 80 hectare minimum parcel size, but may be leased, and that any future OCP re-designation would involve amenity provision and permanent protection of the land to the south. • Adding Policy 12.25, that states lands in the Rural Resource designation within 1 kilometre of the Bamberton interchange, on the west side of the Trans Canada Highway, may be eligible to be re-designated and rezoned for light industrial and business park use. Criteria for rezoning are identiﬁed in the policy. • Amending Schedule B (Plan Map) to re-designate part of Block 176, as shown on Map 1, from Rural Resource to Industrial. • Adding guidelines to the South Cowichan Rural Development Permit Area that apply to the subdivision, construction of buildings and landscaping of all industrially zoned lands.
• Adding deﬁnitions for “light manufacturing” and “manufacturing”; • Amending the deﬁnition of “outdoor recreation” to remove golf courses; • Amending the list of permitted uses in the General Industrial Zone (I-2) to include “outdoor recreation”; Map 2
• Amending Section 6.1 to list the four new zones mentioned above; • Amending Schedule B (Zoning Map) to rezone Part of Block 176, Part of District Lot 95, Part of District Lot 127, District Lot 135, Part of District Lot 118 and a small part of District Lot 183, all of Malahat Land District from Primary Forestry (F-1) to Bamberton Light Industrial 3 (I-3), Light Industrial 3A (I-3A), Business Park Industrial/Commercial 4 (I-4) and Forestry/Outdoor Recreation (F-1A) as indicated on Map 2.
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he Chemainus River bridge on Chemainus Road will be replaced using $5 million in federal cash. North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure, along with Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney and Union of B.C. Municipalities’ representative Joe Stanhope, made the announcement Thursday at the municipal hall. The bridge, which was constructed of creosoted lumber in 1952, will be replaced this summer. “That (wooden) bridge is in rough shape, and we only have probably a year or (a little) more life left on it,” Lefebure said. “We’re going to replace that creosoted lumber with a steel and
concrete bridge that will be two lanes wide — if you’ve ever driven the current bridge, it’s a bit of a game of chicken because it’s just larger than a single lane.” There’ll also be a section for pedestrians and cyclists on the structure. “And we’re going to improve the ¿sh habitat around the bridge,” Lefebure added. “We’re going from 12 piers to two to support the bridge, and we’re going to raise it so there’s going to be a signi¿cant improvement in water Àow under the bridge, less likelihood of log jams happenings there, and of particular interest to me, we’re going to be working closely with Halalt (First Nation) on this project.” The $5 million grant — coming from the $2 billion federal gas tax fund managed in B.C. by the UBCM —
will cover the cost of the new bridge. “The cost of that bridge would have had a large impact on our taxpayers if we had to raise it through our property taxes, so we are very lucky to be receiving a grant to do this,” Lefebure said. He also noted precautions are being taken to protect the river’s ecosystem during construction. “We’re doing diapering, which is the technical engineering term for providing tarpaulins underneath to catch anything that is falling as the bridge is dismantled, so that’s something we’re going to be very careful with,” he said. “And (construction) will be done during (federal) Fisheries’ window.” Traf¿c will be rerouted during construction, which is slated to happen during approximately four months this summer.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
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Mike Hayhoe of North Cowichan’s new taxpayer group demands less spending, and more openness by council to public input and ideas during Wednesday’s Äesty council meeting.
