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North Cowichan Consults Community Groups on New Development Procedures Bylaw

In 2015 Bernie Jones, president of the Chemainus Residents Association (CRA), appeared before North Cowichan Council with suggestions for an “early notification system” with respect to new development projects. The idea was for municipal staff to let local area groups know when a development was coming to their neighbourhood, with enough time for them to research and organize a response. Although Council asked staff to look into the proposal, nothing further was done.

In 2018, Jones again appeared before Council, this time as a director with the newly launched Cowichan Communities Coalition (CCC), to renew his request on behalf of the CCC and its member organizations. Jones and fellow presenter Marilyn Palmer, CCC president, were informed that North Cowichan was in the process of drafting a new bylaw that would allow for such input, and that CCC member organizations would be contacted.

Soon afterwards, Community Planning Coordinator Chris Hutton reached out to various CCC members, including the CRA, the Quamichan Lake Neighbourhood Association, the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, and the Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association. Hutton and his staff presented groups with a draft of the new Development Procedures Bylaw, including an accompanying staff report prepared for Council, and a request for feedback.

The response was largely positive (see these articles by the Cowichan Discourse and the Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association) and we are looking forward to working further with North Cowichan staff as progress on the new bylaw continues.

EMERGENCY: INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI

  • On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami with 6m-high waves devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. At least 844 have died and thousands of homes have been turned to rubble.
  • We are sending a ShelterBox Response Team to Indonesia to understand how we might be able to help Sulawesi families who have lost everything.
  • Access to the affected area is severely restricted and the full extent of the destruction and damage to homes is not yet fully understood.
  • This is the latest in a series of earthquakes to hit Indonesia recently.
  • We currently have a different ShelterBox Response team on the Indonesian Island of Lombok who have been there for the last month helping families recover from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which hit in August and left 20,000 people homeless. (Photo above).
  • We are in contact with the Indonesian government, the disaster management organizations, and our Rotary colleagues in Indonesia to understand how we might be able to help Sulawesi families who have lost everything.
  • We have aid stored nearby in Malaysia and we are working with our contacts to understand any importation restrictions, and how we might be able to get it in to Indonesia and to the families who may need it.
  • As well as our team in Lombok, ShelterBox is also helping families recover after super Typhoon Mangkhut devastated homes in the Philippines, and in Kenya where flooding has made thousands of families homeless. We also responding in Syria, Iraq, Lake Chad Basin and Somalia.

Find the latest info about ShelterBox Canada’s response in Indonesia here – www.shelterboxcanada.org/indonesia-tsunami/

Welcome to HILARY’S in COWICHAN BAY

Hilary’s is famous for exquisite Local and World Cheese Cases
AND NOW … COMING IN OCTOBER

HILARY’S IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ARE BUILDING
A SPECIAL PLACE FOR MOMS AND A TODDLERS SAFE PLAY AREA

We hope to have weekly well-informed Speakers and even more exciting things … help us plan cool talks!

But most of all:  A 20% Special Discount for ALL MOMs WITH TODDLERS from 10 a.m. until 12:30 noon Monday to Friday.

Stroll and relax on the waterfront over Peaks Coffee at Hilary’s in Cowichan Bay