In a joint ceremony on December 17, 2012, Jean Crowder, MP and Bill Routley, MLA presented the recipients with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals
On February 6th, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada – an occasion marked only once before by her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1897.
In celebration of this event, a commemorative medal has been created as a visible and tangible way of recognizing outstanding Canadians who have helped build and continue to build this caring country through their service, contributions and achievements. You are one of those Great Canadians.
I would therefore like to offer my congratulations, as you have been awarded a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for your outstanding contributions to our community.
Your great work and dedication to your community has contributed to bettering the lives of residents, friends, and neighbours. Your commitment to excellence in all that you do is demonstrated by your selfless involvement in your community.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Recipients
Cowichan Valley Recipients
Joan Gillatt, Duncan
Joan Gillatt’s community service includes Children and Youth Leadership with Cubs and Brownies, 10 years as a Cowichan School Board Trustee ,Four years as School District Board Chair ,Joan spent 9 Years on Duncan City Council and she was awarded the highest honor the City of Duncan can bestow “Freeman” also she has years of volunteer work with the ,Cowichan Lodge Senior Care Facility, Cowichan District Hospital Board, Cowichan United Way, Community Futures, Duncan United Church and many other volunteer roles over the years.
Betty-Anne Devitt, Crofton
For nearly 25 years, six days a week, Betty Anne Devitt has provided food hampers and meals to the most vulnerable people in our community as a volunteer leader and member of the board of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society.
Chuck McCandless, Duncan
Chuck McCandless is a warm soul and is a very special Canadian Mental Health Association Outreach worker here in the Cowichan Valley, Chuck works tirelessly ,often behind the scenes as he advocates for homeless people and he helps those who are in need
Michael Coleman, Duncan
Michael Coleman, Lawyer and Community leader for 40 years, Mike spent 22 years as City of Duncan Mayor, he was instrumental in the creation of the such agencies as the Hiiye Yu Lelum (House of Friendship, Cowichan United Way, Family Life, Big Brothers, Community Futures, Legal Aid, Cowichan Valley Bar Association, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation and in 2010 he was awarded the honorary designation of Queen`s Counsel.
VICTORIA – Another sawmill has cut back production for lack of fiber, while the B.C. Liberals continue to mismanage forestry by refusing to tackle the growing problem of raw log exports, say the New Democrats.
Western Forest Products’ Cowichan Bay mill was shut down for a week in November because of a lack of fiber; the mill is running with reduced shifts this week.
“Raw logs are being exported even faster than last year’s record numbers, yet the Liberal government has no answer,” said New Democrat deputy forest critic Bill Routley. “Last May, the forest minister promised a review on log exports, and 18 months later, we’re still waiting.
“Meanwhile, workers are losing wages just before the holiday season,” said Routley, whose Cowichan Valley constituency includes the Cowichan Bay mill. “It’s long past time the Liberals took some real action to ensure that B.C. logs create jobs in B.C.”
Routley noted that some Liberal MLAs agree with the New Democrat position that log exports cost jobs. Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon and Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer have both been critical of their own government’s inaction.
In 2011, more than 5.5 million cubic metres of raw logs were exported from B.C. Included in that total were more than 40 per cent of the harvest from the coast and Vancouver Island. Numbers from November show that the rate of export is up by more than five per cent so far in 2012.
In the spring, New Democrats revealed that the forest minister overruled his own Timber Export Advisory Committee dozens of times, meaning logs that could have created jobs in B.C. were instead shipped out of the province.
“We’ve heard from mills in the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island that they would create new jobs if they could just get access to fiber,” said Routley. “Yet, the Liberals refuse to take any meaningful steps to reduce log exports.
“The minister needs to tell us why the review he promised 18 months ago has never been made public. And he should come to my community and tell workers why they’re losing wages while truckloads of logs go roaring past the mill, bound for export.”
Adrian Dix and the New Democrats believe the Liberal government is not up to the challenge of managing the economy, and British Columbians deserve better. New Democrats are offering change, for the better, one practical step at a time.
…Routley welcomed the protest in front of his office and said the NDP are calling on the federal government to legislate a permanent moratorium on oil tankers and oil drilling activity on B.C.’s north coast….
…”It’s a step in the right direction, that’s for sure, making it more accessible,” said Routley.
There have been some changes in the program as well.
“We did have some people come into our office who were re-tested with an actual driving test and then actually passed. So, they are starting to correct some of the major errors that were there with DriveABLE. But, I still think it has to be made absolutely fair for everyone. I’m delighted to hear that it will at least be accessible in the Cowi-chan Valley.”
Perhaps pressure, both from the general public and from politicians, is having an effect on government’s view of the program, he said…
In April of this year Bill Routley, MLA Cowichan Valley, conveyed to the Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources the urgency of the request for action in regards to protecting the fish, community and environmental values of the Cowichan River.
Mr. Routley, along with the Mayors of three of the surrounding communities, representatives of the Cowichan First Nations and Chair of the Regional Board clearly communicated the need to retain water to ensure an adequate supply to meet the needs throughout the summer.
The shocking outcome to this plea was the Ministry failed to do anything. There was no action taken to protect the interests of the fish, the community or the environmental values that these leaders had been advocating for.
