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Mike Cardinal of Canadian Tree Services rescues a hawk that became trapped in the webbing around the Duncan Meadows Golf Club’s driving range Thursday morning. Cardinal said the bird appeared to have a leg injury and took it to Island Veterinary Clinic in Nanaimo to be examined. Other than a bite from the bird that went through Cardinal’s leather gauntlet, he rescue went smoothly.
OfÄcials investigating deaths of thousands of young coho Peter W. Rusland
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hree salmon kills around Duncan’s Fish Gut Alley this summer are being probed by all levels of government. The suspected culprit in the killing of thousands of juvenile coho is a possible toxic cocktail of motor oil, dog feces, detergents, and/or pesticides mixing in storm water Àushed into the heritage Cowichan River during rains. “The speculation is material gets built up in
the storm system during dry periods and when rain water Àushes it out, there’s a potential toxin to ¿sh,” said Rodger Hunter of the Cowichan Watershed Board. “It may have been someone pouring things down a storm drain.” Those ideas are being sleuthed by folks with municipal, provincial and federal governments, plus Cowichan Tribes. “There could also be other things contributing to water quality in that (Fish Gut) area,” Mayor Phil Kent said.
“We’re testing above and below the outfalls.” But sample testing hasn’t pinpointed a speci¿c toxin yet, he noted. “Our outfalls are old and they go straight in (the river). “We want to determine the sources and look at possible mitigation,” Kent said. That could mean taxpayers paying to treat the city’s storm water. “We’ll have to face what we have to and the way we manage our storm water,” he said.
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Despite the recent coho kills, council was already studying its storm-water capacity, potentially toward treatment options, noted Kent. That capacity study, without treatment ideas, could hit city hall in about two months. Kent noted Duncan’s current dike work also “brought to light a (storm-water) problem that could have been going on for some time.” Meanwhile, Kent signalled plans are afoot for council to revisit its program of putting eco-symbols near storm drains to remind people against pouring toxins into the river. Hunter agreed. “We need to do a better job of education.”
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Pair of contaminated sites get cash to help deal with clean-up Cowichan is getting nearly $90,000 to help deal with toxic soil issues. Last week, the Ministry of Natural Resources announced more than $112,000 in provincial Brownﬁeld Renewal funding to assist in the redevelopment of three local brownﬁeld sites. According to a ministry press release, -
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Regional District in developing a closure plan for the ash-contaminater Meade Creek incinerator, which was shut down in 1998. “ Sites like these have great potential for redevelopment when the issue of contamination is addressed,” Natural Resource Minister Steve Thomson said.
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Passersby check out the sign at the front window of the Red Willow Womyn’s Centre Wednesday. The center is now closed at that location and looking for a new one.
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Womyn’s Centre gets cash, loses storefront Looking for new home: Donations pour in, but too late to make rent deadline Peter W. Rusland
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ed Willow Womyn’s Centre is now homeless and looking for new storefront premises downtown. Managers of the struggling citysquare facility — providing advocacy and resources to Cowichan women — said they received enough donations during the weekend to pay September’s $642 rent.
But that help came too late to save them from eviction. The centre’s Zoe Moorhouse said their landlord changed the locks at 277 Craig Street Saturday or Sunday. She admitted Red Willow had gotten landlord warnings Zoe Moorhouse: a after falling behind in the rent hope and a prayer several times during the past two years at its Craig location. “We run on a hope and a prayer, and can appreciate his point of view — we just wanted a reasonable amount of time to relocate.” However, she stressed Red Willow’s programs are not jeopardized as the facility’s leaders remain
committed to helping local women. “Donations are still coming in,” Moorhouse said, cheering response from Friday’s News Leader Pictorial story about Red Willow’s dire ¿nancial straits. “Because of those donations, it’ll get us moved and relocated, and should get us well into the fall.” Red Willow is also chasing various operating grants. “It’s just really confusing,” she said. “Where do women go when they show up, and what happens to those with donations? “Finding a new place to rent doesn’t happen over night.” For potential locations, questions about service access and offers of donations, can be made by calling Moorhouse at 250-748-7448.