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wo top Cowichan economic development of¿cers were unable to name a single business they’ve attracted to the valley to broaden the local tax base. “Probably zero,” North Cowichan Councillor John Koury said when asked at Wednesday’s council meeting to name speci¿c enterprises lured under his watch as economic development committee head. That same number was signalled by Geoff Millar, Cowichan region’s economic-development manager, hired in 2000. But Millar noted ¿rms may have moved here indirectly through his of¿ce’s efforts. “It’s an incremental effort,” he said. “It can take years to bring a business here. “We’re competing with thousands of other municipalities (for new businesses) in Canada — it’s very competitive. It’s often done blind through (enquiries) by development companies and realtors,” he said. Koury explained it’s council’s job to create an economic development climate under its ¿ve-year economic plan, not to woo ¿rms here. That’s Millar’s job. The economic development boss mentioned his work at trade shows, and ¿elding enquiries at his of¿ce which operates with an annual budget of some $494,000. Councillor Al Siebring noted North Cowichan’s unique Industrial Tax Revitalization bylaw gives ¿rms tax breaks for setting up under reduced carbon circumstances. Councillor Ruth Hartmann said one ¿rm, employing some 30 folks, is touted to be moving to North Cowichan, but she declined to name that company. Lefebure and Millar cited the Cowichan Commons big box mall — now dropping $1.2 million in annual tax revenues into North Cowichan’s coffers — as a major success story. Land for the Commons was rezoned by council for commercial development long before Lefebure and Millar were respectively elected and hired locally. Other successes in recent years include a relocated Cowichan Exhibition luring music festivals, and the Àedgling university village, the mayor noted.
Friday, January 20, 2012
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All-business Bamberton plan proposed Hearing Tuesday: Public input sought on application to create commercial and industrial parks south of Mill Bay Krista Siefken
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year after Three Point Properties pulled the plug on its massive plan for the Bamberton property, its revised, scaled-down proposal is headed to public hearing. Developers had initially pitched 3,200 homes plus commercial and industrial components for the Mill Bay property, but then backed down in January 2011. “We had a proposal for a master-plan community, but when the CVRD did their of¿cial community plan they determined they thought they had adequate residential inventory in the south Cowichan area,” Three Point Properties spokesman Ross Tennant explained. “They looked at our plan and they said, ‘What we do need are places for people to be employed.’” So Three Point Properties ditched the residential
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That’s where a Suzuki Grand Vitara was found on its roof with major front-end damage in the north-bound lane. Day said the vehicle’s 24-year-old male driver from Duncan was issued Motor Vehicle Act violation tickets at the scene of the crash. He was uninjured and had already managed to vacate the vehicle by the time police arrived on scene. Cowichanians, meanwhile, were also warned by the feds about a major storm front expected to hit the coast sometime early today, probably by the time you read this. “A major winter storm with heavy snow and strong winds and possible freezing rain is expected Friday,” Environment Canada said Jan. 18. “This system will accompany a transition to mild and moist Paci¿c air as a southwesterly Àow sets up.” The snow is expected to change to rain this afternoon, with showers and warmer temperatures forecast throughout the weekend. Road conditions can be monitored at drivebc.ca.
portion of its plan, and has spent the past year working with Cowichan Valley Regional District staff on revising the proposal with a focus on industrial and commercial development. That proposal goes to the public at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Brentwood College’s T. Gil Bunch Centre for the Performing Arts. There are essentially two areas being looked at. One is near the waterfront, on the footprint of the old cement factory. The land is currently zoned general industrial, and the developers are proposing to rezone two adjacent pieces of land to the north and south of that footprint to light industrial. The other area is near the highway interchange, where the developers are proposing a commercial business park, and another portion of light-industrial zoning with a focus on recycling. Attendance at informational meetings hosted by Three Point Properties has
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An aerial view of the old Bamberton cement plant area after it was remediated a few years ago by Three Point Properties. It is one of two Bamberton areas being targetted for increased industrial and commercial development. been relatively sparse, but there are critics. “Think about it,” Mill Bay resident Lena Lee wrote in a letter to the News Leader Pictorial. “Is it wise to consider heavy industry expansion into the Malahat Drive, which is the pride of islanders and visitors? It’s known worldwide for
its stunning beauty and magni¿cent views. “Are we prepared to sacri¿ce it to further industrial designation? If there is to be any kind of development for the Bamberton lands, it should produce little or no ecological damage.” Feedback collected Tuesday will be taken
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION January 30th - Feb 3rd, 2012 Cowichan Valley welcomes new Kindergarten students for the 2012-2013 school year. Any child who will be ¿ve years of age on or before December 31, 2012, may register at their neighbourhood school. If you are unsure of your school, please refer to our website at www.sd79.bc.ca or contact 250-748-0321.
into account by the CVRD board as it decides whether to approve the rezoning. Mill Bay Director Mike Walker will chair Tuesday’s public hearing. For more information, visit www.cvrd.bc.ca.
