Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
When the CVRD hired former Administrator Frank Raimondo to stand in for 6 months after the firing of their CAO Warren Jones, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Frank knew the CVRD inside out, was available and was committed to restructuring the overloaded top-heavy administration that had ballooned under the corporate model established by former CAO Warren Jones.
Curiously, a few months back he was appointed as the Cobble Hill Alternate Director for his long time colleague, Director Gerry Giles.
Was this a deliberate plan coordinated by the small tight group of insiders?
Fired (Read more…)
CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins
Cowichan Valley Regional District Chair Rob Hutchins and Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser initially liked South Island Aggregates’ plan to bring in contaminated soil, with board chairman Rob Hutchins calling it “a good-news story” and a potential solution to the illegal dumping in the Shawnigan area.
Shawnigan residents have been strung along by their Director Fraser from the outset and now Chair Hutchins is shown to have been more involved than previously known.
“Put a moratorium on any considerations for one year, while we get a handle on the situation — we build our relationship with [the (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
It has been a year and a half since Shawnigan residents learned of an application to dump 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil in their watershed.
Until recently the CVRD Directors followed Shawnigan Director Fraser’s lead. They studied, stalled and collaborated with the BC Environment Ministry and then Minister Terry Lake in one of the most bizarre chapters of political action ever seen in the valley.
Shawnigan’s Director Bruce Fraser, after refusing to enforce Shawnigan land use bylaws, must have been over ruled by the CVRD Board who are finally taking the action that would have been appropriate from the outset.
The Shawnigan residents could (Read more…)
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger
I suspect that many of you are getting as tired of hearing about yet another CVRD screw up and outright failure to responsibly represent the taxpaying residents in the Cowichan Valley as I am blogging about it.
Should we just ignore their incompetence and failure to even understand their own land use bylaws?
I often wish we could but the local papers and radio station are not adequately staffed or even much interested in holding them to account.
Now that the CVRD politicians are back from their UBCM convention it time to refocus on their incomprehensible positioning around the (Read more…)
The CVRD has finally discovered that the land use bylaw that they insisted was of no use in blocking the proposed South Island Aggregate’s proposed contaminated site does in fact give them that authority to act, or at least did before the Ministry of Environment staff issued the permit to SIA.
Here is the CVRD Friday afternoon press release announcing possible court action on something they could have and should done as the normal response at very little cost or effort in spring 2012.
You will note Chair Hutchins saying that they take their land use bylaws seriously. I wish that (Read more…)
South Cowichan are residents facing an unfathomable threat to their Shawnigan Watershed, drinking
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
water, creek and Shawnigan Lake.
They have been organizing resistance to this madness and they are doing it from many different perspectives. Residents are responding to this cynically timed decision to issue a ‘Draft Permit’ to SIA that is timed to restrict fair and proper analysis and feedback before the May 14th election
If the BC Liberals do not respond and yank this ‘Draft Permit’ soon they will lose support to the NDP, Conservatives and Greens.
The permit will the no doubt
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