n the past 38 years, North Cowichan has given exactly three people the community’s highest honour. On Wednesday, it doubled that number. Former Mayor Anne Murray, longtime councilor Glen Ridgway and recently retired administrator Jim Dias were all granted Freedom of the Municipality during a special ceremony at the municipal hall. “Considering nominees for this award is not a role that council takes lightly,” Mayor Tom Walker noted of a decision that must be unanimously endorsed by council. A North Cowichan release Jim Dias: respect called the honour the “highest and esteem symbol of respect and esteem a local government can bestow upon an individual.” North Cowichan’s ¿rst female mayor (1996-99), Murray was recognized for her six years as councillor, 12 years as school trustee and her continuing volunteer efforts on a number of local fronts. Ridgway spent 23 years as a North Cowichan councillor, 18 years as a Cowichan Valley Regional District director, and eight on the school board. He also served on the board of the former Malaspina College and is the past-resident of The Law Society of B.C. Dias, meanwhile, was employed by North Cowichan for 36 years, becoming chief administrative of¿cer in 1991 and continuing until his retirement in 2010. His role in the creation of the new Vancouver Island University campus, the new Cowichan Exhibition, the Evans Park sports ¿eld, the Cowichan Aquatic Centre and his contributions to a variety of community groups were all cited. Freedom of the Municipality was ¿rst issued in 1973, when Charles Alexander Phipps Murison, Reginald Clegg and Donald Christopher Morton were honoured. Since that time, Adolphe VandeCasteyen (1975), Margaret Robertson (1991) and Henry Rex Hollett (1997) were added to the ranks.
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Province says programs there to help create self-sufÄciency After hearing concerns about the province’s social safety net, the News Leader Pictorial posed a few questions to the Ministry of Social Development. Minister Harry Bloy did not consent to interview requests from the NLP, but ministry communications manager David Haslam offered some answers. Haslam said the province’s goal is to help people and families become self-sufﬁcient so they can contribute
to an expanding economy and healthy communities. “We’re investing $341 million in employment services across the province this year, and there are many services available in the Cowichan region to help people improve their lives by preparing them for work and helping them secure a job,” he said, citing organizations such as Global Vocational Services. Haslam also responded to concerns about a lack
of communication between various provincial and federal agencies. “We work with our federal partners every day,” he said. “When a person loses a job there is a wait time for Employment Insurance beneﬁts. It varies depending on individual circumstances. People waiting for Employment Insurance can apply for hardship assistance from the province,.”
Not the life you want for your mother or daughter Word on the street: Homelessness knows few boundaries, but women face special challenges Krista Siefken
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omfort zones can be dangerous. Just ask Patti Delisle. As the founder of Red Willow Womyn’s Centre, she sees the result of complacency come through her door every day. “If the boat’s sinking, the ¿rst thing we save is women and children — and this boat is sunk,” says Delisle. “Women are starving, living in violence and poverty, and yet we don’t put them ¿rst. And we see the effects all over the place: in youth crime, in violence against women, in the mortality rate, in the emergency room, in the use of drugs and alcohol, in mental health. I don’t think it’s that dif¿cult an equation.” Homelessness in general is a problem, but Delisle stressed it’s a whole other ballgame when it comes to homelessness and women. “Women are more vulnerable and susceptible to violence and crime, and it’s very invisible,” she explained. “There’s a higher rate of discrimination against homeless women.” Then imagine adding children to the mix. “One of the highest risks of poverty is motherhood,” says Delisle. “When we look at the stats and the numbers, the majority of people on the bottom are women and children.” But what homelessness looks like varies. For some women, it’s sleeping on a couch or the back of a car. For others, it’s returning to an abusive relationship, or forfeiting custody of her children so the kids can have more than she has. “I hear the stat all the time — something like 51 per cent of the population in poverty is children,” says Delisle. “And I always say, ‘Who do you think is standing next to the child?’ That child has a mother who’s stopped eating long before the child did.’” It doesn’t help, says Delisle, when the social safety net is riddled with holes.