Chief Beck has served as a ﬁre ﬁghter in the Cowichan Valley for 25 years, eight of those years were served with the Mill Bay department where Ron had been Deputy Chief for the past 2.5 years. We look forward to working with Ron as we build on the positive progress that has been made in recent years and continue to maintain our position as a leader and innovator among Cowichan Valley Fire Departments.
Public Hearing Notice North Cowichan Council gives notice that a public hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 1, 2012, in the Council Chambers of the North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, North Cowichan, BC. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow Council to receive public input on the following bylaw: Bylaw 3465, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (No. 6 – Westlock Road), 2011, proposes to amend Bylaw 2950, “Zoning Bylaw 1997” by reclassifying 6287 Westlock Road (legally described as Lot 4, Section 3, Range 2, Comiaken District, Plan 21685 [PID 002-480-140; Folio 09153.000]), shown as “Subject Property” and outlined in bold on the map below, from Residential Rural Zone (R1) to Residential Restricted Zone (R2).
Parents or guardians, please bring a Canadian birth certi¿cate or Canadian passport. Any student without Canadian documents needs to provide Customs and Immigration paperwork, passport and family work documents to the Principal of International Education at Cowichan Secondary School before registering at their neighborhood school. • Full Day Kindergarten is offered at all School District 79 Elementary Schools. • Kindergarten registrations will be accepted from families that live within their neighborhood school catchment area and from those with siblings presently attending with out-of-attendance area approval. • Any parent with questions about a full day kindergarten program should speak to the principal about their child’s needs. • Any family wishing to register their child in a different school may apply to do so until May 30, 2012, using an out-of-attendance area request form available at the school. As per District Policy #3309, ¿rst preference for registrations will be given to those children who reside in the school catchment. For more details see our website at www.sd79.bc.ca • New Honeymoon Bay and Mesachie Lake families register at Palsson. • New Youbou families now register at AB Greenwell at Yount. • French Immersion is offered at Ecole Duncan Elementary School in Duncan and at Ecole Mill Bay Elementary School for the south end. • Rural Traditional Program is offered at Somenos Rural Traditional School in Duncan. • New Thetis Island families register at Chemainus Elementary Community School. Registration will take place at your neighbourhood school during regular of¿ce hours the week of January 30 to February 3, 2012 School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley), 2557 Beverly Street, Duncan, BC, V9L 2X3
The R2 zone permits the following uses: Assisted Living, Bed and Breakfast, Community Care Facility, Home-based Business, Single-Family Dwelling, and Supportive Housing. If approved, the applicant proposes to subdivide the lot to create a new lot, and build a single-family residence on the new lot. If you believe your interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw, you may express your views to Council at the public hearing. If you cannot attend the hearing, you may write to Council at the address or fax number shown below, or send an e-mail to email@example.com, before 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Your submission will become part of the public record. Copies of the proposed bylaws and related information may be inspected in the Planning and Development Department, North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mark Ruttan, Director of Administration
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t’s not often you see an eagle sitting docilely in the lap of a ¿sherman, so it’s fortunate Ian Barker caught the strange sight on video. The owner of freshwater ¿shing guide company The Rambling Fisherman, Barker was ¿shing the Cowichan River with fellow guide Peter Dick on Monday when they spotted a bald eagle on the shore. “We noticed it wasn’t moving when we got close to it, so we got a little bit closer and it started to hop away,” Barker said. “We realized it was injured and decided to rescue it.” The eagle, of course, had other ideas. “It obviously didn’t want to come with us and started to running away,”
