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How (Well) Does The REgional District System Work?

Rapid urbanization in the 1950’s caused development in rural areas, with residents commuting to urban centres for work. Development in the rural areas increased demand for services such as water, sewage and zoning.

By 1965, the Province amended the Municipal Act to enable the creation of regional districts. Originally, the powers and services of the regional districts were quite limited; however, as regional districts became more established they were granted more power by the B.C. government.

Today regional districts help achieve regional economies of scale, and provide flexible service arrangements in which residents only pay for the services they receive. – BC Government Website


Directors are only entitled to vote on matters for which the area they represent has a vested interest. Typically this will include general corporate matters as well as services for which the area contributes financially. – SRD Website

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are. – Clive James


[EDITORIAL] When things work, at least well enough for our comfort, we don’t have to pay much attention to them. This is how I’ve felt about local government for most of my lifetime. In the course of the last couple of years, however, I’ve been forced to think a lot about how local government works — specifically, the relationship between small rural Areas like Cortes Island, and Regional Districts like SRD.

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Hospital Board Adopts Advocacy Role

Originally published on Decafnation

By George Le Masurier

Should the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District advocate for health care services on behalf of its constituents? Or is the district’s role limited to funding 40 percent of selected capital projects proposed by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and levying appropriate taxes?

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Transformations On the Shore: Local Art

Since its inception in 1997, Campbell River‘s chainsaw sculpture show, “Transformations on the Shore,” has been a favourite event for both locals and tourists. Artists come from as far away as Alberta to participate in the summertime live sculpting event.

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Campbell River Is Planning For Sea Level Rise

As you can see in the image at the top of this page, downtown Campbell River may be flooded sometime in the decades to come. At the 2019 Disaster Preparedness Trade Show, Chloe Swabe explained how the city is planning for sea level rise.

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