July 19, 2011
To the Honourable Ida Chong – Minister of Community, Sport and
Cultural Development, Government of BC On behalf of many citizens and
taxpayers of the: District of North Cowichan (DNC) as well as our neighbours at
Penelakut Tribe and Halalt Nation, I would like to bring your attention to a
matter that of concern about our municipal government. - read more here -
BIG week ahead for Echo Heights Forest
Strategy Session – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Chemainus Legion
Public Hearing – 7 p.m. Thursday, Council Chambers
Robert Bateman says
Preserve Echo Heights Forest
read more here
A Crucial Month Ahead for Our Forest
The Residents Association is proud to support the Biodiversity Education Project and Friends of Echo Heights' 2011 Chemainus Camas Fest.
Echo Heights Trail Map
The CRA logo 'Give A Hoot' was inspired by one of our earliest benefactors. Artist Robert Bateman, who lives on Salt Spring Island, generously donated a signed etching of the Barred owl – one of the inhabitants of Echo Heights Forest – in the early days of the organization. More here
Dear CRA Members READ LETTER HERE
The Mayor answers – Mayor Tom Walker couldn't make it to our AGM, but he did take the time to answer a number of questions put forward at the meeting. Read his responses here.
There is a new (old) board of directors and new focus for the CRA in 2010-11 after the 4th annual AGM was held in March.Read the April newsletter here
CRA letter to mayor asks for partnership to explore other options for Echo Heights details here
More than 30 people attended the first screening of the award-winning film about Echo Heights Forest by Victoria filmmaker Holly Pattison. If you missed it, she’s working on a full-length version for early in 2010.
The screening was followed by a primer called Chemainus Planning… As If Residents Matter. One of the speakers was CRA board member Bernie Jones. The featured presenter was Chris Sholberg, a neighbourhood and heritage planner with the City of Nanaimo. The meeting ended with a small-group planning exercise looking at possible uses for a ‘new’ Neighbourhood House. Click Here to access a report.
June 17 Town Hall Meeting Report… It was a wonderful evening of dialogue and discussion about Echo Heights Forest with a real history lesson from Florence James of Penelakut First Nation (left). Read more here
CRA and ELC from UVic team up again Echo Heights a park? Maybe it already is! More here
Back in June 2006, at the CRA's first AGM, a young law student from UVic spoke. This is what she said.
Chemainus Wells and the Aquifer
Read more here.
Saw 4 owls! EH Visitors Register
Visit the Echo Heights Forest web site here This was the original Friends of Echo Heights website from 2006. This is not an official CRA web site. It is maintained by one of our members and contains lots of useful info.
Read the full Presentation
document and the supporting Appendix
The Economic Case for NOT Selling
Echo Heights Forest
In the August 14 edition of the Cowichan News-Leader, Kyra made another argument for preserving Echo Heights. But this one was based on the idea that selling the forest would be a poor decision from a business perspective. To read the full article, go here.
An Investment That Pays
OCP Review Community Feedback
A series of reports from North Cowichan are now available for you here. And more reports are on North Cow's website.Visit www.northcowichan.bc.ca and follow the OCP Review links. Comments and questions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the CRA Our Constitution Our Purpose
A Short History – The CRA was formed in 2006 with a simple mission: For a livable and healthy community. Our origins were in the on-going campaign to preserve the 52-acre Echo Heights Forest and save it from development. An Echo Heights trail map is here. Echo Heights is a practical matter, but it is also a symbol of the conflict between our community and often-distant 'powers that be'. True Community consultation is the answer.
$1 membership doesn't pay bills
New CRA executive elected at AGM
2007 Plant Survey of Echo HeightsThe CRA Archives
VISIT OUR ARCHIVES AND READ
The Madrone Report on Echo Heights… Freedom of Information request… Community Surveys (2006 and 2008)… and much more
Tide Predictions for Chemainus
From Bernie Jones, CRA Chair, July 20, 2011 By a 5-1 margin, North Cowichan Council decided today to postpone indefinitely the public hearing on Echo Heights, which had been originally scheduled for July 21. What this means is that this Council will leave a final decision on Echo Heights to the next Council to be elected in November. - more here -
On Monday, Aug. 8, Sustainability is on the menu at our AGMECHO HEIGHTS HEARING POSTPONED INDEFINITELY ! ! !
The guest speaker is Neil Dawe of The Qualicum Institute -more here-
Supreme Court shuts down Chemainus wells project
The District of North Cowichan and the province have been embarrassed by a precedent-setting BC Supreme Court decision on July 13. It has implications for future developments such as the one on taxpayer-owned Echo Heights Forest. Read the press releases or download the 178-page decision by Justice Catherine Wedge here.
First Nation Court Challenge Warning
A First Nation lands analyst warns - in a new film - that subdividing Echo Heights Forest could bring a challenge in the courts. Read press release here or watch the video (at about 6:20)