Barker recalled. “Then it dove into the water, into the fast-moving water heading downstream.” The ¿shermen followed in their drift boat and Dick eventually jumped from the moving boat onto the shore, capturing the nearby eagle by throwing his jacket over it. From there, the eagle apparently decided it was in good hands, and the ¿shermen took their peaceful passenger downriver to meet staff from Paci¿c Northwest Raptors. “It was 100 per cent calm, like the calmest baby you’ve ever seen — it was surreal,” Barker said of the wild bird. “Once we had captured it, it didn’t try to get away or squirm. I would never have imaged that an eagle would react that way.” Barker had a video camera rolling throughout the rescue, and
has posted it on his blog at www. rambling¿sherman.com. “His wing seemed to be broken, and who knows how long he has been on that beach?” Barker wrote on his web post. “We are just glad that there are people like the Paci¿c Northwest Raptors that care enough to help wounded animals like this beautiful bald eagle.” Unfortunately, however, the eagle’s injuries were so severe the bird was euthanized shortly after his rescue. Gillian Radcliffe, wildlife ecologist and raptor specialist at Paci¿c Northwest Raptors, explained multiple breaks near the eagle’s shoulder would have prevented the bird from being rehabilitated and released back into the wild. But she said Barker and Dick saved the mature male eagle from death by starvation.
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Industrial park idea good for Mill Bay area Bamberton: Industrial roots worth exploring
amberton, as most of our readers are doubtless aware, came into being as a community because of its suitability as a port and a cement plant. And after two decades of seeing a variety of ambitious proposals for a carefully planned community come to naught, industrial and commercial interests may be what ¿nally allows Bamberton to make a signi¿cant step forward. Long-term residents of southern Vancouver Island will remember the instant town proposed in the 1990s and the way it split the community into an ugly pitched battle of neighbour against neighbour. More recently, they’ll remember the But does the effort by Three Point Properties to resurreality match rect that idea in a gentler, greener form. That proposal — which still had some the concept? foes — inspired far less rancour. But again, it died in the political board room when it became clear its scope was beyond the resources of the Cowichan Valley Regional District to comfortably process. Three Point pulled the plug on its 3,200-home proposal and decided instead to concentrate on what was originally a small segment of the project — two parcels of land potentially suitable for industrial and commercial development. Two factors pushed them in that direction: the CVRD is far better equipped to handle proposals of this type than the type of massive, layered proposal that characterized the property for the previous 20 years; the second is the clearly stated goal of south Cowichan residents for the creation of something in the region capable of providing jobs. The expansion of Bamberton’s existing waterfont industrial site and the creation of an accessible business park, near (but not on) the Island Highway seems to ¿t the bill. The idea is sound. Tuesday night will show whether there are any devils in the details.
Seeing both sides of: replacing heritage bridge The case against
The case for The Chemainus River bridge is basically just a few years, if not months, away from being condemned. Safety concerns actually led to the Cowichan Challenge triathlon being cancelled a few years back. North Cowichan is already dealing with a whopping debtload. Having this needed $5 million project paid for by Ottawa is exactly what North Cowichan needs.
The Chemainus River bridge up for replacement.
Energy board will pick Canada in pipeline battle Patrick Hrushowy
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have a bold prediction for you — the Northern Gateway pipeline will be approved and it will be built. Mind you, I’m not saying it will be easy. But it will be built. First and foremost, it must be realized that the National Energy Board panel hearing the application to build the “The NEB will pipeline will not base its decision on how many make a decision delegations speak for or based on techni- against the proposal. No, that is actually ircal merits.” relevant to the board. If this was just a head count we could cancel the hearings now because the more than 4,500 signed up to speak will be overwhelmingly opposed.
