This past week, households on Cortes Island received a flyer in their mailbox encouraging homeowners to organize and sign up for a free Neighbourhood Wildfire Threat Assessment from a certified FireSmart professional this spring.Continue reading Neighbourhood wildfire threat assessment program a hit on Cortes Island
The libraries in our area are preparing for a strike. Shortly after BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU), which represents the librarians, issued a 72-hour strike notice last Wednesday, the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) made a new offer to its librarians. This was rejected and the union responded with a counteroffer.
Their collective agreement with the VIRL expired 15 months ago.
BCGEU President Stephanie Smith said, “Unless the employer comes back with a serious offer, pickets will be up at VIRL branches starting Wednesday, March 9.”Continue reading Library strike could start Wednesday
At their January 12th meeting, the SRD Board had some good reports about the way individuals and corporations helped out during the recent cold snap.Continue reading SRD: Individuals and corporations helping out during recent cold snap
National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Colleen McDougall feels like she hasn’t slept since Christmas.
The Quadra Island resident works with a local company responsible for clearing snow from many of the public parking lots in the community.
Thursday she was shovelling pathways for the local bank after another storm hit the Vancouver Island region overnight, dumping at least a foot of snow.Continue reading Vancouver Island prepares to slip and slide after snow dump
The Strathcona Regional District Board is writing Premier Horgan, to protest the government’s new ‘reactive,’ and ‘emotionally driven’ forestry policies.
This letter appears to have largely been composed by Campbell River Director Charlie Cornfield, with some additions by SRD Chair Brad Unger.
If the authors had stuck to the idea that local government should be involved in the process, or taken a less confrontational approach, their letter would have received more support.
Instead, the decision to send it carried by a 7 to 6 vote.Continue reading SRD protests BC’s ‘reactive’ and ‘emotionally driven’ forestry policies