“There are gaps between the systems that seem to disable women from ever getting anywhere,” she says. “If a women gets housing, then she has no food, or is still ¿ghting for her kids, or she can’t pay her rent on time because her child’s father didn’t pay his maintenance, so she gets evicted.” And stigmas and stereotypes abound. But people like Serena Haire Ày in the face of those preconceived notions. Haire was renting a basement suite until she lost her job, and despite actively searching for work virtually every day, the job hunt went poorly at ¿rst. Meanwhile, Employment Insurance staff hemmed and hawed over her claim, just as welfare staffers refused to consider her until EI made its decision. “So these two systems that you’re supposed to go and are supposed to be there are essentially the reason I’m homeless,” said Haire. And for many, the loss of a home comes with a loss of dignity. “I would much rather be working and supporting my own way, but at the moment, that’s not possible,” Haire said. “For me, this is about educating the population a little bit.” A group of women who recently gathered at Red Willow to discuss homelessness quipped that although some believe those on welfare sit at home watching soap operas and eating bon bons, the reality is they can’t afford the bon bons or the cable. In many cases, they can’t even afford a roof over their heads. A single mom with half-custody of two children gets $660 a month for housing and utilities. A single woman on disability gets $375 per month of rent. “The three issues that always, always, always come in our door are affordable housing, safety and food,” says Delisle. “I’ve had people say to me, ‘Well, can’t she just go to the food bank?’ and I say, ‘You betcha, and she can get a free manicure, too.’ “People want to believe that because it’s easier than getting educated about it — because the minute you move into your discomfort zone and know the reality of this, it will require you to do something, to get out of that discomfort.” She suggests instead of dropping a box of Kraft Dinner into the grocery store’s donation bin, take F Estimree ates
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Father facts: Tradition not what it used to be Krista Siefken
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amily dynamics are shifting in Cowichan, with fathers taking on an increasingly involved role. Men are doing more housework, and spending more time actively involved in childcare than ever before. “Men are getting increasingly more involved in those kinds of traditionally female tasks, which shouldn’t be too surprising, because women are more active in the workforce than they were previously,” said Social Planning Cowichan’s Linden Collette. Statistics Canada data from 2006 — the most current stats available — indicate 25 per cent of men spend ¿ve to 14 hours a week doing housework, and 33 per cent of men spend 15 to 20 hours a week doing housework. Nine per cent of men spent ¿ve to 14 hours a week on childcare; six per cent spend 15 to 29 hours on it; three per cent spend ¿ve to nine hours on it; and two per cent spend 10 to “Without dads in the 19 hours on childcare each week. family unit, there’s Women still do the majority of an imbalance.” housework and childcare, but as ¿nancial responsibilities have been spread more evenly during the past few decades, so too have domestic responsibilities. “I think that’s a real bene¿t for children,” Collette said. “What we know about early childhood development is that those relationships, and strong ties with family and with
people who love them and help them develop, and really, really crucial in terms of preparing them for life later on, in all kinds of ways.” Another trend is the growing number of single-parent families with a dad at the helm. Census data shows that of Cowichan’s 3,570 single parents, 850 are dads. “One of the notions that we labour with in our culture — that I think is a disadvantage — is this idea of the nuclear family being everything,” Collette said. “I’m not saying that isn’t a good thing — having two parents working together is great — but even when you have that, you still need schools and playgrounds and sports and all the other kinds of things that support families: community.” That doesn’t change, Collette said, whether you’re in a two-parent family, a single-mom family, or a single-dad family. “You might use community differently, you might lean on it a little bit more, but we all need it,” she said. Grant Waldman, executive director of Cowichan Men’s Resource Centre, agreed, but said more resources are needed for dads, and kids without an active father in their lives. “We can’t underestimate the important role dads play,” he said. “Without dads in the family unit, there’s an imbalance, and it needs to be met in some way, shape or form elsewhere.” The men’s resource centre has been running its mentoring program, Boys To Men, for a few years now, but there isn’t much else offered outside of the CMRC. “I think the Cowichan Valley is challenged around supporting men in an emotional way,” Waldman said. “More programs need to be put in place, and there needs to be more recognition of the need to support men emotionally. “I get calls from men almost in tears, saying, ‘I don’t know what to do. My wife just left with the kids, and I need support.’” Part of the challenge, Waldman said, is
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Cheyenne MacKeil, 6, Änal instructions from dad Stacey MacKeil before she takes part in the slow tractor races during an antique tractor show at the Forest Discovery Centre in June 20. breaking down preconceived notions of what it means to be a man. “Men have been raised to suck it up, to tough it out, and not ask for help — and that’s not reality,” he said. “Men end up exploding because they’re not given an outlet that’s healthy.” And when it comes to families, the aim is to provide as healthy a home as possible.