Certainly, the panel will note that thousands of people lined up at the microphone to voice their opposition, but after a while their ears will shut off as the same claims of impending disaster are uttered again and again. In the end, the NEB panel will make a decision based on the technical merits of the application. They will want to be satis¿ed that whatever risk may be entailed in the project — and there is risk — can be satisfactorily mitigated and managed. Enbridge will make a convincing argument that the risks can be managed. The NEB panel will not be insensitive to the politics surrounding this pipeline proposal, but that is not part of its mandate. Let’s pause just for a moment to put the risk in perspective. It is reported elsewhere there are already more than 700,000 km of gas and oil pipelines in Canada. The Northern Gateway will be 1,177 km in length, or about a 0.17 per cent increase
Yes, the bridge is not suited to the demands put on it by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. But what can’t be overlooked is the fact it is also probably the most attractive river crossing in all of North Cowichan. We hope this is taken into consideration during the replacement process and the new bridge is not a sterile piece of utilitarian nothing.
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over what we already have. Do we hear about catastrophic disasters across this country that are beyond redemption? Next, I’ve read enough of what First Nations groups have to say that I’m convinced that they will drive an incredibly hard bargain. But, in the end, the pipeline will proceed — even if that bargain is reached on the steps of the court house as legal challenges mount. This pipeline will also be built because it is in best interests of Canadians. Extracting resources is what we do and is what pays for the high levels of service we get from government — health care, education, and our highways and transportation systems, and on and on. No government will allow environmental hysteria, whipped up by American foundations, to trump the national interest when it comes to strategic projects aimed at capitalizing on Canadian natural resources.
We should be watching this closely here in Cowichan. We’ve already seen high-paying jobs in the resource industries disappear and matters will get even worse. American eco-imperialism will continue to Àex its muscles and attempt to stand in the way of Canadian resource development that can provide families with jobs and decent middle-class incomes for decades to come. The Northern Gateway pipeline application is a strategic showdown between those who want Canadians to bene¿t from our natural resources and those who would lock us up as a natural theme park for the bene¿t of our neighbours to the south.
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“The highways, yes, but they were really slow on the side streets. Hospital hill wasn’t even plowed right away.”
Jacqueline McKenzie, North Cowichan
“I took my granddaughter to school and the roads to Mount Prevost school were good. Other than that, I was inside.”
Ron Haslam, Duncan
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Enforcement, barricades are the solution for the Malahat
Maybe staff housing the answer to affordable housing crunch
Dear editor One successful solution to the affordable housing problem was implemented in Banff, Alta back in the 1970s or earlier. Because Banff is in a national park, development is limited and housing is outrageously expensive. Many businesses provided staff housing — apartments, townhouses and single-family homes — appropriate to the worker’s salary. Both parties bene¿ted: workers had affordable housing and employers or landlords had workers who were conscientious about their jobs and upkeep of their homes because they didn’t want to lose either. Eleanor Montour
In my opinion: $1 million a year is a lot of money, but it will pay for itself quickly in lives
Maybe some bright lights can solve ongoing Malahat issues
Dear editor I live in Shawnigan Lake and my daughter lives in Victoria so trips up and down the Malahat are a regular thing for us. I keep reading about and seeing on the evening news coverage of accidents on this highway. There are many suggestions as to how accidents could be prevented but no action taken. As the Malahat is part of the Trans-Canada Highway it seems to me it should have some priority. I believe light is a great deterrent to home robbery so I have to wonder why light would not also be helpful on the highway. I am not an engineer but it seems to me this stretch of the highway would be much safer if lights were installed all the way up. Ann Mitchell Shawnigan Lake
Malahat needs concrete solutions most of all
Dear editor Regarding the Malahat. We don’t need photo radar or a feasibility study on the subject. Instead, spend that money installing concrete barriers along the entire length to eliminate the head-on — and frequently fatal — accidents. All the speed crackdowns in the world won’t help the driver who has a medical emergency and loses control of his vehicle. Jay Siska Shawnigan Lake
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Ron and Shirley Hill, were among the members of the Valley Senior Organization who danced the night away on New Year’s Eve.
