News Briefs for the Week of February 16

N. Cowichan considering easing light industrial tax?

North Cowichan Council is considering a bylaw that will shift 20 per cent of property taxes currently paid by Light Industrial ratepayers “equally across the remaining eight property classes.”

The proposal was to be considered at a Committee of the Whole meeting Feb. 11 in council chambers. Councillors will consider the shift in the context of an overall 2.51 per cent ‘net tax increase’ for the municipality.

A report to council from Mark Frame, director of finance, says North Cowichan is in a position to reduce its net tax increase from an initial projection of 2.96 to 2.51 per cent.

It goes on to say: ”Council identified a review of the Class 5 Light Industry tax rate/ratio as a priority for 2016 in order to improve competitiveness.

“Based on this priority, tax distribution options have been provided that reduce taxes for Class 5 – Light Industry.”

Library board, and CUPE 401 settle on five year contract to Dec. 2019

The Vancouver Island Regional Library and its CUPE 401 employees have settled on a collective agreement which will cover the five year period ending Dec. 31, 2019, says a VIRL media release.

CUPE members voted in favour of a ‘memorandum of agreement’ Feb. 5.

The collective agreement was settled with the assistance of a mediator between the VIRL and CUPE 401 Jan. 14. The VIRL Board of Trustees 38 members ratified the agreement at its January Annual General Meeting.

VIRL’s CUPE 401 staff had been without a contract since Jan. 1, 2015.

 

 

Just Posted

What does Ladysmith think about the increase in property taxes?

We asked Ladysmith residents how they feel about this year’s tax hike

Old police station development going ahead as “mixed-use” site

Fred Green hosted the second public consultation on what should be done about the decrepit building

LSS students ready to compete at district wide robotics competition

Students will showcase their engineering savvy with VEX robotics

Ladysmith hikes property taxes by 3.4 percent

Council approves 2019 budget that reflects the rising cost of materials and services

B.C. man’s failed bid to bar People’s Party name from byelection ends in $20k order

Federal judge shut down ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of party name in Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

B.C. port workers set to strike on Monday in Vancouver

A strike at two container terminals would affect Canadian trade to Asia

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

Prepare yourself for tick season, says Island Health official

2017 saw three reported cases of Lyme disease

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

Most Read