“Our valley is aging — when you look at our population proportionally, it’s shifting — but what hasn’t changed is that we look to the children to be the future,” Collette said. “So while we need to take care of those folks who are aging, we can’t lost track of those kids, because they’re the future, so we need to be investing there as well.”
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co-wonders of Cowichan Bay will be displayed and studied by spring at a new nature centre approved and funded last week, Cowichan Land Trust’s Roger Hart says. The $350,000 Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre could be under construction this month toward use by Cowichanians and valley visitors, he said. The marine-education facility, with indoor and outdoor classrooms, will offer information about the bay’s denizens from its eelgrass colonies and heron rookeries to its orcas and bottom critters. “Our community needs a nature centre where children and families can learn about the local environment and how to care for it,” said John Scull, Cowichan Valley Young Naturalists Club leader and nature-
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Duncan residents counting their chickens Flying the coop: Monday meeting could pave the way for up to six fowl per home Peter W. Rusland
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owichan’s focus on food security will be boosted if Duncan council passes its proposed bylaw allowing up to six backyard chickens, Cowichan Green Community’s Judy Stafford said. “I’m excited, this is a long time coming. There’s an educational component so people understand what they’re getting into.” Details will be discussed during Monday’s community meeting —the second hosted by city hall on the topic — at city hall about the proposed egg- and meat-bird bylaw. The proposed bylaw calls for a maximum of six chickens, no permanent roosters, a minimum
lot size of 450 square metres, no slaughtering on premises, coop regulations and pen parameters. From Stafford’s roost, she saw no down side to Judy Stafford: city folks having unrufﬂed hens. “It’s a great step forward. “It should be region–wide. It’s really a no-brainer,” she said. “It’s one more piece of the local food-security puzzle, really. It allows people more choice.” And many Duncanites won’t simply run out and buy birds, she noted. “They’re lots of work.” That’s where Chicken Rearing 101
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We’re looking forward to some informed debate Civic election: Early interest shows promise
e’ve barely passed Labour Day and we already have three declared candidates for the mayor’s chair in North Cowichan. Two more have already indicated their desire for the City of Duncan’s chains of of¿ce. It looks like there will de¿nitely be races for the three southernmost area of the CVRD, and we’re already getting announcements trickling in for a variety of council tables and board seats. The upcoming Nov. 19 civic election promises to be one of the most hotly contested campaigns in years. Could it be the voters are ¿nally waking up? Here’s to We hope so. And we hope the camsome effective paign is conducted in such a way that it generates not just heat, but light. democracy in Newcomers approaching the campaign action with the mindset the status quo is made up of blind idiots probably aren’t going to get too far. Incumbents dismissing criticism as the ranting of a self-interested few could be in for a rude awakening. Local government is about three things: prudent use of tax dollars, appropriate decision-making on land use, and building and maintaining a sense of community. Those who have a reasonable approach to each based on regular contact with those who live in and care about their community should do well. We’ve seen political passion bubble up in unfortunate ways during the current term. But if it is passion that is causing people to become involved, so long as they don’t topple over the edge, we’ll take passion over apathy every time. The next step is to temper passion with wisdom and consultation. For democracy to work people need to be engaged. For it to be effective people need the give-and-take of informed discussion. You can disagree on policy, but nobody can disagree with that.
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The case for It doesn’t take much argument to convince most nature-lovers that man is the most invasive species of them all. And while we continue our painful journey to minimizing our own impact on the Earth, we also need to take responsibility for those creatures that have piggybacked on us during our rapacious swath across the globe. More resources must be poured into correcting our attack on the balance of nature.
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Clark’s Liberals battling Campbell’s legacy Patrick Hrushowy
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ordon Campbell, Gordon Campbell, Gordon Campbell,— enough already! There must be people in Premier Christy Clark’s of¿ce who pray for the day when a week goes by, or maybe even two weeks, when there is “Campbell loyalists no mention of the former name in the did not recognize he premier’s daily news cycle. is still a potent and The chance for Clark to be premier came controversial politionly because Campbell cal ¿gure.” had become a political lightning rod about the HST debacle. In the end he chose to step down because the ¿restorm was focused on him, not the issue.