Signs pointing to the Malahat solution are all around us
Dear editor I have been following the media reports about the hazardous driving and the number of fatalies that occurred on the Malahat in 2011. Recently I was driving south from Duncan and just about to enter the Malahat drive. I was surprised, disturbed, amused (pick your verb) to see a large billboard advertising a funeral home Àashing the following message “Welcome to 2012. Let us make it our best year yet.” When are they going to install the dividers the road so badly needs? Gerald McVeigh Duncan
American students are feeling your early-morning pain
Dear editor As a medical writer, and mom of three who has been working for years for later school start times, I applaud Cowichan’s efforts. Here in the U.S., many high school students would be b thrilled to start as late as 8 a.m. Critics act a though the universe would collapse if they as d Obviously, Canadian schools prove them did. wrong, w and also show that no matter what time t schools start, people will always balk at change. c The evidence about the bene¿ts of later start t times to health, safety, learning, equity, and even e budgets (yes — over the long run) are n so overwhelming, it’s negligent not to now work w for change. Sadly, though, in the vast majority j of communities, politics and widespread m misconceptions about the effects of later start
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times too often trump the best interests of kids. We have a petition that asks for minimum start time of 8 a.m. The idea is that by setting a rockbottom limit, middle and high schools might be able to work for even later hours. But even this is highly controversial. For more information, see StartSchoolLater.net. Meanwhile, best of luck in your efforts! Terra Ziporyn Snider Annapolis MD
Views on social media are embarrassingly outdated
Dear editor I curate the LinkedIn group ‘Cowichan Valley Business Group. Columnist Patrick Hrushowy should visit the group’s discussion page and see the comments of the group. In a nutshell, all members — particularly myself — are shocked if not a bit embarrassed that a writer for a respected local newspaper would be allowed to publish such outdated, incorrect material as his recent social media column. The Cowichan Valley’s social media community is thriving and businesses are being built using various social media platforms. Victoria is widely recognized as the most social-media wired city in Canada. And the writer is still talking about tweeting about lunch? Brenda Burch Dumont Cobble Hill
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t’s dif¿cult to put a price on saving lives. But that’s essentially the choice we face, according to a report released last week that wants the province to fund a new traf¿c enforcement unit focused on the Malahat. The sheer volume of traf¿c that crosses the Malahat every day — an average of 22,000 vehicles and as many as 36,000 in the summer months — means that even an insigni¿cant fender-bender can cause unreasonable delays. Of the 58 collisions that happen on the Malahat on average every year, 75 per cent shut down either one lane or the entire highway. Last April’s fuel spill, caused when a tanker truck driver lost control, kept some people trapped on either side of the highway for 22 hours. At its worst, the highway can be a killer. The twists and cliff faces are unforgiving for anyone unfortunate enough to lose focus even for a moment. Every year, two to four people will die on the road, while almost half of the annual collisions end up with someone in hospital. Things improved last summer when a co-ordinated effort by regional police departments sucEvery year, two to ceeded in lowerfour people will die ing the number of collisions on the on the road Malahat. More experience could only further improve the effort, which makes us curious about why this approach hasn’t been tried before. Much has been said about the need for alternative routes. It always comes back to cost, whether to extend ferry service from Mill Bay to Brentwood, or to somehow expand the existing road. Installing more median barriers to help prevent head-on collisions and a strong police presence is a sound alternative. The barriers are a relatively cheap and quick solution to save lives (two people perished separate head-on collisions in October and December). A 15-member dedicated patrol unit would come with an estimated $1-million annual price tag. It seems like a lot of money unless you’re talking to those who have lost someone on the highway. This ran as an editorial in our sister paper, the Goldstream News Gazette.
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