News Briefs for March 23, 2016

Yellowpoint, Cedar Seniors invited to Toonie group

Toonie Tuesdays are about to get underway at the North Oyster Community Centre, 13467 Cedar Road.

“For a cost of only a Toonie, local seniors can meet for fellowship, activities to be determined by the group, and light refreshments,” says a release about the new drop in program for Cedar and Yellowpoint seniors.

“This is a volunteer-driven program sponsored and supported by North Oyster and Area Historical Society,” the release says. “We want your feedback in creating an exemplary program.”

The first session will be held March 29, and the plan is to have sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information contact Marilyn Mckenzie at or 250-924-7793

CVRD clarifies LNG stance

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has clarified its opposition to a Liquefied Natural Gas facility within its boundaries.

In a statement meant to indicate the board’s impartiality, if the day ever comes when an application for an LNG facility is proposed, the statement says impartial consideration would be given.

“While the Board of the CVRD has expressed its opposition and lack of support for future LNG projects in the Cowichan Valley,” the statement says, “the Board is aware of its responsibilities to give appropriate consideration to any land use application that might be made to the Regional District in accordance with the Local Government Act.”

An LNG facility at Mt. Hayes has been included in an application by the Alaska based company Crowley Holdings before the National Energy Board, seeking approval for the export up to 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually for a period of up to 25 years.