Mercifully, Clark was not dogged in her ¿rst months in of¿ce directly by Campbell but she had to deal with the political paralysis that seized the government in dealing with the HST. In very real terms there was little she could do to imprint her style of government; constrained as she and her cabinet were in trying to come up with ways to deal effectively with the HST, the pending referendum and its outcome. Along the way the focus of Clark’s government kept being diverted to deal with other aspects of Campbell’s legacy. We had a 30 per cent-plus rate increase application from BC Hydro that a panel of senior bureaucrats appointed by Clark’s government later said was at least half driven by policies Campbell imposed on the utility. That has to be undone. The Clark government has appointed yet another review to see what can be done to deal with the BC Ferries operating structure designed by Campbell that has become a political millstone around the government’s neck.
Isn’t the evolution and migration of plant and animal life, well, natural? And if we believe in letting nature ﬁnd its natural order, then why should we waste time and energy chasing giant bullfrogs and grey squirrels? When the species in question is endangering the health of a community, as is the case with giant hogweed, then it should be dealt with. Otherwise, let nature take its course.
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Complaints about excessive salaries and skyrocketing ferry fares have landed squarely on Clark’s desk, and need to be dealt with. As if all of this was not enough, we also have the public relations disaster of school boards having to spend money for carbon offsets rather than on services and materials in classrooms — another Campbell legacy. The same goes for hospitals. To his credit, Campbell disappeared from public view in apparent recognition that his continuing presence would serve as a political distraction as a new premier tries to rebuild the B.C. Liberal brand. Somehow, Campbell loyalists did not recognize he is still a potent and controversial political ¿gure. They could have taken a hint when they saw the strong negative reaction from the government’s political opponents to his appointment as Canadian High Commissioner to Britain. But, here we are today, immersed in yet another
political ¿restorm focused on Gordon Campbell — the fact he is being awarded the Order of B.C. Here he is again, crowding centre stage when Clark is about to unfold her government’s major economic initiatives and put her own stamp on the administration. All the political polling indicates Clark remains a popular leader but the B.C. Liberal brand lags behind. With friends like these, Campbell loyalists would better serve their colleagues in government by leaving history to decide the assessment of the former premier. If they are not careful, Campbell’s many accomplishments will be eclipsed by the roar of controversy. And that will be his legacy. Patrick Hrushowy writes every Friday in the News Leader Pictorial. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Does former premier Gordon Campbell deserve to get the Order of B.C.? “God no. He screwed us with the HST and he got caught drinking and driving. Let’s get a real hero out there.”
“Campbell should get it. He’s a Liberal and he got the NDP out.”
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Dear editor Is anyone missing the Dayliner passing through Duncan? I used to time my morning walk in order to see and hear the Dayliner as it made its way through town. I miss it and yes, some days we’d wave to passengers who usually waved back in return. We wondered who they were and where they were from. When our children were young we’d sometimes have a train ride from Duncan to Chemainus as part of a birthday treat. It was fun and a ¿rst for many children. When I was young we always waved as the passenger train passed through the town I grew up in. In those days it was the CPR. There’s something compelling about a train. It helped having family members who worked with the railroad. We have a wonderful train station in Duncan and how sad it’s no longer in use as a station. It was always interesting to watch arrivals and departures. Now I’m left standing at the crossroads, looking down the track at overgrown weeds and the wooden track disintegrating as it leads towards the train bridge. R. Pearce Duncan
Trespassing dirt bikes remain a problem on local trails
Dear editor A year ago you were kind enough to publish an article about a mishap I had with my horse on the trail near Skutz Falls. It involved two youths on dirt bikes who should not have been on the trail at all. I am glad to report the number of dirt bikes on the trail has decreased. Unfortunately they have not ceased altogether. Recently I met a dirt bike at almost the same place as last year. It’s a white bike with black. Three times I said “stop the bike.” No doubt he could not hear me above the noise of his bike, as he continued toward me. He did ¿nally stop and turned round once my horse was already dancing a jig in the middle of the trail. I later met a couple on bicycles that kindly stopped to let me by. I mentioned the dirt bike and they said he had roared past them spraying them with gravel. It seems this hooligan is not just ignorant around horses but the public in general. Nancy Hendry Skutz Falls
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Lack of municipal action on invasive species is troubling