Today we are seeing the results of the inaction and the cost to our Valley.
Lexi Bainas, Citizen
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012
…”What’s particularly egregious is that Abbott could suggest to the public that the same people might get elected so therefore we shouldn’t have an election. That’s really outrageous. It’s political interference of the worst kind to suggest he doesn’t like the potential for an outcome. Isn’t that up to the good people of the Cowichan Valley to decide?” Routley asked….
In February Emily’s parents were told that their daughter was going to be put on a wait list for a surgery that she desperately needed. They contacted their MLA, Bill Routley, in the hopes that by telling her story some action could be taken for her and others on the waiting list at BC Children’s Hospital.
Mr. Routley brought this issue to the NDP Caucus and subsequently it was raised in the House of the Legislature.
On April 25, 2012 – In question period, Adrian Dix raised the matter of the 8-year-old girl from the Cowichan Valley who requires surgery on her legs as she grows. Without surgery, Emily is left in pain and discomfort, but there is a two-year waitlist caused, in part, by a lack of surgical instruments for this type of procedure. In response to his questions, Adrian won a commitment from the health minister to increase surgical time and to address other roadblocks to Emily getting the surgery she needs.
That was then and this is now – Operation Successful
Emily and her mom came in to Bill’s office for a surprise visit; they were on the way home after Emily had a successful operation at Children’s Hospital. There was no shortage of smiles and laughter coming from this wonderful duo who thanked Bill and the office staff for all their help and support. They brightened the whole day for the whole office (GOOD NEWS IS ALWAYS THE BEST KIND OF NEWS). Emily said after her operation she wanted to get up and get moving so she could get home to her dog. She explained she could go home when she was up and moving and her Mom tells us her progress after the operation was exceptional! Yea Emily!
We are looking forward to more visits in the future.
The B.C. legislative committee studying timber supply in the wake of the Interior pine beetle epidemic is holding its final hearings this week, with an Aug. 15 deadline to recommend whether to open up more areas to logging as the forest recovers...
I have just completed the June leg of our provincial tour to gather public input through the Special committee to examine mid-term timber supply.
This week I will be working on the many important local issues that are currently issues for constituents and taking some much needed family time. Next week I will be heading back out for the July portion of the provincial tour.
My office is open and ready to serve the community.
I look forward to being able to bring back the thoughts and feelings from the people of BC and to use that information to benefit all British Columbians.
Mr. Routley, as a member of the Special committee to examine mid-term timber supply will be travelling throughout British Columbia this summer to conduct public consultation with his fellow committee members.
The committee’s terms of reference are to specifically consider recommendations that could increase timber supply, including direction on the potential scope of changes to land-use objectives, rate of harvest and conversion of volume-based tenures to area-based tenures. The committee will also consider whether any changes to legislation are required.
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 10:34 AM
By Natasha Riebe
The MLA for the Cowichan Valley insists B.C.’s ferry system already discourages people from visiting Vancouver Island, and proposed legislation to update the Coastal Ferry Act could hurt tourism even more…..
Times Colonist With Files From Les Leyne And Rob Shaw May 20, 2012
…One MLA – Bill Routley (Cowichan Valley) – managed to run free for a while, with this eye-blinking imagery:
Recounting the HST follies, he said: ” ‘We’ll go down to Canadian Tire, and we’re going to buy the really good windshield wipers, and we’re going to tie them to a cow’s tail, and at the end of the day, it’s all going to work out good.’ But all we’ve got is flipflop, flip-flop -
“Even if they did buy the premium slick, you know, Tefloncoated ones, it’s just a bad plan.
“They were telling the good people of B.C.: ‘It’ll all trickle down. It’s all going to trickle back down. It’s going to be good.’
“It’s kind of like the cow in the field. Maybe, you feed it enough hay, something is going to trickle down. It’ll all be good. It’s kind of a corporate-cow approach – You stand at the back end and hope something’ll trickle down.”…
From Port Alberni south to Sooke logs from lands formerly in tree farm licences contribute to the millions of cubic metres of raw logs that are being exported from B.C. No manufacturing jobs or value-added jobs will be created from these log exports, and no real revenue to B.C. from these logs either.
For every boom of logs that is exported, this B.C. government collects just 14 bucks. You heard it right — 14 bucks.
The tree farm licence deletions continue to cost jobs in B.C. Why has the minister refused to act to protect the public interest, and why has he not acted to ensure logs create jobs right here in B.C.?
MLA Bill Routley brought attention to some important issues during the debate on budget estimates for the Ministry of Education. As the Cowichan Valley’s provincial representative Mr. Routley works tirelessly for all the people in his constituency.
..Back in 2008 the Cowichan Valley — school district 79 — purchased some property and capitalized this property for a new high school. The figure now stands at over $8 million. The school district has repeatedly requested that the province take over the loan as a gesture of the commitment to the project….
This brought forth a very positive response from the Education Minister.
..The advice is, first of all, yes, the ministry would be prepared to consider a request along the lines outlined by the member in respect of that $8 million property. The suggestion from the officials is that the school district should bring forward a capital plan for their immediate years, and the ministry will give consideration to that request…