Dear editor Considering North Cowichan’s mayor has recently been quoted as to how well the municipal forest is being managed, I ¿nd it disappointing that invasive species removal as a result of logging operations in Stoney Hill is left for the residents to work on. Is there no budget in place to deal with this issue? Considering the revenue generated from clearcut logging in Stoney Hill it is a shame the inÀux of invasive species is not being dealt with. This is yet another example as to why the present logging practices of North Cowichan should be reconsidered. Perhaps the citizens who own this forest should speak up to council about the matter. Jeffrey Birkin Stoney Hill
Time for North Cowichan critics to put up or shut up at the polls
Dear editor In her ruling in the Chemainus Wells dispute, Justice Wedge clearly places responsibility for consultation on the Crown, i.e. with the DFO and the MOE through the Environmental Assessment Of¿ce. She clearly shows the EAO had meetings that excluded the Halalt and that it had signi¿cant reports it withheld from the Halalt, including one it had for nearly two years and only gave to the Halalt after the certi¿cate was issued. On the other hand the municipality adjusted its proposals twice in the proceedings to minimize the scope of the project. Holding to the basics of the project is not a failure to consult. These people don’t seem to get it. It’s the
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same tired song. They need to realize an ounce of sugar goes a lot further than a tonne of salt. They speak as if they speak for all Chemainus residents when clearly they do not. Frequent critic Mark Kiemele is known to be a consultant to First Nations. Both he and Kathy Wachs are involved in the CRA, which also would have folks believe it speaks for all residents of Chemainus. It does not. This constant diatribe against staff and elected of¿cials has to end. If these people are so certain of their position they should get on the ballot in November and sell their ideas to the electorate better than they did in 2008. Then we will see how effective they are in running North Cowichan and advancing the interests of Chemainus. Alex Currie Chemainus
I’m glad to see they are protecting democracy from the rabble
Dear editor It is good to see Her Chair-ship is to campaign again. Now area ratepayers may get the answers to questions ignored or prohibited at the CVRD meetings, especially with the revised public conduct rules. Democracy has been so precious it has been kept under lock and key lest it run rampant among common taxpayers. Dee Shoolingin Duncan
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r. Siska’s Aug. 31 guest comment on the ECO Depot requires a response. He apparently does not understand we have the right to legally protest and to use the courts and provincial ombudsperson. Both institutions do not deal with frivolous issues. Two investigations of the CVRD by the ombudsperson’s of¿ce are underway. Two legal actions against the CVRD on waste management have begun. We strongly resent the implication by Mr. Siska and CVRD chairwoman Gerry Giles that we had anything to do with those ugly incidents involving garbage and oil being placed on Giles’ property. I wrote to Mrs. Giles assuring her we were not involved. We do not condone any such childish behaviour. Was the driver of the blue pick-up truck seen stealing our signs also responsible for the garbage on Giles property? Mr. Siska, claims we are against recycling and waste reduction. He is wrong. We have always been supportive of the CVRD’s recycling and waste reduction initiatives provided they are done in appropriately zoned locations. He believes the ECO Depot site will be a model recycling facility. The proposed depot is designed as a solid waste, garbage, and recycle transfer station. Items such as asphalt, drywall, batteries, gas and oil, antifreeze, pesticides, garbage, etc. will be collected there and then transferred elsewhere. CVRD’s Bob MacDonald’s statement “This is going to be a mini-Bings Creek facility,” makes that clear. As for Cameron-Taggart Road, both the road and the intersection at Cameron-Taggart and Shawnigan Lake Road will require, at signi¿cant cost to the taxpayers, safety improvements to meet Ministry of Transportation standards. While this site may be located centrally, it is not a convenient location. Will those who live east of the Trans-Canada Highway or in Mill Bay ¿nd the location convenient? As for our community support we have more than 1,400 signatures on our petition, from registered property owners, stating our objections to the CVRD’s plan to put the ECO Depot where the zoning does not permit. Proof of our widespread community support is evident during our sign brigade activities and from the fact we have raised enough money to challenge the CVRD in the Supreme Court. The real issue is the zoning in Area B (Shawnigan Lake) which does not permit waste management. The CVRD’s position is that it has the right to override the zoning bylaw. We disagree and have asked the Supreme Court of British Columbia for advice on the law. Fifteen months ago the CVRD bought the site; why then is the ECO Depot not up and running? Joseph Gollner is a member of the CT Group working in opposition to the proposed South Cowichan ECO Depot
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